He knows my name - from the album Eternity Shore (track 6) by DWScott
The Japanese character 間 (ma) on the "Eternity Shore" album cover represents moments of silence in music or empty space. This is a key component of Japanese Shakuhachi flute music. A good player has good ma. Mozart said, "The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” In Buddhist meditation, and the secular derivative of mindful therapy, a goal is to silence our monkey mind and enjoy inner peace. In the Bible, Elijah heard God not in the drama of a mountain rending wind, or an earthquake, or a fire, rather, the revelation came as "a still, small, voice". The Psalmist recounts "Be still, and know that I am God". Jesus said the seed needs to die to yield its fruit and the greater harvest.
This music emerged through a lifetime of dying in the quiet, learning to hear the still voice, yielding to the greater things, and ultimately, awakening to the wonder. It conveys the inner speakings of peace and healing. It is a sincere prayer of well-being for you, emerging from the roots of my soul.
The music is a setting for the enabling quiet. It is to clear the air and freshen the soul. My hope is it works as a means to help you receive much more than I able capable of giving.
The categorization of “New Age” is a reasonable, but not accurate, representation of the content. While the sounds are most like other similarly labeled works, particularly those influenced by Shakuhachi, the genesis is a lifetime refinement of rhythm and blues and jazz to create life restoring noise. Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane are as present as monastic chanting. Hence, the form may surprise expectation, but hopefully, given a chance, it will be a pleasant discovery of something rich and new.
Thank you for your time, and thanks a million times more for a listen!
- D W Scott