SONGS OF A WOUNDED PRINCESS celebrates resilience and unconditional love. It's a story of becoming whole through music.
Life's giant roadmap of time chronicles various destinations. It marks traveling companions and roads less traveled. Layers of past, present, and future map stories grounded in the times - and sounds - of a place.
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. Browse 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 is wrapped up in the stories of people who sustained me. A great many have loved me, fiercely and steadfastly, along the map. Foremost among them is David, my beloved spouse of thirty-six years. His jazzy soul drummed into my life precisely at a life-or-death threshold. Music teachers and peers, friends and students have also traveled along the rugged maps of my story. In our swappings of tales and tunes, we have helped each other beat tremendous odds. 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. The blend of their medicinal powers restored me. I revel in the miracle of restored well-being, as though a symphony of joyful gratitude now rejoices in 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.