#20: The Miseducation of Ana Swartz

#20: The Miseducation of Ana Swartz

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Ok, so here it is: this is the music I’ve made about ten years ago. I’ve promised to publish my music to Anna-Liisa Donnatella on Episode 16. It took a lot of courage to actually follow through with it but now that I did, I’m very proud of myself! 

The Miseducation of Ana Swartz

I chose this title, because The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill had played a major role in my life and in my love for music. All I know about music and how it makes me feel, I got it from Lauryn (and Erykah, of course). This album was on heavy rotation for about 3 years and it had a major impact on me. Lauryn had poured her heart out in her debut, just like I poured mine into these songs.

The first song “Little Prayer” may not be my best song, but it means a lot to me. I wrote it when I had my whole world fall apart from kidney failure. I lost my health and with it myself, my job, my money and any hope. I didn’t understand what was happening to me at that time and that’s why I wrote this little prayer. I still sing it to this day whenever I need some courage and a reminder that sometimes I don’t need to understand what’s going on. Life will eventually let me know anyway.

Listening to it now let’s me know that my prayers have been answered. I know now that I had to go through these things. Not only to find healing for me and my kidneys, but also to find myself.

In that way, The Miseducation of Ana Swartz represents that long journey back to myself and I welcome you to be a part of it.

Listen with your heart

While listening, please remember that this music was basically meant for myself as therapy. I’m no producer. I did all the beats with my little Music Maker and a cheap mic in a little chamber of my home.

So listen with your heart first 🙂

Love, 

Ana

 

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#16: Anna-Liisa Donatella:

#16: Anna-Liisa-Donatella

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Anna-Liisa Donatella has always been connected to arts: singing, making music, dancing. She’s practicing and teaching Yoga, and is involved in several pre-dominantely female empowerment projects.

She was into choirs from a very young age. At first, she was told she  didn’t have much of a voice and was not allowed to join the local choir. But she didn’t allow that to crush her vocal confidence, so she kept auditioning and eventually got in to the Cathedral girls choir in Winchester. She has since joined and led many more choirs and got a Gospel Mentorship.

The school of knowmads has changed her life. It’s for “lost birds” and she lost her voice there. She started dancing and had the opportunity to dance in front of the whole school and there she started to reinvent herself. Her alter ego – the fairy – made her dance through an old trauma and it made her realize how healing dancing and art is. This is the film Anna-Liisa talks about in the Interview – created and performed by her. It’s a performance about a healing journey, a transformation of pain into power. 

Still on her healing journey she went to Trinidad and Tobago with her Gospel mentor. All of sudden she found herself in the jungle as part of her mentor’s family with her mentor’s father slowly passing away. The atmosphere there allowed her to just sit there and sing along to the piano, no matter what would actually come out – whispers or silent songs.

Over time she found her voice appearing again and she now wants to help others who have experienced the same thing. When I asked her if she could share with us the music she sang in Trinidad, something magical happened. Anna-Liisa has since published her song not only for the podcast, but also shared it with the whole world, video and all. She also plans to do more music and two choir projects. I’ll share any news with you guys!

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Other links:

Virtual choir by Eric Whitacre

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#10: Elliott Rae – creator of the mumsnet for dads “Music Football Fatherhood”

#10: Elliott Rae: Music Football Fatherhood

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Links:

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http://www.independent.co.uk/author/elliott-rae

https://twitter.com/mffonline_

https://www.instagram.com/mffonline_/

https://www.facebook.com/mffonline

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