... the Songs
Short Mp3 sound samples of these songs can be heard on my CDBaby page
Not Quite Ready This is the first song I ever wrote and the experience of caring for this patient taught me where songwriting comes from. The patient would vacillate between being lucid and confused. I spent a lot of time trying to find someone to check on her dog and cat. She had no support and could not safely live alone anymore.
Paper in the Wash A delusional patient with congestive heart failure. She was on a fluid restriction and I saw her drinking from a cup that had some old roses in it. She had white bandages on her legs and kept trying to leave the hospital.
My Own Reflection A friend was going through a difficult break-up and this song is what I believe he was trying to say.
River of Choices This patient was an alcoholic that had to go to emergency surgery for a gastrointestinal bleed. I had to have him sign a consent form knowing he probably would not live through the surgery. He lived a few days on a ventilator in a coma and at one point I saw his big logger son at the foot of his bed crying and saying to him, "this is why you never met your granddaughter!"
Oregon Hills I live in a beautiful Oregon rain forest where water creates a thousand shades of green.
Push it On Over Ah, the guilt we haul around in our lives. This is what could happen if you don't return your shopping cart!
Valley of Bad Backs This needs no explanation!
Mr. Warefield's Ride This song is to honor caregivers and home health nurses. It was inspired by a crumpled note I found in my pocket after working in the Emergency Department that had his name and a phone number on it.
Wetland Blues I filled this one with the images and metaphors of wetlands. O.K., I might have gone a little overboard.
Ila This sweet woman would sleep in a fetal position most of the time until her family would visit her in the ICU. She would then blossom like a flower and get a big smile that radiated love.
Adopt A Highway I started thinking what it would be really like to adopt a highway and after I wrote this song, decided it probably wasn't a good idea.