Heavenly3lues: The Sound of Silence (2017)
The Sound of Silence was inspired by a ten day Vipassana Meditation retreat, which consisted of ten days of solitude and silence with ten hours of meditation per day. With this album, I set out to create music that would reflect my inner experience of this deep meditation. To do so, I set up a mobile recording studio in a wooden yurt set deep within 60 acres of pristine Michigan forest. For one month, I stayed in a quiet off-grid cabin in the woods, preparing myself for this inward journey. My days consisted of Yoga, meditation, and contemplative walks through the woods, as well as turning the yurt into a suitable recording space.
The album was recorded over a seven day period of solitude and Noble Silence near the end of this month. During these seven days, I followed a schedule similar to the Vipassana retreat, with Yoga and meditation in the mornings and music from the afternoon until the evening. All of the music on this album was conceived and composed during the month at Blooming Valley Retreats. All sounds were played and recorded during the seven day period. Recording this album was one of the most profound experiences of my life.
The album features the sounds of the handpan, didgeridoo, and guitar, as well as analog and digital synthesizers. It is a fusion of instrumental music that will take you on a deep inward journey.
Journeys: Handpan Solo (2013)
Journeys: Handpan Solo chronicles over two years of travels throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia. The journey began with returning to Africa via an overland trip from Eastern Europe to Morocco. The first song written for this album was Caravan, inspired by dreams of the past, when the trade routes between Timbuktu and Marrakesh required long, arduous treks on camel back. My journeys took me through sixteen countries and these songs are the stories as I experienced them. The songs are the emotions from the highs and lows of world travel. They include the challenges faced, the triumphs, the mountain peaks, and desert valleys. Included is the inspiration of remote African and Asian villages, and the Cityscapes of Australia’s bustling cities. They include the people who touched my life along the way and the animals that captured my heart. Close your eyes as you listen and the songs will take you from The Wind and The Waves of Lake Michigan, near my home, to the ancient Temples of Bagan in the mystical country of Myanmar.
Journeys Handpan Solo features 15 songs on the handpan.
Journeys features my solo compositions from two and a half years on the road. During this period, my journeys took me from my small hometown in Michigan (USA), across the United States twice, and through West Africa for six months. Since completing Journeys, I have traveled around the world sharing my music on 5 continents. “Journeys” features the sounds of the Handpan (Pantheon Halo), the Australian Didgeridoo, Guitar, and Ethnic Percussion. It also features an Angelic Guest Singer, Jessica Lee of the Kirtan group Surya Gita. Journey’s features 14 tracks of music from the heart. The music is great for Yoga, Relaxation, Massage, and More! Enjoy the CD and let it take you on an inward journey!