Songs of Unknowing

Skyhead

About the length of your standard sitcom, Songs Of Unknowing is three soundscape parables of hope/anticipation, evolution/transformation and revelation/oneness.Each song starts here and goes there.

This EP will be included in a special 2 CD collection available November 2017.

Skyhead and the Skyhead Performance Lab brews up tastey, nutritious and intoxicating A.L.E.™️ - Alternative Listening Entermusement.

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You Are Here

Skyhead

Emotional electronica with raw guitars and heavy beats. Simultaneously familiar and new.

From the limited edition CD liner notes:

This album, my soundtrack for this past year, is mostly about trying to be present in the moment while going through a difficult time. I’d like to thank everyone who has kept me in their heart during this period of challenge and change.

The Bottom Drops Out - If there is a possibility it can happen, it will. And it did. I’m thankful that I fell up a lot of the time when it did. Again, thanks to all that lifted me up.

Compassion For My Machine - There’s a part of me, my machine, my auto-pilot, that gets threatened when it becomes obvious that what I’ve been doing up to that point isn’t working anymore, and more likely, never has.

You Can Get There From Here (sorrow to joy) - The same chords are used in both the sorrow and joy sections of this song. The difference being that they fly in different skies. One in a dark and cloudy sky, the other, sunny and breezy. What makes up sorrow and joy is the same thing. One is missing the other while the other rejoices having it.

Let It In Let It Out - We die with every out-breath and come back to life with every in-breath. Letting go of what we no longer need and then building on what remains.

It Didn’t Always Smell Like That (For C) - This song uses perfume as a metaphor for a relationship. There are three parts to a fragrance: the top notes, the sweet initial impression; the heart or main body notes, which act to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes; the base notes, which bring depth and solidity. The notes should unfold over time, harmoniously, one into another. First blush, what lingers, and what remains.

The Shimmer And The Shadow - A shimmer of light and then back into the shadows and then a shimmer ...

No I In Me - The “I” has about as much to do with my true self as the American dream has to do with true happiness. I am here now is such a large place, being one with everyone and everything. Great work if you can get it.

Sit - Be still in this moment. Without expectation, preconceived notions, or judgment. Let yourself and the world be exactly as it is. Nothing else needs to happen. Sit firmly in the world of awareness.

...you know the sprout is hidden inside the seed. We are all struggling; none of us has gone far. Let your arrogance go, and look around inside.

The blue sky opens out farther and farther, the daily sense of failure goes away, the damage I have done to myself fades, a million suns come forward with light, when I sit firmly in that world.

Kabir ~ translated by Robert Bly

Thanks for listening ~ skyhead

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Blank Suburbia

Skyhead

Music for the Suburban Velvet Uprising

Suburban Velvet Uprising What is a SVU? It's a new emerging mind set that eschews standard suburban norms. Not quite a revolution - it' a velvet uprising. Little things like insisting on healthy organic food instead of fast food. Or riding a bike to the store, not just for exercise, but because it's unnecessary to drive. People tearing up their front lawns and planting their own vegetable gardens. A friend of mine and her family, to avoid waste, is NOT buying anything new for a year, though they could easily afford to. There is an endless list of things I could mention but the over all feeling (Obama '08!) of the SVU is of one trying to regain harmony with the world instead of consume it. A realization that we can't continue on the path we're on. I've been a middle class suburbanite all my life and things are getting interesting out here after many years of being ... the same. We change because we either "see the light" or "feel the heat." For one reason or another, change is coming to a suburb near you!

"I used to be in a one man band but it broke up. Now I'm in a two man band. One of the members is imaginary... I'm not sure which one."

Skyhead is a multi-instrumentalist who has been recording and performing in the Detroit area in a number of bands and as a solo artist for over 20 years including music in award winning animated films and a contributer to the Talking Heads Tribute CD which can be found at http://www.talking-heads.net/tribute/index.html A steady diet of alternative public radio has probably ruined his chances of ever residing in a single style of music or of ever finding a band willing to create music that spans the many genres that interest him.

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Untitled (Nude Tilt)

Skyhead

Nude guitars and tilted beats. Varying styles and moods. Influenced by prog rock, punk, and ambient electronica. Recommended to callous sophisticates and adventurous naifs alike.

On the streets (of suburbia) they call me Kewl B Murder, where the lawns are professionally manicured and the plasma screens glow without meaning. No matter. For those who care, there is hope in the air. Our nostrils sting with the sweet smell of the burning Bush. There is much good going on in Our World below the radar of mainstream media. A bigger Love. A bigger Mission. Take a look and take a listen.

Keep On Pushin’, My Brothers and Sisters.

Kewl B Murder

"I used to be in a one man band but it broke up. Now I'm in a two man band. One of the members is imaginary... I'm not sure which one."

Skyhead is a multi-instrumentalist who has been recording and performing in the Detroit area in a number of bands and as a solo artist for over 20 years including music in award winning animated films and a contributer to the Talking Heads Tribute CD which can be found at http://www.talking-heads.net/tribute/index.html A steady diet of alternative public radio has probably ruined his chances of ever residing in a single style of music or of ever finding a band willing to create music that spans the many genres that interest him.

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Quodlibet

Skyhead

Crafty guitar and meaty beats - Rocking electronic ambient funk will make you dance, bang your head and weep. Spiritual, Ironic, Political, Sarcastic and not at all pretentious.

"I used to be in a one man band but it broke up. Now I'm in a two man band. One of the members is imaginary... I'm not sure which one."

Quodlibet - Either a topic for (or exercise in) philosophical or theological discussion, or a light-hearted medley of well-known tunes.

A lot has happened in the world and to Skyhead since the release of the 2002 Obstructed View CD. The new CD, Quodlibet, Skyhead's 20th, chronicles those changes. Remember back in '02 when you didn't know what WMD meant? Well since then we've sent our children underprepared into a war of lies. We've tried to hold people accountable, gotten angry, sought spiritual peace and the strength to forgive while trying to keep our sense of humor. If this is your experience, then Quodlibet is your soundtrack.

THIS I KNOW

I don't know why I have no arms I have no legs But this I know I'm not too proud to beg

I beg for Freedom I beg for Peace I beg for Mercy at your feet

This I Know This I Know

I have no eyes I have no voice But this I know I have a choice

I choose Beauty And the Truth above I choose to live in The kingdom of Love

This I Know This I Know

All is forgiven here This I Know

This I Know It bares repeating All is forgiven here This I Know

Skyhead is a multi-instrumentalist who has been recording and performing in the Detroit area in a number of bands and as a solo artist for over 20 years including music in award winning animated films and a contributer to the Talking Heads Tribute CD which can be found at http://www.talking-heads.net/tribute/index.html A steady diet of alternative public radio has probably ruined his chances of ever residing in a single style of music or of ever finding a band willing to create music that spans the many genres that interest him.

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Obstructed View

Skyhead

The first totally instrumental CD by Skyhead, ranging in styles from world beat ambient to swinging noisy guitar.

No longer available except on iTunes, Rhapsody and many other fine digital retailers.

Obstructed View is Skyhead's 19th outing, and like the previous albums it is completely different from the others. Uniquely all intsrumental, it has a soundtrack vibe. From opening to closing credits, building tension to release, Obstructed View flows like a film from beginning to end with ambient grooves and guitar as leading characters. Though more downbeat than the projects that came before, it contains a few scenes of weird percussion breaks and Zappa-esque guitar solos. Obstructed View is an eclectic mix of sounds and influences under the directorship of Skyhead.

Skyhead is a multi-instrumentalist who has been recording and performing in the Detroit area in a number of bands and as a solo artist for over 20 years including music in award winning animated films and a contributer to the Talking Heads Tribute CD which can be found at http://www.talking-heads.net/tribute/index.html A steady diet of alternative public radio has probably ruined his chances of ever residing in a single style of music or of ever finding a band willing to create music that spans the many genres that interest him.

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