Mary Gauthier is a remarkable woman. Her triumph of survival over adversity and the burgeoning of her art.
I wrote a review of her most recent album which is the product of all she talks about in this 20 minute talk.
It is a wonderful talk for various reasons. There is what she is actually doing with these veterans, the emotional commitment and there are these wonderful little phrases she uses that are pure poetry or more likely potential lyrics that just come out of this unscripted presentation.
When war pushes you past
What your values will allow
And it hurts your soul
And how is this for a potential song title – “Alchemising shame”.