The main inspiration of Get Tribal is to transcend boundaries. Long ago, I observed how cultural and religious beliefs created intolerance and intolerance creates wars. When i see disparity –
I want to find a common ground.
This is the common theme in my music, apps and books. I practice the Taoist perspective of observing no boundaries between myself and what unfolds around me nor do I observe any separation in the dream/wake/dream cycle. Chuang Tzu describes waking from a dream of being a butterfly and not sure if he was a man dreaming of being a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming of being a man. Walking through the world absent of any type of certainty, I take in the constant noise of everyday media and create something spiritually healing out of it all. To me, spiritually healing means trading dogma for actual experience. Opening to wonder….a belief in the regenerative power of life, much of what I write is based on the inspiration of nature.
In my books, I highlight the common thread among all philosophies – I bring to life what Jung calls Archetypes from the collective unconscious. God of Drum celebrated the Thunder Deities. In all cultures, Thunder awakens the sleeping seeds and jars the clan from stagnation. Each track is founded on ancient drumming patterns from various regions around the world with the purpose of energizing chakras.
Just like my books, the music of Get Tribal brings disparate influences together into world fusion. Radio God explores the caricature of what we have created with our media.
What is sacred and what is fiction?
What if all sound waves never went away?
What if God was a DJ and bounced it all back to us?
What would we hear?
Relax…don’t take it all so seriously. Stop fighting – you have it all wrong.
Life has no boundaries..
Enjoy your journey ~ you don't need to defend anything...
In Radio God ANKH introduces Dervish/Islamic/Sufi elements into retro Western Michael Jackson style disco music. Like Teshub in God of Drum, which blends Gregorian chants with Middle Eastern music, both tracks were inspired by my visit to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul where Christian and Muslim symbolism co-exist. GUIP blends Eastern European music with Southern Baptist Revival.
The title track Radio God makes music out of industrial sounds. KSHEN places traditional Chinese music into the spaghetti western guitar landscape of Kung Fu movies. RUAH takes a classic Hebrew religious melody and incorporates it into an MGM bible movie soundtrack.
The result is something surreal….hauntingly familiar, but very different because the old and the new were woven together.
The fabricated becomes sacred. The sacred becomes ambiguous. Ambiguity finds a common ground.
Truth is a game of adversaries.
Radio God eliminates the walls between the real and unreal, like dreams which allow us to assimilate and release a stagnant paradigm.
But the music isn’t always seeking to heal cultural conflict. Some things belong together. KVED blends Reggae blues with a Vedic chant because they both celebrate love and Oneness. In God of Drum, Xango places the Buddhist chant 'nam-myoho-renge-kyo' into an Afro Caribbean mix. One taps into our spiritual perspective while the other ignites our most primal nature. I don't think we are organic beings seeking a spiritual awareness, or spiritual beings having a physical existence. Without separating the two, we can achieve a more boundless existence.
And its all about the drum.
I have spent much time with Shamans around the world. I attend Kirtans, drumming circles – I study the tonality and affect of drumming on consciousness. In God of Drum the percussion moves through the chakra centers from root to crown. Radio God is like yoga where the body is placed in submission through percussion so Spirit can take the lead.
For example, Wakinyan from God of Drum centers on American Indian drums. The percussion is deep and throbbing – it shakes the bones ~ mimics the heartbeat – resonates in the Root Chakra.
The Gaelic/Scottish percussion of Loucetious is erotic and passionate…energizing the Sacral Chakra.
In Radio God the percussion blends ethnic and ancient rhythms with a sort of hip hop modern beat. The music of Get Tribal is designed to playfully eliminate certainty – to unleash instinct – passion – and to give expression to Spirit.
This is the music of the Heyoka - drumming the dream out of the dreamer.
Shamanism is a way of achieving altered states of consciousness, interacting with the spirit world so that transcendental energies can be given expression in this world. When we dream, we enter the world of the Shaman. The organic, survival driven mind subsides while another more omniscient awareness rises - a guiding mind (the one who knows within.) It conjures up cryptic landscapes, rich with transformative clues as to how we can best manifest our authenticity. This is what Shamans see. We are all Shamans in our sleep.
Since we spend half of our lives dreaming, they are a natural remedy to unlock greater human potential.
During interviews, I am often asked who or what is guiding our dreams? Sigmund Freud would say it is the id or the uncivilized part of us. Carl Jung would argue it is the Higher Self in one's search for individuation. In the book of Job, we are told it is God. If we look at the natural world, we see how organization and chaos rise and fall in cycles to promote new growth. Organisms organize, and humans accomplish this through ego and consciousness.
At the same time, there is a highly inspired, yet natural aspect of mind at work to break us free from our organizational tendencies. My newest book, Ego and Spirit Walk Into a Bar: How Dreams Make Your Life Come True explores all aspects of this two dimensional awareness and how we can tap it for greater creativity.
Drumming is used by Shamans because the body is pacified, perhaps by the familiarity of the heartbeat in the womb. Like yoga, drumming is a way to align the body to serve the intention of Spirit.
As a child I understood the metaphorical and poetic landscape of dreams at the same time that I was composing music.
Both life and dreams are the mirror of our inner world. I knew we learned from our dreams every bit as much as through experience. I was writing about dreams and had a dream interpretation app in the top 10 at Itunes and Amazon before traditional publishers understood what I was talking about.
I am a Heyoka, maybe because our house was hit by lightning as a child. The charge traveled through the electrical wires and plumbing...the t.v. exploded and it almost blew up the house. Talk about a visit from the Thunder Beings!
My life's work has been to give shape to our transcendental awareness, giving it form through music, translating ancient texts and sharing the common symbols of our collective unconscious. I am so grateful for the feedback I receive from those who find comfort from the tools and articles on my website.
I believe we are more than this world we have created for ourselves. Connecting others to their higher wisdom, I keep the ancient vibe alive.