#OutsideCompetition – “Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ” | David Michael Tardy


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Today’s short evening composition & recording.

“Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ”
Music composed, arranged & recorded by David Michael Tardy. Copyright 2020. Native American Flutes played by David Michael Tardy

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin… All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer…

To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages. I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.

*”Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ” is a phrase from the Lakota language. It reflects the world view of interconnectedness held by the Lakota people of North America. This concept and phrase is expressed in many Yankton Sioux prayers, as well as by ceremonial people in other Lakota communities.

Orchestral Tools + StaffPad Competition 2020
Orchestral Tools and StaffPad have banded together to find ways for you to get creative, spread some music, and win some prizes. And we’ve come up with this competition:

The Brief
Compose a piece of music (45 seconds to 2 minutes) on the theme of ‘outside’.
What do you miss about being outside? Where would you like to be? What’s your favorite spot out in the wilds?
We’re looking for an inspiring piece of music, whether 1 instrument or many, and you can use any tools you want: e.g.
sample libraries, live instruments, phone recordings, or whatever you have in your studio.

Then upload your piece to Soundcloud or YouTube, and use the hashtag #OutsideCompetition to enter.

The Competition
Compose a piece of music (45 seconds to 2 minutes) to the brief below

Use any audio to create your piece, e.g. sample libraries (no violation of copyright), home recordings, etc.

Upload to SoundCloud or YouTube using the hashtag #OutsideCompetition

The compositions will be judged on their musicality and how well they evoke hopeful and inspiring themes.