The spin of the Earth has caused Autumn to arrive here. I live in an area rural enough to be surrounded by trees and a stream. Route 29 hums by my house. Turn left and I head into the sprawl of suburbia that surrounds D.C. Turn right and I'm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains.
Autumn's cool nights have settled in. Song birds have flown. The chorus of summer insects has become small bands, duos and solos. The old house I live in always seems to invite a cricket in at this time. Listening at night a cricket will often be singing it's last songs. Offering a slow solitary voice. The voice of Autumn.
Seasons, phases, weather. Peepers, bugs, birds. Day, night and the mysteries of the dream world. I'm consistently drawn to the resonance created by the rhythm, sonority and visions that surround us.
Union of the Sun and Moon have an upcoming performance thanks to our good friend Phillips of Stripmall Ballads.
We created a number of ambient sonics to reflect the connection of this music to the transitions that guide us through the continuum.
Here are some excerpts .....
It’s funny. I’ve been creating music that doesn’t change keys and has been deconstructed to the degree that the technical demands have often been reduced to one finger on my left hand and a repetitive pattern with three fingers on my right. So why do I keep returning to a few Bach violins tunes that I first tried to play when I was 18 or so?
I’m not particularity good at them, but I find that they call out to be played every six months or so. Every time I return to them, I try new fingerings new phrasing and articulating.
In yoga and sitting meditation I often hear people referring to their “practice.” Music has certainly been my “practice” whether I knew it or not.
When I was 18 Bach interjected his spirit into my practice. What good fortune that he continues to do so.
I just ordered a book by Eileen McKusick titled "Tuning The Human Biofield." As a musician I have been working with vibrations and energy fields for quite a long time. I still spend a lot of time intoning and tuning in, tuning up and turning on! Over the few years I've found myself spending more time intoning long vocal sounds and playing with the harmonics. Playing small repetitious patterns on the guitar for periods of time. Small melodic mantras!
I'm finding this to be a process for self transformation, healing and expanding my consciousness to be more sensitive to the to this world of waves that surround us.
I'm looking forward to reading Eileen's book to find out what she has discovered about healing through sound.
A black cat crossed my path. Then it came onto my porch. Now it meows at my window every night. In the morning the food is always gone. A small offering to the gods of sound and time.
The black cat bone is a charm in ancient lore that could bring one good luck and protection from evil spirits, a successful birth in the afterlife and sexual attractiveness. In some mythologies the black cat represents the opposite of all of these.
Every morning, I wake up and practice. I practice with the hope that I will touch the magic and mystery that is this vibrating universe.
A black cat crossed my path… Bad luck or good luck?