SONGS OF A WOUNDED PRINCESS celebrates the healing powers of resilience and unconditional love. It's a story of becoming whole through music.
Life is a giant roadmap of time. It chronicles various destinations, marking traveling companions and roads less traveled. Stories grounded in the times of a place can map layers of past, present, and future.
My life's road map reveals "what happened next" through stories of musical journey. Music, my steady navigator from a very young age, has ably wended its way around the detours and roadblocks of my life, changing course away from dead ends of despair, Through its abundant resources, music enabled me to thrive beyond disastrous destinations of maps in my past.
Nearly every chapter in this book pinpoints a musical moment pivotal to transcending trauma. Check out the list of tunes on this site - I'll do my best to update and link to favorite recordings when copyright allows it.
Music alone didn't sustain me. A great many people have loved me, fiercely and steadfastly, David foremost among them. My beloved spouse of thirty-six years, Dave drummed his jazzy soul into my life precisely at a life-or-death threshold. Many music teachers, friends, colleagues, and students have also traveled along the rugged maps of my story. In the process of swapping tales and tunes, we have helped each other beat tremendous odds. They are a formidable army of allies .
Richly rewarding themes of endurance, renewal, and redemption reverberate throughout this memoir. The traumas in my life reveal wounds whose healing required a synergy of music, nature and unconditional love. Their blended medicinal powers restored me. I revel in the miracle of mental and emotional well-being that has generated a symphony of joyful gratitude for being alive
In telling my story, I deepen my understanding of my relationship to not only my own suffering , but also to the sufferings of others. All of it - and all of us - are seekers traveling a shared journey toward wholeness. May we make a joyful noise in celebration of being here, still here, fully alive to the beautiful truth of soulsinging.