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MUSIC AT TIMES OF THE ECO-HUMAN CRISIS: CARRIE HERBERT AND ‘THE ALCHEMY OF THERAPEUTIC SONGWRITING‘

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At times of crisis, environmental and human challenges and transitions, music is a powerful force that can connect people across borders, touch people’s hearts and build empathy, trust and understanding. Music has an incredible therapeutic power to heal through expression of deep feelings and experiences in the current times of the eco-human crisis. Music is a universal language interwoven in all cultures. It is from this universal heart of music that ‘The Alchemy of Therapeutic Songwriting’ project, initiated by Carrie Herbert, musician and songwriter, was born.

The program enables people to connect and align to the source of their creative flow, the essence of who they are, to create songs that enable a person to express, explore and make sense of life in these challenging times. The program incorporates a holistic weave of meditation and creative reflective practice, integrative arts therapy, ritual, song-writing and song crafting, vibration and sound healing, music, recording and production, performance and song sharing.

‘The Alchemy of Therapeutic Songwriting’ has been developed by Carrie in her PhD research program in Cambodia and the UK, through exploring how creative therapeutic songwriting impacts resilience and wellbeing in times of global crisis and transition.

Brief information about the artist

Carrie Herbert is passionate about creating music in response to real life issues. Her groundbreaking work in therapeutic songwriting with Songkites nurtures creative expression, leadership and community through songwriting, production and performance with young people. Songkites was founded in 2014 by Euan Gray and Carrie Herbert in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (www.Songkites.com). Her initiatives at Songkites resulted in a new movement of original music and soul enriching songs with an unprecedented reach across Cambodia, with many of our artists becoming household names and role models in youth culture.

Carrie is an arts psychotherapist, supervisor, PhD student at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Switzerland, educator and celebrant with over 20 years experience working with people, organisations and communities in post conflict and conflict environments primarily in Asia.

Carrie is also a founder of Alkimia, a UK based community interest company.

Please get in touch for more information: info@carriemusic.com

www.carriemusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/carrielherbert

https://www.facebook.com/cariadsong

Whats app: +85512521032

 

Here is Carrie’s presentation of some songs on this theme

‘The Alchemy of Therapeutic Songwriting’ and ecopoiesis examples of songs                

 ‘One by one Facing the 6th Extinction’

‘One by one’ is a song about climate change and animal extinction. It holds a reversal of the story of Noah’s ark and ultimately led me to an existential confrontation with our human existence. ‘One by one’ is also about the response I felt inside and the process of awakening our individual and collective consciousness. It is also about forgiveness and our communion and relationship with our home, with mother earth.

We are living in unprecedented times, crisis layers upon crisis, as I watched the worst fires wreak havoc across Australia in early 2020, in the midst of a climate catastrophe with close friends losing their beloved family heirloom home and millions of animals being killed in already endangered species. I witnessed the heartbreaking reality alongside incredible acts of kindness and heroism. I turn to songwriting as a way of channeling emotions, to try and express and make sense of, to enable me to navigate what felt yet another alarm bell of an already ticking time bomb.

‘When the animals come to us asking for our help, will we know what they are saying? When the plants speak to us in their delicate, beautiful language, will we be able to answer them? When the planet herself sings to us in our dreams, will we be able to wake ourselves and act?’

(Gary Loles http://armedwithvisions.com/2011/08/08/gary-lawless-when-the-animals-come-to-us/)

 

One by one

One by one

You fade into the distance

One by one by one

We’ll never see you again

 

I want to hold you and cry

I poisoned you inside

I wanted more and more

Didn’t see you

Dying

 

I am listening now

Maybe it’s too late

I wanna clearly see every single way

What it really means to bring back harmony

Can I save you

 

One by one

I cut you down I took away the sun

One by one by one

I’m waking up to find that you are gone

 

I wanna kneel down and cry

Under poisoned skies

I wanted more and more

Didn’t see you

Dying

 

I am listening now

Maybe it’s too late

I wanna clearly see every single way

What it really means to bring back harmony

Can we save you

Can we save you

 

Oh mother earth

What are we doing to you 

One by one by one forgive us

One by one by one forgive us

One by one by one we’ll fade into the distance

 

‘One by one’ by Carrie (2020)

Produced and arranged by Euan Gray

Featuring Metta Legita on piano

Recorded by Euan Gray at Songkites

Studio, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Artwork by Heshan Gunasekara

Lyric video by Wes Chester

 

She is in you

‘She is in you’ is about our relationship with nature and the impact of climate change. It holds the sense of us having a living relationship to the grieving process and experience of collective loss as we witness the destruction of our world. It was inspired by an eco-nature immersion run by Wes Chester in 2015 at EGS, Saas Fee, Switzerland. It was written in response to the passion, emotion and vision, Wes embodies and inspires in others for consciousness and a living relationship of care and responsibility with our planet.

 

She is in you

She surges within you

You honour her life

Surrendering her icy tears

Tipping point of time

 

Some say she’s dying

Some say it won’t be long

Some hardly seem to notice

Through you she’s breathing

 

If tears well up, let them fall

She is in you.

 

In the shadows of moonlight

Caressing her sacred skin

Holding oceans of memories

Through you she’s living

 

She’s whispering at their windows

They cannot hear her last words

You wait outside and hold her

Through you she’s leaving

 

Tears well up, grieving her

She is in you, you are in her

 

I don’t want you to go,

I’ll stay right to the end

In you I have my home

Until the end of time

 

I am in you and you are in me.

 

‘She is in you’ by Carrie (2015)

Produced and arranged by Euan Gray

Recorded by Euan Gray at Songkites Studio, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2019)

Words & music by Carrie Herbert

Carrie Herbert – vocals, guitar

Backing vocals – Euan Gray / Carrie Herbert

Keyboard – Larry Martinez

Bass – Andrey Meshcheryakov

Drums – Toma Willen

Music footage on location in Saas Fee, Switzerland by Wes Chester

Video by paicee (2019)

 

Great Heart

‘Great Heart’ explores themes of: the empowered creative masculine, channeling of complex emotions and collective energies, communion and relationship with ourselves and nature, the healing capacity of the imagination, the power of courage and vulnerability that enables a perspective of hope and action.

Emotional and creative expression through songs can bind together spirit and body in the song of the soul and connects us to all beings, to each other, the trees, the animals, the planets, the universe and beyond. ‘Great Heart’ is a song that holds a communion between the heart of nature and a human heart. ‘Great Heart’ was created during my PhD research group process at Real World Studios in Bath, UK, by David Moss.

"A song for all trees. ‘The Great Heart’. In memoriam to those felled by human greed, ignorance and vanity, yet also a recognition of faith in the intelligence of these mysterious life-giving beings to outwit their human destroyers" (David Moss)

‘Great Heart’ by David Moss

You are the Great Heart

This will not pass without sorrow

You are the Great Heart

This will not pass without song

You are the Great Heart

This will not pass without rage

You are the Great Heart

 

The green realms have gathered

in sorrow and song

in grace and protection

to keep to keep the light strong

 

Time it lies broken

no measure can heal

the mind is wide open

like wood, like wood to the steel

You are the Great Heart

 

Tonight’s desecration

Will not pass unseen

The green realms have gathered

To be, to be I am here

 

Here in the Great Heart

I’m going to nowhere

And here is my song

There is only growing

Cut me down make me strong

 

I am the Great Heart

This will not pass

 

Words and music by David Moss © 2020

Vocals by David Moss

Bouzouki by David Moss

Backing vocals by David Moss & Carrie Herbert

Soprano saxophone by Carrie Herbert

Recorded by Carrie Herbert at The Rehearsal Room, Real World Studios, Box, Bath UK

Photography by Carrie, lyric video by Carrie & Paicee (2021)

 


About the journal

“Ecopoiesis: Eco-Human Theory and Practice” is the first international multidisciplinary Journal focused on building an eco-human paradigm, disseminating eco-human knowledge and technology based on the alliance of ecology, humanities and the arts. Our journal aims to be a vibrant forum of theories and practices aimed at harmonizing the relations of mankind and the natural world in the interests of sustainable development, the creation of Eco-Humanity as a new community of human beings and more-than-human world. The human being is an ecological being, not separate from the world. The Ecopoiesis journal is based on that premise and aims to develop a body of theory and practice within that framework.

The Journal promotes dialogue and cooperation between ecologists, philosophers, doctors, educators, psychologists, artists, musicians, designers, social activists, business representatives in the name of eco-human values, human health and well-being, in close connection with concern for the environment. The Journal supports the development and implementation of new environmentally-friendly concepts, technologies and practices in the various fields of health and public life, education and social work.

One of the priority tasks of the Journal is to demonstrate and support the significant role of the arts in their alliance with ecology and the humanities for the restoration and development of constructive relations with nature, raising environmental awareness and promoting nature-friendly lifestyles.

The Journal publishes articles describing new eco-human concepts and practices, technologies and applied research data at the intersection of humanities, ecology and the arts, as well as interviews and conference reports related to the emerging eco-human field. It encourages artwork, music and other creative products related to eco-human practices and the new global community of Eco-Humanity.