In their mission to restore joy, hope, health and community through song, Songwriting Works’ “Life’s a Song” trio of award-winning singer-songwriters launched their inaugural concert tour July 24, 2017 at the International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics global convention at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The trio–Judith-Kate Friedman, Keeth Apgar and Ash Devine–took listeners on a multi-media journey into family life, heritage, WWII service, the Big Band era, and more. Audiences experienced how Songwriting Works combines ancient Oral Tradition practices of collective music-making blended with breakthrough insights from neuroscience, biology, and social engagement research. Theresa Allison, MD, PhD, medical ethnomusicologist and physician, moderated. JoAnn Mar of KALW-FM San Francisco interviewed Judith-Kate Friedman for a piece on the impact of music and original music-making for those nearing end of life (one of the many populations with whom SW’s team composes songs). “Life’s a Song”–the tour and forthcoming album–celebrate the artistry, stories, and voices of rural elders and friends, ages 12 to 103, in Washington State. Watch this page for dates for both the radio feature and the “Life’s a Song” release!
What can happen when professional songwriters bring their skills to elders, youth, and families in service to restoring joy, hope, health and community through song?
In 2018+19, award-winning musicians Judith-Kate Friedman, Keeth Monta Apgar and Ashleigh “Ash” Devine will bring Songwriting Works on tour to collaborate with performance venues, media producers, health, social service and housing providers and a rural school district. Contact us to learn more about bringing an artist-in-residency–collective songwriting project, concert, master classes, keynote or trainings for musicians, providers and family care partners–to your community or conference.
Make Music Day 2017 celebrates the first day of summer with music listening and learning events city-wide, indoors and out. To learn more, go to makemusicday.org/porttownsend