Music & Lyrics

OCFdi.saraOccupy/Shall We Rise!

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We are always singing for our freedom, for our connection to the wild things and the mystical places and the moments where only nature can be heard,
and even our thoughts are silent.
Humanity is ever moving closer to our balance, our right relationship,
with eachother and with our natural world.
This song embodies that movement.
This song challenges us to
Rise, Rise, Rise, Rise, Rise! Decolonize!
Rise, Rise, Rise, Rise, Rise!
Occupy our hearts and minds and bodies,
come into our intelligence, our compassion,
our healthy ways and healing habits.



Play this one loud, and sing along!
Shall We Rise!
credits:
drums, claudia paige;
acoustic, and 1934 national steel guitars, roger fritz;
bass, peter temple; guitar, diane

the lyrics:
Give thanks to the fire,
give thanks to the fire,
for keeping the flame alive,
Occupy!

Well we’re living in a world where Occupation is war
But peace is the vibe we’re creating and What we’re living for
So, what is this movement and What shall we occupy?
Well I say, where are our hearts? And I say, where are our minds,
and Where are our bodies, and Are we really in them?
What are our stories and How do we choose to live them?
Occupy!

Some say the commons have been privatized And the banks own it all
Well, this is bigger than it looks And tyranny is bound to fall
So we’re waking up to strategise And some gots the visions in our eyes
So don’t let that old pepper spray Take the goodness all away
We’ll keep our eyes glued to the prize And when the world is watching,
We’ll rise, rise, rise, rise, rise — Good vibrations
We’ll rise, rise, rise, rise, rise — Good relations
We’ll rise, rise, rise, rise, rise — Woooooooo!!
Because we’re rocking and rocking and rocking and . . .
Rockupy!

Babababababaababab
Good morning town, the train’s whistling through
American progress, the world’s watching you
Which way are we gonna go, Further down the profit trap door
Which way are we gonna go, Further down, or shall we rise
Decolonize!!
Shall we rise? Decolonize!!
Value life, give respect, human rights, decolonize!
Value life, give respect, human rights, decolonize!
Shall we rise! Shall we rise! Shall we rise! Shall we rise!

Now we’re taking this healing rhythm to the streets,
Now we’re taking this healing rhythm to the streets,
Occupy!
Shall we rise! Shall we rise! Shall we rise! Shall we rise!
Aho

A track from the band!!
Diane Patterson & Spirit Radio
 Live at the Hope Mountain Barter Faire, June 22, 2014

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SR@Inlakesh

Restore Me

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Produced by Roman Morykit, September 2012

Inspired by spiritual permaculture consciousness! Deep, Transformative permaculture design course at Esalen Institute taught by Benjamin Fahrer, spring 2008. Roots!!


Take It To The Mountain

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To the Mountain came from a dream and seems like a crucial journey for all of us, to our highest selves, in these times. So I’m popping up a rough studio mix of this one just to make it available. This was recorded over the last month at Peter Temple Studio in Mendo, with Peter on bass, Claudia Paige on drums, Abe Dertner on electric guitar, Kirk Handley on Hammond B3.
Enjoy


Drumming the World Awake!

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Last night it rained and rained and rained,
like it hadn’t rained in too long
And we’d prayed and prayed and prayed and prayed
and prayed for rain and
I’d grown afraid, afraid, afraid, afraid,
I’d have to leave this wonderful place
And I’d be gone, gone, gone, like the deep, blue skies
and the star-filled nights
Of just ten years ago, I’m afraid,
I’m afraid of this haze,
In the sky and in the brains of whoever’s in those planes
Someone explain, explain, explain,
So many questions remain.
I’m gonna talk to the Tiki, and the Tiki’s got a drum.


We’re taking it back to the first heartbeat, first consciousness, first woman,
First man, first child
We’re taking it back to the strength emerging
in the first separation of earth and sky,
Breath of life, dark and light, first Being, first Waking
There’s a part of me that’s always
drumming the world awake.
There’s a part of me that ‘s always taking a long,
slow breath of life
There’s a part of me that’s always
singing for the air and sky
There’s a part of me that’s always
praying for steady gentle rain
Praying for steady gentle rain
Crisis of Consciousness!

We’re taking it back, drumming it back, singing it back, talking it back,
Drum talk, Tiki talk (drumming!)
There’s a part of me that’s always drumming the world awake.
There’s a part of me that ‘s always taking a long, slow breath of life
There’s a part of me that’s always singing for the air and sky
There’s a part of me that’s always praying for steady gentle rain
There’s a part of me that’s always learning the ways of aloha,
Walking in step with the aina, walking in step with my brother, sister,
My mother, father, grandmother, grandfather,
Walking in step with my uncles and my aunties, Ohana
Ohana, ohana, ohana, ohana, ohana, ohana, Aumakua, ohana
Let’s go down to the river and pray, let’s go down to the ocean and play,
Let’s go down to the river and play, let’s go down to the ocean and pray
Crisis of Consciousness!

There’s a part of me that’s always drumming the world awake!
There’s a part of me that’s always taking a long, slow breath of life
There’s a part of me that’s always swimming in the Sacred Pools
There’s a part of me that’s always praying for steady gentle rain
Singing back the sandalwood
Praying steady
I’m gonna talk to the Tiki, and the Tiki’s got a drum.


Where Are We
words by Rumi….

 

An invisible bird flies over but casts a quick shadow
What is the body?
That shadow of a shadow of your love
that somehow holds the worlds inside

A man sleeps heavily though
something blazes in him like the sun
like a bright fringe sewn up under the hem
any image is a lie

He turns under the covers
A clear red stone tastes sweet
You kiss a beautiful mouth
and a key turns in the lock of your fear
a spoken sentence sharpens to a fine edge
A mother dove looks for her nest
asking where, ku, where, ku?
Where are we?

Where the lion lies down,
where any man or woman goes to cry
Where the sick go when they hope to get well
Where a wind lifts that helps with the winnowing
and sets the ship sail
Where anyone says only god is real
Where are we?

A bright weaver’s shuttle flashes back and forth
East, West, where are we? Maku. Ma ku.
Like the sun saying where are we
As it weaves with the asking
Where are we?
Where are we?

5 thoughts on “Music & Lyrics

  1. First of all I would like to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.

    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your
    thoughts prior to writing. I have had a difficult time clearing my
    thoughts in getting my ideas out. I do take pleasure in writing but
    it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted simply just trying
    to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints?
    Appreciate it!

    • Hey thanks for the question. You know what, I rarely write a blog, and I don’t sit down and write regularly, though I think it would be wonderfully fruitful to do so. I dont’ sit down to get that blog out till I’m really clear about what’s on my mind and how I wanna say it. I stew it for a few days before I go to write it. Or if I’m travelling I’m full of fresh observations and sometimes can’t wait to get to the keyboard.
      For writing songs or poems, I do have a suggestion. I love to have titles all ready to flesh out. So I have collected titles, also from books on writing, and then I sit 10-30 minutes and just jam on that title or that song seed that has come through previously.

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