Former Winnipeg songwriter finds musical inspiration in dealing with grief
Posted by Karla Adolphe, Singer-songwriter | Thursday March 15, 2012
Karla Adolphe (youtube)
Thank you to those of you who shared your regrets, to the heartbroken mothers and fathers who lost children, to the brave cancer warriors, and to those of you who unlocked the mystery of forgiveness.
—Karla Adolphe, singer songwriter
Karla Adolphe witnessed the passing of a close friend's daughter in a
hospital. It was an extraordinary and moving experience for Karla and she
was struck by how much music could play a role in dealing with grief.
Karla is an award winning songwriter (you might know here as part of the duo Jacob and Lily) and she was inspired to write a whole album's worth of songs that would help
people contend with their personal pain.
She used real stories,
poetry and memoirs from audience members plus those connected to her online community for inspiration. The results will be heard on her upcoming CD, Honeycomb Tombs.
Karla Adolphe takes us behind-the-scenes on the new project.
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I am a songwriter, but these days I feel more like a preservationist, carefully watching
Karla Adolphe (Joanne Abraham)
over a bubbling pot of ruby-like strawberry jam; jars and lids ready, labels are written.
Last month I recorded a solo album dedicated to the journey of grief where each song was inspired by a collection of stories I accumulated over the past year.
In these stories I witnessed soaring beauty, devastating tragedy, and aching regret. I watched a heart canvas the horizon for hope, and lungs learn to breathe new air.
This project has caused me to become more aware of how indebted I am to the raw materials found in stories.
I have witnessed the power of music in the grief process, often it acts as a guide or map to those enduring their loss. I am hopeful that these ten new songs will be used as a resource for the grieving, with the promise that if we move even an inch into this journey we will find peace.
Thank you to those of you who shared your regrets, to the heartbroken mothers and fathers who lost children, to the brave cancer warriors and to those of you who unlocked the mystery of forgiveness. I have been undone by the generosity of the storytellers, and for this I am thankful. In fact, I have a suspicion that I have been permanently altered as a writer; more of a gathering and preserving prairie girl type of perspective. Again I am thankful.
Karla Adolphe is appearing Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Boissevain, MB. at the Sawmill Tea & Coffee Company. It's a free concert in honour of the two young girls who were recently killed in a snowmobile accident and to support their friends and families.
Karla talking about her new album Honeycomb Tombs formerly known as the Grief Project.