Steve Perry Returns!

The Music of Our Heart is overjoyed to share with my readers and music fans everywhere that Steve Perry has returned with his first recording after 25 years!

The anticipation started yesterday morning with an Internet tease from Steve Perry on Twitter which I just had to retweet.

I then got an e-mail an hour ago from Steve Perry and Concord Music.

Steve Perry Announces New Album, TRACES
Available October 5th!

Traces

Read Steve Perry’s personal message about Traces from his heart to ours.

Then watch the video for his brand new single, “No Erasin'”

Placing my Pre-Order now!

I Know It’s Been A Long Time Comin’…
Years ago, I disappeared. There were many reasons, but mainly…
My Love for Music had suddenly left me.
I knew that simply stopping, was what I had to do.
If music was ever to return to my heart,
then and only then I would figure out what to do.
If not… so be it,
for I had already lived the dream of dreams.
Many years passed.
One day, I began sketching some musical ideas
with the creative freedom that I was the
only one who would ever hear them.
One song led to many.
My Love for Music had returned.
Then another beautiful thing happened.
I found Love.
My precious Kellie gave me a life
I never knew I had.
I lost her December of 2012.
I now deeply understand the meaning of:
“’It’s better to have Loved and Lost,
Than to have never Loved at All.”
May of 2015,
I began recording.
These songs are special to me.
I respectfully ask that you please listen to them,
And whatever they make you feel,
I thank you for listening.Sincerely,
Steve Perry 

Track Listing:

1. “No Erasin’”
2. “We’re Still Here”
3. “Most Of All”
4. “No More Cryin’”
5. “In The Rain”
6. “Sun Shines Gray”
7. “You Belong To Me”
8. “Easy To Love”
9. “I Need You”
10. “We Fly”

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Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai, Volume 5 – Kitaro

I prepare within the music of our heart for the next leg of the sacred journey with Kitaro to Ku-Kai. My soul is yearning to experience the universal peace brought by the bells resounding across the sacred temples.

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To Be Released On April 21st, 2017
Formats: CD / Digital Download

Available for Pre-Order

Kitaro’s Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Volume 5 follows the highly acclaimed Volumes 1 through 4 of the series, all of which have earned Grammy nominations.

The Ku-Kai series concept arose after the global events on the fateful day of September 11, 2001. Kitaro was traveling on a jet from Japan to Los Angeles when the transcontinental flight was diverted to Hawaii for five days due to the tragedy. It was during this time of disbelief and uncertainty that Kitaro envisioned the Ku-Kai series as a means of uniting the world through music embracing his frequently referenced universal message of peace.

The Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai series is an earthly voyage that transports the listener to Shikoku, Japan. It pays homage to the beloved Buddhist holy man Ku-Kai who traveled the 750 mile long pilgrimage to the 88 sacred temples on the island over 1100 years ago. Each track on the album revolves around an audio sample of the bell sound from each temple. With these bell sounds, Kitaro distils their essences with inspired musical interpretations.

Tracklist:

01. Soul From Ocean
02. Breath Of Light
03. Reflection Of The Heart
04. Wave Rotation
05. Time And Space Cry
06. Sea Of Clouds
07. Floating Lotus Flower
08. Wind Invitation
09. Journey For Nirvana
10. Water Miracle

Jaron Lanier – Visionary Musician

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My goal is to be a cognoscenti in music, instructional design and journalistic excellence. I visualize these three disciplines in total congruence. They are the Zen of my work-life balance.

Journeying further along that path I meld my purpose with instinctual visionaries such as Jaron Lanier. Jaron Lanier is blessed with an innovative musical purpose that transcends much of what we understand about past and present state music. Thankfully he crafts that skill readily through the unique construction of  musical instruments he invents which allows us to experience the deeper textures of music’s rich harmonic spectrum.

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In a far reaching interview with Jaron Lanier about music in 1994 he expressed his understanding about the body and musical instruments. http://www.exhibitresearch.com/kevin/nyc/jaron/index.html

I believe the body is able to know much more than the mind, in terms of instantaneous action. And there will be some very somatic form of programming in the future. And I look to musical instruments as an inspiration as to what that will be like….

So, essentially, I think the way we look at in musical instruments today is what programming languages will look like tomorrow. Not the music, but the instruments….

Discography

Proof of Consciousness Mark Deutsch and Jaron Lanier

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Instruments of Change

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Kitaro – Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Vol.4

As a fan of Kitaro and his quest for peace, I have been following with respect his Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai. I have the first three volumes and I was just wondering recently if two years had elapsed since Vol. 3 and when Vol. 4 would be released.

My internal question has been magically answered as the Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai is the fourth in a series of a collection of works and peace-themed albums inspired by the classic Buddhist pilgrimage to the 88 sacred temples on Japan’s remote Shikoku Island. A journey taken by the beloved Buddhist monk Ku-kai over a millennium ago, via the music contained in Sacred Journey of Ku-kai Volume 4, Kitaro continues to explore uncharted waters with his magnificently expansive vision and ever-questing spirit.

Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Vol.4 will be released in August 2010 by Domo Music Group.

I anticipate next when can I pre-order this CD and if autographed versions will be available?

Domo arigato and Peace, Kitaro 🙂

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