Boy is descended from a long line of unhappy farmers, boy becomes desperate, boy accidentally kills girl, boy seeks redemption. Redemption comes from the most unexpected place: the voice of Lake Michigan in the form of the spirit of the girl he killed. Who wha? Where does a plot like that come from? That story, Music of Sacred Lakes, flowed out of my hands in three short weeks last year, but it was actually the result of one whole year of research into the connections between the natural and spiritual worlds. Come along with me (if you’ve had your coffee) on the journey I took in creating Music of Sacred Lakes. It began with a question. You like metaphysics? Good. Me, too.
What is the relationship between music and the land it comes from?
That was where it all began, thinking about the unique music of ancient England and America and Egypt and how that music seemed to reflect that land it came from. I wanted to know if there could be some relationship, beyond the fact that most traditional instruments are made from local materials, that connected the immensely varied traditions of music from around the world with the places where that music originated, because the music of each culture did seem to mirror the mood or energy of each place it came from.
Pretty soon, the scope was getting bigger. Cultures reflected their natural environments as well. Why? Could I break it down? Was there a metaphysical relationship to music and culture and the places they originated? Was there such a thing as the spirit of a place? Could this be understood in physical or scientific terms as well as mythic or religious ones?
Uh oh, it began to look like it, and it wasn’t a simple matter. Land, natural forces that shaped it, natural energies of the earth and sky in particular places, even the energy of past events that somehow seemed to imprint themselves on particular locales were all playing into this question. So it became broader. What is the relationship between sound (music) and matter (place)?
This took me to physics. We all know that sound is a wave. But Super-string Theory says that matter also operates as a wave at its base level, as if matter itself were vibrating like notes on a scale more than as distinct types of matter. And M Field Theory says that all these strings are connected across space-time so that everything is connected to everything else, which would explain a lot. Hmm. So we were getting to the woowoo categories of science where it veers dangerously close to metaphysics, mysticism, and spirituality. Actually, that’s perfect for me. We dig deeper.
I began to read what mystical traditions of various religions had to say about music, energy, and the spirit of place. Much to my surprise, not only did my awesome librarians find results to my bizarre questions, but there were many many results. This was not a thing I was inventing out of thin air. I was stumbling on a long tradition of mystical understanding of the nature of matter and the workings of the universe. Bingo!
In the end, what I discovered was actually very simple: connectedness. I will go into this in more detail in interviews throughout this blog tour, because it’s a lot to unpack in one post, but at the bottom of all this was a discovery that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and that this has vast implications for the way we live, understand ourselves and the world, and the way we feel while we are alive. My unhappy sixth-generation farmer and accidental murderer could find his answers. And they came to him through nature itself, and the spirit of the land and the girl he killed. I hope you like the story. It was one heck of a ride to write it, and I hope it’s quite the ride to read it as well.
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Blog Tour Schedule
April 15, 2014: Author Martin Tracey | A Meditation on Rejection: An Interview
April 16, 2014: Signed Paperback Giveaway and The Origins Story for Music of Sacred Lakes on LauraKCowan.com
April 17, 2014: Hook of a Book w/ Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi | Book Review and Interview
April 18, 2014: Paws 4 Thought w/ Debbie Manber Kupfer | Dimension-Shifting Mice, Redemptive Ghosts, Werecats and Nazis (A Guest Post and Interview)
April 19, 2014: To Breathe Is To Write w/ Author Jackie Phillips | Book Review and Interview
April 20, 2014: Announcement of Signed Paperback Giveaway Winner on LauraKCowan.com
April 21, 2014: Author Chasity Nicole | Book Review
April 22, 2014: Write In The Moment w/ Author Diane S. Loftis | Book Excerpt and Short Interview
April 23, 2014: Words From The Heart w/ Reverend Linda Neas | Book Review
April 24, 2014: Malcolm’s Roundtable w/ Malcolm R. Campbell | Connectedness, a Guest Post
April 25, 2014: Book Doctor Dara Rochlin | Fear & Spirit, a Guest Post
April 26, 2014: LAUNCH DAY! Winner of the Goodreads Signed Paperback Music of Sacred Lakes Giveaway TBA on LauraKCowan.com, + A Creative Mind w/ Diane Riggins | Book Review