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Singing is proven to be good for our health. Patricia chooses songs that support us as we heal, adapt, and grow -- and after a brief teach, sings it with the listener. Periodically, a longer episode includes a conversation with the songwriter. Visit abreathofsong.com to learn more.

A Breath of Song Patricia Norton

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Singing is proven to be good for our health. Patricia chooses songs that support us as we heal, adapt, and grow -- and after a brief teach, sings it with the listener. Periodically, a longer episode includes a conversation with the songwriter. Visit abreathofsong.com to learn more.

    88. The Land of Oden

    88. The Land of Oden

    Notes: I love the way this song takes me into completely different scope of time -- geologic, massive, unimaginable -- and therefore inescapably present. "Ïn the Land of Oden" has a murky history, both for lyrics and melody… it was recorded in the 1960s by many different folk artists, including Peter and Gordon, Barry McGuire and the New Christy Minstrels, and the Townsmen… but is credited to different composers on each recording. And they are all slightly different than the version I learned from Adam Podd (check out episode #82!). This particular melody has stayed with me, though, and it resonated in me with a Buddhist story Jack Kornfield tells about something lasting for 1000 kalpas – and each kalpa is as long as it takes for a bird dragging a silk scarf across a mountain to wear it away. In a Grimm’s Fairy Tale, recorded in 1812, the Shepherd’s Boy responds to the king’s third question about eternity with a description very similar to this, although the mountain is made of diamond and is in the land of Pomerania! So for this moment, welcome to fairy-tale time.​Sharing Info: As far as I know, this song is free to share.Links: Grimm's Fairy Tale: http://www.pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story139.pdfNuts & Bolts: 4:4, Mixolydian, roundJoin the A Breath of Song mailing list to receive a heads up as a new episode is released, plus a large version of the artwork, brief thoughts from my slightly peculiar brain... and occasional extras when they seem vitally important! No junk -- I will never sell your address. I read out all your names into my living room when I send new mailings... I appreciate the connection to you who are listening and singing these songs with me.Exchange energy with A Breath of Song with dollars at the Tip Jar (whoo-hoo!!!!), or by making comments, leaving reviews, suggesting songs or songwriters (including yourself) ..... your participation matters!

    • 19 min
    87. Born To Love

    87. Born To Love

    Notes: This song floats and pulses, carrying me as singer into a spaciousness and warmth that feels like it could be a somatic knowledge of love. That's quite a statement to make for a song, no? And yet, it makes sense -- when we sing, we engage so much of our brains -- breathing, thinking, sensing vibration and sound -- that if we allow images and responses to come into our awareness, too, those images are rich and connected with all we have ever known.. Unusually for songs I share on this podcast, this one doesn't have a strict meter -- it is more fluid and shifting -- yet it has a stable, vibrant heart center. I'll be curious to know what this experience is like for you!Songwriter Info:  Gabrielle is passionate about music and its transformative and healing powers. She grew up singing and surrounded by music, and has sung and performed in many contexts; indie rock, choirs, musical theater, Cabaret, yoga studios, and singing circles. Gabrielle has hosted singing circles, sound ceremonies, and new moon circles. She currently lives in Seattle, and likes to catch songs while walking through the beautiful Pacific NorthWest forests.Sharing Info: The song is free to share, please contact Gabrielle if you're planning to use it simply because it would be such a delight to know about it. Links: Follow @sound__witch on Instagram to see what Gabrielle's up to,and/or check out her other songs at soundcloud.com/a_sound_witch. Nuts & Bolts: unmetered, major, echoJoin the A Breath of Song mailing list to receive a heads up as a new episode is released, plus a large version of the artwork, brief thoughts from my slightly peculiar brain... and occasional extras when they seem vitally important! No junk -- I will never sell your address. I read out all your names into my living room when I send new mailings... I appreciate the connection to you who are listening and singing these songs with me.Exchange energy with A Breath of Song with dollars at the Tip Jar (whoo-hoo!!!!), or by making comments, leaving reviews, suggesting songs or songwriters (including yourself) ..... your participation matters!

    • 16 min
    86. We Were Made for These Times

    86. We Were Made for These Times

    Notes: Angela Gabriel's gospel-infused setting of Clarissa Pink Estés' fierce words is enough to lift me out of bed into the January cold! You'll hear me play with adding my voice in the looper with different tonal qualities so it sounds like we're singing with a crowd... and then at the end, I'll invite you to sing it simply with me, as a heartfelt duet. Patty said her art for this episode is inspired by the images of boats and wood from the Clarissa Estés letter... "and the idea of standing together, so here are the trees, rooted and strong in all weather."Songwriter Info:  Angela is a professional percussionist & pianist and community music/community singing facilitator. She lived in Santa Fe NM for the last 20 years, where she played with the opera, symphony, chamber music festival, as well as in African, Haitian, and samba gatherings, funk and ragtime bands.       She just moved to Bloomington, Indiana in the end of 2022.Angela's mission in life is to facilitate expressive creative, musical, and vocal experiences and to encourage folks to replace judgement with curiosity and open themselves to their unique, creative flow.    Part of how Angela does this is by singing and drumming online weekly with people living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.This song is free to share but Angela always welcomes financial and/or networking support if/when folks are so moved.Links: Letter to a Young Activist by Clarissa Pinkola Estés: https://www.mavenproductions.com/letter-to-a-young-activistAngela's website: www.AngelaGabriel.meSupport Angela's work: find songs, rhythmic activities, and more at patreon.com/AngelaGabrielCheck out Hidden Whale, Angela's old band (she's the drummer): https://youtube.com/channel/UCpxdVqwSxzEBhgUilN3qQLg Nuts & Bolts: 12:8, major, harmonized call & response Join the A Breath of Song mailing list to receive a heads up as a new episode is released, plus a large version of the artwork, brief thoughts from my slightly peculiar brain... and occasional extras when they seem vitally important! No junk -- I will never sell your address. I read out all your names into my living room when I send new mailings... I appreciate the connection to you who are listening and singing these songs with me.Exchange energy with A Breath of Song with dollars at the Tip Jar (whoo-hoo!!!!), or by making comments, leaving reviews, suggesting songs or songwriters (including yourself) ..... your participation matters!

    • 15 min
    85. This Body with guest Heather Pierson

    85. This Body with guest Heather Pierson

    Notes: Singing this meditative mantra with Heather Pierson's butter-warm voice draws me right into the here and now, even when I'm dealing with tech glitches... it's powerful stuff, and I've been putting it to the test! Heather says, "Music is an invitation..." and in our conversation, she talks about the different ways that plays out during grieving, learning to sing solo, collaborating, choosing songs, giving permission. Have you ever thought about how the meditation concept of titration might apply to leading a circle? Well, we've got you covered!Songwriter Info: Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer/songwriter, songleader, and performer based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She has released 14 albums, two songbooks, and several singles of her original music ranging in style from folk to jazz to vocal chants. Since 2018, she is the co-creator with fellow songleader Bernice Martin of Heart Songs & Circle Songs, a community singing project dedicated to the cultivation of harmony, wellness, connection, joy, and peace through music and song. When she isn’t making music, Heather enjoys her meditation practice, hiking, cooking, writing, reading, and watching the birds.Links: Heather's album 'Wishes of Lovingkindness', available for free or by donation at her Bandcamp: https://heatherpierson.bandcamp.com/album/wishes-of-lovingkindnessFor more information about Heather's community singing project with Bernice Martin, please visit https://www.heartsongsandcirclesongs.com.For more information about all of Heather's musical offerings, please visit: https://www.heatherpierson.com.Heather's growing community on Patreon enjoys early and exclusive access to new songs, videos, and poetry every week. Learn more at https://www.patreon.com/HeatherPierson
    ​Kansas: “The Spider”Melanie DeMore... "These songs are like medicine." Here's Melanie leading two of her medicine songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3D1U_CmlxcLeah Boyd/Leah Wolfsong ‎Leah Wolfsong on Apple MusicThe early albums:‎We All Have a Song by Heather Pierson on Apple Music‎Honor The Light by Heather Pierson on Apple MusicLaurence Cole: “Attention is the healer of separation”Gray catbirdBaked Beans recording (Alan Bean) Recording Studio | Baked Beans Recording Studio | United StatesPeaceful Means (Leah Boyd & Heather Pierson) (3) Peaceful Means | FacebookALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Live At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition) - Amazon.com MusicThe Wood Brothers The Wood Brothers (thewoodbros.com)Nuts & Bolts: 4:4, major, with a lovely minor final note; unison zipper songJoin the A Breath of Song mailing list to receive a heads up as a new episode is released, plus a large version of the artwork, brief thoughts from my slightly peculiar brain... and occasional extras when they seem vitally important! No junk -- I will never sell your address. I read out all your names into my living room when I send new mailings... I appreciate the connection to you who are listening and singing these songs with me.Exchange energy with A Breath of Song with dollars at the Tip Jar (whoo-hoo!!!!), or by making comments, leaving reviews, suggesting songs or songwriters (including yourself) ..... your participation matters!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    84. May I Be Open

    84. May I Be Open

    Notes: I love the way this song pulls me into the very present moment of right now, really right now, with concrete reminders of the breath and body... and then also lightens my spirit with the rhythmic play as I sing about the goodness that I carry. Heather has found ways through steady, attentive practices to help herself heal from childhood trauma, and she carries this intentional tending with clarity and care into her music. Next week, we can settle into a songwriter conversation with Heather about all this, and more!Join the A Breath of Song mailing list by clicking here. You'll receive a heads-up as a new episode is released, plus a large version of the artwork, brief thoughts from my slightly peculiar brain... and occasional extras when they seem vitally important! No junk -- I will never sell your address. I read out all your names into my living room when I send new mailings... I appreciate the connection to you who are listening and singing these songs with me.Songwriter Info: Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer/songwriter, songleader, and performer based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She has released 14 albums, two songbooks, and several singles of her original music ranging in style from folk to jazz to vocal chants. Since 2018, she is the co-creator with fellow songleader Bernice Martin of Heart Songs & Circle Songs, a community singing project dedicated to the cultivation of harmony, wellness, connection, joy, and peace through music and song. When she isn’t making music, Heather enjoys her meditation practice, hiking, cooking, writing, reading, and watching the birds.Links: 'May I Be Open' is from Heather's album 'Wishes of Lovingkindness', available for free or by donation at her Bandcamp: https://heatherpierson.bandcamp.com/album/wishes-of-lovingkindnessFor more information about Heather's community singing project with Bernice Martin, please visit https://www.heartsongsandcirclesongs.com.For more information about all of Heather's musical offerings, please visit: https://www.heatherpierson.com.Heather's growing community on Patreon enjoys early and exclusive access to new songs, videos, and poetry every week. Learn more at https://www.patreon.com/HeatherPiersonNuts & Bolts: 4:4, major, 2-part layer song

    • 13 min
    83. Creature Teacher

    83. Creature Teacher

    Notes: I so completely get the need for these questions, so appealingly set by Hannah Jeffery, to notice our body's basic needs. I love singing the reminder to attend to my creature self, what Mary Oliver calls, "the soft animal of your body" -- to tune into what it loves, what it complains about, how it responds to what's going on. This time of coming into a new year, perhaps with a plethora of complex people interactions, seems a particularly appropriate time to reset and reconnect with the awareness and presence of our own creature selves.Join the A Breath of Song mailing list by clicking here. You'll receive a heads-up as a new episode is released, plus a large version of the artwork, brief thoughts from my slightly peculiar brain... and occasional extras when they seem vitally important! No junk -- I will never sell your address. I read out all your names into my living room when I send new mailings... I appreciate the connection to you who are listening and singing these songs with me.Songwriter Info: Hannah Jeffery (She/They) is a songstress, composer, song-leader and mama living in the Upper Valley of Vermont (Abenaki land). Her creative venture, Deep Well Song, is a gathering vessel for people to come together in song, prayer and playfulness, to turn toward and embrace all that it IS to be human on Earth. The songs Hannah carries, catches and teaches are songs of the heart and soul, that touch joy, grief, gratitude, heartbreak, righteous anger, beauty, love and praise and connect us to each other, ourselves and the Beloved Mystery. Hannah leads song at the UU church in Norwich, Vermont and in the newly forming Well Song Choir. To learn more and get involved please check out their website and Patreon and be in touch!
    This song is free to share but Hannah always welcomes financial and/or networking support if/when folks are so moved.Links: www.deepwellsong.orgdeepwellsong@gmail.comwww.patreon.com/deepwellsongHannah singing this song herself
    Visit abreathofsong.com for lyrics, the tip jar, more of Patty's artwork, a way to nominate songs or songwriters for the podcast, and an easy way to search past episodes.
    Nuts & Bolts: 4:4, Aeolian, unison

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Big fan from Hanover ,

Breath of Song, episode 13

i look forward to each new episode every wednesday. this was is particularly uplifting. i love the rhythm, which makes me want to dance too. Breath of Song, episode 17 each week gets better and better. maybe that’s because I do too❤️

Episode 32 The Seed Song touches my heart. it is so lush and lovely to sing. one of my favorites so far.❤️❤️

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Honoring the blessings of song

Herein I find play, power and an exquisite honoring of the blessings of the songs shared in these sparkling episodes. Yes!

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Like a refreshing dip into a pool of song & breath

There are gems to be found in each episode! The language, the invitation, the inspiration. Breathe it in!

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