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Beyond Singing

I was blown away when I came across this video of Lisa Gerraud. How did I not ever hear of her?
Her voice is rich, deep, dark and jaw-dropping. Her range spans from contralto to dramatic mezzo-soprano and what is amazing is that rather than sing, Gerraud uses her voice as an instrument in many of her pieces by using an idioglossia (an idiosyncratic language) that she has developed since the age of twelve.

Over a career that takes in almost two decades with Dead Can Dance, award-winning movie soundtracks and a series of acclaimed solo and collaborative albums, Lisa Gerrard has established herself as one of Australia’s most ground-breaking and in-demand artists.

Her voice is at once angelic and erotic. Prepare to be amazed!
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Peace! Yvonne

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Playing For Change

Playing for Change

Playing for Change

This is an amazing project, and their mission statement is so similar to the deeply held convictions of Luna Guitars:
From their website: www.playingforchange.com
“Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.”

Because of Playing for Change,
“Now, musicians from all over the world are brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities that are in need of inspiration and hope. In addition to benefit concerts, the Playing for Change band also performs shows around the world. When audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus on one stage, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power.”

They have 5 stunning videos featuring over 100 musicians around the world with more in the works. Here is their first one that got the ball rolling, and one of my favorites. I have a fantasy of doing the same kind of project with Luna guitars being played by musicians from all parts of the planet! (any sponsors out there?) Enjoy!

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Peace,

Yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

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Doing Nothing


“You do not need to do anything; you do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You do not even need to listen; just wait. You do not even need to wait; just become still, quiet and solitary and the world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” — Franz Kafka

Peace, Yvonne www.lunaguitarscom

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Surrender

I have been working on surrender for some time now and came across the following narrative by Henri J.M. Nouwen which was powerful for me:

The Flying Rodleighs are trapeze artists who perform in the German circus Simoneit-Barum. When the circus came to Freiburg two years ago, my friends Franz and Reny invited me and my father to see the show. I will never forget how enraptured I became when I first saw the Rodleighs move through the air, flying and catching as elegant dancers. The next day, I returned to the circus to see them again and introduced myself to them as one of their great fans. They invited me to attend their practice sessions, gave me free tickets, asked me to dinner, and suggested I travel with them for a week in the near future. I did, and we became good friends.

One day, I was sitting with Rodleigh, the leader of the troupe, in his caravan, talking about flying. He said, “As a flyer, I must have complete trust in my catcher. The public might think that I am the great star of the trapeze, but the real star is Joe, my catcher. He has to be there for me with split-second precision and grab me out of the air as I come to him in the long jump.” “How does it work?” I asked. “The secret,” Rodleigh said, “is that the flyer does nothing and the catcher does everything. When I fly to Joe, I have simply to stretch out my arms and hands and wait for him to catch me and pull me safely over the apron behind the catchbar.”

“You do nothing!” I said, surprised. “Nothing,” Rodleigh repeated. “The worst thing the flyer can do is to try to catch the catcher. I am not supposed to catch Joe. It’s Joe’s task to catch me. If I grabbed Joe’s wrists, I might break them, or he might break mine, and that would be the end for both of us. A flyer must fly, and a catcher must catch, and the flyer must trust, with outstretched arms, that his catcher will be there for him.”

Peace, Yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

I also came across some amazing underwater photographs by Gregory Colbert that somehow fit with Nouwen’s quote
and remind me of how, across species, we are all here to catch each other.

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Seeds

Drop the seed, cover it, pat the warm earth down. Water it black. What else? Roethke heard the sucking and sobbing of cuttings putting down roots, resurrecting themselves. I hear nothing from these seeds and spindly tomato plants. But I do like sitting here in the evening air, watching the wet soil, knowing it’s primed with hours of my work and its own latent power. Drop in the seed and the dirt takes over, the moist warmth, the dark. It’s mystery now, out of my hands. But I want to follow. I want to understand what begins to wake the seeds. I want to hear that inaudible moan or hum, that chant of all the lives and parts of lives that dirt composes — I hear it after all, in my mind — that steady call, alive down there, that cannot rise without seeds, that even now enfolds them with its infinitesimal vibration, urging them remember now, remember now, it is time to remember yourself.
— John Daniel in The Trail Home: Essays

Lately, I’ve had the pleasure of watching vegetables grow from seed, and of cooking and eating them right out of the garden. So incredibly simple and basic and yet so mysterious. I see more and more back yard and side yard gardens these days…one of the good spin offs of the economic downturn. What are you waiting for? Find a seed, some dirt and some water and a miracle will happen.

Peace, Yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

Watch some amazing time lapse photography of seeds germinating here!
http://plantsinmotion.bio.indiana.edu/plantmotion/earlygrowth/germination/germ.html

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The Peace of Wild Things

I spent the weekend out at a sacred piece of ground in an estuary and was refreshed and renewed by it.

Thought I would share these photos I was lucky enough to capture.

Peace, Yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free

……Wendell Berry

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Rejoice and Wage Peace

Wage peace with your breath.

Breathe in firemen and rubble, breathe out whole buildings and flocks of redwing blackbirds.

Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.

Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.

Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.

Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.

Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothespins, clean rivers.

Make soup.

Play music, learn the words for “thank you” in three languages.

Learn to knit, and make a hat.

Think of chaos as dancing raspberries, imagine grief as the outbreath of beauty or the gesture of fish.

Swim for the other side.

Wage peace.

Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious.

Have a cup of tea and rejoice.

Act as if armistice has already arrived.

Don’t wait another minute.

…………………….Mary Oliver

The art glass piece above was brought to me by my dear friend Ragtime (1000pointsofpeace.com.) and hung in my studio on this inauguration day. It is personally significant to me as an image, but there is more of a story to it. The wings were from a panel that was broken and had been out of sight in my glass rack for years. On his last visit, he took it back to his studio where he carefully disassembled and reworked the wings into an entirely new background. He added his signature peace sign and it is now more beautiful than ever……its brokenness healed. Love, patience and belief. Powerful stuff! Thank you Ragtime!

Peace, Yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

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Heart

“Keep a good heart. That’s the most important thing in life. It’s not how much money you make or what you can acquire. The art of it is to keep a good heart.”

Joni Mitchell

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Sustainability

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“One of our most important renewable resources is HOPE. We must put it on with our shoes every morning.”……….Barbara Kingsolver

Krista Tippett explores what it means to face the question of sustainability in a hopeful way in her two minute musing below.

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Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett is public radio’s weekly program about “religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas.”

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Shine

…One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires … causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both — are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do….

Clarissa Pinkola Estes ~ from “Letter To A Young Activist During Troubled Times”

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