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Feb 23, Musician Michael Franti reflects on the significant women in his life. I ran away from home for a few nights, but Sarah is the reason I came back. She told Dad he had to stop I met Tara in and we married in I have an amazing partner, Sara Agah, who I hope to marry in the next year. She is. Michael Franti (born April 21, ) is an American musician, poet, spoken word artist, and .. Taj is Michael's third child, and his first one with Sara Agah. . Amazing people that I've met on my travels around the globe, who have chosen to overcome cynicism with . Wikimedia Commons has media related to Michael Franti. Aug 31, Michael and Sara Agah Franti In August , she and her husband musician Michael Franti founded Do It For The Love, This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health. area in the U.S. is homing in on sex-trafficking; and meet an actress whose.
That is the biggest misconception," she said. The concept began after the couple met Steve and Hope Dezember at the Wanee music festival in Florida this past April. Steve is in the advanced stages of ALS Lou Gehrig's diseasean illness that attacks and paralyzes the nervous system. He and his wife had been Tweeting to Franti, saying this might be Steve's last concert and that he hoped to meet the rocker.
Franti welcomed the couple backstage where both he and Agah gave the couple a big hug, and spent several hours together. Franti shared their story with the crowd of 20, and brought them onstage during Life Is Better With You, a song he wrote for Agah.
Hope lifted Steve out of his wheelchair and held him; there wasn't a dry eye in the house. There is no known cure for the devastating disease.
Steve is currently in the intensive care unit. The couple dated for six months, during which Hope remembers Steve struggling with severe pain in his wrist.
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When Steve was diagnosed with ALS he was given two to five years. He told Hope she didn't have to stay with him.
But we didn't have a lot of time. The disease has no known cure. To date, Steve has received a small amount of disability covering roughly half his medical expenses.
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The couple relies on the blessings of others to get by. You have to have something to live for and you've gotta want to live. So to keep a positive attitude about the worst prognosis you can have is very vital," he said later in the video. Franti and Agah check in frequently with the Dezembers, sending regular updates back and forth. Witnessing how music can bring joy to people facing incredible adversity was a pivotal event for them.
The foundation gives wounded war veterans, adults and children with a disability or terminal illness "two tickets and a smile" to any concert they wish to see in their city, along with meeting the artist if they choose. The whole album is available for listening in his website.
Franti and Spearhead have gained a worldwide audience through touring and appearances in alternative media like Mother Jones magazine and Democracy Now!
Franti continues to tour in addition to producing the annual Power to the Peaceful festival each year since Lyrics from his song "Bomb The World", written in the dark aftermath of September 11 such as "You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can't bomb it into peace" have found their way onto protest signs and t-shirts all over the world from Los Angeles to Berlin, San Francisco to CNNat demonstrations for peace large and small.
Songs from Yell Fire and All Rebel Rockers are on the soundtrack to The Edge of Never, a documentary about extreme skiers mentoring year-old Kye Peterson in his quest to ski the route in Chamonix, France that killed his father, Trevor Peterson, nine years earlier.
The band worked with ubiquitous rhythm team Sly and Robbie and featured multi-talented vocalist Cherine Anderson on the set which entered the Billboard pop chart in September at number Franti announced  in November that he would be joining musician John Mayer on the Battle Studies Tour in spring As part of the band's commitment to environmentalism, Michael Franti and Spearhead avoid the use of water bottles on national tours and run their tour bus on biodiesel.Michael Franti's Proposal Story
The album was originally set to be released on August 24, but was pushed back to September 21  to give the album "more runway. He continued to record on the road and then test his ideas in front of live audiences to see if they liked it before going back and revamping it the next day. It was released July 30, Politics[ edit ] Franti is also an advocate for peace in the Middle East. Franti decided to embark on this three week journey with friends to view the human cost of war in the Middle East first-hand.
Franti states, "This film came out of my frustration with watching the nightly news and hearing generals, politicians, and pundits explaining the political and economic cost of the war in the Middle East, without ever mentioning the human cost. I wanted to hear about the war by the people affected by it most: He did not embark on the trip for the film with any special government groups or organizations, but instead bought plane tickets and headed off to Iraq, the Palestinian territories, and Israel armed with nothing more than his guitar and an extreme passion for music and a love of people.
She juggled life as a mom and disciplinarian, nurturing us and holding down a job.
She proved women could do more than one thing successfully. I have two sisters who are six and seven years older than me. I really looked up to them and thought their lives were so cool when I was a kid. They were very loving. When shit hit the fan with my dad during my final year of high school, it was my sister Sarah who acted courageously.
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I would often argue with my dad [who was a university professor in epidemiology and preventive medicine] and I was close to hitting him on this one occasion but never did.
She grabbed every bottle of alcohol, every wine or martini glass, and smashed them all in a fit of rage. I ran away from home for a few nights, but Sarah is the reason I came back. She told Dad he had to stop drinking and that I wouldn't come back home until he did. We had an intervention after that. Franti with his partner, Sara Agah. Courtesy of Michael Franti Where men tend to choose anger and aggression when things get difficult, women show endurance and an ability to always care.
I saw that with both my mom and sisters. People have the capacity to change.
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Towards the end of my dad's life he used to put his arm around my mom and show affection in ways I never saw before. Mom stayed with him through all of it; she was prepared to sacrifice a lot to keep a family together.
My first kiss was at a friend's house for a birthday party when I was We played spin the bottle and it was the first time I felt like, "Wow, this feels different from when Mom kisses me when I go off to school! She lived down the block.