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.
msd

many thanks to Glenn Astarita over at allaboutjazz.com for the lovely review of the Pray for Brain CD "None Of the Above":

"...an electro-organic feast, enveloping a 3D outlook, spanning Middle Eastern oud-based rock, Indofunk, jazz fusion and hearty doses of improvisation. Here, exceptionally versatile guitarist Mustafa Stefan Dill integrates thrusting King Crimson chord voicings, understated melodies, shades of Americana, Mid-Eastern modalities and performs on the oud as well. ..In sum, if you're looking for a solidly produced jazz rock or progressive rock outing that deviates from the tried and true, then Pray For Brain fits the bill in a rather huge way."

Glenn, who has also written for Downbeat and Jazziz, dissects our tune "Cricus", too: 

They inaugurate the proceedings with a splintered drums and guitar call / response motif. But matters swiftly transform into a C&W like two-step breakout, coupled with the sounds of Morocco via Dill's clever phraseology and shrewd improvisational faculties along with an affable melodic hook. The guitarist's slick-picking lines come to a halt as they migrate into a 2/4 rock pulse and moderate the main theme. Consequently, the group's divergent processes don't end there, as Dill incorporates jazzy Wes Montgomery-like chord patterns into the schematic along with a touch of pandemonium towards the closing moments.

 Here's the streaming track, and a live video as well. For more reviews, see the review section here.