Music, Muse, Mercies within the Arts

Many of us know the overflow of love within and the unique awakening power of poetry and song.

Some of us identify with the codes of righteousness….the common and accompanying invigoration that music of social justice and protest can bring us.

Such music may be melodies with words about our struggle against oppression.

Other songs may offer lyrics teaching freedom in action.

Still others are mere and modest melodies facilitating liberty in thought, or extraordinary anthems opening our awareness.

These few singer/songwriters, musical artistes, on this page of our website are of personal and great importance to our own outreach to the underserved and underrepresented.  Welcome to their worthy websites……..

As Mr. Ben Rollins reveals to us regarding the unsurpassed musical/lyrical work of Bob Dylan: “The magnificent music matches the searing lyrics.”

We welcome you to also view some of Bob Dylan’s unsurpassed art within the following video:

Our dear friend, Graham Nash, musician of meaningful and elegant music and art, and conscientious advocate for our Cause to end homelessness, has created the following inspiration for us:

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Jenny and Bob welcome and encourage you to join us at the third annual DESERT GATHERING JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL on Sunday, November 1st.

And, from Lisa and Nelson Lerner –

When we shared with Jenny & Bob the mission of Desert Jewish Gathering, “Through the spiritual power of music, we seek to create a stronger sense of Jewish identity, connection to community and pride in our shared culture and heritage”, they embraced our concept and requested the honor of Festival Sponsor, recognizing the benefit and beauty of this November 1, 2015 community wide event envisioned by Cantor Todd Herzog:Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 7.08.27 PM

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Every Child Deserves a Doctor, and the Ramsey Foundation is happy to announce that we will walk alongside the Children’s Health Fund, which was co-founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon, with pediatrician/child advocate Irwin Redlener, MD and Executive Director Karen Redlener, MS

We are dedicated to serve with the Children’s Health Fund, with a specific focus on their mobile units to impoverished ares, and we invite you to serve as well.  Their commitment is unsurpassed toward providing health care to the nation’s most medically underserved children.

Bob and Carlos Santana visiting about our Foundation’s donated ambulance to Jalisco Centro Comunitario de Salud.

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All children are our children, and with all our love we send an ambulance for all the little ones who receive care at Carlos Santana’s Centro Comunitario de Salud in Jalisco, Mexico. Bob presents a gift from his wife to Carlos, explaining: un regalo por los niños de las commadres de la Jenny.

 

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A seventh-generation Quaker, Bob Ramsey’s life long experiences of meditation, of going into the Silence, has revealed to him what David Lynch also teaches, inside each of us “is an ocean of pure, vibrant consciousness”.  We join with David Lynch and his Foundation’s CEO, Bob Roth to share, with love, this awareness with our inner-city children.

Christmas in the Heart – Paul Snyder informs :”During a recession winter when U.S. employment (was) hovering near 10%, US royalties from ‘Christmas in the Heart’ are going to the charity organization ‘Feeding America.’  International royalties are going to charities in the UK and the developing world.”  Jenny adds:  more than four million meals to the hungry have already been guaranteed by Mr. Dylan, plus the music is preciously honest, gloriously meaningful, and provides a perfect background for  “grandchildrening…..”

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PERPETUATING OUR WONDERFUL FOLK MUSIC TRADITION:

Social justice through folk music has been accomplished for generations by songs towards ending oppression, and by lyrics about advancing diversity. Our Foundation has a small scholarship offer for a Kingston Trio student to encourage a youthful musician to learn, and perpetuate, the lost language of folk music.  Because, as Joe Hill once explained, folk songs may be learned by heart, and then can be repeated over and over, while a pamphlet may only be read once. And, as Bob Shane once explained, “Sing Out!”

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Among the most glorious and educational listening moments ever for Jenny was when Bob read aloud the wonderful, late Paul Robeson’s underlined passages within Mr. Robeson’s own personal copy of the great Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “Lyrics of Lowly Life”.
The underlined passages were about the sad time that our hero Frederick Douglass went Home to Our Lord. One passage revealed that “A hush is over all the teeming lists”.
Bob was holding in his hands Paul Robeson’s personal copy of the “Lyrics of Lowly Life” because of the beautiful work of Ms. Heather at Honey & Wax. The Ramsey Social Justice Foundation welcomes you to learn more here:

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