Celebrating 30 Years of Music
For many years you have been asking “when can we buy some of your original earlier albums from your Southwest Series?” Now you can. They’re all available with the original cover artwork and the original album titles. Buy individually or as a set. If you already own them it makes a great gift anytime. Watch New Video.
In 1991 we came to the Colorado Plateau or more specifically (if one can be specific about this incredibly vast area) the Four Corners region of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Our purpose was to gain inspiration for an album entitled “Desert Plateaus”.
We continued recording and living amongst the Canyons, Mesas and Plateaus for many years…This lead to a whole series… “The Musical Visions of the Southwest Series.”
“Desert Plateaus”, is the first album in the best selling “Musical Visions of the Southwest Series”. Life began for an ancient people known as the “Anasazi” in an area referred to as the Four Corners region where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona come together. It is high plateau country stretching for hundreds of miles in all directions. Where these people came from and where they went over a 1400 year period can only be theorized.
This music is the culmination of more than 9 months of living in and around these desert plateaus. Some of the most unique terrain and wildlife in the world can be found here. Many of the Nature sounds heard on this album were recorded “live” as they happened while the music was being recorded. There is a peace felt in these canyons and mesas unlike anywhere else I have ever been. Perhaps it is the isolation from the busy world, maybe it is the beauty and wildlife that surrounds you, or maybe, as I believe, it is the spirits of a long lost civilization that inhabits these “DESERT PLATEAUS”
We gaze across the plateaus and mesas of a land time seems to have forgotten. We hear children laughing and playing in the fields of corn. Loving mothers and fathers gather amongst the plazas of stone. We feel an overwhelming sense of peace. As we close our eyes, the midnight sky thunders and the elders of yesterday whisper their ancient stories. the stories of the “Spiritlands.”
Breath of the Mountain: The breathy mist of life flows down from the mountain tops. The raven calls and we look skyward. With open hearts we welcome our brothers and sisters… the cloud spirits. San Francisco Peaks, Arizona
Lost Canyons: Long ago in these hallowed canyon spaces lived thousands of people known today by some as the “Anasazi” or “Hisatsinom”. Although their homes of stone are now in ruins under hundreds of feet of water from Lake Powell you can still hear the calling of their spirits. Glen Canyon, Utah
Into the Memory: As we sit amidst these Kiva walls distant memories drift before our eyes. The hopes and dreams of many still lives on. Bandelier, New Mexico
Spiritlands: Reflections from the past swirl in the flowing water of our cave. We find sanctuary as the brook speaks to our souls. The birds outside sing to our spirit. The glowing fire warms us. Shadowed images dance upon the walls. The heartbeat of the drum comforts us. We give thanks. Old Man Cave, Utah
Ascension: We return to join our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. We return from where we began… we return to the “Spiritlands” Valley of the Gods, Utah
After concluding both our journey and album I found upon returning home that the “Canyon Spirits” had not yet released their grip on my imagination..nor on my soul. These solo Native American flute songs were recorded “live” and inspired from the strong spiritual presence I felt in these once inhabited areas of the southwest. With that in mind this music is dedicated to those “kindred spirits” that have been here…and to those that have left us.
IN THE LAND OF DREAMS
Drawing upon inspiration from the Desert Southwest, Pacific Northwest Central Plains and Eastern Woodlands. John Huling’s music takes the listener on a meditative inner journey for the spirit Native American Flute and gentle drumming with a beautiful array of nature sounds including thunderstorms, brooks and birds make up this excellent collection of music from North America… “In the Land of Dreams.”
RETURN TO SPIRITLANDS
“There is a peace felt in these canyons and mesas unlike anywhere else I have been. Perhaps it is the isolation from the busy world, maybe it is the beauty and the wildlife that surrounds you, or maybe, as I believe, it is the spirits of the long lost civilization that inhabits this vast area of the Southwest.” A few of the songs…
Coyotes Dance: The sacred ceremony unfolds. San Francisco Peaks, Arizona
Nightfall on Hoskinnini Plateau: We begin our journey back to… “Return to the Spiritlands” Hoskinnini Plateau, Arizona
Blue Winds from the North: The spirits arrive to guide us on our journey. Hovenweep Ruins, Utah
Trail of Memories: We travel back into our distant memories. This song is dedicated to my good friend from Hopi, Alph Secakuku. Second Mesa, Arizona
Return to Spiritlands: Returning to join our ancestors.. Returning from where we began…