The spiritual aspect of sound was never lost on me, even long before I knew any terms or paths or had any sense of conjuring such things through my hands. I felt it first and still do, the - if not deliberate - inherent spiritual nature of music. So while I became very prolific with words and the Neil Young - Steve Earle - John Prine side of things molded me into a singer-songwriter, there was this other, deeper undercurrent. I offered song to the fire. I chanted under starlight. Alone in the woods I prayed to the sunset with Native American flute and dug deeper for the nucleus of how this all entered me and where it most powerfully exited through my hands and my instrument.The first piece is an invocation with notes and percussion; the second a groove containing a recited piece called "All Glories"; and then we go on a real trip. "Sphurana" is an ancient Sanskrit word for a shuddering, an intense internal vibration felt in moments of awakening, awareness, transcendence. No direct translation, but you get the idea. When I say "soundscape" one might think tranquil sunsets with happy clouds; this is more Niagra Falls over shifting tectonic plates. These pieces were improvised in layers, some together and some layered at other times. But each layer is one pass, complete, in the moment. It's loose, it's loud, and it's loaded. OMusic is a combination of OM, a sacred sound in many Eastern spiritual paths, and music - the most sacred thing to me. I cannot separate the two. I can write some goofy irreverent songs, but that's songcraft to me and improvising music is different - one is a drink of water, this is laying in a river realizing the river doesn't know you from the rock and you're getting blurry on where you end and they begin. And so I sincerely hope like anything I do that this music, offerings from a pile of sonic soundscapes improvised in layers, finds the ears that need it and carries something to the ceremony of your lives. Play it loud and just let the water flow over you. If you can, let it take you and I hope it flows you somewhere good. (Edited - read the full liner notes with pictures at www.sbeckwith.com/omusic )
All tunes by S. Beckwith / Parking Lot Music, BMI, c 2016 - Drums on "All Glories" by Jim Erickson - Drums on "Sphurana" by Neal Dike (Edited - more info at www.sbeckwith.com/omusic )
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