Film Review: Song of the New Earth
In this unique and surprisingly cinematic feature-length documentary, sound healer and brain researcher Tom Kenyon tells the story of being asked if he will sing the song of the new earth. Thankfully, for all of us, he ends up saying yes.
What does this mean? Well, the songs of the new earth arise from Tom’s ability to listen to the vibrations, the literal sounds of the earth wherever he is on the planet, and then creating tones using his remarkable four-octave voice. Who asked him to sing? Well, the answer to that question is found in the mystical stories the director Ward Serrill tells in collaboration with Tom Kenyon.
This is the kind of film that must be seen—and more importantly heard. At the beginning of the screening I attended, producer Betsy Chasse said that she believed this film to be successful if in moments, the audience members actually close their eyes, or even enter a bit of a trance. This is not to say that the visual impact of the story is somehow lacking; one of the things about Song of the New Earth that make it such a cinematic delight is Serrill’s use of nature imagery, sense of place, global locations, and even the way he captures moments when we watch Kenyon sing , play, perform, share, facilitate, and tone with such a sense of presence that we feel awed by the experience.
The basic story follows Tom Kenyon as a sound healer, singer, and musician who is fully connected to the mystical, the spiritual, and the transcendent in ways that many of us long to attain. We also follow Kenyon the sceptic, the scientist, the explorer, the man interested in the outer reaches of human and society potential as well as the investigator intrigued by just how the brain interacts with the vibrational qualities of music. Kenyon is narrator and subject, and it works. The narrative is interwoven with the imagery captured during Serrill and wife and filmmaking partner Sophie’s five years of travel following Kenyon and his wife Judi Sion in their workshops around the world. Serrill also illustrates some of the mystical experiences and invisible states of mind with artful and humorous illustrations that manage to stay both reverent and relevant.
Throughout the film, I wanted to Tweet meaningful quotes, and I did, about topics like music dropping the mind into relaxing alpha wave states and the fact that the ability to go into a receptive state of consciousness is a brain skill. Anyone can learn it.
Song of the New Earth is inspiring, visually stunning, and an epic sonic experience that is in itself a vibratory transmission. I learned things and when it was over, I wanted more. This is a film you can see again and again, or simply close your eyes and listen.
See it on the big screen. Now.
Playing in LA this weekend.