As the light leaves / by Melanie Ida Chopko

point arena, ca

point arena, ca

Mostly every year I host a winter/Christmas concert in my living, and this year I'm so pleased to share it in a larger way on December 17th. This devotional music is my remaining link to the spiritual community of my childhood, and each year I find even deeper meaning reclaiming the Christmas story and having a more nuanced relationship with winter.

TO THE DARK with special guest Kin
Friday, December 15th

House Concert
details coming soon

Sunday, December 17th
The Monkey House, Berkeley
RSVP here for tickets & address
6:30pm doors, 7-8:30 show
(we know it's a school night!)


The carols acknowledge the grit and darkness in our world, in our own human hearts, and call forth our light. Clear directions to care for the most vulnerable and imperfect members of our communities, choosing to see their divinity no matter the surroundings, their homeland, their history.

In contrast to a culture obsessed with production, these are songs of reverence to the seasons of fallow fields and quiet reflection that make possible a year of growth. To the rich humous of the quiet, the empty, the unknown - the very things depression tugged at me for years to make space for.

They are stories nudging us to take direction from ancestors, stars and secret signs. To know with treat with dignity both grief and uncertainty, and see the pin pricks of light and love emerge as we do so.

My friend Kin will join me for this series, and we'll play old world carols, songs of the solstice, funky Christmas spirituals, and new songs too. And, of course, have you sing along.