Featured Artist | Songs By Ruth | The Brave

Songs By Ruth is a music project by Belize born songwriter and poet, Ruth Garnes. After migrating to NYC and becoming a nurse, she went on to become a published author of two poetic anthologies. Her latest song, “The Brave” is inspired by the fight within us all, to be strong in the face of adversity.

“Most of my writing is embroiled by social events that move me.”

Tell us what led you to writing “The Brave.”

Two days before Hurricane Harvey hit the gulf coast, I received an email from my neurologist informing me that I had two brain tumors. All of Houston was preparing for Hurricane Harvey as was I. As most of the Houston area homes became flooded so did my home. After the initial clean up to prepare our home for restoration, we headed to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. It was there I learned that one of my tumors needed to be removed immediately because if it grew it could lead to blindness. The second tumor was treated two months later with gamma radiation. A month after the gamma radiation procedure, I developed numbness and tingling in my head. As a result, my primary care physician referred me to a different neurologist but one in the same practice as the one who diagnosed my tumors. The doctor I was referred to refused to examine me in support of the neurologist that I had initially seen. Feeling frustrated, and hurt, I wrote the words to “The Brave.”

Do you believe writers need turmoil in his/her life in order to produce “good art?”

Most of my writing is embroiled by social events that move me. At times, the events may or not pertain to my life. I do believe that one can have a happy quiet life and still be inspired and moved by the life of others. Though I know that had I not lived through some difficult moments, I might not have been an empathetic writer.

5050songs Featured Artist, Ruth
5050songs® Featured Artist, Ruth

What’s your songwriting routine like? Do you write every day?

I write almost every day if only a verse. If a thought comes to me in church, or in my sleep, I get up and write it on my phone. I revisit and rewrite some of those initial thoughts and there are some that are left unfinished.

Do you think finding a song’s opening line is difficult? What’s your technique to have the great opening like “The Brave”?

While writing “The Brave,” I felt like, it certainly is true that when it rains it pours. Both the literal and poetic implication of that phrase applied to my situation. Generally, when I first start writing a poem or lyric, I am not fully aware of what I am writing about until the second verse. Once I decide on a theme, the challenge is to maintain that topic throughout the entire song.

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    jack adams
    Posted at 22:46h, 29 May Reply

    Wow what a beautiful song, good work Ruth. Hope your medical issues are resolved soon and you keep on writing.

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      Ruth Garnes
      Posted at 22:58h, 12 June Reply

      Thanks for your support. I appreciate it.

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    Shoshana Kent
    Posted at 10:27h, 30 May Reply

    Beautiful song, Ruth. I love the words and the music. Great combination. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

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    Sharla Mathews
    Posted at 11:40h, 30 May Reply

    “Life’s a stage where we all learn to perform.”
    That line really struck me. Beautiful song.

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      Ruth Garnes
      Posted at 22:59h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you

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    Ashley Wilkins
    Posted at 12:25h, 30 May Reply

    I love the Malala reference. It’s a positive, uplifting message. Stay strong!

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      Ruth Garnes
      Posted at 23:00h, 12 June Reply

      thank you.

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    Caroline Sosebee
    Posted at 15:23h, 30 May Reply

    She writes from the heart! God bless you Ruth

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    Cheryl davis
    Posted at 16:38h, 30 May Reply

    Beautiful song

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    Dawn Fray
    Posted at 18:24h, 30 May Reply

    This is a beautiful song and very meaningful.

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    Susan Taylor
    Posted at 19:00h, 30 May Reply

    Its an awesome song and it gave me strength in my time of turmoil. I can listen to it over and over again…Thanks Ruth for such a beautiful song. May God bless you on your journey!

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    Marianne Levy
    Posted at 19:58h, 30 May Reply

    Beautiful song, Ruth!!

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    Posted at 22:03h, 30 May Reply

    Powerful message put beautifully to music :))) Leaves you smiling and feeling empowered. Look forward to reading and hearing more of you Ruth:)))

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    Catherine Godinez
    Posted at 00:53h, 31 May Reply

    Beautiful words and great message in song. Love it, Ruth. Awesome.

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    Brittany Garnes
    Posted at 18:47h, 31 May Reply

    This song is very inspiring. Looking forward to more.

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    Disa Pierce
    Posted at 00:49h, 01 June Reply

    This is a beautiful and strong song. I feel many going through difficulties could relate and be inspired by it. Keep creating, you’re very talented! God bless your health!

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    Posted at 13:18h, 01 June Reply

    Wow! Life is not fair at times however it is beautiful depending on how one views it. Keep being Brave and WINNING!

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    Sarah A. Cocking
    Posted at 15:35h, 02 June Reply

    Ruth is a dear friend who has been through so much. It is always a blessing to spend time with her and her family.

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    Lillie Forbes
    Posted at 17:17h, 10 June Reply

    Such a powerful and moving song. An inspiration for anyone going through a difficult situation in their life.

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    Vivian Stembridge
    Posted at 20:20h, 12 June Reply

    “Take a stand in life”. Ruth your words on bravery around being strong and taking more – surviving any storm are very healing.

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    Posted at 06:33h, 20 June Reply

    This…this hit so hard. I loved every word. I have no other words…I love this song.

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    Julie Davila
    Posted at 13:54h, 23 June Reply

    Ruth, I am undone! Typing while tears flow. You have a lovely voice, a wonderful way with words, and a story that breaks my heart. Thank for sharing on BTB. I’m listening. I’m learning. And I will stand for justice with you.

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    Juanita Deleon
    Posted at 18:37h, 05 July Reply

    Love that song!!!! Great job!!!! Ruth on writing that song!!!! ❤

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    Nickalia Brown
    Posted at 19:34h, 29 July Reply

    I am amazed at how incredibly strong and passionate you are with not only dealing with your circumstances but also trying to strengthen and encourage others through your talented songwriting, this is a beautiful song which is filled with many inspiring, motivational words and I hope that you will continue to do this because a blessing awaits you and to remain strong in the Lord and in the power of his might

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    Barbara Garnes
    Posted at 18:48h, 05 August Reply

    Thank you Ruth for this awesome song! You are truly an encourager! God bless you!

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    Ebuka Okpala
    Posted at 02:15h, 19 December Reply

    This is a beautiful song, Mrs. Garnes, I am sorry you had to and still going through this. Stay strong, the Lord is your strength ma’am.

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