The lyrics to this empowering pocket song come from the Leonard Cohen song, "Anthem." The melody and arrangement of this adaption are unknown.
The source of this song is unknown. I heard it from a magical songstress named Epona.
Native American. Contemporary gift from the Seneca language. Neesa translates to "the winter moon in January" and Gaiweo means, "honoring the creator who is the creation" or "the good word." I found this song through Libana.
This song is originally came to Valerie while camping through a gentle winter storm on the north side of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Arizona.
The lyrics to this song are popular at Rainbow Gatherings, song circles, and in many communities world-wide. The origins are unknown to me. The melody recorded here was gifted to us and led by Geneva Hickey.
This song was brought into this world by Anna Fritz and introduced to our group by her brother Ian Fritz. Find more of Anna's inspiring and heartening music here. This audio is roughly clipped together from our group learning the song, but it has all the parts and also the song with parts woven together at the end. Happy learning!
Another beautiful arrangement by Beautiful Chorus. This song comes from the African-American spiritual tradition.
Composed by Wendy Tuck in 1974 based on a poem by Wendell Berry. When asked, Wendell Berry said he heard these words from an old Buddhist mantra. I found a longer version recorded by Thich Nhat Hanh's community. Additional verses and bridge by Joseph Emet at Plum Village.
Another beautiful song by Beautiful Chorus.
This awesome song is by Maggie Wheeler. A talented composer and leader of a community choir in California. This song comes from her album: "Walk With Me: Songs for Choirs and Communities." You can find her albums here.
"Positivity," another-nother beautiful song by Beautiful Chorus!
Valerie learned this song at a primitive skills gathering called Winter Count.
This delightful song was written by an Australian singer-songmaker named Fay White. It is shared here with her permission, and is included in two of her collections:
1. A CD called “Singing Landcare” - with 16 songs
2. A Songbook with 2 teaching CDs called “Short Stuff - 62 small songs for community singing”
Both of these items are available for purchase via her website catalogue page https://www.faywhitemusic.com/catalogue.html
From Fay: "It was part of a project attached to the Landcare movement here in Australia. I’m a singer-songmaker by trade and was commissioned to make a set of songs to accompany Environment Education for schools and the community, here in my state of Victoria."
"I Am Perfect As I Am," Another-nother-nother beautiful song by Beautiful Chorus!