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Fall 2021 Dates for Freeing Refrains!

We're excited to get some dates out there to share Freeing Refrains !  Check the below dates against your calendar and then make your re...

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Winter 2021-22 Heart Songs



What: Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, & Love (a community space for you to bring your heart and your voice)

When: every other Mondays, 6:30-8p CDT (05-UTC)
  • Nov 8 & 22
  • Dec 6 & 20 
Where: Online: https://zoom.us/j/431161455 (see call-in options below)

Gather for an informal singing time to re-center our hearts in community. Simple songs will be led paperlessly/taught by ear by Conie Borchardt, other song leaders, and you, if you have a song to share.

Join us. Bring friends. (Signup for the email reminder here; select Heart Songs)

Songs will be about the human experience and in that way, spiritual in nature, but not specifically religious.

This is a space intended for self-care, however that shifts for you in every moment. Bring water. Come and go. Sit in a chair, lie on the floor, or stand as you need to.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Oct 26: Board Repair Fair (5-7p CT)

We'll be in attendance! Come & learn more about Biracial & Rural at our Whova booth!

Awards, Residencies, and Partnerships (Summer 2021)



We are excited to recognize the following partnerships, awards, and residencies that we are a part.  The witness, support, encouragement, and faith of these organizations is overwhelming.  Read on for more ... 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Oct 24: Street Justice Singalong @ Open Streets Minnehaha

What:  Street Justice Singalong (fb Event link)

When:  Sunday, October 24, 2021, 1-4 p.m.

  • 1-2 p.m. with Liz & Conie
  • 2-3 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace with Adam & Conie
  • 3-4 p.m. with Liz & Conie 

Where:  Minnehaha Ave @ 42nd Street, Minneapolis 
as part Open Streets Minnehaha


Who are our leaders?

Liz Digitale Anderson (she/her) I write songs for community singing. They're songs for the streets, to keep us going in the struggle for justice, songs to remind us another world is possible and carry us through to liberation. I hope you'll find some friends and sing these together.  Hear my songs here:  https://soundcloud.com/lizdigitaleanderson

Adam Wolter (he/him) Adam is a musician, astrologer, and a certified leader of the Dances of Universal Peace. He's an initiate in the Sufi Ruhaniat order, and facilitates monthly (1st Sundays) sacred musical gatherings, and works to build good mystical musical community with the Dances of Universal Peace North America.  



Conie Borchardt (she/they) is a mixed Asian Public Heart Artist, a listener and vibration holding space for truth, pain, and delight while inviting creative expression in sound, movement, and color within themselves and in others.  Learn more about them by checking out this website.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Heart Songs Setlist from October 11, 2021

Here's the songs we sang in-person on October 11 near Lake Nokomis. Its in no particular order because it was hard to write in the dark lol and it hard to recreate the order after sleeps.
It's likely that was the final outdoor in-person sing of Heart Songs for 2021. Heart Songs will continue online on alternating Monday nights through the winter.


We're holding the possibility of other local in-person song circles that are BIPOC/mixed-centered, street justice-centered, or queer-centered. If you'd like to hear about those when scheduled, drop us a line on the Contact Us page.

    Saturday, October 9, 2021

    Oct 28 Freeing Refrains: Open to ALL Folks

    All Bodies, Black, Brown, White, and everything in between are welcome to the October 28, 2021 Freeing Refrains gathering.  

    Please register here at least an hour before the event starts.  Zoom information will be sent to you.  

    See you at the gathering for conversation, stories, and songs!


    Tuesday, October 5, 2021

    Moving to 4th Sundays: Spirit of Peace Public Meditation Practice

    Life is a dance that is constantly listening and adjusting to its partners.  

    One thing we're paying attention to here at Points Of Light Music is the viability of doing a ongoing public meditation that we call the Spirit of Peace.  If you haven't heard about it before, you can read about it here.  

    Making space for this in the middle of the week in the middle of the day has not been easy.  Nor has it drawn folks probably because this timing is hard for many.  So we're gonna try something different...

    New time:  4th Sunday of the month, 2 p.m. in the afternoon

    Location:  Minnesota State Capitol Grounds, St. Paul

    We'll try this for a bit and review.   

    In the reflection for this change, we wanted to name why this practice of coming together still feels important.  

    • It allows us an opportunity to reflect on the inherent worth of every person we meet and practice seeing that in each person.  (because if we're honest, it's hard to do that sometimes ... er, a lot of times)
    • Coordinating our breath to sing and our bodies in movement is a practice of settling our bodies together.  In Resmaa Menakem's book My Grandmother's Hands, these actions describe the weaving of time and space that creates trust and a container for feeling safer in our bodies and in spaces to be able to heal past trauma.  We believe healing is slow and incremental, creating huge shifts in tiny movements.  
    As the seasons shift into winter, we'll review if the location is good or if we'll migrate to zoom or find other places to practice this.  

    In the new year, we'll check-in about the time.  

    Thanks for reading along.