second release in the electronic/acoustic music genre is
a collection of uniquely styled compositions which speak
to the significance of relationship between our innermost
spiritual selves and our outer world. Each in their own
particular way, the seven soundscapes of Communion
celebrate the sacred, ongoing conversations we share with
our past-and-future ancestors, our natural world, and our
other-world counterparts. Communion
is a delightfully exotic mix of shimmering acoustic and
electric instruments, world instruments, spoken word, and
delicious ambient seasonings which has charmed radio audiences
and fans of space music for years.
The Songs of Communion:
An improvisation which grew-with-the-telling.
The “story” of this song gradually came to me
as a mother’s lament over the village-imposed exile
of her son Mokambaku. Basically a rewrite of the prodigal
son tale, told from a slightly different perspective. An
example of what happens when you have 7 minutes of tape
left over at the end of a reel.
One summer I spent a number of late evenings
outdoors, staring into the universe with a pair of binoculars.
Crickets and fireflies were all around me, making their
particular kind of music, and the moon was hiding behind
the trees. Everything seemed to be humming. The combined
delights were quite memorable and magical, so I took a musical
On a cross-country trip I took some years
ago, my journey took me through the wild, rolling green
landscapes of Oregon and Idaho. This is my musical impression
of that truly beautiful place. Eternal Return is a study
in 4/4 time superimposed on 3/4.
Where do we go when we sleep? This piece
explores that curiosity. I like the layering effect and
the lack of regard for melody or any traditional musical
structure. Written for a weekend-morning radio show called
“Sleepy Hollow”, produced by WXPN-FM in Philadelphia
in hopes that they would play it. They did!
My old friend Bobby Michaels did some nice
interpreting on soprano sax in this. Some lyrics came to
me after this recording which subsequently turned “Demeter”
into a mother’s day gift to my son’s mom, about
a month before he was born. Someday I hope to record a vocal
version with a soprano who can comfortably hit the high
D. Either directly or indirectly, all women are Goddesses!
Once after a late night of recording I
walked out into my front yard where two great trees lived.
Somebody had suggested I cut one of them down, and I thought
that if I had, the remaining tree would certainly miss the
missing one, given that they spend so much time together.
I suspect that plants, like humans, can and do have relationships
with one another. I am long since gone from that place,
but I happen to know both trees remain.
I know that as mere humans we are not the
be-all and end-all. We are in fact a wonderfully intentioned
part of something greater than our selves. I certainly do
not have all the answers, let alone many of the questions.
Meanwhile, the resonance experienced in “Embraced
By Love” is a humble attempt at emulating the works
of some great meditation music composers gone before me.
I hope this resonance works for you.