Brink

by Dave Stringer

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about

when i was nine years old, i taped "within you, without you" backwards on my nana's old reel to reel, cut it into pieces of random length, and spliced it into my own order. soprano led to tenor, and curiosity to conundrum. in pursuit of some longing, i plotted sonic art installations in public spaces, studied jazz, and created experimental films.

my work as an editor took me to gurudev siddha peeth, an ashram in the indian state of maharashtra. they hired me because i appeared in kumuda’s meditation, but the only thing i was seeking was a paycheck in an exotic setting. my previous experience with eastern spiritual traditions was minimal, but the project involved cutting a series of videos about indian philosophy for people learning to meditate. so i sat and listened, and watched myself turning inward.

although at first i didn't understand the sanskrit chants i was immersed in, the experience of chanting was powerful. i had carried a dulcimer and a small accordion with me from los angeles to ganeshpuri. in my spare time, i wrote songs that were informed by the ragas and thekas i was hearing, and my sonic vocabulary expanded to include tabla and harmonium and tamboura.

since childhood, i have sung in invented languages that evoke a state that words can’t really convey. they veil meaning in an intellectual sense, but they articulate my feelings very clearly. my voice is a tool i use to gain freedom from the prison of my mind. in india, I discovered that there is a long tradition of singers like me.

every new song i write erupts as a melody conveying some babble-scat sargam solfege. sometimes i make a choice to leave the song there, in a state of pure emotion. other times, i follow the clues of the sounds until a clear subject emerges in english. in some instances, when i want to emphasize a spiritual quality, i adapt sanskrit mantras to fit the tunes.

thanks for listening, for your time and attention in a busy world. i’m grateful for all who have taught me, and for the opportunities i’ve been given to travel and connect in a space of contemplation and ecstasy.

"An amazing supporting cast & some of the deepest vocal, chant-oriented music in a long time."
--- Backroads

"Great work!!!!! I understand our similar musical schizophrenia... Awesome. Killer production. Great singing. Great songs."
--- Jai Uttal

Brink is a cinematic exegesis of sophisticated pop melodies and traditional Eastern music that achieves a striking level of emotional and spiritual intimacy. Ingenious arrangements incorporate a fluid mix of East Indian and Western instruments in a sequence of elegant aural rainbows. Dave Stringer's voice conveys a sense of grandeur as it plays across maturely constructed arrangements with mantras and lyrics in Sanskrit, Hindi, Farsi and purely improvised emotional language.

The soul stirring "Shivo'ham, Shivo'ham" is an intense awakening that starts out in haunting solemnity and is gradually transformed into a jazz-inflected and eastern-tinged celebration. The album moves seamlessly into "Sleep" evoking mystery, imagination and spirituality with its quiet beauty. Time seems to stop in "Ganashyama", a haunting vocal duet with Azam Ali, accented with sarangi, trumpet and piano. Brink lacks pretense and feels natural, appealing to Indian fusion music enthusiasts and West meets East spiritual pilgrims alike.

credits

released November 2, 2015

musicians:

river
jay bellerose: drum set
caleb brennan: backing vocals
cameron stone: cello
lionel cole: harmony vocals
greg ellis: chimes, nagara, riqq, shakers, zils
girish gambhira: tablas, tamboura
candy girard: violin
dave stringer: accordion, acoustic guitar, vocals
ian walker: bass, tamboura

shivo’ham, shivo’ham
jay bellerose: cajon, drum set
michael black: backing vocals
hans christian: sarangi
lionel cole: backing vocals, piano
seane corn: backing vocals
greg ellis: dumbek, santoor, udu, zils
juliet prater: shakers
cameron stone: cello, backing vocals
dave stringer: harmonium, tamboura, vocals
ian walker: bass

sleep
hans christian: bass, cello, piano
john loose: bells, cymbals, tablas
dave stringer: appalachian dulcimer, harmonium, melodica,
swaramandala, tamboura, vocals

the satellite sky
jay bellerose: drum set
hans christian: cello
girish gambhira: tablas
juliet prater: cymbals, frame drum, shakers, triangle
dave stringer: accordion, acoustic guitar, hawaiian steel, swaramandala, tamboura, vocals
ian walker: bass
david zasloff: trumpet

checking the arithmetic
joni allen: harmony vocals
jay bellerose: drum set
hans christian: cello, santoor
susan flanner: harmony vocals
james harrah: electric guitar
juliet prater: shakers, zils
girish gambhira: tablas
dave stringer: accordion, dobro, hawaiian steel,
tamboura, vocals
ian walker: bass

brink
hans christian: cello, sarangi
greg ellis: chimes, drum set
dave stringer: acoustic guitar, harmonium,
hawaiian steel, melodica, swaramandala, tamboura
david zasloff: trumpet

the carbon cycle
greg ellis: drum set, tambourine, shakers
susan flanner: harmony vocals
girish gambhira: tablas
james harrah: electric guitar, mandolin
dave stringer: accordion, acoustic guitar, hawaiian steel
ian walker: bass

the homing instinct
hans christian: nyckelharpa
greg ellis: accordion, marimba, riqq, shakers, drum set
girish gambhira: tablas
james harrah: electric guitar
dave stringer: electric dulcimer, acoustic guitar,
melodica, vocals
suzanne teng: soprano flute
ian walker: bass

corpse waiting to happen
hans christian: cello
greg ellis: riqq, shakers, drum set, udu
dave stringer: accordian, acoustic guitar,
mandolin, melodica, vocals

i and me
hans christian: bass, cello
donna de lory: harmony vocals
greg ellis: dumbek, shakers, drum set, trumpet, udu, zils
mamak khadem: farsi vocals
dave stringer: acoustic guitar, harmonium, vocals
suzanne teng: bass flute

ganashyama
azam ali: vocals
hans christian: cello, sarangi
juliet prater: bells, cymbals, frame drum, shakers, zils
dave stringer: harmonium, piano, swaramandala,
tamboura, vocals
david zasloff: trumpet

jaya vitthale
jay bellerose: drum set
michael black: backing vocals
liz burnette: backing vocals
hans christian: bass, cello
donna de lory: harmony vocals
greg ellis: dumbek, riqq, shakers, zils
candy girard: viola, violin, backing vocals
shakti gray: backing vocals
cameron stone: cello
dave stringer: accordian, appalachian dulcimer,
acoustic guitar, harmonium, vocals
suzanne teng: piccolo

pranava
jay bellerose: drum set
girish gambhira: tablas
candy girard: violin
mark smith: viola
cameron stone: cello
dave stringer: acoustic guitar
ian walker: bass

produced by dave stringer, hans christian & greg ellis

brink, corpse waiting to happen, ganashyama, sleep:
mixed by hans christian
i and me, jaya vitthale, shivo’ham shivo’ham:
mixed by thomas barquee
river, the satellite sky, checking the arithmetic, the carbon cycle,
the homing instinct, pranava:
mixed by kirishan

all songs written by dave stringer
©2000 / 2015 magnetic melodies BMI except:
jaya vitthale: written by dave stringer and greg ellis
©2000 / 2015 magnetic melodies BMI/sphota music BMI
ganashyama: traditional - arrangement
©2000 / 2015Magnetic Melodies BMI

legal representation: andrew lurie
additional production by saul david raye
mastered by stefan hagar / fisheye music
image composites & design: lance glover/treehouse

azam ali, greg ellis and mamak khadem
appear courtesy of narada records
hans christian appears courtesy of
hearts of space records
donna de lory appears courtesy of
secret road records

front cover photo: phaedon papamichael
back cover photo: m. flint/f. williams (from the nature and art of motion by gyorgy kepes)

special thanks:

allen astin, diane baker, jon birgé, caleb brennan, joel & jennifer bridgman, ellen campbell, rae dawn chong, barbara ingmand ericson, paul gordon, julie grist, lynn grossman, uma hayes, jane hill, paul holahan, philip holahan, marjorie & robert ingmand, russell kingman, karey kirkpatrick, brad laven, laura marzec, kevin maxwell, anne mcdermott, susan moore, sheila nicholls, sapphron obois, sean o’byrne, karen pollack, chris pekoe, paul santos, yatrika shah-rais, loganatha shivam, patricia sill, tom stringer, win & christine stringer, heidi swedberg, chera van berg, carl wyant

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Grammy-nominated producer, singer, composer and innovative international Kirtan artist. Stringer’s sound connects the transcendent mysticism of East Indian ragas to the exuberant grooves of Gospel and the ringing harmonies of Appalachia.

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Track Name: Shivo'ham Shivo'ham
mano buddhya hankara chittani naham
na cha shrotra jihve na cha ghrana netre
na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vayuh
chidananda rupah shivo’ ham, shivo’ ham

I am not mind, intellect, ego or memory;
not ears or tongue or smell or sight; not ether, air, fire, water or earth.
I am consciousness and bliss. I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

na punyam na papam na saukhyam na duhkham
na mantro na tirtham na veda na yajñah
aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta
chidananda rupah shivo’ ham, shivo’ ham

I am not virtue or vice, pleasure or pain; not mantra, sacred place,
scripture or sacrifice; not the food, the eater or the act of eating.
I am consciousness and bliss. I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

apurvanam param nityam svayam jyotir niramayam
virajam param akasham dhruvam anandamavyayam

I am beyond all things. I am everlasting, self-luminous,
taintless, and pure; immovable, blissful and imperishable.

aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo
vibhutvachcha sarvatra sarvendriyanam
na chasangatam naiva muktir na meyah
chidananda rupah shivo’ ham, shivo’ ham

I am without thought, without form; I am all pervasive, I am beyond all senses;
I am not detachment or salvation or anything that could be measured.
I am consciousness and bliss. I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

--- Shankaracharya (788-820 a.d.)
Track Name: The Satellite Sky
I’m calling
an impulse of light
in the vacuum of night
can you hear me?
I’m swallowed in
the heavens so bright
but no one in sight
is near me

the satellite sky
vast and empty
the silence of existence
that we signal through
await your reply
lost and lonely
a siren in the distance
sounding deepest blue

calling for you
for conversation
linking up and signing off
never getting close enough
to quiet my heart
howling to rue
a separation
a longing we can’t satisfy
we are satellites, you and I
echoes apart

I’m calling
an impulse of light
in the vacuum of night
can you hear me?

© dave stringer
Track Name: Checking the Arithmetic
if life were a cool calculation where all of the numbers compute,
then one could sum all of creation and reduce it all down to the root.
but my mind is a multiplication of chance and illusion and doubt:
I’m confused and impatient, a fool at foundation.
I never will figure it out.

am I just a mutation with a curious urge?
an endless vexation, a mistake that recurs?
a singular statistic, a product of the dice?
checking the arithmetic, it’s not quite right...

I questioned a mathematician: my life is uncertain and strange,
tell me what of the human condition
can the priesthood of science explain?
she said life is a state of transition, a pattern of chaos and change:
of loss and division and love insufficient to answer the problem of pain.

am I just a tangle of jumping nerves
or a point on a line describing a curve
flickering in physics’ cinema of sight?
checking the arithmetic and it’s not quite right...

if I only know what I am feeling
and can’t prove the world outside,
then standing or kneeling
or staring at the ceiling
you’ve gotta have faith as your guide.
the world of sensation
is a puzzling equation,
a persistent hallucination
so you’ve gotta have faith as your eye...

am I just an ache in a painful world
dreaming awake in a reciprocal blur
i’m baffled beyond logic and searching for insight,
checking the arithmetic, it’s not quite right....

© dave stringer
Track Name: The Carbon Cycle
there is an ember of a fallen star
in the hot springs of my veins
fuel of a fusion's fire
we burst aflame and then expire
I lay my babe
down in the water

I sing: a body
born of wonder, born of pain
everybody
we shall pass just as we came
in fire and flood
the earth gives issue
steam and mud
blood and tissue
thunder rolls and then it rains

flesh is brief, and labor tires
I'm bathed in sweat and tears
and swollen with desire
in every cell, a coiled viper
of wisdom and despair
birthmark that I bear

I sing: a body
born of wonder, born of pain
everybody
we shall pass just as we came
fire of fossil
leaps in black coal
fuse of a missile
deep in my soul
thunder rolls and then it rains



when my heart is filled
with fear and hunger
the storm and thunder
will surely tremble
and subside
I know I will be lifted higher
into the light

I sing my best in the choir
I put my faith
in the wounds of the martyr
I send my hymn out on the wire
release and reunion
in the eternity of fire

I sing: a body
born of wonder, born of pain
everybody
we shall pass just as we came
a child is born
a billion years old
diamond formed
of a hot volcano
thunder rolls and then it rains

© dave stringer
Track Name: The Homing Instinct
I’m guided by the homing instinct on a mission through the unknown
fiercely longing, strong, insistent, intuition pilots me on

love is the bearing I hold in my heart
a compass unerring, the goal and the start
the light of a beacon when all hope is lost
the sight I am seeking, an ocean to cross

home, to the warmth of my nest
home, to the one I love best
home, how it beats in my breast
home, let my heart be expressed

to be alive, to span a distance through the clouds, and by the wind blown,
to face the storms of my existence navigating by faith alone

eternally going astray to discern
the wisdom of knowing the way to return
in the spring of my nature to soar from this earth
wings over water, the course of rebirth

home, to the warmth of my nest
home, to the one I love best
home, how it beats in my breast
home, where my heart is at rest

migrating birds on the radar screen
gliding homeward
magnetic fields glowing green
under polarized light
by the stars of my memory
i ride the jetstream
climbing onward
the hum of the engines
propelling my dreams in their flight

I’m guided by the homing instinct
on a mission through the unknown
a fiercely longing, strong, insistent,
intuition pilots me home

© dave stringer
Track Name: I and Me (featuring Mamak Khadem)
yekea dardoh yekea darman pasandat
yekea vaslo yekea hejran pasandat
man az darmano dardoh vaslo hejran
pasandam oncherah johnan pasandat

one loves the pain, and one loves the cure
one loves union, and one loves separation
I choose what love wants
i want what love chooses

-Babah Tahereh Orian
Track Name: Ganashyama (featuring Azam Ali)
ganashyama ko dekhata ja raha huñ
usiki jhalaka para khincha ja raha huñ

I am fixed on love, I am lured to its flame.
I keep watching for love, I am drawn to its effulgence.

lutata hai vaha mai luta ja raha huñ
mitata hai vaha mai mita ja raha huñ

love is plundering me, i am being robbed.
love is erasing me, i am ceasing to be.

khabara kucha nahi hai kahañ ja raha huñ
bulata hai vaha mai chala ja raha huñ

I have no idea where I am going.
love is calling me and I am going.

-Mirabai (1498-1546)
Track Name: River
river, where will I be
when the ashes are scattered and gone?
forever the music and the mystery
that splashes in water moves on

river, in thy melody
a voice is laughing and crying
for all I have been and all I will be
in the course of living and dying

in this moment
the current is flowing fast
but it holds on to nothing
as it’s going past

when I reach my limit with travels infinite
the empty places to fill
I slow down a minute and look at what’s in it
‘til everything seems to stand still

river, in my memory
I drift in the shimmering sun
deliver me please from my miseries
when all of my dreaming is done

river, is it my destiny
to journey back where i’ve begun
through the geography of my heart to the sea
where everything flows into one?

in this moment
the future hurtles toward the past
to vanish and return
going nowhere fast

when I reach my limit with travels infinite
the empty places to fill
I slow down a minute and look at what’s in it
‘til everything seems to stand still

© dave stringer
Track Name: Jaya Vitthale
jaya vitthale jaya vitthale jai vitthale
jaya vitthale jaya vitthale jai vitthale
panduranga panduranga panduranga vitthale
jaya vitthale hare hare
panduranga vitthale hare hare

Vitthale and Panduranga are names of Krishna,
an image of the unity of lover and beloved,
of inside and outside, of journey and destination,
of the human and the divine.

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