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Box of Kenosis

by Doc Ventura

A collection of modern acoustic guitar/slide blues, no vocals, John Fahey and Booker White, Mississippi Delta tonality brought to a modern setting, both meditative and thought provoking.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Feeling Uneasy
2:43 $0.75
2. Box of Kenosis
3:08 $0.75
3. Hanging Pole
2:58 $0.75
4. Demon's Progress
2:39 $0.75
5. Ocean of Devotion
3:30 $0.75
6. Newer Pony Blues
2:46 $0.75
7. Unring That Bell
2:41 $0.75
8. 4th of July
3:33 $0.75
9. Supernatural Recap
2:59 $0.75
10. Villians and Thieves
2:01 $0.75
11. River Is the Cognomen
3:19 $0.75
12. Pick Your Burden Up
3:58 $0.75
13. My Past Is Falling Apart
4:10 $0.75
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Album Notes
This release comes after a lot of wandering. Many paths explored, most not fully to my liking, some not too bad. Anyway, this is what if felt like.

I have something to say about each piece, though it’s not really necessary. Still, as Leo likes to say ‘if you don’t say something, the tension is unbearable’. So I’ll talk about a few…

Martin Simpson’s influence appears here in several places. In retrospect ‘Hanging Pole’ is pretty much my attempt to channel my one time teacher.

The Mississippi Delta hangs over all of this. It is a profound place. I can’t put that into words.

‘Feeling Uneasy’ is that. The kind of discomfort you might feel if you suspect you left your oven on this morning….

‘Unring That Bell’ makes me sad. ‘My Past is Falling Apart’ makes me feel alright.

‘Ocean of Devotion’ is about a really good day.

‘Pick Your Burden Up’ was a bad day.

‘Villians and Thieves’ is from a Sinbad movie I never saw.

I don’t know where ‘Cognomen’ came from.

I used old Silvertone guitars for most of this, which accounts for the horrible sounds you hear.

You got to compress your decompress.

An angel in the shape of a lion.

Doc Ventura

Other interesting things;

What you refer to as George overdrive is known in the trucking industry as Georgia overdrive. It is going downhill with your truck out of gear. This is done down grades to allow the truck to accelerate beyond the normal top speed of the engine in to gear without damaging the engine.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle” -- Philo of Alexandria

Build a man a fire, and he will stay warm for a day... Set a man on fire, and he will stay warm for the rest of his life...

H. L. Mencken, who, describing President Warren G. Harding's prose, said, "It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it."

“When I play, I very quickly put myself into a light hypnotic trance and compose while playing, drawing directly from the emotions. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I am playing emotions and expressing them in a coherent public language called music. If you don't do that you sound stiff and uninspiring.
Your friend,
John Fahey”

Picasso commented on Chagall’s work by saying: “When Chagall paints, you do not know if he is asleep or awake. Somewhere or other inside his head, there must be an angel.”

Ernest Newman on Jazz: "It is one thing to have a good picture turned into a thing of harmless fun by some one who is himself a quick-witted artist; it is quite another thing to have it scrawled over by a moron.”

“Now some people don't understand. They think a blues player has to be worried, troubled to sing the blues. That's wrong. I'll put it this way; there's a doctor, he has medicine. He's never, sick, he ain't sick, but he has stuff for the sick people. So the blues player, he ain't worried and bothered, but he's got something for the worried people. Doctor . . . you can see his medicine, you can see his patient. Blues . . . you can't see the music you can't see the patient because it's soul. So I works on the soul, and the doctor works on the body” - Roosevelt Sykes



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Never Thought I Would Like Acoustic Blues
I have been a fan of a few blues bands, like Hugh Laurie Blues, but I have never been an avid listener. This album changed that. The music is extremely thought-provoking and very unique. There really is not much out in the recorded industry like this. It is in a class of one in many ways. Highly recommended.