How many of you have read the book, CROW and WEASEL by Barry Lopez? Such a wise, wonderful book, beautifully illustrated, and so worth reading. When mainstream narrative would have us believe that we are powerless and pointless, needing to be dictated, stories like this one show the way back to what is true about each one of us: that we each carry and are a unique and much needed medicine for our community and our times. The mythic and imaginative, and the expansive, complex beauty that is the vital force and the natural world is absolutely woven into each one of us.
What stories do you carry? Which stories inspire you most, or inspire you particularly right now? There is medicine in a good tale. Stories nourish our spirit and soul, and we can share this good medicine with others, so that we all grow in courage, strength, wisdom, and imagination.
As Badger says in CROW and WEASEL (and I relate in the video): “Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.”
We are so much more than the barrage of fear would have us believe.
This short video that I made (just over a minute long) features a quote from Badger about the nature of story, and a little musing from me.
Enter the Wildwood and feast your senses in the magic, mischief, and flowering spirit of Beltane by way of the Forest Halls Celtic streaming radio program. Airing today from 12-2pm PST, Show 49 and a re-airing of Show 3 “Green Man and May Queen” will be on demand for the next two weeks. Enjoy greenwood music, folklore, poetry, a tale, flights of fancy, and, as always, harp.
In Show 49 – Find harp in the music of Christina Tourin, Miranda Brown (in the band Jaiya), Alison Kinnaird (in the music of Eilidh MacKenzie). Enjoy bardic poetry with Halo Quin and Kevan Manwaring, a poem by Charles Stanley Causley, and a tale and prose by Jane Valencia
In Show 3: Harp with Anne Roos, Christina Tourin, Shelley Phillips, Debra Knodel and Jane Valencia (Spookytree). Read extensive notes here.
Here is the play list for our first ever program of Forest Halls Celtic, slightly updated for current airing. Episode 1 offers the playful natural magic and beauty of springtime, a ninth century Irish poem, and Jane Valencia’s retelling of the Irish myth, “Airmid’s Herbal Cloak.” Hear harp in the music of Ann Heymann, Mary Macmaster and Patsy Seddon (in Clan Alba), and Shelley Phillips (in Orison).
01:21 Paul Machlis – The Magic Horse
05:01 Bonnie Rideout – The Hen’s March
12:03 Natalie MacMaster – Paddy Le Blanc’s Set
18:15 “Sunshine Through my Window” – Irish, 9th c. poem
20:02 Steve Baughman – Dans Keff Avec
22:28 Cíana – An Dro in Em / Breton March / Bus Stop
27:25 Anúna – Home and the Heartland
31:33 “Airmid’s Herbal Cloak”- storytelling by Jane Valencia
Music: Chris Conway – Airmid’s Herbal Cloak
38:12 Kim Angelis – Frogsong
43:07 Ann Heymann – Hawk of Ballyshannon
45:00 Eve Goodman – Dacw ‘Nghariad
49:20 Clan Alba – Canan Nan Gaidheal
53:36 Orison – The Butterfly