Echo Spirits and Owls

    When we listened to the percussionists playing the ice on Lake Baikal, we were reminded of a time when we had a similar experience in nature.

    We were hiking along the banks of the South Fork of the Trinity river in Northern California and stopped next to a huge rock face to relax a bit end enjoy the beauty of our surroundings. There were some beautiful smooth, white pieces of driftwood washed up by the spring floods which we were admiring.

    Feeling playful, we decided to turn them into rhythm sticks and started to jam. To our astonishment, the canyon walls picked up the sound perfectly, echoing it back to us as though we had just been joined by a whole group of percussionists!

    And who’s to say we hadn’t been!

    The Spirits in Nature take on many different forms and their extraordinary, mysterious natures teach us many things we would never know if we just sit in the house all day or if we only use analysis to figure everything out. They can transport us to ecstasy.

    Here’s a link to a piece created by Kris called, “Meeting Owl.” It’s a musical description of another experience we had of meeting a Spirit in Nature. And in fact, when we went to record the piece, if an owl didn’t arrive giving us the chance to add it’s call to the recording! No kidding!

“What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking. I've never seen anybody really find the answer, but they think they have. So they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.”
— Ken Kesey


February 05, 2013 @11:14 am
Read your blog too fast the first time and didn't follow the link to "Meeting Owl". Last night listened to it...over and over - love it! ... beautiful reminder of wonderful warmth and life amidst the cold dark winter!
February 03, 2013 @06:14 pm
Love your musings, the ice drumming, the Kesey quote! I have to tell you about a new fan of yours - a 1 year old!!! My friend Suzanne's grandson apparently is a quite the bundle of energy. Suzanne told me that over the holidays, the music that seemed to make him feel good and calm down was Salimu Heshimu - he kept asking for it over and over! :)
February 02, 2013 @07:07 pm
Very cool piece of writing, description, and music!

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