Picking Up The Pieces CD
In memory of Brenda MacIntyre’s son, Quinn Taylor, this album features 2 songs inspired by Quinn’s trap music. The album weaves between indigenous hand drum singing and a fusion of hand drumming, roots reggae, hip hop, funk and soul. Brenda’s raw power vocals range from an edgy soulful tone to a tone that brings a healing softness.
This album was created in ceremony to allow the songs to be infused with specific intentions, emotions and healing energy. This infusion allows the listener to feel love, connection and joy alongside feelings of grief, chronic pain, trauma or an identity crisis.
During this Global Pandemic we have all felt loss in different ways. The loss of a loved one, a job, a routine or even just a sense of freedom. This loss triggers a lot of emotions that can be difficult to deal with. My music will help you work through the feelings that COVID-19 and the state of the world have brought to the surface with more flow than resistance. We are all feeling this in a different way and music can help many of us connect with these feelings in a unique way to deal with them.
These songs encompass what grief brings: the messiness, shock, pain, anger, sadness, and love that has nowhere to go. As you listen you will be guided on a path to help you acknowledge all of the emotions and experiences you are having. You will be given permission to allow yourself to have joy, laughter and fun, sometimes right along with the grief, or maybe later – only when you’re ready. Piece by piece, moment by moment, song by song, you will be guided to see what is on the other side of life after loss, and what is in between. The idea is to create space to feel everything you need to feel and gradually feel more and more of the good feelings.
Picking Up the Pieces is about falling apart and then picking up the pieces of yourself and your life one piece at a time. You get to choose where to fit those pieces, which ones to pick up, which ones to leave behind and which pieces need extra love or support.
Listen to clips from the CD below: