MP3 Karen Richards - Gateways
Chants evoking feelings and images of nature and family along with chakra information and a vocal toning exercise.
3 MP3 Songs in this album (71:12) !
Related styles: NEW AGE: Healing, WORLD: Chants
“gateways” is 33 healing chants that connect you to Earth/Nature. A basic chakra information track follows which is spoken in a clear soothing voice allowing the listener an opportunity to learn at their own pace. The third track is a toning exercise for chakra balancing.
"gateways" Story -
One August morning as I stood looking out my kitchen widow washing the breakfast dishes a “chant” emerged from me. Singing it all through the morning and continuing into the afternoon I must say it was becoming a touch annoying. I asked myself “Ok... why isn’t this just fading away?” I heard the words in my head “Record it”. ? ummmmm I feeling is that when you ask for clarification or guidance and then it comes, you take it! I thought do have a tape recorder somewhere and went rummaging through my closet until I found it at the bottom. I placed the recorder on the top of my bedroom dresser and recorded the chant. As soon as I had finished it left my head and I was in awe of the process that had just taken place.
To my surprise the next morning I woke up with another chant dancing around in my head and there until I recorded it.
This pattern continued for a total of 33 days ending on the morning of September 12, 2001.
At that time I was a member of a women’s lodge/gathering space where I facilitated vocal workshops and toning meditations. I shared the chants and the journey with the staff and other members. After the chants had stopped a few months later, someone asked me what I was doing with the “gifts/chants” given to me... I replied that they are safe on my tape recorder and still sitting on my dresser. She laughed and said “I think that those chants are meant for more than that make a CD and share them.” It took some time and of course cash to record them properly at a studio but the whole experience has been great. I also wanted share the chakra information and vocal toning exercise as potentials to all for self healing and joy.
Karen Richards - A Vocal Profile
My earliest childhood memories take me back to the swing on a huge, old, Texas oak tree. I spent many hours sitting and singing on that tree swing. While living with my grandparents, Sunday mornings at a Southern Baptist church listening to the choir with my grandmother I remember feeling how I wanted to be a part of those wonderful sounds.
My grandfather was of aboriginal ancestry, Cherokee and Choctaw. Over the years I have come to recognize my heritage with an awe and reverence that I feel for the earth and all creatures. The wondrous Great Spirit and sounds of the drums, dancing and chants are deep in my soul.
My first marriage (my married name -Karen Parton) took me to Vancouver; I loved it there and stayed after the marriage ended. A friend asked me to join a choir that was gathering together for the purpose of recording a version of Brecht and Wiell''s "Mahagony", I had a wonderful experience, as did several other members and we decided to stay together after the recording was finished. "The Provisional Brass Tacks Choir" was formed. We all had very strong beliefs in singing songs that reflected our feelings of justice, love and compassion. Over the next 7 years we sang in many venues, including TV and radio. An album was recorded live on one of our tours through the interior of British Columbia. During these years, I also sang in a variety of groups; duos, trios and full bands. One band even had horns! Needless to say even great things come to an end as did our group but my love of singing has endured through many changes in my life.
In the summer of 1980 I moved to Toronto with my five-year-old son, to begin anew. When my last son, born in 1988, was 2 years old, I took him to a local drop-in center where I participated in the daily sing-a-longs. After a while I offered to sing and perform at a fundraiser evening. They accepted and the evening was a success! I later produced and recorded a children’s tape titled, "Circle Time Sing Along" which I donated to the center as an ongoing fundraiser.
After several years and some major life changes and because of them I decided to start my own business. I enrolled at a local computer college and passed with high marks. Shorelines Canada was started offering a variety of both office and vocal services. I had a contract as an office manager for 18 months. During this time I began offering Toning Meditations and Sound Workshops at a local Woman’s Centre and recorded 33 channelled chants and vocal chakra balancing exercise cd titled “gateways”. As well, I started singing as a therapy volunteering at Barton Place Nursing Home and Toronto Rehab. It was during this time that I came to the realization that singing was my true passion and that I wanted to make my living doing my passion.