'Six Around One' is seven songs for Samhain 2016. Each song corresponds with the macrocosm (visible celestial bodies of antiquity, alchemical relationships, days of the week, colors, creation myths, etc.) and microcosm (chakras, mantras, concentration, action, intent, etc.)… One song released each day beginning Monday, October 31st and ending on the spiritual center / compass rest / day of rest Sunday, November 6th.
Those interested in digging further, see also Seven, Hepta, etc... It's important to note that when dealing with esoteric study, there can be symbolic dissonance between sources and traditions, so I'm often making associations based on what makes sense to me. This is reflective of a self-directed spiritual path- flawed and uncertain, but earnest. Truth dictates, though, that any and all spiritual efforts are rewarded.
For the first time in years, each song is being considered on its own terms rather than serving a larger piece. Calling it 'Six Around One' is just an associative classification for a batch. As such, I'm not concerned with the songs being listened to in any particular sequence, and I very hesitantly call this an album… As much as I racked my brain, there's no disjointed way to release songs, because temporality and lists force an order. Instead, I'm using a thematically relevant structure of universal development. The songs will intentionally share qualities and themes, and I'm hopeful that people hear an innate familiarity amongst the group. I also and always hope that repeated listens will serve to reveal personal truths and senses of universal connection.
Throughout the two weeks of recording, each day was focused on one song and its accompanying symbolism (with special focus on opening chakras and concentrating on mantras throughout the day)-
'the middle distance'~ Monday. Moon. Action. Red. Root. I Am.
'If it's not in my hands, I can't hold onto it'~ Tuesday. Mars. Integration. Orange. Sacral. I Feel.
'once around The Lake'~ Wednesday. Mercury. Non-Judgement. Yellow. Solar Plexus. I Do.
'the closest to center'~ Thursday. Jupiter. Unconditional Love. Green. Heart. I Love.
'Took breaths, left nothing.'~ Friday. Venus. Positive Speech. Blue. Throat. I Speak.
'If we said No, would it make a difference?'~ Saturday. Saturn. Creativity. Indigo. Third Eye. I See.
'Someone's gotta hold the ladder'~ Sunday. Sun. Acceptance. Violet. Crown. I Understand.
For the gear heads, I worked in my bedroom (Anchor Point) on a MacBook Pro 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 c. 2012, GarageBand '11 (Version 6.0.5), Apogee One interface, Akai LPK25 keyboard, Sure SM58 mic, Voyage Air TelAir guitar processed through Electro-Harmonix Micro POG, Electro-Harmonix C9, Danelectro FAB Echo, and a Boss DD-7.
released October 31, 2016
Written, recorded, and mixed by Umhoefer
Additional tracking by Airis (drums & keys)
Additional vocals by Culbreth
Additional vocals and guitar by Burnett
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