Two or three years ago, I had the privilege of meeting mother/daughter fans from Harrisburg, PA. Their names are Sophia and Fonda. We had such a wonderful visit. So, they decided they wanted a second audience with the diva. And, of course, I was happy to oblige. Despite my reputation for being a bit nippy at times, and not always in the mood to play the piano, I really do appreciate the desire of others to spend time in my presence. And while the second visit was a tad more low-key than the first (I really didn’t play much), I do believe we all had a pleasant time. I even honored Fonda with a paw.
We all know how important art and music are in making the world a better place for all creatures, great and small. I’ve certainly tried to do my part and, in doing, I’ve collaborated with some amazing humans along the way. One of them is my purrsonal assistant, Betsy Alexander. In addition to providing me with a loving home, a piano, and plenty of encouragement, she is also a marvelous composer with a big heart when it comes to empathy and concern for others.
So it was quite natural for her to be moved by a recent project by a friend of hers, artist Meg Saligman, who has created an interactive installation called “Mary, Undoer of Knots” in honor of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. And when Betsy is moved, inspiration and action soon follow, this time resulting in the song, Help Us Mary, which is delighting and even moving to tears all who hear it.
A demo recording of the song with words and music by BetsyAlexander, vocals by Donnie Hammond, and produced by Dan Martin can be heard on Betsy’s website at <http://betsyswonderfulthings.com>.
More info about Meg Saligman’s project “Mary, Undoer of Knots.”