Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ritual, the Transformative Power of

My theme this week is inspired by this song! Rain Dance by Valerie June.

Ritual lifts us out of our mundane existence into a transformational plane where change is of a higher order. We use candles (take care, cats and children!), music, breath, water, really - all elements, to put our brains into a state in which messages, creativity, and, ultimately, peace and unity can flow freely.

I'll be interviewing Michelle Webb and Valerie June today. I HIGHLY recommend you go to see them live: Dec. 5 at Joe's Movement Emporium and Dec. 9 at the 5th & K Sts. location of Busboys and Poets.

These are the songs that I have selected to further elucidate the concept of ritual:

  • Fire In the Rhythm, Carmen Lundy, Solamente
  • Feelin' Good, Carmen McRae, Women Talk (Remastered)
  • Waterfall, Cris Williamson, The Changer And The Changed: A Record Of The Times
  • Bad Spirits (Bani), Dee Dee Bridgewater, Red Earth - A Malian Journey
  • What a Difference a Day Makes, Dinah Washington, Compact Jazz: Dinah Washington
  • Higher Ground, Elizabeth Shepherd, Parkdale
  • Air, Erin McKeown, We Will Become Like Birds
  • Fired Up, Freshlyground, Ma' Cheri
  • I Made A Lover's Prayer, Gillian Welch, Soul Journey
  • Expression, Joyce Cooling, This Girl's Got to Play
  • The Air That I Breathe, k.d. lang, Drag
  • The Whirler, Layne Redmond, Invoking the Muse
  • Fire, Magdalen Hsu-Li, Fire
  • Change the World, Magdalen Hsu-Li, Smashing the Ceiling
  • Old Time Spiritual, Mary Lou Williams, Mary Lou's Mass
  • Have A Little Faith, Mavis Staples, A Tribute To Great Women Of Style
  • Quiet Fire, Melody Gardot, Worrisome Heart
  • Change, Mindi Abair, Stars
  • Sophie's Theme, Pam Parker, Imagine
  • Zen, Rokia Traoré, Tchamantché
  • Fire, Stephanie Rooker, Tellin You Right Now
  • Breaths, Sweet Honey In the Rock, Breaths
  • Prayer To The One, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Sacred Ground
  • Strong, Valerie June, Mountain Of Rose Quartz
  • Rain Dance, Valerie June, Mountain Of Rose Quartz
  • Summertime, Michelle Webb
  • Wildwood Flower, Michelle Webb


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