I recall at the end of my last album project, the lead guitarist, and respectable Nashville session player, mentioned to me to call him when I was ready again to record my next project. I felt honoured that he was already wanting to play on the next CD! He said that he had a lot of fun playing my material and it was technically more interesting than much of the basic 1-4-5 Country songs he plays on other sessions. (1-4-5 is a music term that comes from the Nashville Number System, whereby chords are converted to numbers so that musicians can quickly and easily learn/follow a new song. Most songs follow this basic pattern of three chords, some of course with a 2minor and/or 6minor) I'm getting off course here:)

So, I gave him a call September and said, 

   "Paul, I'm ready to record the next album. Well I actually have four albums ready to record! (laugh)  Anyway, this one will be Country. I do not know yet what studio and even the musicians accept for the keys and you - that is if you're in! I know you're more of a R&B/Soul artist. I will ask Ronnie Godfrey from my last recording project. Other than that, I know there will be twelve songs and I will be producing the project."

To my surprise, he then offered to set up the studio location on 16th Ave/Music Row, engineer and session musicians. He asked when I wanted to record. I said October. Paul called me back in an hour and said that he had the date reserved for session. The next day I had an email copied to myself, engineer, drummer, bass player and utility player (that a multi instrumentalist that usually plays fiddle, mandolin, dobro, banjo, etc.) I meanwhile called Ronnie and got a big "Yes" in wanting to be on this session. I also was extremely happy to get the Great Kim Morrison on board. She is a reputable harmony session singer here in Nashville, who has sung for many top recording and touring acts.

Finally, I needed to find the perfect Cover singer for this two day intensive recording session. This singer would have to be able to sing anywhere from 50-60 songs throughout a six hour period; would be requested to learn all of my twelve songs perfectly; would have studio experience; and have professional quality of attitude

After arriving back in Nashville late August 2018, after my summer writing project, I got a strong gut prompting that it was time to start planning for my next CD recording project.

There sitting in my music office room, I pulled out my strongest songs and organised them into genres. Some went into the Pop/Rock pile; others into a country/American pile; and others into a R&B/Blues/Reggae pile. What was obvious was that I had the amount of four album worth of songs, which is about 48 songs! 

I asked myself what genre I felt more pulled to record. The last album was Pop/R&B/Reggae. Though it was a tough decision, I decided to go with a Country genre this time. I had two albums worth of this genre, so I decided which songs would fit best together. I picked songs that were straight up country; traditional country; Americana; and three wild card songs. Wha?? One song is Western (a song about a woman who carries the ever present memories of sexual abuse); another powerful song about the atrocities of Native Americans; and the third wild card song is a very upbeat song called Living Life Grand. Think of the song 'Walking On Sunshine'. This one will cure anyone of the blues for sure! 

I recall at the end of my last album project, Paul Allen, the lead guitarist, and respectable Nashville session player, mentioned to me to call him when I was ready again to record my next project. I felt honoured that he was already to play on the next CD! He said that he had a lot of fun playing my material. So, I gave him a call September and said, 

   "Paul, I'm ready to record the next album. Well I actually have four albums ready to record! (laugh)  Anyway, this one will be Country. I do not know yet what studio and even the musicians accept for the keys and you - that is if you're in! I know you're more of a R&B/Soul artist. I will ask Ronnie Godfrey from my last recording project. Other than that, I know there will be twelve songs and I will be producing the project."

To my surprise, Paul then offered to set up the studio location on 16th Ave/Music Row, engineer and session musicians. He asked when I wanted to record. I said October. He called me back in an hour and said that he had the date reserved for session. The next day I had an email copied to myself, engineer, drummer, bass player and utility player (that a multi instrumentalist that usually plays fiddle, mandolin, dobro, banjo, etc.) I meanwhile called Ronnie and got a big "Yes" in wanting to be on this session. I also was extremely happy to get the Great Kim Morrison on board. She is a reputable harmony session singer here in Nashville, who has sung for many top recording and touring acts. When I was talking to her on the phone and describing what kind of session this was going to be, the genre, and so forth, she was so easy going, which calm

Part One: Leading up to this session at Warner/Chappel took two years of specially crafted songs.In my bio, I mention that there are two times per year that I devote completely to writing new songs. In the summer I write at a cabin on a lake. In the winter I write at a cabin in the mountains around Asheville. In both of those occasions I set a goal of writing at least a dozen melodies and/or lyrics to melodies. I take my favorite writing folder, that has a list of title ideas for songs, and partially written melodies that I've worked on beforehand. I do NOT like to write or record my new material on my computer, because I desire to keep the initial creative process RAW. So no electric guitars either. All melodies and licks/themes start on my acoustic guitar, or mandolin. I often get a tasty bass lick from my guitar that works its way into chords on either guitar, and sometimes piano. So I bring my old fashioned, tried and true hand held tape recorder. Yes, I prefer to record new song ideas on my cassette recorder. Whatever..it works for me. I must have pencils with good erasers and a little sharpener close by. (Y'all are having so much fun with this, aren't you? Lol) I also find that my creativity flows best when I take some quiet time of reflection/meditation before I write. 

If I'm on a 'melody writing' trip, then I will ask myself to come up with a dozen melodies. If I put lyrics to one of them, it counts for two melodies, just because lyrics usually demand more time. The easiest way to start a melody is to 'fish' for a melodic catchy 'hook'. Brainless, doodling on my guitar, with no judgement usually finds a 'fishy' within an hour or so...then I start reeling that 'fishy' in, slowly and surely until, I work out the melody for the verses, chorus, and perhaps a bridge as well. I record all of this on the cassette recorder. It's so easy and quick to handle, as far as forwarding, erasing, re-recording new improved melodies, etc. If it's a strong hook, it's easier for me to start hearing in my head, a melody start to form. It's always a work in progress as I'm working out the rhythm as well. So I hum mock syllables and vowels as I play along. Sometimes, I'll get a strong feeling of what this new budding melody is wanting to be about. It sounds strange, I know, yet, when I get a 'glimpse'/ inkling of a song idea, even a short phrase, I will jot it down. And while I've been developing this hook into a melody, and into a full song, I am charting it in a quasi Nashville number/chord chart. I'm a stickler on my writing process to be on a yellow pad as well. Lol. OK, y'all all getting to know my quirks. Basically, it's like this: For years I've developed a system that works for my creative juices to flow. When I stick to the same tools, nature settings, work expectations and rewards, then I can produce product well! And it's fun! Why?

Because, I give myself the treat of being in a beautiful setting, and I make sure I give myself rewards for meeting my goals. Rewards for me are hikes, and sometimes a micro beer (one) at a Micro Brewery. Then it's back to work. If i do treat myself to a brew, I take the tape recorder and notebook with me, should I have another idea pop in my mind. Often it does. It's a break, so I don't ask myself to go full focus at that time. 

I carefully label my charts accordingly to the finished melodies and songs on the cassette tape label. Only when I return to my office in Nashville, will I convert the songs to Garage Band and log them in on Pages/Word document. 

It is much later in the process, that I get picky about the best voicing, tuning and instrument that a particular song sounds best.

I want y'all to know that in this blog sharing, I'm not going to devote any time to editing my writing. There will be typos and incomplete sentences. Since the purpose of this is to give you a feeling like we were sitting across the table from each other, sipping on a coffee, then this is going to be an easy going conversation. See you later at the coffee shop for Part Two...

Happy Holidays y'all. There's much to be grateful for to say the least! I have been busy in the studio working on my 9th album! As y'all know, my genre is 'Americana' (which means I write/record/produce American music which includes Rock,Pop, Country, Blues, R&B/Soul, and Reggae too!) And yet, what I may add that makes Chakra Bleu stand out even more, is that I include 'Empower' songs on all my CD's - songs that are insightful, having 'food for thought'. Anyway, the recent session went quite well and was recorded here in Music City, USA on Music Row itself at Warner/Chappel Production Music, on 16th Ave.
This CD will be full on country, and will be released in May. As the producer on this project as well, I am deep into the mixing stage as we speak. I simply cannot wait to release this so I can share this with y'all. It has emotional content that will reach out wherever you are in your heart, mind and soul. So now you know why I've been so quiet: I've been SO busy, writing, editing, prepping charts, pre-production, rehearsing myself, getting musicians prepped, and so much more!

NEW LYRIC VIDEO!

Dear Friends, Happy Summer!  I love summer for the beach time, sunshine, (not so much the humidity, ticks, chiggers, extra poison ivy, mosquitos and meandering snakes in the south), yet for BBQ's with friends & family, backpacking/camping, swimming, sleeping under the stars, summer concerts, and down home music, etc.Here's the first of my Summer gifts to you, my Dear Fans: Southern Rock/Blues that'll get your Soul-On! Thank You & Enjoy!This Soulful/Blues CHAKRA BLEU song is from my 9th album:'Our Own Paradise', which is an album perfect for SummerTime music:

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Dear Friends, 

I couldn't wait to share this treat with y'all: My new lyric video: 'Tumbleweed Roll On'. This song is from my latest CD (my 8th album) OUR OWN PARADISE.  This song is about the struggle of getting back up again on your feet, after a romance falls. Heart broken and tail tucked for a good while...then giving 'Love' another chance, despite the fear in your heart and mind...to put yourself 'Out on the Limb' again. 

I wrote this song with a Tumbleweed in mind....as I've seen those critters rolling across some roads, looking lost, yet still rollin' on..

..Kind of like 'Lookin for Love'... no - I did NOT say 'In All the Wrong Places!' Lol.   

My 'Tumbleweed', in this song, is Hopeful and Determined to find the Love that's just around the corner, at the next Green Oasis. The swing music in this song, portrays a HAPPY DANCE into ROMANCE: uh hem...that rhymed. Wink/ Lol

 

Enjoy Y'all and Happy Spring. I wish you all: BIG LOVE, Happiness, Health, Insight and Peace!   Truly Yours, Chakra Bleu

 

 

I'm happy to announce the new lyric video, BE MY LOVE. 

This song is the kick off song on my 8th CD, 'Our Own Paradise'. If you like Tom Petty, you're probably going to dig the vibe of this song. He was surely an influence in my music, as you'll hear in this song. 

 

Music and Lyrics by Chakra Bleu

 

Video producer was DJ Bets.

My Dear Friends,

I’ve been looking SO forward to releasing my new song, ‘TEST YOUR FAITH’, for the birthday celebration of Jesus; the significance of his message, which also coinsides with the Winter Solstice                   (Jan 21). 

(Below, I’ve provided more insight into the meaning of winter solstice. ***)

  In this song, I aim to deliver the concept of what Faith is…for the definition is often so vague and misunderstood. Here are some more insights into the lyrics:

 Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen. If you need to see what you desire, before you believe it, it cannot come. You must believe it before you see it. Imagine, what it would be like, if you were experiencing your desire now: What would you see, hear, feel, taste, smell? Anticipate and expect what you desire!  In short: ACT AS IF  (It was here now..happening just as you desire)

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 Believe and accept as true the fact that our desire has already been accomplished and fulfilled, that it is already completed, and that its realisation will follow as a thing in the future.

The success of this technique depends on the confident conviction that the thought, the idea, the picture is already a fact in mind. In order for anything to have substance in the realm of mind, it must be thought of as actually existing there.   

      * (By Dr. Joseph Murphy; The Power of Your Subconscious Mind) 

 “What things soever ye deisre, when ye pray believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. “MARK 11:24

“For as one thinks in ones heart, so she/he is’”Proverbs 23:7

 ***The winter solstice is a celebration of being ‘born again’  - not of flesh, but of the spirit. It’s a celebration of the birth of the spiritual Son, the Christ within a persons consciousness on the path of the spiritual sun. Symbolized as a child just as the winter sun is at its weakest, it will grow until reaching its full strength at the summer solstice = just as the spirit grows within a prepared individual to transform them completely from inner darkness into light. The rising of the sun on the winter solstice, out of the darkest day of the year, echoes the birth of the light from the dark void on the first day of creation.

Every genuine spiritual teaching throughout the world had some word for attaining enlightenment, whether it was Awakening, Self-Realization, Salvation, Imperishability or Immortality, etc. Most still have remnants of a diving savior associated with the sun, and many associated the birth of this savior with the winter solstice. this divine savior always taught humanity how to achieve enlightenment to become a ‘Son of God’ and return to the spiritual source awakened.

Although Christmas is now largely about shopping for many people, the birth of the savior was intended to bring to earth a profound spiritual message for the whole of humankind. This message has been brought to earth anew many times as previous teachings became old, obsure, and locked withing religious dogma. (Extract taken from the book,'The Path of the Spiritual Sun', by Belsubuub w/Angela Pritchard.)

 Merry Christmas and Happy Winter Solstice to each and every one of you!  May you all be Blessed and Blissed with abundant Health, Happiness, Love, Prosperity, Peace, Adventure and Spiritual Insight! I surely hope that my song brings you empowerment to Be all you Really Are!

 Namaste,

Chakra Bleu 

 

Hello my Dear Friends,
 
Ive got yet another Big Treat to share with you! I invite you to sit back and enjoy my new Lyric Video. 
 
The Shadow’, (from my album ALL OF ME)  talks about the worthiness and uniqueness of who we really are as whole beings!
                            https://youtu.be/VKvGkUrsOec
The 'Shadow' in this song refers to the repressed, disowned and unrecognised aspects of ourselves. Everyone is a blend of day and night, qualities both desirable and perhaps undesirable. We often focus on the inadequacies of our personalities, which we label as being a failure and undeserving. We dampen our feelings of Self-Worth by perceiving our 'Shadow' as negative - rarely looking at the trapped energy it contains. When we accept all of ourself, we liberate and allow a higher transcendence of this 'shadowed' energy, which in turn can bring out our finer qualities.
 
I am releasing this Lyric Video purposefully in this season of Fall. The physical decline and darkness experienced by the land as we approach winter represents something else, as well: it is the external embodiment of the darkness all people contain within themselves. Those negative/unhealthy/untruthful qualities within us can be restored to positive/healthy/transformation through truthful, honest awareness, self acceptance/non-judgement/Self love and forgiveness.
 
Many mistake the mystery of Autumn for darkness and depression, but in reality it is just about endings and transformation which will lead to new beginnings. There comes a time when the night must be braved, when the darkness must be faced. Darkness and light exists in all of us. Yet darkness, if ignored, grows and takes over like mold. It is only when exposed to light that we can overcome those ‘shadows.’ Autumn is the time to face darkness, a physical reminder of opportunity to accept and transform our Selves.
 
Look for the Light beneath the Shadow- that hidden Inner Power and Beauty that is the True You!   
 
*This song was inspired by the book ‘A Mythic Life’, written by Jean Houston
 
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Dear Friends,

I could not wait to share this new release with y'all ! 

This song is so perfect for the Football season  - well actually ANY SEASON with a reason to share good brews with your friends!

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You Go to My Head   (spotify link)
 OK,  here's the Scenario: It’s Friday night and Brittney has met up with her posse at their favorite Micro Brewery. The gals are unwinding from a busy week at their jobs and they are SO happy to be at their festive hangout. Brittney strikes up a conversation with a friendly guy. She cannot believe how quickly he is growing on her - especially when she was NOT looking for a ‘Hook-Up’! Yep, sure enough - he’s Going to Her Head like a GOOD beer buzz! This song is meant for singing it at the TOP OF YOUR LUNGS with your Friends, of course, while enjoying your beer. (BTW: the beer is your excuse if you sing off key!

 

Cheers, Chakra Bleu 

 

Written by Chakra Bleu & Sue Halford; Produced by Chakra Bleu 
copyright 2017; Chakra Bleu Music 

 

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