This simple cosmic harp piece goes on a journey with a flower as it grows and blossoms. It’s in E harmonic minor and has quite a forlorn, emotional tone to it, as if the harp is already saying goodbye to this little flower, knowing what will come. We watch it grow stronger as the elements test it. We see it bask in the sun with the birds. It has a fleeting moment to shine. And then, it is gone.
The melody suits the autumnal vibes now, where everything is turning to rest and hibernation. I love this time of year. I think I was a bear in a previous life.
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Hey everyone, it’s time for a spooky soundtrack to celebrate Halloween and Samhain. This is a moodier, atmospheric and chilled out harp journey taking on a dungeon synth feel. It’s ethereal too and has an eerie suspense running through it.
There are plenty of cats to meet. You’ll hear all kinds of meows and purrs. The purrs in particular became quite hypnotic for me. There are also beautiful droplets of water from inside the cavern, sampled from all over the world. That makes it super magical for me. It’s an immersive experience and well worth a spooky listen.
It’s funny because one of the cats sampled (the one with the foghorn voice) sounds exactly like the darling cat from my childhood, Amy. She was my good pal. Now she’s come back to see me yay! It’s been a surreal and nostalgic process, composing with her meowing in the background.
This is half the journey. You can find the whole thing here on Bandcamp.
Have a lovely evening if you’re participating in any naughtiness.
Thought I’d release a 12 min ocean soundscape in a new harp style I’m exploring. There’s so much gorgeous resonant base and many bright, uplifting notes along with lots of ethereal whale song weaving in and out of the slow, serene melody. It’s full of peace.
If you’d like to hear the full hour, I’ve released it on YouTube. It’s called Cosmic Ocean.
Stunning image by Emma Li.
Celebrating the wetter weather with a watery cosmic harp song from my album. This is La Navigatrice II. Sailing her way across the emotional oceans of her soul. Reaching the light and shore on the other side. It’s calming, soothing and hypnotic. There are even ethereal seagulls.
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Hey everyone. Happy Friday! I’m pleased to introduce one of the pieces from my new album La Navigatrice. It’s called Unfurling and is about finding ourselves and shaking off the stuck energy that isn’t serving us. To find our magical wings. There are murky, unsettling depths and rhythmical, joyful heights. I explore many melodies and textures along the way. There are deep bass notes, atmospheric pauses and lots of elation. Enjoy.
This uplifting cosmic harp journey is full of high vibrations. I imagine a sweet spirit guiding me through my life with playfulness and love. They dance next to me, helping me, protecting me, encouraging me to rise up into the light like a beautiful flower. Helping me see my sunshine within. This piece is in G Minor and while the minor keys can have a forlorn tone to them, I love this key, the rhythms, and the energy that’s been created. It feels strong, magical, and full of elation.
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I’ve been thinking how lucky many of us are to have beautiful, relaxing summers. Doing what we want, in the warmth of the sun with sweet scented flowers dancing on the breeze. Feeling free. I want to keep feeling grateful for the simple pleasures in life that some others don’t have. While I played today, I imagined us all dancing in flower meadows with smiles on our faces. All of us, together, happy. Let’s enjoy life’s beauties and nourishing times. Feeling the love and sending love out into the world.
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This is a bright, ethereal cosmic harp journey where I meditated on the feeling of weightlessness and flying as I played. There are some wonderfully flowing rhythms and uplifting notes. It makes me swirl serenely every time I hear it now, just like a dandelion seed in the breeze. I’m exploring F# Dorian and E Major in this piece. I like its mystical, exhilarating feel.
This is an instrumental version of a sweet little song called Cookie Cat I wrote last year. It has a soft, gentle melody with twinkly, sparkly bits running through. It conjures up images and feelings of times past with dear beloved furry friends and bittersweet, final days.
This cosmic harp journey is in the Romanian or Ukranian Scale. It suits the current weather here in Scotland where it’s hot hot hot!! It’s a mode of the harmonic minor - the fourth mode - and is full of mystery and magic with lots of exotic sounds running through it. It’s energetic in places - I get totally carried away in parts. It makes me happy to create exciting harmonies and melodies. I love to explore the wonder and power of my little harp.
This beautiful song flows with earth and air energy. Its ethereal overtones make it magical and uplifting. The hypnotic melody comes back again and again to ground you. It’s an extended instrumental version of my song In the Deep of the Forest which has profound words and is full of earthy love. I wanted to celebrate its lovely melody, so created this longer piece. I’ve added in some woodland forest sounds too, like beautiful songbirds, which float in and out of the music. I really love it.
This piece is contemplative. So much happens in our lives and some of it is really hard. When I think about the earth, steadily turning day by day, I find strength to keep moving forward, step by step. Through the hardships and struggles. Through the crazy emotions. Until I reach the beautiful sunrise, which warms my soul. I like taking solace in the rhythm of the earth. This piece in C Minor follows that steady rhythm. It’s a little forlorn but there are still moments of high sparkle.
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I’ve really been swirling around to my latest musical journey. It has lots of beautiful melodies running through it and an exotic, mysterious atmosphere. It’s in the mode of G Phrygian Dominant and has a warm, passionate desert-like feel. The name Sahara Dancing Free comes from a girl I once met and that was her name. I loved it so that now, fifteen years after meeting her, I’ve named a piece after her. Maybe she’ll hear it one day : ) I’d love to stand on top of a giant sand dune.
Edit* G Phrygian Dominant is actually the 5th mode of C harmonic minor. Learn more about this mode here
Today’s improv has a fruity, vibrant feel. I play in C Minor harmonic and added in a little tropical soundscape. The rhythm is quite marzurka-like and that style originated in Poland so it’s a piece of many places. I went into a bit of a lucid state listening to it earlier then came back to reality as the pace and volume picked up again : ) Enjoy.
Oh my goodness, I love this piece sooo much. It’s about The Spring Queen. She’s here to wake everyone up! All the spirits of the forest, the pixies, fae folk and elementals. They’re all fast asleep from winter time and she’s here to fill everyone with joy and wonder and warmth for her season. She’s bold and bright, radiant and beautiful. Her melody is vast, reaching out over the lands, echoing all around. And everything responds to her song. They wake up and shine out their colours and vibrations for everyone to enjoy. There’s laughter and giggles and a few big wake up yawns. Nature stirs as the Spring Queen sings.
All is full of love.
It’s been a weird, spacey kind of day. Toothache woke me up at 3:30am and the day has spiralled in all kinds of weird directions since then, but I’m glad I caught the early morn because I was able to get the most beautiful dawn chorus recording from out my window. I’ve said it before - I love the beautiful resonance that comes from birdsong echoing off the sandstone tenements. It’s really special.
A blackbird was the star of the show this morning with a chorus of dynamic seagulls intertwined. The gulls use the rooftops all spring and summer to nest and raise their young so this is something I’ve gotten used to over time. I love their chatter. Sometimes they sound like cats, other times like babies and they’ve always got something dramatic and interesting to say.
This exploration is in A Dorian. It’s dreamy and soothing.
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I decided to record a practise session today. I feel a bit like a sculptor, chiseling away at marble in order to find the art, the object, the person, the melody. There are chords and experiments as I pass over the strings, things that feel familiar and then things that sound weird. There are completely unknown things and unusual territories (when clashing notes come out). Then all of a sudden I get inspired, I know what’s waiting for me and I go in search of it chasing it down like a butterfly in the breeze. There’s a section starting around 4 minutes that really floated my boat, I stay there a while basically making love to the melody ha! and trying different combinations of notes. So good! So dreamy. With the added golden reverb I can hear a chorus of angels accompanying me. How divine. How lucky am I? This practise is in E minor. I do like the minor keys, they’re so dramatic. Happy Saturday!
Welcome to The Night Circus, a place of enchantment and dreamy realities. I read this book by Erin Morgenstern a few years ago and this new piece feels like it belongs in the book. There’s magic and mystery in the layers, also playfulness and chaos. I feel I’ve pushed the boat out further creatively this time. There are moods and beautiful phrases coming out of nowhere. The pace shifts around. There’s an exotic, mysterious feel which can be uplifting yet mournful. When I make these podcasts, I just start with a few chords and then let the song take me where it wants to go. I don’t know what’s going to happen. With this one, I felt like I was flying across the strings wanting to go faster and faster, chasing the melodies, which would leap out and dance all around. I felt like I was falling but also catching someone as they fell. This piece is full of atmosphere, sometimes dark, often elated, I love its enchanting, music box sound.
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This is an instrumental version of the last song I released called Uma Viagem. It felt good to explore chords and see what sounds came out. It’s definitely got an exotic feel in places and a vast amount of dreamy reverb dancing around of course. I’m on quite a journey myself at the moment (aren’t we all?) with lots of realisations and decisions being made meaning that psychological burdens are being lifted. I feel so light. Hooray! Happy Spring Equinox! Let’s welcome back the light. Long may freedom continue x
A soft, gentle song sung by a fire with nature as a soundscape. This song’s melody lulls me as I sing. It calms me and gives me peace. The sounds of the crackling fire connect me deeply to somewhere safe. Here’s the video I made for it. I’m working on an extended instrumental version right now too.
E lá vou eu
Pra mais uma viagem
Afirmando a imagem
Do meu Cristo Jesus
Meu Deus me ajude
Para cumprir a risco
Eu estou de viagem
Com meu Jesus Cristo
Meu Rei São João
Mestre dos meus estudos
Aprender vou com tudo
A final eu existo
Odemir Raulino da Silva
Quadro Azul #19
Here’s an epic song for you. It was already fast and strenuous to sing and then I went and made it sound like it was in a cathedral too. It’s on the faster side of my song repetoires and I love singing it for its power and clarity. I made a video for it also, which you can watch here.
Veio da floresta
Como um Beija-Flor
Pousou na beira-mar
E explandiu o seu amor
Mostrando para todos
O caminho do Senhor
Ajuntando os seus filhos
Na estrada do amor
Esta força é o Daime
E o Daime é luz
Ele é o mensageiro
Do caminho de Jesus
Que deu por nós a vida
E morreu por nós na cruz
Nossa Santa Estrela Guia
Ele é quem nos conduz
A esta Força eu entrego
O meu coração
Guiai bem os meus passos
Neste mundo de ilusão
Estar no caminho reto
Aprendendo a união
Sou filho desta terra
Meu Padrinho é São João
I love the energy of this song. It’s hypnotic to sing and I’m all into being protected by angels so it makes me sing even more passionately : ) I’ve made a video for it here with lots of colour and vibrancy.
O anjo de Deus nos protege
Com seu santo manto azul
De leste a oeste, de norte a sul
Viva a Estrela do azul
Que faz brilhar as Estrelas do Céu
Do arcanjo Rafael
Este globo gira perfeito
Com diversas amostragens de cor
É Deus em tudo, é o fruto, é a flor
Vida do meu Criador
Que faz brotar com todo vigor
Vida do Rei do amor
This beautiful song is about The Queen of the Sea ~ Mamãe Yemanjá. I’m sure I was a mermaid in a past life as I’m much better at gliding through the sea than walking on land these days so I connect in a knowing way with this sacred song. I remember hearing it in ceremonies years ago and thought it had an oriental feel. I never seemed to have the words to sing along with at the time but now I do hooray! I think it goes very well with the dreamy harp melodies. There are a couple of nice surprises to listen out for too.
Here are the lyrics and translation. Please relax and enjoy.
Luar se fez um raio prateado
Iluminando o céu e as espumas do Mar
Lindo clarão à beira-mar
Vejo Mamãe Iemanjá
Lá vem, lá vem junto com suas sereias
Nos abençoar, Rainha Iemanjá
Dona das águas tu és Mãe
Oh! Janaina Odoiá
Iluminai minhas profundas águas
Para eu decifrar mistérios do meu mar
Nesse meu mar de emoções
Rainha vem me iluminar
Iemanjá princípio gerador
Amor fundamental tão puro e maternal
Iemanjá vem confortar
Oh! Janaina Odoiá
The moonlight became a silver ray
Illuminating the sky and the sea foam
A gorgeous gleam on the sea shore
I see Mother Yemanjá
Here she comes, here she comes along with her mermaids
To bless us, Queen Yemanjá
Lady of the waters, you are Mother
Oh! Janaina Odoiá *a traditional greeting to Yemanjá
Illuminate the depths of my water
So that I may decipher the mysteries of my sea
In this my sea of emotions
The Queen comes to illuminate me
Yemanjá, the creative principle
Fundamental love so pure and maternal
Yemanjá comes to comfort
Oh! Janaina Odoiá
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I really enjoyed making this piece. It’s got a wintry feel. I’ve had the melody in my head for a long while, since 2012 in-fact when I originally wrote the song. I love singing it, especially in the colder months. It feels super magical and mysterious. The melody is hypnotic and the whole mood of it is like a music-box. I’m transported to a far off land where nothing is quite as it seems. The majesty of the snow sounds other worldly in D harmonic minor and there’s an aura of things being unresolved until the warmth of the sun comes through with strength and hope on the note of G.
There are nine layers of sound in this piece. That’s so many for my sweet, ten year old Mac Book Air to handle. Poor thing does its best and I’m grateful for all its work, but with the hope of making an album firmly in my mind, I need to replace it. That’s why the arts grant I’m applying for is so important. It will give me the chance to create superb sound, without restrictions. Wow. Creating a whole album of hypnotic, magical music will be a truly exhilarating feeling. It feels like my destiny : ) Wish me luck.
Snowy White Night
Silver flakes falling down
Down to the earth
From the heavens
In all sisters and brothers
Fire is flying
Flying through us
Warming our hearts
And hands with love
Breeze in the trees
Whisper whispering angels
Caressing our eyes
Our tears, our smiles
Hearts wide open
Look up to the sky
Moon and stars
Singing, singing together
Such radiant vibrations
With songs of love
Night has been broken
By dawn’s warming rays
The rays from the sun
From the golden, golden light
Stream into our days
Stream into our lives
When I hear this song I think of kites and bubbles : ) I like the moods it goes through in the space of five mins. The tempo changes, it’s loud then soft, it ebbs, it flows, it soars in places and swirls up, up, up. I feel like I’m flying in the sky listening to this. It’s in E minor today with a simple chord progression which sounds like bubbles making their way to the surface to pop.
I enjoyed the squally weather from Storm Bella last night on my walk around the streets of Glasgow with the rain drenching me and the wind whipping me up. I felt alive in the elements with all cobwebs blown away. I came back and improvised this piece and while I know it doesn’t sound particularly squally, I think there’s a lot of breeziness going on. As a child I loved watching leaves get caught up in swirling wind patterns. They would dance in the breeze and I was fascinated. This piece definitely has some swirliness going on as the volume and tempo ebbs and flows. I’ve been experimenting with B Dorian mode and that’s where this piece starts but it seems to end up in F# minor. They’re so similar but also they’re not ha! The joys of understanding music theory hey? Enjoy.
Oooo I’ve just had a final listen to this Mermaid song and I totally lost my sense of space sitting in my chair and felt like I was being taken by the sea somewhere magical. It gave me such a gentle peace.
When I was little, one of my favourite films was Supergirl. She was my idol (of course). I remember her home was a sparkling, underwater kingdom. It felt safe, calm and pure. When I created this song I started to see that place again. And mermaids too. Singing, gliding, welcoming, smiling. A chorus of crystal harmony. This is a water song. Even my track colours have an ocean theme : )
Today I play in A Mixolydian. I think it sounds dreamy, bright with a tiny bit of mystery.
When I started exploring chords and feeling my way into this song I saw the image of a girl scrubbing a stone floor. She was tired and sad. It reminded me of Cinderella. Rashin Coatie is the Scots name for her.
This song has a contemplative feel. I started experimenting with A Dorian mode which sounds slightly sorrowful and pensive to me. But there’s hope too with sections of high, bright melodies which radiate light. It’s a battle between resignation and strength, fragility and possibilities. Just like in our minds, where there can be a juxtaposition of emotions flowing through us. This song is for all of us. We’re all Rashin Coatie in some way. I like to think that by the end of the piece, which finishes in E minor, she’s made up her mind. She’s won her battles and she’s ready to taste freedom, with or without a prince.
Go Rashin Coatie!
I’m really excited about this piece. I’m exploring the third mode of the scale of G major. It’s called the Phrygian mode and I’m blown away with how beautiful it sounds. As I’m obsessed with autumnal colours at the moment I can feel the influence it’s had on the music. I see an elusive, strong golden queen taking care of her trees. The winds blow, the leaves dance in the breeze. And she dances too (she even has her own melody). Dancing with the elements, with the sprites, with the spirits of the forest. She’s powerful and kind and as bright as the most golden leaf shining in the sunshine. It’s her final dance before the coming of winter.
It’s a time to appreciate what we have, enjoy each moment of colour and vibrancy, make way for a new season and let go of the old ready to be born anew. And maybe do a bit of a hibernating too. 😉 I love this piece. The melodies are magical and I adore as it ebbs and flows with angelic voices.
Hello lovely people, I’ve been digging into chord progression and key signatures recently. Exciting stuff hey!? Even though I’m musical, I’ve always found the theory side boring and a challenge, so I just play for pleasure and search for nice sounds without knowing too much about exactly what’s going on in the nitty gritty world of music theory. But I’m delving deeper now and in this piece I explore some chords that work nicely together in C minor. That means all the levers are down on my 25 string harp if anyone’s interested.
It’s been a revelation to remember that each scale has a major and a minor key - one of the first things I would have been taught in music lessons but had totally forgotten the juxtaposition of up until a few days ago. And now things are beginning to click in my musical brain (with the help of some great online teachers) and a new world of sound patterns is opening up. Expect more explorations. Yay!