Guzheng Goes Pop!

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This album was recorded live on Sunday, June 9, 2013; at Espace Pop, in Montreal, Quebec.

The vocalists are Athena Holmes, Amanda Strawn, Ian Macaulay, Jill Campbell, Meghan Riley, Dan Parker, and Kurt Chaboyer.

My instrument is the Guzheng. It was given to me by Rebecca Li, a Chinese exchange student whom I met in a Computer Science class while I was studying Music at McGill University. She gave me an initial lesson; I promptly forgot everything and started messing around. I learned to play the instrument on balconies and in yoga studios.

This project begun as a concept by first renting the space. I knew it would be perfect for filming a video, and later decided to make use of it for the evening as well. I thought to give a meditation concert, as I've done in the past. Then it occurred to me that pop music should be played at Espace Pop.

Only after working out the entire repertoire did I approach singers whom I thought might enjoy a song. Something particularly important to me was when songs held some special value to the singer, as these songs sometimes can with all of us. The value of popular music is that it allows a special and particular feeling to be broadly shared, largely because the listener's familiarity allows her to contribute more deeply to the music.

I am releasing this under the LiveYogaMusic.com name, even though this isn't music intended to be played in yoga class. This project, however, was one of community building - kula. Anyone in the know will tell you that yoga is about more than postures. Also, I want to centralize my marketing and promotional efforts to leverage my brand across different markets.

Modern Western Yoga is a culture in which business and entrepreneurial vision are admired. Though some may argue that the tradition of yoga is ancient, and has been corrupted by Western consumerism, I maintain that modern yoga began with the appropriation of Western values by Eastern teachers - and Western influence is not only a contaminant but a vital source of energy as well. (Let's not throw the happy baby out with the bath water, so to speak.) I have the same reservations about capitalism as the next informed yogi, but I do believe it is possible to operate within it's framework in a way that breeds harmony, balance, respect; values held by my understanding of the yoga practice.

I've worked on establishing musical connections with the singers in this album, all of whom I've been blessed to have met and worked with in some capacity over the last few years. Just as I practice working with yoga instructors - as a dynamic interplay, where I try to follow more than lead - these vocalists have shaped the broad strokes of these pieces, and I have attempted to provide a responsive canvas.

Song structure is rigid, but we were able to maintain a feeling of freedom and spontaneity, largely by not over-rehearsing the music. I am convinced that something very special was captured on this evening, shared by everyone who was there, but ultimately never to be repeated. Listeners accustomed to the (often-sterile) perfection of the recording studio may balk at the subtle mistakes in delivery. I am ignorant of none, but I maintain that the value of these performances transcends their technical shortcomings.

Now that the songs have crystallized, we will no doubt perform them at subsequent events with more polish and finesse. But something of the vital rawness and magic will be lost, and on the recording it exists in perpetuity.

The sound was entirely acoustic, and the room is small. The audience, therefore, plays a very strong role on this album. On many songs, the room can be heard with chant-like reverberation, filling out the music and confirming the fullness of the evening. I have included the lyrics to these songs if you feel like joining in. There is something tremendously healthy about singing, and it is almost tragic that our society relegates it to a speciality. The widespread timidity I've observed over the voice, I believe, is culturally induced - and I value those that encourage others to sing; kirtan is a particularly wonderful manifestation I expect to explore someday.

Alas, I hope you enjoy these songs, and share them with others if you do.

Matt
2013

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released July 12, 2013

Recording Engineers: Ben Sanchez and Dylan Davies

Photos: Rachel Moon

-Thanks-

Mom, Dad, Robin, Lorna, Paul, Jesse, Nana. Family first.

All the singers: Athena, Amanda, Ian, Jill, Meghan, Dan, Kurt. For all the enthusiasm and support I've received from you guys. I hope this project sprouts in organic new directions.

Jill & Julio: you guys have become like family. I thought about putting you above, after Nana.

Erik Giasson and Frances Vicente at Le Studio de Yoga Wanderlust, Andre Riley and Alyson Wishnousky at Enso Yoga, Melanie Richards and Sylvieanne Williams at Happy Tree. So lucky to have these regular opportunities to play for your classes.

My chakra circle: you guys know who you are and how much I love you.

Jillian Fernandes, for managing the house the night of the event, and offering her continued heartfelt support.

Also, big shout to Josh Usheroff, who did the video for my upcoming clip. We filmed at Espace Pop, the afternoon before the show.

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My name is Matthew Wiviott and I play music for yoga classes in Montreal. My instrument is the Guzheng, a Chinese harp.

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Track Name: Summertime (feat. Athena Holmes)
Summertime,
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Oh, Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll take to the sky

But until that morning
There's a'nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by

Summertime,
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry
Track Name: Ain't No Sunshine (feat. Amanda Strawn)
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
It's not warm when she's away.
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And she's always gone too long
Anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she's gone
Wonder if she's gone to stay
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away.

And I know, I know, I know, I know,
Hey, I oughtta leave young thing alone
But ain't no sunshine when she's gone

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
Only darkness every day.
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Track Name: Black Dog (feat. Dan Parker)
Hey, hey, mama, said the way you move, gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove.
Oh, oh, child, way you shake that thing, gonna make you burn, gonna make you sting.
Hey, hey, baby, when you walk that way, watch your honey drip, can't keep away.

[Chorus:]
Ah yeah, ah yeah, ah, ah, ah. Ah yeah, ah yeah, ah, ah, ah.
I gotta roll, can't stand still, got a flaming heart, can't get my fill
Eyes that shine burning red, dreams of you all through my head.
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah.

Hey, baby, oh, baby, pretty baby, tell me that you'll do me now
Hey, baby, oh, baby, pretty baby, do me like you do me now
Didn't take too long 'fore I found out, what people mean by down and out.
Spent my money, took my car, started telling her friends she's gonna be a star.
I don't know but I been told, a big-legged woman ain't got no soul.

[Chorus]

All I ask for when I pray, steady rollin' woman gonna come my way.
Need a woman gonna hold my hand, won't tell me no lies, make me a happy man.
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
Track Name: No Diggity (feat. Jill Campbell)
You know what
I like the playettes
No diggity, no doubt, uh
Play on playette
Play on playette
Yo Dre, drop the verse

[Dr. Dre]
It's going down, fade to Blackstreet
The homies got RB, collab' creations
Bump like Acne, no doubt
I put it down, never slouch
As long as my credit can vouch
A dog couldn't catch me ass out
Tell me who can stop when Dre making moves
Attracting honeys like a magnet
Giving 'em eargasms with my mellow accent
Still moving this flavour
With the homies Blackstreet and Teddy
The original rump shakers

Shorty get down, good Lord
Baby got 'em up open all over town
Strictly biz, she don't play around
Cover much ground, got game by the pound
Getting paid is a forte
Each and every day, true player way
I can't get her out of my mind
(what)
I think about the girl all the time (well, well)

East side to the west side
Pushing phat rides, it's no surprise
She got tricks in the stash
Stacking up the cash
Fast when it comes to the gas
By no means average
She's on when she's got to have it
Baby, you're a perfect ten, I wanna get in
Can I get down, so I can win

[1] - I like the way you work it
No diggity, I got to bag it up, bag it up
[Repeat 1 (3x)]

She's got class and style
Street knowledge by the pound,
Baby never act wild
Very low key on the profile
Catching villains is a no,
Let me tell you how it goes
Curves the words, spins the verbs
Lovers it curves so freak what you heard
Rollin' with the phatness
You don't even know what the half is
You got to pay to play
Just for shorty, bang-bang, to look your way
I like the way you work it
Trumped tight, all day, every day
You're blowing my mind, maybe in time
Baby, I can get you in my ride

[Repeat 1 (4x)]

[2] - Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, hey yo
Hey yo, that girl looks good
Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, hey yo
Play on, play on playette
Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, hey yo
You're my kind of girl, no diggity
Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, hey yo
Hey


[Repeat 1 (4x)]

[Repeat 2]
Track Name: Human Nature (feat. Ian Macaulay)
[1st Verse]
Looking Out
Across The Night-Time
The City Winks A Sleepless Eye
Hear Her Voice
Shake My Window
Sweet Seducing Sighs

[2nd Verse]
Get Me Out
Into The Night-Time
Four Walls Won't Hold Me Tonight
If This Town
Is Just An Apple
Then Let Me Take A Bite

[Chorus]
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way

[3rd Verse]
Reaching Out
To Touch A Stranger
Electric Eyes Are Ev'rywhere
See That Girl
She Knows I'm Watching
She Likes The Way I Stare

[Chorus]
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
I Like Livin' This Way
I Like Lovin' This Way

[4th Verse]
Looking Out
Across The Morning
The City's Heart Begins To Beat
Reaching Out
I Touch Her Shoulder
I'm Dreaming Of The Street

[Chorus]
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
I Like Livin' This Way
Track Name: Stumbleine (feat. Meghan Riley)
Boredoms in the bathroom shaking out the loose teeth
Sally's in the stirrups claiming her destiny
And nobody nowhere understands anything
About me and all my dreams
Lost at sea
Jack it up judy set your heart alight
Mayfair mistress of the satellites
Misspent youth- faking up a rampage
To hold off the real slaves
Paid off and staid
And what you never knew
Can never get to you
So fake it
I'll be your stumbleine
I'll be your super queen
And make you
Jukebox fuckup hanging round the drugstore
No matter what you say he'll be back for more
Mommy's in the manger with the little kids
She's got her reasons, got my forgets
Of tears and idle threats
Misplaced
And no matter what they do
They can't get to you
So fake it
I'll be your stumbleine
I'll be your super queen
And make you me
Come around ruby I could never sleep alone
Track Name: You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (feat. Athena Holmes)
You never close your eyes any more when I kiss your lips
And there's no tenderness like before in your fingertips
Mmm, you're tryin' hard not to show it, baby
But baby, baby I know it

You've lost that lovin' feelin'
Ohh that lovin' feelin'
You've lost that lovin' feelin',
Now its gone, gone, gone whoaohoh

Now there's no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for you
Baby you've started to criticize every every every little thing that I do
It makes me just feel like crying, baby
'Cause baby, something beautiful's dyin'

You've lost that lovin' feelin'
Ohh that lovin'feelin'
You've lost that lovin' feelin'
Now its gone, gone , gone, whoaohoh
Baby baby, I'd get down on my knees for you
If you would only love me, love me like you used to do
You know that,
We had a love , a love, a love you don't find every day,
No no, no no, no no no no no no no
So don't, don't, don't, don't, baby don't throw it away
Na na, don't throw it away, don't throw it away
Now baby, oh baby, I beg you baby, oh baby
I beg you please, I need your love
So bring it on back, bring it back
Bring it back, bring it, bring it, bring it back

Bring back that lovin' feelin', o-o-oh that lovin' feelin'
Bring back that lovin' feelin'
'Cause its gone, gone, gone
And I can't go on no more

Oh baby, yeah baby
Oh bring it on back now, hey baby
I beg you baby, oh baby
Bring it on back, bring it on back
Bring it, bring it, bring it back

Bring back that lovin' feelin'
Ohh that lovin' feelin'
Track Name: Sexual Healing (feat. Ian Macaulay)
Ooh, now let's get down tonight

Baby I'm hot just like an oven
I need some lovin'
And baby, I can't hold it much longer
It's getting stronger and stronger

And when I get that feeling
I want Sexual Healing
Sexual Healing, oh baby
Makes me feel so fine
Helps to relieve my mind
Sexual Healing baby, is good for me
Sexual Healing is something that's good for me

Whenever blue tear drops are falling
And my emotional stability is leaving me
There is something I can do
I can get on the telephone and call you up baby, and
Honey I know you'll be there to relieve me
The love you give to me will free me
If you don't know the things you're dealing
I can tell you, darling, that it's Sexual Healing

Get up, Get up, Get up, Get up, let's make love tonight
Wake up, Wake up, Wake up, Wake up, 'cos you do it right

Baby I got sick this morning
A sea was storming inside of me
Baby I think I'm capsizing
The waves are rising and rising
And when I get that feeling
I want Sexual Healing
Sexual Healing is good for me
Makes me feel so fine, it's such a rush
Helps to relieve the mind, and it's good for us
Sexual Healing, baby, is good for me
Sexual Healing is something that's good for me

And it's good for me and it's good to me
My baby ohhh
Come take control, just grab a hold
Of my body and mind soon we'll be making it
Honey, oh we're feeling fine
You're my medicine open up and let me in
Darling, you're so great
I can't wait for you to operate
I can't wait for you to operate
When I get this feeling, I need Sexual Healing
Track Name: House of the Rising Sun (feat. Meghan Riley)
There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one

My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new bluejeans
My father was a gamblin' man
Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and trunk
And the only time he's satisfied
Is when he's on a drunk

Oh mother tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun

Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain

Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one
Track Name: I Heard It Through the Grapevine (feat. Amanda Strawn)
Ooh, I bet you're wondering how I knew
'bout you're plans to make me blue
with some other guy that you knew before.
Between the two of us guys
you know I love you more.
It took me by surprise I must say,
when I found out yesterday.
Don't you know that...

[Chorus:]
I heard it through the grapevine
not much longer would you be mine.
Oh I heard it through the grapevine,
Oh and I'm just about to lose my mind.
Honey, honey yeah.

I know that a man ain't supposed to cry,
but these tears I can't hold inside.
Losin' you would end my life you see,
cause you mean that much to me.
You could have told me yourself
that you love someone else.
Instead...

[Chorus]

People say believe half of what you see,
son, and none of what you hear.
I can't help bein' confused
if it's true please tell me dear?
Do you plan to let me go
for the other guy you loved before?
Don't you know...
Track Name: Hallelujah (feat. Ian Macaulay)
I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time when you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Track Name: Hurt (feat. Kurt Chaboyer)
I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end
You could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of shit
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

You could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt
If I could start again
A million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way
Track Name: Innocent When You Dream (feat. Meghan Riley)
The bats are in the belfry
the dew is on the moor
where are the arms that held me
and pledged her love before
and pledged her love before

[CHORUS]

It's such a sad old feeling
the fields are soft and green
it's memories that I'm stealing
but you're innocent when you dream
when you dream
you're innocent when you dream

Running through the graveyard
we laughed my friends and I
we swore we'd be together
until the day we died
until the day we died

[CHORUS]

I made a golden promise
that we would never part
I gave my love a locket
and then I broke her heart
and then I broke her heart

[CHORUS]
Track Name: True Love Will Find You in the End (feat. Jill Campbell)
True love will find you in the end
You'll find out just who was your friend
Don't be sad, I know you will,
But dont give up until
True love will find you in the end

This is a promise with a catch
Only if you're looking can it find you
'Cause true love is searching too
But how can it recognize you
Unless you step out into the light?
Don't be sad i know you will
But don't give up until
True love finds you in the end.
Track Name: Stand By Me (feat. Athena Holmes)
When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darling, darling, stand by me, oh now, now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darling, darling, stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me, oh now, now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me
Darling, darling, stand by me-e, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me