You can purchase the CD, “Music from Living on the Earth,” from Alicia’s online store here.
In 1971, Alicia Bay Laurel’s NYT bestselling book, Living on the Earth, inspired a generation to move to the woods and dance around in the nude. Here are the songs she wrote at the time she created her legendary book, at age 19, recorded solo in a professional studio 30 years later with Rick Ascher Keefer, the engineer who produced the rock band, Heart’s “Dog and Butterfly” album. Influenced by John Fahey, a family member, Alicia fingerpicks in a variety of guitar tunings, in styles somewhat like Celtic, country waltz, raga, delta blues, jazz waltz, bluegrass and old hymnal tunes, but not quite, because of the philosophical content of the lyrics, which reflect the revolutionary natural living guide for which the CD is named.
Purchase downloads of Music from Living on the Earth from CDBaby,
Alicia’s musical biography from allmusic.com.
Reviews of Music from Living On The Earth.
Lyrics to the songs from Living On The Earth.
Information about the Tibetan Buddhist master Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, about whom the song “Rinpoche” was written. The occasion of my song was his 1976 visit to Maui, when he came to a home (now a guest house) Alicia was renting from Buddhist artists Phil Gronquist and Ann Deweese in Huelo, to circumambulate the stupa that had been built there (the first stupa built in the USA). Alicia served Tibetan black tea to Kalu Rinpoche and his attendant lamas, and played Hawaiian slack key guitar for them. Kalu requested that she sing a song containing the Buddhist mantra “Aum mani padme hum,” because he believed that any sentient being who heard those words even once in their lifetime would, in some future lifetime, attain enlightenment. So, she wrote him a jazz waltz, and sang it for him soon after at his meditation retreat.