The Medicine Wheel

by Heart Song Warrior

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Heart Song Warrior is a musical project that focuses on raising awareness towards our connection to nature and to the soul.

Our debut album called The Medicine Wheel is a musical tribute to the five sacred elements of the shamanic medicine wheel. There are five tracks, one for each of the five elements of the medicine wheel (Water, Earth, Air, Fire and Spirit). The lyrics are poems about the elements and the music is written to evoke the elements, like a guided meditative journey through the elements.

The music draws influences from various styles including Acoustic, Folk, Soft Progressive Rock, Classical music and World music.

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released December 15, 2015

Music composed by Julien Valiquette
Lyrics written by Trisha Pope

Julien Valiquette: Voice, Keyboards, Guitar, Electric Double Bass, Percussions
Trisha Pope : Voice and Flute
Estelle Tison : Violin

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Heart Song Warrior Montreal, Québec

Julien Valiquette started his music career in the mid eighties as a singer, keyboardist and/or guitarist in various bands.
He toured the province of Quebec's Rock bar scene for many years as well as many festivals and events
Julien Valiquette was trained in classical piano and voice and earned a Masters degree in musical composition and writing skills in 1996 from Université De Montréal.
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Track Name: Water
Water

We are being turned in, whirled, stretched and spun into motion. 
Everything is moving. 
Being pulled into the descending motion of gravity.
 
This is the downward caress and singing of rivers on rocks of pain, 
washing free the burdens. 
In the cells, in the molecules, the bones and blood and sinew of the body 
the water is breaking free. 

Strings of moving light, waterfalls of thoughts, hopes, aspirations. 
A new beginning. Watching. Listening. 
Nothing stops here, there, here is the Source and now it is gone. 
Here is the feeling, here is the heart.  
It cascades through us.  The dark and light of water. 

Oh the joy is there and also the despair. 
They move together in the same current. 
The stream becomes the river and the river finally meets the ocean. 
All is moving down into the rocks, roots and gravel, moving the bottom. 
A hot yellow sun evaporates the water.

Water moves upwards and condenses. 
Clouds appear and fill with the tears of rivers. 
With the sorrows and hard times of humanity. 
It is raining. Don't hide from the rain.
Track Name: Earth
EARTH

A heartbeat to the west
In the rib cage of the earth
A heartbeat
Fashion me of clay, fashion me of alabaster
I am yours, old earth

In the slow light, in slowest light
a possibility whispers me awake
The memory runs deep
It empties into the silent depths
That hide in the dark of stone
This is where we have come from
This is where we are going

On the palms of your hands
In your bones and blood and heart
This is the map. Follow it
The geography of what you are

Emerging possibility
Where we are born and where we die
This is the map to follow
This is the map, follow it now

I am yours old earth, my first lover
you are in my bones
Rocks and roots beneath my feet

I am returning to you, I am returning
Roots grow through ancient rock
Deep into the darkness
The tree of my body grows the earth
Within me
Don't be afraid

I reach outside me to light
My branches reach inside me to light
I reach in and outside me to light

Mountains and sky
Calling, calling you to come home.

Come home to this ancient belonging
Opening to the deep heartbeat of light
Track Name: Air
Air

I breathe in, I breathe out
I breathe in, I breathe out, I breathe

I raise my arm, I follow the question
Through landscapes of air
Limitless, the question

My heart follows, everything holds together
This belonging to space
I close my eyes, there is nothing to see
There's nothing and everything, nothing and everything

Throw your arms around yourself, embrace who you are
This is who you are, what you are
Breathe through the heart of everything
I breathe in, I breathe out, I breathe in everything

Everything holding together, this belonging to space
I close my eyes, there is everything to see
Beyond the limitless space of who we are
Wild wind, I breathe wind

Wild wind, hear me, hear me, love me,
Move me, breathe me, take me
inside the edges of the world
Bring me new eyes, bring me new ears

Wild wind hear me, Wild wind move me
Wild wind breathe me, Wild wind love me

Wondering what lies beyond
Limitless, the question
The question of life, of death,
The strange unexpected mystery

I breathe in, I breathe out, I breathe in, I breathe out, I breathe
Track Name: Fire
Fire

The sun will never go down
The light is breaking through

We have become spirit, We have become light
We have become spirit, We have become light

We are fire.

Begin the long journey into yourself
Begin the long journey into yourself
Ask yourself the question

Everything to give away, Everything to lose
Everything to give away, Everything to lose
Everything to give away, Everything to lose

I am not afraid
I hold it in my open palms
I am fire bound
I will not reach up, but I will reach down
I am fire bound

White fire of the stars
Orange fire of the sun
I am fire bound

How fierce if the fire burning within you?
I am fire bound

Dismembering, tearing down, destroying
Shadows merges with tears and flames
All burns and merges

Everything to burn away now
I am fire bound

The sun will never go down
The light is breaking through
Track Name: Spirit
SPIRIT

You must risk everything for this.
 
Still, wind blows from every direction
And pine boughs crack and break
Under the weight of a ten thousand glistening snowflakes

Still, you don't know what love is
We hunch together in dark caves of fear
Visited by ghosts of loss, War, famine, genocide

Good and evil cut through the heart of most things

Still, after the sorrow, flocks of red and green birds
Arrive to bring you to bright joy
They were always singing
Listen to the music of kindness
Listen how they whisper you awake

Still, we are lost and then found
Over and over and over again
And all begins right here again
You must risk everything for spirit

In the hearth of your soul
A homecoming to your true belonging
A companionship with everything

Through all the great seasons of life
It is always there
A deep well of love within
The still point in the center of your heart
The one who knows