The LIV ON project was conceived out of the desire to transform my grief into healing. My sister, Rona had just died of glioblastoma and I was suffering greatly from her sudden death. I’ve always turned to music to process my emotions and help heal […]
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It’s true! Amy Sky, Olivia Newton-John & Beth Nielsen Chapman are ready to hit the road again this fall! We’re so thankful for the amazing support of fans like you! Check out https://www.livonmusic.com/tour/ for tickets. Hope to see you at one of our concerts!
To kick off our 40th Anniversary Celebration, on May 1, Capital Caring is excited to bring Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman, and SOCAN Award-winner Amy Sky to our nation’s capital for a special benefit concert that will feature an evening of hope, healing and empowerment.
Their new album, LIV ON, is a powerful collection of songs written to empower individuals as they travel their own grief journeys. Attendees will feel hopeful and empowered, and will leave with a sense of healing and comfort, as the songs’ lyrics were carefully composed to help individuals transcend loss.
I have proudly led Capital Caring since 2006. Our organization is constantly looking for ways to improve hospice care, but one thing has not changed: our healthcare providers and volunteers have an undeniable knack for focusing on what matters – compassion, comfort, and creating lasting memories for families.
Many years ago, I decided to devote my entire career to hospice and palliative care. It has changed my life for the better, and the compassion I witness on a daily basis never ceases to amaze me.
In bringing LIV ON to the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, my hope is that a seed of empowerment and healing will be planted in the heart of each person in attendance.
2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of Capital Caring. What started as a small organization has grown to become the Mid-Atlantic’s largest hospice and palliative care provider. We support more than 1,300 moms, dads, and kids every day in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC, providing world-class care to each individual, no matter where they live, and no matter their ability to pay.
Much like LIV ON, Capital Caring – from our volunteers and healthcare providers to our staff and donors – helps individuals during journeys of grief.
As we commemorate our 40th anniversary, honoring our past and looking to the future, compassionate, patient-focused care remains our hallmark.
Tickets for the LIV ON concert are available at www.capitalcaring.org/livonconcert. For further details regarding this special evening, please visit www.capitalcaring.org/livon or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchase your tickets by Friday, March 10, 2017 to receive an early-bird discount.
We look forward to seeing you in May!
Malene Davis, MSN, MBA, RN, CHPN is the President and CEO of Capital Caring — the Mid-Atlantic’s largest hospice and palliative care provider. 2017 is Capital Caring’s 40th Anniversary. Under Malene’s leadership, the organization has doubled the number of patients and families it serves.
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The LIV ON project was conceived out of the desire to transform my grief into healing. My sister, Rona had just died of glioblastoma and I was suffering greatly from her sudden death. I’ve always turned to music to process my emotions and help heal my heart.
So to help me write and record a special song in memory of Rona, I asked longtime friend and extremely talented singer-songwriter Amy Sky, for support. Amy had already co-written and produced my “Grace and Gratitude” album, which was a recording that marked a previous tumultuous passage in my private life.
Ironically, Amy was also coping with loss. Her father had died of Parkinson’s disease and her mother had recently passed away from cancer. She helped me finish and record Rona’s song and I sent it to my family and friends as a way of sharing my feelings about her loss. I’ve always found it easier to do this through music.
Many friends asked for more music like that, but I was still raw from the loss of my older sibling and unable tofocus on anything much. Music, poetry, drawing and painting became an outlet for my emotional roller coaster. Creativity played an important role in helping me cope with my overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief.
I remember calling Amy one day and although she lives in Canada and we see each other rarely, we easily pick up the threads of each other’s lives and weave in the missing gaps. True friendship is like that.
We were discussing making an album of music to heal grief …a follow-up to “Grace and Gratitude,” when I thought of asking Beth Nielsen Chapman to join us. Beth is a longtime friend and a truly gifted singer-songwriter from Nashville who’s recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Amongst her enormous contributions to music and song writing, Beth has written a stunning song called “Sand and Water” penned after the passing of her husband to cancer.
I had performed Beth’s song, as had Elton John — in fact right after September 11, when the world’s grief waspalpable. I could barely get through it.
Shortly thereafter, Amy and I discussed how wonderful it would be if we could have Beth as part our project.
Little did I know that Beth was actually already partaking in and performing at grief conferences. Amy and I felt she was the perfect person to make up this trio, so we asked Beth and she agreed!
We wrote the songs for LIV ON over three opportunities where we could get together, no small feat considering our crazy schedules. The songs flowed out of us like water, easily and freely, as we worked our way through our own stories of loss… with many tears and much laughter.
We found that any time we shared a vulnerable part of us,
we felt such an overwhelming feeling of kinship
and relief that we wer not alone with our pain.
We hope these songs that came from the depths of us, will offer a place of comfort to others.
“Live On” was perhaps the hardest song to write, as it was intended to also be a fundraising and awareness theme song for my hospital: The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Research Centre (http://www.onjcancercentre.org) in Melbourne, Australia.
The ONJ Centre has been my dream and passion for the last ten years. To be able to create a song to encourage people to share their Liv On journey of hope, thriving and remembering for the Liv On website is a dream come true.
Having survived breast cancer in 1992 and thriving ever since, this musical journey has been an amazing gift…one that I am so grateful for.