The beat of life and the soul: flowing fierce and gentle—new age, eclectic, electronic—a beautiful moving ride on the river of now, passionate and powerful.
STRANGEFIRE is a musical collaboration grounded by the poetry of Scylla and given flight by musician George DeJong (formerly creating as the Many Voices of Soulspeak alongside poet Justin Spring and others).
The CD River that ultimately resulted is an eclectic mix, the beat gentle to fierce with an immediacy that only spontaneous speaking has. It moves from the beginning to the end like the river of music that it is. Each song has its own life, but together it’s a real trip, coast to coast. “We’re off to see the river, the wonderful river of life . . . “This is not music you will hear live at the neighborhood club.”
This is music you need to hear in your earphones, in your car, or with another dreamer. Listen to the sunshine. Listen to the moon come up. Listen to the ocean in your heart. Listen to my fingers touching you.
These songs, the lyrics and the music, are created spontaneously in the studio. Nothing is prearranged or written down. Based on the spontaneous oral poetry traditions of our ancestors, a contemporary form of this poetry is called Soulspeak. It originated with Scylla and poet Justin Spring in the early 90’s. Through the vehicle of a non-profit organization (Soulspeak) Justin and Scylla were able to bring a specialized version of Soulspeak poetry into at-risk facilities allowing participants to easily express deep emotions in a beautiful, healing way. (See more below).
At the same time Justin and Scylla had been recording their early spontaneous poetry with a variety of musicians, but fortune smiled when George DeJong walked in the door and proved to have a versatility and innate ability for spontaneous composition. There followed amazing collaborations that stretched our bounds. Nothing was sacred and everything was said. Players came and went and STRANGEFIRE evolved as the voice that was left standing.
HISTORY OF SOULSPEAK
SOULSPEAK is a contemporary version of the ancient oral poetry used by all cultures prior to reading and writing. In the mid 1990’s, I became partners with a poet by the name of Justin Spring in a non-profit organization which Justin had founded called the SARASOTA POETRY THEATRE, which later evolved into SOULSPEAK/SOULMOVES.
In an effort to make our own poetry and performances more immediate we stumbled back through the looking glass of time and what evolved between us over the next few years was a spontaneous, antiphonal (speaker/responder) poetry created with music. Not only did we create this poetry ourselves, but we created simple techniques to teach it to others: most specifically at-risk children (from 4th grade) and adults, in a multitude of populations. It is hard to explain what Soulspeak really is. It can be done alone or with others. Even when it is at its darkest, it is beautiful. It is healing, and it changes lives. The best way to explore Soulspeak is to simply listen and feel.
To Learn More
Justin Spring has written a wonderful book, SOULSPEAK: The Outward Journey of the Soul, which is available as a:
|Scylla with Justin Spring|