History and Vision|
My name is Madeline Aron. "In the Heart of the Wild Flame" is the title of a CD I have been
putting together from songs and instrumental pieces by NM composer/musicians
on themes pertaining to the natural environment and our relationship to it. Growing up in the
country, earning a music education degree, and becoming a holistic health practitioner led me to do this.
It started with wanting 2 of my own songs to be used by the
environmental movement and has grown to include 12 more from other NM
musicians. It is multicultural, multistyle and multitopical. My
vision is one of consciousness raising, through beauty and truth, to
educate people and inspire them to learn more, take time to reflect and feel, and
perhaps to take action on behalf of each other and our Earth. I see it
as an educational tool because of its cultural, musical and
environmental value. I hope it will inspire other creative endeavors.
It can also be an organizational development and fundraising tool for
Community Supported Music for the Environment
All of my time and effort has been done on a volunteer basis, and all
the musicians have donated the use of their music for this album. Any
money raised beyond the cost of production and distribution will be donated to environmental
groups with preference given to grassroots groups who are concerned
about the health of their communities, such as those working on water and mining issues, environmental toxicity and environmental degradation or restoration. The first organization to benefit from this project will be the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (M.A.S.E.) which focuses on uranium impacted communities in the Southwest.
The Music and Musicians
Topics covered include: the wild within and without, the love of
nature, nature as teacher, grief at its loss, human apathy, horses,
wolves, insects, the Rio Grande, water, environmental toxins and our
health, pollution, corporate corruption of government oversight, the
devastation of peoples and lands, uranium and coal mining, our
interrelationships with nature on personal and spiritual levels. There
are songs in English, Spanish, and Navajo and English, instrumentals
on guitar, oud and Native flute, and a spoken word piece.
Titles and Composers:
"The Wild Calls", Madeline Aron
"Red, Red Rock", Laurianne Fiorentino play clip
"Horses", Rahim AlHaj play clip
"Another Field is Gone", Bonnie Blum play clip
"Se Ve Triste El Hombre", Cipriano Vigil play clip
"Lee Tsa Doo Da", Tash (of Indigie Femme) play clip
"The Big C", Paul Pino
"Blanca's Theme", Lew Critchfield (Luis Campos) play clip
"Entymology", Jared Putnam play clip
"El Rio Seco", Paul Pino play clip
"Water of Life", Madeline Aron play clip
"Blessed Rain", Indigie Femme
"Las Cuatro Estaciones", Chuy Martinez
"Changing Woman's Blessing", Andrew Thomas play clip
The CDs will include all the words and translations of non-English
words into English. We will have them in covers that are made of
recycled and recyclable materials. The title evolved through
inspiration and discussion. To me, it refers to the fire of Creation
and Creativity which is embedded in Love. New Mexico is also in the
heart of extreme wild fires. There are many possible meanings.
I would also like to thank the NM Wilderness Alliance (www.nmwild.org)
for their moral support since the beginning of this project and for
designing and donating an ad in their newsletter calling for music
submissions. I have given them 20 CDs which they are in turn donating
to radio stations, libraries and educators.
How to Obtain the CDs
Send a check or money order for $19.25 ($16 for the CD, $3.25 for S and H)
made out to
The Wild Flame Project
and mailed to:
c/o Madeline Aron
1006 Richmond NE
Abuquerque, NM 87106
Please include your name
and address in print, i.e. legibly, and a phone contact in case of
CDs can also be purchased directly at:
Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC)
M-F from 9-5. Cash, checks and money
orders made out to the Wild Flame Project must be for the exact amount.
I look forward to sharing this beautiful and meaningful music with
you. To contact me, snail mail to the above address or send me an e-mail. May you have many Blessings and thank you.
Proposed Credo: Keepers of the Wild Flame
We are creative artists of innumerable media who know that our
creativity comes from the same source that fires the entire universe.
We acknowledge and feel our inseparability from and our immersion
in the Web of Life we call Nature. As human beings we see our unique
roles in this web, including using our creativity to honor spirit and
nature, to create works of beauty and truth that uplift our spirits
and bring us to places of love and illumination.
We recognize that humans have been gifted with an infinite number
of talents to play with; and in our enjoyment of these gifts we are
aware of the need to respect what we play with, whether it be from
Mother Earth, our own bodies, or the cosmic ethers. We also know and
feel that as much as we play with and in our environment, "it" is
playing with us: there is a continuous interplay and reciprocity
amongst us all. We are part and parcel of the environment for the
non-human world, as it is for us.
There really is no separation or hierarchy-we are all Fire, Earth,
Air, Water, and Ether, immersed in a cosmic sea of Love.
As keepers of the wild flame, we collaborate with Spirit and the
spirit in Nature, in dedicating ourselves and our art to healing the
planet, our personal and collective wounds, and to celebration; we
dedicate ourselves and our art to birthing a collective global human
awareness based in community, communion, love, respect and beauty, and
to bringing joy and wholeness to our human and non-human relations (to
all our relations).
We are the many colors of the rainbow. We are singers of the wild
flame. We are dancers of the wild flame. We are painters, sculptors,
potters, inventors, designers, poets, playwrights and actors of the
wild flame. We are leaders, teachers, students, builders, cleaners,
parents and children of the wild flame. We are seers, healers and
farmers of the wild flame. We are the above and much, much more. We
are keepers of the wild flame. We are who we are.
Madeline Aron, 2011