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Thank you for downloading these tracks! Back in 2012 after going away to do the plant medicine Ayahuasca, I heard a very strong voice say to me during the ceremony “Don’t Abandon Europe”. I'd always wanted to live and play overseas and it felt like the right time. From there I embarked on the crazy idea of selling all my stuff, transferring the lease of my home to my friends and taking my girlfriend (now fiancé) and dog on a plane halfway across the world from Los Angeles to Hamburg. My friend Rico Bowen of The Mighty Rollers called to say that he had a spot in a band for me - he needed a good guitar player who could sing well without a German accent. So after months scheming and planning off we went and 2 days later I was onstage with him and drummer Jan Ole Jönsson. I wound up staying 2 years and these tracks were mostly conceived and written during that period....

The title track ‘Shadows’ is an emotional response to the Sandy Hook shooting of 2012 in the midst of playing late night gigs while struggling with my own dark period. Reading the news back home was often depressing. It seemed like mass shootings kept happening and all I could think of was the pain these families were experiencing and what drives people to this level of insanity to perform these acts. There was some personal loss going on for me at the same time and it all seemed to be compounding in the dark German winter. Also knowing first hand that there are a host of natural remedies suppressed by governments that have profound effects on people’s emotional and spiritual well being pushed my anger to another level. I had to surrender to what I couldn’t control and ‘Shadows’ is the expression of that.

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What You’ll Get:

7 songs - about 40 minutes of music (like an old school album)

Extensive PDF with lyrics, artwork and liner notes

Music that can be played & shared freely on any device

Some serious Appreciation for your patronage…

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Shadows

-Lyrics & Music by John Zay

I see the pain in all the world it burns my heart inside

Children hurt lives destroyed I can't make sense of why

As healing means within in our reach are hidden from us all the time

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Frozen with all your dreams a shadow falls on the soul

Taken - away from your home and left out in the cold

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As one gets hurt another knows we've stepped into a new game

But all this means is transparency will give our shadows their say

Frozen with all your dreams a shadow falls on the soul

Taken away from your home and left out in the cold

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When will this end...as sickness breathes and fear runs high

There's no one left to offend...A battles yet to come, what have we done?

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Frozen with all your dreams a shadow falls on the soul

Taken away from your home and left out in the cold

Breaking from all your ties you're running out of breath

A measured move complete with the news, you've had enough of all this senseless death

A shadow falls on the soul...