Everything for a powerful, non-denominational Winter Solstice ritual that works for a small circle (just sing along with the CD), or as a large community ritual that's a great calming gift in a hectic time of year. Add a narrator, plus chorus and music director (or, add narrator only, and play the CD!).
This ritual takes 1.25 hours, and singers will need 15-25 hours of rehearsal.
Book contains music for 15 songs, chants, sing-alongs: narrator's script and production notes. All performance right are included. CD has all the music in performance (sung by Philadelphia's SheWho), plus teaching tracks for speedy song learning. 80 pages, compiled by Julie Forest Middleton and Stasa Morgan-Appel.
'At the year's darkest time, we raise our voices in song and celebration. This song-filled ritual embraces the dark and welcomes the light's return, in a way that is feels both ancient and contemporary.'
Â Patricia Monaghan, Author
'Enter into the darkness and come out the other side transformed. Ms. Middleton & Ms. Morgan-Appel have designed a ritual that welcomes you into the depth of who you are. Meditate, pray and sing your way into the new year with purpose and intention. It is in the darkness that the seeds for growth are sown. I think youÂve done something wonderful. Good for you! And good for the world!'
Â Ann Keeler Evans, M.Div., Priestess of A Communion of Women
'This Winter Solstice ritual package proves once again that there is always a new and beautiful way to express the hope inherent in the oldest of holidays. Just as the Winter Solstice is about renewal of light and life, this ritual is about the renewal of the fire of community.
Â Ivo Dominguez Jr., Elder, Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
'What a fabulous project! This book bridges the gap for those who want to add music to their rituals but donÂt read music and are unsure of their group leading skills. With its seamless integration of script, music, and production notes, this will allow Winter Solstice celebrations to spring up out of the fertile ground of many nature-celebrating communities. This is an excellent resource, and the CD is so well done it will surely be a Solstice favorite for years to come.'
Â Anne Hill, Serpentine Music
'A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual is superb! A participatory ritual of song, narrative, meditation and action, it takes everyoneÂthe audience, the narrators, the singersÂdeep into the darkness, then journeys through that darkness to greet the joyous return of light. Perfect for choirs and choruses who are searching for something out of the ordinary for all faiths to celebrate the season. This is a gem!'
Â Sylvia Sims, Feminist Spiritual Community, Portland, Maine
'The authors have considered and addressed every conceivable issue organizers might encounter in presenting such an event, not only the music, words and the ritual script itself, but also venue considerations, program, props, advertising -- everything! Blending art and ritual elements from several sources, they weave it seamlessly into an exquisite ritual that offers the opportunity for both community and personal transformation. Whether you're an experienced ritualist or someone who has never contemplated designing and producing a ritual, this book is a treasure.'
Â M. Macha NightMare, P&W, author of Witchcraft and the Web, co-author, with Starhawk, of The Pagan Book of Living and Dying.
'A first Â in one box, everything you need to create a powerful and musically exquisite ritual celebration for the magic of Winter Solstice. The teaching tools are so good, that amateur singers will astound their communities with the beauty and richness of the music.'
Â Robert Gass EdD,
Author: Chant: Discovering Spirit in Sound
'Is it theatre? ritual? Middleton & Morgan-Appel offer the blueprint for an event that sweeps us through some of the world's great myths and traditions centered around the turning of the longest night. With abundant notes & instructions, it's a fool-proof recipe for community action of the sweetest kind, based on singing, storytelling, reclaiming people's right to do both!'
-- Ellen Kushner, Host of public radio's 'Sound & Spirit'
'A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual looks wonderful! As a UU choir director, I think the inclusion of both sheet music and the teaching tracks on CD is its best feature. That helps us include people who don't read sheet music! Having planned both rituals and performances, I appreciate the amount of detail included in this ritual, especially the background and comments as to the focus and feelings. The readings and music have obviously been chosen with great care to evoke the spirit of the season. And the checklists are great for the 'details' person in me! This is way too cool, I can't wait to show it to singers and get it started for this year's Winter Solstice!
-- Gretchen Ohmann, Choir Director, Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, St. Joseph, Michigan and Member, Women's Drumming Circle and Chorus, South Bend, Indiana