photos by Jem Cresswell

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Touring & song circles for communities + downloadable press kit for gatherings & retreats. 

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"WAILS: SONGS FOR GRIEF"
GOFUNDME 

Join the fundraiser to make an album entirely dedicated to grief, recorded with over 150 voices in Summer 2023 called “WAILS: songs for grief.” It is inspired by the five gates of grief from Francis Weller’s book, “The Wild Edge of Sorrow.” There is a song for each gate, an opening and closing song & spell. This album is meant to be like sitting in a circle, a ceremony if you will, to honor grief in a culture that is grief-illiterate & grief phobic.

She aims to raise $11,111 for studio time, a producer, an engineer, mixing, mastering, food and care for a 100+ person choir, musicians, merch and more. 

YES! Recording with a 111+ choir! That is when these songs sound the richest! Get an idea here & here

She will be touring this album in a song ceremony fashion, going from community to community with the prayer of remembering what was meant to be forgotten: Our inherent birthright of rhythm and song already living inside our bodies, to grieve, to be witnessed in community and to know - we were never meant to do any of this alone. 

This album is an ode to grief, rage, ceremony, ritual, the ancestors, prayer, community, spirit kin and reverence for sacred space holding.

 

You can gift energy to this album's coming to fruition by supporting them on Patreon

Image by Jem Cresswell

29+ songs caught by Alexandra Blakely on bandcamp.

Listen here

One of Blakely's many passions is visual storytelling and filmmaking. Many of her video projects have either been directed and/or edited by her. 

Watch some here. 

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 < both images by Aliko Tree ^

Blakely unearths the power in song, that similar to prayer, can propel the solidification of realities. She writes for the community to transform, ask questions, and seek to lead lives that would make us ancestors worth honoring.

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