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Track

Artist Name

Song Name/Description 

Time

1

Amy Petty

 www.amypetty.com

Do What I Can - I certainly never imagined that I would find myself in the role of 'caregiver', but when my husband's grandparents needed some extra help, that's just what I became.  The occasional trip to the grocery store turned into full-time, round-the-clock care after five years.  I definitely never imagined that we would become such close friends, nor that I would learn so much about myself in the process.  It was the most challenging and most rewarding thing I have ever done.  This song is dedicated to my buddy, Bonnie Gene Norrod.
4:38

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2

Karen Grenier

www.kgrenier.com

One Life - The song "One Life" was inspired by and written in memory of my grandmother, Stella Noel.  The words to the song speak to the many ways she touched those of us fortunate enough to know her! Thanks Gram!
4:33

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3

Jenn Adams

www.jennadams.com

Everything Good - I was heading on a ferry to Vashon Island, WA on a very rainy evening. I was off to meet a friend of mine who is an EMT for a Seattle Ambulance service. She has an interesting job, saving lives every day. Every time we get together she tells me some amazing story: a car accident, a HWY birth or an elderly person who's time had come. It always makes me think about our time here, of how amazing we all are to survive and how one little decision can change your whole life. It is a blessing and a wonder how we all get through.
3:50

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4

Curt Bessette

www.curtbessette.com

A Few Seconds With My Father - A true story...the song seemed to write itself and I was able to release some pent-up emotions about missing my Dad and caring for my aging Mom... seems like a lot of my friends are going through this same situation.
5:52

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5

Dave Bastien

www.myspace.com/davebastien

Juice In My Coffee - 'Juice In My Coffee' was inspired by and co-written with Paul Vincent, who's both a client and volunteer for CareGivers. Paul has an incredibly positive attitude, wonderful sense of humor and a keen sense for finding the good in everyone's heart. He's also a great storyteller and was kind enough to share his personal anecdotes. 
3:27

Sample

6

Hank Osborne

www.finesituation.com

George - George and I shared a semi-private hospital room. He was in for a broken hip and a stroke and spent most of his time staring out the window. Most of the folks on the fourth floor seemed to be waiting for nursing home or hospice space to open up, but not all made it. My girlfriend brought me flowers -- I never saw any of George's family so I left the flowers for him when I checked out.
5:29

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7

Ellis Ralph

 www.myspace.com/ellisralph

People Who Care - One positive of humanity is that people generally have an innate sense of fairness, without which morals and justice would not be possible.  But dedicated caregivers transcend even beautiful justice, acting rather out of mercy, when care is needed, not only when deserved.  Hope for humanity to come depends on following their example, letting go of righteous obsessions with justice, and helping when possible, out of mercy rather than fairness. 
4:44

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8

Larry Zarella

www.larryzarella.com

Let Me Go - 'Let Me Go' was written during the final stages of my grandfather's life. He was the kind of man who brought inspiration to everyone that knew him.
5:16

Sample

9

Kim Richards

www.myspace.com/sanctuarywithin

Right There - It's about a pridefully humble man who polished floors in the Critical Care Unit where I worked. He had a knack for engaging people and making them smile, and never failed to say hello to a passerby. His joy was contagious and his compassion for patients was genuine. 
5:36

Sample

10

Susan Van Ham

www.myspace.com/susanvanham

Heaven's Gate - Heaven's Gate was inspired by the feelings and questions that arose during the days and weeks surrounding  the passing of my mom from Parkinson's Disease.
4:32

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11

Cheryl Sager and Peg Chaffee

www.myspace.com/folkwomen

She's Grown A Little Older - 'She's Grown A Little Old' honors my (Cheryl's) grandmother who lived a hard, yet full, life and exemplified the strength and beauty of women everywhere.
3:53

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12

Eric Jackson

www.ericjacksonband.com

Evidence - This song was inspired by my step-daughter.  Having been brought into this world at a time when her parents were struggling with issues and unable to raise her, I became her primary caregiver. She is evidence that one bright, young, human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it!  She is an angel.
3:46

Sample

13

Greg Decoteau

http://web.mac.com/gregdecoteau

The Only Day We Know - "The Only Day We Know",  was inspired by a colleague who lost her daughter to a tragic car accident and she was so distraught about the evening her daughter died.  She didn't say goodbye to her or tell her she loved her because she was not happy about  the reason she went out or the company she was with that night and it haunts her still. She told me if she had only known it was the last time they would speak, there were so many things she would have said. 
5:48

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14

Lorrie Guthrie

She Walks With Weary Eyes - She Walks With Weary Eyes was inspired by a photograph I saw of my grandmother and her brood of 13 children on their front lawn, waiting for the photographer to take the perfect picture.  Her eyes looked so tired, that the song title came immediately. As it took on life, it became a multi-generational song:  grandmother to my mother, to me and finally to my daughter.  It is a song built on love and pain, and grows to hopefulness for a better life for each successive generation.
4:02

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15

Bob Walker, Jr.

www.bobjrsmusic.com

Show Me How To Love - "Show Me How To Love" was written for a college project. It is about how people can go through a rough time and know first hand that they can be ignored and fade into the crowd. Then there is the realization that they can easily ignore others' needs. The character is asking for help to overcome that blindness.
4:57

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16

Cliff Conti

www.myspace.com/intralud

Autumn Song - Autumn Song is a reflection of the beauty of the autumn years. The inspiration is from my time spent at Elliot Hospital playing in the hallways while on scholarship with the Music for Healing and Transition Program, and playing for my dad at U Mass Medical Hospital before he passed away last spring. I dedicate this to my mom, and all who are still on the journey.
4:09

Sample

A very special thank you to:

  • Dave Bastien for his talent and leadership in this project.

  • Musicians for a Cause for their dedicated collaborative effort in this endeavor.

  • The contributing musicians who provided their talent and remarkable story telling gifts.

  • Comcast and Hannaford Supermarkets for their generous financial support of this project.

  • Artist, Neva Austrew, a dedicated friend of the CareGivers, for designing the CD cover.

  • The CareGivers, Inc. Volunteers & Clients who provide inspiration to us all.