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We are producing our 2nd “Songs for a Cause” charity music event at the Katonah Village Library on November 15th, 2015. The show benefits Girls Inc. Westchester, inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Singer-songwriters are Katonah-based Christina Martino; the duo Danny and Caroline, of Bedford Hills; and Songs for a Cause co-founders (and Hope Sings folk) Elizabeth Kemler and Beth Blatt
Songs for a Cause music events combine the power and pleasure of performances by talented musicians with the purpose of “doing good.” These Westchester County (NY) - centric shows benefit local charities and feature local singer-songwriters, both established and emerging. A special feature of Songs for a Cause are the original songs written expressly for the evening by the artists, inspired by success stories from the charity.
Girls Inc. Westchester provides comprehensive life skills programming, on financial literacy, college and career prep, healthy relationships, and many more essential topics, as well. Girls Inc. Westchester programs are run by trained staff, during and after school, in girl only/girl empowering environments in many Westchester County communities. For Girls Inc. girls, the experience is often life changing.
The first Songs for a Cause event was held June 28th, 2015 at the Katonah Library in support o Hour Children, which helps incarcerated women - many of them at Bedford Hills Correctional - rebuild healthy lives and families.
Johanna Flores of Hour Children said the event, "...was beyond beautiful. I don't remember when music so touched my life...we can't thank all of you enough for bringing awareness not only with a song but bringing people together to learn about our organization."
Songs for a Cause is a Westchester-based project of Hope Sings, the for-benefit music organization whose mission is to harness the power of story and song to support charities that focus on women and children. Hope Sings' efforts include the anthem for UN Women, the first-ever anthem created for a UN agency; the recording featured 25+ international artists and has generated almost 500K hits on You Tube.
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We are thrilled that the Indie Folk-Rock duo Danny and Caroline are joining the line-up for our second “Songs for a Cause” event on November 15 at the Katonah Village Library in Westchester County, NY.
Danny and Caroline, based in New York, are blessed with huge talent and potential. They have two short EP's available and their first full-length album comes out TODAY November 6, 2016. Download it here.
Danny and Caroline's sound has evolved tremendously over years of writing and touring together. Teaming up with producer Wil Farr, of Hurrah! A Bolt of Light, has taken their songs to new heights. The upcoming album, titled "Beauty and the Beard" is one you won't want to miss!
Their track "Better Days" gained the duo some international exposure when it was featured in a Coca-Cola advertisement promoting the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Danny and Caroline are playing Saturday Nov. 7 at the New Fairfield Coffee House. Bring a picnic (indoor) and a bottle of wine and you’ll have yourself a lovely evening!
Here’s a little window into Danny and Caroline - who they are and their songwriting lives.
1) Why are you singer-songwriters?
We both feel that in a way songwriting chose us. As young kids we were exposed to music, and chose to make it a big part of our lives as we got older. We were fortunate enough to be accepted into a songwriting program that helped us nurture out abilities. Collaborating has helped us find our identity as songwriters.
2) What are your major influences? (an oldie but a goodie)
Musically our biggest influences are. Ben Folds, Kings of Convenience. Our parents have always had a huge influence on our career choice. They have always encouraged us, and supported us along the way.
3) What social causes move you?
Helping under-privileged children, and Anti-Bullying. As someone who was severely bullied and found solace in arts, I know music can really make a difference.
4) Tell us about a few of the favorite songs you've written.
We will always remember the first song we wrote together. In a lot of ways it has been our biggest success - it was featured in a Coca Cola advertisement in Russia. For us it marks the beginning of something special.
5) If you weren't singer-songwriters, what would you be?
Danny would own his own music school. Currently Danny teaches through Music in Chappaqua to help fund our musical endeavors. Caroline would have been working in the film industry. Instead, she films and edits music videos to help promote the songs we write.
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I want you to get to know Elizabeth a bit - she is an incredible activist, artist and human being!
1) Why are you a singer-songwriter?
It feels somehow necessary. I've explored many modes of creative expression over the years, including theater and comedy (writing & performing), and enjoyed them both immensely, but there is something about music that nourishes me more deeply, and in a more sustainable way. I must admit that songwriting for me is a fairly labor-intensive process, due in part I think, to my lack of formal musical training, but I enjoy the puzzle-like quality of trying to find just the right words and melody to capture whatever message and essence I'm striving for.
2) What are your major musical/creative influences?
I am going to be wholly unoriginal here and say that I am flat out in love--madly, crazily so--with Bruce. I also have much love for Neil Young, Tom Petty, Chrissie Hynde, Gillian Welch (and David Rawlings of course), and the wildly brilliant Chris Whitley.
3) What social causes move you?
Far too many to count, but at the forefront of them would be anything involving child welfare. Seeing children suffer from hunger, neglect, or any kind of abuse just kills me.
4) Tell me about a few of your favorite songs you've written.
A lot of my songs explore what you might call the 'darker' aspects of the human experience and in truth, it feels good to have a safe and constructive place to do that; that said, my two favorite songs (You Are Mine & A New Dream) are about the sweetest thing in my life, my 4 year old son Benjamin. The former is not a complex song; sparse, direct lyrics and simple chords, but somehow it just hits the spot when I sing it; the latter is a tad more musically interesting and is lyrically a bit more obscure but still has that same satisfying quality.
5) If you weren't a singer-songwriter, what would you be?
Well, during the daylight hours, I am fortunate to have work I greatly enjoy, creating social-emotional and job readiness curricula--primarily for underserved young adults. You can check out one of my programs at: thinkbuildlivesuccess.com
Hope Sings is co-producing its first music event in Westchester County NY on Sunday, June 28th at 5pm at the Katonah Library.
"Songs for a Cause" benefits Hour Children, which helps incarcerated women rebuild their lives and families. They work locally with the Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities.
We are co-producing with the wonderful singer-songwriter and musical activist Elizabeth Kemler.
Hope Sings founder Beth Blatt, Ms. Kemler, and indie roots-rocker Jake Klar will be featured.
$15 includes wine/cheese reception - and the chance to do good for a wonderful organization.
Please join us and support established and emerging local talent and women creating better lives!
Shall I start sharing from my show, Smotherhood?
BET YOU WISH YOU HAD ANOTHER
NOT THIS BAD MOTHER
A GOOD MOTHER
SHE SETS LIMITS
AND REMEMBERS THEM
THE NEXT DAY.
A GOOD MOTHER
EVEN WHEN HER CHILD’S
ALWAYS KNOWS THE RIGHT THING
SHE IS NEVER TOO NICE, THEN TOO MEAN
SHE’S ALWAYS PERFECTLY, PLEASANTLY IN-BETWEEN
AND SHE’S NOT ME
I AM SUCH A SAD MOTHER
CAUSE I’M SUCH A BAD MOTHER
A GOOD MOTHER
KNOWS WHEN HER CHILD IS LYING
KNOWS WHEN HER KID
CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAZY
SHE WOULD NEVER LET HER CHILD TALK SASS
OR ADMIT THAT SHE SMOKED GRASS -
Ok maybe twice.
SHE LISTENS QUIETLY.
DOESN’T PREACH, “WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE,“
DOESN’T SCREECH OR FLY INTO A RAGE
YEAH SHE’S NOT ME
“PLEASE DON’T BE MAD, MOTHER”
Sorry – I’M A BAD MOTHER
LIKE A BAD DOG –
STOP CHEWING UP YOUR LITTLE TOY
STOP SCREWING UP YOUR LITTLE BOY
IF I COULD I WOULD, BUT I CAN’T
(a hiccup of a heartbreak…then it kicks back in)
SO HERE’S MY RANT
BAD MOTHER –
(MOM pulls the band back to a vamp as SHE speaks.)
What’s a bad mother to do,
When she’s a bad mother, through and through?
She could bemoan it
Or she could own it
Which is what this bad mother is gonna do –
(Band kicks in again.)
NOT A GLAD MOTHER
A Mickey Mouse snowstorm. Thanks to Erika Amato for the title inspiration.
So said Eddie Izzard
So said NYC
Missed my night out
Cause they feared a white out
Gosh oh gee oh –
Mr. De B. – he is now my subway clown
Bet that he’s sad he shut the subway down.
Fire that Weather Wizard
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A Sunday morning reflection.
FULL HOUSE (SLEEPOVER)
To have a homeful of teenage boys
Giggling and guffawing
Is one of those motherly joys
I have never known.
What do they talk about?
Nothing my son will tell me.
I am content tonight to walk about
Inconspicuously, bringing more food.
In the morning, I find they have left the lights on
And dirty Kleenex everywhere.
And I’m pretty sure my son didn’t brush his teeth.
But it’s a full house and I don’t care.
They say you should shine a light
On the aspects you want to see more of.
A boy who trusts we won’t embarrass him,
Trusts we won’t pry and poke,
Won’t try to understand every joke.
A boy who likes to come home
And bring his friends home, too.
On this I shine
A floodlight of love.
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