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The Vanilla World View is, in a way, a religion that's not a religion, a belief system that does not depend on jargon. The book, or manifesto, also entitled The Vanilla World View, spells out this belief system and unravels some of the "unanswerable questions" that befuddle so many of us .

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Tantric Rainbows: The Tracks


1. This Vanilla Love Song
2. Cinnamon Love
3. Love Karma
4. Momentum
5. This Free Love
6. Heal Me
7. The Empress Pt. 1
8. The Empress Pt. 2
9. The Pulse Of You
10. Don't Cry With Me
11. Spontaneous
12. Run Away
13. The Moon
14. Tantric Rainbows
15. Tantric Time
16. The Sun

The last addition was "The Pulse Of You", a rhythmic thing that bops merrily along until an eight-miles-high guitar solo rips everything right down the middle. I had to be possessed.....one day I'll have to describe what happened at the Shack at the moment that craziness took place......

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

The Tantric Rainbows CD

Tantric Rainbows will be released soon through CD Baby (at cdbaby.com); when it's time I'll provide a hot link on the site to the right page.

The CD will have 16 tracks in all. As a pioneering effort in the "linear song" with its short-but-intense musical structure, this album as a whole will not sound like anything you've played lately.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Love Karma: Rock The Meditation

The latest from the Vanilla Shack is online: "Love Karma", where I decided to let it rip. After all, yin needs yang, just as calm meditative music needs something that rocks. I pulled "The Empress", but it will appear on the Tantric Rainbows CD, due out soon.

The upcoming CD, "Tantric Rainbows", will have 15 songs, with such new tracks as "The Moon", "Tantric Time" (another song that rocks, with a sitar no less), "The Empress Pt. 2" (vocal version), "Don't Cry With Me" (quiet and emotional), "Momentum", and a number of others. I'll probably release it globally through CD Baby. Right now I'm in the last stages of weeding out unwanted glitches......

Here at the Shack "Tantric Time", the CD's pulsing show-stopper, has proven to be so popular that I may put a second version on the CD (which would make 16 tracks) with extra harmonies and perhaps a little thunderstorm and dynamite as well. If you like "Love Karma", you haven't seen anything yet.....

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Heal Me: The Lyrics


I felt it raining when no rain was there.
My solid footing seemed to slip away.
A heavy heartbeat weighs upon the air.
Some overwhelming force is here today.

Heal me.
Oh guide me.
Heal me
With your Love inside me
(all our ocean Love).

I've stayed awake at night to sort things out.
A sense of sorrow haunts the ground I walk.
Right now I need your comfort-giving talk,
The energizing Love you cast around.

Heal me.
Oh guide me.
Heal me
With your Love inside me
(all our ocean Love).

The stars have blackened in a charcoal sky,
An East wind blows the leaves from every tree,
I can't escape the way the angels cry
When nightmares slay what you believe.

Heal Me......


(lyrics & music: sassure)

Heal Me

At last, after a near-supernatural experience, "Heal Me", the healing song, has had its genesis. My recommendation is that, after listening to it, you follow up and meditate for 5-10 minutes. I've provided "The Empress" for such a purpose.

I apologize for yanking "Spontaneous", but priorities are priorities. You'll understand when you listen. As for me, I'm nearly spent, but there's much to do still.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Spontaneous

"Spontaneous" is now live, and "Tantric Rainbows" has been put to pasture.

Note that the songs are short, and intentionally so. And while "Spontaneous" isn't a truly "linear" song, it nevertheless offers surprises up until the last second...a typical Vanilla Shack song feature...and it also lacks a neatly clipped ending. Whoops!

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Studio Genesis


"Spontaneous" will be a mixture of bossa nova and, well, something else. The rhythms of bossa nova usually constrain one to certain melodic progressions, which means that too many of these songs -- beautiful as they are -- wind up sounding as if they had been written by the same person.

The trick here is to have the two parts of the song play off each other, and to give the song a sound that your run-of-the-mill boss nova song doesn't possess. That can be best be carried off by having the two vocal lines counterpoint each other, so that the listener is ready for the change that each part brings....

Further down the road may be perhaps my greatest challenge...a real honest-to-goodness "healing" song. I won't fudge on the title either...the song will be called, simply, "Heal Me." And no, it won't be a hospital lullaby......

Monday, October 20, 2003

One Step At A Time

Though it may seem completely disconnected, the music offered at this site and the Vanilla World View writings are really quite a part of the overall plan. Here at the Vanilla Shack we don't do the expected. We break the rules freely, happily.

One example is when a listener found "Cinnamon Love" difficult to classify. This listener writes that the song may well be what's played on commercial radio twenty years in the future.

Exactly.....that's what we're doing here, and what we will do more as the project builds momentum. Right now "The Sun", "This Vanilla Love Song", "Tantric Rainbows", and "Cinnamon Love" are on the MP3 charts at different sites on the Web. "This Vanilla Love Song" is #4 on the MP3 pop charts; "Tantric Rainbows" is barely clinging to #39 on the rock charts; "The Sun" is at #9 on the New Age/Easy Listening charts; and "Cinnamon Love" is at #22 on the dance charts. Funny....four songs, four genres.....but that's our imposition of this culture's peg-them-or-else frenetic categorizing mentality.

Currently I'm working on a song, to be called "Spontaneous", which will no doubt be pegged somewhere else. But the lyrics are all interconnected. Oh well.....

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Cinnamon Love

Pull out the Dialogue of Romance and click on the appropriate link at the site...for "Cinnamon Love" is now available, now online.....
Metaphysical Rock

I was struck by a bolt of musical lightning yesterday afternoon and put together the first bits of what will become the "Cinnamon Love Song". Unlike the Vanilla love song, this Cinnamon love song will lack a sense of innocence. Originally I had planned on grouping my songs into two categories in a tribute to William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience...but I may hold off on that idea until a future CD.....

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Coming Soon Reprised

I've decided instead to work on a song called "This Free Love", and then on to the next Tarot Card Major Arcana song, "The Moon". These are turbulent, crazy times, and I feel like there are so many projects to embark upon, avenues to explore, songs to write....

Thursday, October 09, 2003

"The Sun" Makes The Charts

This just in: "The Sun" has made its debut on Austria's Easy Listening chart at 57. Never underestimate the power of the Tarot.....

By the way, I had mentioned on the site some months back that I was working on a series of healing songs, but then said nothing more about the project. For the record, "The Sun" is in fact one of those healing songs, but I chose not to publicize it at the time. And I disagree with many who assert that only ambient instrumentals qualify as healing songs, offering this song as evidence.
Coming Soon


The next song in this Tantric Rainbow series, the fourth Vanilla Song, will be entitled "Heroin Mary". I'll also be releasing the semi-final version of "This Vanilla Love Song", with a new alternate-universe ending.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

The Linear Song

The Linear Song, which all three of the tracks available on this site represent, is based on the following principles:

1. Songs are overly repetitious. Usually when you've heard the first 30 seconds, you've pretty much heard it all. With the Linear Song, you haven't heard it until you've heard ALL of it.

2. Repetition is discouraged, though some repetition is permissible. While I may repeat a lyric line, I will alter the music line or the vocal line.

3. Song lengths will become shorter, but more intense, more creative.

4. Contrary to popular opinion, a song without repetition can indeed be catchy, can indeed be memorable, can indeed have a hook.


NEWS: The three tracks are now hitting the charts at mp3charts.com, besonic.com, and contactmusic.com. Here at the Vanilla Shack we are committed to experiment, progress, and general mayhem....in time I hope to move to a bigger Shack, where a whole community of us can make music, write, publish, and change everything that's sacred, question everything that's accepted, break every rule by improving on it.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

This Vanilla Love Song Online -- Beta Version


"This Vanilla Love Song", minus the harmonies and with a surprise ending -- that is, the ending comes as a surprise-- is now online. The final version will appear within the next couple of days. This tune is fairly mainstream, but it too is pretty linear, and features a vocal line painting a riff-chord rhythm.

Monday, October 06, 2003

Lyrics: Tantric Rainbows

Frost and darkness
Cover the land
But take me down to where
We can synthesize a dream of love,
Tantric rainbows.

Sand and grass beneath me,
Unsheath me,
As I look for you,
My tantric love.

Love,
You can drive me,
I can move you,
We can change the air we breathe,
Subtle energy
Body chemistry,
You can move me,
I can drive you....

Just a little sun
And the energy to move,
Just the two of us
Wrapped together in a room,
Burning slowly
Across the colors of the air,
Love like diamonds
Casting starlight everywhere,
Everywhere.

I am yours,
You are mine,
Both of our energies
Pulse in tantric time,
Tantric time......


*******Thanks to Jarvis for his intro vocals*********
Musical Notes


I should note at this point that the two songs are, as with everything else Vanilla, works in progress. I'm refining the sound, the mixing, the distortion, and as I make improvements I will replace the MP3s with better-quality MP3s. The Vanilla Studios is young, a fledgling, a pet project just getting off the ground. Keep checking back for higher-grade versions.

As for songs, the next will be "The Vanilla Love Song", which will be a little more orthodox as far as song structure goes.

Saturday, October 04, 2003

"Tantric Rainbows" Now Online

The second Vanilla Song, a linear piece called "Tantric Rainbows", is now available in MP3 format from the site.

I'm re-converting "The Sun" to a higher-grade MP3, so bear with me.....a better-sounding version should be up by the time you read this....

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