"One's Never Enough" New Album by The Benhiles
12-12-2020, 07:11 AM, (This post was last modified: 12-13-2020, 12:16 PM by Jim Kent +.)
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"One's Never Enough" New Album by The Benhiles
Greetings fellow Earthlings, 

I'm delighted to announce the public release of my second professionally produced album.

This is the happy, emotive and uplifting album I've been wanting to create all these years.

Here is the track listing:

"Programmable Machines" - https://soundcloud.com/the-benhiles/programmable-machines - "We all live in programmable machines"

"Come To Me" - https://soundcloud.com/the-benhiles/come-to-me - A love song to someone I haven't met yet

"Find The Light" - https://soundcloud.com/the-benhiles/find-the-light - "There is an inextinguishable light that always shines..."

"We All Bozos On This Bus" - https://soundcloud.com/the-benhiles/were-all-bozos-on-this-bus - A song inspired by Carla's  refrain

"A Future Full Of Awe" - https://soundcloud.com/the-benhiles/a-future-full-of-awe - A positive statement about all of our futures

"Ancients Of Venus" - https://soundcloud.com/the-benhiles/ancients-of-venus - An introduction to the Ra SMC in their own words

"Be Careful What You Wish For" - https://soundcloud.com/the-benhiles/be-careful-what-you-wish-for - "... as it might just happen"

"NUNA" - https://soundcloud.com/the-benhiles/nuna - "Never use nukes again!"

"Creator And Created" - https://soundcloud.com/the-benhiles/creator-and-created - "The Creator is in your brothers and your sisters..."

Carla Rueckert is the main spoken vocal in "Creator And Created" and is taken from a recording Carla kindly made for me when she visited Britain back in 2005 for a speaking tour. I remain grateful to Carla for making the recording.

Jim McCarty is the main spoken vocal in "Ancients Of Venus" and is taken from the audio-book of the new "Ra Contact" books.

Huge thanks to L/L for letting me use their samples in my music!

L & L

Jim  Wink
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12-13-2020, 05:52 PM,
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RE: "One's Never Enough" New Album by The Benhiles
Compared to the previous album (which in part, in its main themes, seemed like a musical replacement for the autobiography you've noted would be too tricky to write), you've broadened the exploring of themes. Nice soundscapes and good singing voice, as in the previous album.

The consistently uplifting tone and some other parts of the style seem quite distinct. It's indeed happy-sounding, though personally it feels a bit mixed in seeming to lack a type of variation. Good luck with going further, as it seems like you've really got going.
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12-13-2020, 05:54 PM,
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RE: "One's Never Enough" New Album by The Benhiles
Your music is reminding me a bit of the music of "Away With The Fairies" (Patrick Murphy), who somewhat similarly was a musician in the periphery of the Cassiopaea community in earlier years. (It reminds me more in terms of themes in the music than in terms of how it sounds.) When I met him in Denmark in 2013, he was planning to make a song with the theme of how we are mechanical (but more along the lines of Gurdjieff's idea of that). He barely remembered a song he'd made in 2006 or earlier, where the general theme of the future in your work reminds me of some key lines of his:


One is all there is
Two is all I know
Three is where we are right now
Four is where we need to go

Go spread the word
Ride around the world
Go spread the word
That tomorrow is calling today


(The second line refers to dualism and not being able to see the "third force" or third aspect, which according to some metaphysics is inaccessible to materialistic science while always being one of three things combining to produce phenomena.)

Later, he focused more on themes like a poisoned environment and unscrupulous people in power. Perhaps he lost something more easy-going and idealistic within over the years, until he parted ways with the Cassiopaea community some time after I met him amidst family and health problems.
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12-14-2020, 09:02 AM, (This post was last modified: 12-14-2020, 09:08 AM by Jim Kent +.)
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RE: "One's Never Enough" New Album by The Benhiles
(12-13-2020, 05:52 PM)Asolsutsesvyl Wrote:  Compared to the previous album (which in part, in its main themes, seemed like a musical replacement for the autobiography you've noted would be too tricky to write), you've broadened the exploring of themes. Nice soundscapes and good singing voice, as in the previous album.

The consistently uplifting tone and some other parts of the style seem quite distinct. It's indeed happy-sounding, though personally it feels a bit mixed in seeming to lack a type of variation. Good luck with going further, as it seems like you've really got going.

Hi Asolsutsevyl,

Thanks for taking the time to listen and for the feedback.

You're totally correct that this is a less personal album, although being a much happier affair, I do wonder what this says about my personal life!  Wink

Whilst I'd love to have the beautiful voice of Jim Morrison or Bono, I'm content in the fact that I haven't, in that, with a little bit of professional digital tweaking, my singing is at least listenable.

It's a tricky business creating distinctive music with a particular style without it sounding a bit samey...

I've tried to mitigate this a bit with "One's Never Enough" by the variety of lyrical content and moods.

Thanks again for your compliments man - I appreciate it.

Cheers  Smile 

Jim 

  
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01-01-2021, 06:20 AM,
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RE: "One's Never Enough" New Album by The Benhiles
(12-13-2020, 05:54 PM)Asolsutsesvyl Wrote:  Later, he focused more on themes like a poisoned environment and unscrupulous people in power. Perhaps he lost something more easy-going and idealistic within over the years, until he parted ways with the Cassiopaea community some time after I met him amidst family and health problems.

I too seem somewhat drawn to writing protest songs dealing with the darker aspects of our existence.

I had two songs destined to be on the new album that dealt with quite dark subjects and were darker in musical moods. 

They were "Sinister Agendas" and "Sickened By The State".

I had to trim the track count down from 12 to 10, and it seemed most appropriate to drop the two darkest, and emotionally gloomy tracks from the album, especially with the dark phase Humanity has entered into with the pandemic.

It seems appropriate to offer a more positive, happy and uplifting set of songs at this very difficult time for most people. 

Cheers

Jim
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