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by Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate

An inspiring song journey from the Old World to the New, in a rich tapestry of mystical openings for heart and spirit. Openings weaves diverse influences from Sufi, African, Celtic, ancient Christian, and a variety of cultural traditions.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Open to You, My Beloved
Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate
3:12 $0.99
2. The Way of the Truth
Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate
5:59 $0.99
3. There Is a Light
Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate
5:27 $0.99
4. Persistence of Vision
Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate
5:01 $0.99
5. Fairies and Fireflies Dance At Dusk
Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate
5:25 $0.99
6. Ave Generosa
Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate
3:57 $0.99
7. Lorica
Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate
4:35 $0.99
8. Bobo Maley
Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate
4:38 $0.99
9. Aramaic Lord's Prayer
Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate
8:43 $0.99
10. Hay Una Mujer
Susan Lincoln & Craig Toungate
6:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Note From Susan & Craig:
"Openings" is a chronicle of our search for the divine. We are seekers of the Mystery, and as musicians we write songs that reflect that search.

We opened every recording session of this album with a prayer, asking the Beloved to bless the fruits of our labor, and infuse our recording with healing love and light.

Our musician friends who collaborated with us are some of the finest that Austin, Texas has to offer, but more important to us are their deep, beautiful hearts. This group includes Earthtone recording artist Shane O'Madden (Govinda) on violin, recording artist Oliver Rajamani on tablas, percussionist Paul Pearcy (Dixie Chicks), saxophonist Dan Torosian (Marcia Ball Band), organist Nick Connolly (Imperial Golden Crown Harmonizers), pianist Kay Sparks, violinist Javiar Chaparro, and bassist Glenn Kawamoto.

Info on the Songs -
"I Open To You, My Beloved" - we wanted to open the album with an invocation to the Beloved. This was actually the last track we recorded.

"The Way Of The Truth" - music by Craig with lyrics based on a poem by Sufi Shaykh Sidi al Jamal, with a chorus that says in arabic - the breath of God that enlivens everything, there is only God, and all thanks and praise be to God.

"There is a Light" - a song from Susan that deals with working with the shadow, and how to shine a light on those places in ourselves that we hide in.

"Persistence Of Vision" - this track from Craig is a sort of New Age/Reggae/Soul Feel-Good song about the power of Love and Forgiveness.

"Fairies and Fireflies Dance at Dusk" - is Craig's tribute to the Fairie Realm. Just close your eyes and you'll feel the wind from their wings as they fly by you.

"Ave Generosa" - a piece from 12th Century Mystic Hildegard of Bingen. Susan leads women's spirit song-circles called Hilde Girls using the music and teachings of Hidegard. Susan is solo a capella on this one.

"Lorica" - literally means breastplate, and refers to the ancient Celtic practice of saying a morning prayer invoking the power of Nature.

"Bobo Maley" - is a traditional chant from the Dagara tribe of Central West Africa, as taught by Malidoma Some, with a counter melody by Craig & Susan of the english translation - O Spirit, we are calling, come into my body, move me, inhabit me, and make me alive!

"Aramaic Lord's Prayer" - several years ago we were on a quest to learn how to pray. With hands on each other's hearts, we would practice saying the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic, the original language of Jesus. It's rich mystical text opened and led us to intimate conversations with God. Soon melodies and dance movements came to us for each line of the prayer, and the song began it's continuing, powerful hold on our hearts. We used 36 vocal tracks on this recording.

"Hay Una Mujer" - an a capella arrangement by Susan & Craig of this wonderful Holly Near song that is a tribute to the courageous women who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of peace. The divine feminine resides in the heart of every one of us. May we search for Her, embrace Her, and allow Her to love through us.

Biographies -

Susan Lincoln and Craig Toungate, are marriage partners and transformational musicians from Austin, Texas, who know that music is medicine for mind, body, and spirit.

Susan is a singer, healer, and teacher. For over 25 years, Susan, has been a workshop facilitator, as well as a voice teacher to professionals and non-professionals alike. A classically trained singer, her passion and studies have led her into sound and vibrational healing. Susan is the Founder of Hilde Girls, where she leads circles of women in healing and discovery using the music of Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th Century Mystic and Healer.

Craig has been a professional musician for over 30 years, performing in a variety of bands and venues throughout the US and Europe. His interest in the music of other cultures led him to study the healing aspects of sound, vibration and music. In addition to his many performing credits, Craig has been a featured artist on over 50 Disney recordings, including the Jungle Book 2 Soundtrack, and the Bug's Life Sing-a-Long that was nominated for a Grammy. He can also be heard singing commercials for Southwest Airlines, Nissan, Applebees, and North of the Border.

Craig and Susan are dedicated in assisting people in the experience of life as a creative journey to Spirit.



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scott jefferson

Very touching, moving and inspirational. Listen to it!!!
This CD is truly a work of art and its blend of various musical styles is extremely effective. I was moved by the music.

Russell D Forsyth

A great addition to any music collection!
After listening to this CD one night I had the greatest experience. I opened up mentally and spiritually to a life changing way of thinking. Openings is so aptly named. Singing along with Bobo Melay and the Aramaic Lord's Prayer is a human experience we should all share. I sing along with these interesting and different melodies every chance I get

Sharon H.

"Light" helps rid the darkness
I encounted this CD after a near fatal car accident. I have to drive thru this intersection in the course of my daily life many times but last fall, on the anniversary of the accident, at almost the same time, as I drove thru, "There is a Light" was playing and I found that the words penetrated the darkness that had plagued me for 3 years. I found the freedom to overcome the strangle-hold this location had on me. There are many other songs on this CD that lift my spirit and I have come to embrace all of them. Thank you to Craig and Susan for "Opening" my way in this world.

Carin Oost

I love the cd, I like every song but I was very touched by the song "there is a light" wich gave me the curriage to look at myselve for who I truely am and accept myself and the song "lorica" wich for me says it all.Thank You