new CD available on band camp click on cover image below to download tracks

new CD available on band camp          click on cover image below to download tracks

Monday, February 6, 2017

Freedom from Want

Governor Baker's Cuts Hurt Food Banks

Resource for food banks, etc.

Berkshire Food Web 

Hold the Date: March 31st!!

There will be a freestyle (freedom style) dance

                       at the Lenox Community Center                             

 with the Rev Tor Trio

to benefit CHP Project Milk

an emergency food fund

7:00 - 9:00pm     65 Walker Street Lenox, MA  

    ~>"Freedom from Want" essay written by Carlos Bulosan for the original Four Freedoms 

An illuminating read

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


First Unity St. Pete

It was an honor to sing at First Unity: great band, powerful sermon                                                          and meditation. Loved sharing the stage with Sierra Davis, Alan Armstrong and the Unity singers.

20,000 strong in St. Pete March

                                                Missed my peeps in the Berkshires and DC,
                                                but so moved to be with marchers in St. Pete.

NOMAD Art Bus ~ Art for Everyone

Great to meet Carrie Boucher and learn about the NOMAD Art Bus
in St. Pete, Florida. 
A canvas on wheels and a program whose motto is Art For Everyone.

Friday, November 18, 2016

                                          Thank you, Mose Alison.
                                           Rest In Peace

Monday, November 14, 2016

Mr. Trump collages

'Mr. Trump, Please Stop Waffling' collage by J. Spies

collage by JoAnne Spies

'Mr. Trump, We Demand that you Denounce Racism'
collage by JoAnne Spies

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

We are water and by water are led...

A friend heard the water protector's moving testimony: 'I am made of water..' and it reminded him of my song
 By Water I Am Led  
(Spoken Intro)
Twelve thousand years of tears are standing in my throat                                      
A hundred million fears are woven in my coat
Illusion and memory are all the same
Can you tell me, what is my name? 

Beyond the mountains I move along                                          My voice is hidden, then my voice is strong

After so much silence and separation
Will you praise my beauty, my reparation?
Rising, falling, known, unknown
My water blossoms in your bone
I am the heart of tree and bird
I am the river, a holy word
I'm standing by the riverside                                                                                                           
Lost and ramblin' in my pride                      
Never knowin' in my heart and my head      
 I am water and by water am led              
Let the memory of the soft green ground
And the majesty of each simple sound
Hold me when I’m tumbling down
I am water,  missing and found
   Landlocked, full of fear                             
   Sound your torrent that I may hear         
   Where I’m stubborn, let me flow            
   Where I’m ignorant, let me know            
Let the spirit of the earth and sky
Keep me when I die
Carry me to the river and sea
I am water and I am free

words and music by JoAnne (Giovanna) Spies