Why I’m Singing to One Person at a Time
Six months ago I walked out of a theatre in Midtown Manhattan when the idea popped into my head to sing to one person at a time. I wanted to tell each person that they are not alone in their pain, their hopes, their fears, and their dreams. I wanted to create a safe space where two souls can see and be seen, with music as their tether, their lifeline, and their conduit for connection.
In the time it took to walk from Eleventh Avenue to Lexington Avenue, this idea grew into a project called Songs for One, where I invite individuals to sit and experience music with me as an audience of one. The experience is intimate, unique, familiar, challenging, and healing all at the same time.
Songs for One was written in response to the hatred and disconnect that has become the norm in our country and in our daily lives. In a world where our happiness and value is measured by likes, and a virtual reality where we can behave badly and anonymously, I wanted to create an opportunity for two people to simply be with one other, with hearts open and masks down.
Here’s why I’m singing to one person at a time:
I’m singing to one person at a time because I believe in the healing power of music — that a note or a phrase or even a moment of silence can have the ability to reach deep inside your soul.
I’m singing to one person at a time because I believe that all people want to truly see — and be seen.
I’m singing to one person at a time because I believe lullabies can wake us up just as well as they can lull us to sleep.
I’m singing to one person at a time because it is an act of love, attention, and care.
I’m singing to one person at a time because it is a prayer and a blessing.
I’m singing to one person at a time because we don’t know what we will find if we look into each other’s eyes.
I’m singing to one person at a time because music is a key that can unlock our hearts.
I’m singing to one person at a time because I want to help people dig deep and find the strength to believe in themselves wholeheartedly.