Lele Rose…Inspired By Her Hospital Stay Writes a Song for the Kids!

I  was introduced to Lele while she was playing in the lounge at Seasons 52 in San Diego, CA. Her voice was captivating as was her kind smile. We spoke briefly and talked a little about the Holiday Magic CD. I didn’t hear from her again until the end of August when I received a very excited Facebook message from her followed by an email with her story and the amazing song she wrote and produced for us called Believe. Read more from Lele below. I know it will be inspiring. ~Jeff Gelder

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Holiday Magic–an inspiration for my original song that I wrote and share to make others happy when you believe. Oh Oh Oh….When You Believe.

This past July 2014 I was involved in a critical surfing accident at Windansea beach and was rushed to Scripps hospital where my life was saved. Being inexperienced and going out into the ocean alone, it was the first time I decided to try surfing on my own, after only a handful of lessons on long boards. I paddled out next to another surfer and we began to have a conversation about how his sister was living in Arlington, VA – where I’m from. I told him it was my first time surfing out on an advanced short board alone. He was like, “here comes a wave!” I prepared to assume my position and embraced a very large wave. I grabbed the board and held it tight to ride it in but soon lost control of the board. I was headed in the wrong direction…towards an enormous rock. In an instant the right side of my body, my abdomen had been rammed against the rock. At this point I was on shore and luckily there was a lifeguard on duty who had seen everything and came to my rescue immediately. He asked if I was OK, well I could barely speak and he carried me to the stand where I could lay down, and the paramedics came to my side. I knew the pain was excruciating but I was in shock and I was telling myself that I just had the wind knocked out of me and I needed a few minutes to breathe. But, the paramedics told me my lips were turning blue and I could have internal bleeding and that I should be taken to the hospital. I argued with them for what seemed like a good half hour; I really did not see it necessary to go to the hospital and that I could walk back to my apartment a few blocks away. Well, of course I was unable to do that and the next thing you know I was in the ambulance on my way to the hospital, alone, without a phone and in a wet bikini.

Upon arrival at the hospital, I was taken to the emergency room where I was hooked up with IV’s and heavy duty pain killers and given a CT scan to find out what was wrong internally. We found out that I was indeed internally bleeding and I had a degree 5 (most serious) liver laceration and also a kidney laceration. I spent two days in ICU where I had two blood transfusions and was monitored heavily and several more days in the hospital.

The good news is – everything turned out OK. No operation was necessary; my body needed to heal. The liver is an amazing organ that regenerates and with the proper care and rest, I was going to have a full recovery. The doctors released me a week later and I was able to fly home with my mom to my parents house in Arlington where I would have a crucial six-week recovery period – no working, no singing, no yoga, no bike riding, no driving, just walking, resting, recovering, and trying to think happy thoughts.

I was thankful for the good news and my family and friends were a huge support system. I was grateful to have them in my life during such a tough time but, I was still feeling pretty down. I left San Diego to go back home to recover and I was missing performing and my normal day to day life in California. I was unsure if I would ever feel the same or if I would even really fully recover – I was still in pain and couldn’t do many of the things I loved to do. Singing and being able to perform every night while making others happy is truly my favorite thing to do and it is my life. To be told by the doctors that I could not sing for a while because the diaphragm is located on top of the liver was very hard news for me. So, instead of focusing on the things that I was unable to do during the recovery period, I began to think of things that I could do.

While I was recovering, I remembered that the deadline for Holiday Magic was at the end of August. Having just gone through my first experience in a hospital and having a very serious life threatening injury, I was able to really think about the song that I wanted to contribute for the CD. I started to imagine how I felt in the hospital and what it was like being in a bed for days on end in pain. I started to think about children in children’s hospitals and what they might feel like and especially during the holidays. While I was in the hospital, music was my savior. One of the nurse’s put the biggest smile on my face when he came in to do blood work (the thing I dreaded the most). His phone went off and started playing the song from the Wizard of Oz – “The Lollipop Guild”. I was instantly amazed and thrilled that this song just came into my life out of nowhere and it made me so happy.

I decided I wanted to write a song that would make kids happy during the holidays while in the hospital. And, also a song that anyone could relate to that could make anyone happy. But, not just a song that makes people happy. I wanted to write a song to truly help people overcome their battles. I wanted the song to actually influence kids to believe that they can heal. For it to be a therapeutic outlet that you can turn on when you’re feeling down and instantly be lifted up. For it to be an anthem which you can live by, to know that everything will be alright, when you believe.

So I thought of a simple chord progression, a popular one – C, G, A minor, F which has a happy ring to it. You might recognize it from The Beatles song, “Let it Be” or Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah”. I wanted the song to be simple, uplifting, and upbeat with jingle bells and a joyful melody that people could sing along to, that the kids could sing along to. I wanted it to be a song that would heal and inspire, and could truly work magic. I believe that music has strong healing powers. I believe that a happy song can turn you into a happy mood. I believe that dreams can come true. I believe that if YOU believe in something, and you truly truly believe it, you can make it happen, and it will come true. So, I named the song, “Believe” so that anyone that hears the song, can believe whatever they want to believe. Believe in themselves, believe they can overcome anything, believe in being strong, believe in being happy.

I wrote the lyrics in probably 15 minutes. With everything in mind, the message came pretty quickly.

“Look around at something you like to see
Something that makes you happy and full of glee
Anything from a light to a big tall tree
Makes you happy and makes, makes you believe

Whooaa, mmmm…

Look around at something you’d like to know
Something that fills you up inside gives you hope
Anything from a picture to a snow globe
Makes you happy and makes, makes you believe

Oooh, mmmm….

It’s the happiest and the best time of year
Happy holiday and a happy new year
a new hope, a new light, a new place for you and i
it’s gonna be, when you believe

oooh, when you believe

ooooh, when you believe

Look around at something that you can share
Something that you could give away you could wear
Anything from a heart to a teddy bear
Makes you happy and makes, makes you believe

It’s the happiest and the best time of year
Happy holiday and a happy new year
a new hope, a new light, a new place for you and i
it’s gonna be, when you believe

ooooh, when you believe
ooooh, when you believe, oooooh

Even though it may seem odd,
I believe in miracles,
Gotta trust and believe in yourself
Gotta keep movin on, being strong
Just believe, believe in yourself

It’s the happiest and the best time of year
Happy holiday and a happy new year
a new hope, a new light, a new place for you and I
it’s gonna be, when you believe

ooooh, when you believe
ooooh, when you believe, oooooh…

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So here it is – my original holiday song “Believe” created specially for Holiday Magic. It is inspired by believing that you can get stronger, be happy, and enjoy life everyday and especially during the holiday season no matter where you are. I thought about what would make me happy when I was in the hospital and what would make others happy too. I am honored and proud to share it with you and kids in children’s hospitals throughout this holiday season! It is written from experience and from the heart.

Pictured: Lele Rose recording the jingle bells in “Believe” – the first song I recorded right after/during my recovery at Loner Records – garage studio – Charlottesville, VA