Trevor Hall: Bowl Of Light


At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~Albert Schweitzer~

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As an eleven year old, playing harmonica beside his father in South Carolina, music quickly became Trevor’s most intimate companion, guide and creative outlet. In his elementary years, he began to write his own songs and perform them locally. At sixteen he recorded his first record, and the following year he left South Carolina to study classical guitar at Idyllwild Arts Academy, an international boarding school east of Los Angeles. There, Trevor was introduced to yoga and certain spiritual practices found in India, which greatly influenced his music and his life journey. During his senior year, Trevor signed a record deal with Geffen Records and his career as a musician formally began.

Trevor quickly broke through the music scene, with such early accomplishments in his career as having a song recorded on the Shrek the Third soundtrack, as well as joining a series of sold-out tours with artists such as Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, SOJA, Brett Dennen and Colbie Callait. Trevor’s quick rise on the scene, however, was ripe with challenges that conflicted with his spiritual life and devotional practice. In order to parallel his life’s path with the messages in his music, Trevor moved into a traditional Hindu ashram in Southern California in 2008. When not on tour, he lived as a monk and devoted his days to spiritual practice and service. His involvement with the temple affected his music and his music quickly became his practice.

Trevor Hall’s music – an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting – echo with the names and teachings of divinities, while maintaining an incredibly and refreshingly universal message. While on the road, Trevor sees the stage as his moving temple, a place where he can share in the experience of his spiritual journey with his audience. Trevor’s annual trips to India also continue to serve as a source of creativity and motivation for his music.

The precious lessons and experiences that he has harvested from his journeys East have moved Trevor to return a service to those whom have colored his music and his life so beautifully. Trevor uses donations collected at his live shows to help support an ashram in Allahabad, India, the home of his Guru, where underprivileged and orphaned boys and girls are given the chance at a better life and a traditional Vedic education.

In 2013 at the age of 26, after touring consistently for ten years, Trevor decided to take a break from the stage and go on an extended pilgrimage to India. There he spent many weeks studying under a classical Baul musician born and trained in the villages of Bengal. Trevor returned from his trip and retreated deep into the green mountains of Vermont and Maine where he spilled all that he had learnt onto the page and into song. Hall has released a successful series of musical albums and continues to be a prolific artist.

 



Lyrics:

The myth of Ulalena
Of that ocean song
Eyes of white pueo
See the one in all
The more I lose my words
The more I'm coming home
Let the mind grow humble
Let that spirit roam
Thread it through the thunder
Let the sky mouth sing
Through the black light rainbow
Mother spoke to me

Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones in your bowl of light
In your bowl of light
In your bowl of light
In your bowl of light

Where we drove upcountry
Our feet stained in the red
Laid some good good prayers down
She said, I see you child, I see you there
We forget and remember
And we forget again
But this life is a circle
And it's coming back around
Coming back again

Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones in your bowl of light
In your bowl of light
In your bowl of light
In your bowl of light

Oh yeah

Oh creator, I can hear you
Thank you
This is my offering,
All I'm saying is Thank You

Oh creator, I can hear you thinking
This is my offering,
All I'm saying is Thank You

Thank you, thank you
Thank you
Yeah, thank you

Don't you carry stones in your bowl of light
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones in your bowl of light
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones in your bowl of light
Don't you carry stones
Don't you carry stones in your bowl of light
Don't you carry stones

Content sourced from Wikipedia
Photo: eHarmony


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