This winter is easier than last, but the chill and fierce wind still keeps me indoors. I was part of a songwriting group last winter given by Robin Lane, called A Woman’s Voice, through her non-profit: Songbird Sings. We met for several weeks of songwriting and recording at The Salasin (Women’s Resource) Center, in Greenfield, MA.
We started meeting around this time last year, and what helped as much as songwriting was the wonderful and resilient women who participated.
Sharon Brody from WBUR.org came to Robin’s recording space last summer to interview those of us who wished to, and to talk about Songbird Sings, and how we were helping heal some of our trauma through song writing, and through connecting with other survivors/”thrivers”.
In an interview with Robin, several participants, and myself, some of my song, February Day, plays after I speak, and in the background.
I seem to write best, and most often, in a group, and hope to continue song writing, as well as blogging, fiction, and non-fiction writing. Snippets of two of my older songs, Listen To Me, Rock of Gibraltar, and our collaborative song, Free Your Power, can be heard on the CD Baby site: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robinlane.
So much work lies ahead to realize my dreams, and being a singer-songwriter leads more to lots of gigs in lots of coffee-shops, bars, and out of the way places, than to vaunted halls of music, but at least I’m trying, and that trying keeps my hope – and so far me – alive.
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