About Guiding Song

“The greatest gift you can give the world is to tell your truth.”

~ Cheryl Walters

My name is Marieke Slovin Lewis. I hold a PhD in Sustainability Education from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. I am a musician, writer, editor, yogi, and creative guide. I created the organization Guiding Creativity to house my many creative offerings to the world.

Guiding Song is an offshoot of this organization. Through Guiding Song, I write music with people from their stories, using a method of songwriting I developed called Story-to-Song (STS). STS is a variation on the folk music tradition of writing songs from stories. It is a collaborative process, wherein a person is invited to share a story from their life and I work with them to guide the story into a song.

To learn about this songwriting method, visit: Origins of Story-to-Song

To learn more about Guiding Song, visit: About Guiding Song

Our music is featured in our new book, “On the Move: Poems and Songs of Migration”. A portion of the proceeds are donated each year to an organization that works with refugees and asylum seekers.

If you would like to help us raise money to record these songs, we have a GoFundMe site you can visit (and you have our unending gratitude): https://gofund.me/ba122bce

We are honored to have been invited to share our migration songs on Episode 9: Songs of Migration in Belgium for the podcast Crossings: The Refugee Experience in America. Special thanks to the host and developers of the podcast, Vincent Hostak and Janice Pugh Wohler.

In this video, I perform the migration song “Never Give Up” with musician and composer, Pierre Michaud at Den Teirling in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium in February 2020.

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