connection and healing 

happy new year, friends!   

here's hoping you are facing 2017 with renewed optimism and purpose, and with faith in yourself and in those you love.  i know i am.  after nesting with my little family these last few weeks, i feel recharged and ready to go out into the world and do what i love the most.  while the world churns, as it always has and always will, i will sing and play with all my heart in the hope of sparking a little human connection and healing with each song.  

i'd like to share a piece of really good news.  my song, "matches," has been awarded silver in the folk/acoustic category in the 33rd ANNUAL MID-ATLANTIC SONG CONTEST.  i honestly couldn't be more pleased to be included on a list of winners with so many songwriters i admire, a bunch of whom i am lucky enough to call "friend."  it will be my honor and my pleasure to perform "matches" at the gala awards ceremony later this month. 

so onward into the breach i go, armed only with voice and guitar (and sometimes bass, of course).  won't you join me along the road somewhere?  if we all sing together, we can surely bring connection and healing to this churning world, one song at a time... 

wishing you love, light, and  

peace, 
carolann

What would Woody do? 

i have been feeling sad and confused lately, worried about what the future holds for our beloved, deeply divided, nation.  it seems we can't agree on much these days, and our angry, foggy brains seem incapable of thinking deeply about the proverbial big picture.  we disagree and we lash out.  we feel afraid and we look for someone to blame.  we long for connection and we find isolation instead. 

i think some of us who make songs for a living are having an especially hard time moving forward.  how do we respond in times of turbulence?  what can we say that will be meaningful?  should we strive for social relevance, or simply duck our heads and avoid saying anything meaningful at all?   

woody guthrie, the godfather of american folksingers, said that the job of a folksinger was to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.  that's a pretty lofty job description, but together with my brothers and sisters in song, i promise to continue to reach for that ideal in the weeks and months to come.  perhaps it will be only my own disturbed soul that is comforted and my own comfortable presumptions that are disturbed, but i will reach nonetheless.   

i will reach out.  i will listen.  i will seek the good in everyone i meet.  i will comfort, and yes, i will disturb.  but above all, i will sing.  i will sing with those who wish to sing.  i will sing for those who cannot sing.   

if we sing together, i know we can be louder than the hurt and the anger and the fear and the uncertainty.

Hello, world... 

...and welcome to my newly-revamped website!  We all need a little spruce-up every now and then, I suppose -- a new haircut, a massage, a new pair of shoes -- so I figured it was high time I shined up all things musical for presentation here on the magical interwebs.  I'll be updating this page whenever I have some news to share, a thought I simply must express, or some new shows on the calendar.  Browse around, stream some tunes, maybe pick up a CD or two, and drop me a note to say you've been here.  I look forward to hearing from you!
xo
cs

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