Keeping the faith!

11th November 2000 I had the opportunity to meet Coretta Scott King in Atlanta, GA where she was speaking at the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. Let me just say, she thinks it makes a real difference if Gore is elected instead of Bush and… she doesn’t think the fight is over. The election is not over. I am receiving messages from Florida that make it clear that the good people of that state are still battling to make the politicians honor the intention of the voters in West Palm Beach. Meanwhile, something ominous is happening. There is a drumbeat getting louder and louder in the… Read More

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If you love women…..

6th November 2000 This Tuesday, November 7, I will be in Nashville, Tennessee with the Gore campaign. If Al Gore wins this election, I will be standing among many people who will use this election cycle experience as a springboard for a new affirmative progressive effort. If Al Gore loses this election, I will be standing with others at the starting line for the next phase of the marathon struggle against increased woman-hatred in the United States. I join with thousands of voices on the Internet that are currently being raised to encourage everyone to vote this Tuesday in the American presidential election. I have sent the following note out… Read More

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Seeking Solid Ground…

div style=”width: 700px;”> 1st November 2000 During this period, as our court system is being attacked by the same man, George W. Bush, who feels entitled be the next President of the United States “under the rule of law,” I find myself seeking solid ground. I am horrified to see this arrogant man’s political machine manufacture demonstrations and near-riots that intimidate and presume that he has already won the Presidential election and that Vice President Gore is trying to “steal” the election from him.I am looking for a sense of hope and possibility at a time where it appears that the darkest, most venal forces are loose on the land.… Read More

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A View of the Democratic National Convention

2nd September 2000 Been there. Still there. “A View of the Democratic National Convention” The context for my latest adventure is that my career in music was forged in the political fires of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s. I worked with women all over the United States who understood the transformative connexion between politics and culture. My performances were often at events where these two powerful and empowering forces were effortlessly intertwined. Imagine then what a sublime pleasure it was to attend the recent Democratic National Convention and find many women who have participated in building the Women’s Music Movement still involved in the electoral process as delegates,… Read More

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Songwriting Retreat…II

17th July 2000 Such a state of mind! Here I am, surrounded by flowers and the Pacific Ocean at my recent song-writing retreat. This imagery is so fundamental to my aesthetic sensibility that without any conscious effort on my part, these natural miracles have been woven into the fabric of my music since I first began writing. And now, once again, the Northern California Pacific Coast has given me new music and insights. With gratitude for these gifts, I will add two final songs to a CD project I am beginning to spin even as I write these words.

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