SONGS OF A WOUNDED PRINCESS is a story of becoming whole through music.
Imagine life as a giant roadmap chronicling destinations in time. The map includes traveling companions and roads less traveled. Layers of past, present, and future are on the map of stories, grounding the times - and sounds - of a place.
I imagine my life's road map as a story revealing "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 my transcending trauma. Browse the list of tunes on this site - I'll do my best to update and link to favorite recordings when copyright allows it.
Music threads through the stories of people who loved me, fiercely and steadfastly, along the roadmap of my life. Foremost among them 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 map of my story. We have swapped tales and tunes, helping each other get through whatever our lives have handed us. It's a formidable army of allies 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 soulsinging.