I Wrote this Song for You

Wells Hanley

A podcast featuring songs I wrote for people I know...and for people I don't know. It's hard to say why certain people or situations inspire a song, but I've learned to be receptive and listen for it. The desire to write a song for someone feels totally spontaneous to me. I guess that's what inspiration is - I'm just inspired to write songs for people.

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We all seek to be loved, to be accepted, to belong. Straddling multiple subgroups within the culture, Topher describes himself as "Too white to be black, too black to be gay, and too gay to be Christian". He's suffered bullying and discrimination in silence... and now he's beginning to speak out. Ready to be Loved is written and performed by Wells Hanley and is sung by Darius de Haas. The song was inspired by this video of Topher and Constance. Support I Wrote this Song for You A heartfelt thanks to those of you supporting this podcast on Patreon! It's because of you that I'm able to keep the songs coming. Help out for as little as $5 a month. Find I Wrote this Song for You on Social Media Twitter Instagram Facebook I Wrote this Song for You playlists are here! You can now find all of the songs on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Join the Mailing List at iwrotethissongforyou.comSign up for Wells' mailing list to be sure you never miss an episode! You'll also be notified of special collaborations, upcoming live streams, or events near you. Thank you to family and friends for your support in the long journey that created this podcast. Your hearts are woven into every episode. A special thanks to you, Jude Treder-Wolff for introducing me to the NYC storytelling community and for our many adventures together in pairing story and song. A very special thanks to you, Courtney Page Ferrell for bolstering my confidence before I believed in this idea, for realizing "it's a podcast!", and for continuing to cheer me on tirelessly. The deepest and most cathartic thank you to you, Elizabeth Smartt for partnering with me to birth this creative vision. For spending countless hours sculpting my idea into something clear and concise down to the logo, website, and even the format of each episode. You are a godsend of a creative collaborator and I am eternally grateful to you for bringing this podcast into the world with me. Thank You Patreon supporters for helping me produce this episode! Patreon Gold (Passionate): Paula Atwood, Moira Danis, Thomasina LaGuardia, Molly Perkinson, Linda Wells, Gordon Winn, Sharon Wyse, William Zybach.   Patreon Silver (Inspired): Royce and Rosalie Blowe, Ariela Bonucci, Tanara Bowie, Alison Deadman, Hayes Hanley, Karen Hanley, Joseph Lee, Linda DiPaolo Love, Stephanie Mastri, Randall Pharr, Elizabeth Rice, Sallie Thalhimer, Robert Williamson.   Ready to be Loved Music and Lyrics by Wells Hanley ©2021   I became in a blaze of light I landed here after a long, long flight And now I'm ready to be loved I am ready to be loved   I went the way of the American child I played the game, when I was sad, I smiled But now I'm ready to be loved I am ready to be loved   When the rain goes, there ought to be a rainbow somewhere After the pain I've known, I want to believe you could begin to care And that's a heavy hope to bear.   I've felt so frightened that I've made myself small, I've said I was sorry when I was not sorry at all, And I am ready to be loved I am ready to be loved   I've been bossed and double crossed, and I've been tossed around I've been stood up, and I've been let down, And now I'm ready to rise above, I am ready to be loved.   I have pretended that I was not offended by your jokes on me When the laughter had ended, I searched your eyes, but found no empathy and that's a lonely way to be.   Here I stand before you now I've been mistreated, I've been beaten down, And now I'm ready to be loved I am ready to be loved Oh, I am ready to be loved, I am ready to be loved.    

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Oct 17

26 min 19 sec

In this follow-up conversation, Sophie shares details of her love story not revealed in Episode 1 - Indian Summer. Prompted by questions from listeners, Wells and Sophie explore Dan's continued presence in her life, how her song has impacted her over time, and the approachable wisdom of dreams. Hear Sophie's story and song in Episode 1 - Indian Summer (for Sophie). Be a Patron A heartfelt thanks to those of you supporting this podcast on Patreon! It's because of you that I'm able to keep the songs coming. Help out for as little as $5 a month. Find I Wrote this Song for You on Social Media Twitter Instagram Facebook I Wrote this Song for You playlists are here! You can now find all of the songs on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Join the Mailing List at iwrotethissongforyou.comSign up for Wells' mailing list to be sure you never miss an episode! You'll also be notified of special collaborations, upcoming live streams, or events near you. Thank you to family and friends for your support in the long journey that has created this podcast. Your hearts are woven into every episode. A special thanks to you, Jude Treder-Wolff for introducing me to the NYC storytelling community and for our many adventures together in pairing story and song. A very special thanks to you, Courtney Page Ferrell for bolstering my confidence before I believed in this idea, for realizing "it's a podcast!", and for continuing to cheer me on tirelessly. The deepest and most cathartic thank you to you, Elizabeth Smartt for partnering with me to birth this creative vision. For spending countless hours sculpting my idea into something clear and concise down to the logo, website, and even the format of each episode. You are a godsend of a creative collaborator and I am eternally grateful to you for bringing this podcast into the world with me. Thank You Patreon supporters for helping me produce this Bonus episode! Patreon Gold (Passionate): Paula Atwood, Moira Danis, Thomasina LaGuardia, Molly Perkinson, Linda Wells, Gordon Winn, Sharon Wyse, William Zybach.   Patreon Silver (Inspired): Royce and Rosalie Blowe, Ariela Bonucci, Tanara Bowie, Alison Deadman, Hayes Hanley, Karen Hanley, Joseph Lee, Linda DiPaolo Love, Stephanie Mastri, Randall Pharr, Elizabeth Rice, Sallie Thalhimer, Robert Williamson.  

Sep 30

29 min 16 sec

Some people exude kindness, acceptance, and love, and we feel deeply seen and appreciated in their company. As her vision is fading due to a degenerative eye disease, Moira continues her important work of seeing the beauty in every person who passes her way. I See You with My Heart is written and performed by Wells Hanley. Wells is joined by Curtis Fye on bass. Lyrics appear below. Moira's photo for this episode was taken by Bill Westmoreland. Support I Wrote this Song for You A heartfelt thanks to those of you supporting this podcast on Patreon! It's because of you that I'm able to keep the songs coming. Help out for as little as $5 a month. Find I Wrote this Song for You on Social Media Twitter Instagram Facebook I Wrote this Song for You playlists are here! You can now find all of the songs on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Join the Mailing List at iwrotethissongforyou.comSign up for Wells' mailing list to be sure you never miss an episode! You'll also be notified of special collaborations, upcoming live streams, or events near you. Thank you to family and friends for your support in the long journey that created this podcast. Your hearts are woven into every episode. A special thanks to you, Jude Treder-Wolff for introducing me to the NYC storytelling community and for our many adventures together in pairing story and song. A very special thanks to you, Courtney Page Ferrell for bolstering my confidence before I believed in this idea, for realizing "it's a podcast!", and for continuing to cheer me on tirelessly. The deepest and most cathartic thank you to you, Elizabeth Smartt for partnering with me to birth this creative vision. For spending countless hours sculpting my idea into something clear and concise down to the logo, website, and even the format of each episode. You are a godsend of a creative collaborator and I am eternally grateful to you for bringing this podcast into the world with me. Thank You Patreon supporters for helping me produce this episode! Patreon Gold (Passionate): Moira Danis, Thomasina LaGuardia, Molly Perkinson, Linda Wells, Gordon Winn, Sharon Wyse, William Zybach.   Patreon Silver (Inspired): Royce and Rosalie Blowe, Tanara Bowie, Alison Deadman, Hayes Hanley, Karen Hanley, Joseph Lee, Linda DiPaolo Love, Stephanie Mastri, Randall Pharr, Elizabeth Rice, Sallie Thalhimer, Robert Williamson.   I See You with My Heart Music and Lyrics by Wells Hanley ©2021   Don't be afraid that that I might not see you nothing could be any more untrue The beauty of light may have up and left me but darling, I still see you. Now I may not notice the clothes you wear or the style of your hair, or your face so dear Though you treasure the photos of the times we share that's not important here. These are the little things, but I see who you are so don't be afraid, don't even start I see you, I see you with my heart.   Lately you cry when little things confound me and it lightens your load when I reach for you Your eyes give a glow that I can feel surround me and it tells me your love is true. These are the things I see when you show me who you are so don't be afraid, don't even start I see you, I see you with my heart.   Every year there is a different style a brand new coat that's gonna last just a while a new kind of phone that'll help you feel never all alone I was told, and I did believe, don't judge by the cover, that the eyes deceive, and they do now I know it's true but no matter for me and you 'Cause we've found a different way and I see you for who you are so don't be afraid, don't even start I see you, I see you with my heart. I see you with my heart.  

Aug 27

26 min 6 sec

The loss of a loved one is always difficult, but sometimes, while navigating our grief, we can find new horizons opening up before us that inspire our wildest dreams. Following a decade as her mother's caregiver, Tanara is celebrating her mom's life while embracing all that awaits her with joy and hope. I'm Building a Boat is written and performed by Wells Hanley and sung by Jessica Fox. They are joined by DJ Harrison on drums, Andrew Randazzo on bass, and Makeda McCreary and Frankie James on backing vocals. Lyrics appear below. Support I Wrote this Song for You A heartfelt thanks to those of you supporting this podcast on Patreon! It's because of you that I'm able to keep the songs coming. Help out for as little as $5 a month. Find I Wrote this Song for You on Social Media Twitter Instagram Facebook I Wrote this Song for You playlists are here! You can now find all of the songs on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Join the Mailing List at iwrotethissongforyou.comSign up for Wells' mailing list to be sure you never miss an episode! You'll also be notified of special collaborations, upcoming live streams, or events near you. Thank you to family and friends for your support in the long journey that created this podcast. Your hearts are woven into every episode. A special thanks to you, Jude Treder-Wolff for introducing me to the NYC storytelling community and for our many adventures together in pairing story and song. A very special thanks to you, Courtney Page Ferrell for bolstering my confidence before I believed in this idea, for realizing "it's a podcast!", and for continuing to cheer me on tirelessly. The deepest and most cathartic thank you to you, Elizabeth Smartt for partnering with me to birth this creative vision. For spending countless hours sculpting my idea into something clear and concise down to the logo, website, and even the format of each episode. You are a godsend of a creative collaborator and I am eternally grateful to you for bringing this podcast into the world with me. Thank You Patreon supporters for helping me produce this episode! Patreon Gold (Passionate): Paula Atwood, Moira Danis, Thomasina LaGuardia, Molly Perkinson, Linda Wells, Sharon Wyse   Patreon Silver (Inspired): Royce and Rosalie Blowe, Tanara Bowie, Diane Carter, Alison Deadman, Hayes Hanley, Karen Hanley, Joseph Lee, Linda DiPaolo Love, Stephanie Mastri, Sallie Thalhimer, Robert Williamson, William Zybach   I'm Building a Boat Music and Lyrics by Wells Hanley ©2021   (She's building a boat, she's taking it far away from here...) Here I sit staring out at a sea where I've longed to sail I feel inside that it's finally time to begin I felt safe beneath her shade, but now I'm not afraid of the wild wind. Standing on my own, I am learning to trust myself and the wiser ones inside who help me to grow (We're standing around you, you know...) So I'll answer to the call, it's now or not at all So here I go, it's time to go   So I'm building a boat, I'm taking it far away from here I'm building a boat, I'll be heading so far beyond my fear And I'll sail my way to a better world and a better life someday Let the wind and sea come and carry me on my way (She's building a boat, she's sailing away...)   I've seen a lot of love in my life, and I know that's true And it wouldn't be so if she hadn't have helped me along (You've waited so long for this...) But my work here now is done, I've stepped into the sun and I'm feeling strong. I know where I belong, and it won't be long.   'Cause I'm building a boat, I'll be taking it far away from here I'm building a boat, I'll be heading so far beyond my fear And I'll sail my way to a better world and a better life someday Let the wind and sea come and carry me, come what may. I'll be on my way, I'm on my way... (She's building a boat, it's going to carry her away, she's building a boat, she's going to see a brighter day...) And I'll sail my way to a better world and a better life someday As I turn the page, let the storm clouds rage, I won't stray, I'll be on my way, I'm building a boat, I'm gonna sail away (She's building a boat, she's sailing away) I'm sailing away

Jul 22

25 min 30 sec

Even a global crisis such as the Coronavirus can have a silver lining. For Drexel, a chaplain on the front lines at UAB hospital in Alabama, the past year brought an opportunity to slow down, take a deep breath, and focus on what's really important. In the Garden is written and performed by Wells Hanley. The song was inspired by Drexel's video, "A Coronavirus Gift". Lyrics appear below. Be a Patron - Support this podcast on Patreon You can get involved to help keep the songs coming! Help out for as little as $5 a month and receive special, behind-the-scenes content and other rewards in return. Find I Wrote this Song for You on Social Media Twitter Instagram Facebook I Wrote this Song for You playlists are here! You can now find all of the songs on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Join the Mailing List at iwrotethissongforyou.comSign up for Wells' mailing list to be sure you never miss an episode! You'll also be notified of special collaborations, upcoming live streams, or events near you. Thank you to family and friends for your support in the long journey that created this podcast. Your hearts are woven into every episode. A special thanks to you, Jude Treder-Wolff for introducing me to the NYC storytelling community and for our many adventures together in pairing story and song. A very special thanks to you, Courtney Page Ferrell for bolstering my confidence before I believed in this idea, for realizing "it's a podcast!", and for continuing to cheer me on tirelessly. The deepest and most cathartic thank you to you, Elizabeth Smartt for partnering with me to birth this creative vision. For spending countless hours sculpting my idea into something clear and concise down to the logo, website, and even the format of each episode. You are a godsend of a creative collaborator and I am eternally grateful to you for bringing this podcast into the world with me. Thank You Patreon supporters for helping me produce this episode! Patreon Gold (Passionate): Paula Atwood, Moira Danis, Thomasina LaGuardia, Molly Perkinson, Linda Wells, Sharon Wyse.   Patreon Silver (Inspired): Royce and Rosalie Blowe, Tanara Bowie, Diane Carter, Alison Deadman, Hayes Hanley, Karen Hanley, Joseph Lee, Linda DiPaolo Love, Stephanie Mastri, Sallie Thalhimer, Robert Williamson, William Zybach. In the Garden Music and Lyrics by Wells Hanley ©2020 As I find myself here in the garden I can feel the Sun on my skin and of every place I have ever gone before here is where I've always been   As I rest here into the silence and the wind blows the trees so easy I feel myself letting go and getting free   Free from the lock-step of my bustling and the thought that life was somehow somewhere out there As I still myself and listen and breathe in the air   There's a rule for being in the garden it's a simple one that no one can enforce: It's up to you.   Free from the lock-step of my bustling and the thought that life was somehow somewhere out there As I still myself and listen and breathe in the air   There's a rule for being in the garden it's a simple one that no one can enforce: It's up to you.

Jun 21

27 min 24 sec

Love can come when we least expect it, transforming our lives, even if that love is short lived. After her first husband died, Sophie didn't think she'd find love again. She followed the guidance of a dream and found Dan, the love of her life. Indian Summer is written and performed by Wells Hanley and sung by Laura Ann Singh. Lyrics appear below. Find I Wrote this Song for You on Social Media Twitter Instagram Facebook I Wrote this Song for You playlists are here! You can now find all of the songs on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Join the Mailing List at iwrotethissongforyou.comSign up for Wells' mailing list to be sure you never miss an episode! You'll also be notified of special collaborations, upcoming live streams, or events near you. Support I Wrote this Song for You A heartfelt thanks to those of you supporting this podcast on Patreon! It's because of you that I'm able to keep the songs coming. Help out for as little as $5 a month. Gratitude Thank you to family and friends for your support in the long journey that created this podcast. Your hearts are weaved into every episode. A very special thanks to you, Courtney Page Ferrell for bolstering my confidence before I believed in this idea, for realizing "it's a podcast!", and for continuing to cheer me on tirelessly. The deepest and most cathartic thank you to you, Elizabeth Smartt for partnering with me to birth this creative vision. For spending countless hours sculpting my idea into something clear and concise down to the logo, website, and even the format of each episode. You are a godsend of a creative collaborator and I am eternally grateful to you for bringing this podcast into the world with me.     Indian Summer Music and Lyrics by Wells Hanley ©2020 You were my Indian summer and though I knew you would be my last when the breeze came in warm, and the trees came to life, I didn’t know it would go so fast. Our love was such a late-comer it put to shame every forecast there was and though it has ended, you showed me, my Indian summer love will show up when it does.   Now outside the mountain is covered and the frost on the field came so cold but here on my hearth is a place we discovered that is golden and never grows old Where the flowers are still in their season and the fragrance is fresh as the dawn You came and you went, but old Indian summer, you showed me that life still goes on.   And, oh, look how alone we both were, believing that’s how it always would be for year upon year, until out of the clear you found me, and I found you.   So when daylight seems to be dying and the leaves one by one letting go and December creeps in like the cold kiss of death, I am comforted now, for I know that no matter how harsh is the bitter wind and no matter how hard is the ground, Sometimes, unexpectedly, a warm summer rain can blow into Overall, removing the stain of the time spent in longing, in grief, and in pain, and all the flowers can bloom, and the fields fill with grain, and the cup that was empty spills over again. And the harvest can feel far away, and so even though, Indian Summer, you had to go, you stay.

May 8

27 min 6 sec