Tregarthen-Dresdow Musical Collaboration


110111.brittany_and_drewsdow.jpgJay Barrett/KMXT

A young Kodiak woman, with help from her Russian Orthodox priest, has taken up songwriting, and is using it as a creative means to express the many feelings and challenges she faces in every day life as a person with special needs.

You can hear more of the conversation with Brittany Tregarthen, her mother Suzanne Bobo, and Father Dresdow on Talk of the Rock, which aired on Jan. 11.

Check out the songs of Brittany Tregarthen and Father Dresdow on YouTube.

Just over a year ago, 23-year-old Brittany Tregarthen (tree-gar’then) took up songwriting right as she and her mother were finishing a book project together. Her mother is Kodiak writer Suzanne Bobo:

(Ocean Blue 1 43 sec "Just before we finished … and as a woman.")

Bobo says the book came about because she wanted to publish something for other parents whose special needs children are making the transition to adulthood:

(Ocean Blue 2 34 sec "She and I have been … very frank about her thoughts.")

Brittany participates in Special Olympics, and has written a song about competing, called "Let Me Win:"

(Ocean Blue 3 46 sec "The song I wrote about … and I did everything.")

Father Innocent Dresdow has teamed up with Brittany and is putting melodies to her lyrics:

(Ocean Blue 4 42 sec "Yeah, I remember a day … experience for both of us.")

Dresdow says Brittany keeps him on task, but she counters that she has learned some patience during the process:

(Ocean Blue 5 36 sec "I learned from … done with other songs.")

The pair have recorded a couple of the songs so far, and are putting them on YouTube. They will be available as singles on iTunes as well. Together, they record under the band name "Ocean Blue Rising," which comes from the lyrics of one of Brittany’s songs, "Sapphire Eyes."

I’m Jay Barrett.


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