The Song Journal

Miscellaneous news and writing by Bob Franke, mostly about songs as a portable art form, and the process of creating them and enabling them to do their work in the world.

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Location: Peabody, Massachusetts, United States

from Bob Franke began his career as a singer-songwriter in 1965 while a student at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation in 1969 with an A.B. in English Literature, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has since made New England his home. Bob has appeared in concert at coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, bars, streets, homes and churches in 33 states, four Canadian provinces and England.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Joan's cancer walk

Our neighbor Mike, a 39 year old man who adored his wife and twin infant girls, died of a heart attack last night. We visited his widow as she was surrounded by her family. Hard to know what to do when there's nothing you can do, but we showed up, expressed our sorrow and our willingness to be of support if needed.
Joan also signed up for a walk in support of cancer research, as part of a team from her temple, Temple Ner Tamid of Peabody. If you'd like to support her efforts, you're welcome to use this widget. Nothing much you can do in the face of death but pray, live each moment with awareness, and love 'till you've loved it away.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a middle school music teacher and am looking for information on how you came to write The Great Storm is Over". My Beginning Boys' Chorus sings it as a warm-up often, and they enjoy it. How did Peter, Paul, and Mary come to hear and record it? My guys have to report on many of the pieces we sing, and we can't locate any information other than liner notes from the "In These Times" CD. Thank you,
Peg Hutson - Visalia, CA

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