Who am I?
Misk'i Takiy is a name that was ceremonially gifted to me unexpectedly by one of my dearest friends and teachers, Don Javier, a 4th generation Peruvian native healer. In the context it was given it means, "man who sings sweetly". The name I was given at birth is Gareth, a traditional British name which carries the meaning 'gentle and brave'. It is an honour to carry these names with me and walk my walk in remembrance of those who gave them to me.
For me, music is medicine, a medicine of the heart and soul, and one of the strongest medicines I know.
As a musician; primarily I write and perform songs that have been created as medicine for me or others, reflections of experiences encountered that contain words and messages that have given me strength, hope, and love when I have been in need.
There is no song that I sing that has not helped me to heal myself and others... this is one of my prayers, that healing comes to those who are in need. In my life, whenever I have needed to understand something, to pray for something, to heal a wound or a false understanding, then a song has shared itself with me, with the intention to bring healing that specific area of conflict, whether it is emotional, physical, psychological, or physical... I believe through the power of song we are able to explore and share the depths of our being, find comfort, and whatever it is that is needed to achieve resolution and true healing.
This is one of the attributes and essences of being a healer in traditional ways that I have been taught, (not all), but in much of what is now classified as 'shamanic', there is no healing without singing, we sing to heal, we sing for the healing of the people, for the healing of ourselves. Sometimes we dance too...
Many of these songs are inspired by ancient healing traditions from around the world, traditions that I admire and draw support, guidance, and inspiration from. For without support, guidance and inspiration, who and what are we?
To be able to share these words and songs in a way that they may touch another person is a true and genuine pleasure.
After over a decade apprenticed to great teachers, living, studying, and working with them in this arena, I decided to begin recording songs as a way of sharing medicine outside of the traditional way they are used, and thus be able to offer more support to others...
My first album, El Lobo y la Luna was recorded in 2016 at Sacred Valley Sounds in Peru and released to coincide with the second Festival de Musica Medicina which was held close to Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
2017 saw much change, and many new ideas and collaborations come to pass, not only in the area of music, but in the field of healing.
2018 was a year of travel with opportunities for new meetings and sharing, dances and dreaming; and musical and healing collaborations. It also saw my return to the world of writing and editing (in my 20's I was a well-published poet and writer, eventually moving into the position of head copywriter for the world's largest electronics company and being in charge of creative advertising for the North American and European markets before admitting to myself that I was supporting an industry that I did not resonate with); a prayer being heard and my interest being re-ignited by being asked to work on the translation and editing of 2 powerful books on the subject of sacred science of plant medicine and the development of consciousness. This road also led me into the world of publishing and the creation of my own independent publishing house - Fox Runs Wild Publishing - and writing / editing agency - One World Words - to assist in the process. These are services that I can now offer to others who have writing that they wish to present and disseminate for the greater good. If you are a writer and need some assistance, please be in touch.
2019 saw new material always in flow, anticipating the outlet which takes many forms and shapes, from healing events, prayer, voice, song, body movement workshops and sharings; and plain old simple gigs and giveaway gifts...travel was high on the agenda as is the coming together in prayer with many families and friends. It also sees my first foray into the world of narration, working on the audio book format of the books that I edited in 2018 and 2019. And so, as the year draws to a close it is time to begin the recording process for the next album, a collection of songs that I am very happy with, and to present next year... the recording process is well supported, and the space has opened up organically and in a good way....
2020 - what is there to say. Much is on hold right now.
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