The Sounds of Silence

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE

Sitting quietly on a rock I hear the silence of my space.

Feeling in my heart I’m in the presence of God’s grace.

I listen to what I hear, I’m overcome by the buzzing of the bees,

the wind in the trees and the sound of silence.

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I am blessed to leave behind the sound, that is on my mind.

I realize that it’s a new day.  I’m feeling peace as I pray.

The only noise that I hear is the sound of silence.

 

What does this mean? It’s like I’m in a dream.

Suddenly I hear the sound of a quiet stream.

I listen to what I hear, everything that nature has to say.

What a beautiful and special day.  It’s the sound of silence.

 

Thinking about how nature seems to talk to us.

I hear Her songs.  The woodpecker drumming on a tree,

suddenly a  soft and gentle breeze,

brings me to my knees, and the sound of silence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayfaring Stranger

Wayfaring Stranger (About a plaintive soul on a journey through life. )

[Verse 1]

I am a poor wayfaring stranger,
While journeying through,
This world alone.
There’s no sickness,
toil nor danger,
In that bright land,
To which I go.

Grandfather lived and died a farmer
A-reaping’ less than he did sow.
And now I follow in his footsteps
A-knowing’ less than he did know.

[Chorus]
I’m going there to see my Father,
and all my loved ones who’ve gone on.
I’m just going over Jordan
I’m just going to my new home.

[Verse 2]
I know dark clouds,
will gather on me,
I know my way,
It’s rough and steep,
beautiful fields,
lie just before me,
and God’s Redeemed
Their vigils keep.

[Chorus]
I’m going there to see my brother.
I’m going there,
no more to roam,
I’m only going, over Jordan,
I’m only going over home.

(Verse 3 )

I’m going there to see my Mother,
She said, she would meet when I come.
I’m only going over Jordan,
all my work on earth is done.

[Chorus]

I’m going there to see my Saviour,
I’m going there,
No more to roam,
I’m only going over Jordan,
I’m only going, going home

While the traditional “Wayfaring Stranger” has been at the foundation of North American music for at least two centuries, its origin is far from exact.

Some historians have traced its genesis to the 1780s, others, the early 1800s. Depending on who you’re talking to the song may be a reworked black spiritual, a lifted native hymn, or even a creation of nomadic Portuguese settlers from the southern Appalachian region.

With its evocative lyrics and magnetic melody, it’s hard to do “Wayfaring Stranger” wrong. After all, Sunday school teachers and folk festival third-stagers have been churning out entirely competent versions of the song for decades. That said, the best versions of “Wayfaring Stranger” can be so much more. When a musician captures that gravitas and world-weary challenge just right it’s like a lightning bolt right to the soul.

 

 

 

The Elderberry, A Branch that Makes Music

This is a Native American-Style flute made from an Elderberry
branch that 
I found while on a hike in my area.

The Native Americans used to make flutes out of Elderberry stalks. (branches) They would hollow out the stems and remove the pith from the inside of the stalk. Setting aside the pith for later and used it as tinder to start fires. In the old days, everything that the Creator gave the native people was used

Once the branch was hollowed-out they could blow on one end to get a sound, kind of like blowing into an empty bottle. Next, they carefully bore evenly-spaced holes in the branch. By placing their fingers on the holes along the branch they could play a melody. Removing their fingers one at a time they learned to play different notes. It was said that whistles were made the same way, as well as ceremonial pipes. They also used the sticks to make a beat that was used to dance or sing by clapping them together.

Elderberry Stalks

The Elderberry was considered a sacred tree by the Cherokee and many of the native tribes. Every part of the elderberry was used: the stem, the pith, the bark, the leaves, the flowers, and the berries! A tea could be made by drying the flowers. Elderberry Syrup was made from the berries and is still used today by many to treat and shorten the duration of colds and the flu. Some people even make wine and jelly from the berries.

Elderberries

I’m always in awe of nature and find it amazing that I can go on a hike near my house and find a bush or tree with so many incredible uses. Making flutes and music from Elderberry branches is my new favorite way to create. The branches make a beautiful looking flute that also happens to have a gorgeous voice.


Elderberry Bush 

I also just this week read that Prince Harry and his fiance, Meghan Markle are planning on having a Lemon and Elderflower Wedding Cake!!!  YUM! 

If you are interested in purchasing an Elderberry Flute from me, click this direct link to my Shop page!