This will be our reply to violence…


It has been a tough few months in the good old world. I cannot remember a more divided and rancorous time in this country and the world. We have the largest number of refugees ever in the world. My own family and I are divided by the political rhetoric of today. I wonder what my reply to violence should be? Should I stand my ground when arguing with people who will not consider gun control? Should I try to love them? Should I ignore them? How do I keep a strong mind and attitude? How can I truly contribute?

These were the questions running around in my mind when I saw that someone posted the beautiful quote by Leonard Bernstein — This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. Thanks, Facebook friend!

So I wrote a song about it and will post it soon. It is called “Higher Ground.” This is the first song I’ve written on ukulele. I’m using the low g tuning taught to me by one of my amazing students at Cal State LA, Aaron Oswald. He turned me onto Ingrid Michaelson who uses the same tuning. I love it!

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About Susan

Susan Mohini Kane, soprano-professor-author American soprano, Susan Mohini Kane's "crystal-clear voice and impeccable technique" (LA Culture Spot Magazine) has captured audiences in performances of opera, oratorio, art song, and classical cabaret. Kane's solo CD recording: A MOMENT OF JOY, released in 2010 inspired these reviews: “This series of art songs and arias brings phrase after phrase of artful music." (McKinney) Music Web International hails Kane's CD as "a truly inspirational disc." Her second CD, for voice and piano with pianist Sunha Yoon, is an entire playlist of vocalizes for calm and relaxation, was recorded in December 2013, and is due to be released in the fall of 2014. Susan Mohini Kane and pianist, Kristof Van Grysperre, (Kristof and Kane), debuted their classical cabaret show in Ghent, Belgium. Their LA debut was at The Gardenia in Hollywood “where it stunned those in attendance through the sheer musical command of these two performers.” (Cabaret West Newsletter) Please visit for more information about this performing duo. Kane’s recent orchestral performances include the Brahms' A GERMAN REQUIEM, Dvorak’s TE DEUM, Handel's MESSIAH, Mendelssohn's MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and the Saint-Saëns CHRISTMAS ORATORIO for the Bakersfield Symphony, the California Philharmonic, and the Schantz Music Series in Encinitas, CA. Kane's most recent opera roles include Donna Anna in COSI FAN TUTTI by Mozart and Michaëla in LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN adapted from CARMEN by Bizet. Kane maintains a blog on singing, a performing schedule and a private studio as well as being a full professor at CSULA where she teaches voice and directs the opera. Her book, The 21st Century Singer: Bridging the Gap Between the University and the World is due to be published by Oxford University Press in November 2014. For more information please see her website:

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