Quiet Earth has just released the inspiring and heartfelt album Genesis. I love this album, so a big thanks to Larry Hogan and Charlie Shanks of Greenwood and David Lord and Stuart Wilde. Stuart’s music productions contain some of my all time favourite tracks (may the Great Spirit bless him). We both especially loved reverent, heartfelt women singing and men and boys choir. We spent many memorable moments together sharing the sheer pleasure of not only listening to but creating music. You can check out some of the titles HERE at Quiet Earth. When I first met Stuart he wasn’t tuned into music at all really. In the 80’s after a couple of years of working with the seminars I started to play some of my favourite music to the punters (as we would call the attendees). We were on tour doing some gigs in Australia and in Perth I decided to mix more interesting and unusual tracks throughout the evening. Stu loved it. It was the best lecture he had given for some time. The new selections added a whole new dimension and we were hooked. So for the next 15 years or so the music in the seminars played an integral part in creating that special atmosphere we wanted. The music had to resonate with the moment and match what Stuart wanted to create. We wanted to give people a musical experience that they had never felt before and get them to ask questions about what they were hearing. To do that I had an eclectic mix of tracks including inspiring chill out, men and boys choir, gregorian chants, gorgeous singing, classical, upbeat dance and unusual sounds. Two occasions stand out for me. One was just before the meditations. As the punters would file in in the early hours of the morning I would play Koyanisqaatsi by Philip Glass – the last track on the album – the Hopi Indian chant. It set an incredible atmosphere – very strange. Stuart loved it. The other was during the Warriors in the Mist seminar. The seminar was held in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Taos in NM. For the morning 6.00am meditation the attendees had to get from their lodgings up to a tent via a ski lift (the seminar was held in the off season but was still cold at 9,000ft). We had rigged the sound system up in the tent where the lectures were held but there was an additional set of very large speakers wired out a little way down the slope in the forest. So when people came up via the lift or walked, they would hear the music wafting through the trees. It was magical. I played several tracks but one that was particularly moving was Rachel’s song from Vangelis’ Blade Runner score. In fact Vangelis’ tracks were perfect – he was a master at creating music for pictures. But among the most moving were Miserere Allegri, Sky of the Mind – Ray Lynch, Heartland – Tim Wheater, Vox De Nube – Norin Ni Riain, Dead Can Dance et al. The list is long.
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