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Spoonwalk

by SONA

This is the Folkedellic trio's debut works, highlighting Bel & the Joes ability to combine a variety of sound into one group, including ethereal vocals, fun pagan jams, and emotional pieces of inspired music.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. The Well
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2. Tuesday
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3. Meditation
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4. Little Song
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5. Pagan Polka
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6. Blues River
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7. Burnin' Time in Texas
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8. Burn in Hell
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9. Paper Floor
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10. Land of the Sidhe
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11. Tate's Dream
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12. Spoon
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13. Hidden Track
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From The Beginning:

In the Hot Summer months of 2000, three people met at the Brushwood Folklore Center in New York, the home of the Sirius Rising and Starwood festivals that have been going on for years. Among them were a singer, a vocalist, and a mandolin player. This father and son duo from Kansas combined with a single female vocalist from Missouri came together to form SONA. It was realized at once that these three had been searching for each other, and that the magick that was apparent between the three of them musically was rare.

At Sirius Rising and then at Starwood, two back to back festivals that encompass a plethora of dimensions and a diverse smattering of musical talent, the trio came together as much as possible to play and share original songs. They noticed that they got along very well and had great fun working out their tunes together, as if it were the most natural thing in the Universe for them to be together. They wrote several songs together, took them up to the bardic pavilion show on the main stage, and played them for an enthusiastic audience. They played at the tavern late at night, and after the gathering, went their separate ways, promising to get together again soon. A few weeks later, they rejoined at the Festival of Tara in Kansas to rekindle their connection by writing more songs, and were invited shortly thereafter by Trickster from Loke E. Coyote to come to Texas and do the Austin and Houston Pagan Pride day events, and do some work on his rock opera, "Druid Four Winds." Texas was a huge success. They decided to take it further and planned to get together to do another CD, in addition to the live CD they put together with Loke E. Coyote from the Pagan Pride day events.

The Music:

Beltana, Joe, and Joe, the three folks who make up the current lineup of SONA, have an interesting combination of influences and musical backgrounds. Bel had been involved in several rock bands in and around the St. Louis area, and had done some studio work, but always felt like she was missing the point, writing more earthy original music that no one seemed to understand or really have the same desire to play. When she met "The Joes," she realized that these were two very talented and spiritually like-minded people that shared her visions. Joe Sr., the "Older of the Joes," had a lot of background in music, and his son, also named Joe, was a mandolin player with a background of years of guitar playing, and it soon came to light that the three of them had very different musical tastes,yet similar in some respects, spiritually as well as musically. To describe the music of SONA would be a challenge; in words; try to imagine lofty vocals, sweet and at times mesmerizing, combined with passionate and humorous musical intercessions; a combination of roots Celtic and mysterious one moment, then full of energy and bluegrass another- with a little rock in between! Their work encompass mesmerizing harmonious vocals one moment, funny bluegrass tunes the next, and in another breath, a rockin' blues tune that will have you dancing and twirling with abandon.

SONA: The Meaning of the Name:

While on the road to Camp Gaia, Bel and the Joes had many discussions on music, life and poetry. In these discussions, they came across the realization that a lot of the Buddhist concepts were something that they all had in common on a spiritual level, and began to discover this as one of the things that they shared as a common thread. Joe Jr. recalled the story of the parable of the lute in Buddhist teachings, and retold it to Bel while trying to describe some of those beliefs that they shared. Later, when searching for a name for the group, they came across the story in a book, the "Teachings of the Buddha." About Sona, the lute player, and the name was born.
"The Parable of the Lute"
Once the Blessed One lived near Rajagaha, on Vulture Peak. At that time while the venerable Sona lived alone and secluded in the cool forest, this thought occurred to him: "Of those disciples of the Blessed One who are energetic, I am one, Yet, my mind has not found freedom." Now the Blessed One, perceiving in his own mind the venerable Sona's thoughts.Left Vulture Peak, and, as speedily as a strong man might stretch his bent arm or bend his stretched arm, he appeared in the Cool Forest beside the venerable Sona. And he said to the venerable Sona: "Sona, did not this thought arise in your mind? 'Of those disciples of the Blessed One who are energetic, I am one. Yet, my mind has not found freedom." "Yes, Lord." "Tell me, Sona, in earlier days were you not skilled in playing string music on a lute?" "Yes, Lord." "And tell me, Sona, when the strings of your lute were too taut, was then your lute tuneful and easily playable?" "Certainly not, O Lord." "And tell me, Sona, when the strings of your lute were too loose, was then your lute tuneful and easily playable?" "Certainly not, O Lord." ";But when, Sona, the strings of your lute were neither too taut nor too loose, but adjusted to an even pitch, did your lute then have a wonderful sound and was it easily playable?" "Certainly, O Lord." "Similarly, Sona, if energy is applied too strongly, it will lead to restlessness, and if energy is too lax it will lead to lassitude. Therefore, Sona, keep your energy in balance and balance the spiritual faculties and in this way focus your attention." " O Llord," replied the venerable Sona in assent. Afterward the venerable Sona kept his energy balanced, balanced the Spiritual Faculties and in this way focused his attention. And the venerable Sona, lived alone and secluded, diligent, ardent and resolute, soon realized here and now, through his own direct knowledge, that unequalled goal of the holy life.

(Adapted from the Anguttara Kikaya, translated by Nyanaponika Thera)

Reviews:

CMA Beltane 2001
From the show with SONA: "SONA, a trio of pagan musicians, plays a delightful blend of bluegrass to rock-a-billy" - Don Waterhawk, in a festival review at the WVOX website, 4/19/01

Heartland 2001
From a review of the show: "Friday night kicked off with a great performance by SONA! Many thanks to Beltana, Joe Sr., Joe Jr., for their energy and for the smiles they provided that night. It is always a joy to hear you play." - Don Waterhawk, from the festival review at WVOX on 6/2/01

Dark, Soulful Power and Beauty
"Bel's melodic feminine contributions feel like "psychedelic folk" to me, haunting and eerie in their dark, soulful power and beauty." ---SilverDrake Fey, on the recording sessions in Texas, 2000

Splendidly Woven Lyrics
On the Gypsy Song: "This Beltana tune will magickally transport you into a gypsy camp..." On the song, Tate's Dream: "Splendidly woven lyrics and haunting music..." On the song, Land of the Sidhe: "Considered Beltana's best "pagan song" to date. Beware: you may put yourself at risk listening to this song under a sycamore tree..." - Cernowain Greenman, from the SONA Fan website http://members.aol.com/cernowain9/cern/cern.html

And as one reviewer commented on the Texas Pagan Pride Day Shows:
"Joe, Joe, and our own Beltana comprise the trio known as SONA, a name derived from the story of the Buddha's sudden enlightenment after years of contemplation under a tree. This band features an eclectic and rich mix of styles and sounds, which make for a universal appeal to many musical tastes. I feel that they have an appeal even outside of the Pagan context.

The older Joe, who is responsible for many of the more "bluegrass" style songs the bands offers such as Fairy Dew, Burn in Hell, and others, provides a lighthearted and merry feel to much of the music -- and lyrics you can sing along to and remember. Like Trickster, (from Loke E. Coyote) he also has a flair for satire. I found myself being very careful about what I said and did around these folks, let me tell you.....

The younger Joe's particular musical style, embodied in songs like Paper Floor is thus far eluding a particular characterization for me, though I would take a stab at saying what I have heard sounds like "folk rock" or "alternative". Whatever it is, it is introspective, passionate, and even brooding at times, though it never for a moment loses the feel of being driven by an intense, energetic PRESENCE. It is...quite good.

Bel, whose song contributions thus far are Land of the Sidhe, The Well, Tate's Dream, and Snails Ho, provides a melodic feminine counterbalance to the smooth masculine voices of the Joes. Her songs feel like "psychedelic folk" to me, haunting and eerie in their dark, soulful power and beauty. The song Snails Ho is a humorous and cheery tribute to her experience with her "family" at the Pagan Spirit Gathering every year."

In even more words, you MUST experience them for yourself.

Their 2007 Comeback:

"Yes, its true! After a hiatus of three years, SONA has reunited-- to the delight of all their fans. Our infamous Interlopers of Idolatry, the Sultans of Spiritualism, the Pompadours of Paganity, the Mad Missourian Mithraites, the "Peter, Paul and Mary" of Pagan Music, have come back together to reform the Power of Three that is known as SONA." - Cernowain Greenman

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Cernowain Greenman

“Filled with Wonder, Imagination, Humor and Magick”
SONA is an acoustic trio who artfully blend guitar, mandolin, drums and vocals to create a Pagan epicurean delight for the ear and the heart. These three are the Peter, Paul and Mary of Pagan music.

SONA’s debut CD entitled “Spoonwalk” is an enchanted ride on the infamous cow who jumped over the moon, winked at the world, and then plodded blissfully onto a spiritual path filled with wonder, imagination, humor and magick. In other words, this CD is a musical walk inside a Pagan dream where your soul will be fed with spoonfuls of mystery, blessedness and laughter-- and a little earth-based wisdom to boot.

The CD begins with the trance-inducing song “The Well” (track 1), about a spiritual journey through a labyrinth of light. Shadowy yet psychedelic, this song preshadows the diversity of spiritual encounters that lay ahead on this CD for the listener. Later on, we are led into the romantic and dangerous “Land of the Sidhe” (track 10) where the Fey folk are met. We also visit an otherworldly underland where we chance upon love in Tate’s Tavern in the song “Tate’s Dream” (track 11).

With the song “Pagan Polka” (track 5), SONA asks: “Why must Pagan music always be in a minor key?” and proceeds to show us how different it could be-- with the crazy beat of the Polka. The rhythm and imagery of this song will capture your imagination and “win you over” to a brand new way of doing the spiral dance while tickling your funny bone. The good times continues with “Burning Time in Texas” (track 7) an upbeat tongue-in-cheek song about some folks in Texas (and elsewhere) who think it’s their duty to go around persecuting witches. This SONA tune uses humor to expose their fear, ignorance and lack of sense. Sometimes people act so silly you just have to laugh at them! And the laughs continue with the parody tune called “Burn in Hell” (track 8). Set to a Calypso beat, this song turns Fundamentalism on its head, revealing the absurdity and hypocrisy behind this bullying tactic that some fear-mongers use on others in the name of religion.

On a lighter feel-good note, SONA gives us the happy tune “Little Song” (track 4), about self-confidence and enjoying music and life. Then there’s the gospel hymn “Meditation” (track 3) complete with church-style harmonies and a Pagan message on grounding and centering to find peace of mind.

The romantic side of SONA comes out with several tracks on this CD. The light-hearted and innocent love song “Tuesday” (track 2) is backed with nice open jazzy chords. “Paper Floor” (track 9) is a feminine reflection on the cycle of love, pain and regret. There’s also “Blues River” (track 6) for when your lover has left and you need a good ol’ blues song-- one with a soulful magickal river to float those tears away.

The title track “Spoon” (track 12) is about alternative consciousness, or what Joe Credit III of SONA calls “camping and tripping”. Regardless, once the drumming gets going, you’ll be feeling Nature’s heartbeat and getting into the Pagan groove.

After hearing this CD, I wanted to hear more! But this "Spoonwalk CD" is a good place to start if you are ready for music that evokes mystery, laughter and a sense of well-being, while leading you into new spiritual realms. I highly recommend that you put on your Pagan shoes and go for a Spoonwalk with SONA. You’ll be glad you did.
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