"Magic Songs" leads us back to the era of ‘tone magic’, when the purpose of singing was not merely to give pleasure but was intended to bring about a desired effect in the physical world. In spirit culture, everything has its voice and the aim of the singer is to unify her- or himself with this voice.
The aim of these songs, with magic texts in a language spoken by no human, is to restore aspects of nature which have been destroyed or neglected by humanity. To the extent that the performers and the audience believe in them, they will be successful.
This video has been created with permission from R. Murray Schafer and the Vancouver Chamber Choir for non-commercial use. Downloading this video is prohibited.
Writing and music are available from Arcana: http://www.patria.org/arcana/
Recordings are available from the Vancouver Chamber Choir: https://vancouverchamberchoir.com/recordings/
PLEASE NOTE: If you missed our July 2018 concert that celebrated the innovative music of Canada’s preeminent composer, R. Murray Schafer, you can view it here: https://vancouverchamberchoir.com/schafer-85-live-stream/
*** SCHAFER/85 – A BIRTHDAY SPECTACULAR
*** 8pm Fri, July 6, 2018
*** Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, BC, Canada
In recognition of Schafer’s 85th birthday, Jon Washburn leads the singers and soloists of the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra in three major works:
- The Star Princess and the Waterlilies
- Narcissus and Echo
- The Love that Moves the Universe
The concert also includes a film about the honoured composer, with additional features presented by his long-time musical colleague, Jon Washburn.
Why celebrate LGBT Pride? The history of oppression for LGBT persons has centered around notions of appropriateness/normality and invisibility. LGBT persons have often lost their families, their friends, their employment and their lives because others have deemed the way they love to be inappropriate or abnormal. Our society has a strong sense of gendered normality: Men do x and women do Y. Indeed, who we are allowed to love has historically been linked to that which is deemed appropriate for our gender. When an individual chooses to live with integrity, as an authenticate person, despite the societal dangers of doing so, they exemplify Pride; that is worthy of celebration. The freedom possessed by todays lgbt students was made possible by the courage and strength of individuals who refused to feel shame for who they were and Who lived authentically and openly, winning straight allies along the way. Instead of lamenting the paucity of role models living authentically when we, as educators, were in school, perhaps we are called to be the role model we wished we had had! Now, and every day, is the time for Pride!
Professor of LGBTQ Studies.
May 22nd is Education Support Professionals Day!!
As educators, we know the crucial role played by the thousands of paraprofessionals, office workers, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff in our schools and/or Community Colleges. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a school going for one day without ESPs.
When we talk about strengthening our schools, we need to strengthen everyone who works within them. Along with recruiting and retaining quality teachers, we must recruit and retain quality education support professionals. To do that, it certainly means providing decent wages and benefits to the people who spend their days making sure our students are safe, well fed and learning.