SOME WORDS SHARED VIA IMPOSE

“Triumvirate is the new album. I have mixed feelings about it because I didn't want it to end. I mean the process, I really enjoyed it. There were a lot of dynamic things going on in life that are embedded in the music and now it's time for sharing those things and figuring out how that process reflects new ideas. By doing that, we're kind of creating our own existence, letting life script itself as we write the script. Have you ever seen an image of a Penrose Triangle? It's the sort of optical illusion that MC Escher would incorporate in his work. It's the kind of design that you see and have to do a double-take to figure out how it works, then you realize it's an illusion…an impossible shape. It's kind of frustrating the more you look at it, but there's a certain beauty to it. 

The word Triumvirate also references a political term for a trio of power entities. I found myself in a three way power struggle. It wasn't pretty. I was able to eliminate one-third of it and worked hard to create a new version. I mean in terms of my family life, not musically. I thought a lot about the sacred trinity and how three is in fact a magical number. I had to learn how to view this Penrose Triangle of a situation as a beautiful triad, and enjoy every strange tone it produced. In musical terms, triads are the building blocks of functional harmony. Keep your root note in the center, and there will be room for thirds and fifths above. I was seeing these impossibilities as metaphors for hurdles and how we view challenges in our lives. This became as important as the record itself. I quit thinking of the record as a means to an end and it became an extension of me figuring out how to make things better. Luckily, I have patient and gracious collaborators who stuck by my stormy visions and we reveled on clear days together. 

So the entire process became like a meditation that I really enjoyed even though it sometimes tormented me. I kind of dragged it on for a bit because I didn't want it to end, I didn't want to come back out of it and into real life, having to deliver a finished record and all of the obligations that come along with it. I was subconsciously delaying all end results, that's how good of a dream it was. I guess the whole deals with triumph and tragedy in no particular order, impossibilities, revisiting and realizing deferred dreams that would make Langston Hughes proud, and how to keep your head above it all and see the big picture without getting distracted by the grand mirage.”

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