What Can I Do?
August 22, 2012
Tickets $10 advance/ $15 day of show
Doors at 7pm show at 8pm
About What Can I Do?
In 2012 I have launched my new project; “What Can I DO?” multimedia environmental concerts. This is a 60-75 minute educational keynote presentation including photos, video, information and of course live music.
Story behind What Can I Do?
In the autumn of 2007 I was on a four hour hike in my favorite spot on the planet; Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. As soon as I started hiking “What Can I Do?” popped into my head. I kept asking myself, “What can I do?” “What can little old me do to help this planet?” I ended up writing the whole song in my head. Later the next year I was honored to perform the song for the 2008 Democratic National Convention here in Denver, Colorado. After that I started doing “What Can I Do?” concerts and tours where I performed my usual mix of folk, blues and jazz but made a special portion of the shows dedicate to singing my “environmental/social” songs and speaking about environmental issues. In January of 2012 I was contemplating what direction do I want to start moving. What should I be doing with my life? My spiritual coach asked me “Laurie, what is the most important thing to you?” Without even having to think I said, “This beautiful Earth.” I started thinking wouldn’t it be cool to make a whole multimedia presentation for the “What Can I Do?” concerts. And that maybe it would draw larger audiences and make a stronger impact. I mean after all, it seems to me we are in BIG trouble on this planet. I think the reason I have always been concerned with environmental issues is I remember early on as a child looking around me in awe of the beauty around me. But I think what made a huge impact on me was growing up in the little town of Berea just south of Cleveland Ohio in the 1960s. The Cuyahoga River, aptly named by the local Native Americans, meaning “Crooked River”, was once so polluted that it used to catch on fire. In 1969, the 13th time if caught of fire it caught the attention of TIME magazine which then spurred the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). My intention is to present my “What Can I Do?” multimedia environmental concerts as many places as I can. We have become a “disposable society”. I believe it’s the little adjustments we can make that can make a BIG difference. Think every time you buy something, think about the packaging, how much energy it took to make (most likely petroleum for plastics) and the energy it took to get to you (again petroleum). Then think about how much energy it takes when you throw it “away”. Even recycling takes energy. Much better is to reduce and reuse.
YOU ARE A PART OF THE SOLUTION!!!
Please ask yourself, “What Can I Do?”