Christopher Stewart's Articles (127)

On Individualistic Spirituality

In my opinion, on some social networks there appears to be a tendency to avoid challenges altogether in order to protect beliefs.



The rationale seems to be that the intent of the challengers is merely to « make wrong, » and that those who challenge are just not « confident in their own beliefs. »



But what then if the intent is not to « make wrong » ? What if the intent is to shed a different light ? What if the prompting comes from the heart and not the ego ? What if the… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on July 28, 2011 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Integration (The Chrome Lake part 7 - revisited)

« 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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on July 22, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Steamroller (Juggernaut part 4 - revisited)

« 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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on July 17, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Introspection II (The Chrome Lake part 5)

« 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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on July 11, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Kalachakra for World Peace 2011

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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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on July 11, 2011 at 9:43am — No Comments

Surface (The Dam part 6 - revisited)

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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on July 7, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Introspection I (The Chrome Lake part 3)



« 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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on June 23, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Satori : A Momentary Flash of Enlightenment

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…
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Added by Christopher Stewart on June 10, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Portrait : Everyday Was The Same

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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on June 6, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Flow (The Dam part 7)

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.

Have I…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 31, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

River (The Dam part 2)

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 :

How long…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 19, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Dam (The Dam part 4)

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.

1st verse

The feeling is getting stronger / I'm aware of a dam

Building internally / This is…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 16, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Rapids (The Dam part 3 - revisited)

In « Rapids, » the third part of « The Dam, » the protagonist/narrator is being carried from a mostly disappointing river straight into an heretofore unseen dam.

The intent behind this instrumental section is to convey a feeling of being taken ahead by an unrelenting force, and to let the listener reflect on the discourse presented in « River. »

In the storyline, the rapids represent the rising tension which…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 12, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

On The Origin Of Flight

i remember, once, i couldn't walk

sure, i could move by myself

but i couldn't walk

perhaps, i didn't feel the need to

possibly, i was happy crawling on hands and knees



yet, i could see

and from what i could see, others were walking

obviously, they had stood up, and they were walking

and i was not, but hey, i was happy crawling



and then one day, i don't remember why

i tried to stand up, but i couldn't and fell down

and so i kept… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on May 2, 2011 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Architects Of Progress

it was a path, a road, a way forward

it was not just any other day

yet, in a sense, it could have been



had it been the unusual sunshine

the melodies of the birds

or something in the air



lures material

she now knew empty



she had chosen progress

it had become possible





it was a number, a goal, an ideal

it was not just any other whim

yet, in a sense, how could it be otherwise ?



had it been the many… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on May 2, 2011 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Uncoiling part 1 (revisited)

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 1, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Winged Life (revisited)

« The Winged Life » takes its name from William Blake's poem « Eternity » :

He who binds himself to a joy

Does the winged life destroy

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in eternity's sunrise

This piece is a singularity as far as the poligrafic repertoire is concerned.…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 30, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Confrontation (Polygraph part 2)

« Polygraph » is intended as a portrait of human relationships turning to the sour, hinting at the necessity of constant genuineness. The suite lasts about ten minutes and is composed of the following four sections : « Exposition, » « Confrontation, » « Deliberation, » and « Vindication. »

The second movement, « Confrontation, » aims to depict the often difficult yet cathartic experience of having to stand one's ground and…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 28, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Exposition (Polygraph part 1 - revisited)

« Polygraph » is intended as a portrait of human relationships turning to the sour, hinting at the necessity of constant genuineness. The composition lasts a little over 10 minutes and is composed of the following four sections :

  1. Exposition
  2. Confrontation
  3. Consideration
  4. Vindication

I have a particular fondness for that piece of music. One fine evening many years ago, the…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 27, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Leftoverturned

When I complete a composition there are often unused ideas left. Some of those I find actually pretty good but if I can’t see how to fit them into the piece then there’s not much choice but to discard them. For a while.

I rarely delete stuff, I archive. Once in a while I browse the archives and listen to such ideas in no particular order, and sometimes I get to see a way to combine some of them. Then I have the seed of a new…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 25, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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