Month: March 2015

SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman to Present at “Remembering Rachel Carson” Symposium in Chicago

SW’s Judith-Kate Friedman to Present at “Remembering Rachel Carson” Symposium in Chicago

“Remembering Rachel Carson and Creating Environmental Art” – the Symposium

On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 Songwriting Works’ founder Judith-Kate Friedman will present on “Songwriting By the Salish Sea: Cross-generational Creativity and Lessons from the Rural NorthWest” at the Aging in America conference. Her talk will be one of five featured in a Symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s influential  book “Sense of Wonder,” which launched the modern environmental movement, and the 7th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency’s intergenerational “Sense of Wonder” contest.

Wednesday's Aging in America Event will Honor the Creative Spirit of Rachael Carson (pictured above)
Wednesday’s Aging in America Event will Honor the Creative Spirit of Rachael Carson (pictured above)

About “Sense of Wonder” — the Intergenerational Contest Experience

Between 2007 and 2014 multigenerational teams from across the U.S. came together to enter the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder contest. Results included an increased shared appreciation for the environment; greater interest in stewardship of the environment; shared memories of beautiful places across generation, and creating artwork as an intergenerational team in a given locality or region. Presenters will demonstrate how they developed and used evidence-based programs and principles to meet the need for creative aging and intergenerational programming across the lifespan. Attendees will learn how the power of art and creativity expressed through words, songwriting, art and dance can influence policy makers and the public via unique events and social media.

Presenters: 

“Generations Together Visualizing and Creating Natural Wonders” – Kathy Sykes, Senior Advisor for Aging and Sustainability, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

“Creating a Legacy at The Intergenerational School: the Sense and Wonder of Rachel Carson” – Peter Whitehouse, MD, PhD, Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Cleveland, OH

“Songwriting By the Salish Sea: Cross-generational Creativity and Lessons from the Rural NorthWest” – Judith-Kate Friedman, Founder and Director, Songwriting Works Educational Foundation

“Dancing Rachel Carson’s Legacy: Creating a sense of wonder through intergenerational dance, music and story” – Maria Genne, MEd, Founder and Director, Kairos Alive!, Minneapolis, MN

“Bring History Alive through Intergenerational Arts Education” – Jennie Smith-Peers, Executive Director, Elders Share the Arts, NY, NY

I’m 100 Years Old (Or So I’ve Been Told!)

I’m 100 Years Old (Or So I’ve Been Told!)


 

I’m 100 Years Old (Or So I’ve Been Told) Lyrics

 

I’m 100 years old or so I’ve been told

But I don’t feel my age at all

I’ll live and find out what this life is all about

And I hope and I pray it’s a ball!

 

When we were eighteen we had different lives

Some had husbands, some had wives

Did we ever carry on!

We graduated high school, went to college for a time

Some had children, went to work

And then the war was on

 

We went into the service: the Army, the Navy, the Shipyards

The Air Force, the Coast Guard saved hundreds of lives

The $64,000 question: Will we ever really have peace?

We watched while in that war so many, many died

 

I’m 100 years old or so I’ve been told

But I don’t feel my age at all

I’ll live and find out what this life is all about

And I hope and I pray it’s a ball!

 

They say “Life begins at 40” – I can tell you it’s true

Our 40’s and 50’s were sensational times

Just looking back on them – Oh boy, I can’t tell you –

We were traveling gypsies

On the road all the time

 

I’m 100 years old or so I’ve been told

But I don’t feel my age at all

I’ll live and find out what this life is all about

And I hope and I pray it’s a ball!

 

Sixty is like a diamond – to see your children all grown up

I’m happy, content –

We’re still carrying on!

 

Keep your mind and body active

I can tell you that’s a must!

To go through the stages, it’s healthier to love

 

With peace in your heart

Life will agree with you

It sounds like a dream – but it’s true

It’s true!

 

I’m 100 years old or so I’ve been told

But I don’t feel my age at all

I’ll live and find out what this life is all about

And I hope and I pray it’s a ball!

 

© 1998-99 Composing Together Works/Jewish Home San Francisco. Words and music by Singers and Songwriters of the Jewish Home in San Francisco with Judith-Kate Friedman, California Arts Council artist-in-residence. Performed by the Singers and Songwriters on their debut CD ‘Island on a Hill’ (2002) accompanied by Judith-Kate Friedman (guitar, backing vocals), Daniel Hoffman (violin), Jeanette Lewicki (accordian). Click here to purchase!

I’m Satisfied (The Way I Am)

“I’m Satisfied (The Way I Am)”, composed by participants at OlyCAP’s Encore Program in Port Angeles using the collective Songwriting Works™ approach, is a country song. While Johnny Cash-inspired in its flavor, both the lyrics and melody are wholly original, as is the process in which groups of 3 to 30 individuals diverse in health, age, and education collectively compose songs together. Each song carries the voices and truths of the writers and their community.


“I’m Satisfied (The Way I Am)” Lyrics

I’m satisfied the way I am
Try and change me if you can
If you do you’ll be in trouble
You’ll be in trouble if you try
Please don’t break my bubble
My oh My

Try and try again
But you’ll never win
Never win for losin’

Try and try again
Keep your mind open
Make the best choice in choosin’

I’m satisfied the way I am
Try and change me if you can
If you do you’ll be in trouble
You’ll be in trouble if you try
Pease don’t break my bubble
My oh My

© 2010 Composing Together Works. Words and music by elders at OLYCAP’s Encore Program, Port Angeles, WA with Matt Sircely and Judith-Kate Friedman. All rights reserved. From the forthcoming album “Life’s a Song”, release date: Spring 2016. 

Watch the video below to glimpse the songwriting process behind “I’m Satisfied (The Way I Am)”!


Check out Matt Sircely (mandolin) and Keeth Monta Apgar (guitar) performing the song!

 

Let the Fire Fall

Let the Fire Fall

“Let the Fire Fall” is a song about the Yosemite Firefall, a California summer tradition for nearly 100 years. While she was a California Arts Council artist-in-residence at the Jewish Home San Francisco, Judith-Kate Friedman employed the Songwriting Works method to co-write this song with elders diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In the clip below, “Let the Fire Fall” is performed as the Opening Plenary Song at the Aging in America (then called ASA/NCOA) Conference in San Francisco, California. Judith-Kate is joined by Billy Cauley (percussion), Edie Hartshorne (tibetan bells), and artists, speakers and leaders in the field of aging who joined in the plenary session chorus.


 

“Let the Fire Fall” Lyrics

 

For nearly 100 years up in Curry Camp

We’d wait until the dark of night, blow out our oil lamps

Tree bark burned all through the day

They’d stoke the fires while children played

Embers grew so orange-white

Fire bloomed all through the night

 

Chorus:     And they’d say:

            Are you ready?

            Yes we’re ready!

            So, let the fire fall now

            Let the fire fall

 

That fire would fall like liquid gold

It looked as though the heavens would unfold

Everyone would stand and sing

“Indian Love Call” – how it would ring

 

Chorus

 

Those days are now a fond memory

But I will ne’er forget Yosemite

The beauty of the land and after all

Waiting for that fire to fall

 

Chorus

 

© 1997 Composing Together Works/Jewish Home. 

Words by elders of the Jewish Home San Francisco, Garden Unit, with Judith-Kate Friedman.

Music by Judith-Kate Friedman.  From the CD “Island on a Hill.”  All rights reserved.

SW at Creative Aging in America/Rachael Carson Event in Chicago!

On Wednesday, March 25th, SW founder and director, Judith-Kate Friedman, will join a group of distinguished presenters at a Creative Aging in America Event celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book “Sense of Wonder.”

Presentations include:

Generations Together Visualizing and Creating Natural Wonders (Kathy Sykes)

Creating a Legacy at The Intergenerational School: the Sense and Wonder of Rachel Carson (Peter Whitehouse)

Dancing Rachel Carson’s Legacy: Creating a sense of wonder through intergenerational dance, music and story (Maria Genne)

Bring History Alive through Intergenerational Arts Education (Jennie Smith-Peers)

Songwriting By the Salish Sea: Cross-generational Creativity and Lessons from the Rural NorthWest (Judith-Kate Friedman)