Writing “Child of October”

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This summer I revisited older songs written for my daughters Ida and Minna and wrote “follow-up” songs to reflect the current moment. Today a follow-up song also beckoned to be voiced for Ella, the most recently born of the three precious daughters I am proud to call mine. ”Child of October” takes its title from… Read more »

Writing “Dream of the Anthropocene”

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This is a presentation and song performance of “Dream of the Anthropocene,” a song that came to me during the first pandemic year (Dansk version længere nede) It was sparked by a personal story involving my child and health system care challenges during lockdown. The song develops from there to ask questions more broadly, and… Read more »

Log 9: ‘The River Remembers It All’

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‘The River Remembers It All’ was co-written with social anthropologist Steven Robins and reflects upon the role of private developers and the City of Cape Town in commodifying and thereby destroying natural resources, namely the Two River Urban Park where the ecological resilience of the wetland and the Liesbeek River are being ‘sold off’ to… Read more »

Log 8: Co-writing ‘The Earth and Me and You’ (Labyrinth Song)

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This song was co-written in the countryside outside of Stellenbosch in South Africa where social entrepreneur and environmentalist Peter Shrimpton is building ‘The Great Labyrinth of Africa’ made up of indigenous spekboom trees. We met at the site and talked about mutual interests and Mr. Shrimpton’s concerns with the environment and current state of affairs…. Read more »

Log 7: Under a Big Karoo Sky

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In Sutherland in the Karoo, South Africa, a long lasting drought has battered communities for years on end In November 2019 I was invited to visit local farmer ‘Sieb’ and his daughter Janine on the farms ‘Vredehoek’ and ‘Rooikloof’ to see for myself the impact on the landscape and to hear their lived experiences of… Read more »