NOTE: I welcome gift economy and sliding
scale for those that resonate with these
concepts. For those who are able to
compensate me for the value of my work,
I appreciate your contribution.
What is songcatching / Who is a songcatcher?
I believe there is a creative river that exists beyond what the eye can see where we all fish for our creative expressions from. These songs that move through me are something I have caught from that river. They do not belong TO ME, rather, they moved through me. I birthed them and once I sing them out, they take on a life form of their own. They may live long lives, centuries perhaps, or maybe only a few months. They may travel far and wide to all stretches and corners of the world, or maybe just to the trees beneath which I caught it in.
Songcatching is rooted in the idea that creativity is flowing abundantly around us at all times and those who pay attention may catch a piece of inspiration. Like someone who drops a line and hook into the water to catch a fish, a songcatcher consciously opens themselves up to the flowing river of creativity to receive a song, to have a song “come through” them or to “catch” a song. This is not a special gift that some people have and some people do not. Anyone can drop their “line and hook” into the flowing river of creativity - and just as sometimes one catches a fish and sometimes one does not - so it is with songcatching.