Daughter Erin and I had opportunity to hear Serena Ryder, along with the Beauties, twice: once at a workshop and once at the Main Stage. I liked Serena’s honesty and her ability to transcend the performer/audience relationship to entertain and to relate, both. I treasured her new song, Merry-go-round, contributing to her authenticity as a performer. She shared that music literally pulls her out of great sadness, having suffered depression at different times in her life. She also told us a story about being lost at a fair and once again finding that the music of the merry-go-round soothed her anxiety. A great performer!