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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 • 24 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.

    147. Walk On Through

    147. Walk On Through

    Song: Walk On ThroughMusic by: Samara Jade​Notes: Samara's song sings powerfully inside me about how we accompany each other... and are accompanied by the natural world. It gives me words to say and feel when someone I care for is going through pain and there is nothing I can "do" to help... and that I am not the only source of companionship. This episode is a little unusual -- instead of just voice, I decided to play piano, including time for you to sing while I accompany you. Patty's artwork was in my mind's eye as I was singing -- I am so grateful for her accompanying vision as we create this library of songs.Songwriter Info: Samara Jade is a multi-instrumentalist folk troubadour - a writer, crafter, performer and producer of memorable soul-centered songs. Coming from a diverse musical background, Samara stitches together a unique tapestry of sounds with a sophisticated quality of musicianship distinctly her own. Born in the Hudson Valley of New York state, and shaped by the mountains and rivers of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, Samara has been a grass-roots style touring folk musician for over a decade, spreading her songs all across this country and weaving and widening the webs of community. To Samara, music is a primarily a healing and spiritual practice - with many of her songs born out of and made for her own journeys of grief, underworld spelunking, connection with the natural world & transformation - and she derives great joy and fulfillment when her songs turn out to provide good medicine for others as well.​Sharing Info: The song is free to share but Samara always welcomes financial and/or networking support if/when folks are so moved.​Song Learning Time Stamps:Start time of teaching: 00:04:30Start time of reprise: 00:13:57Links: Samara's Patreon: www.patreon.com/samarajadeNuts & Bolts: Mixed meter; major, verse & chorusJoin the A Breath of Song Mailing list(https://dashboard.mailerlite.com/forms/335811/81227018071442567/share)  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 Gratitude Jar(https://www.abreathofsong.com/gratitude-jar.html) (whoo-hoo!!!!), or by making comments, leaving reviews, suggesting songs or songwriters (including yourself) ..... your participation matters!

    • 16 min
    146. Begin Again

    146. Begin Again

    Song: Begin AgainMusic by: Jean Farmer​Notes: Jean Farmer's song was just right for me this week, as some old wounds were reopened. I was frustrated with myself -- I didn't want to have to heal again. This song helped me find the kindness and willingness to start over, connecting with this breath and the earth. Jean said I could harmonize at will -- so I give you four different ways -- a simple echo, a descant, and then a 3-part harmony with part above and below and some different sounds, and of course, the unadorned song so you can play or enjoy joining your voice with mine. I'm so glad we're singing together!Songwriter Info: Jean Farmer has experienced the joy of singing in community from her earliest days, often singing with her sisters as a child and later leading songs around the campfire. She was a registered nurse for 35 years. Since retiring from Nursing, songs have been coming through her, often in the middle of the night. This opening to welcome the songs is a spiritual practice: a path to centering, a form of self-expression, and a way to create and build community. She often sings at labyrinth walks and other contemplative gatherings in Northern California with her singing partner Robin O'Brien in a group called Notan.​Sharing Info: The song is free to share in oral tradition groups. Please credit Jean Farmer as the author. Please contact Jean for recording and or performing permission. (jeanwfarmer@gmail.com)​Song Learning Time Stamps:Start time of teaching: 00:03:45Start time of reprise: 00:18:57Links: Notan Bandcamp: https://notan.bandcamp.com/album/mother-treeNotan website: https://notan.org/Nuts & Bolts: 4:4, major, unison with optional harmoniesJoin the A Breath of Song Mailing list(https://dashboard.mailerlite.com/forms/335811/81227018071442567/share)  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 Gratitude Jar(https://www.abreathofsong.com/gratitude-jar.html) (whoo-hoo!!!!), or by making comments, leaving reviews, suggesting songs or songwriters (including yourself) ..... your participation matters!

    • 20 min
    145. Hold On with guest Aaron Johnson

    145. Hold On with guest Aaron Johnson

    Song: Hold OnMusic by: Rev. Cleophus Robinson, Jr.Composed in: 1980​​Notes: Aaron shares his close personal connection with this song: after the horrible accidental death of his father, "“It was the first inkling, the first kind of hint that this kind of grief might be bearable.” We dove into how to bring anti-oppression work right into songcircles, or any other kind of work you might do. Aaron helped me consider how I, as a white person with financial stability, could practice persistence in anti-racism work... looking for ways to move beyond the crash-and-boom cycle of support that's triggered by a disaster. How do you hold grief and joy at the same time? Aaron invites us into an exploratory "jamming out" section into the song, and talks about touch and connection as self-care. Lots to celebrate, lots to grieve... and while I was sick at the time of recording, (I don't have Aaron's robust immune system!), I'm so grateful to have had the chance to listen.Songwriter Info: Aaron Johnson (he/him) is a facilitator, public speaker, and touch specialist working to identify and interrupt barriers between people. As co-founder of both Holistic Resistance and Grief to Action, Aaron takes the time to hold the stories of black people around homophobia, transphobia, internalized racism, and those that are Chronically UnderTouched. Because oppression is a part of historical and present American culture, the long-term impact of those trauma stories should be acknowledged and held as a map for our collective healing. Aaron Johnson practices and invites various methods of moving through these stories, such as the communal listening ear, sound healing, meditation, and closeness to the earth.​Sharing Info: When sharing in a money-making venture, like a workshop, class, or performance, please contact Aaron for permission and rates.​Song Learning Time Stamps:Start time of teaching: 00:04:42Start time of reprise: 01:13:45Links: Bliss is Ordinary podcast episode with Yam and Jessi: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/aaron-johnson-invites-you-to-risk-something/id1614727245?i=1000641691263Holistic Resistance podcast with Lisa Littlebird: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/holistic-resistance/id1368705035Rev. Cleophus Robinson, Jr.’s recording of Hold On : https://youtu.be/awyHHZ44YDU?feature=sharedAaron's link tree: https://linktr.ee/HolisticResistanceHolistic Resistance website: https://www.holisticresistance.com/Holistic Resistance Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holistic_resistanceGrief to Action fund: https://www.grieftoaction.com/Chronically Under Touched (CUT) project: https://www.cutproject.org/CUT Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cut.project/Rescue (album by Acappella Company): https://store.acappella.org/acappella/rescue/Alillia Johnson's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alillia.sound/and Bandcamp: https://alillia.bandcamp.com/album/fragments-2Fivacious, Aaron’s family group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvh0HKHo5jENuts & Bolts: 2:2, Minor, unison with opportunities to harmonize, zipperJoin the A Breath of Song Mailing list(https://dashboard.mailerlite.com/forms/335811/81227018071442567/share)  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 Gratitude Jar(https://www.abreathofsong.com/gratitude-jar.html) (whoo-hoo!!!!), or by making comments, leaving reviews, suggesting songs or songwriters (including yourself) ..... your participation matters!

    • 1 hr 18 min
    144. I Hear

    144. I Hear

    Song: I HearMusic by: Aaron Johnson​Notes: What I love about Aaron's song is how it is quick to learn, and then can be taken in many directions -- it can stay simple, giving a chance to listen deeply to one's own voice or the voices of surrounding people. It can be explored in many ways -- growing, soft, harmonies, rhythmic intense or free -- and for this recording, I had the privilege of listening to five friends learn it for the first time, and then let themselves take risks and explore. When making a studio recording, anything that didn't ring perfectly would be taken out -- but I've left the exploration in, to encourage you to do some of your own. Your voice from your heart to your soul. Listening to what it's saying. What a beautiful practice.Songwriter Info: Aaron Johnson (he/him) is a facilitator, public speaker, and touch specialist working to identify and interrupt barriers between people. As co-founder of both Holistic Resistance and Grief to Action, Aaron takes the time to hold the stories of black people around homophobia, transphobia, internalized racism, and those that are Chronically UnderTouched. Because oppression is a part of historical and present American culture, the long-term impact of those trauma stories should be acknowledged and held as a map for our collective healing. Aaron Johnson practices and invites various methods of moving through these stories, such as the communal listening ear, sound healing, meditation, and closeness to the earth.​Sharing Info: When sharing in a money-making venture, like a workshop, class, or performance, please contact Aaron for permission and rates.​Song Learning Time Stamps:Start time of teaching: 00:05:09Start time of reprise: 00:13:20Links: Link tree: https://linktr.ee/HolisticResistanceGrief to Action: https://www.grieftoaction.com/The Chronically UnderTouched Project:https://www.cutproject.org/https://bio.site/cut.projectTEDx on Youtube: https://youtu.be/zi_hm0-zrgk
    Nuts & Bolts: 4:4, major, unison with option of adding harmoniesJoin the A Breath of Song Mailing list(https://dashboard.mailerlite.com/forms/335811/81227018071442567/share)  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 Gratitude Jar(https://www.abreathofsong.com/gratitude-jar.html) (whoo-hoo!!!!), or by making comments, leaving reviews, suggesting songs or songwriters (including yourself) ..... your participation matters!

    • 16 min
    143. Love Stays

    143. Love Stays

    Song: Love StaysMusic by: Laszlo Slomovits​Notes: When Lois Zimmerman, at age 96, moved to a care home, her friends threw her a life transition party (brilliant idea, no?!). They asked Gemini, Lois's favorite group, to come and share a transition song -- so Laszlo Slomovits wrote this song of the constancy of love through change. I'm singing through the end of a cold (I did edit out the coughing fit!) -- which reminds me that one of the unique things about this podcast is that it's not at all about me delivering album quality polish to you -- it's about you learning these songs, and taking them into your life -- YOU are the one who lets them into your life, singing them in ways that help navigate whatever you face, sharing them with others as you are moved. And all through the changes, chosen and imposed, welcome and difficult, love stays.Songwriter Info: Laszlo Slomovits is one of the twin brothers in the folk music duo Gemini. Besides his work with music for children, Laszlo has also set to music the poetry of the ancient Sufi mystics, Rumi and Hafiz (five recordings are available on the website) as well as classic and contemporary American poetry. He is also a published writer of both haiku and lyric poetry.​Sharing Info: The song is free to share in oral tradition groups, but please contact Laszlo for recording and/or performing permission.​Song Learning Time Stamps:Start time of teaching: 00:03:44Start time of reprise: 00:12:20Links: Gemini Children's Music: http://geminichildrensmusic.com/​Nuts & Bolts: 4:4, major, 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. (https://dashboard.mailerlite.com/forms/335811/81227018071442567/share)  Exchange energy with A Breath of Song with dollars at the Gratitude Jar, or by making comments, leaving reviews, suggesting songs or songwriters (including yourself) ..... your participation matters! (https://www.abreathofsong.com/gratitude-jar.html) (whoo-hoo!!!!)

    • 15 min
    142. Roadblock

    142. Roadblock

    Song: RoadblockMusic by: Debbie Nargi-Brown​Notes: Debbie Nargi-Brown has written a powerhouse of a song, beloved by anyone who has gotten to sing it with her... it builds the energy to get up again, and again, no matter what the fall. Sometimes I need to temper this with the reminder to myself to be attentive to what I need as I'm getting up -- it can be done slowly, and that's still a getting up worth celebrating. At the same time, the sheer tenacity of this song, combined with the acceptance that life is unpredictable, unknowable, and our job is to stay in the arena -- I love this for all of that! This song has a potent backstory, as Debbie caught it shortly after her life partner had received a very frightening diagnosis, and they began the unpredictable, unknowable path of treatment.Songwriter Info: Debbie Nargi-Brown is a gifted community song leader, an award-winning dance teacher, and a talented songwriter, who resides in the Santa Cruz Mountains in CA. She offers her songs with love, compassion, and the hope of bringing joy and healing to others. Debbie’s lyrics and melodies are sung all over the world. She writes songs for the heart, healing, transformation, love, grief, and all that connects us as human beings. Bringing people together in dance and song is one of her greatest joys in life!​Sharing Info: The song is free to share in oral tradition groups, but please contact Debbie for recording and/or performing permission.​Song Learning Time Stamps:Start time of teaching: 00:03:33Start time of reprise: 00:15:05Links: To listen or purchase her music: https://www.debbienargi-brown.com/albums/You can also sign up for her newsletter through her website to find out about upcoming retreats or follow her on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.nargibrown​There is a great live version of Roadblock on her soundcloud page: https://on.soundcloud.com/gSDc2Debbie's music is also available on all streaming platforms now.Debbie also offers a great opportunity: Private lessons online!She says: Schedule a session with me if you would like help with: writing a song (this could be your very first song), finishing a song you are working on, adding harmonies or parts to one of your songs, strengthening your song leading abilities, teaching harmonies or multiple parts, connecting to your voice and feeling good about your singing, using garageband as a songwriting tool and/or to record your song. You can schedule a single session or we can work together multiple times. Each session will be tailored to what you want to accomplish.Email me if you have any questions or to book a session: dnargibrown@gmail.comNuts & Bolts: 4:4, aeolian, 3-layerJoin the A Breath of Song Mailing list(https://dashboard.mailerlite.com/forms/335811/81227018071442567/share)  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 Gratitude Jar(https://www.abreathofsong.com/gratitude-jar.html) (whoo-hoo!!!!), or by making comments, leaving reviews, suggesting songs or songwriters (including yourself) ..... your participation matters!

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

JeriHelen ,

These songs are little life boats

Whether grief or joy or rage or love, there is a song in this podcast to help. I also love the songwriter conversations. Thank you for this generous podcast Patricia.

Ian Carrick ,

I was so hungry for this!

Patricia is grounding us in a short and sweet podcast that leaves me feeling better, more embodied, more present, more alive, more in my heart than a lot of the other wordy stuff out there. And she’s lifting up some amazing creatives in the process!

Beebalmmusic ,

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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