Monday, September 5, 2011

Northern Spirit Radio's Song of the Soul: Singing the Goddess

At FGC Gathering this summer, Mark Helpsmeet of Northern Spirit Radio interviewed me for the program Song of the Soul.  Three members of my Gathering workshop, Singing the Goddess -- Denise Madland, Peggy Bright, and Sandy Moon -- joined me.

Northern Spirit Radio

Click here for more information and to listen to the interview:

Singing the Goddess: Stasa Morgan-Appel 

The whole interview, including singing, is about an hour. 

Songs we performed:

  • This interview took place on Friday afternoon.  I had horrible voice strain by the end of the week, and you can definitely hear that, both in my speaking voice and in my singing voice.  
  • We had no rehearsal time, and we'd sung each song together once or twice during the course of the week.  I'm really grateful to Denise, Peggy, and Sandy for their courage and willingness to sing with me under these circumstances!  
A Pagan or NeoPagan is someone who self-identifies as a Pagan, and whose spiritual or religious practice or belief fits into one or more of the following categories:
  • Honoring, revering, or worshipping a Deity or Deities found in pre-Christian, classical, aboriginal, or tribal mythology; and/or
  • Practicing religion or spirituality based upon shamanism, shamanic, or magickal practices; and/or
  • Creating new religion based on past Pagan religions and/or futuristic views of society, community, and/or ecology;
  • Focusing religious or spiritual attention primarily on the Divine Feminine; and/or
  • Practicing religion that focuses on earth based spirituality.

Links to a lot of the different things we talked about (and some links I failed to mention, but add now): 

Some of my favorite songbooks (more to be added!):

Friends General Conference ("FGC is more than Gathering!"):

FGC Gathering:

Winter Solstice Celebrations and A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual book and CD:

The Pagan Pride Project:

Threshold Choirs:

Melanie DeMore:

Betsy Rose:

Pagan festivals, get-togethers, gatherings, etc.  Please note that I do not endorse any of these, or have experience with any of these, except for local Pagan Pride Day celebrations, unless noted with an asterisk. 
  • Our Lady of the Earth and Sky (OLOTEAS)*, a non-denominational Pagan church in the Puget Sound area of Washington:

    Cherry Hill Seminary:

    Unitarian Universalist Musicans Network (UUMN):

    Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS):

    Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA):

    Quaker Pagan and Pagan Quaker resources:

    Quakers!!  Where?  

    I hope you enjoy!

     p.s.  Blogger allows only a certain amount of room for labels, and so I was unable to include labels for all the orgs I provided links for. 


    Mary Ellen said...

    Thanks for these wonderful resources! I'll need to return when I have more time. And I would definitely have been in your workshop if I had managed to get to FGC this year.

    Morgan said...

    Thank you! What a lovely compliment.

    Anonymous said...

    Hello! I am Gwendolyn and I am searching for the composer Diana Hildebrand-Hull who is said to have written the song The River. I am recording it on my upcoming cd, Songs For the Earth, and would like to give her credit in the way she desires. Do you have any idea how to find her?
    Thanks for your time!
    Gwendolyn McClure;; 520.904.2043

    Anonymous said...

    Did you receive my first comment? I am Gwendolyn and am looking for Diana Hildebrand-Hull who wrote The River to ask how she wants to be credited on the liner notes. Any ideas of how to reach her?
    Thank you!

    Morgan said...

    Hi, Gwendolyn,

    The radio station handled the permissions for the interview.

    I'm surprised whomever you got the permissions from to record the piece didn't also tell you how she was to be credited -- ?

    I learned the song from Julie Forest Middleton, who also published it in her songbook Songs for Earthlings. I don't see Hildebrand-Hull's contact information, but I do know Middleton used the piece with permission, so she may still have her contact information.

    Julie Middleton's contact information is available here:

    Best of luck!

    - Stasa