Native American Music
On Spirit Rain, Bill Miller's 11th album, the Mohican-German singer-songwriter pulls together various pieces to provide a solid overview of who he is and what he's capable of. Miller's themes of spirituality reveal the mind of a deep thinker, but he also covers more earthly issues such as family, the environment, and love.
1. Birds of Pray
2. Together as One
3. High Eagle Prayer
4. Lost Canyon
5. Vision Quest
6. Tranquil Fire
7. Journey Into Prayer
8. Amazing Grace
9. Reconciliation Prayer
In the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) way all things have a song. We are taught from a very young age to appreciate and respect the many natural gifts which have been given to us. During our lunar year there are 13 ceremonies we take part in to honor the many blessings of the earth. This CD is an audio journey into a universe of music vibrating to the infinite songs of being.
Original PBS Documentary Soundtrack
This original soundtrack was composed by Joanne Shenandoah, North America's most honored Native American female singer/ songwriter. Blending traditional Iroquois music with contemporary instrumentation, Shenandoah sets an energetic tone to this compelling PBS documentary on the life of Ely Parker.
This album is dedicated to the consistent and ongoing efforts of my dear mother, Maisie Shenandoah, who has devoted her life to the Oneida people. It is only because of the efforts of those like her that we as Iroquois people have survived our hardships. We will continue to remember our traditions because of the dreams, love and inspiration given to us by such noble Elders.
"This album is dedicated to all those who are in love, out of love, wanna be in love and dream about love . . ."
Loving Ways brings together the voices and guitars of Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida - Six Nations Iroquois) and A. Paul Ortega (Mescalero Apache) in ten original songs about the ways of living and love among native peoples.
Through her contemporary ballads, Joanne Shenandoah presents the philosophy and experiences of today's Native American. She has drawn upon her Iroquois heritage in establishing an international reputation as one of the foremost Native American recording artists.
"I dedicate this recording to family and clan to honor their presence here on Mother Earth as well as their influence upon my life." - Joanne. ...In this collection celebrating the nurturing spirit of not only the women in Joanne Shenandoah's life but of all mothers, sisters, aunts, and friends, Shenandoah sings traditional Iroquois chants with a unique grace and poise.
"My natural name, Tekalihwa: khwa (TEK-YA-WHA-WHA) was given to me as a small child. In the Oneida language it means "She Sings". I have been listening to and singing Iroquois songs as long as I can remember. I am honored to be given the gift of music and offer these social dance songs out of my respect for our Earth Mother's creations.
Orenda is an Iroquois word meaning "the soul of all things." These songs celebrate life and our connection to the universal spirit. With voices that echo grace and beauty, Joanne Shenandoah, (Oneida) and Lawrence Laughing (Mohawk) sing spirited melodies and elegant harmonies creating a sense of peace, balance, and gratitude.