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: Ancient Dawn
:: Dawn of Reason
::: Requiem for the Journey
:::: Tropic of Europa
:::::: Cosmic Gigolo
::::::: TransAlpian Baroque
:::::::: Dancing the Equator
::::::::: Original Sin (to be continued)
:::::::::: Zen vs. West
::::::::: Etruscan Voices
:::::::: Slide into the Abyss
::::::: Explosion of the Now
:::::: Good Morning, Dr. Nietzsche
::::: The Same River Twice
:::: Mindful Whirlwind
::: On a Sea of Thought
:: Thus Spake
: Distant Horizon
ChansonRoland :: Costa Rica :: ALL Songs are Original Compositions :
My Goal is to Musically tell a Story... An :: Electro-Percussive-Journey :: That moves You... Thru & Into... Space, Time, Thought, and Emotion...
Heavy Fun... Deep Thought... Mindful Art
ANCIENT DAWN :6:06
Our Long Journey through Space and Time has failed to let Us see Ourselves as we are and help Us Correct Our Spiraling Course.W
DAWN OF REASON 3;25
Ah, the fragility of Reason. Volumes could be written, but I used 59 notes… more or less. Many of the more Meditative, non-Hammering songs here, found their inspiration in the writings and teachings of early Greek philosophers, their progeny, and the Dawn of Reason. You can blame the rest on desultory Western European and enigmatic Eastern Asian influences.
REQUIEM FOR THE JOURNEY 8:20
A rhythmic cinematic journey into the night. Replete with chanting Gregorians, melodious Sopranos, driving percussion, including a sprawling 11-second drum solo, and of course, sultry Night Sounds.
DISTANT HORIZON :26
(Brief Transitional Song)
Our minds clear, our eyes widely open, our direction finally realized as we come out of the Cave… and as the mist clears, we set off into a great adventure: East into the Rising Sun… or, is that West into a Setting Sun? Where the Hades are we anyway...?…
THUS SPAKE 1:18
(Brief Transitional Song)
Ah, Zarathustra, Mithra, and the Son of Suns thou knowest things… this Bridge tolls for thee…
ETRUSCAN VOICES 9:48
Etruia, Where Art Thou? The enigmatic Etruscans their lively Spirit and Sparking Art shown to Us only in their drunken smiling terpsichorean Tombs. Sons and Daughters of Italy they begat Rome and ignited the Greeks... but, just like the Song, all ends in a sour note... the Dogs of Time nipping at their Heels, their Culture summoned to Hell, their Voices and Language lost to the chatter of Birds...
GOOD MORNING DR. NIETZSCHE 1:34
The album title is inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s maxim and book title: Twilight of the Idols or, Philosophizing with a Hammer, a metaphoric combination of a Hammer and a Tuning Fork he used to sound out idols… idols of Belief, idols of Ideals, idols of Idols… Are they solid and true? or, Hollow and meaningless? What am I implying about this album? Who are We? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Why am I paraphrasing a Gauguin painting? The eternal questions burn on…
COSMIC GIGOLO 3:00
Celebrates the joy and fun of dance with lots of Space and no fiddles, though they are implicitly implied sonically they are not applied actually. Though, there is a plethora of percussives. But, that’s good right. No strings. We can Dance then, go our merry way… Cosmic Gigolo. Get it?
THE SAME RIVER TWICE 5:59
The title and inspiration for the song is from Heraclitus’ You cannot step twice into the same river, another of the intrepid early Greeks who dared-think they could fathom without phantoms.
EXPLOSION OF THE NOW… 1:42
I am dynamite. Tearing through the miasma one note at a time Past, Present, and Future. Meditating with a Hammer, Meditating with a Hammer… Inner-Quiet… Boom…
ON A SEA OF THOUGHT 3:56
Ionia, that lost coast of the ancients, the beginnings of questioning thought. Thales, Anaximander, and their kindreds plying the waves and skies of the eastern Mediterranean and for the first time saw the World and showed the natural course. Where did we veer? Could this be the song that will help put us back on course? Probably not, but it certainly can’t hurt to un-wedge the mind a bit from the moors of mores.
MINDFUL WHIRLWIND 4:39
Epicurus, also of Ionia but a contemporary with Plato and Aristotle, had a school in Athens, referred to as The Garden. There, unlike nearly everywhere else, men, women, slaves, were welcomed as equals. Epicurus taught Natural Philosophy, discussed things like atoms, causation, and reality. He also was much maligned and villanized for allowing the aforetomentioned entrance and for considering pleasure and happiness an actual Good. Lucretius, a later Roman follower put some of Epicurus’ philosophy in the book On the Nature of Things. These ideas certainly give rise to Mindful Whirlwinds.
TRANS-ALPIAN BAROQUE 12:17
Vivaldi and Pachebel scaling from Italy into the rarefied airs of Trans-Alpia and Bach.
SLIDE INTO THE ABYSS 3:38
Symbols, Cymbals, Low Base Bass, Shard of Taittinger. Sip, Slip, Slide... If you stare into the Abyss long enough... the Abyss stares back at You.
TERROR TRAIN 3:39
So, it’s a pleasant train ride into Paddington Station, London… not quite, or should I say not quiet. Inadvertent recording onboard shows the angst and fear we are bombarded with every day, even on what should, and hopefully, will one day be again— a fun ride. Remember Fun?
TROPIC OF EUROPA 8:12
Capturing the balmy Winter Nights of Europa in Dance, Merriment, and some Alien-type Percussionists.
ZEN VS WEST 6:54
Ah, the age-old problem Western Mind — Eastern Mind. Order or Quiet? Full or Empty? Drums or Chant? Coffee or Tea? Coke or Pepsi? Secondly, okay, the Tuvan, throat-singers are not of the Zen school… more animism, shamanism, with tinges of Tibetan Buddhism… but, with a credo of living life in harmony with the world, we took some liberties and harmonized. Besides, those Zen-Chan guys don’t chant as interestingly and certainly don’t do that fantastic whistlely-like thing at the end… Now, that’s Zen.
ORIGINAL SIN (To be Continued) 6:12 Peace and Serenity at last… But no! What’s that? Here it comes again, that ever-chiding, juggernautic, bugaboo of our self-imposed morality Original Sin, tearing through and into the minds, hearts, and pill bottles of us all. Will it never end? Look out! Oh no…
DANCING THE EQUATOR 11:28
Another journey in life, this time celebrating and embracing the rhythmic and entrancing tropics… Starts out, hanging by a thread to some semi-rhythmic beats, then suddenly, goes to earth dancing stirring the dust of a million years.
Gracias, Thanks, Danke
ChansonRoland :: Costa Rica