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Published on Aug 9, 2016
"Before There Were Gods" is dedicated to my wife, Suzanne. The lyrics spring from things she said - about feeling as if she's known me for centuries ago, and wishing she'd met me earlier this time around. The song speaks to the timelessness of love, the sense that it is beyond morality, before religious intent, beyond the gods themselves.
It is also a homage to the late guitarist Michael Hedges (December 31, 1953 – December 2, 1997). I always loved his haunting song Lenona (1981). I contacted his estate (in 2004) to ask if I could use his guitar performance on this track and they agreed. The guitar continuum that is heard in the opening and played all the way through (panned in the middle) is Michael, edited and rearranged. Fretless bass is played by George Winston. All other instruments, effects and vocals are Tobin Mueller, including those guitar fillers panned left/right in the middel section, seagulls and other sounds from Cape Cod, and the Indian flute.
The paintings that illustrate this video are by Vladimir Kush. The initial painting (that pans right to left) hangs above our couch in our living room. I thank Max at the Manhattan Kush Gallery for his permission to use all the images. Welcome back to Manhattan, Vlad!
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