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where am I from
and what is my name?
an intricate story to tell
in myriad forms
the one is the same
water, the same well.

where is the drum
that strikes up the beat
of all of this music and noise?
the sigh and the hum
that my heart repeats
in all of its sorrows and joys?

the hiss and the scream
in a whistle of steam
a tidal chorus swells
imprinted in me
like the sound of the sea in a shell
listen! it springs
with a rustle of wings
as a hush falls on a crowd
I hear it whispering so loud
as I’m breathing in

the murmuring strum
of the wind in the trees
the chimes that mark the days
the throb and thrum
and cacophony
as every atom plays

the hammer is swung
with bellowing lungs
the primal forges yell
‘til the anthem is sung
in the tremolo tongue of a bell
listen! it rings
in the tension of strings
in magnetic dust it drones
in my heart and guts and bones
resounding and shimmering

there is the source
of the psalm that I sing
of all of my pleasures and cares
the intimate pulse
that drives everything
always, everywhere

© dave stringer


released May 1, 2020
Mitchel Forman: Piano, Rhodes, String arrangement
Chad Wackerman: Drums
Edwin Livingston: Acoustic Bass
Dave Stringer: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonium
T.J. Troy: Vibraphone, Shakers, Bells, Riqq
Sheila Nicholls: Vocals
Rita Andrade: Viola
Manoela Wunder: Violin
Wynton Grant: Violin
Ro Rowan: Cello

Recorded in Los Angeles, California by Talley Sherwood at Tritone Studios, Mitchel Forman at Lazy Bagel Studios and Krishan Khalsa at Feijoa Studios

Mixed and edited by Krishan Khalsa

Mastered in Cologne, Germany by Stefan Heger at Fisheye Studios

Produced by Dave Stringer, Mitchel Forman, Krishan Khalsa and Sheila Nicholls

Music and Lyrics by Dave Stringer / Magnetic Melodies BMI


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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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