Christopher Stewart's Articles (137)

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 2 : Going For The One

Chapter 2 : Going For The One

In « Going For The One, » we meet Jake Harvey, one of the key political players of the era, and members of his entourage.

At the beginning of the chapter, the former businessman is settling in his executive suite for a determining weekend in Triton Aeolus.…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on March 2, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Introduction & Chapter I – Homeworld

The Bookcast

I was more than surprised this morning when I googled the terms “bookcast” and “bookcasting.” I had imagined that what I was expecting to see in the results would have been common practice in this day and age, and yet I actually saw very little of what I had in mind. Moreover, I couldn't find entries for the words in Wikipedia, nor in the Wiktionary. In fact, this is the best definition I stumbled upon :

« The goal of a bookcast…
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Added by Christopher Stewart on February 24, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

Perseverance

« 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,…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on February 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Essay : On the Meaning of Sin

 

I spent most of the second half of January writing an essay on the concept of sin, its meaning and its implications.…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on February 5, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Understanding

« 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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on January 21, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Angel on the Threshold

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

you'll…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on December 26, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

Vigilance



« 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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on November 21, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

Essay : On Desire

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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on August 17, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Purposefulness



« 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…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on August 12, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Procession (Juggernaut part 3 - revisited)

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…
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Added by Christopher Stewart on August 4, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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

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