This will be a recording of songs about the American desert. Players will include members of the former Tiny Tin Hearts and others.
This is a video made by Steven Ceresia and me at his studio "Sunday House" in Bastrop, TX. You can hear me playing some of the tunes that will be featured on Huya Ania and talking a bit about what the musical and lyrical goals are for the album.
Lead vocals, backing vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonium, Rhodes, violin, viola, cello. French horn, trumpet, trombone, bass, drums, pedal or lap steel, electric guitar, marimba and kora.
"Huya Ania" is the word for the enchanted desert wilderness world in Yaqui spirituality. Despite what Carlos Casteneda would have you believe, none of the religious or spiritual activities he claimed to encounter in his books were Yaqui, or based on Yaqui rituals or beliefs. The Yaqui religion is based heavily on the magic and mysteries, dangers and wonders of the desert world in which they lived - mostly in the Sonoran desert in northern Mexico and the very southern parts of Arizona. They divide life into five worlds, one of which is "Huya Ania," the magical desert world that exists parallel to our own and is filled with ancient power left over from the creation of the world.
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