Singing for Well Being
Pick a Song &
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Notes: It's been two years since Maggie Wheeler and I last talked on A Breath of Song. No one doubts these times are difficult. Maggie and I get into the grit here... how do you stave off despair? How do you show up in love? How can we, collectively, change the energy? How do we soothe hearts and souls so we are sustained to do the work? Can we give ourselves the same grace of forgiveness we give others? What happens after exhaustion? How can we stay longer in the space of not knowing? How can we stay longer in a song moment and let it develop? Can staying longer be its own practice?
This song Maggie shares, The Crow Calls, is an opening to the rhythm, the connection of the natural world, and how that can nurture and change us. This song is a reminder, a call, a resource, and incredibly satisfying to sing. As we talked, Maggie described her heart as "cracked open" from two intense back-to-back experiences that had just happened. I was feeling a lot of pressure, with looming deadlines and large to-do lists, preparing for a big trip. Editing the episode, I was struck by how we practiced showing up as we are, releasing expectations, and paying attention to what is present in the moment... and I came away from our conversation with a welcome sense of clarity and commitment about the next right thing -- and huge gratitude for Maggie's generous, genuine way of moving through the world. I wonder what you will hear that resonates or challenges or invites you?
Songwriter Info: Maggie Wheeler is best known in the U.S and internationally for her work as an actress in film, television and voice-over and most notably as the character of Janice on NBC’s hit series Friends. Maggie is a passionate singer, songwriter, choir director and workshop facilitator. She has been teaching her vocal workshop "Singing In The Stream" for over 30 years at retreat centers, universities, communities and schools to provide the experience of creating interpersonal harmony and internal harmony through the powerful act of creating vocal harmony. Maggie directs the 100-voice Golden Bridge Community Choir in Hollywood, an inter-generational, non-auditioned choir now in its 17th year. She is a prolific songwriter with a catalog of powerful and timely songs that have been sung by choirs worldwide. Maggie’s original music for choirs and communities is available on Apple Music and other music platforms. To accompany her CD entitled 'Walk With Me’, Maggie created a songbook available by request through her website www.goldenbridgechoir.com Throughout this time of change Maggie continued the Golden Bridge Choir online producing virtual concerts and videos as well as hosting a weekly online community gathering called Together In Song, bringing together over 4000 people from around the world to join in the healing power of singing.
Sharing Info: Yes -- The song is free to share but Maggie always welcomes financial and/or networking support if/when folks are so moved.
Find Your Way Home, ABoS Ep 5: https://www.abreathofsong.com/episodes--show-notes/5-find-our-way-home
Rising Appalachia: https://www.risingappalachia.com/
Song Village: https://www.songvillage.net/
Emile Hassan Dyer: https://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/emile-hassan-dyer
Song Village Collaborators: https://www.songvillage.net/collaborators/
Yam and Jessi: Bliss is Ordinary podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bliss-is-ordinary/id1614727245
Ebeneezer Finds a Reason children’s Book: https://ebeneezersneezer.com/
Meredith Scott Lynn & Write Brain Books: https://writebrainbooks.com/view_page.php?pageid=3/
M. Kyle Hollingsworth: https://www.kylecreativeart.com/
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney: https://wimpykid.com/
Karly Loveling: https://eugeneweekly.com/2019/01/17/karly-loveling/
Together in Song: https://www.goldenbridgechoir.com/together-in-song-video-archive
Flow Singing with Juneberry Music: https://www.juneberrymusic.com/sing-to-connect.html
Arnaé Batson: https://sivanandabahamas.org/presenter/arnae-batson/
Sivananda Ashram Retreat: https://sivanandabahamas.org/course/songs-of-sustenance-february-2023/
Aimée Ringle: http://www.aimeeringlemusic.com/
Heather Houston: https://heatherhoustonmusic.com/
Sweet Honey in the Rock, Live at Carnegie Hall: https://www.allmusic.com/album/live-at-carnegie-hall-mw0000652837
Aimée Ringle Human and Tender: https://aimeeringle.bandcamp.com/album/human-and-tender
Olivia Barton & Corook - “If I Were a Fish” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx_vMONe3tM
Ahlay Blakely: https://www.healingattheroots.com/about
Golden Bridge Choir: https://www.goldenbridgechoir.com/
Maggie’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maggiewheeler_official/?hl=en
Maggie’s latest album that she was about to record after our interview: https://maggiewheeler.bandcamp.com/album/the-crow-calls
Golden Bridge Choir’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goldenbridgechoir/?hl=en
Maggie's Website: maggiewheeler.net
Song Learning Time Stamps:
Start time of teaching: 00:04:15
Start time of reprise: 00:54:54
Nuts & Bolts: 4:4, harmonic minor scale, call & echo and 3 or 4 layer song
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pocket song singer
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created by Patricia Norton
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