The Soul of all Natural Things
Inspiration from Linda Perhacs and Godfrey Reggio,
Bonnie Tarwater and Alfred North Whitehead
Linda Perhacs: An unlikely rock star
It was never my ambition to be a rock star. It was never my ambition to be center stage; that was a little frightening for me, just the thought of it. But it was my ambition to compose music that would pour through me, that I knew was coming from a higher level; to take walks and cement a relationship with the universe and with God; to listen interiorly and to learn more about love and peace, about harmony, about centeredness in your being that you can call on when you're hurting or when you're in danger. That was my first priority.
Linda Perhacs on God and the universe
Love is very important to me. Privacy is important. Peace is important. You don't necessarily always get that in the life of a star. I knew those people from my dental work. I knew about problems in their home life. I knew about illnesses that had occurred. They're under a lot of pressure. I never had that desire. And even now — with all of this attention coming to the new album, with tweets going bananas and emails coming in from all over the world — I like the tweets that say something like, "She is a most unlikely rock star," or, "This album is a most unlikely masterpiece." I mean, I agree: This is all most unlikely. But it has happened.
Linda Perhacs on music that comes like rain
There is something about your story, because you haven't made an album in four decades — in a way it's like you've stepped out of this time machine, and you're bringing the power of your music to people in a different era who weren't with you back then.
A Church for Earth and Oceans:
The Soul of All Natural Things
Animus Mundi - Godfrey Reggio
The world has a Soul who speaks to us through art and dreams
The idea that the world itself may have a soul has become prominent again in various spheres of thought, including archetypal psychology, Gaia theory, eco-feminism, and consciousness studies. If the world does have a soul or psyche, might this psyche ‘speak’ in the same symbolic language and imagery as the personal or collective unconscious – through art and dreams?
Alfred North Whitehead: There is feeling everywhere
For Whitehead every single actuality has a life-spirit -- a soul -- worthy of respect and care. In addition to the multiple souls, there is a Soul to the universe as a whole. This Soul is a compassionate companion to the many experiences of all souls, gathering them into a single, ongoing experience. Always we are small but included in the life of this larger Soul, like embryos in a womb, or whales in an ocean.