WHO AM I?
" What's in a name? "
Misk'i Takiy is the name that was ceremonially gifted to me by one of my dear friends and teachers, Don Javier, a 4th generation Peruvian maestro curandero ( specialist healer of the Amazonian tradition ) with whom I entered into deep apprenticeship and study for several years beginning in 2012. In the context the name was given, it translates as "man who sings sweetly". I have wondered occasionally if "sometimes" should be added to the translation.
The name that I was given at birth is Gareth, a traditional British Celtic name which carries the meaning 'gentle and brave'. It is a name from my ancestral lineage that reminds me of the memory of my people and the deep magic of the land of my fathers.
The moniker Dr. Fox was bestowed upon me in good grace and humour by another beloved teacher one fine morning in our fox-frequented sanctuary in the UK. I lived and learned with him for over 3 years and will remember those good old days, and the twinkle in his eye, forever fondly.
It is an honour to carry these names with me and walk my walk in remembrance of those who gave them to me. My eternal love, respect and gratitude to my ancestral line, my parents, and the teachers / guides of the path.
For me, music and movement are medicine, medicines of the heart and soul, and two of the most effective medicines I know.
As a storyteller, songwriter, and musician; primarily I write songs that have been created as medicine for me or others, reflections of experiences encountered that contain tales comprised of - and encoded with - words and messages that have given me strength, hope, inspiration, and love when I have been in need. My path through this life has taken me to live in many countries and to the study of many areas of interest and these are woven into the fabric of the story of the songs.
There is no song that I sing that has not helped myself and others to heal something... this is one of my deepest prayers, that healing comes to those who are in need, and me too. In my life, whenever I have needed to understand something, to pray for something, to heal a wound or a false understanding, a damaged relation, then a song has shared itself with me, with the intention to bring healing that specific area of conflict. I believe that 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 some of the traditional ways that I have been taught, but in much of what is now classified as shamanic, we sing to heal, we sing for the healing of the people and the land. Sometimes we dance too... whatever it takes to disarm the rigidity of the thinking mind, or as Carlos Cataneda put it so succinctly, "to stop the world".
Many of the songs I write are inspired by ancient healing traditions from around the world, traditions that I have lived in, and that I admire and draw support, guidance, and inspiration from. To be able to share these words, stories and songs in a way that they may touch another person is a true and genuine honour.
After over a decade in continued apprenticeship to several great teachers of the ancestral paths of plant medicine and the exploration of consciousness; living, studying, and working with them in this arena, I decided to begin recording songs as a way of sharing medicine outside of the context in which they have been traditionally used, and thus be able to offer more support for others and, of course, enjoy the creative process and expansion of expression along the way.
My first album, El Lobo y la Luna was recorded in 2016 and released to coincide with the second Festival de Musica Medicina which is held close to Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas every 2 years.
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 as I entered deeper into the Andean school and the school in the Andes.
2018 was a year of travel with opportunities for new meetings and sharings, dances and dreaming. It also saw my return to the world of writing and editing; a prayer being heard and my interest being re-ignited by being asked to work on the translation and editing of 2 powerful and inspirational books on the subject of the sacred science of plant medicine and the development of consciousness, THE 4 ALTARS ( available in the SHOP ) and TAWANTINUSYO 5.0, both written by Alonso del Rio. 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 / creative 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 in flow, anticipating outlets which took 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 was the coming together in prayer with many families and friends.
2020 - what is there to say. Much took place in that space of global uncertainty and unrest, polarization, pandemic and pandemonium. However, Dr. Fox and Friends, the follow-up album to El Lobo y la Luna was recorded and is now available for purchase here on the website.
It is said that the second album is often the most difficult for an artist, and I can attest to this. For this reason I named it Dr. Fox and Friends, as without the support and encouragement of friends for almost every aspect of the album, this could not have come to pass. At many points in the process I wanted to give up, or felt that it would never be made; so my total love, respect and gratitude to those who had faith in me when my own faith or patience faltered. I pray the next album is birthed with more ease, and with less time in-between.
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