This flute melody was recorded in the late evening of the 21st of July, a few days before Guru Purnima. A simple meandering tune built around a repetitive chord structure, organic world arpeggiated melodies, subtle piano colours, with some tabla and mridangam rhythms for good measure.
Don’t worry about saving these songs!
And if one of our instruments breaks,
it doesn’t matter.
We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.
The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
and even if the whole world’s harp
should burn up, there will still be
hidden instruments playing.
So the candle flickers and goes out.
We have a piece of flint, and a spark.
This singing art is sea foam.
The graceful movements come from a pearl
somewhere on the ocean floor.
Poems reach up like spindrift and the edge
of driftwood along the beach, wanting!
from a slow and powerful root
that we can’t see.
Stop the words now.
Open the window in the center of your chest,
and let the spirit fly in and out.
(Translated by Coleman Barks and John Moyne)
All of the songs on The Truth Within are available for use in non-commercial projects and can be downloaded from the SoundCloud embed above. For any commercial use, please visit my page on commercial licensing.
Mystic Gate: Songs for the Hidden Peak was conceived as a fundraising album for the Hidden Peak teahouse in Santa Cruz, California. That beautiful little haven of peace is where I fell in love with tea and met my future wife back in 2013.
When some members of the Santa Cruz tea community decided to have a fundraiser to help the teahouse, which functions as a community and spiritual hub, stay afloat, I was inspired to write these songs and donate any proceeds from the album to the teahouse. While it was only a modest contribution, this album continues to be dedicated to the teahouse and these songs have found their way into many creative projects and YouTube videos.
The title, Mystic Gate, conjures up all those people, places, and events which have the power and timing to elevate our consciousness to a higher level, opening up not just new experiences for us, but new ways of being and experiencing life, ourselves and others.
If I could have a highest wish for this album, it would be that it could be your Mystic Gate back into your own innermost being.
All of the songs on Mystic Gate: Songs for the Hidden Peak are available for use in non-commercial projects and can be downloaded from the SoundCloud embed above. For any commercial use, please visit my page on commercial licensing.