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Desert Dawn Song 35th Anniversary Edition

Desert Dawn SongThere is something quite magical about the sounds of dawn in the desert.  For this recording, Dean Evenson spent the night in a desert canyon near Tucson, Arizona.  Just before dawn, he placed out two microphones for a stereo recording of the joyous birdsong.  The natural sounds then formed the inspiration for the music.

Desert Dawn Song was one of the very first recordings using natural sounds combined with peaceful music.  Dudley Evenson’s haunting vocals and harp merge with the dawn bird calls. Dean, a classically trained flutist and Jonathan Kramer, a classically trained cellist composed their music as it was being played, blending classical structures with jazz improvisations and in the process created a completely new form of music.

The Evensons wanted to share the wisdom they were learning from Native Americans about the Earth as a living being and including the natural sounds with the music was a way they could honor the Earth. Their vision was for the music to carry the message of nature to people in cities who made decisions affecting the fate of the planet.

This early album launched a whole new genre of music now known as New Age, Healing, Relaxation, or Nature Music.  Massage therapists were the first to discover that this music could enhance their healing practice. In the early days, Dean and Dudley sold their tapes at swap meets and very soon received feedback about the healing effects of their music. Then letters poured in and they realized that the nature-based music they were creating was having a healing effect on people.  The rest is history!

Official Release Date May 12, 2015. Order today on amazon.com

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Thích Nhất Hạnh: A Message of Peace in the Midst of War

In 1972, Thích Nhất Hạnh, was a young Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and outspoken critic of the conflict raging in his homeland.  During the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden he spoke candidly about the war in Vietnam and the need for peace.  He called for people to re-examine their lives and take responsibility for the causes of war.  This interview was recorded in half-inch, black and white video on a Sony Portapack and appears on the DVD ‘2 U.N. Earth Summits: 1972 & 1992’ by Dean Evenson.

Transcription:
“Pressure should be made in order to stop the flow of weapons in Vietnam either by the United States and other countries, whether capitalist or socialist.  But that can be done only when there is already a commitment by the United States to withdraw in a certain period of time and the cessation of the killing.  I’m not talking about North Vietnam or South Vietnam, Hanoi or Saigon.  I am talking about the people in Vietnam whom I know, those people who are dying every day, who are suffering every day.  I am talking for their sake.

“And if you want to ask me the question of what they want, the most is that you stop the bombing, you stop the killing and then if we are alive we will pursue our struggle for other things like human dignity, freedom, independence and so on.  But if you think that you have to go on fighting and dying, then you are wrong.  I don’t think it is only the American government that is responsible for the war.

“Most of you know that the political-economic system there has been causing things like war in Vietnam.  That is why not doing anything about the system and only demand the government to do everything, that is not enough.  And I’m afraid that even if you get another new president, he may be doing the same thing as the present one.

“That is why for the people to re-examine their lives, themselves, to know whether they are participating in the strengthening of the present system in the United States is a very crucial point.  If you continue to support that system, continue to consume, continue to live that way, and then you cannot say that you are not responsible, that you are upholding the government in doing things in Vietnam.”

Thích Nhất Hạnh is the founder of Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in southern France.  On November 11, 2014, he experienced a severe brain hemorrhage and was brought to hospital. There are signs that a full recovery may be possible.  We are praying for his perfect health.

 

 

Have you heard about children with Nature Deficit Disorder?

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  ~ Albert Einstein

4 kids in tree
April is here, the month of spring emerging and anticipation of the resurrection of all of nature.  It’s also the time that many of us acknowledge and celebrate Earth Day. But did you know that today, an unprecedented majority of children in modern societies have what is being called ‘Nature Deficit Disorder?’  That wouldn’t apply to the kids sitting in the tree pictured here though, but according to a report on BBC about a three-year study done in Britain, only one-fifth of the children aged 8-12 were ‘connected to nature.’  That means four-fifths or a staggering 80% of children have little or no connection with nature.

Why should this matter?  In recent years, a lot of research has focused on the negative effects that result from lack of contact with nature.  In 2012, Britain’s National Trust published a report on the phenomenon of ‘nature deficit disorder.’   Though it is not yet recognized as a medical condition, this lack of connection with nature can have harmful, long lasting effects on children of all ages.  With the pervasive use of technology by younger and younger children, the growth of virtual, as opposed to reality-based play is having a profound effect on children’s physical and emotional lives. Mental health disorders including depression and self-harming can often be a result of this nature disconnect.

According to Sue Armstrong-Brown, head of RSPB, Britain’s largest nature conservation charity, “improving the natural connection for children is not only good for the youngsters, it is crucial for the future of nature conservation.  If we can grow a generation of children that have a connection to nature and do feel a sense of oneness with it, we then have the force for the future that can save nature and stop us living in a world where nature is declining.”

Dean video pink flowersBecause of their deep love and concern for the natural world, Dudley and Dean Evenson have dedicated their life and work to elevating awareness and appreciation for the earth, our planet, our only home.  They remember the very first Earth Day back in 1970. And in 1972, with Dudley being five months pregnant, they back-packed across Sweden to the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment.  There they met Native Americans who were talking about Mother Earth and saying that the planet itself is an actual living being providing for all our physical needs and we are destroying her.  The Evensons were just beginning to work with the early portable video camera so they were able to document their experience in Stockholm and all that they were learning.  These videos and others ended up in a DVD released recently called ‘2 U.N. Earth Summits: 1972 & 1992’ of their experiences in Stockholm and later in Rio de Janeiro.

Then in 1979, Soundings of the Planet was formed to be a voice of the earth.  Dean had recorded the sounds of dawn in the Arizona desert and added their peaceful music of flute and harp and a whole new genre of music was born.  For over three decades, Dean and Dudley have produced CDs and DVDs that focus on peaceful, natural environments.  In celebration of Earth Day, Soundings of the Planet is offering super discounts on all Soundings albums that include natural sounds including our new 4 Earth CD and 4 Earth DVD of only natural sounds.  Please share with your children, grandchildren, or just enjoy them yourself.

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