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EchoEcho Cain
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Genre:
Ambient Folk

 

Instruments Used:

Vocals

Acoustic Guitar

Electric Keyboard

Electric Guitar

Rain Stick

Melodica

Tibetan Bell

Tibetan Singing Bowl
 

Lyrics:

Well ain’t no rain (ain’t no rain) gonna stop my shine (gonna stop my shine).

Well ain’t no time (ain’t no time) gonna pass me by (gonna pass me by).

And I have lived (and I have lived) in a million ways (in a million ways).

Well I might never (no I might never) escape this cage.

 

Well ain’t no rain a’gonna stop my shine.

Well ain’t no time a’gonna pass me by.

And I have lived in a million ways.

But I might never (no I might never) escape this cage.

 

[Strange vocalizations and crying are heard, leading to the sound of a cascading rainstick]

 

[Acoustic guitar plays more structured chords with a dreamy, ethereal keyboard backing it up]

 

Ethan Cain lived a simple life, antiquated and out of touch.

He visited a couple places but it didn’t amount to much.

He tried and tried to live his truth with love inside his smile.

Well he lost himself inside his pain, the hurting lasted for awhile.

 

[Melodica joins the mix]

 

Well Ethan Cain made his way out there, put his thoughts away with the roots.

Now nothing can ever soothe him, a skeleton inside his boots.

He yearned and yearned, the stone still unturned; he lost it all the same.

But he never got over the guilt or the overburdening shame.

 

In the mountains and the hillsides;

In the forests, in the places you love.

Can’t you feel it?

It’s gonna leave with him, so gone.

We’re in the last time.

Can we save?

 

[Tibetan singing bowl and Tibetan bell join the mix]

 

Echo is the full unity, coagulated to a whole.

Well I am formed by the suffering, committed to this soul.

The center found, my mind unbound; I can truly simply be.

And I might not be the same again, but at least I feel like me.

 

In the universe and the galaxies;

In the planets and what they mean.

Can’t you feel it?

We are they, you, and me.

Echo

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The Synchronicity Wavelength

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Analysis:

    

     This final song is a return to the beginning of the album as well as the end of the narrative cycle that has slowly climaxed to this point. The song is sonically very somber and slow in its start, taking the grief from the previous song and reflecting on it. The lyrics state that “Ain’t no rain gonna stop my shine / Ain’t no time gonna pass me by”, which indicates that the hero is going to live in the present and to always enjoy the world, even when everything is falling apart. This realization leads into the dissolution of this story into my own life. The rainstick splits the sections apart as there is one more dark shadow to contend with.

     All the masks and stories disappear at this moment as I speak directly about myself. I describe my previous self, with my previous name. We all have a shadow that follows us: a past self that won’t let us be or the possibility of a future self we never want to become. Our shadow is always by us. Carl Jung’s concept of the Shadow has been extremely useful for me since coming out as non-binary, as I feel often that my existence is predicated upon a shadow purposefully forgotten. I wanted to depict the moment of name change in a musical format, as I have never felt anything so powerful in my whole life. I suddenly knew. I was confident in my own mind. I wrote the first part of the song hours before I was gifted my current name: Echo.

 

    This beautiful moment was my talisman, my realization. I changed in that moment. My previous lack of sight, my loneliness and isolation disappeared in a jiffy. My life synchronized with the ongoing life of the universe and I saw that the whole of time was/is/will be right here right now. Our life is an eternal present, a never-ending moment to moment series of moments that we can barely remember. Instead of remembering everything or only living in the present, I choose to experience the eternal moment in every moment. Moments of great bliss and eureka can be drawn on from the past to strengthen the soul in a time of strife. Times of suffering temper the infinite sunlight of happiness. This knowledge of the opposing emotion/experience in life allows us to truly find joy in even frightening, stressful, or unfortunate circumstances.

    The final verse of the song changes its tone drastically, wiping away the minor chords and replacing them with major chords and more ethereal-sounding instrumentation. This indicates the broadening of perspective that I was experiencing and the return to the end of the journey (ergo the beginning). That final phrase, “We are they, you, and me”, seems at first almost nonsensical. Who is we? Where did all of these people come from? To determine this, one most know that all art deals with the soul and that the soul does not have one part. The soul is not one but many! There is a sense of community within our soul. We are all multiplicities of spirit, changing our personality and style throughout time and space. One could even say, if they were bold enough, that the soul is other people and other things. We are. By definition then, our soul is the soul of all things and non-things. Ergo, we experience a universal “We”. Experiencing the “they” requires at least one other person, as this word defines a more relational aspect of the soul. If all spirit is the same, than how do relations between things and non-things exist? Simple, we contain the entirety of soul but choose to define its bounds within ourselves. We choose what elements we initiate and follow in our own lives. Ergo, things and non-things with the same soul may be experienced as separate, distinct, relational beings. The experience of “you” is an extension of this relational aspect. The “you” is everything within the universal soul that we establish as non-things within ourselves. The “you” is the shadow; it is all those things that we are not, would never do, and will not understand. I believe that our relation to this universal “you” is constructed and simultaneously constructs the universal “me”.

     The experience of “me” is omnipresent and the most common form of interaction with the soul. This experience is what Freud would have called the “ego”. When I think of me, I think of all the things that I am. I think of what I could be. However, the experience of “me” is a dangerous one. Defining our “me” without knowing that your soul exists in opposition to your definition of what your soul is can become very misguided. We must understand that every internal statement, every tightly-held belief creates an equal and opposite reaction in the experience of “you”. Ergo, most people project their issues onto other people, associating their experience of “you” with other people’s experience of “me”. This is flawed in so many ways. This is why I construct this final realization in this order. To understand one’s soul, one must reckon with the soul in the order of “we” to “they” to “you” to “me”. This prevents a solid definition of oneself whilst one is observing, forming one’s personal ethics/philosophy, and developing as a person. We must be slow when understanding ourselves and choosing new paths forward. We must not be hasty or rushed as this only leads to disaster. However, when one is sure of their path, when their path marks its own way, a soul may change and flourish in the dark forest of the universe.

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