Song of the Soul invites you to a soul-level encounter. Music has the ability to proclaim the soul's language beyond what mere words can speak. That's what we seek as we invite our guests to share their Song of the Soul. You will hear the music that has charted the steps of their spiritual journey, that has provided a touchstone in the soul's dark night, and sung the hearts awe and joy when come to the Light. As you listen to Song of the Soul, you are both witness and companion to our guest's spiritual path and sacred testimony.
Song of the Soul guests provide about 25 minutes of the music that speaks of their spiritual path, beliefs or journey, and Mark Helpsmeet explores with them the relevance and meaning of this music to their experience. Some guests are musicians, perhaps sharing their own music, but most guests are simply sharing music they've been impacted by, written and performed by others.
Music Before COVID - Fall 2019 SOS
A sampler of the fine Song of the Soul guests in the fall of 2019, before COVID-19 quarantines. With guests east, west, and from the Heartland, we share glimpses of our visits with Phil Hoose, Susan Urban (of February Sky), Joel Landy, Will Fudeman, Carrie Newcomer, and Justin Jay Arnold. There's humor & heart-wrenching, politics & passions, and great music.Featured Music:Allenwood Jail (the Gentleman’s Jail) - by Phil Hoose, custom recording for this broadcast, from: Squishing Ants & Missing Miller Time (9/7/19)Inner Voice Shouting - by February Sky, on Time-Honored Pathways, from: Live Fully, Love Wastefully, Sing Passionately (9/14/19)Brave Enough for Love - Joel Landy, on Mixed Messages, from: Singing Freedom in NYC (9/28/19)My Own Blood - by Will Fudeman, on Only One Sky, from: The Green Trees of Ithaca (10/12/19)Impossible - by Carrie Newcomer, on The Point of Arrival, from: Love Beyond Knowing (10/19/19)Guitar or the Gun - by Justin Jay Arnold, recorded live for Song of the Soul, from: Guitar Or the Gun (10/26/19)
The Woman In Me - Susan Marie Gallion
Susan Marie Gallion's song, The Woman In Me has won many a heart, and was even nominated for a Grammy Award. Though Susan wrote it, most folks got to know it through the voice of Crystal Gayle. It's only one of the moving & captivating songs that Susan has done over the decades, from her first band, The Singing Prophets, through her time as part of Susan and Richard Thomas, and since then simply as Susan Marie Gallion. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, she now calls Florida home. You can also find her on Facebook as OceanBirdMusic, and her music is on her Reverbnation page, on Soundcloud, or via Susan's YouTube channel.Past/current religious/spiritual influences:Buddhism, Catholic, Episcopalian, MethodistAll featured music is written and performed by Susan Marie Gallion, and is on Susan's recording, Saltwater, Light and Magnetism, unless otherwise noted:The Woman In MeChild of ThunderDream Like a Baby DreamsThis Isn't MeLovers Holding HandsOcean Bird - performed by and can be bought as part of Susan and Richard Thomas with Dana Walden recording, or with free download on her Reverbnation page,The Sound of Your Laughter - not released, available only on Susan's website (and now on her Reverbnation page with all of the songs from this interview) or learn it from her YouTube video.
Flute & Longing with Lisa Wildman
Regular Song of the Soul listeners know how much I love singer-songwriter/folk & music, and it was some of that sort of music that first attracted me to Lisa Wildman, but that only scratches the surface of the music that Lisa makes. As you'll hear today, classical music played exquisitely on her flute is deep in her bones, and we won't even be hearing from the country, zydeco, and opera music she does. Besides playing and singing with orchestras, her collaborations include performing with the folk music-oriented Group W, and the children's music-oriented with Peanut Butter Jellyfish. She was on Song of the Soul in 2010.All music written as attributed below, performed by Lisa Wildman, sometimes with friends:My Heart Will Go On - written by James Horner & Will Jennings, watch Lisa Wildman's home performanceBourrée Anglaise - written by JS Bach, watch Lisa's videoSarabande - written by JS Bach, watch Lisa's videoAllegro in C - written by JS Bach, watch Lisa's solo home performanceSyrinx - written by Claude Debussy, Lisa Wildman home performanceDanny Boy - lyrics written by English songwriter Frederic Weatherly, traditional tune Londonderry Air, from solo Lisa Wildman home performanceWayfarin' Stranger - traditional, live perfomance with Larry Toto 2/12/2011The Tides of our Lives - written by Lisa Wildman, performed by Group WI Wonder As I Wander - traditional, watch Christmas Eve 2020 Zoom Performance by Lisa WildmanGo Tell It On The Mountain - traditional, watch Christmas Eve 2020 Zoom Performance by Lisa Wildman
76 Years On Stage - Josh White Jr.
Josh White Jr on Facebook has a 5-star musical pedigree, having performed competently at the age of 4, continuing to delight audiences across the entire country for another 76 years (so far). The musical genes of his father, Josh White Sr, flowed powerfully through all the family, with Josh White Jr developing a devoted following with decades of touring and 16 recordings. Josh spent several years in acting before settling into his lifelong musical career, combining a powerful stage presence with consumate guitar & vocal skills. It's more-or-less what you'd expect of the godson of FDR & Eleanor Roosevelt.Past/current religious/spiritual influences:Methodist, Unity ChurchesAll music written and performed as attributed below:He's So Wonderful - written & performed by Sam CookeThe Green Grass Growing All Around - performed by Josh White & Sam GaryWherefores and Whys - written by Gordon Lightfoot, performed by Josh White Jr on Live At The Raven GalleryEnglish Is Crazy - written by Josh White Jr, performed by Pete SeegerSometime - performed by Josh White, Brownie McGhee, & Sonny TerryWords From Unity - words by H. Emilie Cady, music & performance by Josh White JrSay A Prayer For A Stranger - written & performed by Josh White Jr
Mile-High Rock & Folking Roll
Born in the 80s, Jeffrey Dallet draws deep energy & inspiration from the folk music of earlier generations, and faithfully harnesses the folk movement, embellishing, transmuting, & evolving it in symbiosis with the genres of the past 50 years, all from the heights of Denver, Colorado. Jeffrey channels genuine passion & compassion through his songs, viewing the light & the dark with equal honesty.All music written and performed by Jeffrey Dallet & the Dallet Band:Dear Dayton Ohio - from Abnormal OdditiesGlitter and Gore - from Electric JudasSong to Bobby - from Electric JudasMy Old Record Store - from Abnormal OdditiesSomeday - from Electric JudasOld Ball Blues - from Abnormal Oddities
Joyann Parker was raised singing in church, became a rocker along the way, has done her share of country music, but came home to her consuming passion for the blues only 4 or 5 years ago, and the world is so much richer for it. She represented Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Competition in Memphis and was nominated in the Costello Rising Star category of the 2018 Blues Blast Magazine awards. Also follow her on Facebook.Past/current religious/spiritual influences:Baptist, Swedish Baptist All music written and performed by Joyann Parker:EnvyHomeMemphisJigsaw HeartHard To Love
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This podcast is so amazing. Each guest shares their journey of seeking spirituality. I have enjoyed every podcast that I have listened too. They touch my soul. God Bless!