THE POWER OF STORY combines two award winning recordings of stories that were originally part of a series called "Myth and the Natural World" produced between 1986-87. Like all authentic storytelling, they are created for the ear and the heart of the listener.
Women and Wild Animals celebrates the potency of listening and seeing with animal eyes and ears. The domain of the powerful feminine that sees with an unbiased heart. The recording brings together traditional myth, fairytale, and folklore with original poems. The music by Steve Gorn is exquisite. Laura Simms' voice brings these stories to us with immediacy, like a call for opening our senses to the reality of interdependence and the need to share this world with animal and spirit.
Dance Without End is about the wisdom and beauty of myths of creation, accessible through spoken word and music. We are reminded of the cycles of seasons and ceaseless transformations of nature dreaming us into existence.
Such deep listening is needed in our world as an antidote to disconnection and increasing speed and violence. Through the experience of authentic storytelling we uncover the mind's renewable energy - imagination and love.
by Nann Blaine Hilyard - AudioFile
These tales from native cultures around the world share the theme of women, woman-spirit and animals. Professional storyteller Laura Simms has a splendid voice; she truly tells, rather than narrates, each piece. The nuances of each unusual story are enlivened with her spellbinding telling. The accompanying music, played on 19 different instruments, is evocative and haunting. The uniqueness of the instruments, from the bamboo flute and didgeridoo to the Irish bodran to the caxixi, are of cultural interest in themselves. N.B.H. cAudioFile, Portland, Maine
Running Time: 197 minutes
ISBN: Digital Download 978-1-61544-137-2