A Musical View from Inside San Quentin

Dec 26, 2015

Just entering San Quentin prison, where Audrey Auld led a series of songwriting workshops with inmates, wasn't easy.
Credit Audrey Auld

Every inmate inside San Quentin prison has at least one story to tell. Some of them were melded into music by the late Audrey Auld. The North Bay singer-songwriter talks about that process on today’s archival North Bay Report from last June.

Mixed in with the regrets, longing, anger and remorse shared by the inmates in her writing sessions, Auld also found the ingredients for a love song of sorts—one that she says is the essence of mixed emotions.

Audrey Auld was 51 when she died of cancer last August, two months after this interview was recorded.  Her  Hey Warden CD remains available from her website. You can see perform the song, “I Am Not What I have Done” in the video below.