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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 01:39 am
From The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have.

When was the last time you sang?
-Question put to the sick by a
Native American Medicine Man

we can always give voice to our pain and hope, to the slim, ongoing fact of our being alive.

Actually the last time I sang - and by that I mean sang with any kind of intent or out of any kind of pain was Friday just gone.

There's a story that goes along with that too... There's a pagan/new age musician called Carolyn Hillyer and I have, or have heard several of her CDs. Many of them are life journeys, or life-myths told in music, drumming and chanting... awesomely powerful. I like her music a lot.

When our family learned about Grandad's passing, it was my brother's birthday, and no one wanted to spoil that for him, so we waited to say anything, but I had wanted to post something - a moment of recognition, that moment when you bow your head symbolically and say farewell. There was a particular song of hers that I was looking for to post. I thought that it would be on youtube - but alas, it is not.

So instead, I sang it - and that had to be enough... and in singing it, I felt it... and feel it still. There /is/ a sample on the website, but you have to download it and its RM, which I don't like... but yeah.

Heron Fly You Home

Buzzard call you back to the wild land
Heron fly you home
Journey to the soul of your own land
Where the Mother waits for your return
Heron fly you home.