Music of the Dreaming Heart Trees
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A reviewer of this album on CD Baby wrote:
"This CD offers a rich, tactile experience of what it must have been like to sit under the two "singing" trees playing love songs to each other in the hidden cove on the remote Balinese island where this magical tale took place.
The music of Jeffrey Goodman itself has a magical quality--a pleasing, naturalistic sound that evokes the wind, and, with its beautiful, melancholic, wistful quality, is vaguely reminiscent of the shakuhachi flute in Zen. However, with its wind chimes and other melodic sounds, it is often more like a balmy ocean breeze. It is meditative, soothing, and enchanting.
Altogether, this CD subtly transports one to an otherworldly place at the far end of the earth, but with its dreamy, meditative, evocative tones and mood, also to the center of one's being. It is a delightfully religious piece of music, and I strongly recommend it to the person who can appreciate how new sounds evoke ancient feelings of the soul."
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About the Music
On a remote island northwest of Bali, there is a hidden cove where two ancient Dreaming Heart Trees are perched on a bluff overlooking a wild beach. Named after ramphal or Rama's fruit, the trees are known for the dream-inducing nectar of their heart-shaped fruits.
More than 100 years ago, a group of Balinese fishermen discovered the hidden cove and the Dreaming Heart Trees after they had been thrown off course by a sudden storm. After fishing in the cove all morning, one of the fishermen, named Gajah Mada, who was also a noted gamelan musician, sat down with his saung kauk (a harp-like instrument which originated in Burma) to play beneath the Dreaming Heart Trees. Above him a flock of song birds gathered along the branches, and when they began to sing and drink the nectar of the heart fruits, Gajah Mada also partook of the nectar and began to play his saung kauk. Then the dream nectar took effect and he fell into a deep sleep.
While in a sleeping trance he had a vision that the trees had beckoned the birds to peck small holes along the tree branches, each of a different size. When the birds had finished making the holes, the two trees began to sway as the ocean air passed through the holes inscribed within their branches.
Enchanting melodies began to sound. The melodies from the larger tree sounded like flutes or woodwinds, and the melodies of the smaller tree sounded like violins or cellos. Gajah Mada then realized that the trees had become musical instruments: they could now play impassioned love songs with one another as the ocean breezes blew through their entwined branches.
Gajah Mada again picked up his harp and played along with the swaying trees, the singing birds, and the sounds of the ocean waves breaking in the hidden cove. He improvised for hours with rapt attention and inspiration, and, upon awakening from his vision, began to write of his experience and notate the music.
Previously unknown to the world, the manuscript of Gajah Mada’s music and story were found by sheer chance in an antiquities shop in the Balinese city of Singaraga. The owner had been cleaning up his shop when he noticed a much-battered Burmese harp. When he checked to see if it was worth keeping, he noticed a volume of old of papers lodged within the harp’s sound box. He removed it and the manuscript was the very one which Gajah Mada had notated upon waking from his visionary trance. The 4 Dreams, 5 Meditations and 2 Invocations all originate from this Music of the Dreaming Heart Trees and the inspired notations of Gajah Mada.