CD, which I recorded and released in 1999, contains several
of my own songs and a few of my favorite songs by other contemporary
on the title of any linked song will take you to lyrics and
the songs on this CD:
Myself," I share my journey toward understanding
who I am and what I have to offer. I wrote this when I was just
beginning to understand myself as a woman (at the late age of
37 or so) and it has strengthened and guided me and served as
a reminder since then.
One of the things that's been vital to my personal development
and to my ability to focus my energy on my singing and songwriting
is learning to make conscious choices about how I use my energy.
I've had to learn to say "no" to expectations I can't
or don't want to fulfill, in order to be able to do what I want
to do. Calling
My Wisdom Home is about the expectations I grew
up with, and my struggle to bring my energy back to myself.
had a crush on a teacher, minister or therapist? Ever get really
mad at someone, only to realize later that you were really "taking
your feelings out on" the wrong person? These are transferences.
My Therapist (because knowing about transference doesn't save
me from it)" depicts a number of transferences
I have experienced in my work with my therapist. Bringing my sense
of humor to bear on experiences that felt painful and embarrassing
helped me to transform them. I hope you'll recognize yourself
and laugh. Or squirm. (By the way, I had the great pleasure of
studying musical theater with Tom Lehrer; I hope his influence
is apparent in this song!)
on to Your Lover" is about the ways in which we
numb ourselves to the unacceptable rather than making difficult
Your Mind Somewhere Along the Way" is the story
of my reaction to and misunderstanding of the diagnosis of bipolar
disorder in a dear friend.
Right Hand of God" is a critical look at child
abuse and people who violate the boundaries of the children entrusted
to their care.
am deeply grateful to the many wonderful songwriters whose work
inspires and informs mine. I have included some of my favorites
on this CD.
Alaskan Libby Roderick is my favorite singer/songwriter. I love
her work, and had a difficult time narrowing the choices down.
In the end, I chose to include "Low to the Ground," which
is a celebratory reminder that music, dancing, children, animals
and other simple things are what make and keep us whole. "Because
You Do" struck a deep chord within me, as I learned it just as
I was recognizing the depth of my husband's commitment to me (after
15 years together). I included it on this CD as a tribute to him.
the Lambing to the Wool" is an exquisite ballad of an old woman
looking back on her life as a farm wife, by Australian singer/songwriter
love "Rock in the River" by Neal Hagberg for its depiction of
a strong woman. Sometimes I relate to her; other times I need
this song to inspire me! Neal is half of the Minneapolis-based
duo Neal and Leandra, whose songwriting, singing, harmonies, and
performances are outstanding!
Dutchman" by Michael Peter Smith is a well-known ballad about
an old man with dementia, and his relationship with his loving
wife, Margaret. Beautiful!
Man's Land" by Eric Bogle is a folk standard, a moving and powerful
song about the ravages of war.
in My Mother's House" is a joyful song of thanksgiving by singer,
songwriter and storyteller Stuart Stotts. One of the greatest
gifts my parents gave me is music. Our home and our lives were
filled with it, and my parents encouraged and supported me in
my creative pursuits. They are a large part of the reason I'm
a singer and songwriter today.