Sophie's Musings

Our Beloved Friend Dave Burns

By Sophie | April 2, 2020

We lost our beloved friend, father, husband and drummer Dave Burns this week. Funny. Really smart. A consummate musician who shared his gifts easily. My favortite moments with Dave were when we performed ”Sweet Sexy Woman” as a duet – he had a head voice better than Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire. I loved turning to him during “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” to whip my shirt on his cymbals and improvise sultry grooves using my hips against his intuitive drumming.

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State of Emergence?

By Sophie | March 18, 2020

Hello dearest people of the light. How are you? Right now I would be reading to my daughter, snuggled up in her bed, watching her intelligent fingers speak as she asks questions and draws conclusions, feeling her long feet press against my belly as they did from the inside four years ago. I’d be listening to my son practicing piano, what new song he is learning, because he teaches himself from you tube when he’s bored of his lesson,

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Dearest Friends and Earth Creatures…

By Sophie | March 6, 2020

Since the #ThrowbackThursday hash tag is so popular, I’m releasing the official lyric video to my song “The Land, the Sea, and the Sky” from my 2012 album, “The Crossing” today! This follows my first ever official lyric video for my recently released single, “As I Lay Me Down Deux.”

Why choose that particular throwback song for my second lyric video? On April 22, I’ll be performing at the inaugural “Live Climate” Earth Concert at Town Hall in New York City as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. As you know, environmental activism has always been at the core of my life and art.

Happy Valentine’s Day

By Sophie | February 9, 2020

Hello everyone and Happy New Year and New Decade… and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Looking for the perfect $99 gift for that special someone for Valentine’s Day? How about me? I’ll be offering exclusive one-minute (give or take a few seconds) video greetings personalized to your valentine with a brief message from you to them by me — and I’ll even sing a bit of my song “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” for them as well!

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Reflections on As I Lay Me Down Deux

By Sophie | December 12, 2019

Read Sophie’s reflections on the re-release of As I Lay Me Down.

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REFLECTIONS ON WHALER 25 YEARS AFTER ITS RELEASE

By Sophie | July 29, 2019

Read Sophie’s reflections on Whaler, 25 years after its release.

I Have Been Right Beside You…Always

By Sophie | December 1, 2018

On this 30th Anniversary of #WorldAIDSDay, I’m remembering the early days of the epidemic and my time spent as a young woman in New York City volunteering in the kitchen at God’s Love We Deliver. I remember a key lime pie-fueled road trip to Washington DC to participate in an AIDS March. And, I remember trips to St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC – ground zero for AIDS at the time – often visiting with Anthony as he held court from his hospital bed.

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Happy Indigenous People’s Day

By Sophie | October 6, 2018

I’ve been reading a book called “Journey Through Trauma” by Gretchen L. Schmelzer, PHD.

I’ve often said my songs heal me. I’ve said my songs are my teachers, they are from my wiser self, my omniscient connection, they are beyond me and yet of me. My songs have not only buoyed me, they’ve shot me through life. My songs have rescued me, they challenge and console me.

But I’m not sure they’ve healed me,

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The Water Bearer

By Sophie | May 23, 2018

“I’m looking through rough drafts of my next project and I wanted to share this with my friends”
Sophie

 

Before that propitious Spring would begin to stir inside the wintery bones of Manhattan, and I would stride through the puddling park toward east fifty seventh street to meet you, there was a girl heedless of destiny. Before I would stand still across the street from your studio beneath the black,

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The Power of Connections

By Sophie | April 20, 2018

Good Evening, people of the light and shadows, contrast, layers, mass and fine lines. I’ve been wanting so much to share an experience of reading a book with you, and I’ve been thinking, as I fall asleep working on something, I must tell my friends about this book, because the only time I put it down is to cry.

This was a funny day, humorous in its assault of cold winds and dim atmosphere,

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Disarming Children

By Sophie | March 14, 2018

I couldn’t wait to get to my son’s school at 10 am to stand with the students and faculty in silence. I cut fast on my scooter through the abrasive cold, Pooh weather, I call it. Blustery March, full of light and promise and surprises.

There they were, heads bowed, in the right, belonging to the world of people who want children to be protected even from their own confusing impulses. Here I come,

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If I Were Dying

By Sophie | May 31, 2017

Last night, Memorial Day night, I was lying between my son and daughter, whispering with them as if a grown up were going to come in and yell at us. We were laughing about a girl who had terrorized the playground all weekend, scandalized the mothers by refusing to get off the “spinner” and let their children have a turn. Dashiell called her the “Sassy Grump” and followed his imagination through scenarios of the Sassy Grump taking over playgrounds all over the city,

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