such an honor to hear Sarah Lee Guthrie & Hoping Machine sing my song at the Climate March in DC!

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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
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

This week my Art Cart session with an Alzheimer's group of about twenty artists was rhythmic to the extreme. 
Three people were rocking full out to the rhythms we created together and you could see feet tapping, heads nodding, smiles forming and fingers lifting in time to the beat all around the room with folks who had limited mobility.

One of the more expressive movers told me afterwards that it was a special session.
 'How so?' I asked.
'You touched the corners where I don't usually meet people,' she said as she smiled.
What an eloquent way to say where music leads us!

"Music touches the corners where we don't usually meet people."
                                                  ~ an artist with Alzheimer's


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"To hear something asks very little of us. To listen places our entire being on notice."
~Terry Tempest Williams
more from interview..

...to listen is to survive
Yes, but it’s no longer about survival of the fittest, but survival of compassion. I think about the desert tortoise and all it is up against in the Mojave desert of St. George, Utah, where development is rampant. If the desert tortoise survives, it will not be because of its capacity to survive, but our capacity to care. Do we have enough empathy to allow the tortoise to live alongside us with enough land protected for its own use, not ours? 
Do we have enough insight to restrain our own appetite for more instead of less, 
which means more for other species?