Today I’ll tell you the last story behind the recordings in Sacred Nature Meditations. Over the last few days I’ve mentioned three tracks: Drawing from the Well, Clothed with Flowers, and The Healing Island of Moy Mell. The final track to mention is Healing Sleep.
Audio recordings are ideally suited to working with sleep problems, and Healing Sleep is designed to help anyone who has difficulty in getting to sleep. Unlike Drawing from the Well which brings you out of the sleep state after twenty minutes, this track has been created to lead you into deep sleep and to let you stay there for as long as your body needs.
The recording begins with invoking the ‘sleep strain’ of the harp, and then we hear the voice of the Scottish actor Scott Reid reciting a Highland lullaby from Alexander Carmichael’s Carmina Gadelica.
Scott Reid is currently training in acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD). Scott has performed in numerous productions including: Uncle Vanya (Uncle Vanya) Jake (Lie of the Mind) Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), and Orestes (The Golden Mask of Agamemnon). Scott will be playing Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at RCS in February, and has recently appeared in two short films: Ties (University of Stirling) and Take A Drink (Renfrewshire Council). Scott has also recorded voice work for Know The Score and the ‘Biennale Festival’ in Venice (Marinella Senatore).’
As the lullaby continues, the music of the harp gives way to the haunting singing of composer and musician Helen Glavin, whose voice weaves its way through the words of the lullaby.
If you haven’t yet fallen asleep, you now hear my voice returning after the lullaby to lead you through a relaxation sequence which gradually drops away in volume leaving you supported on a ‘bed’ of music created by Damh the Bard. For this Damh has chanted the Awen, looped it through ‘convolution reverb’ and added brass, string and further voice sounds to create a beautiful composition that – like a cloud gradually coming to rest on a hillside –leads you to a point where you can let your body sleep for as long as it needs. Just remember to adjust your equipment so that when the track comes to an end, it doesn’t move on to playing the first of that nice collection of Brass Band hits great Aunt Maude gave you!
You can hear an excerpt from Healing Sleep in this sampler recording, which plays excerpts from all four tracks: