Ram Dass : Chapter I (2019)

by East Forest, Ram Dass

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In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Ram Dass’ home in Maui to join in conversation and record brand new teachings from the legendary teacher. After capturing these words of wisdom, East Forest returned to his studio in the high desert of Southern Utah to compose the soundtrack to beautifully support each songs’ subject. In these new recordings, Ram Dass’ words speak masterfully to the modern challenges that so many face with technology, dark thoughts, the nature of soul and so much more. The new East Forest record also features guest appearances from the likes of Trevor Hall and Grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das, all framing Ram Dass’ teachings with contemporary voices and cementing the 87 year old spiritual teacher into an echelon of relevancy and immediacy — offering a direct antidote for a highly polarized nation that is deeply in need of a universal voice of wisdom, connection and unconditional love.

EAST FOREST x RAM DASS, releasing in four "Chapters" throughout 2019, culminating in a full-length album on August 9, 2019.


Learn more about EAST FOREST x RAM DASS project here: eastforest.org/eastforest-x-ramdass

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released January 25, 2019

Written, Produced, Arranged, Mixed and Engineered by East Forest

Ram Dass Spoken Word

Trevor Oswalt Piano, Percussion, Synthesizers, Shruti, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Organ, Field Recordings, Drum Programming, String Arrangements
Trevor Hall Vocals "Mind Karma"
Krishna Das Vocals, Ectara "I Am Loving Awareness"
Owen Hofmann-Smith Cello "Nature"; Double Bass "Dark Thoughts"
Kyleen King Viola, Violin "Dark Thoughts"
Thacher Schmid Viola, Violin "I Am Loving Awareness"
Sheela Bringi Bansuri flute "Mind Karma"

Huntley Miller Mastering

Elizabeth Hilton Ram Dass Paining
Daniel F. Birch Graphic Design

Tim Cook Executive Producer
Raghu Markus LSR Executive Director


Recorded at Boulder Rock Studios (Boulder, UT), The Map Room (Portland, OR) and Ram Dass' study (Maui, HI)
All field recordings captured around Ram Dass' home on the island of Maui, Hawaii

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East Forest plays "blissful" (NPR) electro-acoustic orchestral ambient-pop influenced by classical, electronic & pop backgrounds. His work has appeared on 1631 Recordings, Aquilo Records, as well as Tender Loving Empire & Universal/Decca. His album "Ram Dass" charted #5 Billboard & #2 iTunes, & "Ritual Mystical" (w/MC YOGI) hit #1 iTunes & #8 Billboard. He's a Nord Artist & tours internationally. ... more

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Track Name: Nature
trees
grasses
water
sun
stars
moon
clouds
rain
all are our friends
are us
nature embraces us and we embrace nature
we are nature
we are the trees
and the clouds
and the waters
when you hug a tree you’re hugging yourself
we are human beings, human beings are part of nature
when you’re seeing the ocean, or the lake, or the river you’re seeing yourself
nature is a manifestation of god
and that manifestation is love all the way
Track Name: Dark Thoughts
when you witness a dark thought
a dark thought that isn’t going to get you anywhere
you witness it
and love it
you love your dark thoughts

remember the witness is part of the soul
and the soul loves everything

every thing
not every being, but every thing

loves the clouds
and the trees
and the fish
and the animals

and that love coalesces the universe

the oneness of the universe is love
Track Name: Mind Karma (feat. Trevor Hall)
our karma
is our mind
and the mind stands in the way
of a clear view of god

our minds give us clouded perceptions

individualism
leads to war
and anger
and insecurity
and fear

our karma
is our mind

and the mind stands in the way
of a clear view of god

our minds give us clouded perceptions
Track Name: I Am Loving Awareness (feat. Krishna Das)
we have to get out of our minds
our thinking minds

i’ll tell you how i do it
by using a mantra or phrase

i
am
loving
awareness

loving awareness is a name, for soul ,which you really are
leads you to love everything you are aware of
the sky, the room, your body, other people
and then i ride the mantra into my heart
and in my heart i see a doorway, or a veil
to the next plane
soul land

i am loving awareness
Track Name: Please Pass The Bliss
the soul
takes birth
take incarnation
to learn

our perception, of the soul
is love love love love love

you love
fellow souls
i love, things

i love my pain
my wheelchair
i love you all
i love the whole universe

we love everyone
by inhabiting the soul