More Celtic and Crickets

More Celtic and Nature

“There is no plant in the ground

But tells of your beauty, O Christ.

There is no creature on the earth

There is no life in the sea

But proclaims your goodness,

There is no bird on the wing

There is no star in the sky

There is nothing beneath the sun

But is full of your blessing.

Lighten my understanding

Of your presence all around O Christ

Kindle my will

         To be caring for Creation.”

Phillip Newell, Celtic Prayers from Iona

cricket time on a Canadian lake

cricket time on a Canadian lake

The late Native American producer and musician, Jim Wilson, recorded the chirping sounds of crickets at regular and a slowed down speed which is said to match “the average life span of humans”. In the slowed down version, the crickets seem to be singing alleluias.  It is an impressive sound of praise from nature. No one else to my knowledge has been able to reproduce the sound, so it may be manipulated in some way, but nevertheless, I have listened to the recording so often that when I am outside in the night sky with the crickets, I hear an angelic chorus.