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Anne interviewed by Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi of CBS Radio
Open to Hope Show:
Oct.5.2009 2:00-3:00 PM

Anne releases New Song: Aug.2009

"If Not For You"

Song credits: A. Smith- Lyrics
P. Colletti - Composer
Maxim Pakhomov - Piano

MTV Music Video Appearance

A.R.E. Weapons
"Weakest Ones" single
Directed by David Foote

Anne & Friends at
Don't Tell Mama:
Nov.2008
Once again Anne sang to a packed house performing her gorgeous originals and many familiar standards.
She is quite the entertainer and keeps the humor high with her anecdotes.
"The Handyman" song was a source of much laughter.

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Anne Smith :: Blog for March 2011

March.24.2011

Two hearts as big as the outdoors
Step out in jubilant unison, jaunty, swaggering
While bemused trees look down and shade the way for great adventure
(Feet and paws, feet and paws)
(Feet and paws, feet and paws)
So joyful is their gait!
The windsong-birdsong-singalong rushes in their ears
(Feet and paws, feet and paws)
Embarking on a great adventure
With the tacit understanding
That each will look after the other.”-Anne Smith, 1996

Hi Everybody-

That’s a poem I wrote called, “Me & Jack”, for a wonderful Australian Cattle Dog who lived with me for 10 years. I feel a sense of joy when I read it and remember some of the long walks we took, especially in the woods near where I was living in Massachusetts. It seemed so simple then. No leash, loving the sheer freedom of being in nature, in solitude. Time takes on a different quality, measured in the lapses between shifting shards of ice from a spring thaw, trickling down the face of a rock formation. During those walks, I did not to want to be anywhere else, just listening and merging my breath with the rush of the wind in the pine trees, smelling my neighbor’s woodstove in the far distance. The silence could have seemed frightening, had I engaged my thoughts in an imaginative narrative. In the presence of my dog, and within the relative proximity of my house, I never felt more aware and alive. To me, entering those woods was entering a cathedral. I could see beyond my thoughts and intuit the stretch of nothingness and peace contained in the balance of nature.

We live in a constantly changing, dynamic universe. Everything has resonance. Even our thoughts carry the vibration of intention, the weight of the unspoken. To take this statement one step further, every individual plays a part in affecting the balance of this eco-system that we live in. To not understand this, to give yourself over to a group mentality or system that is supportive of war, wasteful of natural resources or driven by material acquisition, is to squander your power and lend critical mass to forces of destruction. And Nature, in all of its intelligence, will counter to balance the scale. There is no intention or judgement, although surely, to emotional humans, Nature must seem cruel. There ain’t no karma, dharma, harma, good, evil or accidents, unless they are caused by collective human ignorance. World events in these last two weeks speak volumes.

Today I’m living a long way from those woods and the peace of mind they brought to me. I’m becoming accustomed to sirens, loud crowds, traffic, litter, nano-seconds, crime, and up to the minute media coverage of all the bad news that’s happening simultaneously, everywhere in the world. I’m fighting the impulse to take sides on anything. I just want to be in the balance! My dog Jack is long gone, although in my heart he is eternal, and so I will continue my journey with Luke, my present canine companion who is proving to be quite a steadfast and intuitive fellow, even though Central Park has to substitute for my cathedral.

Do you want to read an amazing book about the power of intention and emotion? Pick up a copy of Kevin Behan’s book, “Your Dog is Your Mirror”. And if you don’t have a dog, get yourself one of those, too. You’ll get to know yourself in a way that you never have, and believe me, you’ll find your balance.

Until Next Time, xoxoAnnie