Harmonized Songs from the Heart of Native America
The soothing songs on True Melodies, mostly sung in a Native American dialect (does not specify in the CD liner notes), provide a backdrop for meditation or contemplative journaling. You could even listen to the harmonized songs outdoors and the natural world would enjoy the vibrations too. The singer composed the songs for his relations including the hearty Diamond Gal which I’m guessing Toppah composed for his wife. Toppah also includes two Native American Church (peyote) songs for those of you readers following my Native American Church article on this blog.
When I review CDs, the first listen is through headphones and the second listen includes the ambience of the room and outdoors. Right now, a songbird sings loudly outside my window, almost drowning out Toppah’s voice. Perhaps this comes as a compliment from the birds. While scientists might not agree with me, I believe that birds and animals enjoy the music of indigenous people, especially traditional vocal music. In that case, those resident songbirds give Toppah five stars.