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  • Breaking Silence

    My oh my, it has been a while.  What have I been doing since I lasted posted in 2010? Why has it been so long? Probably because I started going to school at Yo San University to study Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Yes, that's acupuncture and herbs.  As I type this,  I am approaching being half way through the program.  Becoming an acupuncturist is not as easy as one might think.  It's a full four years of intense schooling.  So that is what has been occupying most of my time.  That and meditation, qigong, and tea.

    On the music front, although I have rarely played a show in the past few years, I have been recording quite a bit.  In fact, I have two albums completely recorded.  One of them is fully mixed, and just waiting on mastering.  I will be releasing it sometime in the Fall of 2012.  It is called In A Stream and it is more acoustically oriented than my last album, Look Inside.  By no means is this a definitive direction.  Who knows...maybe my next album will be electronic?

    The other album is more "band" oriented, but I programmed all the drums and bass myself.  It is a group of songs I wrote all the way back in 1999 -2001.  During a meditation retreat, the inspiration to record these particular songs hit me hard.  As soon as I got home, I recorded the entire album, playing and programming every instrument on the album.  It took me one month and was one of the most fun and satisfying recording experiences I have ever had.  I meditated for at least an hour before every single recording session, and really let the music breath.  These songs are longer, and a little more daring on a structural level than anything I have release before.  It is definitely an album to get into a quiet state and listen all the way from front to back without distraction.

    Although the recording was fun and painless, mixing it has been quite a project.  I have tried at least three times and am still not quite satisfied.  I recently bought some new speakers, so I have faith that this next time through, I will have success and the album - Pain & Joy - will see the light of day soon.  I am actually starting a charity project called Dhamma Records to release this album through.  It will serve to benefit Vipassana meditation centers across the globe, and it will be most certainly include other artists.

    It feels good to be blogging again.  Expect more news on the new albums and Dhamma Records project soon.