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Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
-Leonard Cohen

What would happen if we issued
a general amnesty for ourselves,
particularly around our voice and creative spirit. What sounds might appear?
And what message might we hear?
-Michael Stillwater
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Our intention is to inspire the remembrance of an underlying connection while encouraging creative expression, exploring themes of singing and songmaking in particular. As such, the series brings awareness to a worldwide epidemic of people afraid to sing, or express their creative self, unless they believe their offering is 'perfect',
while highlighting an active global movement
of creative expression.

Produced by Michael Stillwater and
Doris Laesser Stillwater, a series of documentaries is in development, each episode featuring a different expression around the theme of 'The Great Song'. The films include both known and unknown artists, teachers,scientists, elders and youth.

explores our common impulse to create through our voice, as well as our fear of being rejected for not being 'perfect'.


People from America, Europe, India and Australia, known and unknown, at all stages of creative expression, are interviewed on the sensitive subject of their voice. Children and adults are filmed experimenting with improvisational singing as a way for overcoming shyness and reconnecting with a musical, creative spirit. Songwriters and voice educators add their perspectives.

Songmakers transports the viewer into a more appreciative relationship with their own voice and their creativity.

Beginner's Mind with Nick Woolsey, excerpt from SongMakers

Project in development.

This film, and other films in development, are made possible by generous donations from people who feel resonant with this work- thank you for your support!

We invite your contribution to help bring Songmakers to completion. When making a donation, after clicking on 'donate' button, under the heading marked 'add special instructions to the seller', please indicate a project of special interest, or simply write 'use where most needed'. Fiscal sponser is Green Hospice, aka Living Bridges, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Santa Fe, NM.

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