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Rachel Kann & Jaz 1 | The Upward Spiral

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The Upward Spiral

by Rachel Kann & Jaz 1

This album is funky, sweet, ambient, groovy, uplifting and straight from the heart of a Hebraic mystic, meant for all people of earth (and all interplanetary beings) to enjoy.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prayer, Pt. 1 (feat. Jaewon Choe)
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5:20 $0.99
2. Prayer, Pt. 2
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7:12 $0.99
3. Drunk
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4:37 $0.99
4. High
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11:17 $0.99
5. Gracenote (feat. Elle Lewis)
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4:28 $0.99
6. Out
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10:26 $0.99
7. Fruit
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3:37 $0.99
8. Granted
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3:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Upward Spiral is a collaborative album from poet Rachel Kann and producer Jaz1 of the M87 record label.

This album is funky, sweet, ambient, groovy, uplifting and straight from the heart of a Hebraic mystic, meant for all people of earth (and all interplanetary beings) to enjoy.

The entire album consists of poetry that has appeared on Hevria, plus one poem which debuted on Nikki Skies’ blog for National Poetry Month.

This album comes in with a Pink Floyd vibe and then soars into the stratosphere.

It breaks the rules of pop conventions, with tracks that take you on a journey and also make you want to shake your bootie. All while making you feel deeply.

From ambient house to atmospheric soul to a laid back reggae vibe, Jaz 1's production takes this spoken word album to a whole new level.

"If you think you don’t like poetry, Rachel Kann will disabuse you of that notion. The Write Club Los Angeles champ and resident writer for Hevria has seen her work highlighted everywhere from on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic to NPR. She’s released two albums, Ptolemaic Complex and Word to the WHY?S, and she’s about to release her third, The Upward Spiral, produced by Jaz 1. This ain’t grandma reading Robert Frost out of Readers Digest, people! Rachel Kann is a performer!"
--Glen Starkey, New Times



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Creatively potent and uplifting
Rachel Kanns original and creative compilation and execution of poetic lines are multi perspective triggers pulling your focus to the present, consciously engaging you to feel and muse your way through this banquet of spiritual metaphysics.

You are invited to listen with your heart as the poetry is personal especially with poems such as "Out" that echo a sense of Rachel's depth and humanity.

The poetry aspires to pervade our consciousness as to resurrect and illuminate our maximum potential, our interconnectedness, humanities spiritual evolution and of course the divine practice of giving and receiving love.

In the poem "Out" the words "human flesh suit sized miniature prisons" are a reminder of an inherent limitation in everyone's life and to add to the challenge the constant bombardment of modern day distractions can entrap you and pull you from your center as fast as a thought.
So when I got time I chill out, I play one of Rachel's poems and download the good vibes direct to my soul. I attenuate perceived limitations and reconnect to the divine truth that lives in all of us.

Love the work, added to my spiritual reboot arsenal. Thank you for sharing the love and the light.


The Grace of Rachel Kann
Recently, I stopped by a cosmic cafe where poet Rachel Kann was serving coffee to Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Aldous Huxley, and a host of Jewish mystics. They called her “baby,” but she didn't mind. She sat down and ate mushrooms with them. All proceeds went to victims of the Nepal earthquake.

I was lucky enough to take her CD, The Upward Spiral, home so I could keep following her on this journey. Eight tracks of a voice so deep and rich, you won’t be surprised when a sample of Maya Angelou shows up to introduce you to the last one. The otherworldly beats infused by Jaz 1 enhance every track. These rhythms range from comforting heartbeat to ringing echo, a mystic chorus confirming Rachel’s words.

Kann (pronounced like yes she CAN) will “smoke you out.” From the opening Prayer, she invites you to awaken. I suspect that these poems would leap off a page by themselves, but the powerful delivery on this CD brings them to life.

Some of the repeated images in her poems are surprisingly sweet—snowflakes and moonbeams—but those belie a darkness you can sense. That this sweetness was born somewhere heavier gives it greater weight, so that when I call these poems inspirational you understand that that stance is earned. Rachel never pulls you into darkness, but because you recognize it’s there, her words have the ability to reach inside you. Her volition is clear: “I am filling myself with brightness so that darkness has nowhere to hide.”

The two longest poems, “High” and “Out,” also seem to be the most personal. But the poet manages to include you. Even the world’s coolest, most asleep individual would eventually see himself in the awkward, lonely masses she invokes. And though Rachel is in the lead here, she never patronizes you. The strength of her deep smoky voice, as well as her positive choices, invite you along on her journey.

Her voice rises, the imagery becomes more and more inclusive. She touches you and shows you her ecstatic observations: that “the earth is a rotund lovemuffin;” and “the universe an everything bagel.”

There are so many reasons to feel sorry for yourself, so many days in a life that don’t seem worth getting out of bed. But I will pass on the paxil, plug my ears with The Upward Spiral and hit the sunlit trail.

Ash Be

Rachel Kann is a modern day Rumi.
Rachel Kann is a modern day Rumi. Her poetry is beautiful and evokes a sense of spirit that lifts and touches the heart and soul. She seems part of a long linage of mystical poets going back millennia reminding humanity what it means to be truly present and alive in this human form. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world.