Songs to Re-Root and Remember
About Sarina Partridge
I am a musician, song-leader and educator in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I feel most alive when learning, creating and sharing songs, and I enjoy singing, teaching, and touring with a wide variety of music projects – Eastern European and Yiddish song, old-time music, community song-leading… and everything in between. I love the practice of listening deeply in wild, natural places, finding song inspiration seeds, and polishing them into songs with rich, satisfying harmonies. I compose songs spun out of the time we are living in and through, harmony songs meant to help us Re-Root and Remember. My passion is to weave music into the everyday work and joy of building and sustaining community. I lead a community choir in my neighborhood in Minneapolis, and host a monthly song circle with Jewish community members, teaching songs and facilitating discussions focused on connecting with the land we inhabit, and healing land-disconnection trauma that comes with life in diaspora. I have a passion for connecting people with their own creativity and with community, and I invite folks to sing their way into a sense of wonder for, and connection to, this wild world around us. Harmony heals.
About Songs to Re-Root and Remember
This artwork is a cycle of harmony songs about healing a Jewish connection with land. As I witness the harm and destruction of what capitalism, zionism, and extraction-culture are doing in the world, I am thinking about lineage-connection to land — or lack of it, damage to it, unhealed land-trauma. I want to sing my way back towards healthier Jewish connection with land, and I think that this healing is part of breaking the harmful cycles of colonialism and extraction globally and locally. These songs are simple enough that people can listen to them, learn them, and really sink into them – using them as invitations to move towards wholeness, embodied action, connection with land and with each other. Shmita, for me, feels centered around rebuilding health in our communities: health for people and water and land, healing and wholeness for the body of the earth and for each individual body. The opposite of destruction is connection – these are songs to heal our connection with the natural world. I come from a lineage of transient people. Diaspora scattered my people like seeds. How can I grow towards living rightly on stolen, unceded land? How does unhealed trauma around lost connection with land, home, and deep community continue to play out in my body and mind, in collective memory, in continuing cycles of harm? Can I sing myself home towards wholeness, rooted in my Jewish identity? When endless facts detailing the crises of our era leave us overwhelmed and unmoved, perhaps it is through the ancient art of harmony singing, a language of cellular resonance, that we will find ourselves beautifully beholden to the whole — and motivated by our undeniable connection to work to heal what is broken, in ourselves and in the world.
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