When asked at what age Sally began talking, her mother would say, “She never talked, she sang.” This she apparently continued to do, upon request, from the age of 3, (on the coffee table), to a variety of stage (complete with fright) scenarios. Perhaps at Gaia Java she will again sing standing on a coffee table!
The response to the invariable observation of Sally’s teachers with regard to her ‘dedication to daydreaming’ was always, “If they taught math, science and history in music, Sally would be at the head of the class.”
She has written songs for as long as she can remember. Her teen years unfolded during the ‘flower child’ era and Sally was undoubtedly moulded by the songs of Joni, Dylan, Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian and Sylvia, CSN, The Eagles and many more with the common message of love, passion, hope, humanism, sensitivity to the beauty of life and a recognition to “DO SOMETHING!” about it.
Sally has recently (almost) wound up an enormously rewarding career as a nurse; more of a calling than a job (does that even happen anymore?), which provided her with never-ending challenge and never-ending reward.
Song writing is her favourite way of communicating and people tell her that she is very good at it. She describes her style as ‘Cerebral Folk’, and now refers to herself as a ‘Philosinger’. She loves the power of words, as well as making a connection with the heart and soul of another.
Her favourite thing of all is recording in the studio with my musical soul-mates, and a few years ago she recorded a CD of her original songs: “From The Corner Of The Garden”.
A very close second favourite thing is sharing the music with others so that we can strengthen our bonds of Humanity and keep the flame of life burning brightly in our respective worlds.
So do come along and hear Sally and discover a new dimension of song-making which has become her second career!
The music nights start at 7pm, and as usual there is no charge, but we do have a ‘jar’ for donations to support the musicians, and we hope that you will buy a drink or two (and maybe something tasty to eat!)
See more details at www.gaiajava.ca where you can also review the listing of upcoming music night performers over the next month or so – everything from University students to seasoned professionals who are willing to come and share their talents with you.
Sally Thompson is at Gaia Java on Stittsville Main Street on Friday, October 30 at 7:00pm.