CD Review: Love Medicine by Shelley Morningsong is expressive and full of heart!

Originally published on EXAMINER(dot)com: April 5, 2015

Author note: 65 Facebook Likes!!! Wow! That’s got to be the most ever Facebook Likes that I received on any of my Examiner articles! Thank you, thank you!

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Yes I am branching out a bit to review a music CD: Love Medicine. I cherish these vibrant and expressive songs! Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle, have written masterful and touching music that speak to our hearts.

It is only difficult for me to find the words that fully express the resonance I feel when I listen to their original songs. Shelley’s deep and strong vocals, blend and flow perfectly with the music. As Fabian joins her, their melodious voices blend in such anaWEsOMe way! So much love, insight, and magic come through.

The Love Medicine CD is masterfully produced, beautifully sung, and harmoniously seamed together, that I feel anyone – even if you’ve never bought a Native American CD before – will enjoy it. Exquisite, inspiring, and heart-opening! Put the CD on and listen to it all the way through.

Songs:

We Didn’t Ask Why is a modern contemporary piece that employs, guitar, drums, flute, Fabian speaking, Shelley singing, and just the perfect amount of rattle. Fabulous vibe! Musical wisdom you can dance to – whether you just want to sway, belly dance, or rock out! 🙂

The CD’s namesake track is: Your Love, My Medicine. Fantastic! Really exotic sounds, beautiful and rich guitar, flute, drums, and Shelley’s haunting voice. Backing vocals accentuate and balance. Blissful. Lyrics paint a gorgeous picture. Purple sunset, wild horses, ah.

She Talks To The Animals is another lyrically wonderful song because as we listen, we can envision it as a movie scene. Is there violin on this song? Tremendous! I embrace this melodious journey. Storytellers will be enchanted by it. Gentle and easy story to sway with.

Every time I listen to the short Interlude songs (there are two), I think of my beautiful granddaughter and her innocent voice. Sweet.

Surrender invites us along for a deep and thought provoking journey. It will stir compassion within your soul.

Peace and Love is upbeat and vibrant! It definitely brings home it’s message to me. If you want to get people moving, this is the song you need to use for your lead in. Motivational speakers, check it out! Charity leaders, you could use this too! This is an anthem and needs to get OUT to everyone – aWEsOMe message!

Love Came To Rescue Me takes me back to when my husband and I met. Love the violin on their song! It’s just brilliantly played. If you’ve ever been down, or hurt… then saved – this song will resonate with you. This song is profoundly personal to me.

One by One is a hopeful and transformative song. It encourages us to teach our children to reach for the stars – yes! “Ripples on the water”, and other universal insights of vibration and connection resound in this song, so you know I delight in it! Yes a perfect song for us idealists. The musical influences are mixed, so you can appreciate the Native American tones and enjoy this as you would any contemporary song on the radio. It’s a delicious song of positivity! Another great anthem type of song that will inspire you to be your best! One by one we can change the world.

Be sure to pick up your own Love Medicine CD from Shelley today –> Click Here.

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If you live anywhere close to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida you can see Shelley and Fabian in person! Check the Musical Echoes Flute and Cultural event website to find out all about it!

When my husband and I attended the Brooksville Native American festival (Feb. 7th, 2015), we were honored to meet Shelley and Fabian. They are down-to-earth, lovely, and genuine. Their love and caring for each other was very apparent. Also, their kindness and compassion shined for everyone who came to meet them, shake their hand, whether or not the person bought a CD or beaded purse.

I developed a strong desire to meet Shelley after watching a video of Fabian and her (Click here to see the video –> on YouTube), which totally clicked when Shelley spoke the words that I was given years ago, We Are All Connected.

We Are All Connected

I am of Cherokee Native American descent. I continue to learn and uncover more about my Native American heritage along with that of my Welsh (English), Dutch, Irish, and German lineage. I lovingly stand on many shoulders.

When the words, We Are All Connected, came to me many years ago, I sensed the direction of my life would change. The more I explore our connections the more rich and full life becomes! 🙂

My husband is a guitarist and songwriter and wrote the song, (Click here to hear the song track #2 –> The Connection) also based on these words.

I have written a book chapter (Click here –> We Are All Connected book chapter) and blog post (Click here –> We Are All Connected to read my blog post) in exploration of all the ways that we are all connected. To me, it’s an undeniable reality.

You may not think you have any Native American ancestry, but I am learning that many of us do! It’s worth exploring that aspect, if it interests you.

When you visit Shelley’s website be sure to scroll down, especially if you click on the Store or Gallery links, as there is much to see! Stay tuned for a review of Shelley’s, “Full Circle” CD.

Another way you may wish to connect with Shelley, is through your support with Half the Sky. Click here –> Half the Sky to learn more about how you can help impoverished women and children who just need a hand up.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

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Feeling the energy from our Breakthrough Performance Workshop Concert!

I did it! I sang on stage with a LIVE BAND! And they were a solid group of musicians and backup singers too! Believe it or not, I’m still feeling the energy from performing and from the audience!! Thank you again to all who joined us for that incredible night!

I just had the best rehearsal so far of our own original songs, The Connection and Wonderin‘ — I know it’s due to my having experienced Breakthrough!

The Breakthrough Performance Workshop, facilitated by Mick and Tess Pulver, allowed each willing participant to focus on sharing our authentic selves with each other, and with an audience. We touched aspects of self-exploration (in a mind body spirit way) while participating in their 8-week singing transformation program (find out more here: Breakthrough Performance Workshop).

Though I had sang years ago in church choir (and with a longtime friend as a duet), school choir, karaoke, and alongside my songwriter, guitarist/bassist husband at restaurants and home parties, I didn’t have the experience (until now) to sing on stage with a great live band! And it was an incredible life-enhancing experience!!

Mick and Tess were so supportive, Tess actually prepared me just before going on stage for my solo, by standing behind me, hands on my belly, and breathing WITH me! She was completely calming, enabled me to slow down, get present, and thoroughly enjoy singing my solo! There’s a clip of my solo on YouTube here: Breakthrough Performance 2016 Sheila M

This was abSOULutely a bucket list thing to do! And if you get the chance, DO IT!

I am continuing to experience many benefits from my concert experience, but here are a few:

  1. Being vulnerable on stage in front of a hundred+ people was so empowering! And I still feel the energy of it!
  2. My preconceived fears were NOT real. Remember, FEAR is just false evidence appearing real. You are NOT your fear!
  3. I totally felt integrated, breath, with mindful awareness, and ability to GIVE my authentic self to the audience.
  4. Singing brings me back to my breath, energizes yet soothes me (which I surmise will add more years to my life)!
  5. Has helped me feel even more comfortable when I speak with others at work.
  6. Add more joy and happiness to my day to day life!

Some of us will continue singing, with rehearsals continuing while Mick and Tess travel this summer (offering workshops in San Diego, California in the coming weeks).

I have learned so much through this program!

Building from what I learned from Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith’s program, I had two specific memories during THIS Breakthrough Performance Workshop program:

  1. That an old memory of being shushed for singing too loudly one evening (after something bad had happened earlier in the day) is no reason not to squelch my voice any longer! I can clear that memory, or the negative charge from it at least, and SING loud, NOW!
  2. That just because I wasn’t selected for senior high choir (it had come down to me or another girl–and the other girl was chosen) did not mean that I wasn’t good enough. Yes! I AM good enough, was good enough, and will always be “good enough”. I am me, and I am unique. I CAN do this!

I also learned that even if I’m hurt or sad, singing lifts my mood and improves my attitude. The more you practice getting breath into and through the body, the less tense you are, and the more your authentic voice can express your thoughts and emotions.

I hurt my neck before the concert and was singing through the pain! I chose to move in and through the experience as fully as possible, knowing it was the culmination of eight weeks of joyful work, and that I may never get that exact experience again. I’m so glad I allowed that. I told myself, I’m not bleeding so the show must go on! Ha!

Special thanks to my wonderful chiropractor, Dr. Len Bauduin, who got me readjusted and feeling great! Dr. Len Bauduin of Madeira Beach Center for Natural Medicine

My personal list of Thanks go out to friends and family who came out to support me and this show:

Yes I had a cheering section (what a feeling to hear people call out your name as you come on stage!!! whew!)

My always loving and soul supportive husband, Richard Murrey – you are my rock babeez!!!
Amber DiPietra and her mom (and was the FIRST person to buy her ticket online for this event as soon as they were available online!! Yes!!)
Alison J Kay (so happy you could join us, AND that you GOT the reason why I wore the sacral and solar plexus colors for my song!!! My full on energetic “shifter”, Energy Medicine doctor, ahhh love!!! Yes!!)
Dearest sister
Alania StarHawk, your presence–both you and Alison J Kay were the ones I had in mind and attention to while I was singing the line of my song for…”I’ve got to learn from the greats…” wow, so over the moon that you could BE there, AND that you brought another aWEsOMe pal Judith Ann Graham!!
Mary Ann Pickard I loved that you had so much fun and I’m so glad we had a few minutes to talk after!
Karen Peterson my soul sister and earth woman, green living, radical (that the world is naturally FULL of abundance) and powerful healer!

To the most supportive Sea Hut gang… ahhh you know we love YOU ALL: Debbie, Virginia, Amy Roger and Frank (thank you–to the four of you fantastic friends for taking Richard out pre-show for dinner while I was doing technical rehearsal with the band. You are all aWEsOMe!!!)

Patricia Leigh Allen and Edward Marriott (Thanks for aWEsOMe photos! You are a soul sweet guy! So “plugged in” to Source!)

…and new friends via the Breakthrough group: Carol Zerbarini and Maggie Bayliss our fabulous former Breakthrough Performance Workshop participants who came back to assist all of us!!!

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

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