Adjusting to the madness of our times
A Program Suite of Electronic Art-Music
PART ONE (Hidden Grace - Dusk of Time) (Disc 1) 69.86
I Angel’s Beg
1 Ran My Best (Ballad of Innocence) 8:00
2 Light Works (Revelation of War) 8: 45
3 Heavenly Rap (Descent of the Arts) 11:30
4 Eleven Towers (Opening the 9/11 Wounds) 9:23
5 Peeking Behind Masks (Politics of Security) 12:11
II Angel’s Circus
6 Dancing the Crowd (Mass Media) 8:14
7 Slightly Uncomfortable (Traffic) 4:31
8 Magic Tricks (Daily Grind) 5:05
9 Recess (Weekender) 3:27
PART TWO (Grace Revealed – Dawn of Eternity) (Disc 2) 47.02
III Angel’s Shadow
1 They are near here (Shamanic Invocation) 7:47
2 Progress (Masters)
3 Rookies (Disciples)
4 Flying Turtles (Art, Meta-Science and Technology) 4:11
5 Eastward (Uniting with East)
6 Westward (Forgiving the West)
7 Hunting Diana (Re-venerating Natural Earth) 2:50
8 Trans-former Children (Indigo Generation) 2:47
9 Passage (End of History)
10 Into the Clearing (Approaching the Peace of God) 12:47
Slightly Uncomfortable is a through-composed program suite of electronic art music.
The program suggests a two-part structure. Part One entitled “Hidden
Grace” expresses a call to grace, a disillusionment with the current state of our world and also contains a less obvious
undercurrent of hope. Part Two entitled “Grace Revealed” is a revelation
and a prayer answered pointing to the dawn of a new age. Part One begins the
work with a teenager’s love song in the form of a prayer. The second part
beckons the Spirit to enter our world, and so arrive our helping Angels. The
piece concludes with a vision of the Man of the New Age of Peace entering a clearing having passed through a cathartic transformation.
Slightly Uncomfortable can describe our state of mind at the dawn of the 21st Century.
Slightly uncomfortable is how we often feel watching the news, listening to our politicians, and thinking about our
future. Slightly, describes our lack of concern towards a world not at ease. Slightly, is however not enough to make us run to the streets, not enough to dare
to object too loudly. And uncomfortable, well, how else can one politely express
how we feel sitting in traffic, going to war, or watching the news. Our state
of civility requires us to tolerate, understand, and maybe even numb out. In any case, we often find ourselves slightly uncomfortable.
On the slightly darker side, slightly uncomfortable is how we all feel listening to the atrocities in Bosnia on NPR,
how we feel listening to the news about murders and rampant poverty, how we feel about our implicit consent to “necessary” wars. Slightly uncomfortable is what
we feel when we accept our bonus checks upon hearing of layoffs, when we find ourselves watching the accident on the other
side of the beltway hurriedly on our way to work, when we find ourselves cornered with the many choices we are conditioned
to make day after day.
On the slightly brighter side, slightly uncomfortable also describes our state of mind when we are pushed beyond our
false comfort zones. People feel slightly uncomfortable at the sight of a handicapped
child, a street person, or someone talking about having found God. Slightly uncomfortable
seeing two unlikely people kissing in the street, slightly uncomfortable hearing people share about miracles in their lives. In any case, slight degrees of tremor are required to upset our state of false equilibrium
and anesthesia to reality, again we feel slightly uncomfortable.
Like a curtain that covers a stage before a show, our life feels like the inevitability of something to follow, a movement
from the instability of discomfort to the inevitability of a resolution. Regardless
of the depth of the fall, sanity dictates that there ought to be an ascent. Slightly
uncomfortable - we are invited to examine, witness, and experience our discomfort and perhaps discover a door to a different
place. A place that is no other than where we are, but perhaps see it truly for
the first time.