The Images/Graphics in this section of Photo-Graphics were part of John Patrick’s first Gallery event in NM called “Enchanted In New Mexico” which took place Saturday April 14th 2018 in Albuquerque NM at the OT Circus Gallery.
The 14 image show along with other sculpture and Spirit Lights works document John’s years of creative evolution in NM. Each image is part of the Enchanted Lands story with music tracks that accompany them.
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 1 Track 1: “Enchanted lands”
The title track for my first ever solo produced Soundscape album “Enchanted Lands” was inspired by the experiences in Pilar during my first visit here summer/fall 2012. The image expresses the emotion of the rich country vibe- a rustic shelter with the Buffalo Cliffs in prominence with a almost clear sky. This dwelling just a few hundred feet from the Rio Grande River once sheltered Horses that inhabit the multi acre stretch of private lands. There was a mystical feeling that enveloped me when I first discovered these numerous lost encampments of a age forgotten by modern culture…
Track 1 Enchanted Lands 7:00 min
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 1 Track 2: “Moonrise Mountain”
Here I was, sitting on my neighbors porch, overlooking the river and valley while enjoying a tasty cup of Green Tea when all of the sudden, this glow peaks above the ridge! I gaze as seconds quickly pass and the glow becomes larger until the edge of the moon becomes clear. Literally in minutes, the full moon rises and it’s light is so powerful, that it’s presence overcomes the darkness and illuminates the full valley below. We could feel the Qi energy of the full moon beaming into our souls and with this glow of radiance cascading over me and into my heart, I was inspired to compose the track titled “MoonRise Mountain”. My friend Julia Ives was there to share that moment with me, it is a very powerful moment I relive every time I listen to the track!
Track 2 MoonRise Mountain 8:30 min
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 1 Track 3: “Rain of Light”
The Perseids Meteor shower was amazing to view from the porch of the Earthship house. With all of the lights out and no moon in sight, dozens of streaks are viewed every second as the meteors fall in all the directions making the view of space a total light show. Looking over the roof, I was able to see just enough of the Pilar Cliffs and observe a long meteor stretch it’s tail across my field of view. That was a moment that was so rare and precious and it inspired the track by the name “Rain of Light”.
Track 3 Rain of Light 9:30 min
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 1 Track 6: “Happy River”
My Story- about Pilar and the Rio Grande River.
Track 6 Happy River 6:20 min
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 2 “Canyon Journey”
This is the Entrance to the Rio Grande Gorge from the Taos Mesa Bridge area located in the Orrilla Verde National Monument minutes away from Pilar New Mexico. The image depicts a mystical scene as a magical Orb leads you though a mysterious canyon adventure. The canyon is the inspiration for the track “Canyon Journey” (second part of the 1st track on Volume # 2). My friend J.D. Stahr took this canyon hike adventure with me in 2013. The hike is beautiful as it ascends ever winding through rocky ridges with sage and the Rio Grande River below us. I am forever in love with this canyon and the beauty that has touched my heart.
Second part of track 1- VOl. 2: Canyon Journey- 6:33
Certain elements of the photo have been augmented with the use of Photoshop such as the Sky, Sunset, colors, hues and shades of the landscape and lastly the magical yellow Orb.
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 2 Track 3: “Spirit Winds”
The Yiccaria Apache cave is a natural formation comprised of huge Basalt rocks on a ledge over looking the Rio Grande Gorge River Valley emblazoned with Petroglyphs all around the cave and entrance. I discovered the cave on a retreat during my first ever visit to Pilar in 2012. Then the following year I took a solo hike up to the cave and undertook a meditation. While in the cave I could hear the distant sounds of the river echoing through the chambers, and during that time I was receiving a channel with my flute name “Spirit Winds”- that was the inspiration for the track and the name I use while performing/playing the Native American Flutes.
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 3 Track 4: “Petroglyphs On The Moon”
Inspired by the Basalt rock formations leading up to the Apache Medicine cave, Petroglyphs On The Moon-13:00 takes us on the continuing journey into this other world that is Rio Grande Gorge Canyon. On this hike I was imagining the Lunar surface as we made our way towards the rock formations housing the cave, the entrance and exterior formations have numerous petroglyphs depicting the Apache culture with iconic images. This is the fourth track on Volume #3.
This Volume took a step into a broader culture being created in the Enchanted Lands music continuum with tracks that have definite melodic influences in world music. “Petroglyphs” has a direct Native American influence with the Flutes, Drums and Shakers along with a pentatonic melody that captures the mood and style typical to NA music.
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 4 Track 1: “Comet Trails”
The first track from Volume # 4 Comet Trails- 12:00– was inspired by the Dixon Astronomy club events during the winter/spring in 2015. I was able to see for the very first time a live comet making it’s way through the solar system on a path around the sun through an amazing home made 6 foot reflector telescope. The musical track inspired by the viewings became one of the very first tracks in production on the fourth volume being produced in the middle of Winter.
The melody and layered textures along with the drum and bass elements all came together so freely and effortlessly, almost being produced in a “Downloading” or channeling method as I like to call it. I felt that I had a solid grasp and a very refined/focused emotion on this particular track. Comet Trails now remains one of my favorite tracks in this soundscape Journey I have been on for now 6 years.
Spirit Winds Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 5 “Enchanted Skies”
The beautiful skies and sunsets of Northern New Mexico inspire artists from all over the World. Ravens fly through this sunset, glowing in colors and hues that are breathtaking to observe in person. This was the inspiration for the track on the Spirit Winds Enchanted Lands Vol. #5, title Enchanted Skies.
This image depicts a sunset at the top of the Horseshoe, just south of Taos on Hwy 68, looking towards the Rio Grande Gorge.
I have stopped at this rest stop on many occasions to witness other travelers pulling over on the side of the Highway and taking pictures as minutes and seconds quickly go by, with the richness and saturation of the colors changing and fading instantaneously. It is magical and inspirational to witness these aspects of the beautiful land that has come to enchant my heart.
Track 8 Enchanted Skies- 11:00
Spirit Winds Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 5 “Ghost Ranch”
I had been hearing about the Ghost Ranch for many years and finally made a special trip to visit in 2016. The image is taken from the “Kitchen Mesa” overlook trail that winds back behind the ranch and ascends up a cliff face to a plateau above. Cerro Pedernal is the flat peak off in the distance behind Lake Abiquiu. The beauty is reminded by the eternal art of Georgia O’Keefe with her legacy that is forever connected to this wonderous place. What an inspiration to take in where this enchanted land meets the sky!
Track 7 Ghost Ranch- 7:00
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 6 The Mirror Life- Kirina’s Odyssey inspirational graphics with music tracks. This link takes you to the Vol. #6 page with info about Kirina’s story and inspiration to the music tracks.
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 6 Track 3: “Labyrinth”
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 6 Track 4: “Water Wheel”
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 6 Track 2 & 7: “Heart of Space & Song of the Heart”
Enchanted Lands Soundscapes Vol. # 6 Track 6: “Zia”
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