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Song Of The Soul
Song of the Soul invites you to a soul-level encounter. Music has the ability to proclaim the soul's language beyond what mere words can speak. That's what we seek as we invite our guests to share their Song of the Soul. You will hear the music that has charted the steps of their spiritual journey, that has provided a touchstone in the soul's dark night, and sung the hearts awe and joy when come to the Light. As you listen to Song of the Soul, you are both witness and companion to our guest's spiritual path and sacred testimony.

Song of the Soul guests provide about 25 minutes of the music that speaks of their spiritual path, beliefs or journey, and Mark Helpsmeet explores with them the relevance and meaning of this music to their experience. Some guests are musicians, perhaps sharing their own music, but most guests are simply sharing music they've been impacted by, written and performed by others.

The theme song for this program is by Cris Williamson and is called Song of the Soul. Please check out the wealth of great music Cris has gifted to the world.
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9/19/2020  

Fishin' with John Prine  
A tribute to John Prine, with 6 guests, some singing songs by John, others singing songs about and inspired by John, all paying tribute to a great, truly unique, country-folk singer who died this past April. Carsie Blanton, Laura Farley, and Johnsmith will be singing originals, while Sammie Purcell of Foxes and Fossils, Tom Pirozolli, and Joe Jencks will be covering John Prine songs. Great originals & great renditions, seeded by John Prine.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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9/12/2020  

Camping with Dads & Peter Alsop  
Peter Alsop's latest release is Camping With Dads, and it includes all the fun & profundity you expect from Peter, providing learning about all kinds of stuff, from racism to listening to violence to gorillas. Peter goes everywhere, fearlessly and heartfully, in all of his music. Today he unveils a new song, Love And Questions, dealing with dementia, sung with Ellen Geer. Connect with Peter via the Peter Alsop - Songs to Chew podcast, camp at his retreat center, Otter Space (post-COVID), or just reach out via Peter's full-service website.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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9/5/2020  

The Light Has Won

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Catholic, Earth-Based Spirituality, Meditation
 
Shawn Gallaway is a minstrel of health, wholeness, hope, & love, a message and mission that opened its stride to cover more of the Earth with his anthem, I Choose Love. His music is soul-deep, a power conveyed clearly through his crystal vocals and heart-opening lyrics. Shawn is a long-time resident of Nashville emanating his Transformational Music across the country and world. He was a top-ten finalist in the 2017 Songs For Social Change contest featured by RAWA.net.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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8/29/2020  

Queer Sacred Music in the Time of COVID-19

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Buddhism, Jewish, Quaker, UCC - United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist
 
Amanda Udis-Kessler is a music-creation fountain whose recent project is QueerSacredMusic.com, 60-plus songs beginning with sacred music relative to LGBTQ concerns, but enriched by the spiritual experiences relative to the arrival of COVID-19 and the nationwide uprising against racism and other injustices. Amanda's theology is open, accepting, and rooted in a universal love, and is enriched by the training and talents of her Ph.D. in Sociology, her time in seminary, and her wide and deep lyrical and musical creativity. Raised as a secular Jew, her never-ending spiritual pilgrimmage has included sojourns and enrichment with the UU, Quakers, UCC, Buddhism, Bahá'í, and much more.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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8/22/2020  

Going Forward With Songs of Social Change

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Eastern, Meditation
 
A look at some of the finalists of the Songs for Social Change contest in 2019, artists with a variety of styles & themes, all about change for the better. With reggae, electronica, rock, & folk, 6 different artists share their various soulful songs, working for a better world, with first prize going to Mary Lou Fulton for Not Going Back. Contest judge Ed Glassman walks us through the organization and the songs. Songs can be submitted for the coming year before December 1st, either via SonicBids.com, or on the RAWA.com website.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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