The city of San Francisco has had challenges with homelessness for too long… so us artists are spreading our message of care and compassion through color, warmth, and song. Thank you Annice Jacoby for bringing us together. Check out UNDERCOVER featured on KQED arts! I’m shown singing my original tune.
I am working in collaboration with fellow artists, writers, and local San Franciscans to spark conversion and action for our homeless crisis. It was an honor to compose an original song (listen here)to ignite spirits and tell the story.
Music and production by Vivek Maddala, mastered by Dan Blessinger.
UNDERCOVER is a humanitarian art action to alert, provoke, provide, and rally to end the crisis of homelessness in San Francisco.
UNDERCOVER will create and distribute beautiful handmade blankets to people who are sleeping on streets. Pockets on the blanket hold a book, a sandwich, socks, and a song.
UNDERCOVER will provide a poem, protection and call to action.
We will start with a blanket, not to cover-up homelessness but to dream of a better place to clean, nourish, heal and hope and sleep in dignity.
Neglect is more expensive than solutions.
UNDERCOVER a citywide collaboration, will rally San Francisco to demonstrate ingenuity, innovation and integrity.
Come and join a party by the sea! This Thursday, Oct. 8th I’ll be sharing new songs, Hookfish Co. will be serving up a delicious fresh catch of the day, and Love From Miriam will be kicking off the evening with her enchanting melodies. See you there! 5:30-9:00pm
Music seems to have taken different forms for me these days… Lately I’ve been strumming my ukulele, singing songs about fungus, worms, bunnies, and vegetables with squirmy elementary school children. Being a science and garden teacher in the Bayview of San Francisco keeps me on my toes– and I find that music soothes, centers, and engages even the most wild spirits.
I’ve gained some songwriting inspiration from my students’ powerful stories and from dreamy places close to my heart. It was a pleasure to work with Scott McDowell at the legendary Hyde Street Studio C. I wrangled some of SF’s finest musicians to put their magical touches on the tracks.
We threw our third annual Country Flat Farm harvest party– complete with a roast from a locally raised pig, a homemade potluck, apple harvest/cider pressing, teeter totter, and of course a bluegrass trio (I was thrilled to sit in on a few songs). We kicked up the dust, danced, and feasted as the sun set and the stars appeared. People set up their tents nestled in the terraces between the fruit trees. The crickets began their nightly song, and the campfire glow lit the hands of musicians and rosy cheeks. Voices sung… Cradled in the central coast mountains… Fall is such an abundant time of year and encourages celebration through community togetherness. We are full.
I was so pleased when I approached Pete Lee about making a music video, and he agreed. His work is imaginative, alluring, and beautifully edited. I originally wrote the song “Extranjero” about the struggle of migrant workers (particularly in agriculture) and the drive to create a new life for themselves and their families. The desire to hold onto what is left behind, and the hope of a new life of opportunity. Pete heard the pulse and envisioned a chase scene… I let him run away with his story, and we gathered a crew for a rainy weekend of shooting. Dolly tracks, heavy gear, schlepping, dashing through the woods, and lots of good laughs, food, and support. A true collaboration with creative costume design and setting the tone for all actors involved. I appreciate Pete’s approach of leaving the viewer curious about the time period and the evolution of the character (moi).