WOMEN ON AIR https://www.facebook.com/WomenOnAir/ Dec. 15, 2015 hosted by Susan Lachmann on WETS-FM, Jonesboro TN 19:22 Introduction to interview – Peace with Harmony 25:16 Interview about Community Singing 30:00 Bees Make Honey 38:42 Interview about the Global Village Project and languages 42:40 Earbone 47:10 Ending Also hear: Vienna Tang – Transcontinental Lizz Wright – I’m […]
Elise Witt – An interview with the singer, composer, educator, recording artist and community activist. “I wanted to contribute to change and connect to people through my music.” Elise Witt is a person who is driven to make the world a better place through music and the performing arts. After being born in Switzerland and spending her early childhood in upstate New York, Elise was raised in the southern U.S. state of North Carolina and since 1977 has made Georgia her home. Her mother used to sing in a choir in Switzerland and Elise carries on that singing tradition. Her main interests through her school years were languages of the world. She would study this in college and is fluent in French, German, Italian, Spanish and English.
I met Elise Witt years ago when she came to Minneapolis to lead a singing workshop. In that afternoon together, I learned songs from her that I am still singing today. It was also the beginning of long, deep and inspiring friendship, fostered by my frequent visits to Atlanta. What a blessing that she lives in the same town as my brother and his family! We have sung a number of concerts together and always cherish the way our work – like our voices – intertwine.
As a beekeeper, I had this little Bee Chant buzzing around my hive and my imagination. When I discovered the beautiful Wander Poem ascribed to the Buddha, I decided they were made for each other. Then they needed company, so I added the Bird, the Fish, and the Spider. May we all take the essence of life without destroying its beauty or ourselves.
The idea that sound goes on forever, and that any sound we make is in the universe forever, is something to deeply consider in these controversial times.
I was born in Switzerland and came to the US at age 4. I was sent to a nursery school where all the children were communicating with each other in strange sounds that I had never heard.
These videos feature CRANKIES – films on paper – created and sung by students from the Global Village Project, Decatur GA.
Special thanks to Sam Bartlett for Cranky consultation, Pine Street Market for the butcher paper, James Tolmach for the beautifully crafted wooden Cranky, Mick Kinney for original cranky designs and innovations, and Susan Lightcap for artistic guidance!!