Live, Love, Create!
Since I first discovered the Zeitgeist Movement a few years ago, I immediately started trying to think of ways in which I might contribute something positive and promote awareness of these ideas. I had to ask myself exactly what I had to offer in the context of such a large and diverse global community. I just kept coming up short. Yes, I do have some talents and abilities that might be useful, but translating them into something palatable and useful proved to be an uphill battle.
About six months ago, a good friend of mine invited me to get together with him and another musician to explore the possibility of writing and recording an album. After our first jam session, it became obvious that the three of us had a musical chemistry that is so hard to find in such a situation. I’ve been playing and recording music since the age of eighteen, and I’ve been in some very good bands over the years; but you always know when the combination of players is something magical and special. My two compatriots are not as familiar with the movement and the ideas surrounding it, and I had no intention of writing an album of songs devoted to it; but when I started writing, the words just began to flow. All of the pent up frustration I was feeling drained out of me like a ruptured levy.
My intention with this article is to begin a discussion of what it means to contribute, and to encourage all of you to allow your passion for humanity to explode out of you in whatever you do. I would like to humbly request that you listen to the album and read along with the lyrics. Please let me know how it affects you. Some of you will not identify with the musical style; I understand that. But I’m sure you all know someone who will identify with it.
If I may suggest that you start with the track called “Let it Go, Let it Die” which I wrote about the need to allow the current monetary system to breathe its last, looking forward to something that can be sustained and that promotes human well-being. Then perhaps you may listen to “More of the Same” which describes the tendency of the establishment to keep the current system on life support for as long as possible rather than admitting that it can’t be sustained. Then perhaps listen to “No More” which was written in protest of the current establishment’s tendency to perpetuate and sustain a constant state of war for profit. Then, I hope you will be inspired to also take a listen to “Modes of Control” which is my attempt to describe the propaganda-fuelled methods of control that the establishment uses to keep us ignorant of the knowledge that could help us transform the planet into a place we could all be proud to call home. The first track on the album is titled “Drive Me On” which is my attempt to paint an internal picture of what addiction is like. We are all addicts in denial; addicted to an unsustainable lifestyle where the costs far outweigh the benefits, and lives are constantly sacrificed on the altar of progress.
Most of all though, I want to encourage all of you to let the magic that is inside of you come to the surface and allow you to simply ... create. We all have an artist inside us--one that yearns to be set free to speak freely and honestly about the problems we see in the world and to try to encourage others to help us make it better. And so ... I submit for your auditory scrutiny ... the labor of love known as the album “Preserving the Aristocracy”!
You can find the album at
Thanks for listening!