Ecstatic Dances

by JoAnne Spies

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"Folk soul spiritual sister with a vision delivers sing along pop gems..."-- Robby Baier

"JoAnne Spies is a cosmic bard with soul"-- Amber Chand

'For years JoAnne Spies has been devoted to her folk guitar, writing melodies that soared and lyrics that fluttered in the heart like white birds. Always your feet would tap ~ now your whole body will move. Collaborating with hip hop artist Jackson Whalan and musician producer Robby Baier, Giovanna's music starts with the elemental earth and moves through water, fire and air.'

"I absolutely love these songs! You did such a great job of bringing consciousness in to singable, danceable, and enjoyable hip music.​"
~ Henry Horning

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"These songs are for celebration, moving meditation and transformation.

I hope you dance to these songs through the day with as much high energy and joy as I had creating them.

Over the years I've gone to noon DanceKinetics (now Yoga Dance) at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and imagined my own songs playing as we all danced.

Thanks to SubStation team extraordinaire Jackson Whalan and Robby Baier for the musicianship and sensitivity they brought to our collaboration.

Many thanks to pioneer teachers Gabrielle Roth, Megha, Toni Bergins, Dan Leven and others for sharing the music and the means to move body and soul.
~*~
Bio:
JoAnne Spies is a singer songwriter who collaborates with her audience in rhythm and sound explorations. She innovates performance, inviting the audience to literally walk with her, 'learning by going' where to go.

Recent works include "Karaoke Confession," "Trust" and "Courage" ~ guided tour/community performances created at the Norman Rockwell Museum the past three years for the Berkshire Festival of Women Artists.

Survivor Tree, written in honor of the callery pear tree that survived the blast at Ground Zero, was sung at Ground Zero with Jane Goodall officiating for International Day of Peace 2012.

For the past fourteen years JoAnne has headed up the Art Cart program for Community Access to the Arts, co-creating songs with elders and people with Alzheimer's in six Berkshire healthcare settings.

Her CD's include 2x3, Me & Melville, North Avenue Honey and Ecstatic Dances.
Honors include Massachusetts Cultural Council grants for "Me & Melville" and "Sounding Mohican Pathways," a composer and visual arts fellowship at the Millay Colony and a creative residency at Bascom Lodge on Mount Greylock.

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released March 29, 2015

All songs written by JoAnne Spies

Produced by Robby Baier and Jackson Whalan at SubStation Studio, Housatonic, MA

Programming by Jackson Whalan

All instruments by Robby Baier and JoAnne Spies

Back Up Vocals by JoAnne Spies, Robby Baier and Jackson Whalan

Published through ASCAP
Copyright 2014 JoAnne Spies

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Track Name: As I Sit Down to Eat
As I Sit Down to Eat

Help me take a breath and listen
To the voice I hear within
Help me nurture who I am
Who I am's not fat or thin

Breathing like the ocean
Standing tall as a tree
Burning like a wildfire
As I sit down to eat

Pranayama, kapalabhati, dirgha,
Dear God, let me be a mindful eater
Goddess, let me flow like tumbling water
Fire, burn away what is not needed
Burn away what is not needed

Let me roll my toes and shoulders
Let me salute the sun
Let me thank the earth and flowers
For all the work they’ve done

Breathing like the ocean
Standing tall as a tree
Burning like a wildfire
As I sit down to eat

(Repeat Chorus)

Am I drinking hatred with my coffee?
Am I eating envy with my bread?
Do I leave ideas undigested?
Swallow feelings left unsaid?

Can I be right here in the moment?
Am I looking front and back?
Too much food is not enough
To make up for the love we lack

Pranayama, kapalabhati, dirgha,
Dear God, let me be a mindful eater
Goddess, let me flow like tumbling water
Fire, burn away what is not needed
Burn away what is not needed

May all beings have enough

(Repeat chorus 3 x)

c 2014 words and music by JoAnne Spies
Track Name: Say It Now
Say It Now

How does it feel when the world awakens
How does it feel when the world wakes up
Wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up
(repeat)

Say it Now
I believe
Say it Now
I receive
The power that surrounds me
The love that astounds me
The heaven that grounds me
To my soul
(repeat)

Are you together in a way that makes you wanna say hey I gotta get out of this thing before I'm too deep
He doesn't know just where he's at
he's like the man who ate his hat
he doesn't seem to know the situation
it's roy talkin' to roy
pain talkin' to joy
roy talkin' to water talkin' to roy
All the things I hate in you are things in me I like to do
I catch you doin' what I would
if I were you and knew I could
Anger both the fire and the fireman
burnin' out the depths it takes to love again
felt it as a listening
gratitude in every seam
who's the player what's the chord
happiness is the lord of crying

Wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up

Say it Now
I believe
Say It Now
I receive
The power that surrounds me
the love that astounds me
The heaven that grounds me
To my soul

c 2014 words and music by JoAnne Spies
Track Name: Where is the Watershed?
Where is the Watershed?
c 2014 words and music by JoAnne Spies

Whe e e e ere’s the watershed?
Whe e e e ere’s the watershed?

I was standin’ by the riverside
Lost in my pride
Never knowin’ in my heart or head
I am water, by water am led
Hold me, tumblin’ down
Find me underground
Magic, simple sound
I’m water, missin’ and found

Where’s the watershed?
Where’s the watershed?

Where is the watershed/
Does it shimmy, like a waterbed?
Is it heavy, like a ton of lead?
Up, down, overhead
Where’s the watershed?

Let the spirit of earth and sky
Keep me, when I fly
Carry me to the sea
I am water, I am free

Where’s the watershed?
Where’s the watershed?

Drainin’ rainin’ underground
Snowin’ seepin’ creepin’ down
Can you catch it?
Make a water sound
Can you see it?
It’s all around
Can you feel it?
Sky to the ground
Where is the watershed?

The world needs your tears
Not just your petty fears
The world needs your tears

Repeat

Landlocked, full of fear
Sound your torrent that I may hear
Where I’m stubborn let me flow
Where I'm ignorant let me know
Where is the watershed?
Does it shimmy, like a waterbed?
Is it heavy, like a ton of lead?
Up, down, overhead
Where’s the watershed?

Twelve thousand years of tears are standing in my throat
A hundred million fears are woven in my coat
Illusion and memory are all the same
Can you tell me, what is my name
Beyond the mountains I move along
My voice is hidden then my voice is strong
After so much silence and separation
Will you praise my beauty, my reparation?

Where is the Watershed?
The world needs your tears
Where is the watershed?
Track Name: Survivor Tree
Survivor Tree (Water your Roots)

You stood in the darkest day Covered in fire and ash Even your roots were blown away

How could you be so torn
Come back and be reborn
Come back and hold the sky
today?

We watered your roots
Nurtured your shoots
Sheltering you
Take all our tears
And water your roots with love

Chorus:
Water your roots with love
Water your roots with peace
Water your roots with love
and peace

(Repeat Chorus)

Where we have fallen
We will rise
Where we are ignorant
Let us be wise
When we are sure we’re right
Instead of fight
We’ll water your roots with love

Chorus:
Water your roots with love
Water your roots with peace
Water your roots with love
and peace

(Repeat Chorus)

Where we are blinded
Let us see
When we lose courage
Help us stand like a tree
When we’re divided
We know our roots go deep and united,
We’ll water our roots with love


We’ll water our roots with love
We’ll water our roots with peace
We’ll water our roots with
love and peace

We’ll water our roots with love
Water our roots with peace
Water our roots with love
and peace

words and music by JoAnne Spies
Track Name: Dog Day
Dog Day

Sittin' in the middle of a dog day
Sittin’ in the middle of a dog day, dog day

Sittin' in the middle of a dog day
Sittin’ in the middle, sittin’ in the middle of a dog day, dog day
wanna shake the trees
wanna make you walk, make you talk more slowly
I wanna face the music
Put you in the sun, make you run for shelter

I wanna keep the magic
Put you in the room leave the window open
wanna hear the wind blow
Movin’ through the door, the lock’s not broken

Sittin' in the middle of a dog day
Sittin’ in the middle of a dog day, dog day

Trees shake, wind blows
Everywhere my love goes
Windows open
Sittin’ in the middle of a dog day, Everywhere my love goes, love goes

Trees shake, wind blows
Everywhere my love goes
Windows open
Sitting in the middle of a dog day, Everywhere my love goes, love goes

I see the sun, it has begun
Sittin’ in the middle of a dog day, dog day
Sittin’ in the middle of a dog day, dog day

I wanna keep the magic
Put you in the room leave the window open
I wanna hear the wind blow
Movin’ through the door, lock’s not broken

Sittin’ in the middle of a dog day
Sittin’ in the middle of a dog day, dog day

I see the sun, it has begun
Sittin’ in the middle of a dog day
Sittin’ in the middle of a dog day, dog day

I see the sun, it has begun
I see the sun, it has begun

See the sun, see the sun, see the sun
See the sun, see the sun, see the sun

c 2014 words and music by JoAnne Spies
Track Name: Rest Awhile
For deep relaxation and healing
Track Name: Hu Ray
Hu Ray, Hu Ray, Hu Ray, Hu Ray
Hu Ray, Hu Ray, Hu

Thank your hands and feet

Thank your shoulders and head

Thank your elbows and knees

Thank your hips and bones

Thank your heart and soul

Hu Ray, Hu Ray, Hu Ray, Hu Ray
Hu Ray, Hu Ray, Hu