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Hoop of Flame

by Mind Furniture

Ass-kicking music accompanying some of the most profound questions humankind will ever face.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Trial: The Summons
5:58 album only
2. The Trial: The Prosecution
5:15 album only
3. The Trial: The Outcry
4:19 album only
4. The Trial: The Defense
2:35 album only
5. The Trial: The Verdict
5:18 album only
6. Hymm To Shiva pt. 1
6:30 album only
7. Soon Be Gone
5:30 album only
8. Between Two Voids
3:42 album only
9. Glimpse Of A Chance
8:37 album only
10. Hymm To Shiva pt. 2
5:21 album only
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Album Notes
Mind Furniture is composed of five musicians, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Our lead singer, John Mabry, also sings for popular San Francisco Bay Area prog band Metaphor. In his day job he is an heretical Catholic priest, and as chief lyricist he often touches on challenging themes, often in the most questioning and disconcerting way. Our guitarist, Bill Estes, is a phone company employee by day, guitar god by night. Keyboardist (and software engineer) Brett Barnett brings a classical sensibility to our arrangements. Paul Harrison, our token Brit, specializes in inventive bass runs, when not experimenting with String Theory at University of Warwick. Our drummer, Greg Miller is an architect who also moonlights in Metaphor.

“Hoop of Flame” is composed of two 25-minute suites:

The first suite is THE TRIAL, which the band wrote to process 9/11, and deals unflinchingly with the age old problem of how an all-powerful, all-good deity can allow so much evil and suffering in the world. So, we put God on trial for his sins. In the first song (The Summons), an uncompromising rocker, God is called down to stand trial for his crimes. In the second (The Prosecution), a tasty bit of twelve-bar Floydesque songcraft, representatives of the various peoples of the earth make their case against him. In the third (The Outcry), a martial cry of rage, the courtroom gets out of hand as public opinion turns against the deity. In the fourth song (The Defense), a quiet, country-inflected bit of introspection, God explains himself—and a heretical and shocking explanation it is. In the final song (The Verdict), a slow-burning instrumental of majestic beauty, the listener is left to decide the matter for him or herself.

The second suite is THE HOOP OF FLAME, which deals with how a person copes with the knowledge of his or her own impending demise. The opener (Hymn to Shiva, pt. 1) is a quiet invocation of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction—in this case, the destruction of one’s self. The next three songs are interpretations of Keirkegaard’s Three Stages of Existential Awareness: The Awareness of General Mortality (Soon Be Gone), the Awareness of Personal Mortality (Between Two Voids), and the Leap of Faith necessary to meet the world without despair (Glimpse of a Chance). The suite ends with a rousing rocker, a balls-out version of a Hymn to Shiva that marries righteous rage to smoking, Santana-like guitar work.



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