I have been noticing a lot of chaos, unrest, frustration, and anger in the people around me. Many seem maxed out on stress, with short fuses. And whether political or personal situations are causing this, I see it bleeding across all facets of our collective experience.
I feel that healing starts small, that we must first calm and restore ourselves before we can begin to repair so much of what we have collectively lost: patience, optimism, faith, love.
In our small corner of the world, James and I feel most at peace and at ease when making music, especially with each other. We began to dream of ways we could spread some positive energy, good vibes, and love using our music.
I have always loved astrology because it helps me understand and accept others different from me. James and I came up with the concept of creating meditation music for each astrological sign. We’d express the essence of each sign through reflective music and words that would pay tribute to the sign’s positive aspects in an inspirational way. To create a relaxing vibe, we decided to stick to piano and guitar.
James chose chord progressions from rock songs that capture elements of each sign, sometimes with a little tongue-in-cheek humor. For Aries, we used the chords of “C’mon Baby, Light my Fire,” because Aries is a fire sign, and anyone who has talked to an Aries for any amount of time knows that they are especially fiery and passionate. For Pisces, we used “Bridge Over Troubled Water”— Pisces a water sign who embodies empathy, compassion, and true friendship. For Gemini, we used “Something in the Air,” to capture Gemini’s free-thinking, rebellious spirit.
We started to lay down tracks on January 6. After three days of very intense recording, we met a dead-end. We weren’t quite sure of the direction the project should go. The tracks sat there, almost forgotten until…
One day a few weeks ago, we went out on the most glorious, magical hike up Independence Mountain. It was misty and overcast that morning-a rarity in sunny Colorado. (Or maybe just a rarity for me because I don’t like to get up early. Usually.) Frozen drops of water sparkled and glistened off of brave spring flowers shimmering in the frosty air. The forest teemed with promise. We took our time up the mountain because there was so much wonder around us: even a spider web exquisitely bejeweled with water droplets stopped us breathless in our tracks.
On a whim, James started taking video, and suddenly all parts came together. Why not combine our zodiac music with videos of nature? We always feel calmer when hiking, so why not bring some of that positive energy into a meditational experience?
These meditation videos, words, and music are one way we feel we can make a difference as musicians. We can’t change the world overnight. However, we CAN create art with the intention to uplift, to restore calm, and to share beautiful moments with you.