|Gordon Thomas Ward|
“Story-Songs of History” is an evocative presentation of original songs and their inspiring stories celebrating the rich histories and secreted tales of our shared past. Mr. Ward uses a "behind the music" format combining enchanting anecdotes, vocals and a multi-instrumental accompaniment to transport listeners on a captivating journey through time. A number of the places and events in the songs are local to the Bernardsville area.
A writer, musician, and presenter who grew up in Bernardsville, Mr. Ward now lives in Pottersville. He divides his professional time between writing, lecturing, songwriting, and performing. He has worked as a ministry programs director for a church, a history teacher in the classroom, and as a group transformation facilitator in the experiential education field where he designed and facilitated team building programs for twenty-two years.
A lifelong artist, Mr. Ward’s works have included songs, books, speeches, newspaper and magazine articles, interpretive displays, and poetry. His CD, Welcome to the Past, contains thirteen, original acoustic songs in a folk rock style. He is the author of Life on the Shoulder: Rediscovery and Inspiration along the Lewis and Clark Trail, a book of original poetry entitled Windows, and a timeless meditation on the meaning of childhood's link to history entitled A Bit of Earth. Mr. Ward's many years of experience with the collection of forensic-based evidence to both dismiss and support claims of hauntings, especially in historic locations, led to his book Ghosts of Central Jersey. His most recently published book, Tracing Infinity: Bridging the Gap between Earth and Heaven, is more spiritual in nature and deals with sensing and experiencing the divine in the world around us.
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