Pioneer the Light

by Blue Soul Caravan

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Pioneer the Light, the first release from Minneapolis based singer/songwriter duo Blue Soul Caravan explore themes of transcendent love, fear, light, darkness, and what it is to be alive on this playground Earth. Alex Goldfarb and Leela Bergerud create unique harmonies while cultivating a world folk flavor. This music draws upon a lifetime of musical influences (Nick Drake, Ali Akbar Khan, Ali Farke Toure, Paul Simon, Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, Low, etc.) as well as more obscure tastes from the Kirtan and sacred world music traditions. Blue Soul Caravan artfully blends Bluegrass, Sanskrit mantras, and folk overtones with world infused instrumentation. Inspiration for this album spans the mundane challenges of being human to timeless Buddhist dharma teachings, inviting the listener to remember the more eternal truth of our very being.

Pioneer the Light was produced and recorded by Alex Goldfarb using a simple yet effective recording set up. The flexibility of having full control over the recording environment allowed for experimentation with unusual pairings of the many instruments Alex plays. Sitar, banjo, guitar, kalimbas, various hand drums, bass and flutes interweave to create a rich yet simple tapestry as a background to Leela and Alex's lyrical vocal wanderings.

Pioneer the Light features guest musicians Rajhta Ren on piano and organ, Joe Sheehan on double bass, and Gary Waryan on tablas. We sincerely hope this music nourishes and delights you on your way.


released June 7, 2011


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Track Name: Carry Me
Carry me oh carry me
All the way home, oh yeah
Past the mountains of green and stone

Sing with me my sweet little darling
Sing with me, oh yeah
For the morning, the morning is calling

and Grace, she will find us
she will gently bind us
we shall have what we need
and when we need it
all the way all the way home

All these days oh all of these days
Filled with suffering
May we find joy
In the the suffering

Sing with me....

and Grace.....

And we say
"Rama rama sita rama....

all the way home...."