I love this time of year. A May baby, my "qi" seems to kick into gear during the transition months and happily is staying with me as we move into winter. Change is the one constant. After a whirlwind summer, the 15th anniversary of 9/11 offered the opportunity to reflect and reconnect with my ongoing need for healing. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit and share my story and music with several Folk DJ's and am grateful for September's frequent airplay of my title song, "beyond the Ash and Steel" which speaks to the power of love to move us through painful times. You can listen to my interview with Ron Olesko on WFDU-FM's Traditions broadcast on 9/11 and read a review he wrote for Sing Out Magazine about Beyond the Ash and Steel.
A highlight of the heart was joining together with The Levins for two wonderful beautiful concerts on 9/11 and 9/12 focused on music with a theme of healing and community. It was truly an endeavor of love.
I was thrilled to be selected by Barbara and Graham Dean of WRPI's Mostly Folk as a 2016 Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ artist to perform at this year's NERFA conference. The whirlwind weekend of music was as exhausting and exhiliarating (yep! both) as always and the perfect means to cope with the distress of November 8th.
And despite the number of ups and downs (enough said!) of 2016, it was gratifying to end the year with my CD "Beyond the Ash and Steel" included among an impressive line-up on Folk DJ's list of Top albums, Songs and Artists for 2016 with the title track at #39 on the Top Songs chart!
Fun collaborations and performances in the months ahead. Check out my "Shows" page for details of upcoming events. I have also started to work on my next recording project and am excited to see where my muse takes me on this one!
Now, more than ever, we need to keep our eyes on the prize of winning with love. Music is a powerful vehicle and language for actualizing that vision. We have so much wonderful music out there. Celebrate and enjoy it!