It’s late on a Saturday night. My phone rings. I pickup. It’s Frank (not SN Frank). He sounds very emotional. This is unusual for Frank, because he is normally a very cool German man.
‘Everything alright?’ I ask.
‘Yes. I’m fine,’ Frank replies. ‘I just want to thank you for that promo CD you gave me.’
Somewhat relieved, I enquire, ‘Did you like it?’
Frank chuckles. ‘I didn’t like it. I love it. It completely changed how I feel. You have created something wonderful and I just wanted to share my gratitude.’
I was moved. The conversation ended. I sat for some time, thinking about what had just transpired and how it had come to happen.
The Tan Tan Tanit project began three years ago. Tomas San Miguel, a close friend of mine, approached me and asked if I would write lyrics for a melody he had composed. The idea being that his wife, Alla Zaikina, a soprano, would perform the song. A string quartet and children’s choir were brought in. ‘Heaven’s Gate’ is what came out of the recording sessions. It is a beautiful, moving and profound song. (follow link) It turned out so well that I started composing more songs and producing the music with Tomas. A whole new world opened up for me. Tomas is a world-class pianist, music producer and a great teacher.
As the project evolved we brought in other musicians, some of whom are old-school sannyasins. Manickam Yogeswaran laid down a dynamite vocal on a track called ‘Guru Guru’ (follow link) and things began to blast off into a whole new musical dimension. Mastering was done by a wonderful New Yorker, called Louis Sarmiento. He turned out to be a media guru. I sat at his feet and learned much. He told me that if you create something beautiful in life do not make the mistake of thinking it is yours. You are just a channel. I’d heard that one before, but this time I felt it to be highly relevant. That said, I think people who believe they are channeling Osho are delusional. Channeling energy, yes. Channeling dead people, no. There is no such thing as personal immortality. The creative spirit is impersonal.
Three years down the line and a lot of hard work later, our album has been released.
While watching ‘Wild, Wild Country’ one excerpt that stayed with me was when Osho talked about how he wanted his people to be creative. Cut to sannyasins doing all manner of creative things. Yes, I thought. Osho once told me that, if I wanted to know the creative spirit directly, I must be total in my creativity. I took that on board. I’ve been involved in the creative arts for most of my adult life. The trick is to stay focused on the creative act, not the creation. The true yogi looks not to the fruits of his actions. Lord Shiva does the Nataraj and dissolves into his creation. Tomas, our fellow musicians and I merged with the music. Now it is ready to be appreciated. Like all of my creative projects it was a labour of love. I hope you enjoy it. If you feel so inclined I would very much appreciate if you share the links with friends. You can create great music but the beauty is to share. The giver should be thankful.
A Short Review of Tan Tan Tanit
The driving forces behind Tan Tan Tanit are Tomas San Miguel & Luke Mitchell. Their mutual love of music and their desire to nurture the soul of musicianship creates a unique musical fusion. Living on Ibiza, one hears music everywhere, from the best DJs in the world to the drummers jamming on the beach at sunset. Tan Tan Tanit’s contribution to the ocean of music, which exists on this beautiful island, is delivering lyrics intended to compel the listener to give a knowing chuckle, or pause for a moment to contemplate what is being said. Meanwhile, the band plays on, delivering dynamic instrumental solos, augmented by contemporary beats and hot brass section. Like a pair of musical shamans on a full moon night, they set out to expand Ibiza’s musical horizons. I believe they have achieved that.
James Marshall, MNE, Ibiza, August, 2017.
Links: The first two are especially for Sannyas News readers and commentators. The others will bring you to websites where you can listen to samples of all the tracks. Happy listening.