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Safe Haven, A Benefit For SMYRC

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Local musicians from Portland’s eclectic music scene band together to benefit youth.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. This Old House, Amy McCaa
3:38 album only
2. House on Fire, Lara Michell
2:55 album only
3. Sympathique, Pink Martini
2:54 album only
4. Lidda Bidda Bliss, Cynthia Williams
3:00 album only
5. The Poisoned Mine, Tara Jane O'Neil
4:04 album only
6. You Got Love, Claire Bard
3:20 album only
7. Ya Eyo Lublu, Irina Rivkin
3:06 album only
8. Serendipity, Nicole Campbell
4:43 album only
9. Augusta, Pamela Means
3:26 album only
10. DYKE, Tamara J. Brown
3:52 album only
11. Keep On Livin, Le Tigre
3:14 album only
12. Sentimental, Spiraling Infinities
2:16 album only
13. Step Aside, Sleater-Kinney
3:50 album only
14. Juanita, Anne Weiss
3:44 album only
15. Puzzle, Vivians Keeper
2:43 album only
16. The Soldiering Life, The Decemberists
3:54 album only
17. Maybe, Maybe Not, Ashleigh Flynn
4:08 album only
18. Cool It, Sneakin' Out
3:51 album only
19. Dairy Queen, Indigo Girls
4:24 album only
20. Cute for a Girl, Alix Olson
1:14 album only


Album Notes
Portland, OR Musicians Band Together to Benefit Youth
CD compilation “Safe Haven” features Portland’s finest musicians.

Sarah Dougher’s independent recording label, Cherchez La Femme, brings you the Safe Haven for SMYRC compilation CD to benefit the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC). The CD features both national and local acts such as the INDIGO GIRLS, THE DECEMBERISTS, and PINK MARTINI who donated their songs to support this unique and crucial program for the Portland area’s sexual minority youth (those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gendered, and Questioning).

“I feel when a musician chooses to make their life ‘public’, that person immediately has a social responsibility to use their visibility for change,” said The Decemberists’ band member Chris Funk. “By including ourselves on this CD, my band has chosen to stand up for an organization that is crucial for our city's children and young adults.”

Funk, and other artists, went beyond contributing music to the project by helping to design cover art, publicize the CD and coordinate events.

Since 1998 SMYRC has provided a haven for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gendered, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The CD brings together a diversity of artists including well-known local acts Ashleigh Flynn and Sneakin’ Out, now-defunct electro pop stars Le Tigre, folksy spoken word hero Alix Olson, internationally known post-lounge band Pink Martini, Northwest rock giants The Decemberists, and classic lesbian duo Indigo Girls. Safe Haven also features a track by Sleater-Kinney, which gives this post-breakup CD the distinction of being one of the band’s (and Le Tigre’s) final releases.

“I’m 19 and have been attending SMYRC for three years,” says one SMYRC youth. “SMYRC is important to me because in all honesty it has saved my life. It’s given me a safe place where I can go and not have to worry about people calling me names or telling me that who I am is wrong.”

At SMYRC, queer youth under the age of 24 can sink their teeth into expressing creatively through art, writing about their life experiences, learning how to cook healthy food, becoming a leader, and various activities that give them a chance to support each other, learn from mentors and find a sense of belonging.

More information about SMYRC can be found online at For more information about the CD, its release and events, please also visit



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Fantastic! Great variety and top-notch artists.
Thanks to all the artists who contributed to this worthwhile production.

Jennifer Weissenberger

great, fun, eclectic, great to speed down freeways with it turned up
Love the CD and love the cause. I'm not familiar with the Portland music scene but follow local bands in San Francisco. My husband likes the CD and he's hard to please. It's so fun to listen to.