We have recently been focusing on the art of writing a well-crafted song that is simple, memorable yet has emotional and spiritual depth. It is definitely an art form, as it is a challenge to condense a personal reflection/ observation, emotional state and an underlying theme of transformation into 3 and half minutes. We’re up for the challenge. Sometimes it feels as if the Muse is favoring you – that’s how it seems to be unfolding for us now. The song ideas are pouring out with a clarity and fluidity that is touched by the forces of inspiration. We’re just a humble conduit, and it feels real good. We’ve got about 14 songs written. (more…)
Archive for June, 2010
We are having some magical moments in the recording studio! Time passes in a different fashion when you are in your creative head. I find it amazing that what started as a simple catchy phrase has turned into our first cut for our new
I’ll track the lead vocals soon. For the next few days I study, like an actor my role and relationship with the lyrics and how to make them come alive through
the melody. I see it now…my arsenal…lots of Singer’s Saving Grace throat spray on hand, gallons of hot tea; dimmed lights for ambience and cell phones do a disappearing act. The invisible curtains open and I reach into the “no mind zone”. It’s time to f#%@(*$% sing! Hopefully by the blessings of Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of the arts and music I will find my mojo and let it all out. I guess that statement is my prayer too.
Thinking of all of you who listen to our music and support AoA …this one is for you! (more…)
Welcome to our new AOA Lounge – the latest updated website 4 Astronauts of Antiquity 2010. We simplified things, removed some of the flash elements to
make it more search engine friendly, added more of an interactive use-ability, redesigned a killer logo and look, keeping it stylish and electro-loungey for your listening and viewing pleasure. We also added a dedicated web page for our last release – www.rocketsciencefordummies.com.
We are indebted to the wonderful graphic artfulness of one Jesse Chase from Vitamin J Designs. (more…)
It was a rainy, windy night in NYC. The bright reflections from the delis and car lights wavered across the dirty puddles as we rushed to the corner West Village club to attend a book signing party for hardcore legend John Joseph better know in the 80’s as Bloodclot, the front man for the Crow-Mags.
We have known John for a long time and are always impressed with his dedication to writing, whether a screenplay, novel or song. Up at the crack of dawn he chants Hare Krishna for an hour or so then works out. After that he writes for hours every day. (more…)
Last installment here we go…
We left Vrndavana about 9:30 a.m. after I had the honor of giving morning class to 200+ devotee/pilgrims. It was a rare opportunity which was afforded me by the temple president, whom I have known for years through our mutual interests of music and spiritual life. We then commenced our drive to the Delhi airport, which was a traffic jam clusterfc_k>>!%&$!. I was seriously being tested to keep my cool as it appeared certain that we would miss our plane to Hyderabad. By the grace of God via one sympathetic ticket agent, we were able to get on another flight at the very last second, having missed our original one. It was as down to the wire as it could be – and that was the last flight of the day to our destination. I felt the mercy was flowing in our direction. (more…)
After Delhi, we headed to Vrndavana, about 150 km to the southwest . Vrndavana is a city of 5000+ temples, and the sacred land where Lord Krishna (The original Godhead, according to Vedic texts) appeared 5000 yrs ago to perform his all-attractive superhuman earthly pastimes. It is said that in the original Vrndavana of the spiritual realm, which the earthly tract is a replica, ‘every word is a song and every step is a dance’. I had been there twice previously, and was enchanted by the sublime atmosphere as well as the blissful residents, both permeated by a deep sense of serene devotion. (more…)
The Naadi reading left us in awe of the map of destiny, and how every action of previous lives, especially those that caused pain to others, lead to difﬁculties/lessons that we must endure in the present life. “What goes around most def comes around”. We were also grateful for the compassion of these higher beings & bygone sages for aiding us in alleviating the maleﬁc effects of our misdeeds, as well as guiding us to deeper spiritual insights and devotion. It also helped us gain clarity into the vision of our present life situation – what were were truly meant to do, in what time frame, as well as what negative tendencies & situations to avoid. A lot to swallow, believe me.
I was away for a month – Feb. 1st – March 1st. The intention of the trip was to dive into the profound and ancient spiritual culture of Vedic India. It was also go gain inspiration for the writing of our new record, which we had just begun before I left. Along the way I knew there would be many visible & hidden blessings for both my son & I. India (my beautiful AOA partner ), opted to stay back home this time to keep the music biz going. (We had gone there together a few years back) I was in communication with her daily – she got the play by play.
After a 14 + hr. flight we arrived in Delhi. We had a driver waiting for us who I had arranged through some friends. He was good natured and spoke English fairly well. (more…)