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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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"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.

Nature Suite
Nature Suite

Now on CD

Ten compositions from the suite previously indexed on this page have been recorded to CD. Visit the Store page for audio samples and how to purchase.

Visit the CD Supplement page for details on the compositions now on CD.


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Mixed

Mixed/Native American

  • Dreamcatcher
    Native American Flute, Trombone, Strings and Modern Jazz Rhythm section
  • Storms
    Native American flute, Contrasting A and B sections
  • Tree Time
    Native American Flute, Acoustic Guitar and Trombone
  • Red Earth
    Native American bass flute and a sparse rhythm section
  • New Horizons
    Native American flute, Electric Piano, etc.
  • Big Sky
    Native American flute, "Jazz Fusion"
  • Glistening Waters
    Bass Native American Flute

“Native American”

  • 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
  • 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
  • Water - Ripples
    An full ensemble of Native American flutes accompanied by a frame drum
  • When the Eagle Cries
    Native American flute accompanied by a frame drum
  • Heed The Call
    Native American flutes accompanied by a Cajón
  • Dark Forest
    Native American Bass Flute and Animal Sounds!
  • Night Sky
    Evocative rubato intro, Double Native American flute

Trombone (featured)

Orchestral

"Hard-Edged"

Irish

Arabic

Didgeridoo (Loop)


Part One

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."  

Granite Ghosts

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

Wasteland

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

Sacred Forest

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

Part Two

In The Woods

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

Nightfall

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

Seasons

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

Blood On The Trail

Blood on Trail
"Never underestimate the latent power of nature..."

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher
"Hope lies in dreams..."

Part Three

The Gift Of Sunshine

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

Nature’s Wrath

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

Storms

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

Harsh Winds...

Sandstorm
"Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind"

Water - Babbling Brook

Woodway
"Water - the essence of Life"

Part Four

Water - Ripples

Pond Ripples
"We come and go...
like ripples in a stream."

Tree Time

Ancient Tree
"There is always music
amongst the trees..."

Changing Vistas

Rocky Mountains
"Climb so you can see the world,
not so the world can see you."

Reflections

Salar de Uyuni
"Reflection without learning is dangerous..."

When the Eagle Cries

Bald Eagle
"Ominous Warnings..."

Part Five

Heed The Call

Heed The Call
"Be the change
you wish to see in the world."

Dark Forest

Dark Forest
"Dark forests...
quiet and mysterious"

Red Earth

Red Desert
"The world is full of beauty"

Night Sky

Night Sky
"See the wonder of the night sky"

Desert Dreams

Desert Dreams
"In its emptiness, you can find yourself..."

Part Six

New Horizons

New Horizons
"Man's living spirit is
his passion for adventure..."

Fallen Giants

Fallen Giants
"The hidden spirit
of the wilderness..."

Big Sky

Big Sky
"The poetry of Nature is that which
uplifts the spirit within us."

Ancient Origins

Ancient Origins
"May as well be here,
we are as where we are."

Glistening Waters

Glistening Waters
"It is life to watch the water.
A man can learn so many things."

Part Seven

The Long Shadow

The Long Shadow
"Yesterdays' darkness will haunt
today's sunshine"

Yesterday's Fotprints

Yesterday's Footprints
"We all leave footprints as we
journey through life..."

-Drum and Percussion Loop Credits-

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