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TAO/MITAKUWE OYAS'IN  Vol. 47 (December 2013/January 2014 Issue)






 

Contents:

From Denean:  WIKU - Sun Child Returning! Part 2

This Issue's Featured Song: "Quiet Light"

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WIKU: Sun Child Returning Part 2


This time we are continuing with part 2 of the story of my new album Wiku (Sun Child Returning).  For any of you who did not see the last issue, I will repeat here the introduction and meaning of the word and symbol for "Wiku":

 

It all began a few years ago in deep meditation and ceremony.  The focus of my intention was purification and a return to the innocence and light-heartedness of a child while at the same time nourishing and respecting the wisdom that life teaches and that has deepened through my journey.

 

The spirit world gave a symbol (below) and gave it a name.  "Wiku" is a Lakota word.  The original context means "sun returning". However in the context used here, it means "Sun Child Returning".  Lakota language works that way. The symbol figure is facing left.  In the symbol you see the belly "pregnant with life" and the arm extended back which means "letting go of the past".  This total surrendering of past and embracing the life before you is how one returns to innocence.  It cannot truly be done without letting go of this particular sacrifice...the past...all of it!  When this is done, you are then able to be fully present in the now.  You are free.

 

This album is recorded at 432hz frequency and the full dynamic range has been preserved.  Since these are both broad subjects I will go in to that further at another time. 

 

 


If you would like to read part 1, you can find it here: Wiku Sun Child Returning Part 1


And now we will continue with the songs and their story:


Calmly Know - This song was inspired by a Ute ceremonial chant song that is used at the beginning of a ceremony to calm the spirit...to bring you out of worldly hustle and bustle and into presence and quiet.  I wanted the chant to convey "be still and know" so the Lakota words to express this idea are "Hwayela Slolyaye".  When translated back to English it translates as "Calmly Know".  The title is in English to convey the meaning but the chant is sung in Lakota.

 

 

Threads of a Greater Tapestry - The very beginnings of this piece began with a talk and musical presentation I did in 2001 at the Outpost Performance Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I got inspired to create a "tapestry" that would weave favorites from Fire Prayer into this new creation.  Technically it is not a medley but rather stands on its own as new song, "Threads of a Greater Tapestry".

 

In 2004, the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami gave new inspiration and reminded me that I had not yet recorded this song.  At that time I created the "Threads of a Greater Tapestry - A Live Musical Presentation" CD using the original live recordings from 2001 with the intention still to someday record it again.

 

When I am giving birth to an album, as I have said before, my job is to show up and follow the Divine in the inspiration of what is to be included.  Both "Threads of a Greater Tapestry" and "Spiral of a Planet" (which we will get to a little later) were calling to be re-recorded as a part of the Wiku project.

 

It is during these times of earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters that it is very poignantly demonstrated that we truly are a part of a greater tapestry.  "We", as humans, are a thread...not a dominating force over nature. It is unfortunate that it takes natural disasters such as these to remind us of our place in it all.

 

We talk so much of "healing" the Earth Mother, but the truth is she just shakes her back when she needs to rebalance herself.  She is capable of this rebalancing. It is the humans (who caused the imbalances in the first place) who are running for cover in these times.  It is not a punishment.  Karma perhaps, but not punishment.

 

This is why with the song "As One" from Fire Prayer, I changed the lyrics to "as one we heal with her".  That we can do. When we balance ourselves and connect from the heart, certainly we are helping her in her process and she is helping us as well.  Threads of a Greater Tapestry in harmonious union.

 

UPDATE 2014: "Threads of a Greater Tapestry-A Live Musical Presentation" has been discontinued.  However you can find a new recording of "Threads of a Greater Tapestry" on Denean's "Wiku" album

 

Quiet Light - This has become one of my favorite songs.  Sometime prior to its creation I had the intention to express musically the importance of stillness to the spirit within.  In the creative process for me, I sometimes "feel" the song stirring, if you will.  It is a movement in some dimension of my being that I have no words to adequately describe.  When it comes and I "show up", such as sitting down at the piano and being present to what is occurring, the music begins to flow.  Sometimes words and music together, sometime just in their own way and time.  I have said for some years now that I wish I knew how to trust life in the same way that I trust this musical process.  I can say that finally I am "getting there" on that one :-)  

 

 

Child of the Sun - Do you remember those fun things in childhood such as rhythmically clapping your thighs and hands with a childhood friend?  That essence of joy is what inspired this song.  I found myself clapping, stomping, and dancing around (even in the shower!) and having fun with it.

 

As I began to record and added other instruments along the way, it developed the South American feel on its own.  I hadn't planned that but it was a fun surprise :-)

 

 

Spiral of a Planet - Several years ago, at a time when war was heavy on everyone's mind, I began to step a little further back and look at humanity from a much broader perspective.  For all our achievements, here we were again, fighting the same old fight in the name of our God(s) fueled by senseless killing for the profit of a few.

 

When I have looked deeply into my own patterns throughout my life, I have been able to see how such patterns get passed on from one generation to the next.  It is no different with the patterns of humanity.  The spiral goes round and round...generations come and go.  Pattern is not an easy thing to change.  These contemplations were the inspiration for this song.  We want change...we want peace...but are we truly ready and willing to do what it takes to manifest that peace in our lives?



Sun Child Returning - Of all the things I know about these times we are in, aligning ourselves with our precious Earth Mother is of utmost importance to our survival.  We must make that heart connection with her and with all our relations.  Putting away competition and power struggles and embracing an attitude of cooperation and kindness...this is our job.   This song is a song of joyful connection with Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth).

 

 



This concludes my notes on the creation and process of WIKU (Sun Child Returning).

I hope you have enjoyed learning about this musical journey.


Much love and blessings.

 

 

 

 



This Issue Featuring:


Quiet Light

From  WIKU    



This song will be available for listening until the next newsletter issue

(approx. February 1st, 2014)



QUIET LIGHT

from the album "WIKU" (Sun Child Returning)


Since I have already shared with you about this song,

I will just leave you with the artist note and the lyrics as you listen.

Enjoy :-)


Artist Note:  It is in the quiet light of stillness that we will know...

and all questioning will be silenced.  The gift of "...quiet, wordless, self-contained joy,

desiring nothing from without and resting content with everything." **



In this silent chamber of my heart

a quiet light is softly burning...burning

Truth revealing...my soul is healing

All I'm feeling is love.


In this sweet surrender of my heart

a quiet light is softly turning....turning

Spiral spinning...no beginning

Never ending love.


I take my flight with angels

I hold the light with angels

Spinning sacred tapestries

of quiet light softly burning...

quiet light softly turning

Weaving quiet light.


They tell me to tell you now...


“Put away the passions of your world

For truth lies in the stillness...quiet stillness

Softly, gently heaven whispers

Be still and know...


And take the flight with angels

Hold the light with angels

Spinning sacred tapestries

of quiet light softly burning

quiet light softly turning.


Yes take the flight with angels

Hold the light with angels

Spinning sacred tapestries

of quiet light softly burning

quiet light softly turning

Weaving quiet light


Be still...and know...

And know.”




Written by Denean


© Copyright 2013 Denean /  Sacred Earth Music, BMI


All Rights Reserved


**Line one Hexagram 58, I Ching, Wilhelm - Baynes Translation


News and Announcements:

 

Since the last newsletter I finished the "Angels Calling Me" video I mentioned last time and also added a live version of "Ray of Love".  You can find both of these new videos on the Multimedia page.  Enjoy :-)

 

UPDATE 2014: "Threads of a Greater Tapestry-A Live Musical Presentation" has been discontinued.  However you can find a new recording of "Threads of a Greater Tapestry" on Denean's "Wiku" album

 

Blessings,


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