« Perseverance » is the fourth of the series of segues composed to join the tracks of an album together into one continuous piece of music.
Each of the junctions highlights a specific quality or knowledge that turned out to be crucial to the completion of a project that demanded many years of sustained striving. As the title indicates, « Perseverance » evokes the capacity to keep going at those times when efforts seem insufficient,…Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on February 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments
I spent most of the second half of January writing an essay on the concept of sin, its meaning and its implications.…
Added by Christopher Stewart on February 5, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments
« Understanding » is the third segue in the series that I have written as a means of combining earlier compositions into a conceptual piece of nearly one hour in duration.
Each of the miniature musical junctions emphasizes a particular lesson that was learned over the course of a demanding quest, proving essential to the success of the endeavour. In the case of « Understanding, » the acquired knowledge concerns what I refer…Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on January 21, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
you so wanted to be yourself
life had told you, « you will be saved »
but now you stand on the wire
suspicious of the road you paved
you so wanted to be so rich
that all problems you'd be rid of
life responded, « work through them first,
true wealth comes from rising above »
you so wanted to rush forward
but you were still stuck at the dam
life instructed, « don't miss the mark
Added by Christopher Stewart on December 26, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments
« Vigilance » is the second of a series of short segues that I have composed in order to combine already existing pieces into one larger, continuous whole.
Each of the segues highlights a quality or an ability cultivated along a difficult journey, contributing to the successful completion of the challenge.
Again, I won’t reveal the title of the parts, nor of the completed collage, hoping to keep the surprise…Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on November 21, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments
In Buddhist culture, there exists the core notion of the three poisons, which are considered to be the cause of all sufferings.
In English, the poisons are generally translated as confusion, desire, and hatred, or variations of these terms.
In my experience, while confusion and hatred are generally grasped correctly, the poison of desire is often misunderstood.
In short, confusion refers to the mistaken notion that individuals exist in separation…Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on August 17, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments
« Purposefulness » is the first of a series of short segues that I have put together in the hopes of joining existing compositions into one continuous piece of music.
In order to preserve the surprise, I won't disclose the details of the other compositions, nor the title of the overall resulting piece. Those of you familiar with the repertoire of Poligraf will possibly recognize some of the themes that are revisited in…Continue
The third part of « Juggernaut, » entitled « Procession, » evokes the arrival of the crushing force before it unleashes into a frenzy of steamrolling.
The title and music of this section are both inspired by the origin of the word. From Wikipedia :
The English loanword juggernaut in the sense of "a huge wagon…Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on July 28, 2011 at 1:10pm — No Comments
« Integration » is the seventh and final chapter of « The Chrome Lake. »
This instrumental section starts on a chaotic solo piano part which is soon backed up by the rhythm section that plays up the oddness and dissonance. The intent here is to convey the impression of having too many pieces to fit in a puzzle, combined with an urge to complete it.
The disarray slowly gives way to order and steady forward…Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on July 22, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments
« Steamroller » is the fourth chapter of « Juggernaut. » In the storyline of the suite, it represents the apex of pain, and the metanoia.
The instrumental is one of the most busy pieces of music that I’ve written up to now, and features a personal record for odd meters with an organ riff in 23. It is intended to hit hard and convey a feeling of inexorable mercilessness.
I have no plans to augment the…Continue
« Introspection II » is the fifth section, and second with vocals, of « The Chrome Lake. »
The chapter is an almost-but-not-identical twin to « Introspection I. » And again, the subject matter is pretty much self-explanatory.
Here are the lyrics :
I see you feel restrained, mechanized, dehumanized
I see you feel estranged, incomplete, dissatisfied
Anything for a refuge, an island…
Added by Christopher Stewart on July 11, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
[« Kalachakra sand mandala » ]
Since July 6, 2011, the 76th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a Kalachakra for World Peace is offered in the heart of the US capital, Washington, DC. His Holiness offers this…Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on July 11, 2011 at 9:43am — No Comments
In « Surface, » the sixth chapter of « The Dam, » the protagonist/narrator is gradually returning to activity after having transformed into who they feel like being. Ultimately, they reach the surface where a new existence properly begins.
In the storyline, this step marks the end of a long process of metamorphosis wherein one has endured many hardships and shed that which belongs to their former way of being. Once released…Continue
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« Introspection I » is the third part of « The Chrome Lake, » and its first section with vocals.
As implied by the title, the piece is about looking into oneself. More precisely, it speaks of having the courage to look at the places which have been hurt, despite the pain, for this is part of the healing process.
The chorus hints at the empowerment that comes from exposing oneself, including one's areas of…Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on June 23, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments
Back in 1998, I underwent a very peculiar experience, indeed, thus far at least, a once-in-a-lifetime event, which opened many doors for me and confirmed some of the directions I had previously chosen.
In time, I came to consider this occurrence as an instance of satori, a sudden momentary flash of enlightenment if you will, the intensity of which still resonates with me to this very day.
Satori is a Japanese Buddhist term for enlightenment that…Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on June 10, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
everyday was the same
but she wouldn't notice
oblivious to the game
that had become practice
well, many times she had
but she couldn't stand it
it always felt so bad
better to deny it
rising up as a ghost
toilet, table and toast
iron, shower and post
conform, comply and coast
first stumper of the day
what to wear to the store
while lessons on the way
keep knocking at the door
off to the…
Added by Christopher Stewart on June 6, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments
The seventh chapter of « The Dam » is entitled « Flow » and presents the situation once the obstacle has been overcome, the dam has been levelled, and the test has successfully been passed.
The protagonist/narrator is now moving forward into the dream, responding to the calling of the ocean.
The lyrics are almost complete, although I'm not quite satisfied with parts of the choruses.
Added by Christopher Stewart on May 31, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments
The second part of « The Dam » is entitled « River » and expounds the original situation, before the obstacle is recognized and dealt with.
The focus of this section is the slow realization that the situation is not really satisfying, and that the chosen course of action does not seem to lead to the desired destination.
The lyrics have pretty much reached their definitive form :
Added by Christopher Stewart on May 19, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments
The fourth movement of « The Dam » is entitled simply « Dam. » In the storyline, this is when the obstacle is recognized and the necessity of dealing with it is accepted. The truth of the matter is finally being faced.
The lyrics are pretty much ready, so better let them tell the story.
The feeling is getting stronger / I'm aware of a dam
Building internally / This is…
Added by Christopher Stewart on May 16, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments