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Music with a Message Series Episode 8: Healing Song

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There are no words today, just vocables and a ton of healing energy.

Way-ay hey ya
Way-ay hey ya
Way-ay hey ya
Way hiyo way hiyo ho way hi ya
Hey yo way hi ya
Hey yo way hi ya way hey hey yo

— Vocables (chant) from “Healing Song” by Brenda MacIntyre

Healing Song is a song I channeled for my son Quinn Taylor when he was 14, with my very first hand drum and my son’s 2 eagle feathers he’d been gifted by an elder and the elder’s apprentice for his incredible inner strength in the sweat lodge when he was about 9 years old. Some call it Quinn’s Healing Song or Brenda’s Healing Song, as it has spread like wildfire by countless other drummers and drum groups across Turtle Island because of its healing qualities. It’s an ancient song that wanted to come back to us in this timeline to help us heal. Some of my songs are brand new and others are like this one, brought back by the ancestors to help us.

The song got Quinn through a lot of tough times before he was murdered in 2016 at the age of 29. He had turned his life completely around to a point of incredible happiness. He was murdered in 2016 at the pinnacle of his life for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. His spirit chose to leave life in this way to send a big message: Stop the gun violence. Quinn was a gifted rap artist and producer, father to a beautiful daughter and now, my angel and guide.

Let the song wash over you, let the healing energy in, and let whatever comes up (or whatever just came up reading this) flow through you and out.

TRY THIS: When you’re going through something difficult, pray for healing in your own way and listen to this song. If you feel like you can sing, sing along. Then when the song clip ends, keep on singing – let yourself not know what you’re singing next but instead let your own prayers and presence guide your voice. See what comes out. No need to judge it. Allow yourself to fully express whatever your voice and body want to express.

Final thoughts: You can always the power of your own voice to help yourself heal, whether it’s singing, humming, screaming, crying, laughing or whatever. The vibrations of your voice reach YOU FIRST and then go out into the world. Your prayers or intentions are important in transforming your expressions into healing and release for you. If you’re concerned about spreading negative energies around, hold the intention that whatever difficult emotions you express be naturally recycled into neutral energy that Mother Earth can use.

Hope this helps. Please feel welcome to share it with friends you know who are experiencing grief, trauma, loss or chronic pain.

Love & Light,

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman



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  1. Sandra J Buck

    Good morning beautiful! This morning, I was guided to listen to this song of healing grief, and to follow your promptings to just continue singing, as Spirit led my voice onward. When I was finished, gentle tears of release were falling silently and I felt energies flowing again, where pain had been stuck. Miigwetch sister! <3

    • Brenda MacIntyre

      Ahhhh so beautiful, Sandy! Thank you for sharing your experience. <3 I'm so glad this helped.


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About Brenda MacIntyre

About Brenda MacIntyre

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her album “Picking Up the Pieces,” released in September 2019.

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