Joan Forest Mage | Season Songs

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Season Songs

by Joan Forest Mage

Contemporary shamanic sung poetry in praise of Nature; Joan Forest Mage's clear, rich solo a cappella voice connects you to the awesome wonder of Gaia (Mother Earth Goddess).
Genre: New Age: Healing
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1. I Embrace The Tree
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2. Wild Spring
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3. The Springtime Sun
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4. Welcome Home, Persephone
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5. Oh, Green I Am
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6. Fuzzy Leaves
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7. Bird Flashing Your Wing
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8. Blooming Moss
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9. The Lushness of Summer
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10. Summer Sing a Song
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11. Butterflies Dancing
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12. Season of Sun
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13. Ripe Berries
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14. Mid-Summer's Night
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15. Open Field
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16. Canopy of Green Leaves
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17. Oh, You Milkweed
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18. Oh, Autumn Day
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19. Yellow Leaves Threading
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20. The Flowers Are The Seeds Now
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21. Golden Trees
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22. Fall Down On Me
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23. Oh, You Seeds Now
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24. Blow Autumn Wind
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25. In The Autumn
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26. Dissolving
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27. I Never Saw Them Go
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28. Contmplating Barrenness
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29. The Earth in Winter
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30. In The North in the Winter
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31. Crystal Snowflakes
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32. Trees in Frozen Winter
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33. Patches Turning Green
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34. Soon We Come
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Joan Forest Mage has been a shamanic healer and teacher since 1995. She has studied shamanism, energy work and healing ritual with numerous teachers, including the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Joan has over thirty years of professional performing experience as a dancer, singer and performance artist, which she incorporates into her shamanic healing practice. She has an M.A. in Applied Professional Studies from De Paul University of Chicago in the focus area "Creating healing ritual through the arts".

Joan Forest Mage writes of Season Songs:

These songs are part of my shamanic practice of keeping in touch with Nature. They were composed for each season and sometimes each cross-quarter from 1995 - 2001. As a modern shaman living in Chicago, I have made it my business to be intimately acquainted with the life forms that surround me in an urban setting - grass, trees, snow, flowers, rain and more. These are their songs.

Though I live in downtown Chicago, there are still open fields in vacant lots and parks. The wonderful sky soars above, and changing colors, shapes and textures of leaves and flowers abound. Just as I sing of in the songs, I do embrace trees, scoop snow into my mouth, squeeze berries in my hand and drink their juice. All in downtown Chicago! And no passerby has ever asked me what I'm doing - perhaps it just looks natural on me?

Each song is a sung poem. I go out into Nature on or near the day the season changes, my senses alive and waiting for inspiration. A song then channels through me. Each song thus captures a special time, place and occurrence in Nature. For example, "Wild Wind" is about the day there were 69 mile per hour winds off Lake Michigan, and I was literally blown forward by the wind when I leaped into the air! Each song is also about universal themes of life, death and rebirth: the cycle of the seasons.

The songs come from a deep personal place inside me. "The Lushness of Summer" is my pledge to be a vessel for creation and beauty; "Golden Trees" is about my gratitude to the trees for nurturing me after my husband died.

Throughout my life, I have used my voice to soothe, encourage, energize and spiritualize. From teaching aerobics to yoga, from chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to guiding students in improvisational dance to doing chakra clearing for clients, my voice has had the privilege of channeling marvelous spiritual energy and participating in many healing rituals. I invite you to meditate on these songs, and see what they awaken in you.

The songs are performed as they came to me, a cappella; the way I've sung them dozens of times, in Nature, during the season they were written. People who've heard these songs say they suit my voice perfectly. It's because they truly are an expression of my soul. My work in this lifetime is to encourage everyone to find their own voice, as I have found mine.

People have said these songs sound Celtic, Native American, Chinese. I think the sound of the human voice transcends all ethnicities and musical styles. The sounds and rhythms of instruments create distinction among types of music. When we listen to the unadorned human voice, it's amazingly similar across all times and cultures, especially when it sings of the deep roots we share with the more-than-human world.

Originally, the songs were meant to be sung to the trees, sun, grass and other life forms, rather than for a human audience. I began including these songs on my voicemail messages, as an encouragement to all of us to stay in touch with Nature. I change them as the season changes. So many people have commented on how enjoyable the songs are, that I recorded this CD. Enjoy!


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Linda Belan

A change in the energy
The clear, bell voice of this shamanic artist shifted the energy for me. For those who believe that music can heal, this CD has power behind its simplicity. I am a person who sees and feels the energy around me. Sometimes I become used to the chaotic energy of urban life. I'm like someone who's gotten used to having a stuffy nose. Then they take a bite of horseradish. Ahhh, what a relief when everything opens up again. That's what happened when I began listening to this shamanic artist. Interesting, entertaining CD. Powerful experience.

Barrelhouse Bonni

Crystal-clear, simple melodic tributes to nature awaken you to awareness
Joan's clarity as a shamanic teacher is reflected in her music. Each of her brief, a capella melodies is a crystal-clear tribute to one natural aspect of spring, summer, fall and winter. The melodies have a Celtic, yet universal feel. She captures the gentle, melancholy of leaves falling, and uses a staccato, hard-edged tune to portray the barrenness of winter. This might be good music for solo contemplation, or to play at a celebration of one of the seasons.