I love this song..
Some pics from my recent solo adventure down the east coast of Australia. Starting in Byron Bay I originally wanted to head off on my postie bike but my surfboard rack snapped off and I was unable to find a new one in time so borrowed my folks 4WD instead!. I have done this for the last 3 years with my mates but this time I wanted to try it solo, heading to Iluka, Angourie, Brooms Head, Arrawarra & Coffs Harbour.
Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all — young and old, rich and poor, good and evil — the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.
Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current was what each had learned from birth.
But one creature said at last, “I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.”
The other creatures laughed and said, “Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed against the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!”
But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.
Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more. And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, “See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the messiah, come to save us all!”
And the one carried in the current said, “I am no more messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.”
But they cried the more, “Savior!” all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a savior.
From: Illusions by Richard Bach
Photo: National Geographic
I often play this as one of the first songs in my sets. I haven’t released much music so at my shows the audience is only familiar with a couple of my tracks, so I figured I may as well put this out there!
The field recordings are from 2010 when I ended up in Capurgana, Colombia for a week trying to get over to Panama. I spent the time exploring the jungles, village & surrounding islands and noticed a heavy paramilitary presence. Armed soldiers with machine guns lying in hammocks in the bushes all around the place. This was my favourite part of a 6 month journey, I stayed with a young girl from New York & her husband who was a friendly young local guy. Their baby was conceived a year earlier when she was making the same journey as me. She chose to travel back from her family home in New York to live in Capurgana and raise their child. We were the only english speaking people in the village apart from the 2 Argentinian girls, Shei & Vanina who ended up helping me out heaps by translating for me as I knew very little spanish.
It wasn’t until I eventually made it to Panama and hopped on the internet that I learn’t how dangerous the Darién Gap and surrounding areas were..
"Rasta is a spiritual vibration"..I met this dude going about his daily routine (smoking, surfing & eating) at Mirissa Beach in Sri Lanka after I decided to resign from my cubicle job and head overseas this time last year. He lives in a paradise where coconut palms drop over the crystal clear ocean and decent waves break over reef. An easy place to get stuck (i’m definitely taking my Macbook next time..)
I’ve taken my field recorder on all of my travels. It’s so good to come home to the studio and listen to recordings whether it’s the sound of two old lady’s rolling a gas bottle onto a train in Galle or a candlelit beachside dinner in Bingin, Bali. If you stick around for the whole 4 minutes you can hear a snippet of the lucky guy in the photo’s philosophy on the lifestyle that surrounds surfing and how it’s good for the soul.
Download my LP Pursuit Of Paradise here
Dropping in September on my LP, remix & video by Klaar.