Ram Dass : Chapter III (2019)

by East Forest, Ram Dass

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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, Stic of Dead Prez, The Mynabirds, and Grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das, all framing Ram Dass’ teachings with contemporary voices and cementing the 88 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 4 "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

Where to find EAST FOREST:
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Where to find RAM DASS:
www.instagram.com/babaramdass/
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released June 21, 2019

All music written, produced, mixed and engineered by East Forest

Ram Dass - spoken word

East Forest - Vocals, Piano, Percussion, Synthesizers, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Organ, Field Recordings, Drum Programming, String Arrangements

with,
Laura Bird of The Mynabirds - Vocals
Stic.man of dead prez - MC

Owen Hofmann-Smith - Double Bass
Kyleen King - Viola, Violin, Bass Guitar
Thacher Schmid - Viola, Violin
Will Dudley - Kora

Huntley Miller - Mastering

Daniel F. Birch - Graphic Design
Elizabeth Hilton - Ram Dass and Maharajji Paintings
Amond AJ Jackson - Additional engineering, “Electronic Sea”


Tim Cook - Executive Producer
Raghu Markus - Love Serve Remember Executive Director

Recorded at Boulder Rock Studios (Boulder, UT), The Map Room (Portland, OR) and Ram Dass' study (Maui, HI)

All field recordings captured in and around Ram Dass' home on the island of Maui, Hawaii

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East Forest Boulder, Utah

East Forest plays electro-acoustic orchestral ambient-pop coined "blissful" (NPR) and "immersive" (Wired). His work has appeared on 1631 Recordings, Aquilo Records, as well as Tender Loving Empire & Universal/Decca.
He has two #1 albums that charted on iTunes as well as multiple top ten Billboard releases. He is a Nord Artist & tours internationally.
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Track Name: Like Taking Off An Old Shoe AKA Death
Death is a ceremony
In which one takes off one pair of clothes
And adopts a new one
That’s from the soul perspective
From the ego
Death is a stopping point
It’s the end of the ego
The ego sees death as suffering
And the soul
See death as the awakening
Of a new world
A new perception

So you should identify
With your soul in life
That will be the best thing for you to do
To anticipate death

It’s your Sadhana in life

Your Sadhana prepares you
Prepares you for a upbeat dying
Track Name: Electronic Sea (feat. Stic.man of Dead Prez)
Feeling lost in the electronic sea in the universe?
Electronics capture our consciousness

I remember as a kid thinking about the future
Fast forward living in this age of computers
Everybody in their phones like a solitary cell
We don’t talk with our tongues we just text with our thumbs
Cell towers by the schools giving cancer to the young
And we cancel each other, online you get hung by the jealousy and judgements
Drama to dealt with, and private is public
We’re starving for substance

It’s all one to one
Put down your smoking gun
It’s only what we see
How you choose is what will be
It’s all from the earth
Reflections that we birth
Precious metals salt and sea,
It’s all one it’s you and me

Is a sickness that is coming from
The identification with separateness
With the individual

Modern technology, double edged sword
It’s everywhere at once, impossible to avoid
The whole world connected through the click of a button
We nuke our foods in the microwave ovens
Because it’s quick and convenient
We know the government taking peaks at our email yet we still need it
Fine print we don’t read it, take a bite out of the apple like Eve did in Eden
But where is it leading?

You become identified with your individuality
Then your world is populated by Them
Them is distant from You

At the end of the day, all roads lead home
Dorothy meets the Wiz, it is what it is
Perception is everything, waking up in the dream
We project what we think, but it’s not what it seems
Every cell every atom is connected like team
We are one in this ocean of life with many streams
Be empowered by the tool but don’t let it use you
Can’t Google self-knowledge
Be your own guru

On the other hand
You can identify with all of it
The universe
Or the One
The One is god

The electronics are us
They’re not Them
See yourself as part of a culture
As part of nature
As part of the universe
As part of god

Our consciousness is one
Your consciousness and my consciousness
It’s one
Track Name: SouLand (feat. Laura Bird of The Mynabirds)
It’s great to be in soul land
To identify with your individual soul
In the plane of consciousness
Which I call soul land

I go in to soul land
And in the soul
Is the witness
You witness the whole whole thing

I look around, what do I see
All my friends reflecting me
We do this dance, round and round
Never know what will be found
I can help you home

Witnessing your thoughts
Witnessing your incarnation
You witness your whole life
Soul land

You meet other souls
You meet your pod, soul pod
That have been with you infinitely
Soul land

And when you’re in your soul
You’ll find a doorway
Which leads into
The Atman

Don’t you want to come with me
You’re already here with me

And the Atman
Contains god
And you’re guru

Don’t you want to come be free

Soul Land