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The Promise by Michelle Mays

by Michelle Mays

Contemporary Folk music which touches the Spirit and heart in mysterious ways.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One Power-Opening
3:41 $1.29
2. Mothers Eyes
3:26 $1.29
3. The Promise
3:42 $1.29
4. Petals of the Rose
3:59 $1.29
5. De Ja Vu
6:09 $1.29
6. Love is Your Magic
3:12 $1.29
7. The Welcoming
4:14 $1.29
8. The Apple
2:52 $1.29
9. One Power-Closing
2:23 $1.29
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The songs on The Promise CD are written and sung from the heart. The music reflects the growing philosophy and awareness of the Goddess culture, and the Celebration and Sacredness of life.

Originally, The Promise Cd was born as a collaborative donation to financially help a community of friends. I'd been donating funds for the group for years, the plans and the needs of the group were growing and more funds were needed. In the fall of 1998 a dear friend asked me to give my songs to create a Cd so the sales could to help the financial needs of the community, and in the spirit of love, I agreed. The agreement was that she'd take care of the accounting and artwork for the Cd, and I'd do the music and recording to create the Cd. Within Months, the musical recording of the Cd was finished. Unfortunately, the artwork and business side of the CD, etc... was never finished. This was because while I was in Arizona and NY doing art shows, the community of friends became no more. What a shocking and sad surprise! A sad story reflected time and time again in the Goddess Community across the USA. I will always miss these beautiful people and the joy of our gatherings.... for once love is born within our hearts, it lives on forever.


In the summer of 2000, The Promise Cd became available online. On several online music sites, for years many of the songs on the Cd remained in the top 40 in the World Folk Genre. The Promise, Title song held #2, and remained in the top 20 for a year!! All of the songs on the Cd, 'The Promise' held positions in the top 100 positions of the Genre. We are grateful and feel honored that the music is liked, and we hope you like it to.

A little info on the songs:

1. One Power, opening and closing, came from information passed down for generations (as the story went), and was written for the opening and closing of our Circles.
2. Mothers eyes, was inspired by the eyes a beloved friend, and acknowledges the Deity within us all.
3. The Promise song was written as I gazed at the beautiful view of the Ozark mountains and was a flow without effort as if from Mother Earth herself.
4. Petals of the Rose was originally written in 1995 as I sat in my silver studio contemplating the circle of life and the lyrics were tweaked for the Cd.
5. Dejavu was originally written in 1980, when I met a man I later I married, and the lyrics were tweaked for the Cd.
6. Love is your Magic was written with love and joy for the Marriage/Handfast of a beloved friend and the lyrics were tweaked for the Cd.
7. The Welcoming was written as a blessing to celebrate the joyful birth and life of my Goddess Daughter, Lucina. Each blessing is not only a physical, loving blessing but also represents individuals, the Crones of our Circle.
8. The Apple, esoteric knowledge passed down for generations, (as the story went). As I sat in my kitchen one quiet evening, this song flowed from my guitar and spirit and was complete within a few minutes.

My second CD, The Golden Section, by Michelle Mays, was released in 2003. The songs are gleaned from the most requested songs from my live performances. Excluding Gently Johnny, a traditional song dating back to the 12th century, all of the songs are original works.

A single release, Selu, is the story of the Cherokee Earth Mother, as passed down through the years in Michelle's family, and an original song written by Michelle to honor Selu and the Cherokee People.

My 3rd CD, Fireleap, by Michelle Mays, released in September, 2005. Fireleap is a collection of traditional and original works, both in song and in chants for the celebration of May Day, Beltane.

I was was raised in a musical family, and began performing and writing songs when I was a child. I've performed my Original music throughout the USA, at Pagan and Earth Spirit Gatherings and events, Tea houses and Pubs and a Hootenanny or two.

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A review of 'The Promise' CD, from Brian Sullivan of Emerald Rose, 3/4/2002---,

"She's like coffee and chocolate together...smooth, sweet, sensual - with an energizing kick! Michelle Mays may very well be one of the most talented folk singer/songwriters on MP3.com. Her easy going folk - pop sound is attractive and entertaining, mixing rich guitars with alluring keyboards and rock-steady percussion. Michelle has developed a smooth and sensual sound that is as incessant as the tide - you cannot help being pulled along with the flow of the music. Her husky voiced arrangements are captivating and soothing, complimented by rich harmonies and the sonic tapestries of the keyboards. Michelle's vocals are compelling, warm and vibrant, drawing the listener deep into each song. Her voice conveys a sense of balance and self-knowledge. It is dynamic and versatile, one minute a teacher, then a lost lover, a sister and friend, a priestess in high ritual. Michelle has done an excellent job in working with her band. The group is tight and talented, offering great harmony vocals and exceptional counterpoint in their instrumentation. Ernie Tullis does a remarkable job on the keys, creating an intricate foundation, yet never overreaching or obscuring the subtleties of the song. While Michelle is beautiful and talented, there is a deeper force evident in her music. This woman writes from a place of spiritual inspiration. Often teaching, but never preaching, Michelle writes of the Divine Feminine force and its' place in our lives. Her songs burn with an inner heat that warms the listener like a good campfire. Passion smolders in the beat and the voice, but a clarity of vision is expressed by her words. Insightful and well crafted, her original songs are folk anthems for a wise and gentle Goddess. Most highly recommended."

For more info on the outstanding Emerald Rose Band, http://www.emeraldrose.com/mainpage.htm:

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Karl Here .....

Beyond the norm of any Earth Spirit or Pagan music you'll hear ...
The Promise is by far the most well thought out and put together CD around for Pagan or Earth Spirit listening. The inspiration for purchasing this CD was the marvel of hearing the group live ... seldom am i moved by the typical artist at gatherings, but Phoenixfyre brought me to tears as they sang of truth which is rare for such artists. Get this CD, and if at all possible, hear them live, feel their essence, know the truth ....
karl here ...
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Gladys

Worth the wait!
I have wanted to buy this CD for quite some time (almost a year) and being a poor law school student, I had to wait until I got my tax return back. It was worth the wait, I have not been this happy with a CD in years... the music has an amazing way of calming every nerve and bone in my body. Absolutely amazing!
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greene frogge enterprises

petals of the rose. wonderful
The anology about seeking enlightenment illustrated by The song about plucking the petals off the rose to find he mystery of the rose is simply wonderful imagery.
This is the essence of all great teachers, to communicate the lesson in a parable.
This woman is a teacher extraordianire.
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Donna

Absolutely the best
All songs on this CD are phenominal. It is impossible to have a favorite song. Gives great insight with the lyrics. I love listening and trying to get all the different levels of intent. My favorite Goddess CD, I never get tired of listening to it.
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Guienevere

Absolutely the best!!
The Promise the one of the best Pagan centered albums I have heard. My favorite songs are The Welcoming and Love is Your Magic. Everything from the music to the lyrics to Michelle's voice has no comparison. Definately worth buying!
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