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Deep Spring

by Leslie Lightfall

Relaxing, inspiring, heart-centered instrumental music originally created to accompany wilderness video photography.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Deep Spring
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2. Margo's Garden
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3. Butterfly Shimmer
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4. Lava
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5. Gypsy
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6. Water Waltz
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7. Balmy Breezes
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8. Valentine Waltz
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9. Celtic Wave
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10. Crystal Clear
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11. Waterways
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12. Celebration
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13. Caravan
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14. Waltz of the Waves
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15. Improv Hawaii
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16. Sunset Waltz
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17. Longing
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18. Sunbeams
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19. Pulse
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Deep Spring" is actually an album and a half (over 72 minutes) comprised of the 19 songs I like best of all the ones that I wrote during 2004. Many of the songs were inspired by Bob Glusic's awesome wilderness video footage (see note* below) and four of them serve as sound tracks for his latest high definition DVD, "Hawaii". The music was all created, sequenced, mixed, and then recorded by an internal sampling process on a Yamaha Motif ES8 music production synthesizer.

There is a great deal of meaning for me wrapped up in this CD. The frogs you hear around the edges are the very frogs who sang at night at Valley View Farm, the place where I was living while I was composing the music for the CD. My original idea was to have the cover artwork for the CD be the mandala of twelve frogs I painted in March, 2000. (You will see a couple of those frogs as part of the design on the CD disk itself.)

I called the mandala "Leap of Faith" and only recently realized that I was inspired to create the painting right after Barry Brailsford, a storyteller extraordinaire from New Zealand, who was speaking at the CWG center in Ashland handed me a piece of greenstone or Pounamu.

This little bit of rock went alive on me and pulsed powerfully with the invitation, "Come to New Zealand, come to New Zealand!" It became my constant companion. I held it in my hand while I slept at night and carried it around in my pocket during the day. I KNEW I urgently needed to visit New Zealand. After three days it disappeared. POOF! It wasn't like I lost it, it simply disappeared. I emailed Barry and told him what happened and he said, "yes, they sometimes do that" and sent me another piece. This time, when I held this second piece in my hand, instead of feeling the strong invitational energy I experienced the first time, I felt a strong sense of being put off, and said to myself, "Well, it doesn't look like I'm going to be going right away."

My "Leap of Faith" painting was created right after this experience. The design consists of three frogs fully committed to leaping out from the lily pad center into the dark blue of the unknown, three that are taking off, three who are preparing to jump and three that are sitting, meditating and contemplating the water lilies in the center. The insight that came to me while I was painting was that sometimes when everything within us is screaming to "Do something! Do something" the leap of faith can be to do nothing, action-wise, but to sit and meditate instead. The four and a half years I spent visioning and looking forward to my trip paid off big time. All my dreams came true in very magical ways. So, to me, one meaning of "deep spring"is about taking that leap of faith into the unknown in either the outer or inner world.

The process of creating "Deep Spring", the title song, was a major turning point for me in how I was composing music. Rather than composing a piano piece and adding other instruments, with this song, I started composing using the other instruments and letting them each sing their parts, coming in and going out as they wanted to.

I completed just about half of the song, "Deep Spring", and felt called to stop, but knew there was more coming. Several days later the middle section where the strings swell up and over just suddenly emerged with all this incredibly beautiful, heart-opening energy that had me in tears while I was composing it. After that the music wanted to return to the original theme, but this time with more depth and complexity.

To me this experience portrays the second meaning of "deep spring". When we take time out to stop and enter that sacred space, that deep well or "deep spring" within us, so much spiritual energy wells up, enhancing and deeply enriching our experience when we then, again return to the everyday rhythm of our lives.

Every year after my initial invitation by the piece of greenstone to visit NZ, I would try to work things out financially so that I could make the trip. It turned out there was a lot of stuff in my life I had to let go of, transform, or clean up, before I was finally able to get there. In the fall of 2004, just as I had finished all the songs for the Deep Spring album, the urge to go to New Zealand became so strong, that I knew that it was time to make the leap in faith and trust that it would all work out. The trip was absolutely magical - - and well worth waiting for.

While I was in New Zealand I was taken to a couple of different places where the water comes gushing forth up out of the earth, immediately forming a full blown river. One of the places is in the northeast part of the South Island. It's called Te Waikoropupu Springs and is the largest freshwater springs in NZ and reputedly the clearest in the world. About 14,000 litres of water per second are thrown up from a number of underground vents. Someday soon I hope to use a photo of that springs for the cover insert of this CD. It will beautifully portray the third meaning of "deep spring".

After I returned home to Ashland, Oregon and listened to all the music I'd written before leaving for my trip, I realized that several of the songs reminded me of experiences I had with Mama Earth while I was in New Zealand. I now wonder if "Waltz of the Waves", "Longing", and "Pulse" were vibrational invitations, previews of experiences soon to be mine when I visited the North and South Islands.

Many thanks to Bob Glusic for his inspiring video photography and for opening so many doors to make the creation of this CD possible. Deep affection to Margo and Brian Young for their creation of Valley View Farm and for providing me with a nourishing and inspiring nest within which to this CD and experience the outpouring of my deep spring. Much gratitude to my parents and to all of my friends who have held my hand, wiped my tears, celebrated my progress, and helped me find delight, laughter and joy again when I got a bit bogged down in frustration.

I've set it up so you can listen to parts of every track here at Cdbaby's web-site. My email address is on the CD and after you listen to the whole thing, I would love to hear from you. I hope listening to this music will help you feel some of the same incredible, lovely energies that I felt while I was creating it. I hope the songs help you connect with your own inner deep spring, take your own leaps of faith and remember to drink deeply of the richness Mama Earth sends gushing forth.

I leave for New Zealand again in less than three weeks. I am so looking forward to connecting again with the land and the people and the magic!

Namaste,
Leslie Lightfall
Aug. 12, 2005

* I invite you to visit www.wildernessvideo.com for a visual feast! (WILDERNESS VIDEO has won the National TELLY AWARDS contest for the last 8 years. This is a nationwide video contest with big name companies like NBC, Disney Co., GM Corporation etc. also submitting their best work. Wilderness Video has won 9 TELLY AWARDS, 7 COMMUNICATOR AWARDS, 2 AXIEM AWARDS, 3 AURORA AWARD and 1 VIDEOGRAPHER AWARD to date.)

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