Lanterns of Midnight
Praise for Lanterns of Midnight, 'Travis Wernet and collaborator Ben Leinbach's album, LANTERNS OF MIDNIGHT, is the best fusion of cool music and shamanic spoken word that I have ever heard. Like the circular breathing technique Travis uses in playing the didjeridoo, music drives word and word drives music to keep rolling your surrendered emotional body down the grassy slope until you come to rest in a new state of radiance. I like to sprinkle cuts from this album into my own compilations. Check out my favorite, track 7. A work of passion, exquisitely well recorded. All good! No kidding!' Will Cloughley, aka 'Uncle Puzzle', Visual Artist - Synapse Productions, San Francisco, California Lanterns of Midnight is a weaving of Mystical Poetry married to the musical sounds and rhythms of the Earth and the Elements. There is a sweet fusion here between voice and music : a journey of the individual flowing into and being held up by the Landscape of the Soul, ' The mind goes, in this madness of Love, for a torch to burn further in every direction, and pulls me around, through days I don't decide upon...' (from 'There's a Hole in My Earth'). Throughout this soundscape, Travis calls forth the Deep Wanting which we all experience in some way, for a Union with that which can guide us in our daily life, and bring Beauty and Mystery into the many steps we take along our paths towards and within what keeps us searching for and finding a sense of Awe and Wonder. As Rumi, the 13th Century Mystic Persian Poet says, 'There is some kiss we want, with our whole lives...'. This unique project is a search for that kiss, and took form synergistically through a turning over and over of the poems and instrumentation while Travis was discovering he wanted to create a recording. It's inspiration speaks from such sources as the Pacific Coast at night as well as the Marin Headlands and Point Reyes, where he spent time didjing, drumming, playing flute and chanting the poems, feeling the wind blow through, asking for something greater to enter and bless the music of the recording. The album holds forth these moments of Clarity and Grace and is truly a sort of Universal Portal through which to pass and explore the territory of what Frank MacEowen, Celtic Shaman, Poet and Musician refers to as 'Oran Mor', the Great Song. Travis played Didjeridu for nine years in Trance-Fusion-Chant-Band, Axis Mundi who perform regularly in the Bay Area. Having moved to the Bay in 1993 from Colorado. He is currently (Fall 2007) re-assembling a band to support his musical vision, as well as his upcoming second release. He has played a selection of gigs with his band 'Pele's Tears' including DJ Kashia and Ritual Belly Dancer Papillon, including Sea of Dreams '06, the Spectra Ball, the Howeird Street Fair, Grace Cathedral (Union) and the Harmony Festival '07. Pele's Tears are expected to come together again and perform shows through the end of 2007 and into 2008.