- original music and arrangements -

Crosswinds

cross cultural curiosity

"Replace judgment with curiosity."
- Lynn Nottage

About the Music
This soundscape is another international mist-mash. Tabla percussion, Andes flute1 (Quena) and the lovely sound of the Santur (Iran) are all combined to create a unique cross-cultural composition.
1- custom patch on the Roland D-50

The literal definition of a crosswind is a wind that is blowing in a direction not parallel to the course one is traveling in—a metaphor for dealing with obstacles in life's path. In the context of this tune, crosswinds takes on a more positive meaning: absorbing and assimilating cross cultural influences.

"Its a person's unquenchable thirst for wonder
That sets them on their initial quest for truth.
The more you see, the more you love..."

Wonderland
by Suzy Kassem

It is a person's unquenchable thirst for wonder
That sets them on their initial quest for truth.

The more doors you open, the smaller you become.
The more places you see and the more people you meet,
The greater your curiosity grows.
The greater your curiosity, the more you will wander.
The more you wander, the greater the wonder.
The more you quench your thirst for wonder,
The more you drink from the cup of life.

The more you see and experience, the closer to truth you become.
The more languages you learn, the more truths you can unravel.
And the more countries you travel, the greater your understanding.
And the greater your understanding, the less you see differences.

And the more knowledge you gain, the wider your perspective,
And the wider your perspective, the lesser your ignorance.
Hence, the more wisdom you gain, the smaller you feel.
And the smaller you feel, the greater you become.

The more you see, the more you love --
The more you love, the less walls you see.
The more doors you are willing to open,
The less close-minded you will be.
The more open-minded you are,
The more open your heart.
And the more open your heart,
The more you will be able to
Send and receive --
Truth and TRUE
Unconditional LOVE.”

― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem