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Meditation on Crane: Blue

by Sondra Sun-Odeon

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An improvised meditation on 12-string baritone guitar, inspired by a tuning (Blue) of fingerstyle guitar spiritualist, Robbie Basho.

I'd been reading about Basho's tuning systems that he associated with colors, and his Blue tuning has always resonated strongly with me. I've loved his guitar and voice compositions for their sincere, devotional beauty and this piece is riffing off that and a state of peace and contemplation I felt during my time in Mount Washington, a secret hippie enclave in Los Angeles. At the time, I resided in what many have described as a hilltop treehouse, bathed in sunlight and open air. The roof interior comprised of wood beams and the floor was also wood, making for an ideal place to play my 12-string acoustic (a Goya 12-string which had been customized into a 12-string baritone by luthier Greg Coates at local music shop Future Music; Greg later played bass in my live band's first iterations and on the album Desyre).


released June 19, 2020
Recorded in 2017 by Sondra at Crane Boulevard.


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Sondra Sun-Odeon Brooklyn, New York

Desyre was recorded/engineered/co-produced by Alex DeGroot (Zola Jesus) and includes collaborators Thor Harris (SWANS), J.R. Bohannon (Ancient Ocean), Lia Simone Braswell (A Place to Bury Strangers), and Mary Lattimore on harp.

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