About the song "Present" from the new album Life Light

"Present" is about the slow spiral that eventually spelled the end of my marriage and I'm sure can be applied to any struggling or failing relationship. If two people want their love to work, they need only decide to love in the present. The past can hold no power, the future can be of no concern. That's just the stuff of the mind, and indeed, the mind gets in the way.

I wrote the first half of this song in one take without any plan at all. I pressed "record" on my phone, strummed a few chords, and this is what came out. I wrote the second part of the song later for the simple reason that it wasn't long enough yet.

"Present" by Abscondo

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Lyrics:
How many times did I try to tell you
That my love for you will never fade
And how many times have you cried?
But I tell you that everything’s okay.

Everyday I’m looking for a new me
Come along with me and play

Not in time but here today
Maybe this is not the ending
But I think it probably is based on what you said that last evening
But if you ever change your mind, do it soon
Because we’re dying slowly, my love
This is ending

What did you find behind those reasons?
Did you look beyond the mind?
Sometimes the mind gets in the way, love
Our minds get in the way
But if you ever need to find a true answer in time
You’re looking in the wrong direction
The answer is not found in time, love
But in the present

How many times did you try to tell me
What I need to do and simply cannot be
How many times did I hide these things from you
Now in the end you see

So today you’re looking at the real me
What else am I supposed to say?
I know it hurts but we’ll be okay

Maybe this is our beginning
I mean me and you as two separate, free beings
I guess we’ll both end up just fine, pretty soon
I know you’re still crying my love, but this stage is ending

What did you find behind those reasons?
Did you look beyond the mind?
Sometimes the mind gets in the way, love
Our minds get in the way

But if you ever need to find a true answer in time
You’re looking in the wrong direction
The answer is not found in time, love
But in the present

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About the songs "In" and "Strangers"

The next two songs I am combining into one post. They are more straightforward pop songs. "In" is a classic love song that I wrote right at the very beginning of my relationship with my partner, Zuzana. I released three albums since then but, for whatever reason, this song never quite fit on any of them. I think the style fits perfectly on the album Life Light and am happy to finally share this song that I've loved for a long time.

"In" by Abscondo

Lyrics:
Do you feel the beat inside your heart
When you go someplace you shouldn’t go?
Why you keep in locked inside so tight?
Why are you afraid to let it show?
When I really look into your eyes
I see all I need to know
Oh, girl I see your soul
I see your soul
All my friends won't stop asking me
Just I want, what kind of girl she'll be
What should I tell them when they cannot see
I'm not like them
I need to be free
When you really look into my eyes
I'll show you all you need to know
When I really look into your eyes
I see all I need to know
Oh girl I see your soul

The next song on the album is called "Strangers". I wrote this right at the beginning of the so-called pandemic as a reflection of my ongoing state of being then, now, and always. I am wide open to people and crave much more closeness and honesty, but that's now most people live in this ego-dominated world of separation. So until that begins to change, which it will, we continue to find our way alone. 

"Strangers" by Abscondo

Lyrics:
These days I’m not afraid of strangers
Sometimes I even look them straight on in the eye
And these days I’m not afraid of saying
Just what exactly is right there on the tip of my mind

I’m taking what is mine
Do what I want to with my time
I guess I had to find my way alone

I’ve never been quite this wide open
Just ready to embrace whatever comes my way
But these day’s I just walk these streets hoping
You’re not just a beggar who’s gonna ask me for some change

I’m keeping what is mine
Do what I want to with my time
I guess we all have to find our way alone

These days I’m not afraid of strangers
Someday someone’s gonna take me by surprise
And these days I’m on my guitar playing
Don’t care if you listen or if you don’t have the time

I guess I’m doing fine
Do what I want to with my time
That’s how I found my way alone

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About the song "Light" by Abscondo

Too often, people look to relationships and marriage expecting someone else to make them happy. When two people do this together, the absurdity of the situation is quite evident. Here you have two individuals who have not yet discovered the inner source of joy, the escape from ego as the one and only way to end suffering, who are both looking to get from the other what they do not possess.

This type of relationship usually doesn't last. By relying upon anyone else as your source of happiness, your expectations are impossible to meet and you end up blaming the other person when you fail to get that impossible thing you expected. Eventually, the relationship is filled with bitterness and resentment. 

Yes, a new relationship is very exciting. You can forget your problems for a while, you can explore that new relationship energy, you can open your heart and mind...for a time, you do become happy. But it is not the object of your affection that brings you feelings of loving bliss; rather, your decision to give and receive love.

If two lovers learn to live in the state where love flourishes, then that blissful feeling will never fade. Love flows from within, and a perfect relationship is one where the source of love is known and it is never restricted.  

As the song declares, "baby doesn't need a ring...that ain't the solution to her suffering...gotta turn her light on." This is a fun, playful, 2-chord song with really no structure (I'm not even sure what the chords are!). Like "Now (Out Here Alone)", it came out in one take and I didn't change it. Enjoy!

"Light" by Abscondo

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Lyrics:

Baby doesn’t need a ring
That’s not the solution to her suffering
Gotta turn her light on
Gonna turn her light on
Where she goes, I go
Where we go, I know
That everything we do and everything we say
Are of the purest intentions
And what we don’t even mention
Is what we need to do
And what we need to be
I won’t do that to you
Please don’t do that to me
Because we already are everything

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About the song "Life (Whispers)" by Abscondo

While we tell ourselves that suffering is caused by difficult situations or circumstances, in truth it is our constant stream of thoughts that pull us away from joy, peace and love. A fearful, worried mind will always find reasons to panic. This panic is fed back into the body as stress. As stress accumulates, the mind goes even more mad as a reaction to the body's lousy feelings. This is the cycle of suffering and illness.

But if we can learn to ignore the worried thoughts and, instead, listen to the whispers of the soul, then ongoing joy is entirely possible. Herein lies love, inspiration, perception of beauty. Through the formless dimension of the soul or spirit, you align with joy. While the circumstances of the world remain important on some level, and you do your best each day, your happiness no longer depends upon any particular situation or circumstance. You are free and your life becomes a total success; not as a result of external accomplishment but through the inner dimension where you are always in full control.

That's what the song "Life (Whispers)" is about. Enjoy listening here and download wherever you normally get your music in the coming days or weeks.

"Life (Whispers)" by Abscondo

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Lyrics:
So I know life is tough
The system is unjust
And when you’ve had enough
They come back for some more
Where are you supposed to go?
How are you supposed to know?
With voices in the head
And whispers of the soul
So I know money’s tight
You lied awake last night
While she always fights
You come back from more
Cuz where are you supposed to go?
And how are you supposed to know?
With voices in the head
And whispers of the soul
Don’t be afraid to lose
Those few illusions that you kept so half-alive
Now, do as you choose
And as you do you know the truth will flood your eyes

So I know you’re filled with fear
The truth seems so unclear
But you can stand right here
There’s nowhere you need to go
There’s nothing else to know
Just to please let go
Of the voices in the head
When you’ve got whispers of the soul

So I know life is tough
The system is unjust
And when you’ve had enough
You can just let go

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Music video for "Now (Out Here Alone)"

From the album Life Light. This is only the second ever Abscondo music video. I had so much fun conceiving the idea, filming it, editing it, and releasing it all during the course of one rainy day. More to come!

 

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About the new Abscondo song "See" from the new album

There isn't a person alive who doesn't want happiness and life security. The problem is that we are taught to go about this quest in a way that we will never find what we are searching for. Seek happiness in external situations and circumstances and your life is filled with the ongoing drama of ups and downs.

Everything that exists in the material world is unstable, changing, and; therefore, temporary. Any happiness that depends upon a situation or circumstance is; therefore, temporary and fleeting. Each peak is always followed by a valley equal in proportion. So goes the futile quest for lasting happiness.

There is a different way. Rather than seeking happiness, we can access joy. Joy does not depend upon the external circumstance. It emanates from the inner dimension so consistently and powerfully that, when we learn how to access it, joy is experienced as an ongoing state.

So that's what this song is about. Enjoy listening here and download the full Life Light album (available soon wherever you normally listen to music).

"See" by Abscondo

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Lyrics:
I found exactly what I’ve been searching for
And that don’t come easily
Still I got to learn to live and breathe some more
Find out how to be happy
It’s not what you get or what you’ve achieved, one day you’ll see
It’s what’s in your heart that sets you free
It’s what’s in your heart that sets you free

You’ve found those problems your mind’s been searching for
Just how it looks is just how you see
But you can’t solve those thoughts by just thinking a little more
That’s not how you’re gonna be happy

It’s not what you do or what you have seen, one day you’ll see
It’s what’s in your mind that sets you free
It’s what’s in your mind that sets you free

Now I found the joy that I’ve been looking for
Everything true comes really easily
I guess I haven’t felt this way since the day I was born
Like I could just cry because I’m so happy

It’s not what you learn but what you undo, one day you’ll see
It’s what’s inside that sets you free
It’s what’s inside that sets you free

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"I (Pieces)" (about the new song on my forthcoming Life Light album)

They say that we are one, that there is no real separation between you and me. This realization is particularly obvious when we consider our relationships. Do they not shape us and make us who we are? Are we not eternally connected with the ones we've loved; bonded by memories of the heart and the mind?

This is the concept behind the deeply personal song called "I (Pieces)". We are pieces of the same soul because, on the level of the soul, we are all the same...sharing the same needs, wants, desires and feelings. This is particularly true when it comes to family, to love relationships, or to deep friendships.

It is for this simple reason that I see no reason anyone needs to break off any connection with anyone. Healing begins when we honor what is real between us, regardless of current circumstances, changes in relationships, living circumstances, etc. Honor what is real, which can only be the love because only love can be real.

This is a three chord song that made me cry the first time I played it. It had the same effect on others who are close to me. I hope you can replace the names in this song with some of the names of people who mean so much to you. Listen here.

"I (Pieces)" by Abscondo

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The album has been submitted for distribution and should be available everywhere in the next week or two.

Lyrics:
Eva, you sent me out into the cold
Now how far did you go?
And did you get there without me?
Zuzana, you picked me up when I was low
And now I know
We’re just perfect together
Klara, each week you come by
With that look in your eyes
Looking for pleasure
Sarah, I know that you will write
About this wonderful life
I couldn’t be me without you
We’re pieces, pieces of the same soul
And I wouldn’t know
Who I am without you
Brother, now we’re getting old
When my story’s been told
I couldn’t tell it without you
Mother, I know you’re in pain
Still you only gave
Such comfort and shelter
Father, you worked most your life away
Which tells much more than you say
Wouldn’t be a man without you.
Grandma, grandpa you taught me to play
To dream my whole life away
Through your stories and laughter
Pieces, pieces of the same soul
And I wouldn’t know
Who I am without you
Brian, just last week I was told
How you died in the snow
But still you’re here with me
Anna, you’ve always been so alone
Still you are known
I hope one day you can trust me

 

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“Do you want to improve the world? I don’t think it can be done.” - Tao Te Ching

Is it not yet already perfectly clear that all the fighting, resisting, arguing, debating, attacking, doing something about, and getting outraged has no impact at all?

With each new news cycle, each new election, each movement to change the world comes a swell of hope that ultimately fades or implodes. For how many more thousands of years will humans continue to believe in these illusions when reality is perfectly clear? I think we have reached the end of this fiction.

Is it not obvious that, however forcefully you might splash your hand into the ocean, you cannot change the natural balance, the very equilibrium of the ocean? You will create a wave, believe it is real for a brief moment, then the wave will fall in the exact opposite direction just as far, and finally, in calm weather, it will rest near its natural balancing point where it all began. Such is all of life. 

What you can do is accept reality; which means always tell the truth, which means want only truth, which means greet everything that is and everything that happens with nothing other than complete acceptance. It is as it is. Align with the natural balance of reality and let it carry you. To resist reality, truth itself, is the ultimate act of foolishness.

There will be challenges, there will be errors of all sorts by all kinds of people. None of it is ultimately real because, in the end, every pendulum returns to its natural resting position. Rest there eternally, starting now. Remain there in the eternal now. This is wisdom and it is yours.

These aren't just words. They are meant literally and are meant to be lived (if you want joy, peace, the end of suffering for yourself and others).

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New song called "Now (Out Here Alone)" (lyrics, background, listen)

The new Abscondo album called Life Light is finished and in the process of being released. I thought it would be nice to share something about each of the 10 tracks here, stream the song for you, and also put out the lyrics.

This album came about unexpectedly. While I had no thoughts about doing an album this year, in February new songs started coming to me. This one I wrote in one take, without even a thought, as my little boy was watching cartoons and I was standing behind him in the kitchen with my guitar. I reached for my phone, pressed record, and just played and sang whatever felt nice.

Unlike most of my songs, I didn't give much thought to the lyrics of this opening track from the new album. It was more about a feeling, a simple ease, a positive weekday morning vibe. It just sounded good.

Eventually, over the course of a few weeks, I wrote enough good songs for another album. I still didn't want to do it though, because recording an album is something you can only do if you are completely inspired. So I let it incubate and talked with a friend who was interested in recording it with me. However, after months of delay, I grew impatient and started messing around in Ableton.

This was one of the first 3 songs I recorded, and the second one in this batch where the result felt absolutely perfect to me. Actually I was sort of blown away with the result of these songs, and I feel this is the best Abscondo album yet. I played all the instruments, the arrangements, and the mixing and mastering. I bought a drum pack for Ableton rather than working with a live drummer for these tracks. Listen here and I'll share the next track tomorrow.

"Now (Out Here Alone)" by Abscondo

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Lyrics:
Oh, what are we supposed to do?
When this world gets the best of you
When hanging on the whole day through feels so long
I know that you think and feel it too
You try to get to someplace new
But what they say and do to you feels so wrong

Oh, I’ll tell you all about it one day
When everyone is safe back home.
We’re still out here alone

Oh, they like to tell us what to think and to say
As if we don’t already know, when we already know
Oh, now what are we supposed to do?
When nothing good is getting through
And everything that’s hurting you feels so strong
I know that you feel it like I do
Dreaming of a system to lift us up and see us through
But those days are gone

Oh, what are we supposed to do?
When this world gets the best of you
When hanging on the whole day through feels so long
I know that you think and feel it too
You try to get to someplace new
But what they say and do to you feels so wrong

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Beauty can only be experienced or created in the absence of thought.

Daily meditation and awareness of consciousness creates gaps between thoughts. The larger these gaps become, the more capable we become of experiencing not only beauty, but love, positive energy, and inspiration.

What is beauty but total surrender to the present moment? Fully present, even a leafless tree in January becomes an object of great beauty. In this awakened state, all of life becomes art. Anything created from this state of being contains within it a beauty that is instantly recognizable to others who are perceiving with presence.

That which is created with the mind, however, may only occupy other minds or, at best, distract the mind from its worried thoughts by drawing one into an imagined reality. The mind creates that which is shallow and temporary while the heart’s creations are timeless.

The fundamental challenge of our time is to create gaps between thought. As Leonard Cohen once said, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Gaps of thought are the crack through which all joy, bliss, and beauty may enter and connect directly with your spirit. 

Over these past few months, I have been writing and recording music from this state of presence and am now releasing an album called Life Light. I find it beautiful and I hope you will too. 10 new tracks will be available everywhere in the coming days.

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