Song #22: Earth’s Song

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Painting by Godelieve Richard

This is another track from my collection with Piti Theatre, “Piti Theatre’s Greatest Bits, Vol. I”.  This song is from Piti Theatre’s touring production “Innocenzo“.  Jonathan wrote most of the words and as usual, I added and subtracted a few things, plus tweaked the lyrics to fit my melody/rhythm scheme (more on our co-writing process in an upcoming post).

In the play, a clown named Innocenzo develops microwave sickness, also known as electrical sensitivity.  He has a dream in which Earth gives him a message about how to find balance and healing.

Otto Schumann was a German physicist who discovered the “Schumann Resonance” in 1952, i.e., the electromagnetic frequency generated by the Earth. Someone who is suffering from microwave sickness whom Jon and Godelieve and I have never met created a video for this song:

 

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Earth’s Song (For Otto Schumann)
By Jonathan Mirin and Carrie Ferguson
Performed by Carrie Ferguson
Album: Piti Theatre’s Greatest Bits, Vol. I
Recorded and Mixed by Garrett Sawyer at Northfire Recording Studio, Amherst, MA
Mastered by Angelo Quaglia at Northrfire Recording Studio

My name is mother earth
I’m 4.54 Billion years old
I’ve had something to say
Every second of every minute of every day
Of every week of every month of every year
For each of those 4.54 billion years

7.83 hertz
From the land and the sea
7.83 hertz
A gift to you from me

7.83 is the frequency
Otto Schuman discovered
Back in 1954 Germany
My sweet vibration was uncovered

7.83 is a way to describe
The invisible wave that I provide
Which makes you feel at home
Wherever on me that you might roam

7.83 hertz
From the land and the sea
7.83 hertz
A gift to you from me

But somethings been happening kinda strange
Everyone used to enjoy my wave range
But with all the new waves you’re making
My message is stirred, broken, and shaken

7.83 hertz
From the land and the sea
7.83 hertz
A gift to you from me

You love my trees, love my leaves
You love my sky, you don’t know why
You love my showers, you love my flowers
You love my hawks, love my walks

But what you love most of all
You can’t see at all
Deep inside your brain
Your wave is the same as mine
Your wave was born from mine
When were together you feel fine

But what you love most of all
You can’t see at all
Deep inside your brain

Your wave is the same as mine
Your wave was born from mine
When were together you feel fine
Your wave is the same as mine
You wave was born from mine
When were together you feel fine
Your wave is the same as mine

Song #17: Lullabye for Me

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This week’s song, in honor of my own ongoing, ever-evolving relationship with sleep, is a little ditty about insomnia.

“Lullabye for Me”  is from Piti Theatre’s show “Innocenzo”, and is “the story of a clown who moves to a Swiss city only to find he’s becoming sick from electromagnetic pollution. Innocenzo sings this song to comfort himself in his insomnia and his neighbors join in – it turns out they’re also having trouble sleeping.”   www.ptco.org/innocenzo

I’ve had sleep issues myself off and on for years but just recently have been experiencing full on insomnia, you know, where you literally DON’T SLEEP ALL NIGHT.  I’ve  tried a bunch of different “natural” and pharmaceutical “sleep remedies”, with little success.

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If you’re currently experiencing insomnia, you might want to check out this extremely thorough list:    50 ways to improve sleep.  They even walk you through how to construct a Faraday cage for blocking electromagnetic pollution.  And, there’s a helpful video of a breathing exercise by Andrew Weil.

Something that has been really helping me is a nifty little practice called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), or “Tapping”.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s sort of a cross between self-hypnosis and acupressure.  Besides helping with insomnia, EFT has proved to be effective in addressing many other different psychological, physical, and spiritual issues.  I highly recommend it.  I found my tapping script for insomnia on the EFT Universe site.

I’d love to hear about what other folks have tried for insomnia.  Let me know!

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Lullabye to Me
Lyrics by Jonathan Mirin, Music by Carrie Ferguson
Album: Piti Theatre’s Greatest Bits, Vol. I
Recorded and Mixed by Tommy Byrnes at Sovereignty Music, Bernardston, MA
Mastered by Angelo Quaglia at Northfire Recording Studio, Amherst, MA

Sing a lullabye for me
Cause I can’t sleep
I’m so tired
Of counting sheep

A lullabye for me
I want sleep
The sheep are tired
Of jumping over me

It would
Be so sweet
If i could
Fall asleep

I’d have
A beautiful dream
So sing a
Lullabye to me
Goodnight Innocenzo
Sleep tight Innocenzo
Goodnight Innocenzo
Goodnight

Song #14: Are You Dizzy?

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This week’s song is another from Piti Theatre’s Greatest Bits, Vol. I.  I like this tune because we took a grim topic, microwave sickness and the lack of medical understanding around it, and gave it what I call “the creepy circus treatment”….the end result is weird, bleakly funny, and appropriately sinister.   Here’s what Jonathan has to say about writing this song:

“After Piti co-director Godeliève Richard developed microwave sickness in 2010, we spent a few years going from doctor to healer to doctor trying to find out what was wrong. One stop was at an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist in Northampton, MA. She had been continuously dizzy for about two years and this was a person who specialized in dizzyness. As he moved her head with surprising force from side to side, he asked her questions like “are you dizzy like you’re on a boat?” “Are you dizzy like the room is spinning?”, etc. This was the inspiration for this song and became fodder for a scene in our microwave sickness musical “Innocenzo“.

These days, Jonathan and Godeliève have launched a new project with others from the region called Hilltown Health. One of the goals is to help towns adapt their by-laws to be more protective against the 5G cellular network being rolled out which will put a mini cell tower every hundred yards or so on our roads and strip towns of their zoning rights.

For more information:

More about microwave sickness (also known as electrical sensitivity)

Dizzy

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Are You Dizzy?
By Jonathan Mirin and Carrie Ferguson
Performed by Carrie Ferguson; Bass, Percussion, Mandolin: Garrett Sawyer
Recorded by Garrett Sawyer at Northfire Recording Studio
Mastered by Angelo Quaglia at Northfire recording Studio

Are you dizzy like you’re on a boat?
Are you dizzy like you’re swimming ‘round a moat?
Are you dizzy like you’re floating off the ground?
Are you dizzy like you’re gonna drown?

Are you dizzy and your head just spins?
Are you dizzy like you just had twins?
Are you dizzy and the room is spinning?
Are you dizzy like the lights are dimming?

Oh whoa, oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa, no no no no
So busy feelin’ dizzy that you don’t know where to go

Are you dizzy and it doesn’t make sense?
Are you dizzy and its makin’ you tense?
Are you dizzy and your ears are ringing?
Are you dizzy and your brain is zinging?

Are you dizzy like a merry go round?
Are you dizzy like you’re upside down?
Dizzy like an ant in a dixie cup?
Are you dizzy like you’re gonna throw up?

Oh whoa, oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa, no no no no
So busy feelin’ dizzy that you don’t know where to go

Oh whoa, oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa, no no no no
So busy feelin’ dizzy that you don’t know where to go