I have put together a multi media show combined with some mental health thoughts on what hope is and isn't and how to rediscover it when things feel hopeless.
It is called The Power of Hope. It combines two areas in which I have a lot of education and a lot of experience. I have a PhD in Counseling and worked for 50 years with
people dealing with things like Cancer, AIDS, MS, Substance Abuse, losing
children to murder and suicide and many other tragic situations.I have had five books published. I also have a background of over 60 years in Music. I have a BA in Classical Piano and extensive experience in jazz. I have also been composing for quite awhile.
This piece, The Power of Hope, had an earlier version which was
choreographed by a French woman named Valerie Miquel and performed
in Kampala, Uganda two different years by her company at the time, The Uganda National Contemporary Dance Company. I have tweaked it since then adding more jazz numbers. Part of my dream in doing this project is to combine the arts and mental health issues. I believe the arts can be a catalyst to help people deal with difficult times and overcome tragedies.
I have incorporated original pieces by me that are both classical and jazz
(with maybe a little rock in there also). The songs include vocal recordings
of my daughter Sara who is on Broadway in Beautiful, the Carole King
musical. She has covered Carole’s role many times. Four talented local
photographers are also featured - Rob Gilmore who actually tours the
country doing photography shows, Tom Sakiyama, Bill Motchan, and Bob
Baugh who are all top notch.
I have spent most of my life working with people in tough situations and I
have learned a lot from the people I worked with. I want to share what I
have learned with people who still might be struggling and I want to use the
arts as a medium to share some of this knowledge in addition to me
sharing directly my thoughts with the audience.