beth jochum          1311
photos by Gail Blacklock, Betsy Soares
In your words...............

" Beth's return to music satisfies a long awaited 'need'. Her quiet, but intensely passionate,
bluesy style stirs an inner rumbling that starts slow and low but overtakes the senses. Her
voice and lyrics carry a calm wisdom and emotional depth born of experience and intense
sincerity. A bonding occurs between the audience and the performer when Beth weaves
magic with her guitar and draws us 'in' with her warm alto voice. The rhythms carry us along
on a musical tether from which we'd rather not be detached. Rather, we're left longing for
Marietta R.

" Beth's music comes from a deep and nurturing well of mindful experience and grace.
There is a grounded calm emanating from her music and lyrics. Beth "shows up".           
Kymn W.

" Beth Jochum's songs are like paintings, her lyrics provide the details while the melody
and intonation provide the color scheme. Some of these sound-paintings are of physical
landscapes, others depict the landscape of human relationships or the landscape of
Mario N.

" What I love most about Beth's music is her beautiful, mellow voice accompanied by solid,
consistent guitar playing . I love her references to nature and gentle references to
Margot M.

I think Beth's 1311 cd holds up to her very best work. Lyrically it is the closest to poetry
that music can be and her playing is phenomenal. Like the best art, it still gives me
goosebumps every time I play it. Beth's a rebel rocker. Bluesologist, wordsmithereen, and
mother folker...One funky lady."                       
Glenn J.
To order CD's or to get in touch with Beth Jochum please
see "Get Music" page for more information and available cd's
"JOY ".....
is the title of this painting by   
Betsy Soares....
and JOY is the state of mind for
viewing her paintings, go to:
"Women, if the soul of the nation is to be
saved, I believe that you must become its soul."
-Coretta Scott King
thank you
Barack and

ever grateful
for the dignity
with which
you served
this country
My Prayer           4.10.2020
In unprecedented times come unique
and unprecedented gifts.  
I do believe the arc of humanity's
kindness is rising to meet the scourge
of evil and wickedness.  We know its
face, I won't and don't have to name it,
or they.  We know it exists.  But we
have only to sing and remember, we
have only to see the acts of
compassion, generosity, ingenuity and
bravery exhibited every single day by
anonymous citizens - everyday people
who give beyond measure, beyond
what is expected.  Let our hearts open
more and more every single day, and
let us be still and give gratitude to this
amazing wonder called Earth, our
Grandmother, for her bounty, for her
patience as we fledgling humans
grapple with our awareness of how we
can better care for her, in
ever-expanding ways, with complete
faith and trust that we will have what
we need, within and without, if we
allow our vision to expand, our hearts
to widen, our souls to evolve, as we
feel our connection to the Divine
Spirit, in the spirit that Everything IS
as It Should Be.
"Blue Sky"
from YogaBliss, Schenectady NY 5/2016
Beth Jochum - guitar, vocal
Lisa Nelson - violin
Betsy Soares - djembe
Joy Adler - vocal
WILLOW "Little Bear"

Today, I give thanks to the people who have cast
their votes to elect a return to civility, compassion,
empathy, and the desire to repair our nation's old
and vile sin - racism - and who have endured
through the hardship of voting during a pandemic
and economic hardship and suffering to elect
Joseph R. Biden to be our 46th president, and to the
grace of Kamala Harris to be our 46th vice president.

That said, I dedicate this song I wrote way way back
in 1973 - "Pennsylvania" - to this hard-earned victory
and to the memory of Clare Ann Traynor, whose
beautiful voice graced this song and who passed
away this year. You can listen to a home recording of
the song on "Clare".