Mysteries of the Pyramids
Josh Haden of Spain (and of the Haden clan that includes the triplet sisters and their father, giant of jazz, the late great Charlie Haden) here offers a set of poems. Available as both a recording and chapbook (even available separately for Kindle) the real magic is in hearing the album-version, in hearing Haden’s calm voice working through thoughts around spirituality, philosophy and mortality.
There’s a Leonard Cohen-like mantra flow to some of these poems, particularly A Man Calls For War and God Created Capitalism.
Gone From Thinking To Praying conveys some of the mindset here:
“gone from knowing to dreaming/gone from certitude to emptiness/gone from determination to surrender/gone from expression to impression/gone from wilfulness to impairment/gone from language to deciphering/gone from freedom to following/gone from belief to faith/gone from the soul to the spirit/gone from embodiment to the mist/gone from prediction to dereliction/gone from certainty to forgetfulness/gone from stability to sincerity/gone from lost to found/gone from faith to sound/gone from thinking to praying”
Even if you have no tolerance for religion/faith you can see the inner workings here, the words pure and clear, delivered as sermons of the moment; the end-point of deep soul searching.
There’s a hypnotic sway to these when heard in Haden’s voice – his own bass noodles softly beneath to provide backing.