Joanie Calem | But First Do No Harm

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But First Do No Harm

by Joanie Calem

On this uplifting album, Joanie takes you on a journey of humor, hope, sadness, frustration, acceptance, and joy, the daily fare of guiding children through our complex world. For all adults working with unique children.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Blues Lite
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2. Motherhood
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3. The Deer Know Nothing's Wrong
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4. The Horse
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5. Spirit Animals
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6. The Lamedvavniks
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7. Everyone's Good At Something
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8. Lessons
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9. The Emperor's New Clothes
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10. This Too Shall Pass
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11. The Elephant in the Room
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12. Mystery Boy
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13. Prayers
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
But First Do No Harm, a collection of thirteen original songs and stories by Joanie Calem, is for parents, family members, therapists, and teachers of children not on the neuro-typical path. While Joanie’s songs were inspired by her journey with her child with autism, the music appeals to all parents. The songs express the humor, hope, sadness, frustration, acceptance, and joy that adults recognize as the daily fare of guiding children through our complex world.

Joanie, a parent, teacher, musician and community activist, leads "concert-conversations," sharing songs as starting points for how we can collaborate to find creative ways to integrate and embrace people who are differently-abled. It takes a village to raise a child, so it will take all of us working together to create and maintain a world that welcomes and supports ALL children and their families. These concerts are an excellent alternative for teacher trainings, librarian trainings, parent evenings for PTOs and parent support groups, or house concerts.

To book a concert, purchase CDs, or find out more, email Joanie at jcalem@columbus.rr.com

"Yesterday as I drove from school to school I was charmed by the songs of Joanie's new CD. I had fierce jet lag but one song after another lifted me up and carried me forward." Liz Hannan, musician and music teacher.

"Living or working with children whose behaviors confound and astound us for their frequent challenge to societal norms creates a daily flood of frustration, dreams, hopes and fears for those who care for them. Joanie’s acoustic songs delve to the heart of what matters most: providing a loving, nurturing environment in which these exceptional children can endure and flourish in their uniqueness.
Connecting with others on the same path is one of the best ways to take this journey. Through her music, Joanie invites you to share laughter, commiserate, and focus collective wisdom toward supporting one another as we support the children. Her live performances offer a wonderful opportunity for connecting, and this recording can also be used to facilitate your own discussions in support groups, teacher trainings, retreats, and other group gatherings of adults who work with exceptional children, or just to listen to on your own on those tough days we all have. I urge you to contact Joanie to book what will no doubt be an unforgettably uplifting opportunity!" Lisa Heintz, teacher trainer and educational consultant.





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jg

highly recommend
Really nice album, mellow singable songs. The lyrics will strike a cord with any parent but especially someone with a special needs kid. Definitely recommend this album for any stressed parents, a great gift for a mother feeling overwhelmed.
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Randi

Awesome
My family and I LOVE Joanie's work. She is a born story teller. Incredible insight into the human condition strengths and weaknesses that surround us and encompass our world. I have been listening to her new CD on my way to work everyday for the past month - I love to hear the blues light song to start my day. Joanie thank you so much. THANKS THANKS THANKS!
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Katherine Dines

Lovely new concept album
“But First Do No Harm” is an interesting new title for a concept album featuring some of Joanie Calem’s best work. Her voice proudly sings through the CD as testament to a parent who is raising a child with autism. It is a good one to share with parents and children with other learning challenges, who may struggle on their own journey, and is sure to promote lots of good communication. I particularly like the way Joanie’s vocals and Sandy Jones’ lovely fiddle playing weave through the melody in “The Horse.” And these two songs
“Everybody’s Good at Something” and “This Too Shall Pass” are especially important messages for everyone. “Mystery Boy” has some nice drumming and is a song her own mystery boy will love forever.
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Brigid Finucane

Walks the walk and sings the songs
Joanie Calem continues to be one of my favorite songwriters. Her songs/lyrics are filled with compassion and humor, though written with a distinct point of view, touch upon the universal longing for love, understanding and acceptance.
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Brigid Finucane

Walks the walk and sings the songs
Joanie Calem continues to be one of my favorite songwriters. Her songs/lyrics are filled with compassion and humor, though written with a distinct point of view, touch upon the universal longing for love, understanding and acceptance.
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Liz Hannan

This CD has something for everyone!
I use Joanie's music in my Montessori music circles.
Teachers, children and parents all love her songs.
Everyone knows adults and children who struggle.
In particular and in general.
In extremes and in mildness.
This CD definitely has something for everyone.
You will love the ability to sing along to Joanie's wide wale corduroy voice and
crystal clear deliverance of her well written lyrics.
Enjoy it and share it!!!
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Deb

Kids love this music!
Joanie Calem's songs for kids and families are charming and inspiring. After many years of doing singing and movement programs with children, Joanie really has the magic formula. The sound is very accessible - great thoughts, in simple language, with tunes that are fun to hum along with and easy to learn.
A great gift for hard-working moms and dads, and for kids and families--with or without "special needs."
Thanks, Joanie, for this really special collection.
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Katherine Dines

Songs that help soothe
But First Do No Harm is an interesting new title for a concept album featuring some of Joanie Calem's best work.
Her voice proudly sings through the CD as testament to a parent who is raising a child with autism. It is a good one to share with parents and children with other learning challenges, who may be struggling on their
own journeys, and is sure to promote lots of good communication. I particularly like the way Joanie's vocals and Sandy Jones' soulful fiddle-playing weave through the melody in "The Horse." And these two songs
Everybody's Good at Something" and "This Too Shall Pass" are especially important messages for everyone. "Mystery Boy" has some nice drumming and is a song her own mystery boy will love forever.
Read more...