The simplest words are not always the easiest

Craig standing in front of a show berm

Craig is known for coming up with interesting guitar tones, chord changes and rhythms. It’s one of the talents that make Maheekats, Maheekats.

Baba Lives features a simple guitar lick but a saturated tone. There’s one simple but prominent chord change too. The vocal effects are richly layered with delay and distortion but the lyric is a simple message.

The message is brought to you by Sathya Sai Baba, an Indian guru. The point of this song is to highlight the simplicity of truthful words and great quotes, yet how hard these life principles can be to follow.

Lyrics…

You can’t see me
I am the light you see by

You can’t hear me
I am the sound you hear by

You can’t know me
I am the truth you live by

You can’t hear me
I am the sound you hear by
Ramala yama ya yama ya hey

You can’t see me
I am the light you see by
Ramala yama ya yama ya hey

You can’t know me
I am the truth you live by
Ramala yama ya yama ya hey


You can hear Sathya Sai Baba singing at the end of the song.

Indigo, the color I saw through Hieronymus Bosch’s tunnel

Water in the color blue going to black with a rock.

Have you ever seen a painting called Ascent of the Blessed by Hieronymus Bosch? It’s a sixteenth century painting which expresses the journey of souls towards a light at the end of a tunnel. Angels help the souls on their way to Heaven. You can read more about it here: http://www.hieronymusbosch.net/ascent-of-the-blessed/

Hieronymus Bosch Ascent of the Blessed - tunnel

I first learned about Hieronymus Bosch’s work from a song called Garden of Earthly Delights by XTC. If you haven’t seen that one, here’s a picture of a puzzle I put together of it.

Ascent of the Blessed Puzzle Bosch

If you haven’t heard the song, you should listen to it now…

I had an experience one evening, as I pulled the wet curtain and stepped out of the shower; I started to see through a tunnel. It was happening while I grabbed my towel. Dripping hair and all, the only thing I could do was gently wrap the towel around my vulnerable body and sit down. My throat swelled and tears started flowing. I could see it, but more than that, I could feel it. There was an indescribable color of light. It was a tunnel without walls, but you knew which way to go. I didn’t go anywhere. I was grounded yet so incredibly high. It was extraordinarily beautiful. The experience lasted for about a minute, if that. I didn’t want it to end, but I knew it had to. It gently and ever so slowly drifted away.

This wasn’t the only experience I’ve had like this, but this was the strongest.

I love recalling this memory and there are a few other Maheekat songs that incorporate a description of the feeling. The Emptiness and Eureka are two of them.

With Indigo, I tried to describe just the color and the associated feeling.

The original song didn’t include the narrative in the bridge. But when I told Craig what the song was about, we wanted to share a similar experience he had while surfing huge waves at Rincon. He could see through the veil of reality… or should I say… what people call reality in their cars going up and down freeways. People tend to hide from nature, protect themselves from it. That lifestyle is not true reality. Nature is. It’s in the way the earth is alive. A being of its own moving through the solar system.

Like me, this wasn’t Craig’s only experience. He’s had many more than I.

The narration was performed by Barry Somers of 10Radio in England.

Lyrics:

Looking up I lifted my arms to the sky
As if I couldn’t know
I didn’t know that magic was real and I cried
Threw my hands to the ground

Hold on I think that I get it
I never believed it true
Just when I think that I get it
I’m left in the trust of you

Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo

Indigo, I reached through my mind to let go
Dusting off the love that I found on the edge
What a find intertwined

Hold on I think that I get it
I never believed it true
Just when I think that I get it
I’m left in the trust of you
With hues of blue

Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo

We live here but we’re disconnected
We hide within ourselves
So distant in our little boxes
Making ourselves foreign to the landscape
Cliffs, hills, giant waves on the ocean
Disipating into nothing right on the beach
Nature is reality
We’re just these little organisms running around on the surface

Domicile I’m thinking of
Holds the truth of long ago
Ahh

Whoa ooh whoah

Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo
Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo

Two Versions of Devotee Bees Single

Maheekats Devotee Bees Album Cover

We Maheekats have played our song Devotee Bees live many times in pubs and clubs, but we hadn’t recorded it yet. We couldn’t decide whether we wanted real drums or a drum machine sound, so we settled on recording both.

This song is about the story of Sri Yukteswar and how “the devotee bees sought the divine nectar of the liberated master.” When you’ve had it with the world and nature is the all-accepting force. Remember we are not alone. Nobody is alone. Also, remember, follow yourself. These are things I’m constantly having to remind myself.

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The first version we completed was with the Alesis SR-16, a great drum machine from the 90’s.

For the next version, we commissioned our friend Mario Calire. We sent him the raw files and he recorded the drums in his own studio. We were happy with the results and mixed the tracks right away.

We’re happy with both, but which version do you prefer?