Stories That Heal
It seems like trauma is abundant in 2022. From the ongoing opioid epidemic to increasing rates of anxiety and depression and persistent housing insecurity, all while still recovering from a pandemic.
The new Interlochen Public Radio podcasting series, ‘Stories That Heal’, will follow the creative process during several community workshops where participants create music inspired by personal challenges and how they were overcome.
The series will tell the personal stories behind the songs that are showcased at the a community concert.
‘Stories That Heal’ is a community partnership by the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network with funding from Arts Midwest, Michigan Arts & Culture Council & National Endowment for the Arts.
“Love me as I am” Written by Sofia Jimenez, Kayliegh Gelakowsky, Paige Gourlay, Molly Sturges and Tim Jones.
Kayliegh, Paige and Sofia work together at a coffee shop in Frankfort. But they also have something else in common: family trauma. From family mental illness to foster care and absent fathers, the young ladies work to find healing and acceptance as they come of age during a pandemic.
“All The Love You Gave” Written by Emily Raferty, Molly Sturges and Tim Jones. Sung by Emily Raferty with instrumentals by Stonefolk.
Emily’s first crush was RJ, so when they got together as adults and started a family, it seemed like a dream came true. But RJ’s struggles with addiction ended up taking his life. Now, Emily is sharing their story and leaving a legacy of healing in her husband's name.
“Guide Us Home” Written by Jim Sheets, Molly Sturges and Tim Jones.Sung by Tim Jones with instrumentals by Stonefolk.
Teacher, coach, township supervisor, church deacon, Jim Sheets is a man with many titles. But since his wife's death earlier this year, caregiver is one title he is struggling to let go of.
A new community wellbeing project is coming to northern lower Michigan. ‘Stories That Heal’ aims to help people heal from trauma through music and storytelling. It’s the brainchild of composer Molly Sturges.