Drawing in my book at last years San Diego Comic Con. SDCC is coming up, July 19-22 and I will be there in Artist Alley showcasing, Memory of a Cosmic Heart and other visual inspiration. I am planning a surprise with @montanajosemusic (who created the ambient, lounge styled mixes on the record) at my table. Will you be there to experience it? Stay tuned. . . . . . #SDCC #Beauty #Solar #beautiful #NewAge #art #sacredmusic #grace #divinemother #Yogananda #Spalenka #goddess #spirit #alchemy #sacredart #myth #astrology #sun #romantic #opera #cosmic #Goddess_rising #feminine #sensual #Pagan #stardust #alchemy #peace #spiritual #Love
MERCURIAL WATERS. Graphite on board. I am making personal drawings of an alchemical nature for the patrons who are supporting Memory of a Cosmic Heart. You can hear a rough mix of some of the music I wrote with Rob Jacobs on this video with the amazing, Grammy nominated singer, Seay. I will be sharing more tunes, story and art as the project progresses.
A big thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite cover. I had 0ver 700 visitors to my Blog on one day which is a record for one of my posts. Our winner with the most votes is the Unborn Goddess (above), Goddess of the Sun was second, Alchemical Queen (in the alembic) was third, with Winged Heart coming in fourth.
Many of you mentioned that all of them were great, hence could not choose a favorite, whereas some of you chose several! Another suggestion was to use two or more of the images, one for the front and one for the back or throughout the booklet. Another possibility is to create a fusion of these pieces.
All of you know that I embrace an evolving process (building, destroying and rebuilding the image) in creating my art, so this may be the solution. Fusing elements of these images could reveal a synergy!
This poll was to help me focus on the cover direction that most resonated with all of you. I have learned a lot and thank you for your time. Now I am going to embrace your collective wisdom and do my best to manifest some AWE, that best represents, Memory of a Cosmic Heart.
We have a run off! Four pieces of art are vying for final direction of the, Memory of a Cosmic Heart LP jacket and CD covers!
Click on the images to see them larger. Share your picks in the comment box below or social media platforms.
These are ideas and not final pieces of art, so we are looking for what you feel best represents the direction of the art. Any thoughts or comments are appreciated. Thank you for helping me shape the look of, Memory of a Cosmic Heart.
Help me decide the direction of the, Memory of a Cosmic Heart LP jacket and CD covers. Click on the first image to see it larger, then flip through all the cover ideas making note of the number in the lower left hand corner. After you have reviewed them all, return to the main page and share your picks in the comment box below.
These are ideas and not final pieces of art, so we are looking for what you feel best represents the direction of the art. Any thoughts or comments are appreciated. Keep in mind that the story is a musical odyssey of the heart, weaving in concepts of our celestial roots, with a desire to dance with the divine. Thank you for helping me shape the look of Memory of a Cosmic Heart. I will share the top three winners at the end of the week.
Why do I take on projects that seem insurmountable, and are going to push the limits of who I am as an artist and a person, and probably cause stress in my marriage and relationships? Because, I care deeply about the potential in people to be inspired. By stretching myself to the limits, I can reach that part of me I never knew was there, and share that with the world.
Memory of a Cosmic Heart started out as an intimate idea between Rob Jacobs and myself. Rob approached me about 12 years ago wanting to collaborate on creating some spiritual music together. Month after month we got together, for years. In fact if I was not staying true to the schedule he would contact me with stern reminders.
I would bring melodies (ditties) on a mini cassette player that we would review. Then Rob would pull out a pencil and start writing out the songs we were molding on sheet music. This process went on and off for ten years. We worked with Bill Brendle, then James Raymond who would disappear as they left to go on tour for months and years, or just got busy so we looked for other producers, without success.
Then Rob had a stroke and an urgency rose up in me to take the mantel and finish the record. When I met Montana Jose the DJ, producer and owner of Whack family Records, I was almost at my wits end, but his excitement and ambient remixes of the songs lit a fire under me. The realization kicked in that there was something larger going on here. While mixing the music together in GarageBand, the title of the project came to me as well as a story about about a daughter of the sun who is born as a human and her quest to return to home. Then in my mind’s eye I saw the live performance art piece on stage.
Rob was not happy when award winning, grammy nominated talent wanted to be a part of the music, because it was raising the budget, a lot! It made me nervous too, but I had a gut feeling this was the way to go. I felt spirit pushing me when I wanted to hold back.
In the 80’s I created a subway poster for the School of Visual Arts of an angel (her wings were made of paint palettes) painting a window on a cell wall. The tagline which was written by Dee, Marshall Arisman’s wife said, “A GREAT IDEA, IS JUST AN IDEA, UNTIL YOU MAKE IT REAL”
That’s me, over and over again.
The crowd funding campaign for Memory of a Cosmic Heart, begins, May 1.
Sketch for the album cover.
What is “Memory of a Cosmic Heart?”
MCH represents a ten year effort to expand the definition of New Age music with an album that harkens back to the roots of the original movement and expanding its potential. Myself, Rob Jacobs and a team of incredibly gifted song writers, musicians, and opera class vocalists have created a classical, operatic, electronic musical fusion that is designed to calm the mind and open peace in your heart, without sounding like elevator music. It also gets you dancing too.⠀
Sketch for the album cover.
The music is close to being finished and the grand plan for this multi-media project. I am launching a crowd funding campaign on Earth Day, April 22. This is an auspicious day as the story of the music reflects themes of interstellar and planetary influence.
There will be an illustrated book to accompany the music which will be in Vinyl, CD and digital download formats. Stay tuned for more details.
Sketch for the album cover.
Concept Setches for the record cover…
I have music in my blood and it likes to pump to the surface through melodies in my head.
Michelle Barnes and I created The Visions of Vespertina album years ago and this new project has been slowly percolating out of me ever since. I started a conversation with my friend Rob Jacobs who is a meditator like myself, an artist and kirtan player about collaborating. Together we wrote a series of songs. From the beginning, these songs reflected our desire to pierce the veils of reality and touch the dimension of spirit.
As we refined the instrumentation with James in the studio, the muses revealed their power inside these compositions. We could hear the music of the spheres, as the score morphed into classical, and operatic overtones.
Truth is, our record has been years in the making. When James went on tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash it was put on hold.
Then Rob suffered a stroke. I felt an urgency to finish this project, when the universe pushed open a door expanding the concept further…
Jose Montana is a DJ, and Producer. He loved our songs. remixed compositions into Ambient, Dance Electronica, transforming them again! Our album evolved into a classical, operatic, electronica fusion.
Then more magic happened… additional stellar talent joined the project. Next post I will divulge the awesome vocalists (opera singers, Grammy nominated), and award winning musicians who are gracing the record, as well as the title of this project.
I have been honored and blessed to create art with loving, talented people in the service of the art spirit. I thank all of the beautiful souls who have helped me bring more beauty and grace to our world. Onward and upward!