8 tracks (32:08)
(This album is a work-in-progress.)
In the spring and summer of 2012, I began waking up in the morning with music in my head. And because I had recently acquired a Korg SR-1 Sound-on-Sound Infinite Track Recorder, I started leaving it in my bed so that I could record these ditties. I'd start by singing the main melody, then recreate the sounds in my head one part/layer/track/harmony at a time.
Then in October of 2012, my artist friend Libba Davis asked me if would be interested in helping her. Libba is a spiritualist and painter, and she told me that she had just completed painting a series of eleven spiritual beings who had made themselves known to her. She said that they were coming to help humanity at this time of profound change, and she asked if I would be willing to meditate upon her paintings and open myself to, and record, each of their sounds.
I was so excited! I have always been open to new musical challenges, to new ways of approaching, creating and making music, and Libba has been a spiritual mentor to me for as long as I have known her, so I jumped at the opportunity.
The results of that project are contained in my EP/set "The 11," and I highly recommend you check it out. There are some profoundly beautiful and powerful sounds there. But this set, "From Whence Cometh (Channeled Manifestations)," is the result of what I learned during the process of creating "The 11." That is, I learned that I have been channeling music for many years, if not my entire life. See, I have always loved music, from singing with my family as a child to singing in choirs as a young adult, to creating my own music both with various other musicians as well as on my own. But my music creation goes through phases-- that is, I will compose heavily for a few weeks/months at a time, then go "dry" for many months, and even years sometimes. And in the midst of such dry spells, I often wonder if that's it-- if my music-creating days are over, if I'm just not a composer any more, if I should just forget about making music altogether and finally "grow up," settle down, get a real job, a family, etc., etc.
And then, one day, out of nowhere, the inspiration will just strike again, and I will do nothing else until I have been able to lay down a complete track. And I will be profoundly happy, and relieved, and I will listen to that creation over and over and over again, until I have saturated myself in its beauty, its magic, its emotion and texture and melody and harmony and groove and as many meanings as I can discover through repeated allowings...
And so, I am beginning to realize that my music creations will never "dry up," because *I am not their source!* That is, when I allow myself-- when I am quiet enough, when my mind is clear, and my heart is open-- there is music. It is inherent in the underlying structure of the universe-- the music of the spheres, the vibrations of modern-day super-string theory, the whispers of the wind in the trees, the elusive memories of the soundtrack of last night's dream... It's all there, if and when I choose to attune my own heartstrings...
This is a collection of music that has come to me, in those times of magnanimous, divine harmony. I feel so blessed to have been able to receive these vibrations, and to have the tools (a handheld, infinite-track recorder, a MacBook Pro with Melodyne and Logic Pro 9 software) to make these attunements manifest as structured vibrations of air that can be shared with others. I hope these vibrations bless your heart.