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by David Zinn

A collection of meditative acoustic songs by David Zinn (Strumstick, vocals, bass, percussion) which speak of the possibility of freedom, love, and awakening.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unreasonable
4:01 $0.99
2. Presence
4:26 $0.99
3. Lovers
5:27 $0.99
4. Breathing
5:49 $0.99
5. Now
5:16 $0.99
6. Beyond
5:22 $0.99
7. Wishing
4:45 $0.99
8. Happiness
5:47 $0.99
9. Otherside
5:22 $0.99
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Album Notes

These are quiet, acoustic songs about the mysticism of everyday life-- love, presence, silence, stillness. They explore the possibility of deep happiness and freedom that arises when we let ourselves be as we are, without limit.

I did all of the music and vocals on Nest. The melodies are from the Strumstick (see note below) to which I add a vocal track or two, electric bass, and found percussion (clay pot, waste basket, suitcase, etc.). It all comes from a desire to go beyond. Beyond what? Beyond the little me, where real life always is. Beyond even the idea of going beyond. Why else would anyone bother to make music?


I thought I had run dry. After so many years of writing and playing songs (guitar stuff), it no longer seemed as powerful to me as it once did. I had gotten more interested in meditation and had come to feel that silence is so perfect, why would anyone bother to make music? Then I happened upon this little three-stringed instrument called a Strumstick, and it changed everything.

The Strumstick (www.strumstick.com) is something like a cross between a mountain dulcimer and a guitar-- that is, it's a simple folk instrument with a small body and a limited scale. At first I tried to play it with a pick like a guitar, and it sounded horrible. The more I tried to make it sound full and resonant, the more it sounded tiny and pathetic. I had to throw away my ideas of how I wanted it to sound, and let it show me how it wanted to be played.

As I continued to work with the Strumstick it started to open up, and I began to hear a quiet music coming out of it that seemed like something I had been waiting my whole life to hear. Something simple and welcoming, exotic and familiar at the same time-- like new American ragas. After a while it was playing me, and I could no longer resist. Surrender was my only option.



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Jim Jordan

Energizing, soulful, brings me back to peace and the divine
Nest is full of soulful, fun songs which do for me what music rarely does - it brings me closer to spirit and the presence of God. I found myself smiling at the spiritual insights David's lyrics carry. The CD is full of humor and wisdom. I listen to it over and over and have not tired of it in two months.

Jim Jordan Oak Park, Illinois