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What: Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, & Love (a community space for you to bring your heart and your voice) When: every other Monday, 6:30...

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Setlist from 9/27/22 Sing Out Stress + Sing In Rest Sing

Here are the songs Liz and Conie led at the final Sing Out Stress + Sing In Rest Song Circle at Springboard for the Arts on Tuesday night, September 27, 2022:
  1. I did not come here alone (The Peace Poets)
  2. People Gonna Rise Like the Water (The Peace Poets)
  3. I release control (Alexa Sunshine Rose)

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Setlist from the Full Voice Song Circle: Celebration of Elements @ Yess Yoga, Sept 16, 2022

Here are the songs we sang at the Full Voice Song Circle: Celebration of the Elements at Yess Yoga on Friday night, September 16, 2022:
  1. Shruti Improvisation (not recorded)
  2. Lord, I'm Free, Free, Free (Melanie DeMore)

Friday, September 16, 2022

Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 30: Full Voice Song Circles @ Yess Yoga

 

Full Voice Song Circle

Date: Fridays, October 28, November 18, December 30
Time: 7:30-8:45 pm
Sliding Scale: $5-$20
Register here


When it feels like the world is falling apart, singing in community is a thing that heals and centers us—we’re not alone. Join us for a New Moon Song Circle, where we welcome in fresh beginnings and take our time exploring the potential of our voices.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Setlist from 9/13/22 Sing Out Stress + Sing In Rest Sing!

Here are the songs Liz and Conie led at the Sing Out Stress + Sing In Rest Song Circle at Springboard for the Arts on Tuesday night, September 13, 2022:

  1. I don’t know if I can hold this alone (Ian Carrick)
  2. Do You Feel, Do You Heal? (words:  Spirit; Music: Liz)
  3. I am connected (Beautiful chorus)

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Sept 10-18: Song Week September!


We're doing it again!  

We thus declare Saturday, September 10 through Sunday, September 18, 2022, September's Week of Song!  

(we don't know if this is going to happen every month, but choosing to ride the wave whenever it happens!)

Here's the overview for the potluck of singing opportunities coming up for the week; see more details below!  Then signup for the corresponding email list when you feel it's a good fit!

Sept 18: The Sunday Morning Heretics Sing


What:  The Sunday Morning Heretics Sing

When:  1st & 3rd Sundays of the month, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where:  Anam Cara House, So. Mpls

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Do you miss singing? Please join us for The Sunday Morning Heretic Sing!

A community song circle welcoming everybody
+ especially holding space for ex-religious & queer folx
to sing heart songs, justice songs, & spirit songs
with our whole selves.

The Sunday Morning Heretic Sing!
September 4th & 18th, 2022 
10:30 - 11:30 am at the Anam Cara House Backyard
**Come through the gate at the right side of the house**
3612 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55407

Songleading by Liz Digitale Anderson + friends 
Free + open to all; donations gratefully accepted.
Questions? Email lizdances@gmail.com

Notes:
— Gate is on the right side of the house. If the weather is rainy we'll move into the covered back porch space, and may ask people to mask up there depending on whether Covid is surging.
—Kids: Are very welcome to come and sing; there's also a great play space set up for them in the basement if we're indoors.
—Allergies: The house has a resident dog and a cat.
—Access: The house is unfortunately not yet wheelchair accessible. If you have mobility needs and can possibly do a few steps, please let us know in advance; you can park in the back and we can assist you up the back stairs.
—Heretic: "A person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted. From the Greek 'hairetikos'— able to choose."

Sept 10: Move Sound A.C.T.! @ Open Streets West Broadway

What: Move Sound A.C.T.! 

When: Saturday, September 10, 2022, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

**West Broadway Schedule!**
11 a.m. - Labyrinth Walk
1 p.m. - Morningstar Singers Comfort Choir 
2 p.m. Street Justice Singalong 
3 p.m. Labyrinth Chill Out

Where: between Bryant & Dupont on West Broadway, Minneapolis (map)
as part of Open Streets West Broadway.



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.



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.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Setlist from the Singing Field Song Circle @ St. Luke's Farmer's Market, Aug 20, 202

Here are the songs Liz and Conie led at the Singing Field Song Circle at St. Luke's Farmer's Market on Saturday morning, August 20, 2022: 

Friday, August 19, 2022

Setlist from the New Moon METAL & AIR Vocal Exploration Song Circle @ Yess Yoga, Aug 19, 2022

Here are the songs Liz and Conie led at the New Moon METAL & AIR Vocal Exploration at Yess Yoga on Friday night, August 19, 2022: 

  1. Breathing In, Breathing Out (words: Thich Nhat Hanh/Music: Betsy Rose)
  2. Sweet Surrender (text: Saint Symeon/music: Sophia)

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Sept 16: FULL VOICE SONG CIRCLE: Celebration of the Elements


New Moon Song Circle: FULL VOICE SONG CIRCLE: Celebration of the Elements w/ Conie & Liz


Date: Friday, September 16th (Date changed, FYI)
Time: 7:30-8:45 pm
Sliding Scale: $5-$20
Register here


When it feels like the world is falling apart, singing in community is a thing that heals and centers us—we’re not alone. Join us for a New Moon Song Circle, where we welcome in fresh beginnings and take our time exploring the potential of our voices.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Fall 2022 Heart Songs Calendar!


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

When: every other Monday, 6:30-8p CDT (05-UTC)  
  • September 12 & 26
  • October 10 & 24
  • November 7 & 21
  • December 5 & 19

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Setlist from "Sing Out Stress*Sing In Rest" (BIPOC & Mixed Race Centered Sing), Aug 18, 202

Here are the songs Liz, Conie, and Ihotu led at the first "Sing Out Stress*Sing In Rest" BIPOC & Mixed Race folk centered sing at Springboard for the Arts on Tuesday, night, August, 16, 2022:
  1. Sweet Surrender (text: Saint Symeon/music: Sophia)
  2. I did not come here alone (The Peace Poets)
  3. Healing is Possible (Orion Johnstone)
  4. Put Your Roots Down (Molly Hartwell)
  5. This is the Moment (Peace Poets)

Friday, August 12, 2022

Oct 18: MGH Huddle Up

We are convening folks from past reads of My Grandmother's Hands (MGH) for a time of community catchup, discernment, and mutual support on

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Aug 13: NO Open Streets

TLDR: 
On Saturday, August 13, we were hoping to offer sound and movement at Open Streets East Lake, but have decided to withdraw our participation. 

We are saddened by the death of a dear friend whose memorial is that day and will be joining family and friends in remembering that person. 

We plan to bring more space for grief and joy, action and peace to future Open Streets. Please stay tuned. 




Monday, August 1, 2022

Week of Song! (Aug 13-20)


One link for a potluck of singing opportunities coming up so you can see what resonates (and then sign up for the corresponding email list!)

The Week of Song in Saturday, August 13 through Saturday, August 20, 2022.  Here's the overview; see more details below!
  • Saturday, August 13, 11a-4p @ Open Streets East Lake, Mpls (tbd) CANCELLED
  • Monday, August 15, 6:30-8p CT:  Heart Songs (on zoom)
  • Tuesday, August 16, 7:30-8:30p @ Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul - centering BIPOC & Mixed Race folks; led by Soul Song trio
  • Friday, August 19, 7:30-8:45p @ Yess Yoga, Mpls - Vocal Exploration of Metal & Air Elemental qualities of the voice
  • Saturday, August 20, 10-11a @ St. Luke's Farmer's Market, St. Paul
Tinyurl: https://plm.tiny.us/SongWeek

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Aug 20: Singing Field (Song Circle)

 


We're gonna sing at the Farmer's Market! Join us!

All Voices Welcome!

What:  Singing Field
When:  Saturday, August 20, 2022, 10 a.m. (for at least an hour?)
Where:  1807 Field Avenue, St. Paul
(St. Luke Lutheran Church, map)

More specifically, we'll be on the grassy lawn to the east of the building, under the shade of two magnificent oaks.  

There's a Farmer's Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come and shop early for best selection or afterward if you need less temptation ;)

Bring: water, something to sit on (blanket, camp chair ... limited bench space available), mask if that makes you feel more comfortable, your open heart and voice!  All songs will be taught.  Every voice is needed and welcome!


Song Leaders:  
Liz Digitale Anderson and Conie Borchardt hold joyful, care-filled circles for you to discover freedom in your voice, de-stress your nervous system, and move your body. Come breathe deep and open up: we’ll sing songs to ground you, heal you, and motivate you for the days to come.
  

Aug 16, 30, Sept 13, 27: Sing Out * Sing In (BIPOC/mixed-centered SING)


A Free Song Circle Series
Centering BIPOC + Mixed Race folx

Songs for joy, justice, grief,
wonder, and the work ahead,
all taught call and response

When:  Every other Tuesday night, 7:30 pm
August 16, August 30*, September 13 & 27

Where:  Springboard for the Arts, 262 University Avenue, St. Paul (map)
*August 30 circle will be held at Western Sculpture Park (map)

Every voice welcome.

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Share:  facebook event link  

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Jul 10: Move Sound A.C.T.! @ Open Streets Franklin

What: Move Sound A.C.T.!

When:  Sunday, July 10, 2022, 1-4 p.m.

  • 1-2 p.m. Community Singing with Liz & Conie
  • 2-3 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace with Conie (with the Spirit of Peace Meditation at 2:15 p.m.)
  • 3:15-4:30 p.m. More Community Singing with Liz & Conie 

Where:  in front of Maria's Cafe, 1113 Franklin Ave, Minneapolis 
as part of Open Streets Franklin


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



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.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Setlist from New Moon WATER Vocal Explorations @ Yess Yoga, June 24, 2022

Here are the songs Liz and Conie led at the New Moon WATER Vocal Exploration at Yess Yoga on Friday night, June 25, 2022*: 
  1. The River (Coco Love Alcorn)
  2. We get there together (Or never get there at all) (Josh Blaine)

Friday, June 24, 2022

Aug 19: New Moon Vocal Explorations: METAL & AIR @ Yess Yoga


New Moon Song Circle: METAL & AIR w/ Conie & Liz

Date: Friday, August 19th
Time: 7:30-8:45 pm
Sliding Scale: $5-$20
Register here


When it feels like the world is falling apart, singing in community is a thing that heals and centers us—we’re not alone. Join us for a New Moon Song Circle, where we welcome in fresh beginnings and take our time exploring the potential of our voices.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Meet Anne!

Points of Light Music is excited to introduce you to the new folks on the Biracial & Rural (BnR) leadership team! Here's our second interview with Anne Gerber.

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Points of Light Music (polimu):  Tell us about your relationship to Biracial & Rural. How did it begin and when? 

Anne Gerber (ag):  In February of 2022, in my search for other BIPOC healers to collaborate

Meet Kali!

Points of Light Music is excited to introduce you to the new folks on the Biracial & Rural (BnR) leadership team!  Here's our first interview with Kali Higgins.  

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Points of Light Music (polimu):  Tell us about your relationship to Biracial & Rural. How did it begin and when? 

Kali Higgins (kh): I first learned of Biracial & Rural when I met Conie in August of 2021. We found each other on a local BIPOC facebook group

Meet Conie!

Points of Light Music has introduced the new additions to Biracial & Rural leadership recently.  Click these links to meet Kali and Anne.  We also thought it would be good to have Conie answer those interview questions, so here it goes!

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Points of Light Music (polimu):  Tell us about your relationship to Biracial & Rural. How did it begin and when?

clb:  Oof.  This is a long labyrinthine story with lots of twists and turns.  How much time do we have?  

(laughs)

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Jul 12: MGH Huddle Up!

 

We are convening folks from past reads of My Grandmother's Hands (MGH) for a time of community catchup, discernment, and mutual support on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 1-2:30 p.m. CT. RSVP here to receive the link to join, whether its for part or the whole time.

When:  Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Time:  1-2:30 p.m. CT (11a-12:30a PT / 2-3:30p ET)
Register here

If you haven't read MGH with us before, rest assured. We will be accompanying another set of groups soon. Stayed tuned by signing up for our MGH newsletter.



Friday, June 10, 2022

Setlist from Sounding Into Our Bodies, June 8, 2022

Greetings!

If you're reading this you probably attended the Wednesday evening, June 8, 2022, Sounding Into Our Bodies gathering for Missoula, MT area folks

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Setlist from New Moon FIRE Vocal Explorations @ Yess Yoga, May 28, 2022

Here are the songs Liz and Conie lead at the New Moon FIRE Vocal Exploration at Yess Yoga on Friday night, May 28, 2022: 

  1. Love, Serve, Remember (John Astin, adapted from Dances of Universal Peace by Adam Burke)
  2. Welcome to the table/zoom call (clb)
  3. Ashes and Smoke (Linda Allen)
  4. This little light of mine (traditional)
  5. The Way Knows the Way (Lyndsey Scott)

June 24: New Moon Vocal Explorations: Water @ Yess Yoga

New Moon Song Circle: WATER w/ Conie & Liz

Date:  Friday, June 24th 
Time: 7:30-8:45 pm
Sliding Scale:  $5-$20

Register here

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Summer 2022 Heart Songs Dates

   


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

When: 6:30-8p CDT (05-UTC) on specific Mondays during the summer
  • June 20
  • July 11
  • August 15

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Jun 11: Hearts Wide Open to the Wind @ Missoula, MT


We're sharing the Spirit of Peace Meditation with folks in Missoula, Montana!

Come on over if you're in the neighborhood!

Event: Hearts Wide Open to the Wind: Movement Meditations Weaving Peace, Community, Justice & Our Hearts

When: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 6-8 p.m. (MST)

Where: The Greens Picnic Shelter, Fort Missoula South, Missoula, MT
(Map)

Monday, May 16, 2022

Setlist for Breakout: Embodying Our Life Among God's Faithful People

Greetings!

If you're reading this you probably attended the 40-minute Embodying Our Life Among God's Faithful People workshop session at the East Central Wisconsin

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Setlist from "Tending the Soul Through Sound"

Greetings!

If you're reading this you probably attended the Ascension Women's Society retreat last Saturday morning in Stillwater. I'm still hearing your laughter and singing voices in my ears from that beautiful sunny day!
 

Here's the setlist of what we sang (with links to online recordings!) and a few other resources we referred to during our time together.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

May 10: Hearts Wide Open to the Wind: Movement Meditations Weaving Peace, Community, Justice, & Our Hearts


We're sharing the Spirit of Peace Meditation with folks in Des Moines, Iowa!  

Come on over if you're in the neighborhood!

Event:  Hearts Wide Open to the Wind:  Movement Meditations Weaving Peace, Community, Justice & Our Hearts

When:  Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Where:  the Peace Garden at Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St. Des Moines, IA
(Map)

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Meet Rie

Points of Light Music (PLM) is inviting each Freeing Refrains storyteller into an public pre-conversation to help us get to know them before the event. 

Meet Rie, the storyteller for our May 19th event.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Setlist from New Moon EARTH Vocal Explorations @ Yess Yoga, April 29, 2022

Here's the songs Liz and Conie lead at the New Moon EARTH Vocal Exploration at Yess Yoga on Friday night, April 29, 2022: 
  1. Soften the ground (a baby song born on the drive over! clb)
  2. Wanna Be Ready for Change to Come (Charon Hribar, the Kairos Center; Tune: I Wanna Die Easy)
  3. Gathered Here (Phil Porter)
  4. Get Into Your Body (Lea Morris)
  5. Loosen, Loosen (Aly Halpert)

May 27: New Moon Vocal Explorations: FIRE @ Yess Yoga


New Moon Song Circle-FIRE w/ Conie & Liz

Date:  Friday, May 27th 
Time: 7:30-8:45 pm
Sliding Scale:  $5-$20

Register here

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

A New Easter Carol: Lord of the Dance

This year I got encouragement from Brene Brown to create another Easter dance.  Our church was reading her book, Gifts of Imperfection, where she names "Laughter, Song, and Dance" as one of 10 guideposts to cultivate.  And knowing this community usually sings "Lord of the Dance" at the Easter Sunrise service, it seemed a no-brainer.

Not having a lot of capacity to do exhaustive research, I took to my personal mobile research unit and intuited my way to something that felt natural and meaningful.  Here's the write-up; a video from the service is at the end.  Let us know what you think.

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Refrain:  Instructions first with (accompanying words from the song in parathesis)

  1. Standing in a circle facing in, take hands with your neighbors and take four steps in (Dance then)
  2. Step back 4 steps (wherever you may be)
  3. Turn in place to the right (I am the Lord of the Dance said he)

Apr 29: New Moon Voice Explorations: EARTH @ Yess Yoga

 

New Moon Song Circle-Earth w/ Conie & Liz

Date:  Friday, April 29th 
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm
Sliding Scale:  $5-$20

Register here

Saturday, April 9, 2022

May 19: Freeing Refrains with Rie Gilsdorf: More Stories, Convos, & Song

We are delighted to welcome Rie Gilsdorf to share some of their story with Freeing Refrains.  RSVP below and then watch for our interview with them to drop.

Day:  Thursday, May 19, 2022
Time:  6:30-8:30 p.m. CT

RSVP free:  Eventbrite 

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Bio:  Rie Algeo Gilsdorf, MS, MA, has broad experience as a principal, arts administrator, facilitator, coach, teacher of science and dance, and parent in innovative public, private, magnet and charter schools. She spent her early career delivering, designing and guiding arts-integrated, student-centered learning, and most recently spent five years at Courageous Conversation learning how to engage productively in equity work as a white woman.

Throughout her career Rie has also facilitated adult learning that develops capacity to achieve equity across race, gender, sexuality and ability in redesigned schools and progressive faith communities.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Dances of Universal Peace Testimony from Dr. Colleen Carpenter

Dr. Colleen Carpenter invited Conie and two colleagues to share Dances of Universal Peace and street justice songs for a paired Religion and Music honors class early in March 2022.  After the demonstration, Carpenter sent this note.  Shared with permission.  

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"I am someone who finds it very difficult to really trust in God’s love and justice. I BELIEVE in it, and I cling to it, but the horror and the suffering of the world seem to me more “real” in a lot of ways.

I have to believe in God’s love, because if I don’t there’s nothing but despair, but I don’t think it’s going to save anyone on a practical level in the world right now. Putin will continue to level Ukraine.

But when I was driving home,