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Song of the Soul invites you to a soul-level encounter. Music has the ability to proclaim the soul's language beyond what mere words can speak. That's what we seek as we invite our guests to share their Song of the Soul. You will hear the music that has charted the steps of their spiritual journey, that has provided a touchstone in the soul's dark night, and sung the hearts awe and joy when come to the Light. As you listen to Song of the Soul, you are both witness and companion to our guest's spiritual path and sacred testimony.

Song of the Soul guests provide about 25 minutes of the music that speaks of their spiritual path, beliefs or journey, and Mark Helpsmeet explores with them the relevance and meaning of this music to their experience.  Most guests are musicians, usually sharing their own music, but some guests are simply sharing music they've been impacted by, written and performed by others.

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Pete Seeger's Generations of Music 7/16/2017

Part 3 of musicians who performed with & whose music was grown by Pete Seeger.

Charlie King - Reprise 7/9/2017

An old friend of Northern Spirit Radio, Charlie King, returns for the first time in nine years. Join us as this talented troubador shares his songs, stories, and trenchant wit with us and our listeners on Song of the Soul, tales from becoming a concientious objector as a Roman Catholic to being told by Pete Seeger to write a Woody Guthrie song.

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:

Catholic 

More Pete Seeger Fruits: Reggie Harris, Annie Patterson, Sarah Pirtle, & Peter Alsop 7/2/2017

More fruits of the musical seeds planted by Pete Seeger over his 94 years, with guests like Reggie Harris, Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Peter Alsop, and Sarah Pirtle (and several more folks in 2 weeks!).

Pete Seeger's Bountiful Harvest, Part 1 6/25/2017

Pete Seeger planted seeds of music & change everywhere he went, and some of that harvest is shared today (& next week) by a visit with Leda Schubert, author of Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing (and also The Princess of Borscht), and musician friends of Pete's, 

Ian Alexy Hobo & Deserter, Jersey & Heartland 6/18/2017

A long-ago migrant from the Jersey Shore to the Heartland, Ian Alexy and his brother have been the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, while his own band is Ian Alexy & The Deserters. It's driving rock, it's folk, it's real, it's great.

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Punk-Jazz-Haiku Bodywork 6/11/2017

Let him near a guitar and Ned Brown  transmutes the punk rock of his youth, mixed with ingredients of jazz and word play, into something new for the planet, though most days he's just a mild-mannered, meditating, Tai Chi, bodywork professional with Earth & Sky Bodyworks, Who is the real, who the fakir? A question beyond our pay grade!

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Michael Smith Whisper Behind the Light 6/4/2017

Michael Smith is the face and guitar of Whisper Behind the Light, drawing on the deep place to speak messages of power and transformation. Michael has found a life of rootedness and simplicity - as much as that happens with 5-plus kids - away from the squirrel!!! of big city life, and in the community of the Catholic faith of his upbringing.

J. Brent Bill Humble Stumble Hymnbook 5/28/2017

J. Brent Bill is the author of Life Lessons From a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace, reviewed in Friends Journal to much acclaim. He's also been an avid consumer and creator of music, and joins us this week to discuss one section in particular of his book, the Humble Stumble Hymnbook.

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:

Quaker 

Rod MacDonald White Buffalo Quest 5/21/2017

Rod MacDonald spins deeply emotional tapestry with his songs, a sort of emotional journalism, powerfully capturing the aspirations and angst of the listener. He was a principle in the 1980s folk revival in Greenwich village, co-founding the Greenwich Village Folk Festival. You'll find a couple of his songs in Rise Up Singing because of their penetrating & enduring power.

Jean Rohe Road to Arise! Arise! 5/14/2017

Jean Rohe has created an alternate (and much better) National Anthem: Arise! Arise! and she shares the songs from the US, Cuba, Brazil, & Republic of Georgia that got her there. She'll share much more of her own music on her next Song of the Soul visit.

Written & performed by Jean Rohe:

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