As I approached selecting a theme and music for this September’s Music Series, I kept thinking about our current environment and how this year’s focus could possibly provide some inspiration and new avenues of hope for these challenging times.
When I am feeling small and sometimes at a loss for how I could ever contribute positive energy and a morsel of change into a chaotic environment, I am often brought back to a quiet, reflective place where I recall people in history whose first steps started out small. The authentic and truthful execution of their beliefs and work propelled them into a position where they caused not only ripples, but seismic shifts in society, science, music, civil rights, environmental concerns, and global attitudes.
The September Music Series this year will focus on “Women and The Divine – in Music
and History (Women, Music, and Spiritual Social Action).” From Dorothy Fields to Joni Mitchell to Carole King to India.Arie, the past century has been filled with female songwriters who quietly kept following their passion and over time broke down barriers and emerged as some of the biggest musical voices in the industry. These artists walked alongside their societal companions – women such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Katherine Johnson, Rachel Carson and Maya Angelou – who raised our consciousness to bring about great achievements in humanity from The United Nations and The Civil Rights Act to helping put a man on the moon.
I hope that you are not only inspired by the music, but also find hope and inspiration in the stories of these phenomenal women who found themselves in a place and time where they were called to do that which Spirit kept breathing into their souls, filling them with the confidence, bravery, and commitment that caused them to be unable to do anything but take that first step.
Let’s take it together.