10/20/2021 6 Comments
20. Great-Full with guest Ishka Shir
Notes: Ishka talks about music making while hiking and cuddling, the influence of her singing mother, the difference between singing alone and in large groups, kitchen singing, good food, how songmaking could be available to anyone, and why she sometimes says she doesn't like music (!) And in with all that, she shares this song which originated as a walking song, but can be used in many moods... and I get to sing along so you can hear how it rounds... we can imagine ourselves in the kitchen making a yummy fall soup, singing together.... feeling grateful.
Songwriter Info: Ishka is someone who sings from their heart. She has been making up songs since she was a child and has been sharing songs at community song circles since 2007. Ishka integrates song into most aspects of their life which include, hiking, gardening, cooking, biking, and cuddling clients. Professionally Ishka is a therapeutic cuddler in Asheville NC. Ishka is especially drawn to songs that have simple yet powerful lyrics and believes that songs can help us heal.
How Could Anyone Ever Tell You? by Libby Roderick (this is a live recording of Libby's with a story at the beginning; the song starts at about 3'20")
Aimée Ringle site: http://www.aimeeringlemusic.com/
Lyndsey Scott: to find more about her, I'm going to direct you to Episode #16, which features a song of Lyndsey's and all her multitudinous contact info!
Ishka's Soundcloud site- https://soundcloud.com/user-943187430 Ishka directly shares many mantra-like songs
Ishka's Therapeutic Cuddling website- holdmeavl.com
Nuts & Bolts: 4:4, Ionian (major scale), 2-part layer or round.
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10/20/2021 08:24:54 am
Fantastic interview! Loved every minute and learned a lot about being in the song-writing/singing "moment" To allow ourselves to "go with the flow" of singing as we walk, shop, cook, daydream, and more. Songs come to us as if magically---inspired by our own spirits and inner creativity. I loved Ishka's "take" on cuddling, especially, and agree that we live in a "touch-deprived" society. Singles, like myself, rarely get held, cuddled, embraced with love & affection. And, this causes more pain and loneliness. My pets help but human touch is essential to happiness and well-being, too. Great interview, great questions, great responses. Thank you both!
10/20/2021 11:31:30 am
What a great comment! Thanks so much, Phyll...
10/21/2021 12:34:19 pm
Loved these last two episodes just as much as the previous ones. Sometimes when I am singing with you, I feel a tear trickling down my cheek even though I’m not feeling sad at all. Clearly the song and my open breath is connecting me to some deeply internal place. Does anybody else have this surprising experience?
10/21/2021 12:40:39 pm
Yes, Margery, absolutely. Singing, especially happy upbeat, uplifting songs, reach deep inside us and elicit these warm, fuzzy
10/27/2021 07:36:28 pm
What you're feeling I suspect Margery is the message of the song: Gratitude. Yes I feel it and strive to feel it more often. Being alone with yourself, your heart open and completely grounded in the moment. "I am here, this is life, I'm grateful. (2x)". Repeat for if nurtured it can be acquired. I read once that anger was merely fear turned inside out. If so, then surely gratitude is love turned inside out.
10/28/2021 09:21:43 am
Wonderful insight Clint!
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