Saratoga Springs program pairs songwriters with people who've suffered hardships for Caffe Lena shows

May 02, 2019 06:05 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - It's a first of its kind program, matching local songwriters with local people who've struggled.

Each of them will tell their story of addiction, or homelessness, or illness to the artist who will then write songs about their personal hardships and perform them at Caffe Lena.

"To have somebody actually create original work that's inspired by your life is an incredibly validating experience -- especially for somebody that's been through something as hard as these people have," said Sarah Craig, executive director of Caffe Lena.

The program is called TrueSongs.

The business plan and the logo were created by high school students in BOCES' Early Career Academy.

"It's authentic and raw that was the main thing we tried to encapsulate. We wanted to make sure it felt like something everyone could relate to," said Brooke Macica, a senior from Stillwater.

Organizers say it was important to get kids involved.

"It opens their eyes to the things happening in their community and gives them a role in it. Gives them real agency in making good things happen in town," Craig said.

The performances will be held  July 20, featuring the songs, the people they're about, and the local organizations that are helping them.

"I hope the things that they had gone through help other people come forward and maybe reach out to these organizations, so more people can be helped," said Macica.

Tickets are on sale now for the 4 and 8 p.m. performances at Caffe Lena.

Craig hopes to make it an annual event. "We have a lot of great stories to tell."


Mark Mulholland

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