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Sunday, February 22, 2009
EVERYTHING YOU SEE IS ME
GOVINDA RECORDS RA-106 1978 STEREO
It is only natural that the phenomenal life of modern man has become less and less connected to any certain or absolute reality, as the concept of some predominating authority or governor becomes more and more dim memory of less enlightened times. Technological wizardry and it alternatives have outmoded the primal cause, the Supreme Creator and the eternal Father, and left us is a disconnected state of mind with nothing to show for our efforts but some rocks and dust from the moon, TV watches that click, buzz, and beep, and more effective contraceptives for your dog. The end result is a world view in which things just don't connect and where all phenomena occur in a seemingly haphazard, random fashion. But as soon as we introduce the concept of the universal guide, who is the source and essence of the cosmic manifestation, order is immediately invoked. Where there was chaos, form becomes manifest. Where there was apparently no cause, there is unlimited intelligence. Where there was emptiness, there is fullness. That guide, or creator, is called Krsna, and He explains hat "Everything you see is Me."
This is called God consciousness, and in such a state of mind the whole creation becomes a jubilant chorus celebrating the excellences of the Supreme Person in His representations as the sun, moon, and stars decorating the heavens. The searcher who comes to this ultimate awareness sees everything as a reflection of the opulence of the Supreme. Therefore, he not only glorifies God through His holy name, but also serves Him, by offering everything available for God's pleasure.
We are all walking around in some dream world, thinking it all to be eternal--yet being constantly frustrated by the temporality of it all. Just as one is called from a dream when he hears the sound of his name, so also we can be brought back to eternal reality by the chanting of the Lord's holy name. If you experience the fullness of transcendental sound and relish it within your heart, then very soon, genuine spiritual vision will become yours and you will see the Lord within every aspect of His creation.
Chris McDaniels--Vocals, Drums Calvin Moss--Vocal on "Just for Believing" Bee Snow--Vocals on "Within The Sound", Background Vocals Vakresvara Pandit--Vocal on "Chanting" Piers Lawrence--Lead Guitar London McDaniels--Guitar Dave Webb--Keyboards, Acoustic Piano on "Just For Believing" Roger Panansky--Keyboards, Synthesizer Webb Thomas--Drums Randy Covens--Bass Anthony Jackson--Bass on "Chanting" and "When Will The Day Come" Randy Breacker--Trumpet George Young--Sax Patience Higgins--Sax on "A Perfect Love" Jorge Barreiro--Vibes Ruderial Blackwell--Background Vocals
MUSIC--London McDaniels, except "Questions In My Mind" and "The Dream Is Over" which are by Andrew Marks WORDS--Andrew Marks, except "Just For Believing" which is by Andrew Marks and London McDaniels PRODUCED by London McDaniels and Jorge Barreiro ENGINEER--Peter Robbins ASSISTANT ENGINEER--Akili Walker RECORDED AT "THE MUSIC FARM", N.Y. LABEL ARTWORK--Courtesy of Bhaktivedanta Book Trust LINER NOTES--Adi Kesava Swami
SPECIAL THANKS TO GEORGE HARRISON, ALICE COLTRANE, TURIYASANGITANANDA, STEVIE WONDER AND NEIL DIAMOND FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO ISKCON PROJECTS
1978 ISKCON INC. GOVINDA RECORDS, 340 W. 55th ST., NEW YORK, N.Y. 10019
EVERYTHING YOU SEE IS ME 3:40 QUESTIONS IN MY MIND 2:52 A PERFECT LOVE 3:38 JUST FOR BELIEVING 4:36
Of lights I am the sunshine Of stars I am the moon I am splendor I am victory Everything you see is Me.
Of life I am the living Of death I am Time I am the seasons turning I am flower-bearing spring.
I am splendor I am victory Everything rests on Me, But still I am free.
I am the wind I am the sea All beings are in Me But I am not them.
Of secret things I am silence Of sounds I am the Om I am the wind I am the sea Everything you see is Me.
Of men I am the monarch Of strength I am the strong I am wisdom I am memory Everything you see is Me.
EDITOR'S NOTE: OK, I get it...these guys are the Krishnic version of Steely Dan with some Bee Gees tossed in and a few Stevie Wonder affects. Yeah, I name-dropped. So did they on their SPECIAL THANKS list citing such dignitaries of the note as Geo. Harrison, Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond. All personal friends of mine as well. Seriously, on all things I said. This one didn't win me over though the cover art is fairly poignant.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!