SOUNDING FREE is a story of becoming whole  through music.

What if you could map your life like a roadmap to chronicle destinations along a timeline? A map that included traveling companions, roads less traveled, layers of past, present, and future. A map of stories that were grounded in not only the times but also the sounds of a place.

My life's road map of stories reveal "what happened next" through music, my steady navigator from a very young age. Music has ably wended its way around the detours and roadblocks of my life, changing course away from dead ends of despair wrought by trauma. Abundantly resourceful, music steered me through many disastrous destinations on the map of my past.

Nearly every chapter in this book pinpoints a musical moment pivotal to transcending trauma. Browse the list of tunes on this site - I'll do my best to update and link to favorite recordings. 

Music threads through the map of stories in this book, marking also the people who loved me, fiercely and steadfastly, along routes that led to transformation. Foremost among these people is David, my beloved spouse of thirty-eight years. His jazzy soul drummed into my life precisely at a life-or-death threshold. Music teachers, peers, friends, and students also appear along the rugged terrain of my story's timeline. The winding roads of these relationships were forged in swapping tales and tunes as we helped each other get through whatever our lives have handed us. A formidable army of allies are plotted on this map. 

Richly rewarding themes of endurance, renewal, and redemption reverberate throughout this book. The traumas in my life reveal wounds whose healing required a synergistic blend of music, nature and unconditional love. Their medicinal powers restored me, and I revel in the miracle of well-being. It's as though a symphony of joyful abundance now resounds in my life.

 

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 sounding ourselves free from what happened to us.