Bliss Is Ordinary

8) Ahlay and The Wail

April 29, 2023 Magic House Studios Season 2
Bliss Is Ordinary
8) Ahlay and The Wail
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Jessi & Yam share a special song from one one of their youngest listeners, and the two of them have a conversation with community grief tender Alexandra 'Ahlay' Blakely about whales, dreams, ancestors, and her burgeoning communal healing project, 'WAILS : Songs for Grief'. Ahlay shares several songs, including one from her upcoming album entitled  ‘Apprentice’.

If you'd like to learn more about the WAILS project and other facets of Ahlay's work, you can check out her website, bandcamp, instagram, or YouTube channel.

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The lyrics for today's song teaching :


(Pt. 1) 
I trust this grief 
To return me

(Pt. 2) 
This work is holy
Soul cleansing, slowly

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On Today's Show
Season 2 of Bliss Is Ordinary
A Really Special Song
Pre Check-In
Ahlay Introduces Herself
This Is a Podcast About Singing
I Believed Myself to Be a Really Bad Singer
What Changed at 21?
I Did Not Come Here to Feel Comfortable
An Intersection Somewhere
Kept Having These Dreams
Ahlay's Initiation into Grief
A Wail
Insight for Someone Who's Afraid of Grieving
'WAILS : Songs for Grief'
Living in the Ashes
Communal Grief Ritual Breakdown
What Do We Stand to Gain from Grief?
About Today's Song
Song Teaching - Apprentice
Restrengthening My Joy & Pleasure & Silly Muscles
Last Thing I Would Like to Say
Ahlay Sings Herself Out
Jessi's Final Thoughts
Roll Credits
Bonus Song