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Acoustic Flight

by Boundless Gratitude

This album is about hope: Hope back on the first day of 2009 when it was originally released, and even more so now.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Better to Light a Light
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2. The Hero Thing
4:44 $0.99
3. Thankful
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4. Once Upon a Time
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5. Living Race
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6. Your Heart Will Bring Forth Wonders
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7. In the End
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8. The Challenge
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Acoustic Flight was originally released on the first day of 2009 when the world seemed full of hope for great and positive change. The first track "Better to Light a Light" and the closing track "The Challenge" express that hope most ambitiously. Not too long ago, I pulled it out of music stores. It seemed irrelevant, even silly. I was also experiencing some frustrating circumstances related to my online music that made me angry. I planned to maybe rework and perhaps re-release a few of the songs. It occurred to me the other day, however, that it is too early to give up... and that the message needs to conveyed consistently and now, regardless of shortcomings in the mode of delivery. The following story behind the closing song, "The Challenge," essentially explains why.

Toward the end of 1979, I was stationed aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier steaming to the Indian Ocean in response to what was then called the "Iranian Hostage Crisis." During that tour of duty, my understanding of world affairs began to mature enough to realize that we were over there essentially because we wanted their oil on our terms rather than theirs. And as with my Eleanor Roosevelt song, this one grew out of a dream as well.

Almost two years after returning home, I had a vivid and quite memorable dream about being in a dogfight with an Iranian pilot that ended in a mid-air collision. I dreamt that after the collision I was standing alone in midair, engulfed in roaring red flames. I was standing upright in midair without falling or feeling any sensation of burning. I was actually feeling quite good, because I had finally set aside my misgivings about the ethics of the entire situation and had fought dutifully and furiously to the death against this officially designated "enemy."

Then I heard a voice in my dream, which I assumed was the voice of God. "With all that I have given you, is this the best that you could do with it?" The voice was not angry, or even threateningly judgemental, as I might have expected it to be. The tone of voice actually seemed neutral, but the question obviously conveyed disappointment. I awoke immediately after hearing it. I wasn't into interpreting dreams at the time. So even though I was impressed by the colorfulness of the dream, I didn't attribute any significance to it, other than reflecting my own disillusionment upon beginning to realize the commercial underpinnings of warfare.

The imagery of the dream seemed to come back quite forcefully about twenty years later, as an invasion of Afghanistan followed the tragic events of September 11, 2001. And this time I seemed to recognize the other pilot was in my dream. While I was in primary flight training in Pensacola, Florida in 1976, my instructor joked about how odd it seemed for him to have two students named Hassaun, which is my given name. Shortly afterwards, I met the other Hassan, who actually was an Iranian military flight student, no doubt sent over for training by his government, which (based on the revolution that was about to take place) must have been a lot more popular with the US government than with its own people.

Anyway, in the autumn of 2001, it all of a sudden seemed quite clear to me that the point of my dream twenty years before was that Hassan (which means goodness) was killing Hassan. Our actions were in effect killing our own goodness. Most of my musical storytelling from that time onward has focused on finding ways to convey such a perspective or understanding in ways that might be heard and that might thus have some sort of positive effect. This song is one of them.

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