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Campfire Chants: Songs for the Earth

Campfire Chants: Songs for the Earth

Campfire Chants features Reclaiming’s best-loved witchcamp chants from the 2000s, performed by a mixed chorus accompanied by conga, guitar, bass, flute, clarinet, fiddles – and even a ukelele!

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Reclaiming’s newest chants album features five songs written by Starhawk, plus songs from Suzanne Sterling, T. Thorn Coyle, and more.

Some of these chants were written for witchcamps – others for direct action gatherings – and still others to honor nature and her cycles.

This is a soundtrack to change your life – and to change the world.

Join us around the campfire for a magical musical journey!

CDs available via CDBaby.com – downloads and streaming at all outlets.

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This wordpress site features our 50-page booklet of Lyrics and Lore – complete lyrics and guitar/uke chords for every song on Campfire Chants, plus interviews with the authors,  stories about the chants, and more.

There’s even a page with mini-reviews and links to our previous four albums – click here

You can download a 50-page magazine-style PDF of this booklet at: ReclaimingQuarterly.org/music/campfirechants.html

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Contents

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Contents – Introduction

Welcome to the Witchcamp Fire Circle!

Dedications to Four Beloved Ancestors

Singers, Musicians, and Production Team

Special Thanks to Our Local Community

Who Is Reclaiming?

A Legacy of Activism and Music

Reclaiming Witchcamps

The Spiral Dance: Magic & Music

Earlier Reclaiming Albums

A Ten Year Odyssey – Or Maybe Twenty…

Recording: A Do-It-Ourselves Journey

The Campfire Chorus: Co-Creating the Music

Kids’ Chorus: Creating Their Own Magic

The Campfire Sound: Honoring Our Influences

Campfire Chants – The Songs

Campfire Chants: Songs for the Earth

Song 01: Wake Again (Faerie Prelude) by Maxina Ventura

Song 02: Sweet Water by Starhawk

Song 03: We Are the Rising Sun by Ravyn Stanfield

Song 04: Circle Round the Balefire by Laurie Lovekraft

Song 05: Weave and Spin by Starhawk

Song 06: My Soul by Suzanne Sterling & Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney

Suzanne Sterling’s Wings: Simple Chants for Rituals

Song 07: The Welcome Flame by Seed (Calla Unsworth)

Song 08: Harvest Chant by T. Thorn Coyle

Song 09: We Are the Power In Everyone by Starhawk

Song 10: Wheel of the Year by Teen Earth Magic

Teen Earth Magic: A Reclaiming Youth Intensive

Song 11: Come the Night, On by Maxina Ventura

Song 12: Body of the Earth by Starhawk

Earth Activist Training with Starhawk

Song 13: Let the Beauty We Love by Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney

Chant-Writing: Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney

Song 14: Rising of the Moon by Starhawk

Song 15: Cycles of the Moon by George Franklin

Song 16: One With the Darkness by Meg Yardley

Song 17: Skit – Around the Campfire

Song 18: Goodnight Sweet Witches Traditional

Bonus Tracks

Revolutionary Pagan Workers Vanguard: Chants Edition

RQ.org: Features, Archives, and more

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Image by Naeomi Castellano

Campfire Chants: Songs for the Earth

Entire album © 2016 Reclaiming. Songs used with permission. All rights beyond these recordings revert to authors.

Campfire Chants is a benefit for Redwood Magic and our vision of Reclaiming Family Camps.

CDs available via CDBaby.com. Downloads and streaming at all outlets.

Booklet produced by Reclaiming Quarterly. Lyrics copyright as noted. This version completed August 2016.

Download a free PDF version of this booklet at CampfireChants.org – you can even take it to your local anarchist collective copy shop and ask them to print it!

Reclaiming, P.O. Box 14404, San Francisco, CA 94114

Reclaiming.org

quarterly@reclaiming.org

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Welcome to the Witchcamp Fire Circle!

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Welcome to the Witchcamp Fire Circle. We could be gathered anywhere from Vermont to Queensland, from British Columbia to Germany.

On this evening, we’re gathered among the redwoods of Mendocino Woodlands for our Northern California family witchcamps, Redwood Magic and Witchlets in the Woods.

The ritual is over. Some folks have headed to bed. Others pull up camp chairs around the fire ring. Little ones sleep on laps. Kids and teens talk or play around the edges. Smores appear.

As people talk or gaze into the fire, someone picks up a guitar and strums a Ramones song. Someone else borrows the guitar and sings Joni Mitchell. One of the teens plays Kimya Dawson on a ukelele. When we sing Puff, some of the kids join in.

We really do sing chants around the campfire. Not all the time. They’re interspersed with Indigo Girls, Nirvana, Madonna, Fats Waller, and always another Beatles song. One Direction gets their due, as well as Patsy Cline, Chuck Berry, and Bob Marley.

Still, nothing gets everyone singing more than My Soul or We Are the Rising Sun. And there’s rarely a night that doesn’t end with Goodnight Sweet Witches.

On this site, you’ll find:

  • background articles about Reclaiming – our music, magic, and activism. 
  • the story of this album – and Reclaiming;s past albums
  • song-by-song lyrics and lore for the entire album, including interviews with Starhawk, Suzanne, Alphonsus, Ravyn, Thorn, and many more.

You can download a colorful magazine-style PDF version of this booklet at CampfireChants.org

And now, the circle is cast. We are between the worlds. And what happens between the worlds can change all the worlds.

Let the magic begin!

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Dedications

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In dedicating this album to four of our beloved ancestors, we honor their lives and work as well as the groups they helped build and sustain:

Friends of Headwaters Forest dedicate this music to Judi Bari

Friends of Witchlets in the Woods dedicate this music to Luanne Blaich

Friends of Food Not Bombs dedicate this music to Judy Foster

Friends of Bay Area Reclaiming dedicate this music to Moher Downing

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Musicians and Production Team

Campfire Chorus: Meg Yardley, Max Ventura, David Silva-Espinoza, Jaden Silva-Espinoza, Vesper, George Franklin, Paul Cumpian

Kids Chorus: Laurel, Amokeh, Téa, Alexa, Maisey, Kai, Miranda, Talise

Guest Vocals: Ingrid Pollyak, Eileen Hazel, Lisa Meadowlark Wong

Conga: Paul Cumpian

Guitars, Bass, Harmonica, & Train Whistle: George Franklin

Ukelele & Jawharp: David Silva-Espinoza

Flute: Artemis Jackson

Clarinet: dress

Fiddle (tracks 2, 5, 7, 8, 11, 15, 16): Alison Bailey Streich

Fiddle (tracks 4, 9, 12, 14): Mark Simos (Mark’s tracks recorded by Dan Cantor/Notable Productions)

Chants selected and arranged by the Campfire Chorus and recorded by George Franklin/GroundWork

Descants created by Meg Yardley

Harmonies created by Jaden Silva-Espinoza and Max Ventura

Mastered by Winter/EMBStudios.com

Graphic design and illustration by Michael Starkman

Album coordinated by George Franklin, Laurie Lovekraft, Sarah Donelson, and the Redwood Magic Family Camp Weavers with support from ReclaimingQuarterly.org

Entire album © 2016 Reclaiming. Songs used with permission. All rights beyond these recordings revert to authors.

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Thanks to Our Local Community!

Along with all of Reclaiming, we thank the many members of work cells, weaver groups, family and youth camps, and organizers who help sustain Bay Area Reclaiming communities – the cauldron in which our music was born.

We thank:

Spiral Dance chorus and past Reclaiming chants musicians; Turning Earth Singers; Funky Nixons; Prairiewine; Dave Pensado & Into the Lair; Maybelle Carter, John Lee Hooker, George Harrison, and our innumerable artistic ancestors; Witchcamp fire circles; and our many muses, from Polyhymnia to the Pacific Ocean to our children.

In addition to musicians and production team, we thank Elaine, Marg, and Fairview Gardens House, Rich, Ari, Fly, Blair, Kyla, Lisa, Christina, Seonaid, Tarin, Jamie, Owen, Anne, Andy, Blake, Natalia, Mykel, Hilary, Emily, Dusky, Amy, Aidan, Jasper, Maya, Julian, KaeliMo, Athena, Kaelin, Monieka, Stas, Casey, Alex, Adissa, Talullah, Frank, Riyana, Jason, Briar, Penske, Lyra, Trillium, Lindsey, Abel, Allison, Seneca, Rahula, Maeve, Natasha, Laura, Joe, Jax, Kala, Georgie, Tigris, Catherine, Jamie, Marie-Laure, Thibaut, Ian, Heidi, Moss, Rose, Laurel, Ewa, Gwydion, Magic Brook, Luz, Ruby, Spiraleena, Ivory Fly, Flame, Christie, Elizabeth, Gwion, Phoenix, Irisanya, Justin, Copper, Root, Helen, Lizann, Susan, Honeycomb, Yule, Neon Animal, Preston, Norma, Dailey, Vibra, Eric, Charles, Jonathan, Golden Rabbit Ranch, Robin, Evelie, Gwynne, Cypress, Victoria, Patti, Patricia, Tia, Leigh Ann, Nolan, April, Jude, Chester the Cat and Chester the Raccoon, Urania, Thom, John, Kim, Beth, Snow, Teri, Michael, Keith, Chimes by SidneyTurner.com, and Does 1 through 100 inclusive.

Thanks to Earth Activist Training; the Spiral Dance Production Cell; Ritual Planning Cells in North Bay, East Bay, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; Mysteries of Samhain, and Witchcamps in all hemispheres; the Bay Area Wheel; Terras Temple; Berkeley PaganFest; PantheaCon; Ancient Ways; CAYA Coven; Spark Collective; Mendocino Woodlands; forest and eco-defenders; Peoples Park; Food Not Bombs; Black Lives Matter; the spirit of Occupy; and Reclaiming chants fans and singers everywhere — may a thousand campfires bloom.

Finally, we thank the Goddess who is known by many names. On this album She is often called Earth, Moon, Sun, or Star — and in many songs She is invoked as “We Are!”

QUOTES

Let the Beauty We Love quotes Rumi.

Rising Sun quotes June Jordan (“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”).

One with the Darkness quotes Wendell Berry (refrain lines).

Our songs are musical commentaries on these passages, which are quoted under Fair Use. Many thanks to the authors.

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Who Is Reclaiming?

A community, a tradition, a musical ensemble?

Reclaiming – isn’t that a folk band that recorded a bunch of chants albums?

Or is it a nonprofit group based in San Francisco?

An activist cluster at major political convergences?

Maybe it’s the name of a decades-old spiritual tradition now rooted on three continents?

Possibly all of the above?

A Working Definition

Reclaiming is an international community working to unify spirit and activism. Reclaiming’s Earth-based vision is rooted in the religion and magic of the Goddess, the Immanent Life Force.

We see our work as teaching and making magic: the art of empowering ourselves and each other. The skills we learn and the songs we sing are used to strengthen ourselves and our community, voice our concerns about the world in which we live, and bring to birth a  vision of a new culture.

From Reclaiming.org – where you can also find links to local groups, info about our network, our music, and our vast cache of archives!

Read Reclaiming’s Principles of Unity at: Reclaiming.org/about/

What We Do

It’s easier to define Reclaiming by talking about what we do.

Activism – from the anti-nuclear movement of the 1980s through Occupy in the 2010s, Reclaiming activists and musicians have taken to the streets (and sometimes the jail cells) to work for justice and peace. You can read more about Reclaiming activism on the following pages and in the Lore sections of several chants. Follow recent organizing at ReclaimingQuarterly.org

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Witchcamp – in addition to local classes and workshops, Reclaiming groups around North America, Europe, and Australia have created witchcamps – intensives that teach magical skills for changing our lives and changing the world around us. See page 10 or visit witchcamp.org

Family Witchcamps – retreats such as Redwood Magic, Witchlets in the Woods, and Teen Earth Magic bring magical skills, nature awareness, and group skills to families and young people. Google these camps for more info.

Music – various ensembles within our community have recorded collections of songs and chants released under the name “Reclaiming.” Each album is unique, although singers and songwriters overlap. For more info, visit http://www.ReclaimingQuarterly.org or search for Reclaiming on CDBaby, Amazon, etc.

On the Web

Reclaiming.org – our portal site, with international contacts

Reclaiming.org/about – background & links

Witchcamp.org – links to international witchcamps and family camps

ReclaimingQuarterly.org – archives, music, current news

BayAreaReclaiming.org – SF-area events and classes

http://www.Witchcamp.org – dates and contacts for camps

ReclaimingSpiralDance.org – annual Samhain ritual in SF

Starhawk.org – writings, recordings, and links to Earth Activist Trainings

Facebook – search for Reclaiming to find local Reclaiming groups

Bay Area Public Rituals

The Spiral Dance – join us in SF around Samhain/Halloween each year for our grandest ritual of the year

San Francisco Bay Area public rituals – all welcome – visit BayAreaReclaiming.org

Photo Teen Earth Magic / courtesy RQ Archives

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