A celebration of tomatoes, words, and the human voice. And, of course, love.
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Click the audio players below and hear the words chewed over, like tasty fruit:
Here, by actress, producer, and social activist Melissa Fitzgerald, perhaps best known as Carol on NBC’s award winning show The West Wing.
Melissa stars in the fascinating series Chasing The Hill, and is a producer and driving force of the riveting documentary After Kony–Staging Hope, which tells the story of a cross-cultural collaboration between a group of American actors and 14 Ugandan teenagers (many of whom are former abducted child soldiers) who work together on a theater program in war-torn northern Uganda. Enjoy more of Melissa’s intellectual verve and sparkling personality in this brief video clip.
And here is Tomato Love performed by Melissa’s close friend Dina Howard, courageous and award-winning creator and producer of the NPR documentary Dina’s Diary, the gripping and emotional story of Dina’s journey through breast cancer, from diagnosis through treatment. A freelance writer and radio journalist, Dina recorded Tomato Love yesterday, 7 years after diagnosis.
And yes, they’re all home grown.
Should you find yourself inspired to record your own version of Tomato Love, do it on your smart phone and email me the file–along with a photo–and I’ll post your performance.