released March 31, 2020
Quartet Lucy: John Hollenbeck, drums, percussion, piano, composition, berimbau (on “dreams for tomorrow”)
Theo Bleckmann, voice, piano (on “dreams for tomorrow”)
Dan Willis, English horn, tenor sax, soprano sax, flute
Skuli Sverrison, electric bass, banjo sexto (on “dreams for tomorrow”)
Jonas Tauber, cello (on “Chapel Flies” and “Vira-folha”)
Produced by John Hollenbeck
Recorded and mixed by Aya Takemura at Avatar Studios
Mastered by Todd Whitelock at SONY Music Studios
The Music of Life
Besides the beauty of music, there is the tenderness, which brings life to the heart.
For a person of fine feelings, of kindly thought, life in the world is very trying.
It is jarring, and it sometimes has a freezing effect.
It makes the heart so to speak frozen.
In that condition one experiences depression, and the whole of life becomes distasteful; the very life that is meant to be heaven becomes a place of suffering.
If one can focus one’s heart on music, it is just like warming something that was frozen.
The heart returns to its natural condition, and the rhythm regulates the beating of the heart which helps to restore health of body, mind, and soul, and bring them to their proper tuning. The joy of life depends upon the perfect tuning of the mind and body.
Excerpt from The Music of Life by Hazrat Inayat Khan, copyright Omega Publications, New Lebanon, NY (omegapub.com
) Used by permission.
Dedications: “Foreva” is dedicated to Eva Atsalis
“materna” is dedicated to my mother and yours
“ethel” is dedicated to two of my wonderful teachers: Bob Brookmeyer and the late Russell W. Black “
Chapel Flies” is dedicated to the community of the Kripalu Yoga Center “
Vira-folha” is dedicated to all of my Brazilian friends, thank you for the inspiration and love
Thanks to Bob Hofnar, Adam Good, Ben Monder, Kate Schroeder, Gerald and Elizabeth Hollenbeck and family, Aya Takemura, Todd Whitelock, Limor Tomer, Sid Whelan, John Schultz and everyone at CRI, Theo, Dan, Skuli, and Jonas
Lyrics: John Hollenbeck – “dreams for tomorrow” Hazrat Inayat Khan – “The Music of Life” “Constant Conversation” is inspired by the poem by Jelaluddin Rumi
All Compositions by John Hollenbeck © 2001 Grand Blvd. Music (ASCAP/GEMA) except “Vira-folha,” which is from the repertoire of the