I've always felt that the ability to offer music carries a responsibility to use it well, to put it in service. I view our job is to leave our listeners a little happier, a little more transported and ideally moved after intaking a CD or performance than they were before it. Altered states, even if just a little bit.
My father had mixed feelings about a music path, wondered why I bothered. I once showed him a postcard I received after a concert I did in Germany:"Your music changed my life.," the young concert goer wrote me.
I was so humbled and and honored by that experience, and I understand I'm responsible for none of it. I'm just part of the path.
Then Dad got it.
That postcard confirmed to me the duty of music, inspired me to try and make that happen, even in small momentary levels, with every note we put out.
It's about activating hearts, one heart a time, one note at a time. Making your day a little better.
We feel very honored and humbled when we're able to make that happen. That's our job. And based on the feedback we get from gigs and listeners, for some folk, we do our job right.
"Sure as shootin' chimes that will set your chakras wheeling," writes one fan. "Simultaneously lyrical, exploratory, and transformative in carrying me into many other lands and cultures," wrote another.
This drive, then,wasn't about selling CDs or getting famous, etc. It's simply about our desire to share what we do at a wider level -- to activate more hearts.
I believe in what we do, but also in how we do it.
Pray For Brain is true transcultural mashup, rendered by a gender and faith diverse band. We think that may mean something in and of itself in these times.
Music for us has to have a sense of fearlessness, of absolute conviction and integrity, an undying, unyielding connection to its own truth. It can be dense or spare, high energy or quiet, simple or elaborate , deep or unassuming, fun -- but the one thing music can never be for us is lazy or complacent.
Play every note like it was both the first and last of your precious divine all-too-short life on this plane.
We try to do that, too.
Thanks for your support and interest to help us do what we do a little more, so we can do our job for more people.
Carry joy, build hope, offer love.