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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Setlist from Nov 17 Songs for Tending Our Hearts @ Yess Yoga

Here are the songs we sang at Songs for Tending Our Hearts at Yess Yoga on Friday night, November 17, 2023:
  1. Gather / We Are Not Alone (Joanna Laws Landis)
  2. Holding Song (Ian Carrick)
  3. The Feelings Song (Heidi Rojas)
  4. One Body (Ahlay Blakely)
  5. Don’t numb to this (Abigail Bengson)
  6. We were made for these times (Clarissa Pinkola Estes/Linda Noonan)
  7. We shall be known (Karisha Longaker/MaMuse) - teaching page at The Bird Sings website
  8. Healing is Possible (Orion Johnstone)
We are grateful to you if sang with us and to Yess Yoga for hosting. 

In 2024, we're hoping to have bimonthly sings at Yess Yoga.  Stay tuned here or sign up for the In-person Sings/Good Trouble mailing list here to get an email after they're scheduled.  Or just check-in with the Yess Yoga's website.

Keep singing and stay warm, graceful, and creative!

Love, Liz and Conie, a.k.a. GOOD TROUBLE

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Setlist for Nov 10 "Contemporary Protest Songs: Lifeblood of Movement Work" at FREC's Overcoming Racism Conference

Greetings!

If you're reading this, you might have attended the 2023 Overcoming Racism Conference session "Contemporary Protest Songs: Lifeblood of Movement Work" on Friday afternoon, November 10, 2023 at Metro State in St. Paul.

Here is the list of the songs we, Liz Digitale Anderson and Conie Borchardt of Good Trouble, led at the workshop.
  1. We’ve Seen the Future* (The Peace Poets)
  2. Neighbor, Neighbor, Can’t You See (Vermont Solidarity Singers, in The Poor People’s Campaign Songbook, pg 64)
  3. People gonna Rise Like the Water/The Voice of My Great Granddaughter (The Peace Poets)
  4. Trans Rights are Human Rights (Liz Digitale Anderson, with thanks to Bill Nye the Science Guy)
  5. Holding Song (Ian Carrick)
  6. Hand in Hand (Jayanthi Kyle) - first link is from Justice for Jamar Unity March and Rally; this link is to Bandcamp where you can purchase the song (preferably on Bandcamp Fridays :)
  7. Be with me, Yah (Koach Baruch Frazier)
  8. Over/Under (Lyndsey Scott)
  9. We get there together (Or never get there at all) (Josh Blaine)
  10. Are You/Personal cultural structural Change (Liz Digitale Anderson)
  11. My liberation is your liberation/Let’s Get Free!* (Peace Poets?)
 * We're looking for an online recording.  Let us know in the comments if you find one first!

We also promised to share a list of resources after the workshop. Here it is!

Setlist for Nov 10 "Stress Relief Song Circle" for UMN MSW program

Greetings!

If you're reading this, you might have been part of a private "Stress Relief" song circle for Master's in Social Work students at the UMN on Friday, Nov 10.  

We, Liz and Conie of Good Trouble, were honored to share with you song and movement that supports your studies and personal well being during this intense time of study.  

Here's the list of songs we sang together with links to online recordings.
  1. Let it go (Words: Michael Leunig/Music: Suzann Frisk)
  2. Comfort (Heather Wilson)*
  3. Welcome to the table/zoom call/circle (clb)
  4. How many times will my heart be broken (Liza Walker?)
  5. Put Your Roots Down (Molly Hartwell)
  6. Ready (Alexandra Blakely)
  7. Bridging Hearts (Lisa Littlebird)
  8. If it’s not a F*#$ yeah (Lyndsey Scott) - doesn't include Liz's "Composting ..." adaptation 
* We're looking for an online recording of these! If you find one, please drop it in the comments!

Here's a list of Resources:
Keep singing and stay warm, hydrated and creative!

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

Friday, November 10, 2023

Setlist for Nov 9: "NONE OF THIS SHOULD BE HAPPENING" Grief Song Circle for Palestine & Israel

Friends, 

If you're reading this, you might have attended the Song Circle and Grief Vigil for Palestine and Israel on Thursday, November 9 at Stewart Park in Minneapolis.  

We invited folks to not be alone, but to gather together and name aloud how difficult it is to bear witness to the loss of life.  To make space within ourselves to feel and let it move through us.  

Here is a list of the songs we sang that night with links to online recordings.

  1. We Shall Come Together Singing (Maggie Wheeler)
  2. Holding Song (Ian Carrick)
  3. Syncopated Bismillah (Words: traditional Arabic/Music: Fattah Kriner)
  4. One Body (Ahlay Blakely)
  5. Why aren’t the children safe (Liz Digitale Anderson)
  6. Grief (Sarina Partridge)
  7. I pray for peace and liberation (Abigail Bengson)
  8. The Cure for the Pain (text inspired by Rumi; tune: Yam)
  9. Cross the Sea (Molly Bajgot & Sol Weiss)
  10. Shalom Benediction (music: Shlomo Carlebach/movements: Tasnim Fernandez)
  11. When Times Are Hard/We Lead in Love (Liz Digitale Anderson)


Here's a list of Resources:
  • Artist Grief Deck https://griefdeck.com/ - Having a tangible tool to sit with and reflect our feelings back to us helps us slow down, process, and make space for emotional work and intentions we otherwise tend to ignore.  This one was created by hospice workers during the pandemic.
  • Here's the pack of Poems for This Moment by Palestinian and Israel/Jewish poets that Liz compiled.  
  • The Wailing Ritual was adapted from The Cosmic Mass (Matthew Fox) as shared through Joran Oppelt. 
  • Buddha Board - https://buddhaboard.com/

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Setlist for Nov 3 Songs in Our Bodies On this Land @ Beautiful Studio

Here are the songs we sang at Songs In Our Bodies On This Land at the Beautiful Studio on Friday night, November 3, 2023 with links to online recordings for your at-home remembering pleasure.
  1. Communal Shruti improvisation
  2. We Shall Come Together Singing (Maggie Wheeler)
  3. Don’t numb to this (Abigail Bengson)
  4. Love from the Inside Out (Moon Clemetson)
  5. The Cure for the Pain (text inspired by Rumi; tune: Yam)
  6. Spirit of Peace (Words: Rev. Otto Zing & Neil Douglas Klotz/Music: traditional)
  7. Bridging Hearts (Lisa Littlebird)
  8. Heenay, Heenay, matov, matov (Words from psalm 133; tune: Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi; movements by Tasnim Hermila Fernandez)
  9. In Hope, In Prayer (Batya Levine)
* Not recorded.  

Thank you to the crew who sang with us! The right people were there, tenderness, grit, 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 in the dark (lol), 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 will be Friday, December 1, again at the Beautiful Studio in the Dow Building on University Ave in St. Paul. You can park in the lot behind the building or on the street.  Enter the building on Hampden.

Keep singing and stay warm, hydrated and creative!

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

Friday, November 3, 2023

Nov 17: Songs for Tending Our Hearts @ Yess Yoga



When it feels like the world is falling apart, when everything is literally on fire, singing in community together heals and centers us—we’re not alone.

Our culture desperately needs spaces where it is safe to feel your sorrow and the weight of the world. Come sing through the small and large griefs in your life and give them space to breathe.

When:  Friday, November 17, 7:30-9p
Where:  Yess Yoga, 105 E 26th St, Mpls
Song leaders Conie Borchardt and Liz Digitale Anderson (aka GOOD TROUBLE) hold care-filled circles for you to find freedom in your voice, de-stress your nervous system, and move your body.

Every voice is welcome! We teach all the songs call and response- just open your mouth and echo back. We’ll sing songs to ground you, heal you, and help you breathe in the days to come.

Pre-register + pay what you can here: https://www.yessyogastudio.com/yoga-workshops/
$5-$20 sliding scale (No one turned away for lack of funds; we want you there!) You can also pay on the door.

**Notes**
  • Masks optional
  • Parking can be kind of tight around this block - leave yourself some extra time to find a spot!
  • As we're in a yoga studio, we ask people to leave their shoes at the entrance to keep the studio clean. If you want to bring a clean pair of indoor shoes to support your feet that's fine. Thank you!

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Nov 9: THIS SHOULDN'T BE HAPPENING: Grief Song Circle for Palestine + Israel



Don't be alone with your pain- we are not meant to carry this alone.

There are many marches and rallies and actions being planned right now, as is right. But we also need a space to tend our hearts, to say out loud how difficult it is to bear witness to so much loss of life. The cognitive dissonance of daily life and getting groceries while people are dying is a lot to bear—we are not meant to deal with grief alone.

Come sing and cry and grieve in community with us, and let's be honest together about the %#@&ed up state of the world.

NONE OF THIS SHOULD BE HAPPENING
A Grief Vigil + Song Circle for Palestine + Israel
Thursday Nov 9, 6:30-8 pm
The Rec Center @ Stewart Park, 2700 12th Ave S, Minneapolis
Facebook event link

*This singing circle aims to create a safe, liberatory, and welcoming space for all. Please come in authenticity, prepared to show mutual respect and love to each other, knowing that grief and trauma and oppression show up differently in each person's story.*

**We know that the middle east is not the only place in the world in conflict right now. Your pain and anguish for the sorrows of the world are welcome here.**

Nov 3, *Dec 1*: WINTER: Songs In Your Body, On This Land: BIPOC + Mixed Race Song Circles


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

When:  Friday, November 3rd, and Friday December 1st, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Beautiful Studio #214***, 2242 University Ave West, St Paul
Facebook event link

Led by GOOD TROUBLE, Conie Borchardt and Liz Digitale Anderson. 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

**We will be requesting that folx mask up for the sake of collective community health indoors. Thank you for understanding**

***We are trying a new location to see how it works for our community; this studio is on the second floor -- if you have access needs/cannot do stairs, please please DM us so we can figure out how best to accommodate you!***

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