I've been a writer my entire life, and I've always loved to sing. However, I didn't make the leap to singing and songwriting until 2008, after losing my 20 year old son in a car accident. This was when I was thrust kicking, crying and screaming, into the "grieving parents" club. It was during those early dark days of despair, sorrow, and grief that the intense feelings and emotions overflowed from writing into songwriting. I found that words lacked the emotional and spiritual depth I found when I sang them instead. I continue to write, for "writer" is and has always been how I define myself. However, I'm also a song writer now with three CD's and singles, including an album dedicated to my son and to help other grieving parents. I use songwriting as a tool in the quest of self-expression.
My songs help heal the soul, blanketing our lives and buffering the grieving process for anyone experiencing a loss, but especially grieving parents. It's strange to think how utterly removed I was from the sorrow grieving parents endure until I became a grieving parent. I've had to learn the hard way how to empathize and relate to the never ending longing which is present in all grieving parents.
I grew up in Boston, the second oldest of seven children. I am influenced musically by rock, blues, and R&B. I was married at 18 to my boyfriend of four years. Our marriage lasted 28 years and produced four beautiful children. During those 28 years I raised my four children, and at different times had a home day care business, operated a family paving business, was a waitress, a bookkeeper, a volunteer, a senior advocate, founded a non-profit literacy business for kids, created and hosted a cable television program called The Story Train, was a writer for local newspapers, taught at the college level, was a middle school Reading teacher, received my Bachelor's degree at age 39 and my Master's degree from Harvard at the age of 40, designed and built two houses, was a landlady, and worked at a dept. store.
I can honestly say that I have finally created a peaceful life, one which I now share with my cat and mt dog.
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