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Loke E. Coyote

SONA



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Patrick Ginnaty



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Drawing Down the Moon
(words & music by Christopher Bingham)

Gaia softly turning – Luna never sleeping
Mama Moonlight heavy with a belly of dreams that’s almost foaling

Night bloom take me under – Night skin taste of wonder
Night kiss stir the hunger, lapping the dark with tongues of silver

So much time we circle the sky with one wing beating
Looking for a light that’s true
All our lives we’re chasing the night like it’s never ending
You the Sun and I the moon

Raise your chalice higher – Push my blade in deeper
Sweet your tongue on mine like the fruit of a tree that’s always blooming

Huntress bring us visions – Cleansing fire within us
Stoke the pounding dark with the fire of stars all cast in shadow

So much time we circle the sky with one wing beating
Looking for a light that’s true
All our lives we’re chasing the night like it’s never ending
You the Sun and I the moon

Once in the month in a place made secret
Better for us all if the moon is full
Naked in the rites to show our freedom
Free is the love that we offer too

Ours is the ecstasy of being
Walking in the beauty of the great green Earth
Ours is the touching of the mystery
Ours the experience of death and birth

Ours is the liberating voice of nature
Knowing that there isn’t any more than this
Ours the ritual of love and pleasure
Ours the delivery of the five fold kiss

Drawing down the moon. Drawing down the moon.
Drawing down the moon. Drawing down the moon.

All our life we circle the sky with one wing beating
Looking for a light that’s true
All our lives we’re chasing the night like it’s never ending
You the Sun and I the moon


copyright 2002 Christopher Bingham


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Gaia Consort [a Witchvox Sponsor] ...

Drawing Down the Moon
(by Christopher Bingham)

Audience Count: 10,262




The Story...

I wanted to paint a picture of Witches drawing down the moon. I wanted to make a song that would inspire people to dance, and one that had some juice in it. In the middle, I concocted my own recitation of the Charge of the Goddess as a melodic chant, with big drums. DDTM is the last peice of a three song Homage to the Moon. It was one of the first songs we recorded for Evolve, and it's one of my favorites.

Recorded: Audio Logic Studios, Seattle
Guests/Players: Christopher Bingham - vocals, all guitars, composer, co-producer
Sue Tinney, vocals co-producer
Jay Kenney, keyboards, co-producer
Dan Ochipinti, drums
Dan Mohler, bass
Larry Golding, violin
Betsy Tinney, cello
Roberta Downey, cello
Sunnie Reed, viola
Larry Murante, backing vocals
Amy Read, backing vocals
Matthew Burgess, percussion
James Lowe, digeridoo

Technical Notes: Gaia Consort "fully loaded" is a an 11 peice band. Suffice to say we use all the technology we can muster to make us sound as good as we can. we're slowly building an instruments page at http://www.evolvecd.com/instruments.html

Artist Profile: Gaia Consort

Gaia (Gaea) 'guy-uh': 1) The Greek Earth Goddess and Mother of the Titans 2) The autopoietic superorganism that is the living biosphere
consort:'kan-soert: 1) one who shares a common lot 2) a ship accompanying another
3) spouse / lover 4) to make harmony
5) a group of singers or instrumentalists performing together

Gaia Consort sounds like a movie sound track for the gathering of the tribes. Imagine a thousand naked hippies dancing around bonfires in the woods to drums the size of Gallo’s fermentation tanks. Add to that some intelligent lyrics about evolution, sex and sensuality, engaging the natural world, and then throw in a string trio. Imagine Ian Anderson dropping acid with Peter Gabriel and doing a mash-up between So and Thick as a Brick.

Christopher Bingham and Sue Tinney got themselves booked into Nudestock 97 and announced the new name, played some of the new stuff, and the crowd was on it’s feet when they finished playing. In 1999 and 2001 the Consort released Gaia Circles and Secret Voices to critical acclaim in all the major Pagan magazines and a fair number of “mainstream” music journals as well.

Their next CD, Evolve, was released in April 2004 and it continues Bingham’s musical and philosphical explorations within the framework of an expanding Gaian Culture. Friends and fans donated over $17, 000 by “adopting” songs to help Gaia Consort record the disc. Evolve is as much a product of a supportive community as it an individual vision.

Backing Bingham and Tinney are some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest musicians. Gaia Consort’s current line up includes Larry Golding violin, Sunnie Reed viola, Dan Ochipinti drums, Matthew Burgess on hand percussion, Jay Kenney, keyboards, Roberta Downey and Betsy Tinney, cello, Dan Mohler, bass and Larry Murante and Amy Read on backing vocals.

Gaia Consort has never been about making it big in the music “industry.” Eschewing the usual venues of clubs and coffee houses, Gaia Consort has managed to quietly build an audience that fills rooms, playing house concerts and self-produced shows in halls around the Pacific Northwest. They’ve built enough of a following to have been invited to play a variety of festivals and events, including headlining the long running Heartland Pagan Festival (2000) in Kansas, and Canada’s Wic Can Fest (2002) outside Toronto. Their January concert celebrating Evolve filled the 400 seat Meydenbauer Center.

Christopher Bingham’s crystal clear tenor used to get compared to David Crosby but lately it's been Bare Naked Ladies and Dave Matthews. And watch out for his acoustic guitar work – think Bruce Cockburn meets Ian Anderson, fluid from one rhythm to the next.

Bingham left his hometown of St. Louis to study jazz at The Evergreen State College in Olympia in 1979, fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and stayed. Before starting Gaia Consort he released Always the Sirens (cassette, 1987) The Burning (1993) and Angel and the Hanged Man (1995) Several cuts on all CDs have received airplay on a number of college and commercial radio stations across the US and in Europe.

Sue Tinney's voice is like a lover's soft lips nibbling your earlobe while telling you the bed is on fire and what are you going to do about it? She has a special gift for picking out the perfect harmony line. She’s been singing alto parts all her life and it shows. She’s also co-produced four of Bingham’s Suddenly Naked releases. Growing up literally in the Olympic National park, (Kalaloch and the Hoh river valley) the spirit of the rainforest is imbued in all her work.

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