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This song is a reflection of my thoughts during the time my dad felt near-death while battling severe COVID. While my dad did survive, this song focuses on how I might’ve coped if he didn’t. This also focuses on how writing, remembering stories about our loved ones who have passed away can help us cope with the pain we experience, and continue to feel connected with them.
My cousin, Kimber, wrote this poem for a class in High School about our Grandparents, and then we put it to music together.
I wrote, performed and recorded this song myself after my niece’s wedding in September 2020.
Song is about coming together as a community through gardening and collaboration, tear down the barriers. Song was inspired when living in a neighborhood where all these fenced gardens existed and I envisioned tearing down the fences and everyone working on a community garden.
When We Do Family History
Lyrics by Angie Killian & Fen Frehner
Music by Fen Frehner
When Fen Frehner and I wrote this song, we wanted to get children and families excited about connecting with their ancestors. There are so many great ways to incorporate family history into everyday activities: bedtime stories, coloring pages, cooking an ancestor’s favorite meal or a popular dish from their country of origin, traveling, pulling out pictures, letters, and treasures–the list can go on and on! How do you involve your little ones in family history work?
We want to give a shoutout to those who recorded on this track: Shane Mickelsen for the piano recording; Sarah Arneson for the lovely cello; Janey Killian (5), Audrey Edwards (9), Hanah Cornaby, McKay Dalley, Lisa Dalley, & Craig Dalley for lending us their vocals; and to the amazing Becky Willard who recorded, mixed & mastered the vocals/cello.
The song details some the history of one family through time.
I had no collaborators.
A song about connection, longing and trust in those who are most important to us.
Often we find ourselves rejecting our darker parts – deeming them as unacceptable, unworthy and unloveable. In reality, this imperfection makes us human. We paint our shadow side with weakness rather than strength, failing to recognise vulnerability as the foundation for intimacy; the honest, deep connection with others that deep down, we all crave.
Filled with shame, we find ways to numb from who we truly are – or, more so, the version of ourselves the inner critic paints. Addiction, distraction, using social media to show only our good sides – running from ourselves leads to running from others; isolating when we aren’t able to shine only our brightest light.
The song draws inspiration from Carl Jung’s theory of the shadow self combined with the phenomenon of a two-way mirror. A repressed self is encased in the thin metal layer inside the mirror, forming the surface that when brightly lit on one side, masks the darker counterpart.
We are not defined by our flaws, our illness, our weakness – even when we feel imprisoned by them, unable to see where reality ends and fantasy begins. Yet embracing and connecting to these hidden parts allow us to be fully whole and present – with both ourselves and others.
‘Two-Way Mirror’ comments on this universal experience, a realisation that sometimes the walls we build are no longer protective, but destructive – depriving us of self-acceptance, authentic connection, and living an un-fragmented life.
Written, arranged and performed by Mojo Wellington.
People Ready to Connect back with their love ones and LIFE.