Songs

WE SING

(2021-2022)

Song Lists by Month

March 2022

Recordings

Bele Mama - Unknown
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Bele Mama is originally from Cameroon in West Africa.  The words, "Bele Mama," mean, "Call Mamma."

Eel River Song is by Meredith Buck. It has been shared widely in community song circles. Story has it that this song came to Meredith during a wilderness retreat.

We Remember You is a chant to remember the ancestors. Music and lyrics by Juliana Murphy (and the ancestors! <3) This song is intended to be shared freely and sung both individually and in community. If you plan to perform or record it with the intent to sell, please contact Juliana for permission.

One Foot/Lead With Love is a gift of a song from Melanie DeMore.  Here is a video of her teaching it in all its simplicity!  To find out more about this awesome artist click here.

This Mother Earth round is a very old melody with so many variations. This is a variation Juliana and Valerie co-created to honor our Mother Earth.

How Shall We Come Together is a galvanizing call and response tune that comes to us via powerhouse composer and songleader Maggie Wheeler.

I Am the River came to Juliana as many songs do: in the shower. It is a layered chant that helps connect us with the waters of the earth, both within and around us.

Music and lyrics by Juliana Murphy. This song is intended to be shared freely and sung both individually and in community. If you plan to perform or record it with the intent to sell, please contact Juliana for permission.

The Power Is Here Now is a beautiful meditation on this moment and the magic and power that lies within. It comes to us through the beautiful voice and talent of composer Alexia Chellun.

I Am Grateful is another gem from composer and songleader Heather Pierson. Its beautiful unison melody invites harmony and echoing of the line, "I am grateful." Juliana learned this song directly from the composer.

Every Little Cell - Geneva Hickey
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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.

Know the Dark - Geneva Hickey
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The lyrics to this song are a Wendell Berry poem.  Although the origins of the melody are unknown, this song was shared with us by Geneva Hickey.

I Am Me by Paul Barton

A beautiful song by Paul Barton for bringing ourselves into our courage and into the present moment. We sang one of the three parts in unison...stay tuned for the other two!

Be Open by Debbie Nargi-Brown

Gem of a song by Debbie Nargi-Brown, offered in March 2022. This song reminds us to "be open for something wonderful to happen," to "be open to the possibilities." If you are ever feeling doubtful or down, this song will remind you of all the wonderful experiences waiting just around the bend.

Sawolejo - Alina Jurczyszyn (sung by Juliana Murphy)
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SAWOLEJO (Sah-voh-lay-ah) was taught as a vocal warm-up in three parts by Laboratorium Pieśni (Song Laboratory) at a shamanic singing workshop they led in Port Townsend, WA in September 2017. 

From the composer:

It doesn’t mean anything but I feel this song as "Take it easy” vibration.

 

Music and lyrics by Alina Jurczyszyn 

Taught in circle and shared here with permission from Alina. 

Valerie learned this song from a fellow participant in a Stone Age Immersion program.  Origins of song are are attributed to the T'Jen while at the Wilderness Awareness School. 

Wisdom in My Bones is written and performed here by Heather Pierson. Intended for community singing and sharing!

Every Little Cell - Geneva
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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.

One by One is a beautiful, uplifting round by Michael Stillwater that came to us via songleader Aimee Ringle.

Breath by Breath encourages us to be gentle with ourselves as we touch our grief and befriend it. Breath by breath, steady and slow.

 

It is a song in two parts that can either be sung as verses, or layered on top of one another. Breath by Breath came to Juliana while she was sitting at the first gate of grief: Everything you love, you will lose - The Grief of Abandonment. (as taught by Frances Weller in The Wild Edge of Sorrow.)

Music and lyrics by Juliana Murphy. This song is intended to be shared freely and sung both individually and in community. If you plan to perform or record it with the intent to sell, please contact Juliana for permission.

Ilu Finu is a beautiful contemporary Hebrew song in 3 parts with music by Rabbi Miriam Margles. The words are a traditional Hebrew poem that translates to “Let us have songs to fill our mouths as full as the sea.” The arrangement we sing was taught to us by Lisa Littlebird.

Your Heart Knows the Way Home is an infectious and powerfully reassuring 3 part song by composer and songleader Te Martin (check out their beautiful recording here.) It reminds us of the unmatched power of deep listening and stillness as we search for the next step along the path. Juliana learned this song directly from the composer (with some help from gifted songleader and percussionist Shireen Amini!) in an online song circle hosted by Heather Houston.

Deep in the Dark is a song for honoring the winter solstice that Juliana composed as a chant for Winter Solstice 2019. The second part arrived in 2020 as an offering for deepening.

Music and lyrics by Juliana Murphy. This song is intended to be shared freely and sung both individually and in community. If you plan to perform or record it with the intent to sell, please contact Juliana for permission.

Loosen Loosen is a song/prayer/meditation to heal personal and societal grief. For ordinary grief, extraordinary grief, the unbearable kind and the unseen kind and the enduring kind, in service of exhales and letting go of what is ours and not ours, of compassion, lightness, & becoming who we are after and through it all. Written Fall 2017. Music & lyrics by Aly Halpert

These Hands, This Heart is an empowering song from the amazing Heather Pierson. Juliana learned the song directly from her, and Heather's highest hope for the song is that people will sing it while marching for something dear to their hearts.