10/12/2022 2 Comments
72. Unknown (Finding Home)
Notes: This song, about settling into the unknown and experiencing that as home, is one that has been singing in my head throughout this last year of transition for me. The delight of letting my voice slide helps me physically experience the release, and the complex harmonies keep my sense of focus and unsettledness... as though I'm practicing finding that home in the middle of the unknown. I think this is a great song for becoming very aware of how your voice feels in your body as you sing, because you'll get used to the words fairly quickly -- and then you can shift the focus to the sensations as you sing. (A sneaky form of somatic meditation, but you don't need to notice that, unless you want to!)
Songwriter Info: (Snitched directly from Anni's website) Anni Zylstra (she/they) is a folk singer, basketmaker, farmer, and weaver of community based in the traditional homelands of the Oceti Sakowin and Ho-chunk in SW so-called Wisconsin. She has been teaching, writing, and collecting new and old polyphonic songs in the aural tradition for a decade. In the spirit of folk, they believe that everyone can sing, and that using our voices to make beauty together is one of most pleasurable, accessible, and world building activities people can do together. Anni's facilitation is rooted in anticapitalist values, play, a queer nature-based lens, and more than a decade of classical musical training, ethnomusicology, and community leadership. They currently farm on the West Fork of the Kickapoo River, where they grow basket willow, perennial food crops, raise ducks, host events and classes folk education style, and lead Ember, a community choir that sings Balkan, Georgian, and polyphonic English music in La Farge, WI.
Heartland Harmony | Singing for Joy and Connection
Here is a 45-minute interview with Annie, hosted by Kate Valentine of Singing Mama's choirs, all about song writing and sharing. Meet Annie Zylstra - Choir composer extraordinaire! - YouTube
@zestinferna -- Anni on Instagram
Nuts & Bolts: 2:2, Dorian, harmonized paired melodies
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10/13/2022 11:55:59 am
Hi, Patricia, in the mental health wing at Concord Hospital I've used some of the songs from your podcasts, as they are soothing to the patients. This is another good one! They only allow therapeutic musicians in one day a week and we have to take turns, so sometimes it's 6 weeks before I can go again. I wish everyone understood the value of therapeutic music. I took a webinar last weekend on Hildegard von Bingen last weekend. It's amazing some of her music survived over centuries. She was one of the first to recognize and implement the healing power of music. Sending love and blessings, Resa
10/13/2022 08:05:28 pm
Resa, I'm so delighted to hear this. They are lucky to have you coming to sing. A six-week rotation is a long one, for sure. Hildegard von Bingen was an incredible leader and creator and all-around powerhouse! Agreed that her musical work had enormous influence on European understanding of the connection between music and healing....
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