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Recorded in the healing environment of Turtle Studios in Old Town Philadelphia in October,
2000. A joint effort of care, love and knowledge went into this beautiful and spiritual creation.
My humblest thanks to my friend, Ron who introduced me to Elliot, who introduced me to Stephen. A united energetic force turning visions and ideas into recorded sound realities. - Liz
Elizabeth Byrd - cello
Elliot Diamond - gong, native American drums, Tibetan bowl, Chinese egg chimes
Ron Kravitz - drums, sruti box, voice, waterphone, crystal bowl, whistling whirler
Elliot, Ron and Stephen - chakra breathers
Breath and the Chakras track list:
1. Root - conscious breath, tribal identity (C tonal center) (7:52)
The first chakra begins with a reverberating gong playing as we breathe with the cello
and sound of human breath. Visualize slowly breathing from the bottom of your feet up
to the top of your head. Smoothly reverse the direction of your breath as you breathe out
to bottom of your feet. Envision a figure-eight motion in your breathing pattern. As we
relax, we start to find our center. We honor that which was before us - our tribal
ancestors, our roots.
2. Spleen - power of creating, kundalini energy (0 tonal center) (7:35)
The second chakra begins to become activated by the native drum playing and the solo
cello's moving melody. This effects the rhythm of the craniosacral system. The kundalini
responses initiated in the first chakra continue to respond and awaken our sexual and
creative powers. The human need to search and question our place and position in
society is focused in this chakra.
3. Solar Plexus - self trust and honor (E tonal center) (4:22)
The third chakra has a beautiful cello obligato, representing our search for self-identity.
The Chinese egg chimes help disperse our energy, enabling us to find our individual
character. Here we discover what we have to offer the world.
4. Heart - love is divine power (F tonal center) (7: 12)
The forth chakra opens with the Indiana surti box and a mantra is sung to the divineness
of love. A beautiful heart song unfolds and comes to life. As our heart mediates
between body and spirit, a duet is woven with the voice and the cello. The underlying
heartbeat is represented by an American Indian drum unifying and stabilizing our own
5. Throat - willpower and choice, dolphin energy (G tonal center) (4:52)