Since 2008, I have thought of all my work under the title, the things that keep us human. I strive to support listening, attention, presence, and awareness of the body in my musical work as a composer, singer, performer, conductor, instrument builder, and writer. Whether I am curating an exhibit where strangers improvise playing Perry Cook’s Frog-Maraca, Señor Froggie, and his JavaMug; I am leading a workshop on loss where people play my rope instrument together; or a choir is performing my choral piece, Vocal Fantasy, and rhythmically reflecting light out into the audience with mirrors, I write music and make instruments that invite people to be present with their broad, ageless, all-remembering self. My research in embodied cognition philosophy and somatic psychology supports my belief that the body is central to our whole engagement. By connecting people to their bodies, I hope to support their ability to access non-verbal memories, imagination, and culture. I find this work to be a deeply fulfilling contemplative practice. For me, the act of making musical compositions is a vital part of my research and scholarly explorations.