I AM is a very powerful phrase. It is the core of who we are. We always try and fill in what comes after those two words. I am a student. I am a doctor. I am smart. I am pretty. I am dumb. I am Italian. I am American. Sure sure sure. But before you are any of those things, you just…are. Declaring I AM is saying that you are, before any of the other words that can follow. We get confused sometimes and forget that stripped of all of the things we think we are, or get told we are, we exist in pure awareness.
I named this record I AM because it was my declaration that I exist musically. I am here. I recorded this EP, with the collaboration of cherished friends, independent from any label or outside source. I would like to thank my co-creators Shachar Boussani, Andy Fischerprice, and Adam Brooks. As well as Seth Sylvester, Ned Albright, Nico, Mike.
And to everyone who helped get me to the place where I was ready to take the reigns, and record these songs.
The record starts with Pray. You don’t have to be religious to pray. It simply takes an understanding that everything is connected and you are part of something much bigger than you alone.
Sometimes we forget how powerful our word is. This song is a warning and reminder that everything you say will create your life. If you continue to tell yourself nobody loves you and you don’t matter, you might make it real. If you continue to say you’re not very good at what you do, you might make that real. If you say you are dumb, or that person is a jerk, or this world is scary and cold, or you’ll never get what you want, you might make it real.
Use your word wisely.
I think we all get encumbered by indecisiveness at times. This is what this song is about. Those times when we have two voices in our head telling us two very different perspectives to act upon. And both are compelling. Both are logical. Both are reasonable.
This song is me asking for another way. Another view. Another lens to look through.
Falling in love isn’t always easy. And it isn’t always what we think it is. The other person is sometimes not as open to it. Sometimes we are not as open as we would like to be. There are fears standing in the way.
Do you think you should try and save someone from their fears? Do you think you could if you tried? Should you? Or should you just take care of yourself?
Where Has My Mind Gone?
This song might be my favorite on the record. I like how we captured my voice on this one, and the track we put together delivers the message of the song in a powerful way.
I wrote this song during a huge mental transition in my life. I was discovering myself again, as will happen over the course of our lives. I was coming back to my ability to enhance my life. I was feeling more connected than I had in a long time. It was like waking up from a really long dream, and wondering, where was I?
I had been feeling really stuck. Mentally, emotionally, spiritually. I had stopped feeling active in my life, and was just kind of floating. And I hadn’t even fully realized it. This happens from time to time, doesn’t it?
And the beautiful thing is, we have the power, in any moment, to come back and say I am here, I am ready, I choose my life. We do not have to be stuck forever. Everything changes. In any moment, we can become our best again. We can wake up from the foggy dream, and open ourselves up to our own greatness. We can let go of the past, accept our fear, and bravely put our best foot forward.
You are far greater than you realize, and all is well.
This is the single from this EP. And the message is clear. An empowered soul cannot be stopped.