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.