Thursday, February 6, 2014

New album: Sky Watching with Michael Fitzpatrick

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February 2014
Hello Friends,
Featured Song
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 From the Album
Merrill Collins & Michael Fitzpatrick: Sky Watching
Skywatching.
We all do it. 
We all know how it looks. 
But how does it sound?  
These sonic renderings are journeys 
into the sounds and spaces 
of the skies
.
Look up
Look out
Look in
.
The 
sky 
is 
the 
heart

. . .


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We are SO EXCITED to announce our newest CD, a collaboration with Michael Fitzpatrick:Sky Watching! You may have seen Michael Fitzpatrick performing on the United States Capitol West Lawn in conjunction with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's public talk on World Peace.

His Tuning The Planet project takes harmonic instrumental music around the globe to caves that touch the pulse of the earth. And with Merrill, he has explored the sky in a series of thru-composed pieces with grand piano and cello.
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Sounds like...
Here are some reviews by inspired listeners...

"Sky Watching: an harmonic conversion, dancing on the head of a pin, falling off into improvised conversation between piano and cello with the inventiveness of an ivory bow." — Gary Denk
"KIND is a beautiful song. The piano asks... the cello answers, then teaches, telling stories that float over the question like the wind over ripples. And yes, kind. Like an elder with a child. Who soars, on the last note, to their own innocence." —CD Baby reviewer

Would you like to review the new songs or the album? We'd love to hear your impressions!

Looks Like...

Yvon Chausseblanche has illustrated our feature song, KIND, with another beautiful video. Sit back and enjoy the sky scapes on YouTubeor on our Featured Page.

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We will be launching Sky Watching at the "Harmonic Convergence" concert sponsored by the Peace Awareness Labrynth & Gardensin Los Angeles on Saturday, February 22. Please join us for a special evening, featuring Michael, Merrill, and clarinettist Alethea Lamb. Tickets are only $5... and the skies should be beautiful.
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Peace to all of us,
Merrill Collins

Monday, September 9, 2013

Peace Week starts this Wednesday


Peace Week starts this Wednesday
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September 2013
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Our featured song is I give you my peace... a 14-minute piano piece that could be a wonderful soundtrack for your meditation on Peace Day... or any day. 
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international_peace_day_logo_lg* More information about the International Day of Peace can be found at www.internationaldayofpeace.org .
     
Peace Week starts Sunday!
Peace Week begins this week on September 15, and culminates next week on the International Day of Peace* on Saturday, September 21st.

To celebrate the highlight of Peace Day, we're continuing to share our video that promotes the Minute of Silence the world will share at noon!

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Spanish Version


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French Version
We are also promoting our PSA about this event to radio stations. Please send this link to anyone you know with a broadcast!

And finally, please forward this link today to anyone you know who teaches preschool, kindergarten, or first grade. It contains a simple curriculum for preparing a classroom full of kids to observe the Minute of Silence on the 21st.

New Music
Fullness of SorrowThe title of our new  track, Fullness of Sorrow, belies our joy at publishing the first track of "Cascades," a forthcoming album with cellist Michael Fitzpatrick. Stay tuned for more developments. 

More Peaceful Music
All of the music we make is peaceful and promoting of peace and harmony. From our We Agree! Curricula to our acoustic albums like Blossoms and Sanctuary, we dedicate all of our work to creating a more peaceful world, one pair of ears at a time. Dr. Michael Irwin of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology / Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, said this about our music:
"The relaxation response induces a profound state of deep rest, which when practiced and applied to our daily lives, can alter how we respond to physical and emotional stress. The music of Merrill Collins is, in my view, important in facilitating the transition into this state of deep relaxation."
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Peace to all of us,
Merrill Collins
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Friday, February 8, 2013

Spiraling Music at the Mini-Movies

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February 2013

Hello, Friends!

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This is the short version of We Are Interdependent:
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Ethno-Trance Dance (11 min.) is on the We Declare album:
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Originally written for the gardens to hear:

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A version of L'Orange is on the Cinema Musiqe soundtrack, as are more of "les couleurs:"

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The theme of the "happy musician:" 

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Video Co-Creations

2012 was a notable creative year for Spiraling Music. Even though we didn't release any new albums, there were many wonderful live performances and video co-creations. Check out them all, or pick one for a nice little break in your day!

  1. Yvon shot an amazing video of "Pelicans Sky Dancing Over the Pacific" and set it to We Are Interdependent (Ethno Trance Dance). Hundreds of birds diving for fish is simply mesmerizing! You'll want to watch this.

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  2. We had a blast playing "les couleurs" at the Prana concert. My favorite was L'Orange Mediterranie featuring cellist Michael FitzpatrickMichael is celebrating 19 years of Tuning the Planet and we are looking forward to more co-creations in 2013. We had a 3-hour jam session on my birthday (which coincided with the Harmonic Convergence!) and look forward to more co-creativity in 2013!

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  3. Yvon made this slideshow of a beautiful 1,000 Buddha Peace Garden in Montana, with the soundtrack of I Give You My Peace, my 14-minute musical instrumental peace prayer:

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    I am interested in learning about other peace gardens around the planet. One of my creative projects for 2013 is music for peace gardens. Please send me links or information if you know of any!

  4. We performed a moving version of Soyez Gentille live at the opening of Christmas Midnight Mass, a carol dedicated to the children and especially those who died in Connecticut. This performance by Andrew Bennett at Christmas Eve mass includes subtitles for English translation:

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  5. Hodie, performed by Joseph Hebert's choir in 2007 was uploaded by a friend, Jose Velazquez, who spent many hours on the tech of turning a video from 2007 into a Youtube of 2012! We are thankful to Jose this tune is finally up!  This energetic carol of an enormous family choir will really get your spirits up.
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  6. I Just Dropped In was featured in Kristen Caven's book trailer for her charming and creative memoir, Perfectly Revolting. Check it out!   
                

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Keep in Touch! Let's keep in touch!

Please let me know if you ever need music for a video or film production. I love to collaborate, and am always happy to work out a mutually agreeable licensing agreement.

Peace,

Merrill Collins

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Dozen Roses for Mom

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May 2012

A Dozen Living Roses

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the roses told me...

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 It's a poem... it's a collection of songs... it's a picture book.

near a mountain stream

on the path to the garden of blossoms

one morning in the sunlight

i heard whispering.

the roses told me

tho plant my heart's wish

unconditionally

sooner or later, love will be greater

peace, be still.

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Happy mothers day to all who nurture and love.
 

Peace to all of us,

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