Laurie Story Vela

Laurie Story Vela

BandFolkChildren's Music

Laurie Story Vela is both playful and soulful in her Mother Goose Rap and music for children and families and her original songs for teens and grownups.

Biography

Laurie Story has been writing and performing songs her whole life. Known as the "Mother Goose Rapper" with children and families, she blends her music with her rhyming, illustrated storybooks. Laurie Story also writes and performs songs of the soul for a more "grown up" audience. She is a powerhouse with the drum singing songs that have a Native American feel like "We Are One" and she will take you on a roller coaster of emotions with contemporary commentary songs like "Yuppie Guppy" and "Childless Mother." Laurie Story - a singer-songwriter like no other captivates and utilizes a mastery of audience participation with any age audience.

Lyrics

Small After Small

Written By: Laurie Story Vela

Small After Small
C 2005 Laurie Story Vela & Jeremiah Vela Murphy

One small hit
makes the whole world say “Ow”.
One small hope
helps somebody see how.
One small thought
gives the whole world energy.
And one small anything
starts with you and me.

Chorus:
It doesn’t have to be big,
it doesn’t have to be tall.
The world is changed
small after small.
It doesn’t have to be great,
it doesn’t have to be all.
The world is changed
small after small…

One small fear
makes the whole world afraid.
One small faith
helps somebody feel brave.
One small joy
gives the world a happy dance.
And one small anything
starts with one small chance.

Chorus

Tag:
So no matter how tiny,
it’s important you see.
Small after small,
we’ll change the world,
you & me …

I Am A Seeker

Written By: Laurie Story Vela

I Am A Seeker
C 2005 Laurie Story Vela

Chorus:
I am a seeker
on this journey called life.
I am a seeker
in the dark and the light.
I am a seeker in this great mystery.
I am, I am, I am
The * Faith (Grace, Sacred)
that lives in you and me.

When there are dark days
and I can’t feel ok,
I get on my knees
and I cry and I pray
I say oh Great God,
please show me the way.
I pray, I pray, for comfort
and meaning I pray.
(for) Chorus (Grace)

The meaning I seek
surrounds me everyday.
I open my heart
to understand and to pray.
I say thank you Great God,
you are the way. I pray,
I pray, with gratitude
and faith I pray.
(for) Chorus (Sacred)

With the voice of our youth,
we offer this truth.
Every breath is proof
that we live. We live,
we live, we live in the
sacred we live. (for)

We are the seekers
on this journey called life.
We are the seekers
in the dark and the light.
We are the seekers
in this great mystery.
We are the Sacred breath…
it lives, it lives in you and me.

Begin Again (Just say Yes)

Written By: Laurie Story Vela

Begin Again
C 2005 Laurie Story Vela

It only takes a moment,
to begin again.
You decide the time ...
how 'bout this moment we are in
Close your eyes, look inside,
take that leap of faith.
Your Spirit knows right where to go
and you've got what it takes...
to say ...

Chorus:
Hey, Hello Happiness,
Open up and feel the bliss.
If you can hear me, then hear this:
You can have what you want.
Oh ya, hey, have happiness,
Open up and just say yes.
Feel the flow your Spirit knows ...
Just say yes, just say yes.

If you insist, you can resist,
either way, you will grow.
Realized, hypnotized
or paralyzed by no.
Close your eyes, look inside,
reach into your heart.
Trust what's there is calling you
to a brand new start ... and say ...
Chorus

Life is such a series
of choice after choice.
Why not choose the voice
that causes you to rejoice?
Moment by moment,
we can begin again.
Joy is always calling you ...
Let it in, let it in, let joy in! ...
and say ...
Chorus
Tag:
Yes, yes, yes.
It only takes a moment,
to begin again.

Discography

Latest Releases are "Small After Small" and "I Am A Seeker". Tracks are available at www.lauriesstories.com and the following tracks are currently in rotation on Media Positive Radio:
Small After Small
Track 1: Small After Small
Track 9: I Can Be

I Am A Seeker
Track 1: I Am A Seeker
Track 9: Reach
Track 12: Grateful For You

Set List

Here's a sample 30 min set for a "Grown Up" show:

Begin Again
Release For Peace
I Am Love
All My Relations
We Are One
Grateful For You
We Have Faith
As If