Libby at National Bioneers Conference
Libby performed the closing song and conducted two workshops at the national Bioneers conference in San Rafael, California on October 17. Other presenters included Jane Goodall, Tony Cortese, Lynn Twist, Gloria Feldt, Elizabeth Linsey and many others. For a clip of the closing song, please go to:
Libby on Moral Ground
Libby's song &ldquo Winter Wheat&rdquo (unrecorded) is serving as the theme song for a new book entitled “Moral Ground: 14 Good Reasons to Act on Behalf of a Future We Will Not See”, edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael Nelson and published by Trinity Press. The book contains writings -- ranging from pieces by the Pope and Obama to a speech by a 12-year old girl from Vancouver B.C. -- which presents arguments from 100 of the world’s moral leaders about obligations to the future in a time of climate change. The book will launch a series of national conversations on climate change ethics. Look for more on YouTube!
Libby on Rachel Maddow Show
Some of you may have noticed Libby standing in the audience on the October 26th Rachel Maddow show (on MSNBC) which broadcast from a local bar/cafe in Anchorage Alaska. (Yes, that's Libby in the green jacket!) Rachel came to town to cover the insane Alaska race for U.S. Senate, and did a live broadcast with a room full of Alaskan progressives. A friend invited Libby at the last minute, so she spent the evening trading seats with Tank Jones, the bodyguard for Sarah Palin's "almost" son-in -law Levi Johnson (and Rachel's temporary security force while in Anchorage). Fun! You can see the show in the archives at msnbc.com
Libby on Mars
Those of you who’ve always considered Libby to be “way out there” received confirmation in March 2004 when NASA played her song “Dig Down Deep” on Mars. The song, performed by a band from Baltimore called Hot Soup, was broadcast by NASA engineers to encourage the robot “Spirit” to dig a trench on the red planet to uncover ancient geological information and signs of water.
Libby on CNN
In 2005, the CNN global news show "Anderson Cooper 360" did a feature on Libby and the global healing impact of her song "How Could Anyone".
How Could Anyone in CBC documentary "Forgiveness"
Libby's song "How Could Anyone" will be part of a Canadian documentary entitled "Forgiveness" to be broadcast on CBC in 2007. The film follows a woman whose husband was brutally murdered and the young man who killed him as they travel around Canada speaking about forgiveness and reconciliation. The song was sung to the pair by the Gettin' Higher Choir of Vancouver, B.C. at a restorative justice program in a Canadian prison.
Libby joins Global "Dial-a-Diva" Phone Arts Extravaganza!
On September 8, Libby for the second year joined singers from around the world as part of a 24 hour Scotland-based arts extravaganza that is billed as one of the U.K.'s cultural highlights. Featuring, among many others, traditional Chinese opera performers, a leading British soprano, and an Ethiopian fully versed in the songs of Whitney Houston, Dial-a-Diva will take a phone-in audience on an eclectic tour of the world's time zones. Listeners around the world called +44 (0) 1452 583 087 to listen to concerts all over the globe for 24hrs. Libby closed out the event, singing a handful of songs over the phone at 10:30 pm Alaska time. For information: www.dialadiva.net.
Libby Honored by Alaska Legislature
In October 2005, Libby was presented with the following citation from the Alaska legislature honoring her work as an international activist and artist:
HONORING * LIBBY RODERICK, ACTIVIST AND ARTIST*
The Twenty-fourth Alaska State Legislature honors Libby Roderick for her many accomplishments and contributions as a singer, songwriter, recording artist, poet, teacher and activist. Throughout her career, Libby Roderick has given back to Alaska and to her many causes through insightful songs, workshops, performances and commentaries as well as by her ever-present activism. Libby was born and raised in Anchorage and continues to make Alaska her home. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Yale University with a degree in American Studies, she returned to Alaska to work in diverse fields, including as a print and television reporter, radio consultant, nuclear weapons educator and writer on Alaska Native issues. She currently conducts concerts and workshops on a range of important topics at universities nationwide and assists with faculty training at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Libby has been a finalist for the Alaska Woman of Achievement Award as well as the national Green Dove award for individuals whose work eloquently combines psychology, spirituality, ecology and creativity. Libby is also very accomplished recording artist whose music is known around the world. Her music has been featured in Pulitzer-prize winning books, at the U.N. Conference in Beijing, in Washington D.C. with Coretta Scott King, and even on Mars, where NASA played one of her songs to “encourage” the Spirit research robot. As a board member of Musicians United to Save the Environment, her music and skills have been used to raise money to support wilderness preservation efforts in the U.S. In addition to her music, Libby is a renowned writer, one of 225 international authors chosen to contribute to a book entitled Prayers for a Thousand Years: Inspiration from Leaders and Visionaries Around the World. Other contributors to that work included the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.Through this citation, the 24 th Legislature recognizes the accomplishments that Libby Roderick has achieved in the fields of songwriting and performing, writing and activism.
Libby in Associated Press
In October 2005, the Associated Press released a story about the global impact of Libby's song "How Could Anyone" which was picked up by everyone from the New York Times to ABC News to the Hindustan Times!
Songbook Back in Print
The When I Hear Music songbook is back in print with lead sheets for all 23 songs from If You See a Dream (including “How Could Anyone”) and Thinking Like a Mountain. Click here to order the songbook.