Divine Daughtersby Rachel L. Bagby, Rachel Bagby
An extraordinary vocal artist, storyteller, and performer, Rachel Bagby has something to say. She calls on mothers, daughters, and sisters everywhere to reclaim their own voices by living "an out-loud devotion to freedom"--singing, whispering, speaking--and to respect their essential passions along the way. Deeply rooted in her own life story, Divine Daughters/i>… See more details below
An extraordinary vocal artist, storyteller, and performer, Rachel Bagby has something to say. She calls on mothers, daughters, and sisters everywhere to reclaim their own voices by living "an out-loud devotion to freedom"--singing, whispering, speaking--and to respect their essential passions along the way. Deeply rooted in her own life story, Divine Daughters is about the power of speech, the power of silence, the power of sound, and the power of storytelling.
In this unique and refreshing narrative, Rachel Bagby offers a powerful testament to the connection between self-expression, personal power, and restorative community. Divine Daughters reveals the relationship between the discovery and recovery of one's peerless voice and the experience of daughters as divine. Drawing on the experiences of her own tumultuous life-including creative fervor, rape, homelessness, and then critical success-Bagby chronicles the reclamation of both her voice and her passion and challenges us to do the same. With poetic lyricism and a great gift for storytelling, Bagby urges us to reap the empowering benefits that come from tapping into life's wellspring of sound and song.
Lyrically told, Bagby's story is at times painfully honest about her own struggles to find her true voice in relationship with "Life Itself." She reveals the power of voice with stories about courage and shame, forgiveness, infidelity, equality, and ecology. She asks us to articulate compassion every day and to amplify the daughterly divinity found in spiritual texts, legend, folktale, custom, and creation stories. Finally, she emphasizes the importance of nurturing our daughters's voices and charges womeneverywhere to create restorative communities that "consistently give voice to Life."
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Divine daughter sisters: an invitationEnter these pages with the ears of one ready to hear deeply and be deeply heard.
Your voices are my voices.
A Cheyenne proverb says that a people is not broken until the hearts of the women are on the ground. I say our species won't be healthy until the hearts of the daughters are nourished and sound.
Hear, within these pages, song and story cycles of daughters' divine: births-lives-deaths-rebirths-lives. Hear here chants of our lifetimes, sorrow songs and freedom songs, spirituals, praisesongs, and bawdy ballads. Listen, look deeply within these pages for daughters' ways of coming to power-filled terms with interior suns.
Divine daughter sisters, your voices are my voices.
We reach each daughter's soul only by voice, by ear, by heart, and by our singing what we know'bone deep'to be true.
Ours are the voices now becoming skilled in telling all who claim to love us: Show your love by listening deeply.
Gather near and lend us your hearts' middle ears.
Our daughterly living and learning accompanies Life's voices. We call and Life responds to our yearnings to be free.
Hear here our dances with the many times and places that require savvy silences. Hear here the places and the ears receptive to our roars.
Hear, within these pages, the polyrhythmic choruses of miracles igniting our upbringings into coming 'rounds of lit living.
Your voices are my voices.
Your voices are my voices, divine daughter sisters.
Bringings Up and Comings 'Round:I.
I am a drummer's daughter
daughter of pounding
daughter of sound
a child ofmusic
child of movement
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