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Turn Toward the Sun

by Diane Patterson

Folkgoddess Diane Patterson subverts the dominant paradigm with rocking acoustic guitar and ukulele, a mighty pen, and a woman's voice, since 1989. Patterson weaves her music and unifying stories around the world.
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Turn Toward The Sun was written for Geraldine Mcmanus and the buffalo of Standing Rock. Diane met Geraldine Mcmanus during a very brief visit to the Standing Rock Water Protectors' camp in October 2016, while on tour with then-new Teach, Inspire, Be Real cd. When they met again about 8 months later, Dakota woman, Geraldine, asked Diane to write a song that would tell the story of the buffalo coming to help the people and the water at Standing Rock. Geraldine spoke for 3 hours, telling Diane about the vision she had during a healing session and then how the buffalo came to Standing Rock during the fall, and then again in the winter. The song tells it, but only 8 or 9 water protectors were there that deep winter day when Geraldine's vision came true and the buffalo came to help. The story of this great gift is going out as we sing and tell and re-member the infinite generosity of noble buffalo who somehow knew there was going to be bloodshed at the confluence that day.
The whole world is watching.
Water is Life.

On this recording, co-produced by Patterson and Roman Morykit, Rocker T recorded Diane's vocals and guitar, and Roman Morykit recorded his own electric guitars and fretless bass at his Sanctuary Studios. Morykit also mixed and mastered the track.

Folkgoddess Diane Patterson sings the world awake with powerful voice, rocking guitar, sweet ukulele, and revolutionary lyrics. Her sincere spirit and wild heart plant seeds of love and revolution in every listener. Diane’s been performing at festivals and venues since 1989, beginning with co-fronting a world music band in Davis, then starting the award-winning Diane Patterson Sextet with three fellow songwriters and two percussionists, followed by 20+ years of solo, duo, and trio work, mainly with Al Torre on guitar. February 2018 Diane released a fantastic new CD, Open Road, with gold record-producer Mike "Nappy" Napolitano. Featuring supporting vocals and instrumentation by none other than Ani DiFranco, Open Road is also graced by Al Torre, Alice DiMicele, Terrence Higgins, Todd Sickafoose, and more. Patterson has also published five other solo CDs: Teach, Inspire, Be Real (2016), Build a Bridge (2013), Holy Days of Winter (2011), World Awake (2010), and Hip the Hip (2005). But even more healing and delightful is to hear Diane play live. Call her support team at (214) 676-719nine to book a house concert, venue or festival near you.

Reviews from Open Road, 2018:

“This album is what the world needs to hear right now. It is a healthy shot of solidarity, support and love ... Patterson’s voice is mesmerizing ...”
-Linda Jameson, Americana UK

‘Open Road’ [Diane’s} latest album offers enough spiritual infusion to suggest it should be offered by medical practitioners for ‘soul healing’. . . a fusion that needs to be heard . . . an instrumental mix that drives and pulses, soothes and caresses . . . Listen and feel healed.
--FolkWords, by Tom Franks

“ . . . she isn’t just mining Joni’s early territory, she has mastered the spirit of it, and that's not an easy thing to do. At times, her voice even echoes Joni’s young voice and her hints of vibrato are a fine example of a great singer who always lasts to the ribbon at the end of the race.”
--NoDepression, by John Apice


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