The actor, Ashton Kutcher, once said, “I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. ...
Lately, I have been reading and re-reading The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. I have never had the opportunity to meet his Holiness but after reading this book and him sharing his wisdom on life, I feel like I have.
If you’ve been following my blog posts lately, you’ll see that I’ve been sharing reflections on each of the last 6 chapters. The tail-end of this book inspired me to compose 6 ambient electronic pieces that I have compiled into an album called Happiness in a Troubled World, something that I just released publicly in recent days.
Since the Pandemic began, the majority of my focus has been on the Music for Self-Isolation project. As wonderful as an experience it’s been to work on that project, it’s been also nice to have a change of creative pace and work on something that’s helped me explore more of my inner self. M4SI has been a wonderful way to connect with musicians and music lovers across the world and collaborate on something as a community. But in recent years of overcoming my battle with depression and incorporating meditation as part of my daily routine, I have come to the realization that you can’t be a positive shining light on the world if you are not a shining bright light on yourself.
That’s why producing an album like this has been so important to me. I’ve used my gift to compose music as a means to help me heal and be a better person. My hope is that others who listen to the album will be helped in their similar journey to better health, spirituality and contemplation.
I have had a blessed music career. Happiness in a Troubled World is my 12th album. None of this would have happened if it were not for the help, inspiration and support of my wife, Lisa. Composing electronic music is a solitary endeavour but I was committed to ensuring that my friend and longtime collaborator, Jean Martin, would have a hand in the project. I’m so grateful to him for providing the mixing and mastering. And finally, I’m so grateful to you, my community, who always shows so much interest in what I do with my creative pursuits. I hope this album brings you much joy and happiness.
If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to share the album with a friend. Thank you! ❤️