Soyons Unis [Ce n’est que la vie]

We wrote this song over the course of a couple of Monday visits to Petit-Chateau in November 2018. The song began with words and phrases in French from a resident at the center. The following week, Sarah and I shaped those words into a chorus in French and English. We then wrote several verses in English. When he stopped by to visit, we sang the song for him and he expressed gratitude. I think there is something deeply meaningful for a person to hear a song from their own words.

To read more about the writing of this song, visit Guiding Song: Treasure the Moment

And also Guiding Song: The birth of a song

This is a recording of us singing the song with residents at the center:


These recordings from November 2018 illustrate the process of writing the song:

Finding the melody


Organizing the order of the verses


Singing through the chorus


Singing with the residents




Song beginnings with possible chords and melody


Trying different melodies


Writing the words in French