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« Creeper » is directly inspired by the following aphorism from The Dhammapada :

« The streams flow everywhere; the creeper, having sprung up, becomes established. When you see that creeper sprout, sever its root by intense insight. » – (XXIV. Craving, #7)

and accompanying translator’s note :

« The "creeper" is insidious suggestion, rooted in ignorance and craving, developing into bondage, aggression, and folly. To sever it the moment it sprouts is what the Tao Te Ching refers to as doing what is difficult when it is still easy. This is the purpose of vigilance, so highly recommended by Buddha. »

The piece forms an allegory wherein destructive mental processes are compared to creeping plants, and depicts a confrontation between creeper and host in four stages : introduction, growth, conquest, and extinction.

As the lyrics suggest, the creeper represents worry, negativity, or doubt, which are generally rooted in ignorance or craving, and can act as magnets to undesirable and weird experiences when pursued intently.

lyrics

Insidious suggestion
Difficult to contain
Tendency to worry
Threatening to bloom in pain

Stemming up from a doubt
Burgeoning from a no
Better sever the sprout
Or a vine could follow

Creative energy – Unleashed upon itself
Subtle adversary – Not yet under control
Creative energy – Cynical of itself
Unforeseen enemy - Between here and the goal

Coming back from the past
Sinister memory
Craving for attention
The voice of gravity

Surely as it will rise
Before long, paralyse
Surely as it will grow
In a spiral, down you go

Creative energy – Unleashed upon itself
Subtle adversary – Not yet under control
Creative energy – Cynical of itself
Unforeseen enemy – Between here and the goal

Paradise awaiting / Because your constant voice
(All your doom scenarios never come to pass)
Always analyzing / Undermines every choice
(Expected catastrophes never come to life)

Creeper now I can see / You sabotage my dream
(All your doom scenarios never come to pass)
Yet share its quality / Thus ends your little scheme
(Expected catastrophes never come to life)

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from Satori (pre​-​order), released October 1, 2010
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Musicians :

Christian Lavoie : Drums, Percussions, and Vocals
Miguel Puerto : Guitar, Keyboards, and Vocals
Denis Robitaille : Bass, Vocals
Christopher Stewart : Guitar, Keyboards, and Vocals

Engineered and Produced by Christopher Stewart

Music by Christopher Stewart et al.

Lyrics by Christopher Stewart

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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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