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Bosom of the Earth

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The Synchronicity Wavelength

Bosom of the EarthEcho Cain
00:00 / 04:43

Genre:
Indie Psychedelic Folk

Instruments Used:

Vocals

Midi Drums

Electric Guitar (Rhythm and Lead)

Acoustic Guitar

Electric Keyboard

Tin Whistle

Bass Guitar

Lyrics:

 

How do we see the light?

How do we make it alright?

Is there ever going to be a fine?

It costs no more than a dime

To spend your life in wavering fear

Unable to admit that life is dear.

Happiness hard, the self is harder.

Crawl out of the cave and go no farther.

 

[A catchy guitar riff begins playing and is joined by a 4th harmony]

[A keyboard plays some distorted, bass-pitch riffs over the guitar]

[A tin whistle joins the mix for a solo]

[The keyboard plays again, now “doubled”]

 

Where is, where is, where is, where is, where is the love that we need?

It’s in the bosom of the Earth.

 

[All instruments (including drums) drop from the mix, highlighting the harmonized electric guitars]

[A third electric guitar, we will call this one the lead, comes in with more compression on the audio. It continues to solo for the rest of the piece]

[Vocals and tin whistle return to the mix]

 

Where is, where is, where is, where is, where is the love that we need?

It’s in the bosom of the Earth.

 

[The lead guitar continues to solo until the harmonized guitars drop out]

[The lead guitar is now playing at a much greater volume with reverb and distortion as the drums drop out]

[A bass guitar and sounds of a summer night join the mix as the song finishes with a reversed, offset take of the vocals]

Analysis:

    

        This song is a vibey, traveling jam. The music is composed primarily of the interaction between the Ab minor, Bb minor, and Eb major scales. I use these connections to construct the harmonies and the ability of the other instruments to move between these variants of fairly similar notes. This song ultimately is a musical play on a section of the Circle of Fourths. The harmony is played over and over again, displaying once again the cyclical nature of life, and in this case, searching.

        In terms of how it fits into the context of the album, “Bosom of the Earth” is a reinforcement of the idea that the answers are right in front of us. This idea was set up in “Beneath Our Feet”, though only in a couple of lyrics. This song serves to create a mantra of this concept, adding to its overall weight in the full consideration of the album. The instruments represent the ways in which the cycle may not be easily recognized. Sometimes you are flying high with the tin whistle or the remembrance that the answers are right here. Other times you are sinking low with the gritty sound of the keyboard and the terrifying sound of the distorted lead guitar. Though the cycle can answer itself, display itself; it cannot display anything else. Michel Foucault wrote of the mental panopticon (a discourse). The panopticon is a regime of self-policing done by all those in the regime that keeps us in the spherical (and thus cyclical) discourse of [INSERT TOPIC HERE]. We are, for better or worse, constantly in the discourse of human society. If you live in America, you live in the discourse of capitalism. Our thoughts and feelings are constructed by our relations to our extrasensory world made possible by our sensory perceptions. There is something beautiful and terrible about this.

        We are stuck in a narrow viewpoint that cannot truly be challenged due to our own internal biases, sensory perceptive failings, and material conditions. How, truly, can a person with little money understand the life of a person with many multitudes of cash? How, truly, can a billionaire understand the life of the poor? Our discourses keep us in check; our mental panopticon is constructed by our external conditions, which then serves as a self-repeating, rhizomatic structure that dismantles other forms of the panopticon. Every way of life constructs its own panopticon, whether we like it or not. There are panopticons that can be helpful. I have, for myself, created a discourse in my life that promotes positive self-talk and polices negative self-talk, for instance.

        In the song, I am saying, “Where is the love that we need?”. This is questioning the current regime of cis-, het-, racist, xenophobic, queerphobic, sexist, patriarchal discourse that is self-perpetuated by our human interactions. Ultimately, the love we need is in the “Bosom of the Earth: because it is the only place in our human-dominated world that emphasizes a lack of judgement and classification. The Earth doesn’t care if the mountains fall over. The Earth does not get mad when its children burn its surface. The Earth is patient and knowing; they wait for us to remember, to change.

         Making connections with nature has a way of awakening people. If only people could truly understand that we are surrounded by our brethren at all times; that the world is breathing in and out. I want people to look outside of themselves and human society for answers to our internal discourses. Ask questions of animal behavior. Ask questions of how plants touch and give to each other! We are surrounded by a beautiful world of true compassion and friendship! The mindset and panopticon with which one should cavort about with is found deep in the hills. Unfortunately, the hills are dying, but we’ll get to that in a couple of songs…

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