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The Miracle Is Worth The Wait



Yamagata University Craft-Pal 2006 » by simo100)

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Added by Christopher Stewart on September 16, 2013 at 11:48am — No Comments

Mother Of Pearl



Natural Abalone with conical pearl » by Worldexplorer82)



« Mother Of Pearl» was the last song written in the location where the music for the « The Abode Of The Blessed » EP was composed. Yet, arguably, considering the clear stylistic and thematic distinctions…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on September 2, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments

Perfect Magic



Spirit of the Night » by John Atkinson Grimshaw)



« Perfect Magic » is the 9th opus penned for the « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project. It was completed on February 6, 2013, and is the first new piece to follow the compositional rush that…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on August 19, 2013 at 9:25pm — No Comments

A Tide Of Positive Change



Wave » by Mark)



The 23rd song written for the « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project is entitled « A Tide Of Positive Change » and was completed on March 24th, 2013.

The aim here was to come up with an inspiring and energetic song that…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on August 8, 2013 at 10:37am — No Comments

To Kill Your Demons



Painting created in Year 12 Painting at Albany Senior High School » by Mosborne01)



« To Kill Your Demons » was completed on March 10, 2013, and is the 20th song written for the henceforth entitled « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project.

Basically, the…

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Pacify



Family » by Jo Christian Oterhals)



At some point during this past winter, I thought it would be interesting to see if I could come up with a bunch of songs that I could play on my own, without the need of a backing band. I had always wanted to try my luck at busking, but because of the demands of Poligraf, I…

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The Abode Of The Blessed



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Between Worlds (Epilogue)



Maitreya the Conqueror » by Nicholas Roerich)



I read the The Tibetan Book of the Dead twice. I started with a French…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on November 22, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Determination (Between Worlds part 5)



Akshobhya Buddha » by VanemTao)



The last section of « Between Worlds » is entitled « Determination » and is intended to depict the intermediate state of rebirth, known as the « sidpa bardo, » the…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on November 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Deliberation (Between Worlds part 4)



The Dhyani Buddha Akshobhya » - Unknown Artist)



« The Dance Of The Archetypes » culminates with an encounter with the Lord Of Death, a fearsome demonic deity appearing in smoke and fire, who…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on November 15, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Dissolution & Dance Of The Archetypes (Between Worlds parts 2 & 3)



Dance of the Lord of Death » by Jean-Marie Hullot)



« Dissolution » is a very short section which represents the moment of physical death itself. It corresponds to the first « between world, » or first bardo…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on November 12, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Departure (Between Worlds part 1)



Buddha painted on a rock wall in Tibet » by Unknown Artist - photography by onwardtibet.org)



« Between Worlds » is a suite in five movements that started as a song entitled « Requiem » which was written in response to the deaths of my father and…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on November 8, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Epilogue (The Door Of The Law part 6)



Artwork on the Anschutz Medical Campus » by Rinaldodsouza)



The conclusion of the suite, « Epilogue, » is a short section wherein I present my interpretation of the parable. The music is basically a reprise of the introduction, with a very simple acoustic guitar and vocals…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on November 5, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Awakening (The Door Of The Law part 5)



The path to enlightenment » by rohit gowaikar)



As instructed, Simon follows his roshi to the meditation hall. When they reach the door of the zendo, the master steps inside quickly, turns around, and slams the…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on November 1, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Pedagogue (The Door Of The Law part 4)



Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-Ji Meditation Hall » by Michael Dougan)



After Simon tells his roshi the story of the man who waited at the door of the Law, the student begs his master to explain the dark…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on October 29, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Parable (The Door Of The Law part 3)



Ganjoji in Izushi » by 663highland)



The third part of « The Door Of The Law » is entitled « Parable » and presents the part of the story wherein Simon, the Zen student, reads to his master the bewildering…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on October 25, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Prologue & Plight (The Door Of The Law parts 1 & 2)



Huike Thinking » by Shi Ke)



« The Door Of The Law » is a suite in six chapters inspired by « A Parable About A Parable » from RAWilson's « Quantum Psychology, » itself inspired by Kafka's «…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on October 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

De Profundis (Lifeforce part 5)



(« De Profundis 1 » by Kate Parry Evans)

« De Profundis » is the fifth and final movement of « Lifeforce. » I discovered the title when time came to name the various sections of « Between Worlds. » I opened my encyclopedic dictionary and started looking for words…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on October 18, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Mechanics Of Karma



A free body diagram of a mass on an inclined plane » by Mets501)

How long have I hankered

For the right way to go

How far have I wandered

To know what I now know



Laying under the moon

Rising up with the crow

And the wail of the…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on October 15, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Derelict (Lifeforce part 4)



The Sea of Ice » aka « Polar Sea, » aka « The Wreck of Hope » by Caspar David Friedrich)…



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Added by Christopher Stewart on October 11, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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