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Songs of Resilience Concerts
SongNotes features musician Lily Floeter

Jamie O’Reilly
Lily comes to the rescue

“Writing more and more to the sound of music, writing more and more like music. Sitting in my studio tonight, playing record after record, writing, music a stimulant of the highest order, far more potent than wine.”

Anais Nin

This month I feature flutist, composer and musical arranger Lily Floeter. Her vast knowledge of music, well-developed ear and skill at transcription provided several arrangements of new material for me and my pianist John Erickson.

Winter of 2022 asked me to change horses and consider a fresh way to approach my audience. I saw I needed to change direction. Folks needed new motivation, a reason to go out — come spring — and so did I. Among the small group of women with whom I’d Zoomed last winter was my friend and colleague Lily Floeter, whose special gift as a flutist revealed itself early in her life at gatherings with our extended musical family. When I hosted my Roots Salon, pre-pandemic, it was Lily we gave our first Roots Artist Award, and for whom I have deep respect.

Lily agreed to do a transcription of After the Rain, a hard to find song Vera Lynn sang. She worked quickly and in a short time she delivered a generous ZIP file complete with a full musical arrangement (with a flute solo for a future collaboration), separate parts for voice and piano, and a reference audio track — to aid my learning the song.

Several other song assignments followed and the arrangements are some of my new favorites. Reflecting on the route on which this year’s work has taken me, its twists and turns, and the music I learned along the way, I find myself incredibly moved by my resourceful community, who inspire and “get” what I do. Thank you, Lily!

“Both transcribing and arranging give me the opportunity to dissect a song, have a tryst with it, and then recreate it. I love being the person who puts the out-of-reach music in a tangible form for other musicians.”

More about Lily https://www.lilyfloeter.com

Read Jamie’s full Lily Floeter On Dissecting a Song

Meg, Jamie & Nia 1994

A Note from Jamie
July, 2022
On Independence

There is nothing in my life I hold more dear or sacred than being a mother.
I was fortunate: two pregnancies, two births, two daughters. Empty nest by age 47. Now at 64, I’m going on 20 years as a single person living lone. I’ve struggled with inequity in work and in relationships but remain fiercely independent, set on giving my daughters the love, safety, support and the information being a female in the USA demanded. I will always champion the free sprit, self-determination, and the right to choose.  -jamie 

Jamie O’Reilly’s Roots in the Garden Series brings
SUMMERTIME! Tough Broads & Tender Lasses


Concerts celebrating independent women in Oak Park & Chicago’s North Park!
Jamie O’Reilly, vocals ~ John Erickson, piano ~ Judi Cogan Heikes, reader

Friday, July 15 at 7:30 PM
St Giles Catholic Church — courtyard
1045 Columbian Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Free will contribution goes to the musicians
Music under the stars. Bring your picnic blankets and chairs to the courtyard. Park in lot.


Sunday, July 17 at 7:00 PM
Tre Kronor Swedish Bistro Garden
3258 West Foster Avenue
Chicago, Il 60625
Reservations encouraged via link:
Tickets are $25 in advance
Ticket Special 2-for $40, if purchased by July 1

It’s a hazy afternoon
And I know a place that’s quiet,
except for daisies running riot
And there’s no one passing by it to see
Come spend this lazy afternoon with me

Lily photo (top) Simon Floeter
Paintings by Carl Larsson

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