When Dean Evenson & his
outrageous wife, Dudley invited me to visit their lovely refuge on the
Nooksak River in northern Washington, magik was afoot. They are a lively
couple, activists since the 60's, using audio & visual media to
document the transformation of global consciousness. 25 years ago, they
started their own record label, Soundings
of the Planet, to distribute the stellar flute & synthesizer
work Dean creates.
They trooped off to Nepal &
recorded Tibetan monks chanting. Dean wove his western bridge of synth
& flute into the creation; the Tibetans liked his music so much
they commissioned him to compose musical/cultural bridges for
a CD of chanting released internationally to benefit Tibetan refugees
in India. Just to get an idea of who Dean is. Not to mention the long,
white beard in 2 dread spirals down to his waist!
Dean took me into his renovated
barn recording studio & introduced me to his Main Man Engineer,
Phil Heaven (for real) (who plays cello & violin with drummer, chanter
Jason Darling...NW men are treasures.) Phil has this wizard-at-the-board
gift for making my voice sound better than I've ever heard...and Dean
has this knack of playing music that really moves me to sing.
Then they handed me a CD of
5 Ragas; 7th generation father & son sitars playing holy music,
each piece written to a specific time cycle within night/day. "Come
back tomorrow", Dean said. "We'll start recording."
Thrown in the deep end! Completely
different scale, rhythm & melody sense & purpose....24 hours
to get the hang of each wondrously complex, strangely structured piece!
Dean likes to get the improv voice...the voice that has surrendered
knowing & becomes the music. I grew alot vocally working for Dean...yes,
he threw me over the edge, but believing in me the whole time which
calmed my fears so I got it together & got to work!
The 1st day I came in &
was nervous. This gig was a 1st for me in many ways & I was anxious
to please...me & my dog flown all the way from Texas to Washington
state to record these VERY bizarre vocals. We recorded the 1st track...I
sang improv all the way through without stopping. These ragas are 15
minutes long! That's a long time to riff! Phil came in from the control
room & started flapping his long arms, like some Great Crane, kinda
hopping from one leg to the other. "You'll do just fine,"
he said to me, nodding his head. "Gonna be ALL right."
So Dean & Phil recorded
a collective of us, culling & editing extremely challenging pieces
to the Western ear. Sitar is designed to pierce your consciousness &
they managed to weave together an extraordinary album of a melodic raga
cycle that stirs deep archtypal presence. I am utterly honored to have
been invited to contribute to this project that features world renown
musicians, Deobrat & Mishra, Dean Evenson & Gina Sola. I like
to listen to The Raga
Cycle on endless repeat in the background while I work. It is transcendent
In exchange for my vocal beds
on the The Raga Cycle, Dean gave me studio time with Phil @ the board.
I recorded Raising the Mysts,
a 72 minute lecture on Mystery School Basics based on a cosmological
blend of Drunvalo & Tom Kenyon/Hathor material as focused thru the
Sacred Geometry of a Torus. Its the left brain explanation of all the
components of a beautiful meditation I keep seeing/experiencing/teaching
that I call Earth's Breathing, cuz it is.
I also recorded the meditation...its
40 minutes long, done on a pine whipping stormy night. Spirit was so
present I was weeping by the end.This whole teaching has its own awareness
& its a gift to commune with it as I become the portal.
Its a little tough on my ego
to listen to the 1st 12 minutes of the lecture CD (Raising the Mysts)
cuz I sound pretty uptight. It was the only recording I didn't do a
vocal warmup for beforehand. Warm up just to talk? At the beginning
of all the other sessions, I warmed up with Call & Response cut
Rhiannon's 2-disk set of her Vocal Improv Workshop, with some great
tunes to sing with & stretchy instruction & way cool fine musicians...all
Dean went digging in his closet
of old, unused tracks that never got developed. On my last day of 3
wonderful weeks up in the Pacific NW, he handed me a practice CD he'd
put together with 8 old synth & flute tracks. I listened all morning
to these beautiful tracks, finding the curves of the song waves. One
song quickly became my favorite, although all the others were right
That last evening, we went
into the studio & I sang my heart into Dean's music. I am in awe
of what flowed out, track after track, no mistakes, no stopping...every
track a 1st & only take. Some music just gets inside of me &
it requires effort NOT to sing. Singing with Dean lifts me up...he's
an alchemical Master. This became holy music & I am still humbled
to think I landed in the middle of it. Its really beautiful. It touches
all the chakras...its good medicine to listen to. I use it as background
during sessions that I give others or myself, especially my favorite,
what became Earth's Breathing. (This link still under construction).
So I put the music with the
meditation & released Earth's Breathing, a right brain/dreamer companion
to the mystery school teachings of Raising
Finally, Phil passed his hands
somehow over my tape masters & made a CD master of Way
of the Journey, an audio recording I did years ago in Salt Lake
City under the mentorship of Marko
Johnson, rounddoor.com. Marko
is known for making didj's but he made drums before that & he taught
me how to make drums and he knew I was teaching & talking &
took me into a recording studio once night to get this shamanic journeying
part down...so I could go on to other things. That is what I have discovered
in this recording process. It frees me to move on to the synthesis of
the next material that;s coming in.
So Way of the Journey became
a CD of lecture & guided meditation to meet one's allies in spirit.
............. ......... ... . . . Coupla
things about the Journey CD: