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, March 30, 2014

songs about water

I'm excited that some of my songs about rivers and watersheds will be sung at Undermountain Elementary School in Sheffield, MA this May. Thank you to music teacher Elizabeth Petty for all her work.
Another awesome teacher at Undermountain, Rebecca Neet, is working on sharing the lyrics to Survivor Tree with some of her students who will make a virtual book. Can't wait to see this!

Rivermass Song
 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


 © 2007 words and music by JoAnne Spies



Watershed Waltz
Come on, let’s dance
Can we skip? Can we prance?
I’ll try not to step on your toes
I saw you there with the clouds in your hair
In your shimmering, glimmering clothes
I didn’t know how the steps go
But you showed me every day

When the eagle flies back to her nest
Where the blue heron stands for her rest
When the salmon jump early in spring
Dance with me

In the river where the deer drink
In the middle of the woods by the muddy creek
In the way we listen and the way we speak
Dance with me

Come on, let’s dance
Can we skip? Can we prance?
I’ll try not to step on your toes
I saw you there
With the clouds in your hair
In your shimmering, glimmering clothes

I didn’t know how the steps go
But you showed me every day
When the eagle flies back to her nest
Where the blue heron stands for her rest
When the salmon jump early in spring
Dance with me

We’re doing the watershed waltz
 © 2007 words and music by JoAnne Spies


By Water I Am Led

I'm standin' by the riverside
Lost and rambling in my pride
Never knowing in my heart or head
That 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 and when I die
Carry me to the river and sea
I am water and I am free

 ©2007 words and music by JoAnne Spies
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 Save the Date for CATAtude!
CATAtude
Mark your calendars and join us in May for CATA’s Annual Performances & Gala!
When: Gala & Performance
Saturday, May 17 at 6:00pm
Matinee Performance
Sunday May 18 at 1:00pm
Where: Tina Packer Playhouse, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, Massachusetts
For more information call (413) 528-5485 or visit our office at 40 Railroad Street,
Suite 6, Great Barrington, MA.

I look forward to being in this show and sharing the voices of some of the elder artists I work with at Berkshire Healthcare settings through the Art Cart program.
Celebrating Fred's 104th birthday at North Adams Commons




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