Seriously?

This American Life commissioned some musical theater songs inspired by this unbearable election ordeal, and here's one of three (listen to the other two HERE.) This is the refrain, in the voice of President Obama. Angry? Am I angry? You ask me if I'm angry? And I'm at a loss for words. After all we've done, every battle…

Music and the Divine Feminine

In honor of Mother's Day, I want to share the music and work of Jennifer Berezan with you. Berezan is appearing in concert May 27th in Washington DC for the first time, and I am thrilled to get to hear her. Jennifer is a unique blend of singer/songwriter and activist. She has recorded over ten albums,…

We Can Be Heroes

Farewell to the musician who provided the playlist for my young life, and the artist who gave sound and vision to the androgynous, artistic, alien of my soul. In a world with no road map, as the traditional life of my parents and grandparents became quaint and irrelevant, Bowie blazed across the firmament, operatic troubadour of the next moment. He released…

Strange Magic

Dreaming of spring, the mind turns to flowers, butterflies, fairies and... bugs? Well, yes, if you life in southern Maryland. Although it's been frozen into silence lately, we have a buzzingly diverse ecosystem here in the coastal plains and wetlands, rich in the insect life that supports the abundant bird and fish populations we're known…

Alive Inside, the Power of Music

When my father was in Hospice in has last three days of life, he relaxed, grateful that no one was forcing him to eat or go to appointments. He dozed, phasing in and out of awakening. He heard a wisp of something and asked me: "What is that beautiful song?" I listened, and heard the strains…

Grace is the right word

Next Sunday, July 20 there's a tribute and benefit concert for my friend and neighbor Grace Griffith, the award-winning folk singer from Accokeek Maryland. It's also an album release party for Passing Through, a new CD. Due to the effects from Griffith's 17-year battle with Parkinson's Disease, the album took more than two years to painstakingly record;…

New Music is Sprouting!

I am watching the newly green trees sway in the breeze and grooving to this marvelous new record from my neighbor, singer, songwriter, mother, baker, physical therapist, gardener, and all-around amazing woman: Lynn Hollyfield. I wrote about her song Boats Gone By in 2012. If you supported Lynn Hollyfield's Kickstarter campaign for In the Balance you already know...…

Miraculous Sounds of Spring

If you heard this sound, would you think it was? click to play audio At first listen, you might think you were hearing something like this: click to play audio That's a sound it's good to hear in the woods these days. The mid-Atlantic winter has been hard on us, and the singing of frogs…

Holiday Blues and a White Christmas

I love the movie, and the song,  White Christmas  beyond all reason. The film stars Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kay and Vera Ellen,and I think I watched it with my grandfather every year, curled by the fire.We laughed and sang the songs together,  and  knew many of the lines. The movie is ridiculous. (go watch it,…