Who Dwells Where ~~ Winter Solstice Musical Theme

Consider this a fully non-linear intuitive selection based solely upon very subjective personal engagement.  Each piece in its own way connects to dwelling in, between and beyond in some fashion. I’ve decided not to elaborate or comment on these in order to leave it open for your ears and eyes.  Much thanks to Simon for lending his poem Turned, Gone On to this Musical Theme posting.

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Winter Solistice ~ Cold Specks

ColdSpecks

Wikipedia:  2013 Female Artist of the Year  SiriusXM Indies Awards[7

Cold Specks is a band led by Al Spx, the pseudonym of a Canadian singer-songwriter based in London, England.[1] Her musical style has been described as doom soul and shows the influence of American deep south gospel with a strong goth streak.[2] She signed with Mute Records at the beginning of 2012.

Online site: http://coldspecks.com/

Lyrics

We fell from a dying tree
We wait for it to leave
I wanna be, I wanna be
Leave ashes for borrowed instruments and borrowed hearts
We will pass them on to every saint and dead lover
I have my God so give me my ghosts

Sons and daughters,
may you kill what my blind heart could not
Sons and daughters,
may you kill what my blind heart could not
Sons and daughters,
may you kill

I saw your grandfather’s death on the news
Remembered when you took me to your room
You put your hand over your chest
Swore that the fire would rage

Whoa I…
I put my hand over my chest, sons and daughters
I put my hand over my chest, sons and daughters
I put my hand over my chest, sons and daughters
Swore that the fire would rage

Yeah, you know better ways to fall
Yeah, you know better ways to fall
You know better ways to fall
You knock me down, knock me down
Put my cold hand over my cold heart
Turn the fire and die whoa
Turn the fire and die whoa
Turn the fire to die

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The Silence Beneath the Bark ~ le silence sous l’ecore

joanna lurie
website : http://joannalurie.com/

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Winter Solstice ~ Taliesin Orchestra

logansaan

The beautiful music of George Winston restructured for orchestra
~ Song ~ Tamarack Pines ~
~ Artist ~ Taliesin Orchestra ~
~ Album ~ Forbidden Forest ~

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Void

Void @ewa

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Inna Zhelannaa  The Night Is My Sister ~ Sjesta Maja Notsj  (Winter In Moscow)

Deba Radovan

Mari Boine, Inna Zhelannaya and Sergey Starostin “Winter in Moscow”

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December 19, 2013 by simonhlilly

TURNED, GONE ON (requiem)

Stillness now, lost blue and empty silence.
After wracked storm, tearing breath,
Tangled rain. The howling
Has ceased, calm, calm.

Where sun reaches, there
Is hope of a little warmth.
But little warmth in shade,
Little warmth when the face
Turns away from light.

Calm void where you have gone,
Spacious, rested, freed from pain of time.
Naked void where you were,
Are, no longer.
The empty fields,
The stiff sloped horizon,
The days ahead unformed, vast.

These winter roads
Will lead to a surprise of spring,
But not soon, not soon.
Not before the world becomes ragged.
It must become ready, choosing, too,
Letting go what is,
Letting uncertainty bloom.
Too tired to breathe
One last slow, drawn out,
Whispered breath.

The void of skies
Fills slowly with new cloud dreams.
The scoured earth will clothe its scars
In new skins of green life.
The hollows will slowly fill,
The woods, they will be bound in birdsong.
It will become gentle, dancing once more.
But not soon,
Not soon.

Simon’s Poetry and Art —>> http://simonhlilly.com/2013/12/19/turned-gone-on-requiem/

http://simonhlilly.com/

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A Fire For You (Winter Solstice) music by John Boswell  ~“I’ll Carry You Through”  ~ 

merhlin

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Solstice

Furyoso

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“Winter Solstice”   ~  Erik Jonghams

 YoungAndSnyder

“Winter Solstice” composed by Erik Jonghmans
Young & Snyder Productions
Recorded in Ostend Nov. 2010 by the Jazz and Wind Ensemble of “The Royal Band of the Belgian Navy”, conducted by Bjorn Verschoore.
SaxSoprano solo: Erik Jonghmans
Flugel solo: Dirk De Meulemeester

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Life of a Dog Musher  Winter Solstice Expedition

Laura Greenman

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Many Links thanks to Bear:

Deborah:    DWELLING BETWEEN       http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/dwelling-between-musical-theme-for-winter-solstice-2013/

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Willow:    TO DWELL BETWEEN — TO PASS BEYOND       http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/new-music-theme-for-the-winter-solstice-to-dwell-between-to-pass-beyond/
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Bear:  TO DWELL BETWEEN     http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/to-dwell-between-music-theme-for-the-winter-solstice-2/

Bear:   I DWELL BETWEEN        http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/i-dwell-between/

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D.S Nelson:

 

“47 white buffalo”

“47 white buffalo”

 

looking for a short cut to Wall

How sane is that?

seeing yellow road gate open

it’s an irrational driving choice

Sage Creek Road under ice

lures with access

Badlands on a still winter day

5, 3, 2, 1 miles an hour

who needs speed when

47 snow whitened buffalo lounging

on, beside, across the frozen road

turn and stare

 

@wojcik

“not me”

it was the ice

not me

it was the river

frozen in mid swirl

not me

the reason

falling shattered

shards glittering with winter sun

not me

breaking hearts

it was the hard water

not me

 

The Incredible Winter Wonderland Coat Project!

from Yi-Ching Lin’s “waking up new” album

Tis the season of snow, wind, rain and cold for those of us without warm sandy beaches under our feet.  Tis the season of shopping too. Many folks use the gift giving holy days to update clothing needs for growing children.  In the Kansas City Metro area there’s a yearly winter clothing drive–“Project Warmth”–where people donate gently used coats at specially designated locations–check it out here –>>> http://www.projectwarmthkc.com/news-events/  .  Well, Cheryl Locke’s third graders do not live in the Kansas City Metro area, they live on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and hence will not be receiving any coats or blankets from “Project Warmth.” Having learned that approximately half of Ms. Locke’s students have no winter coats at all –that’s right these children have no coats to wear for a winter in South Dakota–I figured it’s worth putting out a call for a few coats for them.  So if your child is getting a coat upgrade this winter please consider sharing their outgrown winter wear with a coatless child. There’s no donation button. There’s no middleman. There’s just Cheryl Locke’s address, coat sizes and eight children in need of some winterizing like the little one in Yi-Ching Lin’s photograph. Thank you.

1-boy size 14/16
2-boy size 14/16
3-boy size 14/16
4-boy size 14/16
5-boy size small, one size below 14/16

6-girl size 10/12
7-girl size 10/12
8-girl size 10/12

If you can share a gently used winter coat, please mail it directly to:

Cheryl Locke

P.O. Box 264

Porcupine, SD  57772

Link to Yi-Ching Lin’s “width” http://yichinglin.com/2011/02/03/width/

POST UPDATE:   This particular Coat Crusade is Complete thanks to the Volunteers at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. See the Huzzahs! post for them. But if you’ve got coats which need children,  please see the One Spirit Needs list via the Okini list link here http://nativeprogress.org/index.php/en/ .

namaste

Looking for a few good “stocking caps.” Yeah, those things that warm heads in winter.

Hi folks. What’s your weather doing today? Yes, I really want to know. If you’re inclined please drop a link to your weather conditions in the comments. If you’re living on a nice clean beach near clean water then color me green with envy.  As for mine, it’s thinking about stretching to a chilly 29 degrees C.

While doing this post the temperature at Pine Ridge, South Dakota is 21 degrees, C.  A little nippy to be outdoors without a hat or coat (more about coats coming up).  If you share a stocking cap consider yourself well thanked.

Definition: A close-fitting knitted  cap.

 

Yeah, these things.

One Spirit could use a few of these for the Future Generations Riders.

So, if you care to share a stocking cap, visit One Spirit http://www.nativeprogress.com/index.php/en/

To see other clothing needs check the Okini List  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0ApTAXFy5cfA_dG9sQ2RNMHRXVFE0Tk84VnNFLVRzdmc&single=true&gid=0&output=html

Share soon because the long cold ride to Wounded Knee begins Dec. 23, 2012.

What will this winter bring to Pine Ridge?

Many of you have read and viewed the photographs posted from a 1922 Social Survey done on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.  I’ve repeatedly stated my purpose of informing and educating others about the living conditions on the reservation in 1922.  A variety of images and texts have motivated comments about this ‘history.’  Well this ‘history’ is ongoing, it has not ended as a some of you have noted via the Cheyenne River Youth Project links and posts.  Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart-Jordan has written extensively about the ongoing consequences of historical events upon Lakota people. In “Return to the Sacred Path” she outlined her theory of intergenerational unresolved trauma and continuous grief within Lakota culture. She also created and implemented a culturally centered method to attempt to effectively address these ongoing issues. But the breadth and depth of the issues involved is vast and there are no quick fixes.  

Today I’d like to share the ‘scribblings’  of a friend currently living on Pine Ridge.  What follows is a small portion of shared current experiences from a caring individual with no agenda for any personal gain.

J’s  “Scribblings”:    

Accidents involving loose animals are very common on the rez.  “John” once totaled a car when he hit and killed a horse sending its blood and guts through the broken windshield all over him.  Do I make you feel that you would like to visit me???!!  Why am I so drawn to this place with all its problems?  All I know is that I am and that I will try my hardest to make a difference if and when I can.

Last week I discovered that a Lakota friend was about to have her electricity cut off.  She had just returned to work after months of recovering from an accident in which her leg was run over by a car and fractured badly.  There was no sick leave or unemployment benefit.  She has children at home and also takes care of several young grandchildren, two of whom require electric nebulizers to help them breathe.  I heard her on the phone trying and failing to get help.  Lacreek, the white-owned electricity company, is notorious for its unwillingness to work with people and the tribal groups she contacted said they had no resources to help her.  I already knew that her partner had died in her arms during an asthma attack a few weeks ago.  She had given him CPR, but when she called 911 the ambulance was responding to another emergency and did not make it to her house in time.  Eventually I got up the courage to ask her what was happening and she was willing to talk.  She told me that she owed money, but had had no income while recuperating in order  to pay that and other bills.  I spent the next day contacting non-profits and foundations and managed to get her power bill paid by two groups and a promise to fill her empty propane tank from another.  What is really sad is that I know she is only the tip of an iceberg and there are many others in dire need that have already been cut off.  And winter hasn’t even begun yet!

 Yesterday I found out that my friend’s  propane tank was still empty.  She had called the company (white-owned again) repeatedly and the customer service person insisted that there was no payment on record.  This was entirely untrue as money had been sent electronically.  After a lot of back and forth the president of the non-profit finally got someone on the phone who agreed that the money had been received and said that they would deliver the gas later in the day.  I will have to check today that it actually happened.  Apparently the charity has had this problem with the Lakota Plains Propane Company on several occasions.  What is wrong with everyone here?  There is no choice for utility providers and no-one at the existing ones seems to care at all.

My Lakota friend asked if the charities could also help also her relative.  It turns out that her relative has had no power for seven months.  The children are having to stay with their grandparents as the house is too cold.

Several people have asked me how they can help.  A number of charities purporting to support Native Americans are actually only self-serving and get very bad ratings on the independent watchdog service www.charitynavigator.com.  One of these is National Relief Charities.  It operates under several different entities, most notably American Indian Relief Council and American Indian Education Fund (I think the latter is its correct title).  This organization has fantastic sob-story marketing and sends out massive quantities of worthwhile sounding appeals, but more than 50% of its $20 million plus annual income is spent on fundraising, the executive staff salaries are very high, and only a tiny fraction actually makes it to fund their programs.  It is not right that they and other similar groups attract people who want to help relieve this crippling poverty and then misuse their donations.  The wasted money is desperately needed by those simply trying to survive in conditions that should be totally unacceptable in modern America .

 The two groups that helped my Lakota friend are ONE Spirit (www.nativeprogress.org) and Hearts of the Sacred Spirit (www.heartsofthesacredspirit.org).  Both are 501(c)(3) organizations and donations to them are tax-deductible.  Neither is large – in fact the latter is run by a husband and wife out of their home.  Both are all volunteer groups and no-one gets paid a salary.  Both work only on the Pine Ridge Reservation and have contacts here that inform them of the local needs.  Money goes directly to the needy without red tape or delays.

There is another organization that lists many Lakota-run groups and the reservation schools and runs donation drives for their specific needs.  (www.friendsofpineridgereservation.org.  It does an amazing job of providing school supplies, clothing, books, sewing supplies, etc., etc.

A big organization that is very active on this and other reservations is Running Strong for American Indian Youth, which has a top rating from BBB.  Their spokesman is Billy Mills, a Lakota man who won an Olympic gold medal in long distance running.  I saw him and met a number of the group’s officials at a community garden run by Roots and Shoots a couple of months ago.  They were visiting the reservation to check on the programs that they fund.

Life is uncertain from day to day.  I love the children that I work with and try to give them the attention that they crave.  People (especially teenagers) commit suicide at an alarming rate and desperately need jobs and hope.  Both are in very short supply.  Change must come from within, but those trying to improve the situation (and I have come across a number of them) need help and support (without religious or other outside agendas attached) so that they can implement the good ideas that they have.

Clicking on the photograph will take you to the Eagle Nest Center’s website for more information about Pine Ridge.

For another persepective consider viewing the work of Aaron Huey.

Aaron Huey is a photographer who has worked extensively on Pine Ridge. His work can be viewed at: http://www.aaronhuey.com/#/photo-galleries-1/pine-ridge/PR_web001

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