I’d like to share with you my new song

This is a song shaped by other people’s stories. It’s also a song of my own story. About finding yourself at the edge, and of being called to hold others at the edges of our human community. It’s a song for anyone holding a deep ambivalence to be alive in these times.

One morning in a Scottish forest, the summer before last I stepped out into a clearing where a fire circle was set. Among a group of women who were gathering on this land, I was preparing to record a music video, calling women to gather for a council at Findhorn that Autumn. As I arrived, I saw a man walking across the other side of the fire. It stood out in my mind at the time because it seemed out of place at this women’s circle on private land. But then he disappeared. Keep reading!

“The fact is we are born with these primary cracks, cleavages, our fault lines, our fractional crystalline structure, just like any stone, igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic, we are marked by strata, vesicles, textures (just look at our labyrinthine brains) and these portals and pathways lead into our deep cavernous interior, with unrecognized fossils, generations of petroglyphs, symbols of old, our clandestine chambers full of passionate magma, our ancient water pockets, veins mineralized by silver, tungsten, copper, or flakes of gold…these ways in allow erosion to carve and expose us causing our souls secrets to stand out like cinder cones, monuments, mesas and cliff faces―landmarks for others to encounter.  Somehow through weathering we become more visible.  We are seen.”
– MATthew cochran

In the Autumn of 2016 I had the privilege to be invited to Soul Fire Sanctuary – the 18th Sound/Peace Chamber, located in Swannona, in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. You can read about the lineage of this Chamber here. There are about 70 of these incredible spaces in the world, and this one is guardianed by Mz. imani, who welcomed me to use the space for one of the most profound creative experiences of my life to date. Keep reading!

We often say that it’s been a rough time or that it’s been a “tough few weeks”. We sometimes say that things have never been so tough. But these days, these times, we may well be right. And, at times like this, we always take solace and comfort in each other, in our friends, our loved ones… and the music that moves us, warms us and makes us smile and cry. At times like this, we turn to artists who speak to our best selves. And there is no artist who speaks so well to our best selves than Eleanor Brown. Keep reading!

Whilst practicing The Way of Council one of the most profound things I’ve learnt is that each person holds a piece of the truth, and each piece, however jarring, is needed to create the whole. This is a simple principle, but one that has far reaching consequences on more compassionate and successful communication as I learn to value all stories and to speak and listen from the heart; a quiet yet radical act and way of being in the world. Keep reading!

In 2012 I followed through on a rant I had delivered some months earlier to a circle of women about how unacceptable it was that I did not know enough about living in the natural world and decided to simplify my life, live closer to the land and begin to learn how to grow food and work with plants. A seed had been sown two years earlier when I’d spent some time on a permaculture farm in Southern Oregon and it could no longer be ignored. I moved into a caravan in a grove of trees (ash, oak, willow and hawthorn), painted it red on the outside, yellow and fuschia on the inside and started work on an organic farm and community food project. Keep reading!

Spirals is an acoustic/folk record of 12 songs written over a 3 year period and released in Dec 2013. The songs reflect a personal passage on the flipside of loss, travels and adventures to the wilds and the stillness inside and out. It is about return and reconnection and the simplicity, inspiration and joy found there. It speaks of nature’s mirror where death is a necessity and life holds the inexhaustible power to renew. Keep reading!