Con Brio Zick MacArthur and his family create a healing garden for grief | KQED


One sunny morning, Zick sits on the edge of a small platform behind the garden and looks out the front door. He wonders how these flowers, lavender flowers, and sprouts – and how his music with Co Brio helped him recover after these tragedies.

“Music has become a lot of medicine and medicine for me too, but … to balance some of the incompatibility of the music industry, gardening has really given that balance or treatment,” he says.

Zick’s daily routine is in stark contrast to the presence of the stage, which features a seven-piece horn and keys in addition to the usual guitar-bass-drum makeup, a soulful band that delights the show with athletic dance activities. Today, he is gentle and a little wise, there is a time for everything, there is a time, in the universe. He says, “We keep one foot in front of the other, walking in faith and trust.” His mother, in a proud mother-in-law’s movement, plays some con brio across the garden.

Zick McCarty sits with his mother, Gabriel Dick Chanel L, on July 16, 2021 at Long Live Love Park in Auckland. (Bet Laberge / KQED)

From high school onwards, he balanced gardening with music. For a major British project, he wrote a song about global warming Recorded music video. Unexpectedly went viral, eventually exceeding 10,000 views. His mother showed the video to the non-profit CommunityGrows founder, who builds gardens in low-income communities. Zick says with a laugh. After the rehearsal, he was assigned to teach gardening in San Francisco’s first floor in Rosa Parks. I remember some of the songs of Con Brio that I wrote in the garden in Rosa Parks.

A.D. His music career began in 2014. Unlike many independent musicians, music has become a way of adding to the day’s work as a teacher – not the other way around. The tour started to increase and he asked us to travel, to go to Canada, to go to Europe, to play more [increased,too]He taught his last lesson in 2016, but his love for gardening has not diminished.

He says of his two works: “Both are catapults.” But the love of performance began before the desire for plants. “I’ve always had music since I was able to walk,” Zick recalls. David played the piano and taught Immanuel the guitar. “I was two years old, flipping the sofa,” says Zick.

Zick’s love of the audience and his love for Connorio’s horrible tendency to call unity, like “songs” in parables.Nonsense“And”Free and courageous. Zick says the goal is not to ruin the way others react to injustice – this is how he and Band feel to deal with grief. “It is a journey of transition and transformation. We feel angry because there is anger. … [But] We try not to eat it and to let it in and trust us.

Flowers and fruit trees will grow on July 16, 2021, in the garden of the Long Living Love Foundation in Auckland. (Bet Laberge / KQED)

When Zick’s career began with Connio Brio, Emmanuel wrote solo songs. Of his May love last forever An album by 17-year-old Apollo Carter, he explores his own loss and his life without David. “He was a treasure,” says his younger brother Zick. “He was that treasure [he was] Slowly clearing the dust. ”


The heritage of the Maktar family continues to grow in the beds of healing gardens. The plot is still in the backyard of Zik’s ancestral home on the right. Zick grew up playing baseball in the backyard. In this way, the garden will bring back memories of the family that may be lost to him and others.

“We all deal with life and death in different ways, but … that relationship grows beautifully in the garden,” he said. “To see the connection of the plants that go to the fertilizer and to enrich the soil that has now come and the whole circle of life. It’s really peaceful, it helps you understand the rhythm of things. ”

A young man is sitting on a flower bed, waving a sign of peace.
Zick McCartar will be photographed on July 16, 2021 at Long Live Love Park in Auckland. (Bet Laberge / KQED)

Lead to life, A non-profit organization that melts guns and turns metal into shovels, has developed recipes in the garden to help alleviate the health risks associated with grief. Silent places like the garden, and the food it produces, can help those who have lost loved ones in the violence, says Saint Val. “Being able to pass that on [grief] … to have a safe place to relax. ”

Although she argues that everyone’s experience is different, depression can be seen not only in psychological issues such as PTSD but also in physical health issues such as stroke and heart problems. Gabriel said long-term goals were to provide services such as yoga and acupuncture, and they rolled in a scholarship in the name of Emmanuel in the San Francisco Unity School District.

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