What’s in my shaker basket? #Demo

Download “Review of Rattles and Shakers” Mp3

Length: About 22 minutes

This is a review of my collection of rattles and shakers, 10 in all. And 3 Harmony Balls, which aren’t really shakers, but they live in the same basket!

I purchased these from
Earnest Efforts Etsy Shop
Sunreed Instruments
Hind Musical Instruments

These are my personal instruments; this review is not sponsored in any way. I enjoy incorporating these rattles, shakers, and Harmony Balls into sound healing, musical accompaniment, meditations, and spoken-word poetry.

For free mp3 downloads featuring these instruments in various combinations, please visit my
Rattles/Shakers Category.

I hope you enjoy this tour of what’s in my shaker basket!

Fairy Song #Haiku #Music #Poem

Download “Fairy Song” Mp3

Take note of sparkles
Wisps of beauty Nature sends
Hear the fairy song


This Haiku is for
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 367 NOTE and Send.

“Fairy Song” is an expanded original piece that began as the “fairy flute” from
In the Fairy Meadow.

It now has a B section–additional melody. I play these 2 parts on Oriole (soprano) recorder, with harmony on alto recorder. Take note of the Harmony Ball pendant as well!

Enjoy!

The Little Horses #Decima #Music #Poem

Download “The Little Horses” Mp3

O hear this peaceful lullaby
That carries you to wondrous dreams
On horses with their manes that stream!
You ride them safely now in flight!
You travel far in sweet delight
Upon your brown or on your bay,
On dappled mare or on the gray.
You dream as high as horses leap,
Your own adventure while you sleep
From moonlit night to sunlit day!


A Decima written for
Ronovan Writes DĂ©cima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 67: (LEAP) in the D rhyme line.

The background music is the American folk song, “The Little Horses,” which was part of my
Double Strung Experiment series.

This version is played on a true double strung harp, alto recorder, Egg of Creation shaker, maple rattle, and pear branch Little Spirit Shaker.

I hope you enjoy the music and poem!

Dusk #Music #Meditation

Download “Dusk” Mp3

I wrote this instrumental piece on alto recorder, disguising itself as a Native-American style flute. I.e. playing only the A minor pentatonic scale. If you have no idea what that means, please feel free to ignore it! 🙂

Said recorder is accompanied by ukulele, bamboo/smokebush Harmony Rattle, and Egg of Creation shaker. The intro and ending are Zaphir Sunray/Summer and Koshi Aria/Air chimes.

I hope you enjoy this contemplative evening meditation!

If you haven’t heard it yet, you might like
Network of Stars,
which also features alto recorder played like a Native-American style flute.

Unforgotten Source #Haiku #Poem

Download “Unforgotten Source” Mp3

Rocks and sand and soil
Northern element of Earth
Safe and sound in peace

Safe and sound in peace
Western Water’s changing tides
Cleansing, quenching thirst

Cleansing, quenching thirst
Burning flame of southern Fire
Shedding old for new

Shedding old for new
Eastern Air refreshes, cools
Lifting us in flight

Lifting us in flight
Spirit at our center speaks
Unforgotten Source


A Haiku chain written for
Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Unforgotten.

Recorded with the following instruments:
Earth: Koshi Terra chime and bamboo/redwood Harmony Rattle
Water: Koshi Aqua chime and cowrie shell shaker
Fire: Koshi Ignis chime and bamboo/smokebush Harmony Rattle
Air: Koshi Aria chime and maple rattle
Spirit: Zaphir Sufi chime and Egg of Creation shaker

Mozart’s “Minuet in F Major” #Music

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Here is an early piano piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Minuet in F Major.” My double strung harp arrangement is based on the following video by Anne Crosby Gaudet. However, I modified one section, because my harp has no levers. Can you tell which section this is?

I hope you enjoy hearing both arrangements!

Network of Stars #Tanka #Poem #Meditation

Download “Network of Stars” Mp3
Length: About 5 1/2 minutes

Huge network of stars!
And to think each single one
Is a brilliant spark!
We are sparks too–deep inside…
How does yours glimmer and shine?


A Tanka and instrumental piece written for
Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Network.

Recorded with double strung harp, Harmony Ball Earth Sphere, Egg of Creation shaker, and alto recorder played like a Native-American style flute. 🙂

Twilight Wishes #Decima #Poem

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Come wish upon a twilight star!
Impossible? You’ll never know,
Until you let your wishes go!
Become aware of who you are,
And send your wishes wide and far
Without constraint of thinking thought
And what you have or haven’t got.
Release them to the Oneness-Mind,
The Source of infinite supply;
The Pow’r by which you’re made and loved!


Written for
Eugi’s Weekly Prompt: Twilight
Ronovan Writes DĂ©cima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 65: (GO) in the B rhyme line.

Recorded with set of 5 Zaphir Chimes: Twilight/Autumn, Sunray/Summer, Crystallide/Spring, Blue Moon/Winter, and Sufi/Intermediary Season.

“Scarborough Fair” Revisited #Music

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Today we revisit “Scarborough Fair” from my
Double Strung Experiment series.

I hope you enjoy this much loved traditional English tune on double strung harp! But that’s not all! Since Scarborough is located on the North Sea coast, I also added the Koshi Aqua/water chime, Ocean Drum, cowrie shell shaker, and a mini rainstick shaker. Plus Oriole (soprano) recorder and deerskin frame drum, because why not?

Take a trip to the seaside with me!

Within Dependent #Music

happy Independence Day, everyone, whether you live in the United States or not!

I wrote this song in 2015. I’m re-posting it today as a reflection on our own independence.

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

1. We can never freely be
Unless we freely let the others live.
We’re not given to receive
Until we let it all go and forgive.
And there is freedom from the limitations
Of this world we’re in.
It only comes in quiet Love
And seeing through the Mind of God within.
Refrain:

2. We can never make the rules
Or rule another person on their way.
We are just a pack of fools
Who put our foolishness out on display.
And there is freedom from the narrow bondage
Of this world we’re in.
It only comes in quiet Love
And seeing through the Eyes of God within.
Refrain:

3. We can never be ourselves
Unless we find the Self of Peace inside.
Our independence is a well,
Dependent on the only God of Life.
And there is freedom from the stormy waters
Of this world we’re in.
It only comes in quiet Love
And seeing through the Heart of God within.
Refrain:

Refrain:
Dependent on the One who made us all!
Within, dependent on the Answer to our call!

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