In Equal Measure: Songs for the Tender Witness
Songwriter and hospice volunteer Laura Sandage has created a unique collection of contemplative and spirited songs that give voice to quiet grief, to loss and courage, and to the enduring love underlying our ephemeral human lives. The creation of In Equal Measure: Songs for the Tender Witness was made possible through the participation of Yolo Hospice, where Laura is a patient care volunteer. Hospice staff helped write a grant proposal to the City of Davis for funds to support the project, and also met with Laura to define the focus of the project and choose appropriate material from Laura's catalogue of original songs. Community members hearing of the project contributed their talents at little or no cost, providing musical talent, graphic design, sound engineering and mastering. Album artwork features photography from the Faces of Yolo Hospice exhibit. Currently the CD is being distributed among the Yolo Hospice community, providing emotional support to staff, volunteers, patients and their families, and bringing education and outreach to the community at large. Designed for a hospice, these songs nevertheless speak to anyone who has known loss or has felt drawn to deep questions about life and what lies beyond. These songs will soothe the ear, open the heart, and enliven the spirit of listeners from every stage of life. This CD funded in part by a City of Davis Art Contract. Yolo Hospice Mission Statement: The Yolo Hospice Team of professionals helps people fully live the final days of their lives by focusing on the whole person, body-mind-spirit. Providing clinically expert care, delivered in a spirit of loving service, we emphasize comfort through pain control and sophisticated symptom relief. As the first hospice in our area, we have provided not-for-profit hospice care in our communities since 1979.