Song Of The Soul

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Synopsis

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.

Episodes

  • Thy Music - India to California

    Thy Music - India to California

    23/05/2020

    Kirk Mann weaves so much together - passion for the guitar, deeply spiritual lyrics & tunes, a seeking, listening soul, and healing work via Chinese Medicine. Find him on Facebook, on Reverbnation, and via his YouTube channel. All songs in this program are written & performed by Kirk Mann, unless otherwise indicated: Thy Music - from Ghost Dancer, by Hazrat Inayat Khan Johnny - from East Wind Sleep - from East Wind Spring Buds - written by Michael Hedges Roses & Dreams - from Roses & Dreams Shine Like a Lantern - from Shine Like A Lantern

  • Songs for All the Best: Jude Johnstone

    Songs for All the Best: Jude Johnstone

    16/05/2020

    Jude Johnstone touches hearts & souls with her songs, whether sung by her or by the likes of Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, or so many others. From Maine, to LA to Nashville, Jude has found an enthusiastic reception for her music, and memorable companions on the path. In particular, her songs like Wounded Heart and Unchained powerfully evoke the stirrings of grief, sadness, compassion, and recovery in listeners. All songs in this program are written & performed by Jude Johnstone: Wounded Heart - from Coming of Age, with Jackson Browne Unchained - from Coming of Age, with Bonnie Raitt Never Leave Amsterdam - from A Woman's Work So Easy To Forget - from Living Room Spring In Paris - not yet released Deep Water - from On A Good Day, with Rodney Crowell

  • Deidres Theme

    Deidre's Theme

    09/05/2020

    Deidre McCalla showed a flair for the limelight even when she was 7, so it was no surprise to find her performing folk music with her high school trio, Friendship, which brought them to the edge of local fame. A university theater degree got overridden by the comparative ease of a life as a performing musician, although Deidre later realized that a couple years at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music would shore up and deepen her musical skills. All songs in this program are written & performed by Deidre McCalla, unless otherwise indicated: Who Knows Where The Time Goes - written by Sandy Denny, performed by Judy Collins Nothing Ventured - written by Daisann McLane, from Deidre McCalla/WFMT Folkstage Live Too Few and Far Between - from With A Little Luck Walk Me Down to the River - from Playing For Keeps Even Now - unreleased

  • California Is Her Country: Rita Hosking

    California Is Her Country: Rita Hosking

    02/05/2020

    The musical genius gene came to Rita Hosking from her mother, and Rita has passed it faithfully on to her daughter, Kora Feder. Rita grew up in rural Shasta County, California, and caught the music bug as a teen, playing washboard as part of The Farmerettes. With detours to Religious Studies and Cultural Anthropology in college, time teaching History to 8th graders, and raising two daughters, Rita came back to her musical passion to release her 1st album in 2005. Self-described as creating country-folk music, Rita has released 7 albums filled with captivating story-telling and place-rooted music. All songs in this program are written & performed by Rita Hosking: The Coyote - from Burn When Miners Sang - from Burn California - from For Real Mama Said - from Frankie and the No-Go Road Sing - from Frankie and the No-Go Road

  • Walking Massachusetts on Rising Roads: Mark Mandeville

    Walking Massachusetts on Rising Roads: Mark Mandeville

    25/04/2020

    Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards make beautiful, deep, real music, delivered with rich vocals supported & enhanced by a variety of instruments. Locally known for their annual Massachusetts Walking Tour, Mark & Raianne previously performed as 2/3's of The Accident That Led Me To The World, but have long performed a duo. If COVID-19 permits, they will be married this August. All songs in this program are written & performed by Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, unless otherwise indicated: There Will Come A Day - from Road May Rise Winds of Change - from Road May Rise The Island Gospel - performed by The Accident That Led Me To The World (Mark, Raianne, & Zack Ciras) Grain By Grain - from Grain By Grain Road May Rise - from Road May Rise Who Will Sing For Me - written by The Stanley Brothers

  • A Porch Party Mama: Ksenia Mack

    A Porch Party Mama: Ksenia Mack

    18/04/2020

    Ksenia Mack is great writing and performing on her own, but is part of a quintuple threat with the Porch Party Mamas. Her songs and music are evocative, warm, & touching, guiding the listener through complex landscapes & emotions, always in the company of beauty. The Porch Party Mamas are a Boston, MA, area group of women with deep talents and a great combined voice. All songs in this program are written by Ksenia Mack & performed by Porch Party Mamas, unless otherwise indicated: Jet White - from The Life I Own Moscow to Moses - from The Life I Own, co-written with Liz Cook Broken Line - from Porch Party Mamas Ink & Pen - from The Life I Own, co-written with Katrin Peterson Goes Like This - from Porch Party Mamas Something Nowhere - from Lost Across America

  • Being Love: Laura Marie

    Being Love: Laura Marie

    11/04/2020

    Laura Marie brings to her music exactly the talents & inspirations that make for exquisite, soul-moving, life-affirming, path-changing songs. With the honesty, vulnerability, clarity, and power of a person who has experienced daunting adversity, faced it squarely, and triumphed over the injuries, Laura Marie perfectly demonstrates how to make beautiful music, shining with soul. All songs in this program are written & performed by Laura Marie, unless otherwise indicated: Surface - from Drawn What's It Like - from Last of the Ones Hard Rain - from The Season, written with Jake Owen Be Love - from Stars Apart Crazy - from Stars Apart When Dawn Kindly Comes - from Stars Apart

  • Nashvilles Peaceful Tornado: Andi Renfree

    Nashville's Peaceful Tornado: Andi Renfree

    04/04/2020

    Andi Renfree stormed into Nashville, scoring almost immediately with one of her songs recorded by Chris LeDoux. She's collaborated with a number of songwriter/performers, and has performed with several groups, for a number of years as one-third of 2-Bit Palomino, but now with her husband as The Renfrees. Andi touches hearts with her poetry & music of the soul. All songs are co-written by Andi Renfree, performed by those indicated below: Grace - performed by The Renfrees, co-written with Scott Barrier The Buffalo Grass - performed by Chris LeDoux, co-written with Willie McCulloch & Clay Canfield Drive By Town - performed by The Renfrees, co-written with Karen Kiley 97 Acres - performed by 2-Bit Palomino, co-written with Ren Renfree Things I Dream About - performed by 2-Bit Palomino, co-written with Sharyn Cassidy Love Lives - performed by Alyse Black, also co-written with Alyse Black

  • St. Nick  the Promised Land: Spook Handy

    St. Nick & the Promised Land: Spook Handy

    28/03/2020

    Spook Handy saw 2 images in the mirror, did not choose the actuarial path, and it has made all the difference. Taking the stage with Pete Seeger more than 50 times didn't hurt his street cred, but mostly his upbeat, folky, deep and relatable songs, along with Spook's poise and talent make him a pleasure and a joy to listen to and sing along with. When not solo, catch him with The Seed Planters, though no longer with Things Between (fka Sofa Kingdom). All songs in this program are written & performed by Spook Handy, unless otherwise indicated: Lead Us Home To The Promised Land - from Pete, Woody & Me, Vol 1: Keep the Flame Alive Do It In The Name Of Love - from Pete, Woody & Me: Dedicated To The Proposition, Vol 2 Old Devil Time - by Pete Seeger (except verse 4), from Pete, Woody & Me: Dedicated To The Proposition, Vol 2 Keep The Flame Alive - by Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt, from Pete, Woody & Me, Vol 1: Keep the Flame Alive Always Have A Song To Sing - from Pete, Woody & Me, Vol 2: D

  • Hills, Stars, Weather,  Nothing - Claudia Schmidt

    Hills, Stars, Weather, & Nothing - Claudia Schmidt

    21/03/2020

    There is a power & depth, a vibrant, evocative rootedness in the music of Claudia Schmidt. Over the 24 recordings Claudia has created has run the reflection of the earth & water of the Midwest, but also the freedom & inspiration of the wind & the stars above our entire planet. With lyrics, music, and voice to charm us all, Claudia channels enthusiasm, inspiration, & healing. All songs are written and performed by Claudia Schmidt: Nothing - from New Whirled Order These Stars - from Hark the Dark Out Here - from New Whirled Order Quiet Hills - from We Are Welcomed with Sally Rogers Dear Friends - from Slow Steady Heart Weather - from Slow Steady Heart

  • Banjo Grace of Donna Lynn Caskey

    Banjo Grace of Donna Lynn Caskey

    14/03/2020

    Donna Lynn Caskey is a Banjo Gal on Facebook and in person. From a musical family, headed to art studies, she got hijacked by a banjo, and pays for her music addition by her job as a social worker. She appeared on the Banjo Babes 2015 Calendar, and on other years as well. A self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist, Donna releases her music with a deep heart, a stirring voice, and an open spirit. She calls Ventura, CA, home. All songs in this program are written & performed by Donna Lynn Caskey: The Good News - from Nameless Heart Nameless Heart - from Nameless Heart Worthy - from Nameless Heart The Love Still Shows - from The Love Still Shows It Ain't Personal - from The Love Still Shows My Blessed Child - from The Love Still Shows I Will Love My Life - from not yet released

  • Heaven in Boston - Terry Kitchen

    Heaven in Boston - Terry Kitchen

    29/02/2020

    Terry Kitchen has been making fine folk music since 1991, mostly solo, after his initial career as a rock star with Loose Ties. Terry's songs mostly emerge from the deep, introspective places, accompanied by beautiful acoustic guitar work. Terry hasn't always been Terry, because once he was Max, as you'll hear during our conversation. Occasionally you'll find him on stage with other folks, like the wonderful Mara Levine, but today he joins us solo, from Boston. All songs in this program are written & performed by Terry Kitchen and are on his Next Time We Meet CD, unless otherwise indicated: Get There Soon Enough How Many Horses Melanie White Lung Last Sand Castle Standing Heaven Here on Earth - from Rubies in the Dust

  • Music Collage of Early 2019

    Music Collage of Early 2019

    22/02/2020

    A collage of song & interview from first quarter 2019! Some of the rich tapestry of Song of the Soul leading up to 2019's spring weather, from the guests who graced our airwaves at that time, and which can hopefully inspire us through our own determined progress out of winter. Guests snapshots include: Stuart Stotts, Wendy Martin, Lou & Peter Berryman, Ali Handal, Xanthe Alexis, Katy Vernon, & Jennifer Levenhagen. Featured Music: In My Mother's House - Stuart Stotts When Daddies Aren't Heroes - Wendy Martin I Don't Get It - Lou & Peter Berryman Love More - Ali Handal Time of War - Xanthe Alexis Catch Myself - Katy Vernon Moonlight - Jennifer Levenhagen

  • Angel Wings  Peter Pan

    Angel Wings & Peter Pan

    15/02/2020

    Terry Holder came to her career as a musician & performer relatively late in life, but the pay-off is well worth the wait. She writes songs of great emotional depth and they come to life through her evocative voice and beautiful instrumentation. Shes well and widely-loved, including at the Kerrville Festival in Texas where she has been selected 4 times as a Kerrville New Folk Finalist. All songs in this program are written & performed by Terry Holder and are on her Flowers At Midnight CD, unless otherwise indicated: In My Shoes Peter Pan - co-written with Andi Renfree, Watch the video Angel Without Wings Flowers At Midnight Fortune Teller Lullaby for Annie & Allie - not yet released

  • Heavenly Honky Tonkin Bar

    Heavenly Honky Tonkin' Bar

    08/02/2020

    Patrice Webb brings music flavored with folk, swing, country, & the blues, marinaded in sunshine with a side of 4-footed critters. Influenced by music from pre-rock USA, Patrice's music is western in it's heart, while her voice & words are heavenly & Earthy all at once. At home in Sandpoint, Idaho, or at music festivals she'll teach you Western Swing Guitar, Finger Style Blues, as well as the tunes of the 1920s and 30s. All songs in this program are written & performed by Patrice Webb: Where There's a Heaven - from Where There's a Heaven Honky Tonkin' Bar - from Turning of the Page Mercury Rising Blues - from Turning of the Page Sentimental Dreaming - from In my Sentimental Dreaming Loaves and Fishes - from Photographs Let's Go Riding - from In my Sentimental Dreaming

  • Light Hands, Feet of Clay (Street) - Richard Wiegel

    Light Hands, Feet of Clay (Street) - Richard Wiegel

    01/02/2020

    Richard Wiegel has spent a full lifetime earning a living through making music, which might be the dream, but seldom the actuality of the dreams of a small-town boy. Roots rock is his central thing, although sometimes his style of music might be called Americana, and he can definitely throw in a ragtime and a blues and all kinds of country. Though he's often a solo act, a fair amount of his music was recorded with a group called The Midwesterners. He's a talented guy, been with a couple dozen bands, out-lived them all! All songs in this program are written & performed by Richard Wiegel: If You Don't Go You Won't Know - by The Midwesterners, from Pretty Little Town Clay Street Rag - from 30 Minute Music Hour on Wisconsin Public Television Ridin' With Chuck - from Ridin' With Chuck Ridin' a Magic Wind - from Magic Wind No Heat In The Van - from Magic Wind Swamp Dog Blues - by Mike Dowling, from Still Waters Somewhere Outta Denver - by The Midwesterners, from Pretty Little Town

  • El Poderoso Sueo de Eljuri

    El Poderoso Sueo de Eljuri

    25/01/2020

    Eljuri writes & performs music from a rich & diverse palette of musical & cultural influences. Born in Equador of a Lebanese pianist-composer mother & a Spanish actor father, and having grown up in Manhattan, NY, her music naturally draws on & fuses numerous styles & genres, powered by her evocative, mostly Spanish, lyrics & powerful guitar. Eljuri was the winner of the 2018 Songs for Social Change competition. All songs in this program are written & performed by Cecilia Villar Eljuri, unless otherwise indicated: Resiste - from Resiste (Watch the video) BangBang - from Resiste (Watch the video) Nunca Volver - from La Lucha (Watch the video) El Viento - from La Lucha (Watch the video) Como En Un Sueo - from En Paz, written by Olga Eljuri de Villar

  • Claudia Schmidt  Sally Rogers, Welcomed

    Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers, Welcomed

    11/01/2020

    Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers are a soul-deep musical combination. Sally is perhaps more closely associated with the folk music genre, and while Claudia has done a lot of folk, she's also well-known and loved for her expeditions into the jazz world. Whenever they combine their voices & music, there is an alchemy that transmutes music into magic. Both tell stories & capture images to rivet the heart & guide us on a better, more fulfilling, path. All songs in this program are performed by Claudia Schmidt, Sally Rogers, or by both, maybe with other folks. The song composers are shown below: Lovely Agnes - by Sally Rogers - from Claudia & Sally's Closing the Distance Quetico - by Claudia Schmidt & Bob Gibson - from Claudia & Sally's Closing the Distance Quiet Hills - by Claudia Schmidt - from Claudia & Sally's We Are Welcomed Cool of the Day - by Jean Ritchie - from Claudia & Sally's We Are Welcomed Prudence Crandall - by Sally Rogers - from Claudia & Sally's We Are Welcom

  • Open Door  Simple Heart of Dean Stevens

    Open Door & Simple Heart of Dean Stevens

    04/01/2020

    Dean Stevens writes & shares the music of compassion & connection. Raised in Costa Rica, living in Boston, Dean's life is overflowingly rich with international & local roots & work. Check out his fairer-than-fair-trade coffee from El Salvador, visit the Community Church of Boston where he does music & administrative work, or travel with him to Central America, you'll be singing joyfully all the way. All songs in this program are performed by Dean Stevens and if not written by Dean, the author is indicated below: Wood and Strings - from At Last Stories - from At Last Casa Abierta - from Arise!, written by Salvador Cardenal Old Man In His Garden - from Eyes of Wonder International - from Arise!, written by Jim Infantino (with band Jim's Big Ego) Love Comes to the Simple Heart - from Love Comes to the Simple Heart, written by Chuck Hall

  • In The Name Of All Of Our Children - Sally Rogers

    In The Name Of All Of Our Children - Sally Rogers

    28/12/2019

    Sally Rogers has been a fountain of folk music for 4 decades (check out her 40 Years, 40 Songs collection), now sung all around the country & world. Her classics include Lovely Agnes, Touch of the Master's Hand, & Circle of the Sun, and there are ever-more greats coming. Her last visit with us was 2007. In addition to her work as a music teacher in schools, she's been a long-time co-host for the 3rd Friday Song Swap at Vanilla Bean in Pomfret, CT. All songs in this program are written & performed by Sally Rogers: We Are Welcomed - performed with Claudia Schmidt on We Are Welcomed Epitaph - from 40 Years, 40 Songs In The Name (of all of our Children) - from We Will Pass Them On A Way Out of No Way - home recording, also on Youtube We Will Build This House - with Claudia Schmidt on Evidence of Happiness A Quiet Soul Has Left This Earth - with Claudia Schmidt on Evidence of Happiness No Time To Feel Hopeless - with Andy Cohen - rough recording, not released

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