This album is the third in a trilogy for Real World. "Weaving
My Ancestors Voices" was about the birth of an idea to explore
the way in which vocal techniques could lead between each other, and how
it would be possible to cross those boundaries within a single word or
a single phrase. "The Zen Kiss" became a kind of flowering of
that. So many people have asked me where the inspiration for the idea
came from that, in a way, Im going back to the land of the unborn
on this album, the fallow point, in order to answer them. And also to
the concept of the crone with the cauldron, to the cyclic and melting
pot nature of everything within the cauldron. Of course, the crone represents
When you set up a structure like a drone, not only do you set up a cyclic
principle but you also set up a melting pot because, in the very bones
of the drone, if you like, are the harmonics which provide the inspiration
for the melodies. Harmonics are magical things and are omnipresent on
People who dont create regularly from scratch, critics or journalists
who interpret others work for example, in my experience, find it
difficult to understand that most creators do not create from a little
bit of this and a little bit of that, but that they create from a place
of nothingness where things spontaneously arise.
That is the place of the unknowable and in our lives it is very difficult
to live with what is not known (yet), even though "I dont know"
is essential to true change and new growth. Instead, were taught
to find the answers to everything, and we have to quantify everything,
we have to have the cash flow chart for the next five years!
Things dont happen like that, but we run our lives as if they
do and thats why our lives break down. And when our lives break
down who do we turn to? We turn to the artist to express our pain, we
turn to the artist to provide inspiration, but I think we turn to the
artist because on a psychological level we know that the artist is comfortable
living with the unknown. The artist has had to face the unknown, had to
make a living today out of something which didnt exist yesterday,
and we take comfort from that.