Gardening

by Amar Lal

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It can be hard to find moments of calm in the city. Omnidirectional noise, the inescapable presence of other people, ubiquitous advertising – the constant stimulation is often exhausting. Anxieties about directions, train delays, meeting times, social gatherings, and career occupy mental space, drowned out intermittently by the infinite scroll through carefully curated snapshots of others’ lives. Each vignette provides a new standard to compare oneself against, and the anxieties return. I find that nature grounds me. Simply being near a body of water slows my breathing and heart rate. I can lose myself in the sound of waves at a beach. Sunsets and clouds provide hours of visual stimulation. Country landscapes drift past each other on long drives, each giving way to another, equally amazing. In these moments of beauty, everything falls away except for an appreciation of the present. This calm gives me a certain clarity and self-awareness. I am privileged to lead an existence where over-stimulation is my biggest worry. Every stimulus is an opportunity, and to live any other way than fully engaged, involved, and immersed would be a waste.
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a (2016) 00:32
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b (2016) 00:42
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f/g (2016) 00:45
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You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf
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e (2016) 00:46
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A man could say every day that he wanted to change his life, was going to change it, and every day the lament became merely a part of the life he was already living, so that the desire for change was in fact a kind of stasis that allowed the unchanged life to continue, because at least the man knew to disapprove of it, which reassured him not all was lost. - Rachel Kushner

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All proceeds currently being donated to People's Breakfast Oakland

Cassettes available here: becomecontent.bandcamp.com/album/gardening

A thousand beauties fill the garden:
the scent of roses,
the murmur of water
gently flowing in the stream…
But how can one describe
the indescribable?
-Rumi

Il faut cultiver notre jardin
-Voltaire

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released September 27, 2019

A series of moments for grounded clarity to offer respite, contemplation, and reflection in an over-exploited environment. A reconsidered creative process sowing purpose among disparate recordings.

Gardening is the debut solo offering from Amar Lal, who some may know as the guitarist of the dynamic post-hardcore project Big Ups. Since moving to Oakland, CA, Amar has taken deeper journeys through his field recordings, his audio journals, and traced a path from "Privilege" to "Stasis" that brings us into his ways of seeing, his doors of perception, his indescribable. - NK


Cover photo of Maya Lin's "Storm King Wavefield"
Mastered by Nick Dooley

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