the seasons {remixed/remastered} now available

the seasons {remixed/remastered}

the seasons {remixed/remastered}

You can listen to and purchase (this is recommended!) the all-new remixed and remastered the seasons cd, an electronic/orchestral symphony for the new century at Bandcamp!

I’ve told the story before, but here it is again:

some years back, i was homeless in los angeles and I lucked out, briefly, when a friend offered me her apartment for a few weeks while she was traveling. my life had gone painfully awry.  i was broke, living  day to day, in a near-suicidal state of depression, no hope in sight.

so i did what i had done so many times before: i went down below to where the music is. whatever storms raged above the surface could not touch me down there. i can only assume other artists know of which i speak, or anyone who has perhaps submerged him/herself in meditation, or prayer, or focused labor, which, now that i think about it, comprise the sum total of my creative process. i had planned a four-song cycle, each about fifteen minutes long.

In the days that followed, these are the songs  that flowed through, as i journeyed across a terrain of emotional devastation and spiritual desolation. as the pieces took shape, my spirit began to lift. it seemed as if i were channeling the music from someplace else, with the help of tiny deities, sprites and nymphs. the pieces defined a story, that of this very accidental journey, which had taken me out of my comfortable oakland home of ten years and plunged me into a world of uncertainty and
occasional danger.

some distance, now, from the original composing of the seasons i must say that my understanding of the dire situation in which i found myself and the subsequent resolution and release through the act of creation abides, stronger than ever. i rightly intuited, as i neared its completion, that the arc of the seasons followed campbell’s archetypal hero’s journey in a most wonderful way. i would ascribe the elements of the story thusly:
summer of ‘68 ~ the call & crossing the threshold
autumnal sun ~ the road of trials, meeting with the goddess
& diving into the abyss
winter blue ~  death, rebirth, transformation & atonement
the forever spring ~ the magic flight, the crossing of the
return threshold & freedom to live.
may this music be an accompaniment to your own secret journey.

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Next Show: Bateau Ivre, Record Release Party for the new “the seasons” and some live music

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Yes yes yes!

I decided this evening would be a great night to premier the re-mixed and remastered “the seasons.” I will have it on the sound system between 6 and 7 pm. CDs will be available. This is the way “the seasons” was always supposed to be.

After that, I will be hoisting guitar synth & iPad and doing a set of originals and my favorites songs. Should be a great show. Come for some or all of it!

the new cover

the new cover

This image was shot by Kate Zari Roberts. You can see more of her work here. I looked high and low for the right image, found this one on P1XELS. And I kept coming back to it as I continued the search. Finally, I just knew it was the one. Shot and processed on iPhone of course!

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