I was inspired to write the lyric of Who Can Justify when I read of the tragic death of 20 year old Ria Patel on 9/17/17. I was imagining how her parents felt and was trying to understand how something so terrible could happen to their daughter. With great appreciation to vocalist Maushalik Williams and composer/producer The Prophet X: for bringing the love and the pain of Who Can Justify to life.
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How do we go on after our heart's beloved commits suicide? That is what I was trying to understand and express when I wrote the lyrics to Pray to Believe. I am a child psychiatrist and poet. The words of actor and comedian Jim Carrey moved me: "We're all so afraid of the river of tears. The fact is, going down the river of sorrow and suffering is the way to freedom," Carrey continued. "I've gone through it and I'm telling you, you don't survive it. You don't come out of it on the other side. You might come out of it with a body, but there's no you attached to it. It's tough to be yourself if you don't have a self.” His ex-girlfriend committed suicide. I have personal and professional associations with suicide as well. I hope my words, The Prophet X's music, and Samantha Smith's voice touches your heart.
I wrote Love is Many Colors ~ A Love Poem for my friend Christine's documentary on young adult children who continue to have significant emotional, behavioral, and developmental special needs. The poem is from my experiences as a child psychiatrist seeing the sorrows and the love, the struggles and the triumphs of children and their parents. The poem also comes from a deep place within me. What we yearn for most is connection. The narration is by voice artist Zorwyn Madrone. The composer is Laurent Danis, and his musical piece ,"Le baume," is provided by Jamendo.
Heart, Bones & Soul ~ Narrated Poem, Symphonic Poem & Illustrated Poem. The Heart, Bones and Soul poet is Diane Kaufman, MD. Voice Narration, Illustrated Poem, and Symphonic Poem by the amazingly talented artist, Joris Miguel. The debut of Heart, Bones and Soul was on Easter Sunday. The perfect day for "Who knows how mystery flows... Make your love an offering."
Women of the World is a poem anthem dedicated to women's empowerment. It was written in response to Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo movement, as well as the endlessly devastating reports of domestic violence, murder of women, child abuse, and sex trafficking. The Women of the World author, Diane Kaufman, is a poet, artist and child psychiatrist. The poem was given voice by Cortni Jordan. The media design animator, Lucia Martinez, who lives in Colombia, South America, joined the project through what felt like divine providence as she was chosen amongst many applicants from a freelance site. Ms. Martinez's artistic skill, emotional sensitivity, and her involvement with women's rights made her the perfect partner for Women of the World.
"I have been brutally bitten, beat, burned, and spit in my face. Scared for my life by a man emotionally. It’s been very very hard for me to get over. I love your poem. I’m gonna listen to it every day.” Michelle
As a child, Diane Kaufman wrote in her grade school composition that when she grew up she wanted to be a "medical doctor or a medical drawer." Her passion as expressed in poetry, story, and art seeks to inspire positive transformation, to help "humanize" our life experiences, to increase our connection with each other, and bring awareness of Arts Medicine as valuable in promoting and nurturing health, healing and well being.