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Jun 21: Songs In Your Body On This Land

We'd like to welcome People of the Global Majority (Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color, and Mixed Race) to these monthly song cir...

Monday, September 18, 2023

Oct 1, Nov 5, *Dec 3*: Dances of Universal Peace/Sufi Dancing @ Friends Meetinghouse, St. Paul

We're dancing and singing again!  And we're at the Friends Meetinghouse in St. Paul too!

Join us!

What:  Dances of Universal Peace  (what's this?)

When:  1st Sunday of the month, 6:30-8:45 p.m.

Where:  Twin Cities Friends Meetinghouse, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul

(here's an image of the building we're dancing in from a past event)

Sept 28: Opening Sing for "Justice Unbound: Building Race and Class Solidarity"

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Setlist for Sept 15 Songs In Our Bodies On This Land @ Hidden Falls

Here are the songs we sang at Songs In Our Bodies On This Land at Hidden Falls on Friday night, September 15, 2023, in no particular order.  (If you remember others, please let us know ... Conie wasn't tracking very well)
* This was not recorded.
** This song isn't online yet. We'll let you know when they are! (Or let us know if you find it first!)

Thank you to the crew who sang with us! The right people were there, tenderness and support were shared. Community was tended. This is part of the dream Liz and Conie are working towards!

It takes more than desire to keep this BIPOC song circle going. Your contributions, energetic, trades, and financial, are welcome and needed! If you missed the big blue-green tip jar by the door, contributions can be sent through Paypal or Venmo or a check can be mailed to P.O. Box 11791, St. Paul, MN 55111.

The next Songs in Our Bodies On this Land is Friday, October 6 down by the Misi-ziibi River at Hidden Falls Park. Bring friends!  We're scheming about what happens after this. Let us know if you have opinions for days/times of the week and/or location, inside or outside!

Keep singing and stay cool, hydrated and creative!

Love, Liz and Conie, a.k.a. Good Trouble

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Oct 28: 2 MMC Events in Chicago!

We're pleased to be leading a couple of Music that Makes Community events in Chicago this fall!  Join us if you're in the area, or make a special trip into the Windy City!

#1 - Advent Worship Planning & More -- Facebook event
- When: Saturday, October 28 from 9 am to Noon

- Where: Bethany United Church of Christ (4250 N Paulina, Chicago)

Join fellow musicians, clergy, and lay leaders on Saturday, October 28 for a Half-Day Advent Worship Planning Workshop at Bethany United Church of Christ, Chicago. The time of singing and learning will be facilitated by Conie Borchardt from the Twin Cities, in collaboration with local MMC leaders.

We'll reflect on this expectant season of the liturgical year through songs that invite our communities into paperless, participatory expressions of praise and prayer. The final hour of the workshop will model creative approaches to Communion liturgy, using paperless practices to renew our experiences around the table.

Registration fees are on a sliding scale, from $40 to $20 per person, which includes access to a song list and resource materials following the workshop. We ask you to pay what is generous and affordable for you, with gratitude for the time and skill of our presenters. Additional scholarship support is also available, if needed.


The workshop is supported by generous gifts from Bethany United Church of Christ, Chicago and First Congregational Church of Evanston.

#2 - Peace and Justice SING! -- Facebook event

- When:  Saturday, October 28 from 2 to 4 pm
- Where:  Borelli's Pizzeria (2124 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago)

Join Twin Cities song leader Conie Borchardt and singer/song-writer Charles Murphy for a Peace and Justice SING in Chicago on Saturday, October 28 from 2-4 pm.

When we sing, we connect with one another and with something larger than our individual selves. Join us for this uplifting experience of learning and collaboration, as we share songs that give voice to our collective yearnings for justice, freedom, and peace in our world. Bring a song to share and, by all means, bring friends who love to sing.

The event is free and open to all who love to sing, regardless of musical experience or training. Freewill donations are welcome and help support the work of Music that Makes Community.

Sept 13 & 14: Ian Carrick in the Twin Cities!

We are so excited that Ian Carrick will be in the Twin Cities for TWO events this week!  Please check your calendar for both and join us!  

#1 - Community Singing With Ian

When:  Wednesday, Sept 13, 6:30-8p. 
Where:  Wolff Park, St. Louis Park.  We will be singing at the WEST shelter (by the playground). 

Please bring a blanket or chair for sitting.

Suggested donation $5-20
33% of donations will go to the Division of Indian Work
No one turned away for lack of funds

Ian Carrick is a Celtic & Nordic heritage musician & song-leader from Bend, OR, the land of the Paiute. As a founding member of Central Oregon’s Open Hub Singing, he loves helping adults and children sing together well. His community-style songs are fresh and crunchy, wild and witty and his circles tend to invoke tears and laughter. Watch and listen by clicking these links.
At his best, Ian uses an awareness of his privileges as a white cis-man to instill hope, belonging and embodiment into a deeply troubled culture. Ian’s music is inspired by his recovery journey and his ongoing work with children, whose voices are featured on his first family-oriented album, Earthlings, available on all streaming services.

#2 - Earthlings: Music With Kids! Backyard Family Concert with Ian Carrick

When:  Thursday, Sept 14, 5-6:30p
Where:  So. Mpls backyard.  Reach out for address.

Join us in our backyard for an afternoon of family music with Ian Carrick! 

Ian Carrick (he/him) is a songleader, music teacher, and bard from Bend, OR, the land of the Paiute. He loves seeing groups of kids realize they are enjoying singing. Using goofiness, instrumental chops, and a conviction that singing matters, Ian brings music out of youngsters. Ultimately, his dream is to inspire kids to be contributors to a thriving, responsive, in-person musical culture.

Ian created a folksy family-oriented album, Earthlings, to build deeper relationships with ourselves, each other and the earth. The sing-alongable tunes are streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and everywhere else.

This evening will be co-created! Depending on the ages in the room and the flavor of the evening, we may go in a handful of different directions, so please bring curiosity, creativity, and courage! We’ll all hopefully leave a little lighter on our feet and more settled into ourselves.

Suggested donation $5-20 || No one turned away for lack of funds
Learn more at iancarrick.net

Sept 15 & *Oct 6*: Songs in Our Bodies, On this Land - TC BIPOC + Mixed Race Version

We'd like to welcome People of the Global Majority (Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color, and Mixed Race) to these song circles outdoors at Hidden Falls Park.

September 15th and October 6th.
We'll gather at 6 pm to picnic and start singing at 7 pm.

Led by GOOD TROUBLE, Conie Borchardt and Liz Digitale Anderson, mixed race song leaders. (Pictured here with Ihotu Ali, where we create Soul Song)

We teach songs for joy, courage, grief, hope, and justice in the oral tradition, call and echo. You don't need to "be a singer" or "know what you're doing", you just gotta be willing to breathe and open your mouth and echo back. Maybe even move your hips if you're feeling it

***If you come all the way down the drive and park in the end of the parking lot by the river, we'll be under the trees there nearish to the picnic tables. Maybe we'll go down and say hello to the river and put our feet in if we feel the need.****

Photo by Mankwe Ndosi: Preparing the Unburdening Ground, Say Their Names Cemetery at George Floyd Square, Minneapolis