September 21, 2018 § Leave a comment
I am always inspired by meeting kindred spirits. One such inspiring soul I recently became acquainted with through the wonders of the internet is artist, writer, teacher and spiritual guide Andrea Maxine Frade.
Her instagram page and website are filled with the most stunning imagery and beautiful, light-filled words. I knew I’d be inspired by any poetry she’d care to send me and my track Forsaken Longing, which comes out Monday, is in response to her words below-
Always an empty time fulfilled and wasted this doesn’t keep me from dreaming anymoreWhat shall I whisper to you tonight, in that darkened room, warmed with body heatno longer patting my headwith soft breath on my neck, forsaken longing..
This was me many years ago. Before yoga, before even art school. Before I began teaching I was in search of the language of intimacy, the soft space of what it means to be known, from the inside. This was and has always been the driving force behind my work as an artist and now as a writer, teacher and spiritual guide.
For me my work is a forceful passionate and exhilarating understanding of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive, what it means to be a woman, in a body, with biology and a deep fierce soul. This is my work, my craft, my art, the essence behind my movement practice, the motivation to search and seek and find, to lift the veils. It is all a means to understand and touch into the core of our being here, the fabric of aliveness. Our conscious experience of grace.
I feel so grateful for this tender awareness and sacred process. To awaken the beauty that dwells within and hold a healing space for it all is the art form, and it lives and breathes within each of us.
It is our vulnerability and the generous nature to our truths. It is the marrow of love in all the ways we remember who we are through our own becoming. For therein lies the greatest wisdom. .
September 21, 2016 § Leave a comment
I have the various pseudonyms as a way to indicate to listeners the type of music they might expect from each strand. They all express different facets of who I am. So, from time to time, these will overlap and I shuttle between “is this a LAIR, Laura Kilty or LuminouSounds track”? Communion is one of those tracks…
I could have equally released this into the world under my LuminouSounds moniker- I was very much in my ‘other’ world while writing it. As such, I wanted to include a healing element in the video and give a suggestion for how you might engage with the piece if you are interested in connecting to the Sound Healing element within it. (And if not, I hope you just enjoy it as a piece of music!)
The name of the track does literally state the intent- Communion. There are many connotations to the word communion so of course, many directions you could go with it. My suggestion is to use it as an opportunity to spend some time communing with yourself.
1. Commune with your inner world:
Listen on headphones or with the speakers up loud so you can immerse yourself in the music. Put the video on full screen, relax your eyes and allow the fire to speak to you.
2. If you want to go further into the healing aspect:
Have a pen and paper beside you. Put the video on full screen and on repeat before hitting play. Have the volume up loud on speakers or listen on headphones to allow for immersion (while taking care to mind your ears!).
Take three deep cleansing breaths, allowing your body to relax more on each in breath, and to let go of stress on each out breath.
Hit play, keeping your eyes relaxed, and allow yourself to be taken away by the fire.
When the first play is over, pick up your notebook and without censoring yourself, write down everything that wants to come out. Truly check in with yourself. Check in with that deep inner knowing that can be quieted, or sometimes even muted, by the busy goings on of every day life.
For Yoga, Sound Healing, Angelic Reiki and wellness: https://resoundingpower.com/
June 9, 2016 § Leave a comment
The tracks Ar Ais, Ais and Aisling are all variations on a theme. The titles are all Irish words (as in, in the Irish language).
I don’t tend to explain my music but as I am feeling drawn to use Irish a lot in titles and lyrics within tracks I am currently writing, I thought it might be of interest to non-Irish speakers to know how to pronounce and to have a definition of the titles.
‘Ar Ais’ is pronounced like you would say the words ‘air ash’ in English. ‘Ais’, again, sounds like ‘ash’. And ‘Aisling’ sounds like ‘ash-ling’.
I wrote these tracks as I was preparing to leave Ireland to come here to the US, saying goodbye in a more final way than I have previously done in all my years of travelling.
The Irish language often doesn’t directly translate- I think that is really reflected in how Irish people express themselves in what is the first language for most of us nowadays in Ireland, English. There can be layers of meanings, depending on context and intonation, within a word or sentence.
I feel these titles express the many layers in terms of what I am referencing and expressing through the music but you need to understand the ‘top layer’ to be able to get to another-
Ais means ‘return’
Ar Ais means ‘to return’ or to go back
Ar can also mean ‘on’, so the title is referencing that the track is based on the track Ais
Aisling means ‘dream’ or ‘vision’
Aisling is also the name of a very important style of poetry- in these poems, Ireland appears to the poet in a vision in the form of a woman
Perhaps understanding the words and then having some context of when I wrote the music will give you new insight into the tracks themselves. Either way, I hope you enjoy listening!