I’ve done a lot of chanting along the way. It can be a beautiful, powerful thing that forges connections and inspires participants. It can also be drab and tedious. For me, the key thing with a chant if you want to sing it more than a couple of times, is to mess with it. Add harmonies. Drop voices in and out, do bits as a round. Play!
So, this is a video of House Brown playing about with my ‘turn with the year’ chant. It isn’t a perfect, polished sort of performance because we’re mostly improvising. In order to play, it’s really important to give yourself permission to not be perfect, because it’s the space created by imperfection that also allows for real magic.
Turn, turn, turn with the year, turn with the seasons, turn with the earth. Turn, turn, turn with the tide, light into darkness, death to rebirth.