In the broader scope of study only three things matter: Christianity, the one true faith; whatever you are doing now; and history, what you and others have already done. The latter is the source of knowledge, tradition, memories, and anything else that is usable and important in the "now," the present. It encompasses all of the other disciplines, as well, and each science, art, and literary tradition has its own history.
est. May 28, 2011
Jana Mashonee . . .
Why You're Fighting (at least the guys)
[Click for larger image. Guys...you're gonna wanna do that]
We just thought we would lighten the day with something prettier than politics, at least for the guys.
You gals read the article. She's an accomplished member of your tribe.
Concerning that great voice, she is one of the female singers with a mellow voice, like a Jennifer Hudson or the mother and daughter country duo, the Judds. there are many great female voices whose soprano registry just gets too shrill at times. I'll just say, here and now, you're gonna to love this voice.
Jana has a new single that is downloadable. Go to her website link below for a musical and visual experience. I've asked her to never change the opening sequence too much; it is classically beautiful. We know Christmas is over but you need her Christmas album, for next year. It includes some of the holiest of the traditional songs sung with respect in original American languages. Her respect for the songs and the Native languages is admirable. The album includes one non-holiday song, Amazing Grace, sung in Jana's native Lumbee.
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an American original
really! she's Lumbee* Indian, & some Iroquoian speaking Tuscarora
Jana Mashonee has a bit of the Renaissance woman in her, like many but not all artistic people. She is the only singer that I know of who has written a book that was not about themselves. Academically she is a graduate of the small prestigious Davidson college in North Carolina, with a degree in psychology. I had heard she might have been the first Native American female grad there, but she humbly told me she had no idea about that. She sings equally well in different styles, some of which I don't know the name for. Although her own music, which she has a major role in writing, has a distinct style and beat, her American Indian Christmas album is presented (in that beautiful voice) with classic respect for the traditional holy songs. I hate when some star butchers a Christmas song or the Star Spangled Banner trying to make the moment too much about themselves . . . not happening with this artist. She treats the classics with class. Concerning such respect, she made a point of studying to get the native languages correct for each of the songs, working with tribal elders. Each song on the Christmas album is in a different Indian language. Jana plays keyboard and flute on her albums, and there is that book.
It is a work of historical, fantasy, fiction about the people from her Lumbee tribe's past, written with her producer Stephan Galfas. I'll be reviewing the novel soon on this website. The singer, songwriter, musician, author (with a psych degree) has done a bit of acting too. Then there are the 2 Grammy nominations, the 8 Nammy wins (Native American Music Awards), and the two Carnegie Hall appearances the past two holiday seasons (the last one with Sarah McLachlan), . . . "Renaissance woman." Below we have an advertisement for both her latest album New Moon Born and her novel with links to where you can buy them directly from her website store. There is also a link to her personal charity Jana's Kids.
Just a sample
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