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You’re never too old to have a new dream, chase it down, and make it a reality. It’s never too late to create new things you're passionate about or to start over. If you don’t believe that, then here is some inspiration from a woman from Amsterdam that decided to chase a new dream when she found a passion for music later in life.
As far as backstories go, Saycille has a very interesting one. In 1964 she entered this world, born in a small town near Amsterdam. She spent her life working various jobs, finally landing herself in a career as a home healthcare worker. Unfortunately, at 52 she found herself out of work. Her passion for helping other people stayed with her and she started volunteering at Tijd voor Meedoen (TvM), at the community center. This is a community project created to enhance the self-supportiveness of its people. This time spent giving herself to help others motivated her to start a weekly meeting for people in need of company, wanting to help those that feel alone since working in home healthcare.
It was during her time working for TvM that Saycille would begin to find a love for music. She joined the group's amateur band as one of their singers. Singing gave her the passion she needed to decide that she wanted to write a song, and one song would become many. She didn't know how to play any instruments, but with the help of a YouTube video, "instant piano genius," Saycille learned the chords for what would be the first instrument she ever played so that she could create songs. She writes all of the music and lyrics herself.
It was in December of 2016 that she started working on the songs that will soon be released on her first ever EP (sometime in November or December of 2017). In February she plans to release her first full-length album, Heartbeat.
In August Saycille’s first single, “Wish,” was released. It’s available for sale on Amazon digital, and you can also check out the video for it on YouTube.
Watch the video for the first release.
This song is pretty simple, but that makes it all the more pleasing. It has kind of a folky sound with some pop sensibilities. It’s something that you’d imagine hearing at a singer/songwriter night. It’s a storytelling song with tons of inspiration. I found that this song made me think of some of the more influential female-fronted songs of the 90s, from the music of Paula Cole to the music of Sheryl Crow and Natalie Merchant. I also think that fans of Colbie Caillat would enjoy this song. Maybe even some Melissa Etheridge fans would like the vocals on this. It’s a touching and beautifully rendered song.
The video itself seems to follow a day in the life of the singer, spreading happiness and inspiration wherever she goes throughout her day. It almost appears as though it was filmed on a smartphone, but it makes it simple and to the point and fits the story the lyrics of the song are trying to tell you.
I think that while the music itself, the words, are inspiring, Saycille’s story is also a very inspirational one and worth knowing before you even give the song a listen. It’s proof that you can make anything happen and that age isn’t a barrier to making your dreams come true or discovering new passions in life.
There is a beautiful quote from the singer herself that says,
"I want to express what’s in my heart, to make way for what's in other people’s hearts, where I believe we all share the same love for life itself and our beautiful planet."