Christmas Day – Album by Earth Tree Healing

Christmas Day. Album released December 1st 2019

Christmas Day is the new album (from musician/composer Claudine West) by Earth Tree Healing. I recommend this album should be played during food prep and consumption, merriment, bad weather, good weather. The even it self, leading up to the event and alternatively, any other time of the year if you like the tunes.

I wanted to capture the essence and accompany with music, festive times with family; love, magic, peace, melody and quirky tunes. Building up to customary funky party beats. The creation of Christmas Day came a knocking via my fingers, shot through the door and wanted to be here pretty quickly. Some intense workload as the nights darkened in my home studio. Documented here on video:

Track Listing

  1. Festive Time
  2. Pigs in Blankets
  3. Bah Humbug
  4. Stocking Filler
  5. Christmas Tree
  6. Christmas Dinner
  7. Mince Pie Lullaby
  8. Love Light Hope Peace
  9. Yule
  10. Xmas Jumper
  11. Brussel Sprouts
  12. Tinsel and Baubles
  13. Santa Likes To Party
  14. Goodwill

It’s been a tough 2019 personally. Making the most of quality time spent with loved ones is paramount. In a season that for some emphasizes loneliness, abandonment, desperation, violence. I want to bring light in via music, vibrational inspiration for comfort, relaxation, escape, good feelings. There is beauty in the darkness. Life is worth hanging on to, even when you feel all hope is lost.

Music is my creative comfort. It is good, it is healing. When lack of vitamin D is problematic and supplements are gobbled down daily. It’s the blanket keeping me warm and tucked up with our cats when it is cold, dark, miserable. I do remember white Christmas snowy times when I was a tall tiddler. I would love to wake up to a white out in England. I still do get very excited at snow. Unfortunately climate change and planet evolution has put a stop to that for many years where I live. (I say this now…) I get a tingle when I smell the snow, the metal in the air, the tightness of the chest as icicles form. We don’t tend to get much of it in Nottingham in the Midlands. ‘The Beast From The East’ came and went. Beans in the cupboard, camping stove and candle ready. A few days in this country = travel chaos, panic buying, keyboard warriors in colder countries ‘used to snow’ making sarcastic social media comments. – Yep when you are used to it and the infrastructure of your country is adequate, prepped, maintained and invested in. Then well.. Walking on your scarf.. or just not going out unless you have to… can alleviate the risk that too many ignore. Breakages of the bone kind…Ouch! Get beans in now, fart your way through it.

I used to get over irritated by Christmas albums, I still do. They put me in the ‘anti spirit’ when played over a tannoy..over and over. SAME SONGS OVER AND OVER. Fortunately new ones are appearing. There are only so many words you can rhyme with Santa. So why record one? Well. I’m not an angry person anymore. Maturity and domestic settlement has calmed me. Crying at anything that is sad or animal related is now the norm. I did once think I was a sociopath, but then I SOBERED UP and unleashed raw be-bopping empathy. Gogglebox? Nope Blubberbox.

When music wants to come through, I really do have to let it. My ‘festive channeling’ opened wide! I also wanted to bring something new to the dinner table. A landscape of comfort, happiness, a musical friend to shine a light during dark nights. My memories of growing up with the Xmas magic as and excited child. After putting a glass of milk out and a carrot for Rudolf. We used to try to stay awake on Christmas Eve to sneak a peek at Santa. But like some magical sleeping dust. We never saw our stockings being filled at the end of our beds. My Brother, Sister and I would get up at the crack of dawn. Much gratitude to our parents for these times. We weren’t spoiled like brats, but we were spoiled.

The Xmas morning brekkie. The only day of the year I ate jam on toast. The only day I wanted jam on toast. Followed by chocolate, the feast of pigs in blankets, turkey, roasties, parsnips and veg. The awfulness of brussel sprouts – Love ’em or loathe ’em. A must on the dinner plate. I’d eat a couple to take one foe the team. The after effects fun wise far outweigh the taste. The afternoon kip, the queens speech, the same films every year on terrestrial TV – Yes 5 channels growing up. No Netflix binges in those days.

One December, I’d had the flu. Once I was able to get out of bed I built a small cardboard church. My Dad fitted lights inside. This goes under the tree every year.

Sweet wrappers, carboard and wallpaper with a little bell in the spire.

This album is for you. It does include some tootsie tapping tunes. the humming melodies. Handle it by listening and sharing. Its success will provide benefit of kindness to our world. Give yourself and the ones around you some Love Light Hope Peace .:. Claudine

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8 Sabbats Album – Earth Tree Healing

Experience The Celebration, The Ritual, The Beauty.

8 Sabbats’¬†by Earth Tree Healing is the 6th release from Composer/Multi-Instrumentalist Claudine West. This New Age instrumental album celebrates The Wheel of the Year, salutes the Equinoxes, Solstices and Harvest Festivals. From relaxing meditation music to dancing around a Beltane fire. For fans of good vibrations. Claudine meditated and channelled energies to capture the essence of each Sabbat/track. Available from digital stores (iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Play etc) and on CD, October 31st 2017.¬†

‪Album 8 Sabbats

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‘Music is a portal. My inspiration for this album, being Pagan. Was to connect further musically with Gaia, our traditions, the history and practices. Honouring the Earth, Nature, Tradition and Spirit. Journey through this musical wheel, from a Pianissimo¬†to its Crescendo, like nature. Feel it, breathe it, let the quiver and the cadence flow.¬†It is the Earth, the Air, the Sky, the Water, the Fire, the Spirits, the Energies…I am grateful for what I have. With our cats often sitting in on recording sessions. As a musician at Claudsville Studios. I sit back, meditate¬†upon the intention and let the vibrations take over. I’m the puppet of improvisation and flow. My guitars, mandolin, bass, sitar, auto harp…Adding piano and keyboards, sounds, frequencies. I am a conduit. Conscious thinking departs. During the composing and recording process, I channel the energies, the essence. I find this experience blissful. I ascend, I dance, I meditate, my fingers flow creating universal vibrations. Blessed be’

Journey through this musical wheel, from a¬†Pianissimo¬†to a¬†Crescendo, like nature. Feel it, breathe it, let the quiver and the cadence flow.¬† It is the Earth, the Air, the Sky, the Water, the Fire, the Spirits, the Energies…

1. Samhain (31st October) As summer ends, we enter the dark half of the year. The vale is thin between our world and the other world. Also known as All Saints Day and Halloween. Samhain is a personal journey I undertake to Wales, with family.  Our descendants who reside in the Summerlands gather and dine. Rituals, Divination. Candles burn until they disappear. This is our time together. As the Wheel of the Year continues. We are thankful of the harvests this year. We carve pumpkins, make pumpkin fritters with brown sugar. With a leg of lamb with the roast. The head of the table is laid and dines with us. We place our candles there for our loved ones. This blue library room is where we congregate. Pudding is apples and plenty of brandy for pudding Samhain.

samhain blue room
The Blue Room Wales. Samhain.

In the years that have passed. I’ve cried, I’ve overcome. I miss them when they visit and offer support and advise… Good advice! We’ve all discussed what needed to be. From the books… we learned more through divination, than they told read cover to cover. With warmth into darkness. We walked through flames and overcame. We planned, rescued, supported. Where lectures helped awaken. Our hand fasting date on 1st April 2011 came from Samhain. Being part of this something has been welcomed and fabulous. I’m writing this, as am on the brink of my own evolution into bliss. Belief, small steps, giant bounds. The truth and a little help from my loved ones in spirit, got me here right now. Thank you. Oh and enjoy the music ūüé∂


2. ¬†Yule¬†(21st December) The Winter Solstice. The shortest day. It‚Äôs time for us to light the Yule log. Celebrate the rebirth of the sun. Watch the fire crackle, bring warmth and hot soup for the soul. Settle with the cats as the evenings get darker and magical. We prepare our intents for the coming year of new adventures. As a child the excitement of the winter snow has never left me. The white blanket that comforts. Present giving and seeing the surprise and gratitude is wonderful feeling. I‚Äôm hoping with a little help from the law of attraction, 2018 will bring a Hurdy – Gurdy ūüėČ (Luckily we just got given a free hot tub!) This time has also been spent with our circle in Wales. With this track I wanted to enhance that magical feeling. The peeping from under the covers. Rebirth in the Solstice sun.

hurdy

3. Imbolc (1st-2nd February) Following what feels like the damp, dark month of January, the land awakens with the beginning of spring.  Where udders lactate. Receive blessings from the Goddess Brigid. This is the time for creativity, inspiration, initiations and music making. (Claudine filmed the video of beautiful skies on a flight back to the UK from a trip to California and Nevada in October 2017)

4. Ostara¬†(21st March) (Spring Equinox)¬†From the North to the East to the South to the West. This is the Spring Equinox. The first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. If Imbolc was a breath on the wind …Ostara is the refresh. The jolt, the spark, the greenery. Life comes alive. The rebirth of nature. The fertile 5 elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit combine for growth. ¬†The Cross, the Wheel of the Year. Night and day are almost equal. I love this time of year as it‚Äôs the big wake up. The flowers begin to bloom. Colour returns. This is a personal favourite on this album. This track has orchestral instrument arrangements such as French Horns and Clarinets. Whilst a big fan of using the Harp. I put in the pulse of rhythms for this true awakening and celebration.

5.¬†Beltane¬†(30th April-1st May) The festival of fire. This is the beginning of summer.¬†Known as May Day. Bonfires are lit to honour the sun for future harvests. Originating from the Celtic God ‚ÄėBel‚Äô (The Bright One). The rhythm. With guitar, mandolin and drums. This track encapsulates the power and the passion. Dance round the maypole in the wild. Here is a clip of me recording a guitar part.

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6. Litha (Summer Solstice) (21st June) With the longest day and the shortest night. The sun is at its Zenith. The Fire Festival with The Sun God. Stonehenge gatherers celebrate midsummer with rituals. This was the first track I composed and recorded for 8 Sabbats. Happy times, sunshine and excitement.

7. Lammas Lughnasadh¬†(1st August)¬†The prelude, first harvest of the season. The festival of the cutting of the grain. From the Irish God ‘Lugh.’ This music for a medieval feast. Don’t forget to make Corn Dollies!

8. Mabon (21 September) (Autumn Equinox) Night and day are of equal length during this harvest festival. Reap what you sow. Be grateful for the blessings that you have. Process the past year, plan your future. As we head into Autumn. I like to get my blankets out, burn lots of candle and romance in the atmosphere. While the leaves will fall. The greens turn into beautiful oranges, red and yellows. The air freshens. A purity in the crisp mornings with the lowering sun. (Filmed 12.08.17 on Cromford Canal Matlock, England. Thank you http://www.cromfordcanal.info/ for the canal boat trip.)

Meditate, relax, dance, celebrate and love ~ Claudine