What people say:
--Jeanne's honesty, depth and humor, along with her musical knowledge and performance skill are truly remarkable.
--Jeanne's ancestral explorations are inspiring to me. Thank you for setting an example of courage, honesty and integrity.
--Truly a journey & celebration of love and life. I was delighted to share both heartfelt tears and smiles.
--Jeanne has captured perfectly the balance between entertainment and inspiration. I promise that you will laugh and cry and want to dance!
Jeanne Mackey: Music has been a beloved companion throughout my life—from benefit concerts and picket lines to earth holydays, births, deaths, joinings, partings, & other rites of passage. Always plenty of songs to sing, but I couldn't seem to write my own-- until now. It took this many years of living for the inner chorus of doubt to quiet down a bit. These songs help me embrace it all--big dreams and popped balloons, belly flops and belly laughs, moments of magic and grace.
The show's title comes from 14th century Persian mystic Hafiz. According to legend, Hafiz was asked, "What is the sign of someone who knows God? He replied, "Dear, they have dropped the knife. They have dropped the cruel knife most so often use upon their tender self and others." (Source: Daniel Ladinsky)
Jeanne Mackey began her musical career in Washington, D.C. as part of the women’s music and social justice movements of the 1970s. Throughout the 1980s, Mackey performed with Lifeline, a four-woman rock band that played at conferences, demonstrations, women's music festivals, and labor union events in the D.C. area and nationwide. Since moving to Ann Arbor, MI in 1995, she has directed the multi-ethnic choral group Sacred Song, co-founded a women's singing circle (Women with Wings-West), and produced a benefit performance of Howard Zinn's "Voices of People's History of the United States."