Michael Murphy


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I am a musician. I play, write, record, sing and perform music. It is my gift. It is what I am meant to do. Our world is a gift – the air, water, and earth – and we are to take care of and share that gift with everyone. I believe that we all have gifts, and like the world, we are meant to take care of, and share our gifts, or they will become something stolen from others.

I can’t remember how Carolyn of WhyArts? found me, or how she saw what I do as something for WhyArts? but I am ever so glad. Sometimes I get to teach the Native American Flute, along with its culture, at Munroe-Meyer. Some evenings I will get to share a sing-a-long, like I sometimes do at QLI. Whatever opportunity I get through WhyArts I take with great anticipation, because I know that I am about to learn something. We all see the challenges, hardships, and handicaps of others, but to me they are all teachers and I need to find the lessons that they have to share. One great flute player said that if you play a flute for a beautiful woman, the song will write itself. WhyArts? is always reminding me how superficial beauty can be, and what real beauty is, and I hope that is reflected in my music.
One of my favorite places to go is the Ambassador. I really believe the greater the challenge, the greater the reward, and when I get to visit the young babies and children there, all I see are angels. Now for me, what can be better than to sing or play a song for an angel. Why Arts? Because it is the right thing to do, it is what we are supposed to do. Art is 99% inspiration, and as an artist if you don’t leave a WhyArts? workshop inspired, then you really don’t know beauty, and you really don’t know art.

April 2009. I just got some good news over the week-end. I was awarded the “Traditional Native American CD of the Year” be the Rural Roots Music Commission, part of the National Traditional Country Music Association.