Welcome to my new website. Please make yourself at home. Have a look around.
I have been a full-time writer and singer for over 35 years. I worked in professional theatre where critics called me “a musical instrument linked to a soul” for my passionate portrayal of French singer, Edith Piaf, in a play I co-wrote and performed in Vancouver, Victoria, London, Edmonton and Montreal. This is a photo from that play. I was also called “a national treasure” for my performances in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well in Calgary and Edmonton. Just to let you know: all this praise, although really nice, is not easy to live up to.
My most recent book, Becoming Intimate with the Earth, was published by Collins Foundation Press. Part love story, part battle cry, part call to adventure, it weaves our new science-based cosmology with the traditional wisdom of indigenous people and my passionate engagement with life and the natural world. Inside are Intimacy Guides, Resources and Links to fascinating people making a difference. I hope the book will act as a powerful guide to help us heal our relationship with our planetary home.
My writing has been recognized internationally: Emmy-nomination and Cable ACE Award for Best Writing for The Song Spinner, a feature- length drama about the transformative power of music. Young Aurora grows up in The Land of Pindrop, a silent world where music – and all noise – is forbidden by the Hush Law. When she meets Zantalalia, a mysterious old gypsy woman, she learns the truth about music and begins an adventure that will bring the light and the song back to her people. The film starred Patti Lupone, Brent Carver, and John Neville, and received many international film festival awards. I also won a national award for my novel, The Song Spinner.
The novel was published in 1994 by Red Deer Press and is now available for purchase through me: songspinner(at)shaw.ca
I am a longtime member of The Writers Union of Canada, The Writers Guild of Canada, P.E.N., and a recent member of the Creative Non Fiction Collective.
Music has been the great love of my life. And two things have guided me on this amazing musical journey: my longing to sing and my deep love and connection with the natural world. More recently, I’ve been hanging out with scientists, attending science conferences, giving papers on music and the role of the artist, and writing songs inspired by recent scientific discoveries. I also give vocal playshops to help the shy find their voice.
I have released 5 CDs of original songs: Dancing with the Crone, a musical journey into conscious and juicy aging; Rescue Joy, songs about loss and starting over – proceeds to the David Suzuki Foundation; La tendresse, my French CD with songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and my own French songs ; Deep Fun: Songs about Science, Food and Sex, my CD of amusing songs ; and Voices in the Sound, the soundtrack to my cosmological musical about Bowen Island. All my songs are registered with S.O.C.A.N.
To listen to my music, visit my blog.
All CDs can be purchased from me – songspinner(at)shaw.ca. Deep Fun, Rescue Joy and La Tendresse can also be purchased from cdbaby
I am part of a growing community working to integrate music, nature, science, and spirit to support a radical transformation in human consciousness. Starting with myself. I welcome these later years of life as a time to care for the Earth, to mentor, to share the hard-won wisdom of a life thoughtfully, if sometimes brashly, lived.
Baiya sheetoora. My music goes with you. Pauline