humanity lives crammed uncomfortably between tensions.
we know vaguely of joy and health, but there is sorrow and dysfunction, there is loss and disappointment.
we know faintly of freedom and release, but there is bondage and captivity, there is slavery and addiction.
and so we cry out to gods, to kings, to rulers, to each other; we want freedom, we want justice, we want peace,
we want love,
we want what we have no words for, but what we know exists in our gut, in the innermost parts of our being.
and so we wait, and we long individually and collectively for this inexpressible desire.
we know if we can sense something better, if we can imagine something better,
there must be something better.

an exodus

all who dwell in the dust

a pulsing

a great light

like the sun in its tent

it's time now for love

Collective Humanity

July 19th - August 16th
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15 Responses to "Collective Humanity"

  1. Nate Risdon's avatar

    Absolutely beautiful.

    by Nate Risdon on Jul 19th, 2011 at 9:43 am
  2. Yes. A thousand times, yes.

  3. Jeana, all these expressions are exquisite. My favorite is ‘a pulsing’. The production of your music, the execution, the circular movement of the words and melody, cadence of your voice, the rhythm that matches an actual pulsing, and most of all -the images you crafted to convey your meaning -beautiful.

    by Donna Master on Jul 19th, 2011 at 7:13 pm
  4. What an accomplishment Jeana, really beautiful, thanks for all your work and an amazing experience.

    by Matthew Meares on Jul 20th, 2011 at 10:54 am
  5. Thanks for the tunes to pick up our chins while we’re pressing on.

    by Luke Pekrul on Jul 20th, 2011 at 11:59 am
  6. Chuck Norton's avatar

    Jeana & others who helped with this album, I just wanted to say I’ve listened to this literally 5 or more times now (#6 probably 10 times). It’s so so beautiful.

    Can I venture to ask about your creative process: 

    Did you write all the lyrics succinctly or was there any collaboration with the other artists?

    I’m also curious if you had some of the instruments in mind before starting or if there were any outside influences (banjo & strings, for example)?

    Thanks again so much for the beautiful exhibit!

  7. Chuck, thanks so much. As I started thinking about the exhibit, one of my biggest desires was for it to be as cohesive as possible. So, I looked through some of my songs from the last year and, as I did that, certain ones started to pop out and connect with one another. I narrowed it down to six, but they were all bare boned - each just had one instrument, a melody and lyrics. But, since I’m surrounded by talented musicians, I asked them to contribute their creativity, which they did so beautifully, and that was really special for me.

    by Jeana Master on Jul 20th, 2011 at 6:09 pm
  8. I am LOVING this Jeana! I miss you so much!! Way to go lady…

  9. Jeana is jeanious.

  10. Bean, as I sit here wiping away my tears, I’m thinking what an incredible experience to see someone you love so dearly, emerge over time into such a powerful and influencial woman. You are truely talented and your words along with your creativity is out of this world. I’m so proud of you and Mikey, and the difference you’ve already made. I can only imagine what the future will bring. Love you deeply.

  11. Jeana, I can’t get these songs out of my head (in a good way). I keep wanting to play your song “it’s time now for love” again and again. I want to sing this to my children and to all those I love. Could you tell me more about the inspiration for this song?

    by Nate Risdon on Jul 22nd, 2011 at 4:03 pm
  12. beautiful, as beautiful as you are!  it is a privilege to see/hear.

  13. Nate,

    It’s hard for me to fully explain the inspiration or reflection behind this song, but I will try in vague terms.

    Pain and difficulty are real. We’ve all seen them face to face, and we all see them in the faces of those around us. No one is free from a marred identity, no one is free from suffering, no one is free from struggle.
    But, we are all free to love and we are all free to hold onto the hope that loves does and always will prevail over death, over fear, over all wrongs, over everything.

    by Jeana Master on Jul 28th, 2011 at 5:30 pm
  14. Nate Risdon's avatar

    Thank you for the explanation. Appreciated.

    by Nate Risdon on Jul 29th, 2011 at 3:42 pm
  15. Nate Risdon's avatar

    Thank you for the explanation. Appreciated.

    by Nate Risdon on Jul 29th, 2011 at 3:42 pm
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