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In the Booth with Ruth – Tomaca Govan, Singer & Songwriter

Tomaca Govan

When did you first take an interest in music? What inspired you, and how did you begin creating your own music? 

I have always loved music and wanted to sing since I was a very little girl. When I was five, my older sister asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I told her I wanted to be ‘a star’. In my five-year-old mind, being a star meant you sang on television on big stages and recorded albums. I didn’t really have or understand any other concept of what being a singer was. And that desire or interest was inspired by the constant variety of music that was played in the house when I was growing up. The other thing that inspired me was one of my older sisters who sang in the house all of the time. I would listen to her sing and mimicked her style, which was very operatic. I am grateful for that because I can sing in a number of different styles including opera.

In terms of creating my own music, I’ve always written songs, poetry – melodies and lyrics. After spending years in cover tune bands, it got to the point where I was no longer satisfied with singing other peoples’ songs. It was time to take it into a different direction that would be more fulfilling to me as a singer and as a creative being. 

How would you describe your music? 

I guess some would define it as ‘R&B’ or ‘smooth jazz’. For me, my music is a feeling and emotion. I can’t describe it. I will leave that to others. 

How often do you write new material? And where does your inspiration come from?

I don’t write new material often enough! Other things in life are taking too much of my time and have changed music being my main focus. An ‘artistically-focused me’ will write at least three new songs a week. However, at the present time I am probably doing one every three months.

We are all inspiration and inspired creative beings. Mine comes from everything – the wind, birds, the emotion that arises from a glance of people, places, things – everything, everywhere. I may see a leaf drop from a tree. I don’t just see it, I experience it falling and that invokes an emotion within me that opens up a channel for the words and music of that experience to come through.

There is always singing and music playing in my head. I can’t turn it off, and yes, I have tried. So that in itself is inspiration because I have the option of always being tuned in. It’s a matter of listening to what is being given to me, clarifying it and putting it down. So the vibe to create a certain thing is always there in the undercurrent waiting to manifest. I believe we are all channels of different things.    

What subjects do you most enjoy writing songs about? 

Love. Love is so easy and so everything. I truly believe in the bottom of my soul that despite everything we may see, hear or experience in life that love is all there is. It is the current underneath all things. It’s not just about love between a man and a woman, mother and child, etc., but the universal love. Humans in large part have gotten away from that. We’ve lost ourselves, our own humanity. I want to keep putting the message out there because we have to get back to that. It’s imperative. And the closer I get to being that myself, the more clear and the more expressive the messages are that come through me – that’s exciting to me.

Along with that vibe, I’m into motivational tunes. I truly want to inspire people to grow to their own greatest heights. The more we have people doing what they love and living the life they were meant to live, the better off we are as a whole. So, as I undergo the process of living and learning how to live a more fulfilled life, I want to share what I learn with others so they elevate themselves too – if they want.

Then there is a reality of life on this planet – war, starvation, greed, corruption, manipulation of the masses… I want to write about these things also but everything I start to work on turns into a message about that universal love. I believe that’s the Creator’s way of telling me not to write songs about the negative, but to focus on the positive with hopes that others will come through on that side. That is how we will change most rapidly negativity on the planet. But I will continue to try to develop a lyrical writing style that reflects the hardships people suffer more directly. With poetry I can do this easily; with songs it has been a challenge for it not to flip over to light and love!  

What draws you to those subjects? 

My inner being. No matter where I try to go, I always end up there. 

How long does it take to create a new song and what is the process? 

When you say ‘song’, if you are referring to a recorded piece, the entire process from inception to completion with music and mastering varies. I can write a melody and lyrics in minutes (and that is a song), but then the music has to be played, recorded, vocals done, then everything gets mixed and mastered. That could take anywhere from a day to weeks. I do not presently play any musical instruments. I am learning piano, but am still a very beginning beginner! I rely on those masterful musicians to create my music. 

You have chosen ‘More to Life’ for readers to listen to. Can you tell me what inspired that song and what it means to you? 

I was sitting around feeling sad, feeling a little lost and asking my inner self or the Creator for guidance. ‘More to Life’ is what came through me. We limit ourselves by our own thoughts. Remove those stifling thoughts and live your life. ‘There’s more to life than what you’re living!’ 

Can you tell me about your current projects?

Musically my upcoming project is going to have a lot more up-tempo music. Some people approach the creation of a CD as if it is a book and it has a title and each of the songs are chapters of the book. I don’t do that. I do individual songs, then decide which songs I will release and name the CD from there. So, I can’t tell you the name of it yet, but we expect to release it just before the spring.

For the next two years, I will be gathering footage for a documentary that I am doing about an unknown man who has done amazing things in his life. I feel his life and the message he has lived is something that needs to be put out there. It’s an exciting project. When that is done, or as it’s being done, there are other film ideas that I would like to do.

I have a number of other projects in progress:  several children’s books, a book of poetry, a series of motivational podcasts, a book, and women’s bags that I design… There’s more but I think I’ve mentioned enough of them for now! I just wish there was more time in the day to do all of these things. If we took away the need for money, this would be a simpler process, not just for me, but for all of us. I wish I didn’t have to work full-time, but alas, such is a reality at the moment.

My goal is to inspire as I’ve said. I have several blogs online, which I hope do that for people. 

What are your plans for the future? 

I define myself as ‘simply a singer’. But I, like all of us, am so much more than just one thing. My plans are simply to continue to get to know more about who I am and what I am being asked to do in this life. I plan to allow myself to be more open to my own creativity and my own voice, which is something I had to shut down for a little while. So I look forward to ‘the more’ that I will experience as I open the gate wider and wider.

I want to leave positive things behind for others, whether it’s music, poetry, art, books or other forms of inspiration.

I am putting together a program for young women. Along with that comes motivational speaking. I look forward to doing that, not just with women, but with everybody. We all need to wake up to our true selves and if I can say something – one thing, anything – to help someone to come to a realization or deeper awareness of themselves, then that’s fantastic.

At some point, it would be nice to become a justice of the peace. I would like to perform marriage ceremonies. Maybe it’s because I am in love with love and the message of love. 

Where can people find out more about you? 

The following sites are things I stand for and represent me:

Thank you for the opportunity to share.

About Ruth Jacobs (296 Articles)
Author of Soul Destruction: Unforgivable, a novel exposing the dark world and harsh reality of life as a drug addicted call girl. The main storyline is based loosely on events from my own life. In addition to fiction writing, I am also involved in journalism and broadcasting, primarily for human rights campaigning in the areas of sex workers' rights, anti-sexual exploitation and anti-human trafficking.

2 Comments on In the Booth with Ruth – Tomaca Govan, Singer & Songwriter

  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez // December 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm // Reply

    That was spectacular, I love your positiveness. And I like the T-shirt. 🙂

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