|Pete Seeger's Bountiful Harvest, Part 1||
Pete Seeger planted seeds of music & change everywhere he went, and some of that harvest is shared today (& next week) by a visit with Leda Schubert, author of Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing (and also The Princess of Borscht), and musician friends of Pete's,
|More Pete Seeger Fruits: Reggie Harris, Annie Patterson, Sarah Pirtle, & Peter Alsop||
More fruits of the musical seeds planted by Pete Seeger over his 94 years, with guests like Reggie Harris, Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Peter Alsop, and Sarah Pirtle (and several more folks in 2 weeks!).
Stressful, challenging, daunting times call for special medicine. Al Gini, author of The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes in Our Lives, believes that humor is a vital ingredient in good emotional/mental health. Al is Professor of Business Ethics at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University, and for decades was the "resident philosopher" on NPR's affiliate WBEZ in Chicago.
|Taste the Light||
David LaMotte is rich in music, and bountiful in living out what he sings about. With 12 recordings, 3 books, founding credits for Abraham Jam and a Rotary World Peace Fellowship, there is so much to rhapsodize about. Situated in Black Mountain, North Carolina, David has voice, lyrics, & guitar to charm you deeper.
Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
|Keeping It Halal||
In Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys, John O'Brien looks at the lives of the Legendz, a small group of members of the Muslim Youth Program of a mosque John worked with. The tensions of be a member of a too-often-feared religion and to be accepted as a teenager in the USA can be a real challenge, and John explores the way it works.
|Widening Circle of Care||
When we find that even well-loved and previously-respected icons are dropping left & right, we need to be asking what we can do to encourage healthy, thoughtful, & non-predatory male sexuality. Fortunately, Peter Alsop has been exploring & walking just such a path with his music for decades, taking on all the related, thorny issues with wit, insight, & song. After all, Peter is an educational psychologist, as well as a wonderful musician.
|Leftover Dreams & Peace of the Present||
Patrice Haan has been part of the leadership of the Bay Area Folk Harp Society, producing music with an instrument wonderfully compatible with her voice & lyrics. She has 2 CDs on her own, and another 2 as part of the duet Leftover Dreams.
|Psychedelic Folk Revival in the Country - Joanne Rand, Part 2||
Joanne Rand melds elements of folk/rock/country/classical and more in her songs, all of them infused with a root-deep connection to nature, peace, and roving ways. A lover of trees, whales, peace, and her Georgia-based family, she uses her music to connect all.
|Treehouse Living, Stars Are Singing - Joanne Rand, Part 1||
Joanne Rand overcame her shyness because of her need to sing people together in care for the Earth. Having lived way off the grid, in a tree house, she's walked the walk, from growing up in Georgia to parenthood in Northern California, where she listens to the song of the stars.
|Rethinking Money - Jacqui Dunne & Bernard Lietaer||
Jacqui Dunne & Bernard Lietaer are co-authors of Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity, a book that will open your eyes and transform your thoughts about money and economics. With a view toward rescuing the world from economic and ecological collapse, Jacqui & Bernard write of complementary currencies and the potential they hold - and changes they are making - to transform our communities, nations, and world.
|Gonna Take it with Me: Sue Kranz's Song of the Soul||
Sue Kranz is a musical gift, and humble on top of that. Rooted in mindfulness meditation, thriving in nature, changing the world through activism and teaching, Sue shares a beautiful soul, voice, guitar and flute, helping the world be a better place.
|Pointing at the Sun||
Cheryl Wheeler does music and life her own way - openly, honestly, and comfortably - and the result is a lot of stunning music and messages. Her songs have been covered by folks like Peter, Paul & Mary, Garth Brooks, and even Bette Midler, a testament to real quality, appealing across the musical spectrum.
Denise Jordan Finley performs in a duo with Daniel Pagdon as Finley and Pagdon. Denise has decades of experience with other duos and configuration, but the real suprise is that she's only really got her stride as a songwriter in the 12 years or so. With music rooted in folk or Americana, she ranges to bluegrass, jazz and much more. As a non-conforming believer, directing music in the Presbyterian Church, she's a deep soul and a musical voyageur.
|We Will Survive - Pat Lamanna's Song of the Soul||
Pat Lamanna is part of the People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom & Struggle, has performed for 15 years as part of the folk trio, The Raggedy Crew, and run a coffee house music venue starting in the 1970's.
|River of the Big Canoe - Ed Trickett's Song of the Soul||
Ed Trickett has a long and fruitful connection with folk music, on his own and as part of the nearly legendary trio, Bok, Muir & Trickett, all recording with Folk Legacy Records. When he's not on the road, Ed is a prof of psychology at Univ of Illinois - Chicago.
|Simple Living - Fred Small's Song of the Soul||
Fred Small animates stories through his songs, with a heart and a spirit of gold. He weaves a world-wide family with his songs of healing and hope. Fred started out as a lawyer in the environmental field, became a folksinger/activist, and is currently as a minister at First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist.
|The Verdant Mile||
Tracy Grammer is, via her website, a poetry-loving, type A ex-head cheerleader, graphic designer, classically trained violinist and karaoke queen with Florida roots and California cool. And for a handful of years she was in a folk duo with the incredible Dave Carter, which makes this a story for the ages. One of their songs, Gentle Arms of Eden, was rated 75 in the top 100 folk songs of all times, so you know this is great folk music!
|Patricia Morrison's Song of the Soul||
Patricia Morrison first trained as a classical vocalist, but a combination of factors, including her experience around 9-11 led her to a degree in Peace and Global Studies, peace activism, communal activist living and, eventually to her current life as a itinerant musician, wandering the American landscape.
Unless otherwise noted, the songs featured in this program are by Patricia Morrison:
|Tom Goss' Song of the Soul||
Tom Goss is a big-hearted singer/songwriter from Washington D.C. Motivated by his passion for social justice issues, Tom spent 6 months in seminary to become a Catholic priest before deciding it wasn't right for him. Tom writes and sings frequently of love and its rightness, regardless of laws. Tom and his partner will be married in October in D.C., one of the areas that provides for gay marriage.
|Made Out of Water - Alice Di Micele's Song of the Soul||
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Alice Di Micele has a deep connection to Spirit in nature, especially through the element of water. With 12 recordings to her name, she's been prolific and profound. Raised Catholic, nature is now her church.
All the songs in this program are written & performed by Alice Di Micele
|Ari Herstand's Song of the Soul||
Ari Herstand is a Midwestern singer/songwriter, soon to be in LA. Much of his studio work is mellow, painting images from an inner palette and, raised as a cultural & religious Jew, Ari provides a new and valuable perspective for many listeners.
|Nathen Aswell's Song of the Soul||
Nathen Aswell is a Canadian singer/songwriter who believes his purpose in this life is to inspire and heal through his music. His debut CD "Little By Little" is a mix of excellent music with deep Spirit.
|River Light - Andy Juhl's Song of the Soul||
Andy Juhl is a young, quiet, Quaker farmer in rural Northwest Iowa with a passion for peace, love and music. With his twin brother on drums, his wife on French horn, and various friends and musicians to accompany him, you'll find a lot of music with meaning.
All the songs in this program are performed by Andy Juhl
|Tree Meditation - Joe Reilly's Song of the Soul||
Joe Reilly is a singer, a songwriter, an environmental educator, and a man on a spiritual quest. His spirit journey has taken him from Catholic to Native American to Buddhist and back to Catholic, all the while deeply connected to the Earth.
All the songs in this program are performed by Joe Reilly
|Trafficking with Cynics - Marge Eiseman's Song of the Soul||
MargeTheMaven.com is the web home of Jewish singer/songwriter Marge Eiseman. Marge leads workshops and programs on Storahtelling, Comfort Shawls, Hip Spirituality and many other topics.
All the songs in this program are performed by Marge Eiseman: