Brand New Music Video - IMMIGRANT

I've spent several weeks during the past two winters in a tiny little Honduran mountain village named San Juancito. A few years ago, my husband and I had a fortuitous encounter when we just happened to sit next to a sweet older woman at a play. During conversation, we found out that she had a strong connection to a tiny little creative arts school in Honduras, who welcomed volunteer teachers of all sorts. We had just returned from a trip to Thailand, where we taught music and theater for two months, and were just itching for our next international adventure. I still can't believe how this opportunity just fell into our laps. We chatted more with our new friend at intermission, exchanged contact information after the show, and just days later, I was emailing with the woman who runs the art school about when we could come and volunteer!

It's hard to describe to you what our life is like there. Simplicity, tranquility, peace. We live right in the heart of a green, lush cloudforest. The village is tucked at the base of a mountain range, so we begin each day with a long mountain hike, up the gravel road through the village, where we say Buenos Dias to everyone we meet and they say it right back, with a big warm welcoming smile. Quite different from Los Estados Unidos. Once out of the village, it is just green & sky. For miles. This beautiful walk is such a healing, sacred time for us. 

Each day, we spend a few hours with the children, singing songs, teaching guitar and flute, reading books, often just goofing around together. A lot of the fathers in the village are absent, busy working hours away, so we love to be Uncle Ryan & Uncle Tod, just loving up the children and connecting with them as much as possible during our short time there. 

There is so much more I could mention, but I'll let this music video speak instead. I put it together with footage that I took the last time we were there and did my best to portray our simple mountain life. The song is "immigrant" from my latest album, always a river. I wrote the lyrics for this song as a reminder to never lose sight of my desire to use my talents and music to directly help others. It is a call to action, to seek out opportunities where I can be of service, and I hope it inspires you the same way. Full lyrics are below. Enjoy!

LYRICS:

lead us to the wreck, many years of calm but now we crave the storm
toss us to the mess, keep us hungry, keep us dirty, keep us poor

this green underneath our feet, this springloaded soil…a world without end
here within this peace, keep us gypsy, keep us burning, keep us immigrant

we tie these sheets together while the village sleeps
we throw our rope over the barricade
set fire to this tower of ivory
we are reckless, we are frenzy, we are free

take us close to trouble, catapult us deep into the dangerous
side by side we struggle...keep us hungry, keep us dirty, keep us burning

we tie these sheets together while the village sleeps
we throw our rope over the barricade
set fire to this tower of ivory
we are orphans, we are gypsy
set fire to this tower of ivory
keep us hungry, keep us dirty, keep us free