Hilary Weeks' 'Say Love' spreads messages of hope, Savior's love
“I love the concept behind that song,” said Weeks, who wrote and rewrote the song and ultimately collaborated with another artist on it. “We all find ourselves in a position where we need a second chance and another second chance and another one. We find ourselves just making sometimes the same mistakes — we don’t want to and we all keep going, but we just still hope for another second chance.”
And there are other songs that are meant to be more carefree and fun.
She saw the words “It’s a Good Day to have a Good Day” on a spiral notebook and thought that could be a song title. And “It’s a Good Day” shares the power of having a positive attitude regardless of the rain or sunshine.
A music video for “Say Love” is about the value of spreading kind words to others, including delivering some of those messages via paper airplane.
For the video, it shows her writing the messages and then sending the airplanes flying off a building, which was a parking garage in Provo.
Two girls, who were 9 or 10, found one of the airplanes and read it, Weeks said. “I looked down off the garage just as they did. They opened it and they squealed and went running towards their parents. It was amazing.”
Sometimes she can go straight to the piano and write, and other times, she can’t get to a piano immediately or the idea needs to simmer for while.
Overall, “Say Love” was one of the hardest CDs to put together, said Weeks, who is a fan of contemporary Christian musicians Andrew Peterson and Nichole Nordeman.
Some of the songs came quickly, others took longer and some song ideas didn’t quite come to fruition.
Weeks is a frequent presenter at Deseret Book’s Time Out for Women events and runs the website BillionClicks.org that invites others to note and share positive thoughts and experiences. In May, she helped spearhead the “Clicks for Moms” effort during the month through BillionClicks.org, and about half a million were logged then.
“I love that music is a companion to someone no matter what kind of day they are having and no matter what mood they are in,” Weeks said, whether it’s a celebration or a need to be uplifted. “A song can always be a friend.”
Other Mormon artists have been on Billboard's classical charts, including violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and pianists Josh Wright and Paul Cardall. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which is produced under its own label, has frequently been on and at the top of the Classical Traditional chart.
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