Singing Music to Power

Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times

Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times

I'm totally in sync with the fabulous Barbra Streisand. In an article in today's NY Times, she admits that she can't sleep these days and is getting fat because every time she hears Trump speak, she has to go eat pancakes.

She's blessed with the voice of angels to use music to express her feelings -- and now, her politics. I'm the kind of singer that high school boyfriends couldn't bear to dance with because I'd hum in their ears, BUT I've been involved in an historic collaboration between legendary activists of the '60s Civil Rights movement and 30 kids -- survivors of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Last May, Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary mobilized a dozen of the most passionate activist singer-songwriters to go to Parkland and help the students put their movement #MarchForOurLives to MUSIC! In less time than it would take to wolf down a pizza, Peter won the trust of the students. Music, he told them, was crucial to creating the unanimity of spirit that moved a generation to sing for the Civil Rights movement and march against the Vietnam War.

I was honored to be the journalist who recorded the songwriting process and got to know some of the brave and hugely talented students. Ten amazing songs and chants were born over two days that spring. The students have made progress in healing and produced an album of ten songs that should go viral as soon as it's released. I will be writing articles and producing a podcast series about the backstory of this artistic collaboration across three generations.

Stay tuned!