How America the Dream Came to Be (Part 1)

–With Award-Winning Recording Artist and Composer Steve Schuch

Episode Summary

Join us for a most wonderful story about how musing on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream!” speech and America the Beautiful traveled a musical way to becoming a new America the Dream.

Episode Notes

Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk. I’m your host, Diane Wyzga.

Today we have a special bonus episode because the boys are back in town. My guest is Steve Schuch joining us from Hancock, New Hampshire. Steve is a former Peace Corps volunteer, Audubon naturalist, award-winning recording artist and author, composer, musician, and recipient of the Parent’s Choice Gold Award for his CD Trees of Life. You’ve heard his music on NPR and PBS. But mostly I’ve known Steve as my brother-in-law. I’ve invited him here to share with us a most wonderful story about how musing on Martin Luther King, Jr. and America the Beautiful traveled all its musical way to becoming a new America the Dream.

What makes this such a neat story? Let’s hear how all this came to be. Welcome to the podcast, Steve!


Diane F. Wyzga
Diane F. Wyzga
Remember the first time you rode a bike and took your hands off the handlebars? And then because it felt fun and daring you did it again - and again - riding down a hill with the wind in your face, arms up over your head screaming, “Look, ma! No hands!” You showed up. You did it. The arc of my professional career stretches from serving as a US Navy officer and nurse, corporate businesswoman, lawyer, platform storyteller, and professor before shifting into a solopreneur as a litigation consultant, wordsmith-er/editor, noted podcaster, and story consultant who was lucky enough to scuba dive the Continental Shelf, become a pilot, hike the Rocky Mountains with Outward Bound, kayak off the coast of Mexico, parachute out of a perfectly good plane, walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and so much more. Over my lifetime I've been letting go of the handlebars but - just as often - having my fingers pried off when I’ve been most afraid. At some of the darkest moments in my life where the true way was wholly lost to me, a person or opportunity beckoned and I said "Yes!" That’s the place where the story changed. This is my life purpose: Helping women identify, sort out and transform unclear messages into confident, connection-making stories, and those stories into powerful sequels. How? 30 years of story work in courtrooms, boardrooms, universities, retreat settings and more has taught me that story principles are key to conscious connection. Together we distill hazy ideas into easily understood metaphors and direct emotional language using words with power, passion, and precision so your message, your story rings true and achieves desired outcomes. My media company has three interlocking components: Quarter Moon Story Arts: "Shaping stories into sequels." Stories From Women Who Walk (podcast): "Like magic, the sorcery of stories is this: they help each of us to be seen and heard, to understand and be understood." My Life As Compost (blog): "What matters in our life is not what happens to us but how we respond, transform the difficulty into advantage, and tell *that* story."

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  1. Hello, Jeff ~
    How kind of you to take the time to listen. That *is* where the unfulfilled promise of America will continue to gain traction. To the ideas, what ifs, optimism, collaboration, creativity and so forth as you mentioned on Linked In.
    I’ve known Steve as my sister’s main squeeze and then husband for decades. I’ve followed his work, collected his music, helped him out on word choices for songs he was composing, sweated it out as cognitive functions were dulled by Lyme’s Disease, prevailed up on him to lend two pieces to score my podcasts, and yet this was the first time we’ve taken this kind of opportunity to sit and chat and laugh and learn and share – and then (!) get to bring all of it to the world.
    You are welcome – and thank you for journeying along with us ~ Diane

  2. Diane —
    I just spent the most enjoyable two hours, first listening to your brother-in-law explain how he came up with the concept for America the Dream, then listening / watching the arrangements for III and IV, and finally watching Shelbie Rassler’s “What the World Needs Now.”

    My eyes still moist from it all, I turned to the New York Times only to read that the Voting Rights Bill in front of the Senate is likely to fail. Only in America. America really is an unfulfilled promise. We are still in the works.

    Thanks for a wonderful journey, Diane.