Hello. As I write this, there are 106 backers and we're almost at 50% ($5,885 pledged of the $12k goal). Things are going great, thanks so much. I wanted to share a bit more on the inspiration behind the album's artwork.
Michael sings the lines above in the track, "Samsara." Samsara is a Buddhist idea that life is a repetitive cycle of death & rebirth, and suffering -- returning again and again to aimless wandering and pain. Until, for some lucky travelers, they reach enlightenment and step off the wheel.
When I was conceiving the imagery for the cover and art cards, I began imagining that these successive lives are akin to time-travel; we return in only slightly altered forms. They’re variations of the same dynamics we are currently experiencing with the people around us (inspired by Stan Grof’s idea of CoEx systems). We return to similar conflicts and pain, repeating our mistakes, perhaps experiencing small bits of improvement, experiencing love and pleasant moments in some of our incarnations, and perhaps gaining a clearer understanding of reality.
I decided to photograph Mercy representing some of the incarnations of life on the repetitive wheel. More from "Samsara:"
To me, the phrase “to touch the milky way” contains a feeling of longing and hopefulness yet also recognition of the absurdity and impossibility of ever reaching the goal. Samsara seems to embody reaching for more and yet feeling great sadness, loss and despair.
"Samsara," and the following track "Does anything remain?" both end on the idea of forgetting. In Michael's track, the character doesn't want to forget what he has uncovered; filled with regret, the character in Dani's track hopes to forget what has happened the last few years.