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This track is a celebration of simplicity and accepting that whatever is, is. I just wanted to create something simple and beautiful for the sake of it (the working title was "Pretty"), without trying to justify or over-analyse it (...yeahhhhh, I still did that anyway!).

While I was working on this EP I was also working on my mental health through meditation and mindfulness techniques. When "Here, Now" was complete I realised the parallels between this track and mindfulness. It became about realising the simplicity of the present moment and accepting things for what they are, without judgement.

Later on, I read the following passage, which most clearly explains what I am working on staying aware of: "Wherever you go, there you are [...] Whatever has happened to you, it has already happened [...] Like it or not, this moment is all we really have to work with. Yet we all too easily conduct our lives as if forgetting momentarily that we are here, where we already are, and that we are in what we are already in. In every moment, we find ourselves at the crossroad of here and now." - John Kabat-Zinn, from the book "Wherever You Go, There You Are"

For the musos:
This song is in D-standard tuning (D G C F A D). The "verses" use a I-V-vi-IV chord progression (the same 4-chord progression from THOUSANDS of songs - go look up "Axis of Awesome 4 Chord Song" on YouTube now if you haven't seen it) - simplicity. Although I did funk it up a little with alternating bars of 6/8 and 8/8, with a bonus 5/8 hidden during one of the guitar solos.

The second solo uses the same progression as the first, transposed from the key of G major to C major ready for the outro section, which I think is in F lydian. For the transition, two guitars play the same Cmaj7 chord but in different rhythms - one in a '3' feel and one in '4', to change from the 6/8 that was prevalent in the first half of the song to 4/4 for the outro.

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from Daybreak on Solstice, released June 22, 2015

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I am Pete from Sydney, Australia.

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