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Nature Suite: Sacred Ground (Lost and Found)

This "suite" is a series of musical vignettes accompanied by a quote on nature. It is an ongoing project and will encompass a potpourri of musical styles: classical orchestra, ambient grooves, a trombone motet, hardcore rock, contrapuntal singing, etc. Many of the pieces are conceptualized around drum grooves that weave in and out of the soundscape.

Each piece is meant to take the listener on a musical journey into the heart and soul of nature: from the wonders and mystery when deep inside a lush forest to the rugged grandeur of the mountains...

Many of the photos were taken when mountain biking or hiking and hope to convey the beauty and spiritual "rejuvenation" of the experience, although admittedly, its hard to match the euphoria you feel when floating down a perfectly sculpted trail on a mountain bike through a lush and vibrant forest!

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"Sacred Ground (Lost and Found)"

The rhyme for the title is meant to convey our culture’s oft forgotten respect for the natural world (especially in current times with recent focus on resource exploitation at the expense of preservation!). With our citizens, more often than not, wandering aimlessly, blindsided in the raptures of technology, “Lost and Found” hopes to bring awareness of the incredible array of benefits and spiritual uplift that's found in the natural world.

The Matrix

As you look around these days and see everyone glued to their cell phone screens, one wonders if many of us have lost our connection to the real world. Who can forget the movie “The Matrix" where the “reality” perceived is actually a simulated reality.

Studies have confirmed that spending time in with nature—especially when surrounded by trees— helps reduce stress and improves health. The Japanese even have a word for it: Shinrin-yoku or "forest bathing".

A simple walk in the woods or a moment of peaceful reflection outside with greenery can help each one of us rekindle the spiritual connection with nature.

Part One

Forest Portrait - A Journey Within

Alplaus Kill
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
- John Muir

Majesty of the Mountains

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you...
 - John Muir

Come Forth Into the Light of Things

Perry Hill, VT
"Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher."
 - William Wordsworth

Mountain Greenery

Perry Hill, VT
"It was in the forest that I found 'the peace that passeth understanding'."
 - Jane Goodall

Walking With The Trees

Perry Hill, Waterbury, VT
"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees."
 - Karle Wilson Baker

Part Two

Granite Ghosts

Granite Ghosts
"Geologists have a saying - rocks remember."
- Neil Armstrong


"Man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard."
 - Luther Standing Bear

Part Three

In The Woods

Copper Creek
"In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life—no disgrace, no calamity—which nature cannot repair."
 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sacred Ground

Blackfoot Ceremony
"The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors."
 - Plenty Coups, Crow (Native American)

- More to come... -