Turning Point Ahote`

Turning Point Ahote`

BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

This music exudes the confidence, power and spirituality possessed by Elizabeth St.John - Ahote`. She sings about what matters to her - how to live in the 21st century and still hang on to your soul.

Biography

Elizabeth St.John - Ahote`
Chiracaua Apache - Tepehuana - French

Mestiza from Montana, Elizabeth Ahote` grew up with a mother who sang folk music and who loved jazz, and with an exceptionally gifted jazz and classically trained musician father.

While studying in Seattle, both jazz and classically, Elizabeth was immersed in a prolific arts scene. Her influences ranged any where from workshops with Betty Carter to Sam Rivers, to singing opera. Throughout her life she has interpreted the original songs of the songwriters and musicians she was surrounded by, in miriad genre and styles.

Now in Turning Point, interspersed with a few traditional works and spiced with Innocence, a song written by producer and arranger Allan Phillips, she delivers her own poignant songwriting. Hers is an expression borne of a relentless search for identity, both ancestral and creative. With a love and reverence for traditional Native American music, she stretches the genre naturally.

Vocal interpretation in various languages being a forte for Elizabeth, Turning Point features the Indian Prayer, or Great Spirit Prayer in a Lakota translation gifted to her by Grandfater Wallace Black Elk in 2001. With Grandfather's encouragement, the prayer is also recorded in Apache, the language of her grandmother, as well as in Spanish and French. (To be released.)

You might ask at this point: what kind of music does she sing? I wish I could easily tell you. On this recording she commands blues, Native American prayers, gospel, ballads and jazz. I can't tell you what her niche is. She sounds powerful and sexy one minute, then spiritual and soft the next. Her voice has always illustrated her complex personality. Her music is her - confident but always searching, proud but humble. She sings about what matters to her - how to live in the 21st century and still hang on to your soul.

In this CD, Elizabeth illustrates the importance of her American Indian Roots, as well as her love for traditional gospel and blues. But more important, this recording clearly showcases her talent. Her songs, her vision and the way she wants to present her music are clear. Allan Phillips' production and dynamic accompaniments are the keys that unlock Elizabeth's vocals.

Turning Point is just the tip of the iceberg; clearly the St.John, Phillips collaboration has much more to offer. The heart, soul and intelligence of their music are imminent with surprise.

Lyrics

To See Your Face

Written By: Elizabeth Ahote` St.John

Underneath this canopy of blue and starlight
Teaming restlessly both day and night
We're bonded here effortlesslly carried in her flight

Oh to see you
To see your face
Oh to see you
To see your face

Are you somewhere in a mountain hush
Where the walls are built of uranium
So much to know to not as much
Still she carries us she carries them

Oh to see you
To see your face
Oh to see you
To see your face

The dog wood tree is all but history
Eastern soil cannot provide
They've no imune system it seems
Though they're not gay or other than whit

Oh to see you
To see your face
Oh to see you
To see your face

Great Spirit Prayer

Written By: Translation 7886: Lakota Chief Yellow Lark

Oh Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the wind
And whose breath gives life to all the world
Hear me

I come before you one of your many children
I am small and weak and I need your strenght and wisdom
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
The red and purple sunset

Make my hands respect the things you have made
My ears sharp to hear your voice
Make me wise so that I can may know the things you have taught my people
The lesson you have written in every leaf and rock

I seek strength not to be superior to my brother
But to overcome my greatest enemy my igonorance

Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes
So that when light fades as the fading sunset
My spirit may come to you without shame

Sacred Ground

Written By: Elizabeth Ahote` St.John

Arrived here at 27 years
With Saturn heavy on my soul
Looking for a lift a chance to shape shift
The isolation that was all I'd know

From the violent beauty of Big Sky Country
Crying out for salvation please
With the winds of Spirit guiding
I came to live where the desert meets the sea

On this sacred ground
Where ancient spirits live again
On this sacred ground to grateful hearts will be revealed within
Great Spirit now is calling to the children
Grandfather gifted the translation
With open arms on this sacred ground

So self unaware who could figure
It would take half my life to heal the terror
Only clue my Grandfather knew
But his language was another

From the violent beauty of Big Sky Country
Crying out for salvation please
With the winds of Spirit guiding
I came to live where the desert meets the sea

On this sacred ground with history so close to me
On this sacred ground the people once lived here free respectfully
Great Mystery is revealing to all those who will see
Grandfather Billie Largo first welcomed me
With open arms to this sacred ground

Where white sage and manzanita grow
And bird song here more than anywhere will flow
A people self possessed with respect that's true
Teachings of all directions flourish here for me and for you

On this sacred ground where ancient spirits live again
On this sacred ground to grateful hearts will be revealed with in
Great Spirit now is calling to the children
Grandmother's gifting her initiation
With open arms on this sacred ground

On this sacred ground
Home of the Lucenio and Diguenio
On this sacred ground
Home of the Kumeyaay and Mission
On this sacred ground
The sovereign Indian nations
On this sacred ground
Where Ancient spirits live again

On this sacred ground
Home of the Lucenio and Diguenio
On this sacred ground
Home of the Kumeyaay and Mission
On this sacred ground
The sovereign Indian nations

Discography

Turning Point is Elizabeth St.John - Ahote`'s Premier 2005 Release: This music is ethereal and deep, ancient, traditional and modern all at the same time. The vocals soar, soothe and inform and the production by Allan Phillips is seamless. Once you've heard it you'll want to hear it again and again.

The Indian Prayer or Great Spirit Prayer is the hub of this recording. Allan Phillips' majestic arrangement of Ahote's melody for the prayer set into motion the momentum for this powerful musical journey. Lakota Peace Elder Grandfather Wallace BlackElk, before he passed, gave Elizabeth Ahote`, in the oral tradition, his translation of the prayer. Recordings in both English and Lakota are included on the CD, Turning Point. And as Grandfather Wallace ecncouraged her, the Prayer is also recorded in Apache, the language of her grandmother, Spanish and in French. (To be released.) Audio streaming available at cdbaby.com

Set List

1. To See Your Face 3:17
2. Sacred Ground 6:01
3. Great Spirit Prayer (English) 3:27
4. Innocence 3:26
5. Child Coming Home Song 5:21
6. Turning Point 3:27
7. Carry My Love 3:59
8. Our Prayer 7:10
9. Changing Mother 3:53
10. Begin With Me 9:26
11. Eagle Chant 3:03
12. Great Spirit Prayer (Lakota) 3:23
13. Pedestals 4:42
14. Kinetic Kindness 5:28
15. In Our Name 7:32