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Originally produced for a conference on the future of religion, In The Beginning focuses on The Great Song as a universal metaphor for our times. Each presenter was allowed 18 minutes to present their point of view, and Michael chose film as the optimum medium for allowing a panoramic perspective of many voices and traditions.


Our intention is to inspire the remembrance of an underlying connection while encouraging creative expression, exploring themes of singing and songmaking in particular. As such, the series brings awareness to a worldwide epidemic of people afraid to sing, or express their creative self, unless they believe their offering is 'perfect', while highlighting an active global movement of creative expression.

Produced by Michael Stillwater and
Doris Laesser Stillwater, a series of documentaries is in development, each episode featuring a different expression around the theme of 'The Great Song'. The films include both known and unknown artists, teachers, scientists, elders and youth.

In The Beginning Was The Song explores and celebrates humanity's inherent connection to an underlying creative 'pulse', emergent and uniquely expressing through everything and everyone. Through interviews on several continents, Song Without Borders founder, Michael Stillwater, investigates the song in everyone.


Gyoto Monks chanting at Parliament for the World's Religions, Melbourne, Australia

This film explores the origin of sound and song, the power of chant and the use of song in spiritual celebration and faith traditions worldwide. The expression 'the Great Song', is recognized and understood by people everywhere, of all cultures and traditions, each with their own interpretation. The songs we each feel most at home with, the one's we love to hear and sing, are a part of this Great Song.

In The Beginning Was The Song 18-minute introduction

Hymn to The Great Song
with Br. David Steindl-Rast, from In The Beginning

Report from the Parliament of the World's Religions, Melbourne Australia

Project in development

This film, and other films in development, are made possible by generous donations from people who feel resonant with this work- thank you for your support!

We invite your contribution to help bring In the Beginning Was The Song to life. When making a donation, after clicking on 'donate' button, under the heading marked 'add special instructions to the seller', please indicate a project of special interest, or simply write 'use where most needed'. Fiscal sponser is Green Hospice, aka Living Bridges, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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