EILEEN LLOYD, SONGWRITER - Winner of the Murrieta "Songwriting Competition" with "Gem of the Valley", official city song.
The first song I had professionally produced was a country song called "Well, Excuse Me For Livin' ". I sent it to a company which specializes in professionally recording personal songs. When I received the letter that my song was accepted, I was so excited, I felt like I had won a grammy, until I read the fine print and discovered they wanted $350 to record it! I sent $30 a month until it was paid off. When it finally arrived, my husband decided to surprise me by playing it at a local coffee house. Sweet! My song was on a CD with a collection of other country songs.
I always loved writing personal family songs such as "Little Girl Kisses and Pony Tail Dreams" for my daughter, Therese, before she was born and "She's Only Little Once" when she was a pre-schooler. "Cotton Pickin' Man" is a tribute to my dad's tough early years. Even a trip to New York with my Girlfriends inspired me to write a funny song called "They got the Soul of New York in their Hands".
A few years later, I met Jason Brawner, producer and songwriter. He helped me understand song stucture, etc. From there, we started writing songs together and one day, I had him listen to a song I wrote called "Dream Crusher". I felt honored to have it included on a "Girls Against Abuse" CD, a musical campaign to help women and youth "Recognize, Resist and Recover" from abuse and mistreatment. The Girls even choreographed a special "Dream Crusher "dance for their performance.
I then wrote "Back Stabbin' Tease" which was featured in a suspense movie called "Sugar Daddy" produced by Neil Simard. I was "dying" to act in that movie and watching it on the "silver screen" was a thrill of a lifetime!
Perhaps my greatest songwriting accomplishment, so far, is winning the Murrieta Songwriting Competition a couple years ago with "Gem of the Valley", a song I co-wrote with Jason Brawner. I researched the history of Murrieta for the first verse, then included several of the fun activities Murrieta has to offer in the second verse. With a combination of past and present city slogans, a heartfelt country "city song" was born. "Gem of the Valley" is now the official city song for the City of Murrieta.
My husband, our four children and I have enjoyed living in Murrieta for 15 years.