The Abode Of The Blessed

by Christopher Stewart

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Does heaven really exist ?

Some insist that it does, yet others seem to think that there cannot be such a place.

I have been searching for paradise for most of my life, and on several occasions I actually thought I had discovered it, but in hindsight I'm not sure I can claim to have been very successful. Or in any case, that's what I used to reckon until I tried to resign myself to the unacceptable conclusion that it was merely a fanciful invention, and considered that I would never find it. That's about when I happened to stumble upon its hall.

I definitely wasn't looking for anything of the sort when I was offered to stay in this surprising location. Nor was I quite certain of where I was at first. However, after various eye-opening occurrences, it finally struck me that I very possibly have reached the vestibule to heaven. Apparently, the blessed come and go to this uncanny domain, some to rest for a while, and others to perform their angelic duties.

I haven't been officially admitted to paradise yet, so I'm only speculating, but it would appear that some of the guests here are waiting to be granted access. Or more precisely, we have a challenge to overcome before we are allowed to move onward.

« The Abode Of The Blessed » documents my unexpected sojourn in this enchanting mansion, this antechamber of the promised land, were I received much support, was taught important lessons, and experienced many validations of prior understandings.

The songs depict the task that I must discharge, some of the dwellers, and their own trials and tribulations. The music aims to provide inspiration and encouragement to those who have to go through a similar process.

All in all, having seen this place that feels like a gateway to paradise, it looks very likely that there's a heaven. So here I am, advancing into the unknown, all the while attempting to leave footprints behind so you can find your way too.

Onward, beautiful dreamer !

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released 02 February 2013
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Production Notes

Recorded in « La Grange » on January 26 and 27, 2013, using a Renaissance CG730 classical guitar, a Blue « Yeti » microphone, and Audacity.

Produced from January 27 to January 31, 2013, using Audacity.

During my stay at the Abode thus far, I wrote sixteen new compositions, eight songs and eight instrumentals, that I hope to release in a full-length album in the near future. I have been offered the means to produce some of them here, but the tight recording window forced me to choose only a few.

The original plan was to record at least five of the compositions, and keep the four best tracks for the present EP. However, time constraints and technology determined which songs ultimately made it on the album.

Three « live » takes of « Hope » were recorded at the end of the session, on the morning of Sunday January 27, after a challenging and exhausting night. Even after digital fairy dusting, the overall quality is not quite there, so the piece is included here as a demo.

Please see each song page for a brief presentation, lyrics, and specific acknowledgements.

Lyrics (in PDF format) and a large version of the cover art (PNG format – 1200 x 1200) are included as bonus items with the album download.

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Credits

Tools used during this project : Audacity, Gimp, Open Office, FreeMind, Notepad2, Beyond Compare. Many thanks to the developers for the ladders !

The cover art is based on « Wolken-von oben.jpg » by Croq ( see commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wolken-von_oben.jpg ), and uses « Iron Fence » by Merlin2525 ( see openclipart.org/detail/Iron_Fence_by_Merlin2525.svg ) and the Linux Biolinum font.

The header image for this Bandcamp profile uses « Clouds over Mocambique 11.02.2007 15-02-50.JPG
 » by Simisa ( see commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clouds_over_Mocambique_11.02.2007_15-02-50.JPG ).

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Acknowledgements

Gratitude, appreciation, and many thanks to / Remerciements, reconnaissance, et appréciation à :

Sylvain pour la guitare, l'accès au local, les rencontres, et tout le reste.

Olivier pour le micro et les écouteurs.

Charles pour le moniteur externe.

Stéphane pour les conversations matinales.

David the aviator for the inspiration for « The Miracle Is Worth The Wait. »

Murray for the prediction, looks like you were right !

The Blessed at the Abode : H, S, M, N, S, D, M-C, C, M, V, O, S, S, S, F, M, B, and all the guests, M and S in particular.

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Poligraf Québec, Québec

Christopher Stewart is the leader of Poligraf.

While he pursues various artistic endeavors, if there’s one discipline he’s perfecting, it must be the art of blooming late.

After practising Buddhism dead-seriously since the mid-nineties, he finally awakened to the fact that it teaches living happiness.

His interests include philosophy, divination, the arts, and the creative process.
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Track Name: The Abode Of The Blessed
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Lyrics

verse 1

the sky is dark
without a star
inspired lark
eager guitar
soon the sun will supply its spark

guests are asleep
on all the floors
the past is deep
behind closed doors
and all is quiet in the house

the moon was down
the night was black
you wore your frown
on the road back
there was no way out of the town

the rock was loud
the words hit hard
there was no mercy for the proud

verse 2

early riser
the day is young
thwarted dreamer
your gift unsung
your moment comes seize the hour

the girl is fair
the prize seems far
the path is there
strum your guitar
make melodies lighten the air

every two days
another song
stave off delays
you can't go wrong
there must be music all along

no other way
to solve your plight
you must keep doing what is right

verse 3

have no regrets
but keep the score
as the sun sets
on the north shore
harmonize better than before

don't fret for what
tomorrow brings
sing what you've got
and pluck the strings
this is a chance to get your wings

steadfast persist
in what is wise
and soon enough you'll taste the prize

chorus

be glad to get a breath of fresh air in the abode of the blessed
they have a bed waiting for you enjoy the rest
and they'll take care of you until you're ready to resume your quest
they'll give you time to build a bridge to the west

last chorus

be glad to get a breath of fresh air in the abode of the blessed
they have a bed waiting for you enjoy the rest
they'll take good care of you until you're ready to resume your quest
they'll give you time to build a bridge to the west

you'll always remember the abode of the blessed
there you will learn that you deserve to have the best
should you ever need to they'll help you through your test
and provide all you need to make it to the crest

you will always remember the abode of the blessed
Track Name: The Rooms
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Lyrics

verse 1

it's like she's at home at the abode
still carrying more than her load
she couldn't take the break up threats of her man
when their daughter overdosed the mother ran

and when the night falls
spectres crawl up from under her bed
held in thrall
she imagines she'd rather be dead
than in this room
will this trial ever be over
cry like a loon
but persevere beautiful dreamer

verse 2

he's the favourite of all the guests
though he's not one of the sharpest
when his dad died it left a hole in his heart
his mom is getting too old to play her part

and when the night falls
he can't silence the voice in his head
held in thrall
he imagines he'd rather be dead
than in this room
will this night ever be over
howl at the moon
but persevere beautiful dreamer

verse 3

she's the brightest of the counselors
always showing her true colors
when the house nearly closed she put up a fight
against all odds she stood up for what is right

and when the night falls
she stays up to answer the requests
held in thrall
concerned for the wellness of the guests
in all those rooms
will their pains ever be over
provide the boon
please persevere beautiful dreamer

chorus

lost in a room
of your own
trust in the seed
that you have sown

it will bloom
on its own
and it will yield
the perfect gemstone

last chorus

lost in a room
of your own
trust in the seeds
that you have sown

they will bloom
on their own
and they will yield
the perfect gemstones
Track Name: The Miracle Is Worth The Wait
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Lyrics


verse 1

aviator you're working still
to build your ultralight
when it will fly above the hill
the bird will destroy the night

there's a new world to establish
a new order to crystallize
a skyward ladder to finish
an uprising to organize

you're pushing hard, we've seen you go
you will get there in the long run
dismiss your doubts you have to know
that you'll have your time in the sun

verse 2

jerusalem opens its gates
to let you see the golden tree
that patiently for you awaits
you will claim it when you are free

today tomorrow is unclear
yet it's no reason to worry
to get to the dream that's so dear
surrender to uncertainty

never give up you shining star
don't give in to the daily gloom
joy of this life heals every scar
and ripens each fruit to full bloom

verse 3

aviator you're working still
to build your ultralight
when it will fly above the hill
the bird will destroy the night

chorus

hone your feathers and keep your smile
you have a date with destiny
steady go for the extra mile
and you will soar to liberty

can you trust that it's your fate
the miracle is worth the wait

bridge

onward to complete harmony
at heaven's door often you've knocked
all of the time never knowing
that the entrance was never locked

last chorus

hone your feathers and keep your smile
you have a date with destiny
steady go for the extra mile
and you will soar to liberty

can you trust that it's your fate
though the road might not be straight
it can never be too late
the miracle is worth the wait
Track Name: Hope
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Lyrics

verse 1

life took back your cherries bowl
in the long run even heaven takes its toll
be strong baby don't you cry
joyful thoughts will illuminate your eye

verse 2

you hardly put a foot wrong
but the way to paradise is long
you can learn from each mistake
the lesson most apposite for your sake

verse 3

see the clouds are not that grey
any moment the sun might shine its ray
sing a simple lullaby
let melody kiss melancholy goodbye

pre-chorus

hush now
tomorrow's another day
why worry this one away
now how can you make the most of this

chorus

hopeful sunrise
a new beginning
the smile in your eyes
keeps me going

last chorus

hopeful sunrise
a new beginning
the smile in your eyes
keeps me going

glorious surprise
the muse is calling
with a song in her eyes
she keeps me going