6/24/2021 8 Comments
2. Put Your Roots Down
Notes: This is a grounding song that's popular in the community singing movement, and in August 2021, I learned from Heather Houston that she had just learned it is a Molly Hartwell original. As a white, European American cis female in my 50s, raised to value formal education, let me tell you, my brain is littered with words like, evaluate, compare, weigh, measure, process, careful…. For me, it can be a real challenge to get out of my head and into my body! But, oh the difference when I do… the connection, the power, the sense of being enough. I love the way this song reminds me of the soles of my feet and to sense the blood rushing through my body. Trillions of cells working together so I move and breathe… and I can just watch and feel all that with amazement.
Here's the Thrive Choir singing it;
I learned it in person from Lisa Littlebird, a vital, generous songleader whose course, Flight School, helped me expand my musical world in 2019.
And here's an update in September 2021: Molly Hartwell shared her own original version in Heather Houston's song library (which is a magical internet spot to learn fabulous songs!).
Molly also generously gave permission for songleaders to continue sharing the song however it came to them, since the song took on a life of its own after she created it!
Nuts and Bolts: It’s harmonized, in 4:4, Aeolian & Dorian modes (minor with shifting harmonies....)
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6/25/2021 11:00:03 am
Patrícia, I love this song. It really helps me to become aware of the vitality of my body and it’s connection to the earths forces.
6/25/2021 03:34:30 pm
Anne, I am so glad to hear this.... ME TOO!!! Not to mention how much fun it is to dance to!
7/2/2021 01:11:30 am
I remember how powerfully I felt this song when I first learned it. I've heard many variations over the years. I was told at one point that it was created by Osprey, who I don't know personally but know them as a powerful songwriter and activist.
6/10/2022 03:18:16 pm
Patricia, I have gone back to the beginning to make a list of all the quote's you say in the introduction. I find some of them powerful and had written a few down. I decided I wanted a list of the ones that moved me, so I could reference it. I think I'll leave a post the ones I like in the comment section as I go through.. The quote for this one- "The only thing better than singing is more singing" :-0
6/10/2022 06:54:51 pm
Ooooh, fabulous! I'll look forward to reading the ones that really strike you. I have really enjoyed tracking them down and thinking about which quote complements the song...
8/25/2022 11:44:45 pm
Thank you! This is awesome...
8/26/2022 09:40:16 am
So glad you found us! Welcome, Yanti...
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