Church of Easy
Political events in America have inspired JT Easy to write this protest/redemption song.
New spoken-word/ music project, ‘Message to Myself’ by JT Easy-
GURU SLUMLORD- This is an ambient jazz/spoken word piece. The prose was written in the summer of 2007 in a series of works developed during my tenure as host of the ‘Songwriting, Poetry, and Rhythm Club’ here in the California desert. It has been published in a compilation called ‘Desert Stories’. It chronicles, in sequence, my subjective experiences with an unpleasant neighbor, and the understanding and redemption I later was to find as a result. I feel the piece illustrates the teachings of G Gurdjieff, probably the most important guide in my life, that your ‘guru’ or teacher is actually your own life and the people you come into contact with, and the irritating and/or scary people, as well as those you love, have something important to teach you about yourself. Music/Voice-over: Stephen Lester (aka: JT Easy). Acoustic Bass: Danny Flahive.
BABA CUSH- This is an upbeat and danceable, groove-trance/spoken word piece. Zen poetry has always taken me to the edge of the abyss, where I can linger and float, or jump off into simple, timeless awareness. The piece features Zen poetry by Ikkyu, 15th century Zen master, the one that speaks the loudest and clearest to me. if you like this piece, you will love the book: Crow With No Mouth (www.coppercanyonpress.org). Voice-over: Amritakripa. Didgeridoo: Jeremy ‘Yongurra’ Dovovan. Musical composition and production: Stephen Lester.
MESSAGE TO MYSELF- This is a meditation of ambient trance music and spoken word. It is an attempt to bring the inner peace, silence and flow of the spirit to the outer, busy, distracted, and imprisoned world. Take the journey, we are holding the door for you. Composition/production: Stephen Lester. Native American flute: John Yonoshonis. Trumpet: Nathen Lester.
Mastering advice/ moral support: Michael Farrow
“Church of Easy puts ‘da fun’ back in fundamentalism!”
Protests against Wall Street are spreading across America as demonstrators march on Federal Reserve banks and camp out in parks from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine, in a show of anger over the wobbly economy and corporate greed. Big names like Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore, and Roseanne Barr have all showed up at the demonstrations; and Yoko Ono is also championing the Occupy Wall Street movement.
One rally song is emerging again and again:
For What It’s Worth.
In JT Easy’s new recording of the famous Buffalo Springfield song, he has introduced a new groove, while keeping the vibe and meaning of the original. This great song is just as pertinent today as it was in the Sixties, and he has brought it into the cutting edge of folk/rock.
(Post script: For What It’s Worth was inspired by an event at the dawn of the psychedelic era in November 1966. Curfew and loitering laws in Los Angeles to reduce the traffic congestion resulting from crowds of young club patrons were perceived by young, local rock music fans as an infringement on their civil rights; and the Stephen Stills song was born. Today it symbolizes worldwide turbulence and confrontation.)