Of The Spirit

by Shells

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"Inspiration is like the universe leaning in to gently kiss me, as I bend my head in gratitude, receiving its creative gift." Shells

Of The Spirit explores the small to the infinite, from weeding in the veggie garden with chickens, to reflecting how immense our universe is when looking up at the stars in the middle of the night.
You’ll be soothed by sweet harmonies and lullabies, inspired by ancient mantras and held by deep love for this old planet that nurtures us all.
May this music bring peace to your heart, curiosity to explore the inner spiritual depths of your being and embrace a simple life in loving connection with all things vast and small.

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released July 11, 2019

Performing Musicians: Shelley Cusiter, Tiff Norchick, Theo Vandersman, Dave Reynolds, Jen Calder and Jessie Westbury.

Recorded by: Shelley Cusiter
Mixed by: Ian Parsons
Mastered by: Stewart Long

Music, lyrics & drawings by: Shelley Cusiter
Image photography: Damian Baker
Graphic Design by: Roxane Jossa

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Track Name: Clouds
You push me
Gently across the sky
A cloud am I

Cloud by cloud
Story by story
Stretching endlessly
My whole history
Floats by

These clouds they are weightless
They hold no substance
Just passing, briefly, through the sky
Track Name: Sleep Peaceful
So soft is your skin, your hands, your toes so tiny
Touching skin to skin, body to body
Your blue eyes enchanting I could watch you for hours

Sleep peaceful
Sleep peaceful
Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep

The love you opened in my heart will stay until my dying day

Sleep peaceful my darling
Sleep peaceful my darling

I'll be holding you
I'll be holding you
I'll be holding you
Track Name: Hold Me Now
Rock me now
Hold me now
Cause I'm falling into you
I'm falling into you
Cause I'm falling into you
I'm falling into you

So small how could we know
A tiny grain of sand
On your shore so old
On your shore so old
On your shore so old
On your shore so old

Just a blink in your history we are
Just a breathe in your time
And I sing for you
And I sing for you
And I sing for you
And I sing for you

Rock me now
Hold me now
Cause I'm falling into you
I'm falling into you
Cause I'm falling into you
And I sing for you
Track Name: Walk With You
Take my soul to where it wants to go
Roll through me as you please
Cause I trust you
I belong to you
I walk with you

Take this heart to beat again
Along your shore we'll dance and sing
Cause we love you
We belong to you
We walk with you

Take my soul to where it wants to go
Track Name: In The Garden
Stars are colliding without me knowing
In this garden I'm sitting
With the music I'm making
Through spider webs they come down
Dripping from the white flowers
While babies are born
As others have departed

From the small to the infinite
Through birth, life and death
In mystery I breathe you in
You turn the cheek and spin

Villages are taken by the dams they are creating
While music is made for this film they played
Here in my garden the echo’s sing to me
Through bird melodies I try to understand

The small to the infinite
Through birth, life and death
In mystery I breathe you in
You turn the cheek and spin

From the small to the infinite
Through birth, life and death
In mystery I breathe you in
You turn the cheek and spin
You spin
Track Name: Mantra
All this writing
Sleep lifts its hand and brushes my eyes
But thoughts of mountains, of friends
Keeps me from sleeping
All these feelings moving here
They make me linger here

I am ready to sit in stillness watching
All the changes that roll through me
I focus aware of my breathing
These simple things unlock the peace within
And I begin to see with such clarity

All the answers are here within me
I just need to be present in this space
All the answers are here within me
I just need to be present in this space
Present in this time
In this place
Track Name: I Am
I am what I am
I am where I'm meant to be
No longer comparing myself to the people around me
I'm in this story,
I'm on this journey,
I am what I am
I am where I'm meant to be

Ahum idam idam ahum
Ahum idam idam ahum
Ahum idam idam ahum
Ahum idam idam ahum
Ahum idam idam ahum

I am what I am
I am where I'm meant to be
I'm part of this human community and all our stories
I think we're ready to know who we are
And who we've always been

Ahum idam idam ahum
Ahum idam idam ahum
Ahum idam idam ahum
Ahum idam idam ahum
Ahum idam idam ahum

I am, I am, I am, I am
I am what I am
Track Name: Indescribable
I look up at the stars
In the dead of night
With a half moon shining bright
I realised there's so much potential
We hold in our lives

All these suns I see are part of our one swirling galaxy
And the spaces, the places in-between are too far for my lenses to perceive
How far does it go, are there edges and boundaries we may never know
Billions of planets are spinning and it gets me thinking and singing
Somehow knowing I'm nothing brings an indescribable something
Somehow knowing I'm nothing brings an indefinable something

I've been like an ant on the ground
So busy with my head down
Marching in lines so narrow and defined
But coming out of the burrow I see
Something far bigger than you or me

All these suns I see are part of our one swirling galaxy
And the spaces, the places in-between are too far for my lenses to perceive
How far does it go, are there edges and boundaries we may never know
Billions of planets are spinning and it gets me thinking and singing
Somehow knowing I'm nothing brings an indescribable something
Somehow knowing I'm nothing brings an indefinable something
Track Name: Simple Life
I was writing this morning
Then I did some baking
The sun came out I went in the garden
Weeding for hours with my girls around me

Oh what a sweet, such a sweet day
I tell you it's a sweet, such a sweet day
I wanted to tell you in this way
I wanted to tell you in this way

I'm delighted by the little things
Like laughing with you my friend
The sun when it warms on my skin
And all the sweet colours of spring
Cause love is growing

Oh what a sweet, such a sweet day
I tell you it's a sweet, such a sweet day
I wanted to tell you in this way
I wanted to tell you in this way

A simple life for me
That's all I need
I'll be happy
A simple life for me
That's all I need
I'll be happy
A simple life for me
A simple life for me
Track Name: Laura
I watch you dance
Didjerido
Connection to the spirits
Of this land
This sacred land
Ancient land

The dust rises as you dance here
Emotions are stirring
The stories that you dance here
They fill some place of yearning
The creatures that you dance of
They weave their animal magic
A love that runs deeper
Through mystical understanding

Through my eyes I see you
Standing so strong in your culture
Though history has changed the course of the journey
I am inspired by your spirituality
Today you have given me my sense of place
Today I am a part of everything

I watch you dance
Didjerido
Connection to the spirits
Of this land
This sacred land
Ancient land
Track Name: Who Am I
Who am I?
This question is an opening
Who am I?
There is no answer just an opening

Beyond this mind, these thoughts they don't define me
Beyond these feelings, getting swept away emotionally
Beyond this changing physical body

Who am I?
This question is an opening
Who am I?
There is no answer just an opening

To the mystery of my being
I'm opening to the mystery of this earth below me
I'm opening to the mystery of this universe

Who am I?
This question is an opening
Who am I?
There is no answer just an opening
To the mystery

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