Summer Songwriting Workshop

Songwriting Listening Summer Session, August 7, 2020.
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According to You
Guitar & composition Joe Kim
Arrangement & other instruments Peitor Angell

Lyrics by Mary Trachsel
Performed by Sam Raiche

Lyrics by Shane Kendrick
Music and performance by J Knight

Peace with My Beasts
Lyrics by Shane Kendrick
Lyrics adapted and music and piano by Mary Cohen
Sung by Bridget Toomey

Say Their Names
Lyrics by A Rhodd
Music and performance by J Knight

Finding Forgiveness, Kindness, Peace, and Gratitude Inside the Fences: A Summary of Writing Reflections


20th Season of the Oakdale Community Choir – April, 2018


-Prison confines prevent many from enjoying the gifts from God. One can only imagine the soft sand squishing under our toes as the waves come in with spray of saltwater. The quiet beauty from the top of a mountain peak can’t be appreciated from pictures of the views. Some can only dream to see the stars and moon with the coolness of a silent night. The light of the world, Christ, is one of the few peaceful gifts which can be practiced within the confines. It would be a shame if we couldn’t sing and praise God within these walls.

-Peace can be hard to find when we have stress in our life. Sometimes taking on one thing at a time is all we can do. Being around people with the opposite calming energy can help but many times it is easier just to take a few moments for ourselves. In these moments we can remind ourselves what we are capable of.

-The peace that we share is a shining star of light and hope. I do wish one day that things will be ok, a deep wave of peace. I hope one day my mother will have that relief. I wish every day she will feel the flowing air of light in this world.

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