the redGirl wins a prize!

Hello All,

salmon hymn perfrmance-October 3, 2010

I was thrilled with news on Thursday morning that I had won a Songwriting contest for the Adams River “Salute to the Salmon” contest!! The honor was overwhelming! I was completely flabbergasted as I packed up my kids and picked up my fabulous friend Shawna on Friday morning, so we could preform said song in the Opening Ceremonies at the Adams River just yesterday afternoon.

It was an incredible experience all around.

Many Thanks to my sister, Monika Wilson and her family for putting us up, and putting up with us and for singing her heart out with me; to Shawna Plant-for an epic journey into the Incredible Salmon Return experience on so many levels of heart and time, to Lisa Smith who sang harmonies, to Angelina Wells of Pemberton/Curry Band for her willingness and gift of drumming shared with us at the performance, to Marion Barschel and Sheryl MacKay of CBC for their wonderful support and to Jim Cooperman -the coordinator of the whole amazing day-o

So, if any of you are interested: I am posting with both the mp3 version of the song, as well as the lyrics below for you to enjoy.

Thanks for all the encouragement!!!

-Anie (a little sleepy after a weekend of total whirlwind!!!)

Click here to listen in: Salmon Hymn (mp3)

Lyrics:

(please use only with permission)

Salmon Hymn
A. Hepher, 2010

The winds have turned the sunburned leaves
vanilla hills grow brittle coats
a last strong cry to face the winter
rise up from their crimson throats

their breaths like songs dancing on water
Adams River drums in time,
the current draws them fiercely under
the season of innocence flies

A flash of red
the waters churn
against the flow a steady burn
life has come: death’s on its turn
salmon run, sockeye salmon run

russet, ruddy, raw and weary
yearning for the end of journey
beyond the eastbound enemy
on to glory land

home’s a smell on all lost waters,
coming closer every day.
come now onward-glistening warrior
back to your remembered place

A flash of red
the waters churn
against the flow a steady burn
life has come: death’s on its turn
salmon run, sockeye salmon run

So gather ’round, you’re not alone now
let the Mother safely guide,
to join the honored: join the sacred
return to us, as legends cry

A flash of red
the waters churn
against the flow a steady burn
life has come: death’s on its turn
salmon run, sockeye salmon run

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