Meditations | Volume I
The first 12 songs, together for the first time
Greetings from the Pacific Northwest, where we’re savoring the waning warmth of a lingering, delightful summer.
As I mentioned last week, August’s Meditation 012 marked the end of Volume I — 12 new, original instrumental songs and visuals, shared here with you first. Before we jump into the next volume, I’ve decided to share all of these songs with you in a single audio file.1 While some are available on streaming platforms, this collection hasn’t existed anywhere as a single unit until now.
🎵 I invite you to click play above to listen to every piece from Vol. I. They’re all instrumental, making them good companions for working, writing, focusing, cooking, reading, sleeping, walking the dog, throwing clay, fly fishing, sitting, etc. How do you like to listen?
📷 Above, you’ll see all 12 original photos shared in Volume I.
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Meditations, Volume I
The 12 songs that make up Volume I were released one at a time, one each month, September 2021 - August 2022. Each piece is listed here in order of appearance.2
» Song list
On The Path | A Minor (Unreleased | Original Post)
Contentment | E Major (Unreleased | Original Post)
Alpine | G-sharp Minor (Unreleased | Original Post)
Reading & Listening List, Volume I
Each issue of Volume I also included a few things I was reading and listening to. I’ve put these in a few lists here:
“Roses, Late Summer” by Mary Oliver
“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson
“Day in Autumn” by Rainer Maria Rilke
“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver
“Unlocking” by Alice B Fogel
“Final Curve” by Langston Hughes
“Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon
“The Trees” by Philip Larkin
“Today” by Billy Collins
“From Blossoms” by Li-Young Lee
“The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver
“The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by W.B. Yeats
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
In the Cafe of Lost Youth by Patrick Modiano
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin
Summer’s End by John Prine
Green Bus by The Innocence Mission
You Needed Love, I Needed You by Angelo De Augustine
Morning Dew by Kelsey Lu
Holy Deja Vu by Black Books
Fellowship by serpentwithfeet
Broken Harvest by Madison Cunningham
I’m Alright In The World by BC Camplight
Dear Thomas Wolfe by Damien Jurado
Chinese Satellite by Phoebe Bridgers
Ocotillo by Loma
Mohabbat by Arooj Aftab
» Spotify users can listen to all of these songs in this playlist:
So, that was Volume I. Feel free to bookmark this page so you can come back here and hit play whenever you need a breather. And stay tuned for the first installment of Volume II, a piece in F-sharp major, which will land in your inbox next week.
As always, thank you for being here. And if you missed last week’s note, you can read it here:
I was thinking about sending this out tomorrow, but my friend Jon said, and I quote: “People need that Fog Chaser chill to get through hump day bro.” So here we are.
I wrote and released the songs in the order of major key, then its relative minor, then the next major key, and so on, making my way around the circle of fifths.
Also released with Sonder House.