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TAO/MITAKUWE OYAS'IN  Vol. 17 (December 2008 - January 2009 Issue) 


Contents:

From Denean:  Calling The Sacred - The Journey

Affirmation Prayer

This Issue's Featured Song: Calling The Sacred Listening Preview

Current News & Announcements:  NEW! Mp3's


Calling the Sacred - The Journey



The album project I have been working on for many years now is finally completed!  It has been an incredible journey and I want to share tidbits of that journey with you here.

 

I figured out a long time ago that when I create, my job is simply to "show up". It is not my job so much to define what an album is going to be.   If I do that, I just get in the way.  Many years ago, when I was in Nashville, writing country/pop songs, the creative process was quite different.  Then it was more an externalized writing process.    But at around 1989-1990, after facing some life or death challenges, I opened myself to Spirit in a way I never had before...and Spirit responded.



When I dedicated my life and my path to music for healing and nourishing the soul, the music changed, my voice changed, and the creative process itself changed and expanded.  That's when I came to understand my part in the greater creative process that happens through me.

 

For instance, many years ago, in the beginnings of "Calling The Sacred", I thought it would be called "Hands of Dancing Light".  Well, that song is now on a completely different album (Reikidama).  Then I thought it would be called "Children of the Seventh Generation".  But as it all unfolded, the music began to show me what it's form was meant to be.


Only recently, when I realized that "Calling The Sacred" was really the intention and energy of the whole album, did the inspiration come to make it a "theme" throughout the album that would bring it all together.  It was only at that moment that I saw what it's form was meant to be.  I must say that for me, those moments are very humbling.


My job is to sculpt frequencies and vibrations, given by Spirit, into a form that expresses that Spirit.



I have always thought that the Lakota language is a beautiful expression.  As I began to learn more words and phrases to communicate, I was guided to use the language in my musical expression in a way that, to my knowledge has never been done...not only as a language but as tone and frequency.  Wanikiya, for example, is sort of a Lakota "Ave Maria". 


The translation goes:

Wanikiya (which means Life Giver and is the Lakota word used for Jesus)...Thank you.

I have calmness.  Great Spirit, Grandfather! Yes, I have calmness.

Wanikiya, Thank you. I have calmness. Wanikiya, Oh Wanikiya, Thank you.



I was given a message a few years ago by spirit saying that I would be creating dance music.  I really had no idea what kind of dance music I would be creating and I was quite puzzled by that piece of information.  So I just let it go, as it's not something I could force, nor would I want to.  Still, it was puzzling...and then "Joy Dancing" happened.  Oh, I love that song!  I've performed it a few times already and it seems a lot of folks love that song :-)

 

Sometimes we can get too serious in spiritual matters and we can just get too serious about life, especially in these crazy/wonderful times we are in.  So "Joy Dancing" is about remembering to celebrate life...to dance, to sing, to pray and to play and have fun!  Oh, how we so need to remember how to do that.

 


The creative process, for me, manifests in a variety of ways that certainly keeps it all interesting...Sometimes songs come in dreams, sometimes melodies come on the wind, and sometimes I just find myself singing the song as though it had always been there.  It's more like receiving the songs, or catching them than anything else.  Like I said earlier, my job is simply to "show up".



Here is one last little tidbit:  in production you go through countless versions of songs, edits and changes etc. just to get to the final master.  One day, just as I was sure this was the final version and it was complete, I happened to look down at the total album length. It was 1:11:11.  That was my sign...I knew it really was completed.  "1" is the first hexagram of the I Ching and represents the Creative!

 

I hope you have enjoyed this little window into the creative process behind "Calling The Sacred".  As always, the music is the expression of my spiritual journey and I feel blessed to have a way to share the experience of that journey through sound.

 

Mitakuwe Oyas'in


 

 

The following will be our Affirmation Prayer:


Following the theme of "Calling The Sacred", I have decided to use the

lyrics to one of the songs, "Divine Holy Breath",  as our meditation.


Find some quiet time to create inner “sacred space” for yourself.     


Calm your mind, relax your body, and connect your being to God as you understand it.


Read this slowly, speaking it out loud if you can. 

Allow spaces of silence between each phrase of affirmation,

accepting it's truth in every fiber on your being...


Divine Holy Breath


Ohm...


Divine Holy Breath of my being

Mother of Life I behold

I am lived by your endless mystery

Sacred heart where I roam.


Ohm...


The light of your flame burns within me

Illumines me now through all time

What has gone before...

What is yet to come...

In one sacred moment, one sacred moment...

In one sacred moment dancing free.


Holy Mother, embrace me in your love.

Holy Father, descending from above.

Uniting in blissful harmony.

Uniting in blissful harmony.


Holy Mother, embrace me in your love.

Holy Father, descending from above.

Uniting in blissful harmony.

Uniting in blissful harmony.


Ohm...


Taste now the essence of your life

Sweet holy nectar of your soul

What has gone before...

What is yet to come...

In one sacred moment...one sacred moment

In one sacred moment...

is known.


Ohm...


Let it be so!

Amen!

Mitakuwe Oyas'in



This Issue Featuring:


 


    To listen to the preview of Calling The Sacred click here


 

Since this newlstter is dedicated to the release of "Calling The Sacred", we are featuring the album preview in place of a featured song.  Click on the link above to listen!

Blessings to you...





 

Current News & Announcements


I've been researching for a while now to make mp3 downloads available here on my website.  After overcoming a few technical challenges and obstructions, I am happy to announce that both Calling The Sacred and Reikidama are now available in high quality 320 kbps mp3 format.  I plan to make the rest of my work available too, including Fire Prayer, The Weaving and Thunder!  There are a lot of details involved, but I will let you know as I add albums to the mp3 collection.  Eventually I may do individual songs too, but for now they will only be available as full albums.

 

I have added an easy navigation tool with a drop-menu to most of the website pages.  I hope this will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for on the website.

 

I will also be adding the lyrics to "Calling The Sacred" to the website as soon as I can get to it.  Due to the Lakota language parts, it's rather involved.

 

To purchase "Calling The Sacred"  MP3's click here.


To purchase "Reikidama" MP3's Click here.




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