Bounced Off Water
Bounced Off Water comes about in response to a dream I had one night. In the dream I left my body, and was taken from my bed, in spirit form, on a long journey through space. My guide, another spirit, communicated with me telepathically as we traveled together. I felt excited, very at ease, loved. We eventually came to a place in the cosmos where there existed a massive, gelatinous, oval, yellowish cell. It was chock full with a multitude of miserable beings I came to call, for lack of a better term, 'lost souls.' They were disconnected from all of humanity and even from each other within the cell. Their loneliness, fear, and suffering were eternal by their perception. My guide communicated to me that I could ease their suffering and reconnect them to humanity by using my music and bouncing it off water. Music came from my chest like rays of light, and was aimed downward below the cell. There appeared a pool of water: a circular, aqueous mirror, floating in the middle of space. The light beams struck the pool and bounced back up into the cell. The faces I could see through the jellied walls of the cell looked relieved. They were smiling... I awoke elated, and with what I thought was going to be an incredible CD project. Over the course of the following year - 2003 - I shared the dream and project with many friends and musicians. The response was always supportive, often enthusiastic. Even when I would lose my focus on it, folks here and there would remind me of the special nature of the project. It was taking on a life of it's own. It grew arms and legs one morning when, as I awoke, and in that place between being awake and asleep, I saw the stage, the sets, the band and the dancers. 'Oh!' I said, ''It's a stage production - not just a CD!' THE PLOT We open with the deep stage and only the center screen exposed. The two side screens are obscured from view. Click to Play 'The BOWverture' Click to Play 'The BOWverture' is playing, almost prematurely, as the audience settles. The overture previews the progression of the whole show, so as it evolves over the course of it's twelve minutes the video also reflects that progression. Initially the ambience, light, and images are ethereal. Scenes of the world's tragedies follow. Then a 'ray' of hope initiating the progress toward wholeness, a healed state, and celebration. 'Look Out', as part of the 'Overture' is about looking deeply within, and without, as far as you can see, feeling the connection of self to the universe. In effect, it's an invocation for the show. 'I Been Taken' We begin the cycle again as a convict sings a victim's song, 'I Been Taken,' from his cell. He sees himself as a powerless victim with no way out but perhaps suicide, as he intimates at the end of the song... 'This Dark Room' A storm comes up as a segue, introducing this song. This character is also in a dark place, but shows some consciousness about where she is and how her situation relates to other possibilities for her... 'Padma Thunder' is the 'crack' in perception and reality; a line of demarcation, where we no longer see our own suffering as the primary issue, but begin to foster consciousness of and a desire to alleviate others' suffering in the world. The curtains open to reveal the rest of the stage. The dancers begin to create and adorn an altar. The video is a vibrant color panel background to this all out African style dance. 'Awalo' 'Awalo' is a Nigerian prayer for success on the journey. Originally, I'm told, it was sung at ceremonies when the hunters were about to leave the village on the hunt for food. 'Have a safe, expedient and bountiful hunt,' is it's message. In our case, we're going on an inner journey, to reclaim lost parts of ourselves, and an outer journey, to serve where needed and wanted, helping other souls find their way home... 'The Distance' is about getting our bearings and looking out across the void. Even as we board the ship in our vast numbers - all of us together on a quest for wholeness - the journey is a solo one, into uncharted territory. No one has been where we are going. It is personal, and so, has an element of lonely melancholy. This is a time for introspection, plotting a course, checking supplies and personal effects. We reflect on all this as we gaze out over the distance we are about to traverse. 'The Journey to Initial Contact' - Blast off! We go soaring into the cosmos. Yet even on this great mission we have some mundane duties to perform on the ship. After some time, we make our first radio contact with the cell of the lost souls. We communicate our mission to rescue them! They want no part of it. They don't see themselves as lost or know they could be happier. They only know misery, and it's a comfortable, familiar place. Though well intentioned, we are young missionaries, a bit green, tactless and unrefined in our approach. A galactic war breaks out. Finally, after a long and exhaustive struggle, as understanding and forgiveness are cultivated, peace is restored. Communication improves, trust and confidence develop. 'Little Man' is one of the lost souls we meet. The 'inner child,' a beautiful boy lost many years ago, is welcomed home. We also encounter victims of war, famine, and other disasters large and small. 'The Astro Tool Belt Stomp' is the negotiation - the hammering out of details and agreements that facilitate our rediscovered souls' journey back home to reintegration. 'Back To The Nest' is the trip home, pregnant with anticipation and excitement about the future. 'The BOW Tango' is first, the approach (as planet Earth is seen getting bigger on the center screen), then the docking of the ship, our disembarking (as the music gets more lively) and finally... 'CuddabeenaBuddha.' The cork pops and the party begins! The dancing and wildness go on for what seems an eternity. However, the celebration is interrupted temporarily with... 'The Bee Keeper.' This piece is about the maintenance that's required to sustain wholeness even once you've gathered and accounted for all your lost parts. 'Love Loves Love' The tempo picks up again with 'Love Loves Love' and the party comes back to life.