Rockin Blues music with Reggae influences touches the soul and awakens the heart. Spiritual Rockin Blues takes us to Love, Growth and connection with the Divine. Because music touches our Heart, it awakens us to a deeper truth about whom and what we are and why we are here on this splendid planet. We subtract all our resistances when confronted with music that moves us. Blues has always been associated with Heart and Soul, because it came from the Southern US and was all about healing the pain and suffering that Black Americans were privy to more than any other minority group.
The fact that it was taken up by white Americans in the 50s clearly demonstrated its power to move and engage people. Even though it had been sanitized by the White dominated Music Industry, it still carried enough of that original flavor to excite and animate a new population of post war children. Rock and Roll became a mantra for a new generation, the generation I grew up with, with effects still in play today.
These songs that I have written and recorded come from my heart and yes, the Great Beyond, where Spiritual Inspiration Music dwells. The music comes from the very same place that was awakened by Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and The Platters to name a few. This Rockin Blues Beat is what I've borrowed to create the foundation for the messages I receive daily from my Higher Self. Through my Heart Centre is how God teaches me to express myself poetically and musically. This Source of Inner Truth is what I trust the most and what I rely on to take me through life. No one is more surprised than I that I am creating and recording such music in my 60s.
I believe that Spiritual Inspiration Music and Psychological Development go hand in hand. They both have been part of my life for over 5 decades. I see that these components rely on each other to teach us new things about ourselves. First they draw us in with the beat. As we surrender to this soulful vibration, the lyrical message makes its way through to our hearts. Because we are now open we receive the song's deeper message, we are touched, we are moved, and that puts us in a position to change our lives for the better. Yes, some music is about Anarchy and Devolution, but that is not the case with Spiritual Inspiration Music. It lifts us up. And if the lyrical message supports the truth of your soul, it can put you in touch with the Divine within, as it has for me for over 21 years now.
Growth is all there is you see - both personal & spiritual - and Spiritual Inspiration Music allows you to grow to your fullest potential. Nothing excites us more than music, and music is a symbol to the Soul. It is a symbol of Love and Gratitude, of Expansion and Growth, of Daring and Persuasion It presents the opportunity of advancing ourselves through our causes and delights.
Add to the above the sound of a Reggae Beat and we see another connection to the suffering that Blues showed us with Black Americans. I was introduced to Reggae in 1965 when visiting Jamaica as a young 20 year old with the Canadian Navy. I have been moved by that beat ever since and celebrate everything delivered to us by Bob Marley and company.
Who were the first artists to actually acknowledge and blend this blues and reggae music into their soundscapes? It was the British Bands of the 60s and 70s. There were some great white American Blues Bands that also brought this music forward, (e.g. Paul Butterfield Blues Band, J. Geils Blues Band and Dutch Mason Blues Band), but never saw it become mainstream like the British Rockers did.
History aside, Spiritual Inspiration Music with a Rockin / Blues / Reggae foundation is the path I have chosen to follow. When you listen to my songs you may also hear traces of American Country Rock like the Eagles and 1950s Country Artists such as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, The Sons of the Pioneers and Hank Williams. This is the musical soup I have been steeped as I tied them to my psychology training and personal growth efforts.I consider myself a Spiritual artist first and foremost with no ties to any religion. I rely on my Higher Self and Guidance for inspiration and that's where my music comes from. I celebrate Life from the inside out and in many respects this music becomes a prayer between my Soul and God's Heart. Have a listen and judge for yourself.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Badda Bing, Badda Boom!