Archive | January 2015

Transformations by David C Deal & Company ~ A Journey of Transformations Through Music

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” Sometimes, in the midst of a perfectly ordinary day one is unexpectedly flooded by the magnificence of “what is.”  Perhaps that moment of awesomeness and clarity arrives while watching a storm or absorbing a piece of art or kneeling with intention in a church. If blessed echoes of the past and visions of the future fade from existence as the unknowing silence of the INFINITE PRESENT emerges. With patience and grace one comes to know the incredible richness of “what is” as a revelation of GOD”S face and the mind is forever transformed into a MIRROR OF CREATION. 
~ David C Deal’s Transformations
Intricacies and nuances that go beyond what a listener can hear with just one journey through this album; “Transformations” by composer, musician and producer David C Deal with the contribution of many *talented musicians I found to be wonderfully true.
After several listens its depth of layers still captivates.
Transformations is aptly titled, as the listener is taken through a definite transformation that for this writer resonates deeply within.
A journey of self-revelation through song is a personal quest, yet the genuineness of what musician, songwriter, & producer David C Deal created with this odyssey resonates easily within ones own spirit. With the above quote from the album’s CD cover I think there’s not much more that necessarily needs to be said, but I found myself after many listens feeling compelled to share this album with the world. And there’s no better way for me to share it, save for being within the sound of my stereo, than to write about it, and to spin it on my radio show.
Opening the album with its intro of the first strike on piano keys by David C Deal’s with the addition the beautiful earthiness of the flutes by both musician’s Andrea Bak and Earth Songs (Native American Flute) sets the ambiance for this journey of “Transformations.”  The journey begins to unfold with intrinsic feelings when one’s own spirituality is touched upon, immediately with the organic feel of the instrumentation and the beautiful organic feel to the track “Graceful.” we have begun.

From the first track be ready for this amazing odyssey to begin. As I listen again for countless times the second track “First Contact” creates for this listener an intensity in my spirit that with its cascading piano building the emotions,  it seems to have stay with me even long after I turn my stereo off.

 
This album and its significant spiritual journey through the music and lyrics composed by David,  each track feels representative  of the ‘phases’ we all might well know personally on our own spiritual quest for transformations.
 
I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish by writing this review, for the many who have heard this album they know first hand the awesome experience this music is. So what I write I decided must not interfere with a new listen for anyone. I thought about expressing what each song brings to one’s heart and soul from my perspective, but in the end decided that if I did that it would be an absolute spoiler for someone’s first journey through this collection of music.

Suffice it to say that because of its spiritual impact on me, which I wasn’t expecting from a progressive rock point of view, I was and still am in awe and blown away. Blown away by the impact on me personally, where my life is today, and how easily each song resonates within myself. Blown away by the complex music compositions, and blown away by the sheer beauty that the musicians execute in every stanza, and in every note. 

 I have been living the album daily for several weeks, added to my daily devotional time, it was while reflecting about what it was I wanted to say in this post here I realized that much beyond remarking on the phenomenal musicianship and talent of each, and the messages of faith and hope, it would deny the new listener the experience of discovering for themselves the messages held in each song. To discover yourself the emotive ministry that comes from these collaborations by these amazing talented people should come first hand in my opinion..

 I will add that I truly believe that your enjoyment and experience would be greatly enhanced with your listen through headphones and zero distractions. I even will go as far to suggest that your first time listen you intentionally set a time of solitude and a quiet environment to listen and experience Transformations. I also suggest that you may be inclined to feel things not felt before, if so; allow yourself the gift of embracing everything this music inspires within your heart and your soul. 
I will simply close with three additional details. 
 
. * Credits to the masterful musicians:
David C Deal – composer, keyboards,vocals, producer
Kevin Peters – guitar
Tim Vargo -guitar 
Tom Hannah -guitar
Les Brooke- vocals, bass
Cynthia Lugo – vocals 
Ned Clark – vocals 
Andrea Bak- Flute
Earth Songs – Native American Flute
David Coonrod – bass
Andrew Vargo – drums 
 
 Transformations is available for purchase @ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/daviddeal
and for more about David C Deal and his music @ http://www.davidcdeal.com/
Lastly;
I believe in sharing forward that which touches me to my core; which is exactly what this beautiful odyssey through music does…over and over…and again.
So significant I find it that with abundant honor I will be sharing David’s “Transformations” in one set to open up my Barefoot Rock n Blues radio show for 2015.
THIS SUNDAY HEAR THE ALBUM IN FULL!
January 4th – Sunday 8pm eastern 
Join David & I in the chatroom during the show.
 
 
 
 
 

 ttaylor 2015

Reflections of a Golden Year

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In hindsight.

I should be sleeping, it’s after 3 am on the 8th morning of this brand new year, maybe it’s the hour and lack of sleep that is inspiring these random thoughts, I keep thinking about 2014, reflections of this past year.
The last month of 2014 I spent listening to and cleaning up a year’s worth of music I had collected during the year. It might sound like work but that is not how i see it. Nothing makes me feel my memories more intensely than songs I associate the memories with. I think you know what I mean. Certain songs can take me back to being 13, 16, 21…..and to 2014.

So much navigating life and the rollercoaster of emotions I processed through this music. Listening to some Beth Hart is always a catalyst for me, and as I went about musing over 2014 in hindsight a thought crossed my consciousness;  I’ve no clue where it came from, or the connection if any to my music menu tonight, but it interested me. Like many cultures I grew up with the folklore that said the year you turn the age that is the same as your birthdate is your “Golden Birthday. Some call it the “Champagne Birthday”  So me? I was born on the 14th, hence my 14th birthday was my Golden Birthday.

Following that folklore in my random thoughts it occurred to me that since it had been 2014 and that I was born on the 14th day 2014 was to be my Golden Birth Year!

Looking back to January 4th 2012- The date I began my life all over again…….

………Two years ago I opened the door to a tiny new sanctuary where there was only a hint to the many significant changes that would soon create what I have chosen to refer to as my “Second Season.” During these past two years I grew, mentally, spiritually, and physically stronger.

By 2014’s end I felt whole again.

Finally.

I thought a lot about the year 2014,and that my birth date is the 14th, I thought about every person, every event, every lesson, each that 2014 brought to my life,

And the changes, changes that don’t resemble anything I knew my life to be prior.
Right up to the end of 2014 I had the benefit of even more change.

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2014 brought to me the lesson of what being alone single means in all it’s singularity. I found after first fearing the worst- the holiday’s alone- means that being alone has nothing to do with feeling alone. I have to admit that with all my bravado of declaring that I no longer will attend holiday functions out of a sense of obligation or old traditions that I soon was feeling fear. Fear as those dates got nearer that I’d find myself lonesome, AND miserable.

I’d not ever been alone on Christmas Eve in my life.

There were times in my life I craved being alone, snippets of alone time as any sibling and/or parent knows is a rare commodity. Rarely do I remember alone time that I was mindful of at the moment though, or even what it felt like to be alone.
I do remember being alone had nothing to do with me ever feeling lonely. I never connected being alone in the context of loneliness.
Today that context is often referred to by others because I live alone, I am predominately a solitary person. I find myself feeling compelled to negate the assumption made that because I live alone means I’m also lonesome. (Yes there are rare times) I’m fueled with rationalization that I want to explain.
But I don’t.

Living alone for someone who’s neither an introvert, nor an extrovert; but both, comes with mixed feelings AND mixed messages.
I’m fascinated by how many of us are navigating life as a single, and intrigued by the “tricks of the trade”of living life singularly.

I think embracing living a single life comes easier if a person has prior acceptance that being alone is not only just okay, but also emotionally intelligent. Time alone that doesn’t come with the sense of need to fill all the empty-space up, to not fill the silence in, this is a precious commodity of time that I find especially valuable for checking in with myself. To do a self-inventory of my life and who I am today.

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One of the most precious lesson’s I’ve discovered during 2014 has been how vital my serenity is to my life. Literally. I realize immediately today when that serenity is being threatened to be jeopardized. I don’t question when my radar goes off alerting me to chaos that is approaching the fine balance I try to maintain. There was a time in my life when I didn’t trust that radar because there was so much outside interference, too much static.

2014 was the year I began to recognize how important to me living single is to my serenity. I’m not sure it will remain to be true for the future, what I do know is my expectations of what is needed for me to maintain the peaceful authenticity that makes life worth greeting each sunrise.

I’m not ready to give that up.

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