Gaia, the living being of the Earth, the ancestral mother of all life. She lives on in our own times in the ‘Gaia Hypothesis’ developed by scientist James Lovelock which regards our planet as a complex, self-regulating system of relationships that keeps life going. Hence “Songs for Gaia” celebrating our connection: physical, cultural, emotional and spiritual to the Earth in a cycle of songs, praise poems and laments.
The poems belong to no religious tradition but weave elements of many different times and cultures. There are echoes of Christian and Jewish liturgy and borrowings from Sufi poems and Hindu devotion. There are elements from the oral traditions of indigenous peoples as well: African praise poetry, European folk traditions, Native American song, Siberian and Eskimo shamanism.
Sometimes a poem may be in the voice of a particular character. There is a priest, a scientist, a jazz musician, a fisherman, a child and a thief among others; all wanted to sing their praises, make their complaint or have their say – their voices combining to affirm our belonging to each other and our oneness with the natural world.
Songs for Gaia is also available as a spoken word recording, with or without music in collaboration with jazz flautist, Paul Cheneour.
“Thank you for your poem and the enrichment it brings and renewed hope in this dark time that there is a pattern still weaving itself in this dark world.”
“Reverent and wise, your Gaia poems echo certain ancient Indian mystics and permeate the consciousness of the reader …”
“Thank you so much. The poems ring with the solace of lyric, the no nonsense of wisdom and the encouragement to be here for life.”
“Brian Lee weaves hypnotic and deeply loving, often wistful, and sometimes whimsical songs that leave me with a sense of the vastness of creation, of the constant flow of change and of an endless capacity for miracles and wonder.”
“Songs for Gaia explores the current ecological crisis… However, it is by no means an ‘eco-doom’ piece. Its aim, he says is not to preach but to remind people of their connection with Nature, of their own dreaming, to remind ourselves that we are in fact part of Nature.”
Songs for Gaia is available to download on Amazon to read on your kindle or tablet.
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