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Skydancer

by Christian O'Neil

Acoustic folky country bhaktibilly rock from the Heart
Genre: Rock: Country-Rock
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1. Dance Like You're Beautiful
4:49 album only
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2. Baby Hang On
3:30 album only
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3. Party on to the Grave
4:58 album only
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4. We Don't Beat Our Hearts
2:59 album only
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5. Blown Away
4:58 album only
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6. Remind Me
3:48 album only
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7. Heart Like a Yoni
3:48 album only
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8. Mystery to Me
5:13 album only
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9. Wounded Healer
4:29 album only
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10. Third Time's the Charm
4:36 album only
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11. Hanuman Heart
3:27 album only
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12. Sets Me Free
4:21 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As I write these words on Thanksgiving Day 2016, I realize that I purchased my first (and only!) guitar exactly 20 years ago, in November of 1996.

Like a lot of people, once I learned a few chords, I set out to learn to cover the songs I liked most. But for some reason, I was never particularly good at playing other peoples’ songs. I credit this inability with forcing me to learn to write my own songs.

For most of the last 20 years, I would break out my guitar around friends here and there though mostly I just played and sang by myself in my living room. About two years ago, after several friends gave me some very kind feedback about a few of my songs, I decided that I was ready to go for it. I decided to hire a band and record my songs professionally.

In April of 2015, I had the good fortune of meeting a man named Michael Greco. Michael is a gentle soul and amazing musician who offers guitar lessons in his home in the Santa Cruz mountains. Being a modest player at best, I figured that I would need to improve my guitar playing chops considerably before I would be ready to head in to the studio.

From our first session together, a potent chemistry and synergy emerged between Michael and I. Instead of receiving guitar playing instruction from Michael, he and I instead quickly and easily morphed into a song writing duo. This came as such a surprise to me as I had never really played music with anyone before, much less with someone who is several orders of magnitude above of me in playing ability and understanding of music theory. But as it turned out- these things didn’t matter to The Music. The Music apparently just wanted to come. And so we started to flow.

Our song writing process generally works like this: I would bring my songs- some old and some new- to my weekly session with Michael on Monday mornings in Santa Cruz. Our songs come to me first though when they arrive, they are in a fairly simple form. I would usually have the melody, the lyrics and most of the chords ready when I got to Michael’s house. I would play what I had for Michael once or twice and then turn over the guitar playing duties to him. Then the magic would start to happen. I would sing along while Michael explored where The Music wanted to go next. Even though my lyrics are quite personal, right from the beginning, I completely trusted Michael with these songs as he is a quite obviously a sincere devotee of The Music.

The songs on this CD arise from our collaboration. They were recorded in Santa Cruz, CA in the spring and summer of 2016. I hope very much that you will find a few which cause you to laugh, cry, smile, think, rest, dance or at least tap your toes.

Lots of Love,

Christian O'Neil

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