“TrueSongs 2021: Lyrics of Life”
Seven courageous people will share a personal story, and seven songwriters will help us feel the emotion of what these storytellers have been through. This is TrueSongs, an annual event that reveals real life challenges faced by our neighbors.
To find the stories, Caffe Lena reached out to local nonprofits that lend a helping hand to people in our community. The storytellers will highlight the positive impact of these organizations. We’ll hear from a couple who have stood strong in the face of Huntington’s Disease, a young woman from the Haitian countryside who is studying nursing in Boston, a person with epilepsy who has found healing through art, a man who found purpose in prison by caring for a retired thoroughbred race horse, and more.
Each storyteller has been paired with a songwriter who will capture the story with lyrics and melodies. At the performance, each pair will take the stage together, and make these true experiences come alive with an artistic presentation that breaks through stereotypes and boundaries.
Featured Organizations: Huntington’s Disease Society of America – Albany Chapter, The Charlton School, CREATE Community Studios, Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and To Love a Child.
Featured Songwriters: Jim Gaudet, Katie Quinn with Jes Hudak, Girl Blue, Kate McDonnell, Lorne Clarke, Mark Tolstrup and Thomasina Winslow.