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Nature Suite: Sacred Ground (Lost and Found)

This "suite" is a series of musical vignettes accompanied by a quote on nature. It is an ongoing project and will encompass a potpourri of musical styles: classical orchestra, ambient grooves, a trombone motet, hardcore rock, contrapuntal singing, etc. Many of the pieces are conceptualized around drum grooves that weave in and out of the soundscape.

Each piece is meant to take the listener on a musical journey into the heart and soul of nature: from the wonders and mystery when deep inside a lush forest to the rugged grandeur of the mountains...

Many of the photos were taken when mountain biking or hiking and hope to convey the beauty and spiritual "rejuvenation" of the experience, although admittedly, its hard to match the euphoria you feel when floating down a perfectly sculpted trail on a mountain bike through a lush and vibrant forest!


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Mixed

Mixed/Native American

  • Dreamcatcher
    Native American Flute, Trombone, Strings and Modern Jazz Rhythm section
  • Prairie Winds
    Native American flute, Trombone and Flute Chorales, mellow improv section
  • Storms
    Native American flute, Contrasting A and B sections

“Native American”

  • Sacred Ground
    “Native American" with strings
  • Daybreak
    “Native American" with guitar and cellos
  • Sacred Forest... Drifting Clouds...
    “Native American” with guitar
  • Nightfall
    “Native American" with guitar and strings
  • The Gift Of Sunshine
    “Native American" with two different Native American flutes
  • We Thank You (Niawen)
    “Native American" featuring a Native American Flute and electric piano
  • Awakening
    “Native American" featuring a Native American Flute accompanied by various synths and percussion
  • Harsh Winds
    “Native American" featuring a Native American Flute accompanied by various synths and percussion
  • Last Stand
    “Native American" featuring a Native American Flute accompanied by a Wurlitzer electric piano

Orchestral

"Hard-Edged"

Irish

Mellow

  • Still Waters
    Mellow trombone and electric piano
  • Forest Bathing
    D-50 andes flute and electric piano, JV-880 synth pads and strings

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"Sacred Ground (Lost and Found)"

The rhyme for the title is meant to convey our culture’s oft forgotten respect for the natural world (especially in current times with recent focus on resource exploitation at the expense of preservation!). With our citizens, more often than not, wandering aimlessly, blindsided in the raptures of technology, “Lost and Found" hopes to bring awareness of the incredible array of benefits and spiritual uplift that's found in the natural world.

The Matrix

As you look around these days and see everyone glued to their cell phone screens, one wonders if many of us have lost our connection to the real world. Who can forget the movie “The Matrix" where the “reality" perceived is actually a simulated reality.

Studies have confirmed that spending time in with nature—especially when surrounded by trees— helps reduce stress and improves health. The Japanese even have a word for it: Shinrin-yoku or "forest bathing".

A simple walk in the woods or a moment of peaceful reflection outside with greenery can help each one of us rekindle the spiritual connection with nature.

- Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six | Part Seven | Part Eight -

Part One

Forest Portrait -
A Journey Within

Alplaus Kill
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.


Majesty of the Mountains

Adirondacks
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you."


Come Forth Into the Light...

Perry Hill, VT
"Come forth into the light of things,
let nature be your teacher."

Mountain Greenery

Perry Hill, VT
"It was in the forest that I found the peace
that
passeth understanding."  

Walking With The Trees

Perry Hill, Waterbury, VT
"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees."

Part Two

Granite Ghosts

Granite Ghosts
"Geologists have a saying - rocks remember."

Wasteland

Pollution
"Man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard."

Part Three

In The Woods

Copper Creek
"In the woods, we return to reason....

Sacred Ground

Blackfoot Ceremony
"The ground on which we stand is sacred ground.
It is the blood of our ancestors."

Part Four

Seasons

The Four Seasons
"To the attentive eye,
each moment of the year has its own beauty...."

Earth's Music

Millerton NY Rail Trail
"The earth has music for those who listen."

Sacred Forest...

Woodland
"Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents
—it was loaned to you by your children."

Nightfall

Night Winds
"The day has eyes; the night has ears."

Daybreak

Night Winds
"We can only appreciate the miracle of
a sunrise if we have waited
in the darkness."

Part Five

Blood On The Trail

Night Winds
"Never underestimate the latent power of nature..."

The Gift Of Sunshine

Sunshine!
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea,
drink the wild air..."

Dreamcatcher

Sunshine!
"Hope lies in dreams..."

Part Six

Midnight Mysteries

Midnight Mysteries
"Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts,
the moonless midnight of the mind."

We Thank You (Niawen)

Forest Morning

"“When you rise in the morning,
give thanks for the light..."

Nature’s Wrath

Storm
"Hell hath no fury like Mother Nature..."

Green Valleys

Green Valley
"...Back to that little old green valley far away."

Part Seven

Prairie Winds

Abandoned House on the Prairie
"A cold wind blew on the prairie
on the day the last buffalo fell."

Storms

Storm Clouds
"Storms don't come to teach us
painful lessons, rather they were meant to wash us clean."

Part Eight

Awakening

Morning Sunrise
"Every day is an awakening..."

Still Waters

Still Waters
"Still waters run deep..."

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing
"In a forest, connect with everything."

Harsh Winds...

Sandstorm
"Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind"

Last Stand

Sandstorm
"A nation that destroys..."

Water - Babbling Brook

Norwalk River
"Water - the essence of Life"

-Drum and Percussion Loop Credits-

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