Bones

Here lonely girl, amongst the grass, she seeks out in the stars
And she does feel her feet and her spine
and I feel that her other lands she will find
She sits by the mounds of grasses, and by her side, she feels the cool air, down her spine.
And she waits for the feelings to arise, for she knows that her life is waiting on the inside.
And she sings, because singing is life, and she plays becuase playing brings meaning to her heart, and she sings, because feelings all she knows.
And she sings, as she grows, as she grows, as she grows.
Closer to her Bones, closer to her bones.
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“We have always voiced and drummed our pain and joy. In truth, the need to express who we are is archetypal, that is, both necessary and timeless… And expressing who we are is less about describing ourselves than it is about letting who we are out in a regular rhythm that is as imperative as breathing. It is this exchange or flow of who we are, in and out, that keeps us connected to all that is living. Just as we must inhale and exhale hundreds of times a day…. “it is about not hiding our basic nature” …..”Essentially, the life of expression is the ongoing journey of how we heal each other. And so, the importance of storytelling, for by telling our stories and listening to the stories of others, we let out who we are and find ourselves in each other, and find that we are more together than alone”

(Mark Nepo,The Exquisite Risk page 121)
This song emerged when I was studying Body-mind centering with Alice Cummins in Riddles Creek, exploring bones with a community of artists and practitioners in 2016. During a little play on the guitarlele, looking out on the revegetated bush on the property, I began to improvise this song, which then emerged through tears in a sharing circle with the group. Bones feels like a coming home, to a deep knowing, a place within my being that had called for me to sing, called to me to feel, called me to continue the lineage of music in my bones, called to me to embrace her movements and flow and be moved into expression. We launched Bones as my first single in 2016 at Abbotsford Convent with special guests Cathy Williams, FourNow (Rosie Fayman, Hilde Knottenbelt, Ingrid Baring and myself), along with dancer Tony Norquay as MC

Sounds from Planet SOL

Music has really been how I have survived and thrived and how I have found meaning in life. In the arms of music; I’ve wept, rejoiced, screamed, and… found sounds from PlanetSOL. This album is an accumulation of the potent impact of countless natural landscapes that have nourished me since childhood, a lineage of potent women who have imbued me with a feeling sense of my heart’s flame’s twinkle, spaces, places, homes, children, women and men in my life who have called me to step up, wake the fuck up, share my music, let go and Stay in my power.

 

 

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This album feels like a coming home, to the PlanetSOL (Smile out loud/sing out loud) planet that I’ve lived in my whole life, and occasionally taken holidays from. In a nutter’s shell it is a planet of co-creation, emergent vocal improvisation, songs from moments of experiencing and musical bodies, feeling, bones, loneliness, grieving, marrow, yearning, Dr. Lalalulu’s musical medicine, healing songs, sing-along songs, love-ogram songs, the power of tones, silence, and being sung, Canciones de amor (songs of love), solsito (sunshine, pure life and truth), Taboo lists, hairy messy dirty bits and scrunched up to-do lists, songs emerging from one note, passion, fucking loving my drum, witnessing and supporting at home births, loving what you do, and doing what you love…staying in your power…..This album marks a celebration of being willing to show up, since I was a child, to meet that heart calling to sing, to play, to share…It has been a delicious four years of writing, performing and recording these songs, and over April/May of 2017 Joe Hammond and I are completing the mixing, and video clips are being filmed.