Song is in our Nature Kate
Song is in our Nature
Much of my song inspiration comes from nature, and from witnessing how beautiful humans are in our relationships with each other and the natural world. Our entanglement may seem complex, but can also be thought of so simply: we’re all striving for connection.
Emerging research shows that people are unhappy when they’re disconnected from nature. The science supports a more intuitive awareness that has always been true (maybe you know it in your heart?): we are nature, and to be disconnected is to be in the dark about ourselves and the world around us.
I believe that music, and especially the practice of group singing, is a catalyst that can bring us back to a sense of our universal interconnectedness. We’re meant to thrive in that feeling of closeness to the earth and each other.
Song as a shared experience… not performance!
Singing is one of the most profound and nourishing ways of deepening connection. Sadly, many of us grow up believing we shouldn’t sing unless we’re well-trained and “good” at it. This music as performance view keeps too many of us natural songbirds silent, and leaves our amazing innate gift unexplored. To sing freely is a birthright! If you have a voice to speak, you can sing. If you have a heart that beats, you know rhythm.
When we tune into our own music, we can awaken an amazing tool set that can teach us about our deepest selves, and bring deeper connection with others. It allows us to express our own unique voice, tell our stories and move the energetic and emotional blockages we hold onto (the ones that prevent us from stepping into our fullest selves). In other words, singing as a practice helps us to keep our heart-channels clear and allows us to reconnect with our own nature.
You have the capacity to let your own voice heal you.
My Music’s Flavour
My songs incorporate nature-based metaphors that mirror human experience and invite you to explore your relationship to self, nature, community and spirit. The poetry is uplifting, thought-provoking and accessible to people of all ages; where a child might hear a song about the sky and how it changes, adults are more able to pick up on the subtleties and undertones around how the moody, changing, every-moving sky reflects emotional cycles and cyclical growth.
Most of the music that moves through me is multi-layered, with sweet melodies, rich harmonies, and some rhythmic and instrumental accompaniment. The songs are best sung by groups of people; many voices are needed to bring the harmonies to life and completeness.
Oh the Sky
Oh the sky, moving overhead, never still
Come the rain, come the dark, come the cleansing, come the clearing
Come the light, come the warm warm sun, come the rainbow, come the hope inside
One of my greatest passions is to facilitate song circles, which bring people together in this soul-medicine way. In my song-moving workshops (often facilitated with the support and collaboration of fellow kindred song-movers), you can join in bringing music to life as shared experience, as well as explore your song-moving (writing) journey as an individual. If you would like to be notified of any upcoming workshops, please sign up for my Living from Heart newsletter, or periodically check my calendar.
If you’d like to host a workshop closer to your community’s location, please get in touch. I’d love to connect on the possibilities.
If you’re looking for kids and family music, check out Woodlandy Dandies. For an older audience, Hope’s Starlings (many women’s voices singing a cappella) as well as my solo work will take you on a journey spiced with more depth and complexity.
Visit my Gallery & Store to purchase hard copies of CDs and lyric booklets, or visit iTunes for instant digital connection.