Musical Monday: Silver Girl

Silver Girl

Today I have an incredibly special and utterly personal post…a guest post that is.  Both the  post and the song have been written by a dear friend of mine, Stacey Fergusson. There are truly no words to express my profound gratitude for this spectacular honor.


When Hollye was diagnosed with FBC (f-bomb breast cancer) 3 years ago, I didn’t know what I could do to help.  I followed her blog closely and saw her friends and family showing up the best they could with the skills and gifts they had. I asked myself “How can I show up for her?” so I began to write this song.  As I read her daily posts, I was so moved and inspired by her courage, openness and her fabulous sense of humor.  Hollye shares her experiences with wit, grace and grit and doesn’t hold back.  She shines a light ahead for others who are on a similar journey. I wanted to honor her with a song as beautiful and inspirational as she is.

Once I had written the lyrics, I asked my friend producer/songwriter, JR Richards to bring it to life with music.  I asked my friend, Oriana Sanders, to bring her clear, strong and elegant voice to the song.  Oriana is also a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma as a young mother.  Our band, Vanaka (Vuh-NAH-kuh means gratitude) recorded Silver Girl in the spring of 2013 and last summer filmed a music video in Scotland.  So grateful to have Hollye make a cameo appearance in the film.

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  1. Lori Thuente says

    Holy crap – this is fabulous! You look gorgeous and I love the lyrics! XOXO to you and the cutie in it with you!

  2. Diane says

    I'm blown away….so beautiful. Please post the lyrics, I would love to read them. You look ethereal, very French Lieutenants Daughter….have to go blow my nose now….xo

  3. Diane says

    My friends Jon and Nellie came to visit me just as we were starting Chemo, simultaneously in different cities. They encouraged me to view your blog. I felt a kindred bond and you lifted my spirits regularly with your honesty. Now, having viewed this monumental gift from your dear friend, I assess this cancer journey with even a sweeter eye. The love that surrounds you, the act of commitment to your journey through music, and the heartwrenchingly beautiful sentiment and cinema, and the darling Julia, and your precious daughter…I'm overwhelmed. I don't believe I can say exactly what I just experienced viewing this video. Healing. Love. Joy. Gratitude. Blessings, dear Hollye. You inspire beauty in this world.

    • silverpen says

      Wow, Diane. Thank you so much. Despite having FBC, I truly feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Thank you for your kind note. 🙂

  4. MaryLou Annunziata says

    This was beautiful and so inspiring. Thank you for sharing not only this but your journey. It has helped me immensely.