Co-sponsored by Cerimon House and Earth Arts NW, this is a new
Seasonal Series. EarthSong workshops will offer us a place to share
thoughts and feelings about our planet home - playfully and creatively,
then shape individual and collaborative improvisations into chant-songs
for the Earth, songs we can share within our community circles.
You'll find more information about these workshops HERE.
Selected songs will be scored and shared via digital publication.
We are a transforming harmony – all of us together on planet Earth. The sun rises daily and, wherever we are, we enter into the day-song. Wind rolling through meadow grass, buffeting glass-façade canyons, over frozen streams, pulsing freeways, neighbor-hood gardens, carrying the energy of change. Our actions, great and small, are added in to the great song.
Like a river flooding its banks, nightly news is overflowing with the troubles of the world. We are inundated with images, acts and sounds of war, earth in peril, communities living on the edge.
Yet here we are, in the age of the possible. Life is in constant motion and change is inevitable. As we listen to what is and what is needed, we can find a place to be of use each day. But where is that? That place where we are grounded, focused on engaging with – rather than reacting to – change. Change that leans forward through actions that harmonize with healing the world.
This game is for the Voiceweaving meet-up group and for you too, if you like to play vocally.
Here’s a little exercise you can practice as it strikes your fancy. It’s called TRANSLATIONS.
It’s a very simple practice, and one that’s quite engaging. It’s all about listening, tuning in and getting comfortable sounding out what you sense. While doing that, you’re also adding to your personal sound vocabularies.
Here’s why I like this exercise. It helps me connect with perceptions and responses I may not be aware of, or, those that make me feel something I try to ignore like – irritation, or moments of light I’m too preoccupied to notice.
Walking our dog, a little elderly Cairn Terrier, is an experience filled with erratic rhythm. We walk 10 paces then he stops to sniff and pee. We walk 4 more, then it's sniff, stop, sniff, stop. Look around. Walk. Walk. Stop...
What an incredible opportunity to work on rhythm. During a 30-minute walk I can explore sense and feeling through sound, shaping rhythms as we go. Irritation melts and I have much more fun on our sniff and pee walks.
Musings on Life,
Vocal Improv and the transformative
nature of sound.
An inner Muse nudges me to nuzzle up to the flowing energy inside... to play, listen and explore. So...I do. I invite you to do it too.