11 episodes

Have you ever wondered what life might be like if people sang more often? Join hosts Yam & Jessi as they celebrate the living tradition of singing in the everyday world, and ask the question, “Can an ordinary voice sing a true song?”. Part intimate conversation, part singing-telegram, this show chronicles stories of how people use song to better understand the world around them, and navigate being human. Every episode includes an original song that is taught, as well as support for getting more in touch with your own authentic voice. 

Bliss Is Ordinary Magic House Studios

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 80 Ratings

Have you ever wondered what life might be like if people sang more often? Join hosts Yam & Jessi as they celebrate the living tradition of singing in the everyday world, and ask the question, “Can an ordinary voice sing a true song?”. Part intimate conversation, part singing-telegram, this show chronicles stories of how people use song to better understand the world around them, and navigate being human. Every episode includes an original song that is taught, as well as support for getting more in touch with your own authentic voice. 

    Aaron Johnson Invites You to Risk Something

    Aaron Johnson Invites You to Risk Something

    Jessi & Yam welcome their listeners into a conversation with artist and educator Aaron Johnson about the ways intentional closeness can interrupt oppression. They discuss singing as a form of resistance, love as a disrupting force, beatboxing, anti-racist song circles and the transformative qualities of tender touch. Jessi shares a brand new song inspired by Aaron’s words and work. Aaron encourages listeners to take a risk. The podcast lives to see another day.
    If you'd like to learn more about Aaron's offerings or attend one of his many workshops, check out The CUT Project, Holistic Resistance, and Grief To Action. You can also connect to Aaron on Instagram @holistic_resistance.

    The lyrics for today's song teaching are :

    Risk Something
    (by Jessi Rado)

    What is it
    that I feel
    that I have to lose
    being here
    open-hearted with you?

    What is it
    That I feel
    That I have to give
    Being here
    Taking a risk with you?

    If I don't risk something
    Will we see what's possible, ever?
    Let it mean something real 
    To you and I

    If we would risk something
    And do it gently together
    What if Love could grow and fill
    The spaces between us?
    MmMmm

    Give something
    That’s worth something
    To you

    *This show was written by Jessi & Yam,  engineered and produced by Traesti, and edited by Yam. Additional music and sound effects for today's episode were sourced for free or with permission from freesound.org, pixabay.com and premiumbeat.com.

    Special thanks to Full Bloom Sanctuary for making the recording of this episode possible, to all of our listeners and patrons who so enthusiastically bolster this work, and to our top patrons Alyssa B, Amanda B, Jesse F, Dawn M, Helaina P, and Timmo for sharing in reciprocity so freely with us. Your support makes so much possible.

    Join our Patreon community to attend our next online singing circle!


    INSTAGRAM : @blissisordinary
    PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/blissisordinary
    CONTACT : blissisordinary@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Real Love Songs Vol. 1 (Your Love Reminds Me)

    Real Love Songs Vol. 1 (Your Love Reminds Me)

    Jessi & Yam welcome their listeners into an intimate conversation about Real Love, their lasting affinity for voicemails, and the song-centered origins of their 7 year relationship. A young listener submits a song about how good it feels to be alive. Yam talks about how making music and making love are the same thing. Yam & Jessi share a song about being reminded to let go called Your Love Reminds Me. Major crush energy abounds.

    The lyrics for today's song teaching are :

    Your Love Reminds Me
    (by Yambaby)

    Your love
    Reminds me
    To let go of my mind
    and die into my heart

    Your love
    Reminds me
    To let go of my mind
    and die into my heart

    To let go of my mind and die
    I'll have to die a million times
    To let go of my mind and die
    I'll have to die a million times more in this life

    *This show was written by Jessi Rado, Engineered and Produced by Traesti, and edited by Yam. Music interludes for today's episode were provided in part by Shamsi Bluesky and LaLa Robinsong. Additional music and sound effects for today's episode were sourced for free or with permission from freesound.org, pixabay.com and premiumbeat.com.

    Special thanks to all of our listeners and patrons who so enthusiastically bolster this work, and to our top patrons Elizabeth C, Sara M, Amanda B, Jesse F, Dawn M, Helaina P, and Timmo for sharing in reciprocity so freely with us! Your support makes so much possible.
    INSTAGRAM : @blissisordinary
    PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/blissisordinary
    CONTACT : blissisordinary@gmail.com

    • 44 min
    Ahlay and The Wail

    Ahlay and The Wail

    Jessi & Yam share a special song from one one of their youngest listeners, and the two of them have a conversation with community grief tender Alexandra 'Ahlay' Blakely about whales, dreams, ancestors, and her burgeoning communal healing project, 'WAILS : Songs for Grief'. Ahlay shares several songs, including one from her upcoming album entitled  ‘Apprentice’.

    If you'd like to learn more about the WAILS project and other facets of Ahlay's work, you can check out her website, bandcamp, instagram, or YouTube channel.

    Additional live audio clips provided by Siena Tenisci of Pacific Healing Circles.

    Additional music and sound effects for today's episode were sourced for free or with permission from freesound.org, pixabay.com and premiumbeat.com.

    The lyrics for today's song teaching :

    Apprentice

    (Pt. 1) 
    I trust this grief 
    To return me
    Again
    Again
    Again

    (Pt. 2) 
    This work is holy
    Soul cleansing, slowly
    Again
    Again
    Again

    Special thanks to all of our listeners and patrons who so enthusiastically bolster this work, and to our top patrons Amanda B, Jesse F, Dawn M, Helaina P, and Timmo for sharing in reciprocity so freely with us! Your support makes so much possible.
    INSTAGRAM : @blissisordinary
    PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/blissisordinary
    CONTACT : blissisordinary@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Come Sing With Me (in a Rite Aid)

    Come Sing With Me (in a Rite Aid)

    Yam shares a story about catching a song in the bathroom of a Rite Aid. Jessi & Yam wax poetic about forbidden love, undercover artists, odd jobs, and the virtues of spontaneity in the everyday world. Yam teaches Jessi a song inspired by one of their listeners (a poet named M) called Come Sing With Me, and the two of them sing it with the help of their housemates.

    If you'd like to hear bonus recordings of M reciting more of his poetry, consider becoming a member of our growing patreon community (where we share extra goodies and bonus content from the making of each episode). To read more poetry by M (aka M.E. Forbes), check out his buy me a coffee page or his website. 

    The lyrics for today's song teaching :

    Come Sing With Me

    (Pt. 1) 
    Come, come, sing with me
    We'll lift our souls
    We'll lift our voices
    Come, come sing with me
    We'll lift our spirits up
    Together now 

    (Pt. 2) 
    Fill the air with joyful noises
    Until the whole wide world rejoices
    Fill the air with joyful noises
    Unto the whole wide world

    (Pt. 3)
    Sing, sing
    Sing, sing
    Tell me will you sing, sing
    Will you sing with me?
    INSTAGRAM : @blissisordinary
    PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/blissisordinary
    CONTACT : blissisordinary@gmail.com

    • 48 min
    Laughing W/ Laraaji & Arji

    Laughing W/ Laraaji & Arji

    Jessi & Yam share a special message from their listeners, and the two of them have a conversation with legendary ambient/new-age artist Laraaji & his partner Arji Oceananda about the medicinal qualities of laughter, the portable and lightweight aspects of the human voice, why singing in the grocery store might be a good idea, and what it means (and sounds like) to live a higher-vibrational life.  Laraaji covers the Beatles, and Yam shares a song with Jessi inspired by meeting his personal hero called Hello Forever.

    /// If you're interested in attending one of Laraaji & Arji's many laughter playshops or sound healing events, you can find upcoming tour dates on their website. If you'd like to dive into the vast ocean of celestial sound that is Laraaji’s music catalogue, you can check him out on Bandcamp, Spotify, or anywhere else you might stream music. Also, Yam personally recommends watching this tiny desk concert, listening to this meditation and watching this phenomenal music video of Laraaji so that you can only bliss out f’days and days.
    INSTAGRAM : @blissisordinary
    PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/blissisordinary
    CONTACT : blissisordinary@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Yinterview With Yin

    Yinterview With Yin

    Yam & Jessi announce that Bliss Is Ordinary now has a Patreon page, and the two of them have a conversation with their bandmate Yin (a self-described 'vessel of song') about being a good friend to yourself, the self-soothing aspects of vocal exploration, and why everyone should consider losing their minds for a little bit. Yin shares several songs, including one about miracles that happen every day.

    /// If you're interested in exploring your voice with Yin, you can contact her via Instagram. You can also listen to today's featured song, "Everyday Miracles" (sung by Earth Practice), via Bandcamp. 
    INSTAGRAM : @blissisordinary
    PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/blissisordinary
    CONTACT : blissisordinary@gmail.com

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

JaguarMama13 ,

Thank you

Heartfelt, Nourishing, Deep, Authentic

Quiahuitl88 ,

Extraordinary Medicine

Thank you thank you bless you bless you! I’m so grateful for all the goodness your sharing from your peaceful musical hearts

Heartbodysong ,

Authentic bliss

This podcast brings the love in an extraordinarily authentic and vulnerable lens. Grief, singing, and joy are frequent themes. Thank you, Yam and Jessi!

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