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Donna Gentile writes "music with a message" and believes stories and music are medicine. Her work is influenced by American Indian traditions and life experience. She uses music, art and stories to inspire, heal and strengthen people and communities. Here are some articles she recommends pertaining to the roots and art of storytelling. She wants this blog to raise awareness of, and help preserve American Indian traditions, and to bridge all people through a common understanding that we are all connected to one another, to the Earth and to Spirit. Gentile also wants to shed light on happenings, programs and people who are telling their stories through music and other art forms for the benefit of the greater good. Gentile's music with a message can be found at: http://donnagentile.com and her art for healing programs can be found at http://communitymandalaproject.com.
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The late Richie Havens honored; ashes scattered over Bethel Woods | The River Reporter

The late Richie Havens honored; ashes scattered over Bethel Woods | The River Reporter | Medicine Stories | Scoop.it
“I guess the watchword for the day is – don’t get any on you.” That line from performer John Sebastian drew a laugh as it acknowledged that a short time later the ashes of Richie Havens would be scattered over the field at Bethel Woods Center for...
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My father recently passed and his ashes are in an urn until my Mom, the love of his life, passes so they may be scattered together at a sacred place in nature. So, I love and appreciate this story, and the music of this beautiful artistic soul.

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Snap Judgment's Glynn Washington on storytelling influences, NPR ...

Snap Judgment's Glynn Washington on storytelling influences, NPR ... | Medicine Stories | Scoop.it
Detroit Week continues here on Storyboard, with an appearance by radio storyteller Glynn Washington, a Motor City native and host of the hot NPR show Snap Judgment. We recently ran Part 1 of our conversation with him, ...
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Getting raw with others. Being vulnerable. Ughhh... Scroll down to the bold subhead that reads, "What’s the secret to great storytelling?" That's my favorite part of this article.

 

As a musician, I use life experiences to tell stories, express emotions and move on from pain to the place I really want to be in life, which is thriving.

 

It's not easy to get raw with others. In fact, I have struggled with this since I began singing and writing in 2006 at age 38. It's not easy to be vulnerable. But there comes a time along the road we travel (at least for me) when we stop making excuses for who we are, and why we do what we do.

 

For me, that time is now.

 

I write music with a message. A Gentle Birthing Song and a Noble Death Song came through me, as did a mix of Americana style message songs and I'm stepping out again in two weeks, to bare my soul and be the vessel to honor my Dad publicly with his "Noble Death Song."

 

Thank you for reading!

 

Donna Gentile

http://donnagentile.com

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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION to Buy Back 10 Million Acres to ...

Team Obama is purchasing 10 million acres for nearly $2 billion in taxpayer dollars to redistribute back to Native Americans. The legislation was passed by Democrats in 2010 and will be run by Obama's Bureau of Indian ...
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Blessings and spirit prayers for a peaceful process and outcome.

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Mitakuye Oyasin - A Powerful Lakota Prayer for All Our Relations

In association with Lakota spiritual realities I learned the way of Mitakuye Oyasin, a prayer for all my relations. Simple and profoundly powerful.
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Love this... "There is a simple but profound Lakota prayer: Mitakuye Oyasin. These two words mean All My Relations or We are All Related. To pray this prayer is to petition God on behalf of everyone and everything on Earth. Mitakuye Oyasin honors the sacredness of each person's individual spiritual path, acknowledges the sacredness of all life (human, animal, plant, etc.) and creates an energy of awareness which strengthens not only the person who prays but the entire planet..."

 

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Elements of Great Storytelling | Story 2023

Elements of Great Storytelling. June 12, 2013. Now that you have in mind the perfect ingredients to successfully create a transmedia story, it's time to focus on the story itself! The benefits of well-crafted stories are immense: increased ...
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Some good, brief tips on what key elements to include in telling a compelling story...

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4 Ways to Use Music as Medicine

4 Ways to Use Music as Medicine | Medicine Stories | Scoop.it
Music has been used as medicine since humanity began. Discover 4 ways to harness the healing powers of harmony at home.

Via Rebecca Bauer
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I write "music with a message" and I believe that music and stories are medicine. Recently my Dad crossed over, and a "Noble Death Song" came through, which was inspired by Tecumpseh, Shawnee (1768-1813). In his wisdom words called, "Live Your Life" he said, "Prepare a noble death song for the day you go over the great divide," and "Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home." I promised my Dad I would write his Noble Death Song, then asked Creator and ancestors to help bring it through. A song came through three days before my Dad passed and I sang it to him for the first time in his final hour. I believe it gave him the spiritual medicine he needed to let go. I will update this post with a link to the song and lyrics when I get them up on my music website at http://donnagentile.com. Thank you for your stories, your ear and open heart... Donna Gentile

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