Unexpected Blessings

by Joel Veena

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This album is dedicated to tabla maestro Pt. Subhash Nirwan, whose magical appearance in my life opened the doors to Indian music by providing me with my teacher, Dr. Ranjan Kumar, and some of my closest musical companions.

Here, the Indian slide guitar is presented in many different settings; from traditional, to fusion and beyond. In no other recording will you hear the slide guitar playing a duet with the handpan, used as the carrier with a vocoder or in a fusion of Carnatic South Indian music and middle eastern drumming. It is a labor of love, recorded in India and in the US with world class musicians from around the globe.

Please accept my musical offering, play it far and wide, may it bring you peace, joy, strength and inspiration in all that you do.

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released February 15, 2017

Tracks 1, 3, and 6 were recorded and mixed by Matt Hall at Guilford Sound in Guilford, Vermont USA.

Track 2 was recorded at the Red Velvet Recording Room by Varun Gupta in Gurgaon, India. It was mixed by Matt Hall at Guilford Sound.

Track 4 was recorded live at Gratitude Heritage Home by Kees van Boxtel in Pondicherry, India. Kees mixed the track at Bless U Studio in Haarlem, Netherlands.

Track 5 was recorded and mixed at Root Cellar Sound by Joel 'Veena' Eisenkramer in Brattleboro, Vermont USA.

The album was mastered by Tom Hutten at Bionic Mastering in Chester, Vermont USA

The album art is by ESK Evan Wilson, Instagram: @evaneskwilson

Special thanks to all who helped to make this album possible, including...
Marcia Hylan, Peter Eisenkramer, Dan DeWalt, Vidhi Salla, Suraj Nirwan, Puraskar Nirwan, Matt Hall, Jed Blume, Kees van Boxtel, Gordon Korstange, Jeanne Korstange, Dylan & Megan Richardson, Matt DiLuzio, David Snyder, Todd Roach, Virginia Soukoup, Ranjan Kumar, Tom Hutten, Paul Eisenkramer, and Bhaba Sindhu Biswas and his team for making the instrument I play on this recording.

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Joel Veena Brattleboro, Vermont

Joel 'Veena' Eisenkramer first traveled to Delhi, India in 2007. Here he heard the Indian Slide Guitar and through a series of blessed chance meetings was connected with his guru Dr. Ranjan Kumar. He has been traveling back and forth between VT and India since; receiving more teachings and performing. ... more

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Track Name: Shell
Break me out from my shell
I want to feel touch
I want to feel whole...

Some days it's like a walking carapace
I can't feeling nothing
I don't feel no way

You've got cell phone, email, text message, voicemail
Facebook, WhatsApp
I can't feel that

Cell phone, email, text message, voicemail
Facebook, WhatsApp
Keep my heart on track

Break me out from my shell
I want to feel touch
I want to feel whole

Drop the articles and get to the flesh of the language
Of bodies
Just crucial information necessary for direction decision
Wind whim, buoyed kite or bird
To visit for awhile

Wherefore stay location?
Stay inner intention
No tether singular direction
Option, chance
So when hand touch hand to dance
Rhythm blesses circumstance
Grateful, humble stance to curve hips and back
In sweet romance

Break me out from my shell
I want to feel touch
I want to feel whole

Break me out from my shell
I want to feel touch
I want to feel love