Check out Hope Sings – a collection of over 55 songs of inspiration, freshly launched just before the winter Solstice 2017 and freely offered by Sarah Pirtle, for you to listen to, download and use:
About hope, Sarah writes that she “wants to offer song medicine to document everyday bravery and help cheer on people who are engaged in mending and strengthening the basic web of life.”
Sarah invites people to download and make their own compilation CD to give to others as holiday gifts.
“If someone is feeling discouraged, isolated, depressed, my wish is that they would find a song that speaks to them and play it when they need it. I want to offer songs that give companionship in hard times. I also want to connect people to stories of courage, social movements and their own love of the earth.”
There’s a wide variety in the focus and intention of the songs. “Seeds of Partnership” honors the archaeological work of Marija Gimbutas. “Use, Me Instead,” relates to the Black Lives Matter movement. “Follow the Voice” has been used by hospice. Each song includes background information and websites for further exploration.
Many of the songs tell stories about agents in the Great Turning, like the “Ballad of Juanita Nelson” or the “Women’s Pentagon Action.” Check out not only the songs but also their accompanying stories and if there is an attached workshop idea because the songs are also great for use in Work That Reconnects workshops. They are organized into five sections for arriving and the four stations of the Work That Reconnects spiral.
Under workshop suggestions for the song “Passing the Power On,” Sarah asks the question, “Who is someone whose strength you would like to call upon?” and then gives instructions for slightly altering the song so that people can specifically name an ancestor, a person alive today, or a person in history that inspires them.
Whether the songs interest you for personal enjoyment, as a gift for a friend, or as a resource for workshops, check out the many beautiful offerings in this collection and enjoy!
Thank you Sarah for offering this gift to the world.