Hello, Friends. Thank you for your support in seeing this through--at last we're at 24 songs. I'll be putting together a modest CD compilation to mail to the folks who subscribed at that level (back in 2012!) and will be contacting you to make sure I have your updated mailing address. I'm catching up with those who've subscribed for original songs and illustrated lyrics; please contact me if you'd like to have yours moved up on the list.
See below for the latest, and last--Song #24, "Original Face". This ambient piece was commissioned for Melodie Provenzano: "Seeing Oneself in Others", an upcoming show at Nancy Margolis Gallery in NYC, opening February 27th, 2020 from 6-8pm and running through April 11th, 2020. It features six paintings of works by sculptors Matthew McCaslin, Shari Mendelson, Jae Yong Kim, Michelle Segre, Arthur Simms and Jeanne Tremel. All six sculptures are also included in the show.
Melodie shared her ideas that inspired the show, and from these I created four musical sections:
- It's about appreciating instead of comparing.
- Loving, accepting, being brave, letting go of fears, seeing our interconnectedness, oneness
- "Show me your original face before your Mother & Father were born." -Zen Koan
- "End of the conceit I am is the greatest happiness of all."-Udana
The field recording at the end of the song is of starlings that make their annual winter visit to my street, which is ringed by bamboo, their native habitat. The population this year is veritably seething. I find myself considering what it's like to encounter as many people in one place, all flocking to have their needs met--disaster triage scenarios, cities and sports arenas come to mind. Beings in multitude overwhelm our ability to assess and compare. In these moments I can find myself in a freefall--of love, of meaning--and finding the seed of our shared fears, struggles, and hopeful endeavors.
With Love and Thanks for Us All,
Caption for image below: Melodie Provenzano, Red Light Thunder, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 36 inches.
Inspired by a sculpture by Arthur Simms.