by the god tree

by Gayanne Geurin

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Trees are divine creations, breathing and teaching alongside us. Many biblical stories took place near trees, yet as we have continued to separate ourselves from nature, we mostly view them as part of the setting and scenery. The idea for creating this album came from wanting to listen to trees as teachers, as the tree in Genesis 18:1 sparked an awakening in me. What emerged was the desire to call attention to deepening connection with trees as children often naturally do, having the awareness and ability to hear the magic and godliness of trees. In this moment where we are on the cusp of losing everything with our Mother Earth, this album seeks to foster connection. You might follow the songs like a meandering walk in the woods. It begins with the question of invitation, then an awakening to crisis, a step into awareness accompanied by the gifts we are given. Tracks 7, 8, and 9 are chants that can be used as spiritual practices for deepening relationship with trees. The culminating song was inspired by an actual party envisioned by a child and her love for a tree in her front yard she named the God Tree. The creative approach for many of the songs was recording a series of improvisations, followed by hours of listening and reflecting. Gayanne and Producer Will Robertson then refined and honed the material from the recordings into unique and original songs and collaborations.


released February 9, 2020

Gayanne Geurin - vocals
Will Robertson - guitar, basses, oud, keyboards, vocals
Colin Agnew - drums , percussion
Jessie Reagen Mann - cello
Sarah Zaslaw - violin, viola
Gary Schreiner - harmonica
Aviva Chernick - vocals
Rebekka Goldsmith - vocals
Sonia Osio - vocals
Ariela Freedman - vocals
Amy Robertson - Torah leyner
Noa Robertson - spoken word and vocals
Eyal and Nadav Teutsch - babies

Produced by Will Robertson
Recorded and Mixed by Will Robertson at Gallop Studios
Atlanta GA

All tracks were collaborations with vocal and instrumental contributors.
Track 1 Sufjan Stevens, Track 2 Gayanne Geurin featuring Colin Agnew Track 3 Gayanne Geurin and Will Robertson Track 4 Gayanne Geurin, Improvisation: Rebekka Goldsmith, Sonia Osio and Gayanne Geurin Track 5 Gayanne Geurin Track 6 Gayanne Geurin Track 7 Used with the permission of Wendie Bernstein Lash, featuring Aviva Chernick Track 8 Gayanne Geurin, featuring Jessie Reagen Mann Track 9 Gayanne Geurin, string arrangement by Will Robertson Track 10 Gayanne Geurin and Will Robertson featuring Noa Robertson


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Track Name: All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
by Sufjan Stevens

If I am alive this time next year
Will I have arrived in time to share?
And mine is about as good this far
And I'm still applied to what you are
And I am joining all my thoughts to you
And I'm preparing every part for you
And I heard from the trees a great parade
And I heard from the hills a band was made
And will I be invited to the sound?
And will I be a part of what you've made?
And I am throwing all my thoughts away
And I'm destroying every bet I've made
And I am joining all my thoughts to you
And I'm preparing every part for you
For you
Track Name: The End of Noah
- Genesis /Breshit 8:21-22
As long as the Earth endures
Seedtime and Harvest
Day and Night
Summer and Winter
Cold and Heat
Will Not Cease

Lo Osif Od Le’hakot et kol chai casher asiti
Track Name: Given
Fire simple and sweet,
Gold sparks lit with truth
A tree felled with greed, still heats

Kindled in moments gone by
Axe wedged in hardwood
The one that fell, in her own time

Bring home that the warmth of this hearth Is not by chance
She is given, She is given to you

I grieve the orphan tree
family torn down
for new homes in town,
a fireplace for free

More than we'll ever know
Can't you see,
Angels and God, by the Mother Tree

bring home that the warmth of this hearth Is not by chance
She is given, She is given to you

All is given, All is given to you
Track Name: Harpu
Harpu u’deu ki Anochi Elohim
Release ( be still) and know that I am God.
Track Name: Emet
Emet M’Eretz Titzmach
Source: Psalm 85:12
For all truths emanate from the earth. Truth springs up from the Earth
Track Name: Na'aseh V'nishma
Na'aseh V'nishma
We will do, We will listen

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