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Dead Balance

by Gary Wayne Clark

Ethereal and surreal, a haunting dreamscape of rhythmic evanescent textures, mystical Native American proverbs, flutes and tribal drums interwoven with neo-psychedelic guitar riffs that echo through the canyons of the mind like lost voices from another world -- Heetíh-néé'eesoo.
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dead Balance begins with an Arapaho Prayer..

Heetih-kou3-iine'etii-n [Live a long life]
Heetih-niini'-iine'etii-n [Live a good life]
Heetih-'iiyoo3-iine'etii-n [Live a clean life]
Hoow-uusetee [It is not done]
Heetce’nóóhobé3en [Goodbye, I will see you again]
Nohuusóho' [Amen]

Inspiration
Inspired by Clark's Amazon Top Selling western horror novel “Dead Balance”, the music and lyrics of Grammys® Recording Academy Artist Gary Wayne Clark’s "Dead Balance" transports the listener on a spiritual journey into the surreal shadow world of the Ancient Ones. Immersed in a haunting dreamscape of evanescent textures, mystical Native American poetry, flutes, drums and neo-psychedelic guitar riffs, the spirit of a troubled Arapaho boy named Logan Lone Bear Tuu'awata is trapped between two worlds as he calls out to his soul mate, Raven Thunder Sky. With a host of ethereal voices speaking a shamanic spectral dream language of Arapaho and English, the songs of Dead Balance deliver a heartfelt message across the divide for those who desperately cling to love... beyond the boundaries of this world.

Native American proverbs teach us, that “day and night can’t live together,” and “there can be no rainbow without our tears.” True, but I choose to believe that for some of us, “dreams are the only truth, until we awake.” And as Henry David Thoreau opined, “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

I have to go with HDT on this one..

Background
For all those who are suffering in their own silent insanity, who hear voices from the dark, and are contemplating a permanent solution to a temporary problem - do not despair. As Logan’s story begins – “Listen to me, I am telling you a story. You are strong; you and I are strong.” If you reach out you will find that other kindred souls are out there, waiting to hear your voice. These words were written in the stars, and spoken through me in a dream --

“It is in our darkest hour, perched on the cliff of helplessness as we stare down into the depths of despair, that we suddenly realize one immutable truth: We are not alone in the universe. If we open our eyes and our hearts, we will see that there are others in this world that can help us. Others that have confronted their own demons and beat them back, and even though scarred from their lifelong battles, they are willing to open their hearts and offer us shelter from our own storm. It is in that moment in which we acknowledge our own vulnerability that we can find our inner strength, our voice, and our resolve to fight for the life that we deserve.

That is not to say that the road ahead will be smooth; it will not be. Our existence will always be a struggle, a struggle to maintain control of our life, our thoughts, and indeed, our very sanity. But when the dust finally settles on our turmoil, we will find that it has been the struggle for life that defines who we are, and who we can become. And therein lies the hidden epiphany along our rocky path; we need not walk it alone. For it is by helping others, as we both struggle at the doorstep of insanity, that we each become stronger. And it is in that instance of altruism that our destiny will be revealed, and we will find our place in this world as we turn darkness into light.”
~Logan Lone Bear Tuu'awata

“Yes, Niwot. The dark road you traveled with Guardian has ended, but our journey together into the light…it has just begun.”
~Ten Bears

“Hoo3itoo. Koo-he-etn-oo3itoon-e3?”
A story. Should I tell you a story?
“Beneeni-noo neyoooxet cowo’oot.”
I am a whirlwind passing by.
“Hehheisonoonin neniitoneino', noh hebesiibeih'in,”
Let them hear us, our fathers and our grandfathers,
“Heetihcihkoutee' hoowu3oow hiine'etiit.”
So that the breath of life will endure for all time.
~Arapaho Proverb

Like Logan, we all have our own inner demons to deal with. And as my inner voice warns, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” Until we meet in the Sky World one day my friend, I shall remain vigilant.

Credits
Words and Music by Gary Wayne Clark; a.k.a., Ten Bears & Earamas®.
Arrangements, Recording Engineering, Production by Gary Wayne Clark.
SFX and Nature Sounds by Gary Wayne Clark.
Electric Bass, Synthesized Bass, Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Drums and Rattles by Gary Wayne Clark.
Lead Guitars by Alexandra Nicole ‘Spice’ Clark.
Lead Vocals on In My Dream by Alexandra Nicole Clark and Gary Wayne Clark.
Lead Vocals and Backup Vocals on all other songs by Gary Wayne Clark.
Spoken Words in Arapaho, Hopi, Shawnee, Spanish and English by Gary Wayne Clark.
Rhythm Guitar by Rob ‘Coyote Feather’ Leavitt on Logan’s Lament.
Percussion by Shilo ‘Stro’ Stroman on In My Dream, River of Lost Souls and Logan’s Lament.
Acoustic Percussion tracks recorded with Riley at the Downtown Artery, Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Dead Balance © 2018 Gary Wayne Clark. All Rights Reserved.

Cover Design
Art and cover design by Gary Wayne Clark; some images licensed from Shutterstock.com.

Acknowledgements
Thanks to all those living in the shadow of the Continental Divide who confided their own real-life mysteries of the many strange, unexplained events that somehow get swept under the rug of truth. From Lew’s diligent monitoring of all harmonic frequencies, Deanna’s tinkering with the big ruckus conspiracy in my mind, to law enforcement, medical personnel, dentists, park rangers, and the everyday town folk I have swapped stories with here in the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park…You know who you are. In the ether I am transmitting a special thanks to Coyote Feather Rob Leavitt, who has joined me in my illusory sweat lodge of creativity beneath the snow-covered peaks of NeNesotaiux. Just as the shadows of the sacred fire dance among the smoke rings on the elk skin ceiling of my mind, so too do the haunting strains of his psychedelic slide guitar and magical mushroom soup.

As a writer, my mind habitually traverses story lines driven by a transcendent connection with the spiritual beliefs of Native Americans. Their respect for the earth, for nature, and their celestial bond and nexus with the universe has always felt to be a comfortable place in my soul. Admittedly, my illusory linkage was partially nurtured by an improbable tale told for generations, of a young woman who fell in love with a famous war chief, and when forbidden to consummate their romance, secretly became his bride and mother to his children. A dubious ancestral story, just a folktale really, until recently I received the results from a DNA test and discovered my own Native American ancestry. People say that buried inside every folktale is an imaginary kernel of truth. For me, this scientific revelation and mystical reconnection has opened a door to many plausible possibilities.

I owe particular thanks to my brothers, the Native American people of the Arapaho, Hopi, Navajo, Ute, and Shawnee Nations, and especially Gary Tso, the Left-Handed Hunter, for the friendship, medicine, and tales we have shared over the years.

The inspiration for my writings and songs are encapsulated in the words of the Ancient Ones in a Hopi proverb that speaks to my own personal truth - “He who tells the stories…rules the world.”

Songs
Music and Lyrics for Dead Balance © 2018 Gary Wayne Clark. All Rights Reserved.

Song 1 - In My Dream
Song 2 - River of Lost Souls
Song 3 - Logan’s Lament
Song 4 - Half a Man
Song 5 - Change of Worlds
Song 6 - Dark Secret
Song 7 - Worlds Without End

Dedications
For Boo Bear.. Feed the good bear within you; it is your strength. Thanks for your magical guitar riffs on this album, they made it complete. Now I release your musical spirit back into the wild; go make some noise.. really loud noise.
For Jillaine.. I was listening, but yes, I was also multitasking. But you were always on my mind.. Always..
For Glen.. My musical mentor of many years, who taught me everything I know about songwriting, recording and engineering - gone but never forgotten my friend. Your gold records are heard by millions with their ears. I’ll hear you always in my studio, and in my heart.
And thank you Mom.. for making me take piano lessons, play cornet in the symphony to appreciate classical music, but mostly for steering me to Rock 'n Roll and the bass guitar - because as you said, "Son, I love you, but you can't get girls with any instrument that has a spit valve.. try the guitar." Trust me boys, Mom was right. Chicks dig a bass guitar!

Lyrics

In My Dream

Arapaho [English]

Hoow-uusetee [It is not done]
Heetce’nóóhobé3en [Goodbye, I will see you again]
Nohuusóho' [That is how it is; amen.]

Over the mountain
Across the sea
Just imagine perfect love
And it will be

I’ve searched forever
Inside of me
Just to find a love complete
To set me free

My secret lover
You’re here with me tonight
And your love’s inside of me

I pull you closer
Your body feels so right
But it’s only in my dream.. in my dream..

In my dream.. in my dream
In my dream.. only in my dream
In my dream.. in my dream
In my dream.. only in my dream

Heetih-kou3-iine'etii-n [Live a long life]
Heetih-niini'-iine'etii-n [Live a good life]
Heetih-'iiyoo3-iine'etii-n [Live a clean life]
Hoow-uusetee [It is not done]
Heetce’nóóhobé3en [Goodbye, I will see you again]
Nohuusóho' [Amen.]

You’re mine forever
And for all time
As I hold your photograph
Within my mind

Between the shadows
Only I can see
We’ve created perfect love
In fantasy

My secret lover
Darkness brings you here tonight
And your love will set me free

We’re wrapped together
In the flickering candlelight
But it’s only in my dream… in my dream..

In my dream
In my dream.. only in my dream
In my dream.. in my dream
In my dream.. only in my dream

My secret lover
I hold you close tonight
With our world inside of me

This love’s forever
You’ve turned darkness into light
But it’s only in my dream.. in my dream

In my dream.. in my dream
In my dreams.. only in my dream
In my dream.. in my dream
In my dream.. only in my dream

Heetih-kou3-iine'etii-n [May you live a long life]
Heetih-niini'-iine'etii-n [May you live a good life]
Heetih-'iiyoo3-iine'etii-n [May you live a clean, pure life]
Hoow-uusetee [It is not done]
Heetce’nóóhobé3en [Goodbye, I will see you again]
Nohuusóho' [That is how it is; amen.]

As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be
Worlds without end… Amen... Amen... Amen.

River of Lost Souls

Your love has cast a spell on me
It took everything I had
I can’t hide from my darker side
Good intentions turn to bad

They said our love was terminal
But I whisper it’s untrue
This love of ours is written in the stars
Death can’t keep my heart from you

In dreams we’ll live forever
Where broken hearts are whole
Restitution wash away my sins
In a river of lost souls

Yesterday I swore my love was true
Now my words just echo back
Holding on to our days bygone
As the memories fade to black

I hear a thousand voices
Only one to me is true
The love I send lingers in the wind
Eternally for you

In dreams we’ll live forever
Where broken hearts are whole
Restitution wash away my sins
In a river of lost souls

[Arapaho Prayer]

Beehiiniisonoonibéíhin [Father of all]
Cih'oonohooyobéi'ee [Watch over us!]
Kookóu'unei(hii) [Please]
Heetíh-néé'eesoo-' [We ask that it be so]
Nohuusóho' [Amen]

My heart is calling out to you
My heart beats to your distant drum
My heart forever is for you
Eternity has just begun

My heart is calling out to you
My heart beats to your distant drum
My heart forever is for you
Eternity has just begun..

Logan’s Lament

Honoo3itooné3en.
Niihii3é3en.
Hiiwóónhehe', tenéi'éíhin.

“Behold – a scared voice is calling you
All over the sky, a scared voice is calling.”
~Black Elk

Radio chatter…

Alone in the shadows
Of yesterday
A voice inside your head, says
That you can’t stay

In a world of illusion
Between the light and dark
The demons inside your mind… are
Tearing you apart… again

You don’t know which path to choose
You might be losing your mind
Crack the door and let the darkness in
And now your souls… are entwined

Suicide and insanity
Haunting pleas in your head
Cast your soul into the shadow world
And live the dreams… of the dead…

Whispers in the darkness
Ghosts inside your head
Echoes within your mind…
Voices of the dead

Shadow world has come for you
There’s no place to hide
It’s hopeless to bar the door… when
It comes from inside… of you

You don’t know which path to choose
You might be losing your mind
Crack the door and let the darkness in
And now your souls… are entwined

Share the trust in your destiny
Arm and arm in the fight
Hang together or you’ll hang alone
Destroy the darkness… with light.

Honoo3itooné3en.
Niihii3é3en.
Hiiwóónhehe', tenéi'éíhin.

Radio chatter… and whispers.

Change of Worlds

Ghost riders in the night
Avengers of youth
The Spider weaves a tangled web
A fated search for truth

The Bear is out there waiting
Watchmen guard the door
The Bear is always hungry
And all he wants is more

You know the war is comin’
Better choose your side
Raining down from thunder
In the Sky

When Darkness comes a callin’
Ancient sins accrue
Careful what you wish for
Wishes come true..

Turn back the darkness
Let our souls ascend
Rise up from the river’s edge
Be reborn again

We will live forever
Our banner unfurled
Death is not the end for us
Just a change of worlds

You know the war is comin’
Better choose your side
Raining down from thunder
In the Sky

When Darkness comes a callin’
Ancient sins accrue
Careful what you wish for
Wishes come true…

Turn back the darkness
Avengers of youth
Let our souls ascend
A search for truth
Rise up from the river’s edge
Be reborn again

We will live forever
Guard the door
Our banner unfurled
Death is not the end for us
Just a change of worlds..

Half A Man

The road I must travel
I walk alone
Half the man that I used to be
Sins must be atoned

When dreamers don’t awaken
Souls are lost, not saved
There’ll be no intercession
Until my dues are paid

I’ve walked this trail of tears
For reasons unknown
Stay the course into the light
You’ll never be alone.. again

Liaison of danger
Numb the pain endured
Hide away inside your heart
Until it aches no more

Baleful eyes see through me
Shadows in my mind
Dispatch the veil of darkness
Invert my third eye blind

Between the light and shadow
Where understanding’s found
Close your eyes and then you’ll see
Our souls will be unbound.. again

Death holds no sting for me
My grave shall have no tears
Your memory’s carved upon my heart
Release your darkest fears

Between the shadow and the light
I know what must be done
In dreams I trade my life for yours
Until there’s only one

It’s just the cross I was born to bear
A stain upon my soul
But when I’ve cut it from my heart
Then half a man is whole.. again

Dark Secret

You will live forever
In the tracks you leave behind..

Heetih-kou3-iine'etii-n
[Live a long life]
Heetih-niini'-iine'etii-n
[Live a good life]
Heetih-'iiyoo3-iine'etii-n
[Live a clean life]
Hoow-uusetee
[It is not done]
Heetce’nóóhobé3en
[Goodbye, I will see you again]
Nohuusóho'
[Amen]

As it was in the beginning
Is now, and as it every shall be
Worlds without end.. amen
Amen

Heetih-kou3-iine'etii-n
[Live a long life]
Heetih-niini'-iine'etii-n
[Live a good life]
Heetih-'iiyoo3-iine'etii-n
[Live a clean life]
Hoow-uusetee
[It is not done]
Heetce’nóóhobé3en
[Goodbye, I will see you again]
Nohuusóho'
[Amen]

You will live forever
In the tracks you leave behind..

Worlds Without End

An ambient mix of natural sounds interwoven with peaceful orchestral melodies that guide the listener to slow down and visualize their own inner peace.

Composed and arranged for relaxation, meditation and anxiety management, music soundscapes should present simple, soothing, repetitive patterns that are easy to recognize and lock into with your brain. All of the natural sounds were recorded by me high in the mountains of Colorado - a stream in Rocky Mountain National Park, a mid-summer thunderstorm and the distant songbirds of the alpine meadows interwoven to guide the listener to imagine the divine "unstruck" sounds that arise from within the heart.

This track is about learning how to slow down from the hectic pace that most of us live, and visualize the path we choose for ourselves. Starting with a tempo of 92 bpm, the track gradually slows down to 82 bpm by the end of the song, intended to pull the listener's heartbeat lower, by subconsciously following the music tempo, calming stress levels, and fostering a more therapeutic mind body sensation.

The orchestral effects are all composed on a ROLI Seaboard Rise, allowing 5 audio controls for strike, glide, slide, press and lift - including pitch bends. And if you listen carefully on headphones, you will hear a faint embedded Binaural Beats pairing of tracks - at the beginning and end [even though they continue for the entire song]. They are tuned to Left channel of 82 hz and Right channel of 92 hz, with a Beat Frequency of 7.83 Hz. Ironically, the brain will interpret this pairing as one tone of 87 hz.

I'm interested if this track is positive, negative or of no impact of you for meditation and calming -- your input matters a great deal to me, so let me know your comments. So sit back, don your best headphones and let this track wash over your mind and body as you create your own reality.

May the Peace be with you my friends..

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