Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Building Personal Strength: The Unconscious Magic of Music

Building Personal Strength: The Unconscious Magic of Music

You think you're singing....Part I

You think you're singing---there's a melody, the words, some sort of pattern----However you look at it or think about it, that's singing. There you are, tapping into one of the very things that makes you human.

Children do this so naturally. I think even if they've never heard another soul singing, children will sing. One parent told me recently that her child is singing in sentences before she's actually talking.

And when you sing with your child, you're doing so much more than simply sustaining notes and sticking in words. You're communicating in vital, empowering, meaningful ways.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hoopa and the Hupa culture and language

Tomorrow, Saturday May 8th, I play at the Hoopa Public library in Hoopa, CA. I'll be doing a program of songs for families, and I want very much to include a few words in the Hupa language.

Googling this subject brings up some fascinating information, including the sweetest collection of songs in Hupa by Alice Pratt, recorded and posted on a Humboldt University site. Wikepedia gives some links and background info.

Hupa...of Na-Dene stock is a language in which nearly all of the nouns are derived from verbs. Now, for us language nerds, such details are so interesting. And for this native Californian, the study of a new language is always rich with opportunities to expand our world view!

From Danny Ammon, who teaches Hupa at Hoopa High School, this is thank you in Hupa: ts'ehdiya When I find out the correct pronunciation, I'll provide that in a future blog!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Merry Month of May!

I played at an Arts Alive event last night, and it was inspiring to be a part of community singing at its best. All ages were drawn into the music, from familiar medleys to fun echo songs. Little toddlers to elegant seniors found themselves responding to the magic of music shared. Pure joy. Halleluiah.

Big thanks to all those who came out to support this event, and to the merchants and sponsors who provide venues for the artists and keep the magic flowing!