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  • Fatima Morken

Updated: Aug 30, 2019


Wardrobe: La Cotonnière

Photographer: Mariel McHugh


Well, let’s see. The thought came to me as I sang Céline Dion’s “If That’s What It Takes” in French. A totally different title in the singer‘s native tongue, by the way (“Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore”).


“Je ne suis pas comme les autres, oh, non, non, non, ” I sang. This phrase translates to, “I am not like the others, oh, no, no, no”.


Exactly. I. Am. Not. Like. The. Others. And neither are you.


Your timing and mine aren’t identical. Your background and mine aren’t the same. Why should either one of us impose our agenda on each other?


Do I really have to live life on the fast lane?! Can I please take my time and process the beauty of progress?! Or am I not reaching the so-said milestones in life quickly enough?! Can I breathe?!


I got tired of being a workaholic all of my life. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a go-getter. I still make decisions firmly and efficiently, but I’m finally at peace embracing the idea of knowing I am slowly, but surely reaching my objectives at my own pace.


My goals. Not anyone else’s. Finally performing for me. Not the world.


I love the people who genuinely care for me, but I have gotten to the point of my life (and should have a long time ago) where I do things on my timetable. I operate as I can and am inspired to– not on orders; not to others’ expectations.


It‘s your life and mine. What will you do with yours? Are you like the others?


Do you want to be tossed back and forth and never accomplish anything?


What‘s to become of your real dreams? Not jokes or ideas– what you really want (above all things)?


If you make mistakes, recognize them, correct yourself and move on.


Move on like the wind. Be free. Be you.


You are the most important person in your life.


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  • Fatima Morken

What a way to crush a young soul.


For years, I didn’t know what to make out of that phrase.


Words coming from the mouth of a youth music minister.


Your voice is too big. (Of course, I have an operatic vibrato and timbre- what do you expect?)


If I would have known the devil himself was at church...


The confusion that statement caused for years.


Was it wrong of me to sing with the voice I was given?


I eventually did the right thing. I left.


Next time someone ridicules your dreams, walk away immediately.


Your innate and polished capability will inevitably speak for you.


Take this advice from Yours Truly:


Fatima Morken, “The Accidental Songwriter”: Singer, Actress & Model.


You are gifted beyond your imagination.


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  • Fatima Morken

Photographer: Mariel McHugh


Does this look like the face of grief? One of pain? One of sorrow?


No. I no longer grieve. I grieved long enough.


I lamented so many things and for no reason.


I was ashamed because I was taught to feel shame.


I outspokenly reject any philosophy or principality which intends to control me or harm me.


To those who were coerced by “moral” or social obligation to feel embarrassed for being human, I dedicate these thoughts of mine to you. I pray for you- for your peace. I encourage you- for your comfort. I empower you- for your success.


You always win if you arrange factors to favor your disappointing “disgraces” in life.


Did you really lose or did God make way for you to take ownership of bigger and better blessings?


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  • Fatima Morken

Updated: May 21, 2019


Photo Credit: Mariel McHugh


”Come Near” is a song I wrote to describe sincere selflessness in this selfish world. It is a note of encouragement for us; a poem meant for the moments we find it burdensome to lend a helping hand– when we know full well our own resources are limited.


As a Christian, I remember Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”—Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV).


“COME NEAR”

Songwriter: © Fatima Morken, 2016 BMI


VERSE 1:

Amongst the pieces in the dust

I see your splendid face

A cloudy vision

Captures my attention well

To help you more

But there’s a darker cloud

Threatening our hope

Fogging up our minds

Confusing all our thoughts

Yet I remain in peace amongst the gnarled ways

We find ourselves in need

Of slowing down our pace


CHORUS:

Come near, come near

I cry, come near

Remember that you’re not here alone

Come near, come near

I hear this voice say, “Come near

Don’t carry this burden on your own”

(Come near, come near, come near, come near)


VERSE 2:

And face to face

And eye to eye

We comprehend the mystery

The issue that gets in the way

Of liberating us

Your tired hands and feet

Won't lighten your big task

The promise is it will

Be better than it’s been

Our loneliness will set

Us up for entrapment

Let’s not do that again

It hurt too much back then


REPEAT CHORUS


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  • Fatima Morken

Updated: Apr 24, 2019



Photo Credit: Mariel McHugh


“The Sky Is Still Blue” is a song I wrote during one of the saddest moments of my life.


Somehow, I was still happy. I noticed the beautiful things. The sun shining. The birds singing.


The birds. They reminded me of me.


I’m a singer-songwriter.


At that time, I felt I wasn’t supposed to be the person I had been.


The person I learned to be. The person I was taught to be. The person I wanted to be. The person I worked hard to be.


Why was everything I had believed in falling apart?


But the essence of grief is questioning.


Your existence. Your identity.


“Songbird” is one of my nicknames. One of my favorites and one that describes me the best.


So on that pretty day as my avian friends cheered me up, I grabbed my journal and wrote this song.


If your heart is broken; if you are grieving, remember, “The Sky Is Still Blue”.


“THE SKY IS STILL BLUE”

Songwriter: © Fatima Morken, 2017 BMI


VERSE 1:

Here it comes now

I wait for you

Here it comes now

I stay for you

Here it comes now

I write for you

Here it comes now

I wait for you 


PRE-CHORUS:

I’ll keep on rising

To wondrous expectations

I will keep on floating

To better destinations


CHORUS:

The sky is still blue

Even though my heart is sinking

The sky is still blue

Even though my ground is shaking

The sky is still blue

Even though my hands are trembling

The sky is still blue

The sky is still blue…


VERSE 2:

Here it comes now

I sing for you

Here it comes now

I go for you

Here it comes now

I dance for you

Here it comes now

I sing for you


REPEAT PRE-CHORUS & CHORUS


BRIDGE:

I won’t keep on holding

To your misconceptions

I won’t keep on offering

Myself in consolation


I can’t keep on living, like this

I can’t keep on breathing, like this

I can’t keep on moving, like this

I can’t keep on feeling, like this


REPEAT CHORUS


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