Soul House

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about

This song came to me in my sleep.

I was deeply inspired by a lecture I had recently heard by a friend, Ianto Evans. Ianto and his wife Linda have spent decades devoting their lives to the revival of the sustainable mud-mixture house-building method called “cob." Ianto has lived and traveled throughout the world and observed that, in much of the undeveloped-traditional world, the home was considered and treated as a vessel for the spirit - to hold and nurture the soul. Conversely, in the western world, the home is merely considered a place to keep our stuff. He encouraged us to examine our personal perspective.

A short time later, I was preparing for one of my upcoming concerts featuring a special guest, kalimba master Mark Holdaway. I was feeling inspired to write a simple vocal song to be accompanied solely by kalimba and was thinking along the lines of a chant-based song…

Late on one of the following nights, I awoke from a deep sleep with a song in my head. I quickly went to my studio and turned on the multi-track recorder, sang the multiple parts I was hearing in my head, and went back to sleep.

In the morning, I awoke with only the slightest recollection of that experience, believing that I had dreamt it.

When I entered my studio, I could see that the machine was on and when I hit the play button, there was Soul House with all of the vocal parts that I had recorded in my sleep at 3:00am - the manifestation of Ianto's inspiration and my desire to compose a new song to feature Mark.

Although there are lyrics in Latin, I consider it to be pigeon-Latin as I evidently took some artistic liberties in my slumber.

lyrics

LYRICS:

feel the beat, of your heart
rhythm of your soul
feel the pulse, pulse of life
rhythm of your soul

sola sanctum, sola sanctum
terra sanctum, sola sanctum

I’m gonna bust down all the walls around me
I’m gonna bust down all of the walls
I’m gonna bust down all of the walls that confine me
bust ‘em down so that I can see

so-la sanc-tum
te-rra sanc-tum

I’m gonna build a house for my soul
I’m gonna build a house for my soul
I’m gonna build a house with my hands in the clay
build a house for my spirit to play

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credits

from Soul House, released October 15, 2013
Dedicated to Ianto Evans & Linda Smiley, Judy Knox & Matts Myhrman, and Catherine Wanek.

by Tim Weed
Mark Holdaway: Kalimba
Billy Martinez: Surdo
Debbie Daly: Harmonium
Tim Weed, Anza Wiedenkeller, Tucker Wiedenkeller, Debbie Daly, Penny Livingston-Stark, Allan Shockley, Mark Robertson-Tessi, Dana Rath, Mariana Ingold, Kit Walker: Vocals

© 2013 Sound Orchard (BMI)

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