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Original Songs for Community Singing and Daily Ritual

  • Listen, learn, sing, teach, and share any song that is useful or joyful for you.

  • Along the way, let me know how the song is traveling, or ask me about anything that's not clear.

  • More songs will continue to be added to this page-- if you don't see a song of mine you are looking for, please reach out. You will inspire me to prioritize it!

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Songs: Headliner


Song Witch by Laura Sandage
Hum Yum
How Can I Know?
Songs for Community Singing & Daily Ritual
Blessings and Burdens
Laura Sandage

Blessings and Burdens

This song is designed to companion folks working on ancestral lineage healing. I am a practitioner in this process, trained in the method developed by Daniel Foor of Ancestral Medicine. His teaching has been a gift to my life. The part of the song that keeps sticking in my mind is "so many gifts." I feel more and more aware of the gifts making up my world and life. In this video, you can see gifts from: •Michael G. Smith, who led the project of building the Earth Chapel •The friends who helped build the Chapel •The Earth, Stones, and Trees whose bodies make up the Chapel •Shovava, who made the owl scarf •Jorge Lewis and the lands and beings of the Snuneymuxw Nation who made the drum •My Father who gave me the meditation cushion years ago •Jamie Knapp, who gave me the blue bottle that the light shines through •The Ancestors who inspired all this (especially my Father's Mother's people who chose the scarf and who are so grounded in the Earth) •The Light that shines through Lyrics: Trusted powers, build me a circle Exquisitely safe and strong But for one single thread of my people That I might heal in song I am healing burdens I am blessed with gifts Heal up the burdens Bring down the blessings (bring 'em on down) Feel free to adapt the words to fit your prayer and ritual of the moment. I sometimes sing things like: "Where the pure, woven voice of my people Can move and speak in song" or "Where the fine, woven strands of my people Can dance and sing along" • • @earthchapel
FOR ASPIRING ALLIES 2: May Black Lives Live
Laura Sandage

FOR ASPIRING ALLIES 2: May Black Lives Live

FOR ASPIRING ALLIES Sing, Pray, Do this song-ritual until any fear or shame burns away, and it sings true. Words and music by Laura Sandage. Recorded in the Earth Chapel. / / @earthchapel LYRICS: I speak up for Black lives I stand up for Black lives I step out for Black lives And follow on the road to justice May Black Lives Live Oh, my People Time to right the wrongs Repair, repay Sing new songs All honor to your People High praises to you Deep thanks May Black Lives Live Featuring: Leontyne Price, opera singer, recital singer Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer, scholar, composer, activist Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, activist, rescuer/guide, suffragist, scout, spy Michelle Alexander, author, lawyer, prison reform advocate, professor George Washington Carver, scientist, inventor, agriculturist Neil deGrasse Tyson, planetary scientist, astrophysicist, cosmologist Sojourner Truth, suffragist, women's rights activist, speaker, recruiter Shirley Chisholm, politician, congresswoman, educator, author Angela Davis, anti-racist activist, professor, author, philosopher Patrisse Cullors, artist, anti-racist and queer activist, speaker, educator Langston Hughes, poet, playwright, novelist, activist, journalist Alice Walker, poet, novelist, short story author, activist Alvin Ailey, dancer, choreographer, director, activist Iris Rosa, dancer, choreographer, professor, director Jessie Redmon Fauset, editor, poet, essayist, educator, novelist Gwendolyn Brooks, poet, Pulitzer Prize winner, teacher, Poet Laureate Billie Holiday, jazz singer, improviser, recording artist Lizzo, singer, rapper, songwriter, flutist, actor, voice performer Eugene Jacques Bullard, international military pilot, decorated war hero Mae Jemison, doctor, engineer, astronaut, author, actor, aid worker Zora Neale Hurston, novelist, anthropologist, folklorist, filmmaker Toni Morrison, novelist, Nobel Prize winner, editor, professor, essayist Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, writer, orator, statesman, reformer Ta-Nehisi Coates, author, journalist, novelist, comics writer Moses Hogan, composer, arranger, choral conductor, pianist Emile Hassan Dyer, drummer, dancer, singer, improviser, choral director Madam C. J. Walker, entrepreneur, millionaire, philanthropist, activist Oprah Winfrey, actor, TV host & producer, philanthropist, media executive James Baldwin, novelist, essayist, poet, playwright, activist Zadie Smith, novelist, professor, short story writer, essayist Portia Maultsby, ethnomusicologist, professor, author, musician, archivist Porsha Beed, intimate activist, mentor, musician, earth builder John McCluskey, Jr., novelist, professor, short story writer, editor James E. Mumford, choral director, professor, composer, vocal coach

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