All Vocals by Shannon Day
Written, Recorded, & Produced by Shannon Day
"Though the sound overpowers, sing again~
With thy sweet voice revealing a tone of some world far from ours,
Where music and moonlight and feeling are one."
An Ariette for Music – Percy Shelley
"Saioule": (sai – ool) is based on the Gaelic words - "Saor", freedom & "Saoil", to imagine. This music was created in freedom through imagination as a journey through the chakras.
The word "Saioule" came to me while I was riding in a taxi to the JFK airport through Harlem. There was a huge billboard with the letters: SAIOULE, capitalized first letters of each sentence. I wanted a wordless word, one that held all vowels, felt unfamiliar, yet good in the mouth. When I went to the root of the word, I realized it’s incantations were of Gaelic descent, and magic was on it’s breath. This is the feel of "Saioule".
This CD was created from a vision after teaching movement and working with the ancient chakra system. (There is detailed information on the chakras, their meaning, symbolism, and the energy that inspired each song as you scroll down.)
Recording "Saioule" was a leap of faith into the realm of becoming a vessel for spirit. This CD is inspired, and based on ancient tones and energies.
I began by recording Crystal Bowls to activate healing, each sound uniquely attuned to each chakra. The further sounds I recorded, amplified and harmonized the frequencies, stimulating healing, balancing, and meditation. From this foundation, I felt it important to focus on one chakra a day from sunrise to sunset. I took my recording gear to the coast for a week, and meditated on one chakra per day, singing each chakra’s energy and voice. This was pure sounding. After editing and moving through the raw tracks, I felt the addition of sound and drums would augment the experience, and add depth. I hired my favorite drummer Randy Rollofson to add his magic… He delivered… Marc Rose added a different effect to the vocals depending on the focus of each chakra. (He was quite familiar with the project as he recorded the crystal bowls with me, and Hans Janowitz engineered the additional sounds.) "Saioule" in many ways created itself. There are certain songs, projects that write themselves, and this was one of them. As with any inspiration, I am honored to have been a vessel for this type of work, and have been deeply blessed through the creation of it~
"Saioule" is 60 minutes in duration, enabling any 1hour class or session. "Saioule" begins with the “Root” Chakra, moving through all 7 sonic body centers. Each has a specific tone, vowel, and emotional focus. The CD ends with a "re-integration" track to settle the body and calm the nervous system.
"Saioule's" many uses:
|Sound Therapy||Chakra Balancing||Stress Release|
|Inspiration||Art Therapy||Self Pleasure|
What people say about "Saioule":
"I have just had surgery and armed with my ipod and I got through my first night post operation in hospital with “Saioule” and the wonderful healing sound of the crystal bowls. I would recommend it to anyone going into hospital ... or just wanting to heal the body!!"
"This is the PERFECT meditation, stretching, dream music CD! SO good!"
- Heather Christie
See below for detailed information on each song and corresponding chakra:
(All information from Wikipedia)
Chakras are energy centers along the spine located at branches of the human nervous system, beginning at the base of the spinal column and moving upward to the top of the skull. Chakras are considered to be a point or nexus of biophysical energy in the human body. The entire chakra system is the key to life and source of energy in the universe.
The following seven primary chakras are commonly described:
- Muladhara - Base or Root Chakra (ovaries/prostate)
- Swadhisthana - Sacral Chakra (last bone in spinal cord, the coccyx)
- Manipura - Solar Plexus Chakra (navel area)
- Anahata - Heart Chakra (heart area)
- Vishuddha – Voice or Throat Chakra (throat and neck area)
- Ajna – Instinct, Brow or Third Eye Chakra (pineal gland or third eye)
- Sahasrara – Spheres or Crown Chakra (top of the head; 'soft spot' of a newborn
"Root", is related to instinct, security, survival and basic human potentiality. This center is located in the perineum. "Root" is responsible for the fight-or-flight response when survival is under threat. Key issues involve sexuality, lust, security, and obsession. "Root" physically governs ownership and tribe, mentally governs stability, emotionally governs place and acceptance, and spiritually governs a sense of security. The vowel "L" or tone "Loe" is used in "Saioule".
"Sacral", is located in the sacrum and is considered to correspond to the testes or the ovaries producing sex hormones involved in the reproductive cycle. Key issues involve relationships, violence, addictions, basic emotional needs, and pleasure. "Sacral" physically governs sexuality and reproduction, mentally governs creativity, emotionally governs sensuality, and spiritually governs inspiration. The vowel "V" or tone "Voo" is used in "Saioule".
"Solar" is related to the metabolic and digestive systems, and is located at the solar plexus or belly region. Key issues are personal power, fear, anxiety, opinion-formation, introversion, and transition from simple or base emotions to complex. "Solar" physically governs digestion, mentally governs personal power, emotionally governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth. The vowel "R" or tone "Rha" is used in "Saioule".
"Heart", is located in the chest. Key issues involve complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection and wellbeing. "Heart" physically governs circulation, emotionally governs unconditional love for self and others, mentally governs passion, and spiritually governs devotion. The vowel "Ah" or tone "Yah" is used in "Saioule".
"Voice", relates to communication and growth through expression, and is located parallel to the thyroid, also responsible for growth and maturation. Key issues involve speaking one’s voice, listening, transmitting, receiving and release. "Voice" physically governs communication, emotionally governs independence, mentally governs fluent thought, and spiritually, governs a sense of security. The vowel "K" or tone "Kay" is used in "Saioule".
"Instinct", is located at the third eye chakra and linked to the pineal gland, which guides vision. The pineal gland is light sensitive, and produces the hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep and waking up. Key issues involve balancing higher & lower selves and trusting inner guidance. "Instinct'" physically governs access of intuition, mentally governs visual consciousness, emotionally governs clarity on an intuitive level, and spiritually governs the dreamtime or world between worlds. The vowel "O" or tone "Om" is used in "Saioule".
"Spheres", is located at the top of the head or "crown". This chakra is pure consciousness, where there is neither object nor subject. When the female kundalini Shakti energy rises to this point, it unites with the male Shiva energy, and a state of liberating samadhi is attained. Key issues deal with the release of karma, spiritual evolution, and attained states of being or consciousness. "Spheres" physically governs meditation, mentally governs universal consciousness and unity, emotionally governs "beingness", and spiritually is at peace. The vowel "E" or tone "Eee" is used in "Saioule".
"Expand" is the totality of all chakras , and is meant to integrate all tones, vowels, and energetic qualities. The angelic gesture of breath and sound encourages the listener to sound or receive the sacredness of their own being. "Expand" is meant to draw us "back to earth", crystallizing the sound and experience of "Saioule".