Birosik, nationally syndicated music reviewer
September 95 - New Age Retailer - "PJ's Picks" :
Shamanic Songs and Ritual Chants, this innovative album was
created and produced by ceremonialist, musician, and teacher
Victoria Marina-Tompkins as a journey into spirit through the ancient
path of vision and drum.
out the trip are the sounds of eagle bone whistle, finger cymbals,
rattles, didgeridoo, bells, flutes, bass, and violin. Beginning
with the attention grabbing sound of a Tibetan bowl, this program
gets rolling with the upbeat New Age classic circle chant Sweet
Surrender. For those who have heard this transcendent piece
at retreats or workshops, the version included here is top
three original songs are no less impressive, particularly the
perky dumbek-vocal duet Grandmother Moon which draws
equally upon Native American, Celtic, and pagan influences.
Take Me to the One I Love finds Marina and Nancy Hall
sharing vocal duties, and is the standout track. Its
pure, yearning simplicity is utterly moving."
from our individual listeners...
inspiration in the lyrics and calming energy in the drumming
make this CD one that we love to hear over and over again."
"Victoria Marina-Tompkins's CD is an outstanding collection of original and
traditional tribal chanting and prayer. Her melodies are
simple and relaxing: perfect for gatherings of any spiritual
or meditative nature. The rhythms are as grounded as a heart
beat in sinc with Mother Earth herself. She sings proudly
and effortlessly with beautiful harmonies and arrangements.
In addition to American Indian and early American Folk, one
can also hear the influence of African call and response
chanting. These styles and more combine to make a contemporary
sound that puts the warmth of friends and family in your
own hearth and home. Listen to this CD and remember how nurturing
and balancing it is to be a part of the nature and life of
this wonderful planet. Best of listening."
children are always asking to hear the 'drum tape'. They
love the rhythmic beat of the drums and anticipate with excitement
the 'bark' of the didgeridoo!"
members of the Flight of the Hawk community in California
perform on this 1994 album, under the musical direction of
Victoria Marina-Tompkins. With a primarily women's vocal ensemble,
it includes beautiful renditions of favorites like The River
She Is Flowing and Sweet Surrender, as well as contemporary
shamanic songs such as Bones, plus originals like Victoria Marina-Tompkins's Grandmother Moon and Adele Getty's O Great
Spirit. Excellent drumming and instrumentation
on: hoop drum, dumbek, djembe, conga, bongos, tabla, bone
whistle, violin, acoustic
bass, didgeridoo, alto flute, and more. Very professionally
done, and we recommend it wholeheartedly!"
recording has it all. Beautiful vocals, stories, and music.
Fantastic drumming and ancient instruments.
MUST to own!"