After numerous late night flights at 72,000 feet of the UFOverdriver for the purpose of taking audiographic measurement of the subconscious weather over North America during the spring months of 2010, one human recordings is proud to present the composite audiograph (or sound collage) to document the flux density of this passage of time.
Today is June 2, 2010 – and the second day of my lamentations for America… my soul is crying. Weeping and wailing and throwing ashes on my head (figuratively speaking) – so sad.
I have been working on some sound collages for the last couple of night, ever since we returned from camping in the desert… the working title is New American Prayers
…a variety of pieces based on, or inspired by, the album by Jim Morrison and The Doors called An American Prayer.
This project is not the source of my lamentations, only an expression, and not nearly adequate yet…
Eight days later I released this album…retitled A New American Prayer
What Will I Find In This Sound Collage?
This album of sound collages is a much more personal than the first two releases from UFOverdriver. Recorded during several different sessions over several months of the Spring of 2010, a variety of threads are gathered together and woven into this snapshot of my thoughts and visions of this moment in time.
On this album I draw from my experience with Bipolar Disorder, my spiritual visions, dreams, inspirations, revelations, my beliefs in social justice, and my continuing explorations of Jungian thinking…
Instructions for re-programming yourself for the future: Spin, Rinse and Repeat…
Listen To The Complete Mix Of A New American Prayer
1. Intro – Fishing with Jon – 1:20 – NEW on 4.4.2010 2. Dream Leaver – Instant Karma Mix – 5:06 – Released 3.30.2010 3. Dance Upon injustice – The Calling Down Mix – 8:56 – Released 4.2.2010 4. These Songs of Freedom – The King Mix – 6:02 – Released 4.3.2010 5. Fearless In My Own Way – The How Long? Mix – 6:46 – NEW on 4.4.2010
6. Bonus Track – Good Morning John by Kris Kristofferson – 2:50
My friend Pete included this song (Good Morning John by Kris Kristofferson) on a music playlist a couple of months ago, and it really got under my skin – in a good way – and during this last month it evolved into this sound collage – Thanks Pete!
Kris Kristofferson originally wrote this song about Johnny Cash’s struggles with addiction for a sobriety party in the 1970s. He explained to Billboard magazine: “Everyone was supposed to say something inspirational, so I wrote a song. I tried to record this once before with Willie Nelson and my band. When I sang the chorus, they echoed me when I would sing ‘Good morning John.’ When I got to the line that said ‘I love you John,’ Willie said ‘He loves you John’ and we all cracked up laughing. We never finished it, so I finished it myself.”
Today is April 3, 2010 – 42 years since Rev. King gave the speech used at the end of this sound collage, his last speech, the “Mountain Top” speech. A prophetic statement concerning his own death which contains a promise for his people – you will get to that promised land!
“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead.
But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now.
I just want to do God’s will.
And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land.
And I’m happy, tonight.
I’m not worried about anything.
I’m not fearing any man.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
The mainmusic pieces used in this sound collage include Pink Floyd’s “Is There Anybody Out There” and “Hey You” from their album The Wall and Bob Marley’s “Redemption Songs” – one of my favorite songs.
Mixed-in are clips from the CBS News announcement of Rev. King’s death and the speech mentioned above.