"These original and traditional seasonal offerings of Goddess chants, songs, and invocations by Ruth Barrett, Shekhinah Mountainwater, Starhawk, and others -- performed by Ruth, her daughter Amanda, and other singers and percussionists -- are woven into a musical journey around a Goddess and woman-centered Wheel of the Year. Both volumes will help bring you to a deeper understanding and resonance with the Goddess' seasonal mysteries. Volume 1 centers around Midwinter through May Eve.
The CD's include original works by Ruth Barrett, Diana Earthmission, Kay Gardner, Niki Harris, Carolyn Hillyer, Holin Kennen, Sue McGowan, Shekhinah Mountainwater, Kerry Noonan, Lori Richards, and Starhawk, plus songs from traditional folk sources celebrating the seasons.
The cover artist for both volumes is Mara Bosch, and each CD includes song notes and lyrics.
Ruth says, 'It has been my delight to present this musical offering that includes so many pieces by some of my favorite composers. I am deeply thankful to the talented crew of priestess singers and percussionists who brought their creativity, passion, and love to this project. Having the opportunity to sing with my beautiful daughter, Amanda, was a particularly wondrous and precious experience.
'I had many intentions in producing this recording. Foremost, to provide you, the listener, with an enjoyable musical journey around a Goddess- and woman-centered Wheel of the Year. Secondly, to share these wonderful chants in a form that both teaches them and offers some suggestions for group singing and harmonizing. Last, but not least, I hope that these chants, songs, and invocations will help to bring you into a deeper understanding and resonance with Her seasonal Mysteries as they overlap and correspond with the cycle of women's lives.
'I hope that these offerings will be well loved, sung, and find their way into your personal and group rituals throughout the year. Enjoy!'"