Here, again, is the artwork for Heliotropism. It depicts a sunflower setting its gaze on the rising sun while a bridge (which may or may not be the GWB) leads the way to the city; countless more sunflowers descend toward the river.
You can now have this artwork for yourself! There are stickers that you can now purchase at the bandcamp page!
My good friend Alex Velazquez-Cruz did a terrific job scratching out this design and I'm so very thankful for his hard work, loyal friendship and solidarity.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs -
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
· From God’s Grandeur, by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
· Matthew 6:28-29
I give thanks first and foremost to the source of all light, the One on whom I daily set my gaze. Then I thank all who have stood with me in the fields as we pursue the Sun together, singing at the top of our lungs. Somos nuestros musicos especiales. They include but are probably not limited to the following (and I apologize in advance for forgetting people whom I love, despite my faulty memory):
Mom, dad, Anais, Amy, Danny, Los Espinositos, Brandon; Zach & Denny (Lost Trail), Tony (Knuppel), Alex, Jessica, Topher, choir members & comrades at Occupy Raleigh; Clinton, John Mark, Tom B, Martin, Enoch, Lylekar, Matt M, Tim M; Gary, Alf, Mike W, Jose T, Matt F, William & Caroline, Elam, Jose D, Linnea, Joanlie, Kevin, and the rest of the TGC Heights crew; Ben, Vern, Mando, DJB, MAW, Jen, Diane, and the rest of the Word Up crew; Jorge, Jonny Atlas, Sam, Ricky, Skip, Sophia; Janet, Madeline, Cindy, Paris, Annie, Garry, Jose I; everyone who’s booked a show, put me up, given me a lift, or otherwise helped me out while on the road; Jacob, Eric, Diana, Emily W, Whitney, Philip, Betsy, Kristen, Sarah, and the whole flock of wild geese; Victoria, Stefan, Becky, Milo, Lawrence, Chris, Matt & Christina, and all the other comrades who occupied Wall Street, Washington Heights, Chattanooga, Athens GA, Jacksonville, Chicago, across the country and across the world with me last year. We press on.
Finally, I dedicate this album to my abuela Angela, who demonstrated how to stand as a humble sunflower; we trust that she now knows ever unclouded grace.
Physical release date TBD
My original intent with this album had been to host a party at Word Up Books on the same date as the online release, September 15. To my great dismay, Word Up still had not found a new home to host the show (we were forced out of our old space on August 31). But I was still bent on two things - making my album available in time for the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and hosting a release show at Word Up, wherever/whenever it may turn up.
Heliotropism was released online two weeks ago today and two days before September 17, the OWS anniversary. I have yet to celebrate its release outside of the virtual realm and unfortunately Word Up still has not found a new home; so the physical release will yet be delayed until we settle into a new place.
I can hardly wait to celebrate with everyone and I'll keep you all posted.