Wave of Women – Heather Houston

A powerful song inspired by the 2019 Women’s march. The theme was “A Wave of Women.” After the experience of singing to a sea of women and supporters of women on that day at our local Santa Cruz march, this song flowed through that very afternoon.

© 2019 Heather Houston
All rights reserved

www.heatherhoustonmusic.com

Lyrics:

We are a wave of women moving across the land
We are a wave of women rising to take a stand
for our brothers and sisters,
our daughters and sons,
for the Earth and her creatures,
we’re all chosen ones.

Ise Oluwa from West Africa

This beautiful chant from Nigeria is sung in the Yoruba language. A favorite to sing with my shruti box layering in harmonies as we go.

Arrangement by Heather Houston

This song is in the public domain.

Meaning:
God’s good work will never be destroyed. I like to think of it as the Creator’s beautiful work lives on for eternity.

Lyrics:

Ise oluwa
Kole baje oh
Ise oluwa
Kole baje oh
Kole baje oh
Kole baje oh
Ise oluwa
Kole baje oh

Rising Strong by Heather Houston

Inspired by the youth in our nation who are rising strong! Dedicated to the people who are committed to all of the powerful movements that are happening in our nation. This song flowed through shortly after the Parkland school shooting happened.

© Heather Houston 2018
All rights reserved

www.heatherhoustonmusic.com

As always, you are welcome to sing and share my songs. All I ask is that you give credit and tell the story if there is one. If you need practice tracks for your groups, please use my SoundCloud files. Thank you!

Lyrics:

Part 1:
Oh take my hand now, yes you belong.
And lift your voice now, we’ll sing this song.
And we will root down into the ground now,
we’re rising strong, yeah, we’re rising strong.

Part 2 and 3:
Ooooo….

Part 4 and 5:
And we are warriors of the light,
and we are stronger when we unite.
We are here to waken the love.
We are rising strong, yeah we’re rising strong!

Let the Light Shine In by Heather Houston

An inspirational multi-layered song inviting us to open to the love and trust in the Source.

© Heather Houston
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As always, you are welcome to sing and share my songs. All I ask is that you give credit and tell the story if there is one. If you need practice tracks for your groups, please use my SoundCloud files. Thank you!

Lyrics: 

Part 1: Opening to the love, trusting in the Source, moving with the flow of the water.

Part 2: Listen Deeply

Part 3 & 4: Let the light shine in, Hallelujah

Part 4: All is well, let the light shine in

Difficulty Level: 3

Sto Mi E Milo from Macedonia

My a cappella quartet, SIRENZ, and my Yala Lati Women’s choir loves to sing this beautifully uplifting song from Macedonia! With my song circles, I will just teach the first verse. A song of hope and a vision of normalcy in a war torn part of the world. Tight harmonies and a 7/8 rhythm keep it interesting. I learned this song from Kitka, who learned it from Ethel Raim.

Used with permission from the women of Kitka

Sheet Music: Please contact Heather through her website. www.heatherhoustonmusic.com

Translation:

Oh, how I’d like to have shop is Struga! To have a shop in Struga where I can sit at the front of the store and watch the Struga girls go by with their colorful water jugs on the way to the cold stream to meet with their friends there.

Lyrics:

Sto mi e milo, milo i drago
Vo Struga grada, mamo, Dukan da imam
Le le varai, mome, mome Kalino
Vo Struga grada, mamo, Dukan da imam

Na kepencite, mamo, da sedam,
Struskite momi, mamo, momo da gledam
Le le varai mome, mome Kalino,
Stuskite momi, mamo, momo da gledam

Koga na voda, voda mi odat
So tija stomni, mamo, Stomni sareni
Le le varai, mome, mome Kalino,
So tija stomni, mamo, stomni sareni

Na ovoj izvor, izvor studeni,
Tam da se sdruski, mamo, sdruski soberat
Le le varan, mome, mome Kalino,
Tam da se sdruski, mamo,
Sdruski soberat.

Difficulty Level: 8

Tending the Spark — Heather Houston

A song for these uncertain times. Inspired by one of Joanna Macy’s talks at a Bioneers Conference.

© Heather Houston
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Lyrics:

And we will care for each other
As the world around us unravels
And we will tend to the spark
Of hope that lives within our grieving hearts
And we are here now, in this present moment
Lifting our voices and hearts
And we are here now, we have come together
We are tending the spark of hope
Oh may it grow
And we will care for each other

Difficulty Level: 4