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A Delta Songline

A Delta Songline

  • By Kash Lewis
  • Release 07/12/2013
  • Music Genre Blues
  • Media Format CD
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Songline Defined: A Songline is a dreaming track. The Aboriginal belief is that 'creator beings' left dreaming tracks in the path of creating the world. It is believed that, through songs, one can find these tracks and then follow them. The idea has haunted me for years. I've often thought that dreaming tracks must crisscross the Delta. I've thought that, wherever your locality, Songlines must be present. Like beacons in the darkness, guiding those of us who are willing, those of us who care enough to stop and listen. Delta Blues is ethereal, it's haunting, and like a Songline, it seems to be calling on the stronger souls of our society. I felt that these original recordings, and what they represented, could best be described as the Songline of my own life. A line that was of the Blues, a line that was of pain and triumph: A Delta Songline. A Delta Songline: The Story It was early 2006, I had just turned nineteen, and I had a dream that I wasn't quite ready to let go. I was partly living the dream, and I was partly imagining it. Blues was what I did. It was what I lived and breathed. I knew nothing else. It consumed me without compare, like wildfire. "We'll be rolling in five." The engineer said, loudly over the studio speaker system. My hands were sweating as I took one last gulp before the tape clinched in on record. My heart ceased and I began to roll into a live take of Pride. The National Resonator that lay in my hands began to sound as if it were singing. I responded in kind, I sang back. I closed my eyes and I forgot all about the worries that plagued my mind. For three minutes, I went somewhere else. At the end of the song I sat quietly, halfway shaking, my mind still ringing with the notes that made the Delta. A minute went by and then the engineer beckoned me. I wiped the tear that slowly slid down one cheek and walked into the control room. I was tough, not ready to show the slightest bit of weakness. "Good stuff!" The engineer said, as I walked in. "Yeah, I reckon it was alright." I responded. "Let me hear it, and then we'll go on into to the next number." I didn't want to tell him what the song was about. It was much too personal. It was about being poor, hurt, and judged. It was real, and it was where I was from. He wouldn't understand. I could barely afford the recording session. I most certainly did not want to spend any extra recording time talking frivolously. The session continued, and for a day, I really felt like a king. I felt like I was somebody. We finished a bit early, so Rich (the engineer) and I sat around drinking coffee and telling stories, this being off the clock of course. Although our stories proved entertaining, they did eventually find their end. My day at Ardent was now over, and the time had come. I collected my masters, paid the bill, hopped into to my broken-down bucket of a car, and began the long drive home. My dusty town and my dilapidated palace awaited me. My car had no CD player, so I would have to wait until reaching home before I could hear the recordings. "Wow boy! You sound reeeaall gooood." My pa said, in a drawn out voice of excitement. He was sitting in his easy chair, gesturing and as the music continued. I looked on and laughed. It felt great to hear him encourage me. It always did. His approval held weight. At times it meant living or dying. It meant continuing or giving up. I thought to myself, 'if I never make it in the music business, it'll be alright, it's all worth it.' His recognition and support was more than enough. He had a way of making you feel like a million bucks, even if in the company of squalor. My pa passed shortly thereafter. Ultimately, the tragedy of losing him brought me back to a harsh reality. My pa had been dying for the past five years and cancer had finally claimed him. It brought me out of my dream state. After that, my music went unheard... The tracks remained in a dresser drawer. They died along with him. I could barely go on, let alone pursue a dream in music. My pa left behind a young family. The paternal role he held was now vacant. I was the oldest, so naturally, I carried on and continued to raise them. I had to become a father in the wake of losing my own. It wasn't something I couldn't handle; I had already been moving into the role. As my father's health had been deteriorating, I had been taking on more familial leadership. Now that he was gone, I kind of operated on autopilot. I worked in factories, grocery stores, warehouses, construction, office buildings, and anything else that would take me. I had to support my family. I was a full-time parent, and the responsibility to my family took precedence, my music would have to wait. The years that followed brought love, heartbreak, single parenthood, more loss, and ultimately, an undying happiness. I'm twenty-six now and things in life have really changed. I have gotten one sibling off to college and the other is now fifteen and going strong. They both make me thoroughly proud. I am honored that I have had the opportunity to be a part of their story. I am more than honored to carry on my father's legacy. I have come back to my music and started to write again. My depression and exhaustion has lifted. I am stronger than ever before. All things considered; I must say, there isn't a day that goes by, that I don't miss those early days. The days of naïve innocence, the days of dreams, the days of my pa. At times I miss those days, but then I realize; I have new days now. Stepping away from music and then returning to it - is what makes me. It is my Songline. Now, for the first time since their inception, I have broken these songs from the dresser. I will officially reacquaint with my journey and re-enter the dream that is my Songline. I have had the original tracks re-mastered for release. These are the recordings from those days at Ardent, the songs that were written in a hopeful, and hopeless, time of my life. They will no longer go unheard. They will live on. I hope that they find their way to your heart. I hope that they touch you as the music has touched me. Thank you for listening. Kash Lewis 2013.


Artist: Kash Lewis
Title: A Delta Songline
Genre: Blues
Release Date: 07/12/2013
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 700261395067


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