Inspired by a lifelong interest im yoga, meditation and Eastern religions, flautist Shaun Aston fuses world music with a chilled Jazz influence to conjure up a spiritual journey through the exotic regions of India, Tibet and China. "Spa Lounge Wellness" is an eclectic album where Western classical and Jazz influences rub shoulders with Chinese scales and Indian Ragas, creating an ambient soundscape, which takes the listener through mystical Indian forests, Tibetan monasteries and Zen gardens. The result: a natural sound to unwind the mind and pacify the soul; attuned to the soothing hum of wellbeing, this album is a musical journey impelled by an innate sensitivity…
Unless you are lucky enough to be able to escape to a tropical island at the drop of a hat, learning how to deal with stress in a positive way is more important than ever. Zen can help with the stressful gap between wanting things and how things actually are in our life. Zen is about living in the present with complete awareness. Zen can teach us how to live without too much attachment to the outcome of our actions. This does not mean that we are uncaring or do not plan for our life, or that we don't have some general intention or goal in mind. Contrary to this misconception, it actually means that we become very interested in the quality and state of our mind when we do things.
Light years removed from the expansive psychedelia of his work with the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Shaun Harris' lone solo LP remains a compelling curio of the singer/songwriter boom of the early '70s – while its lush country-pop sensibility sits squarely in the mainstream, the record's melodies and arrangements are atypically complex and its lyrics are profoundly introspective, exploring themes of melancholy, self-doubt, and even suicide with uncommon candor. Recorded with members of L.A.'s famed studio team the Wrecking Crew and featuring string arrangements by the artist's father, the esteemed symphonic composer Roy Harris, Shaun Harris captures the fear and resignation of an artist in the twilight of his career – "Nothing to write that hasn't been written/What's the real point of livin'?" Harris asks in the record's emotional centerpiece, "Today's the Day," his most direct confrontation of the despair that spreads like cancer across otherwise slick, sun-kissed productions like "Empty Without You" and "I'll Cry Out".
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