Thursday, March 17, 2011
Gkfoes Vjgoaf - The Joy of Awakening (2011, Inner Islands)
RIYL = Stag Hare, Wyld Wyzyrdz, White Rainbow
Honestly, I am majorly heartsick over this whole Japan situation right now. Even in the wake of the variously devastating natural and manmade disasters insistent on pummeling against this tiny little planet of ours, this particular catastrophe has been stabbing at me relentlessly. None of this, of course, has any direct relationship with The Joy of Awakening, except that the album has been a safe haven for me of late. A space with which to unknot the tension of the situation overseas. I don’t feel it necessary to wonder about the band name. Band names, album names, they’re no big deal. The music, however, is important: Rife with loveliness, wide-eyes, ample space and healing, the vastness and beauty of what the Earth has to offer, The Joy of Awakening is a comfort necessary in times of desperate uncertainty. Music to uncoil to, to reset with, music that builds the strength of the human spirit, strength enough to do good in the world when good is so desperately needed.