Sophe Lux & The Mystic – All Are One

All Are One:

This song is a response to dystopian themes in pop culture.  “Instead of hating what is,” I wondered,  “could we love what could be?” This discussion lead me to construct a character who is a futuristic preacher giving us a sermon about this new vision: “We are the healers” he says, “we are”  “the collective messiah.” Basically his message is that we are all the healers of this sad world. The song ends with a dramatic crescendo: A mournful ebow guitar (played masterfully by Larry Crane) rips over tribal tom drums, strings, and a horns, as operatic overdubs lead to a spoken word monologue. The preacher then gives a spoken word sermon about a vision of the human race learning to live in peace. The chorus builds and the angelic chorus swells into the resounding chant of “we need your love, we need your love to help us find our way to earth’s destiny.”

As the song evolves the preacher transforms into the character of “The Metal Ghost” (below): The “Metal Ghost” is a symbol of the masks, fear and the armor we wear starting to fall away; making room for the inner light, wisdom, and love that connects us all life on earth.


TINY MIXTAPES October 25, 2016
Folks; sometimes, you gotta think big. And, well, sometimes, you gotta think BIGGER. In the case of Portland, Oregon’s Sophe Lux & The Mystic a solo vehicle for Portland-based “impresaria” Gwynneth Haynes (former front person for a band similarly-called Sophe Lux), I’d say that it’s definitely the second thing, except that BIGGER doesn’t quite feel BIG ENOUGH.

Her super-ambitious new album, which shes co-produced along with Larry Crane (Elliot Smith, Pavement, Decemberists, Sleater Kinney, basically everyone from the Pacific Northwest) and which dropped this past August via the super-ambitiously-named Zarathustra Records, is called All Are One. It’s a veritable art-glam Space Mountain roller coaster that has a little bit (“little” used loosely) of everything jammed in: pianos, B-3 Organs, synths, vintage drum machines, psychedelic loops, Fripp/Eno e-bow haze, all whirling at a million miles per hour around Haynes’ operatic and retro-futuristic vocal treatments and heavy metaphysical lyrics (she sites the writings of “Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Bucky Fuller, and mystics Rumi & Aurobindo” as lyrical and thematic influences) about nothing less than mankind’s ultimate place in the cosmos! (Whew, I’m tired out just writing all that. Gonna take a quick power nap over here. . .)

Okay, I’m awake again! So yeah: today, Haynes is premiering the psychedelic new video for the album’s titular track, “All Are One”, an otherworldly gospel tune in which a “robot shaman” narrator croons her neo-soul robo-ass off concerning the birth of a new and glorious world world, eventually climaxing in an orgiastic, cosmic call-and-response sermon: “We need your love! To help us find our way! To earth’s destiny!”

I DARE you: gaze into this lady’s ecstatic theater-of-the-future and go freaking mad from the transcendent incommunicability of the sublime prophetic vision you receive! Or, maybe I should say: I dare you NOT TO.
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All Are One
We are the healers
we are the teachers of truth
the collective messiah
the ones to guide the innocence of youth
beaten hearts will rise again
with agape’s sacred kiss
on the wings of a silver dove
to the vision of the inner wilderness
Here, here comes creation
riding on your soul
lighting up your heart
here come the changes
with a love to heal these mistakes
all beings grow in wisdom and beauty
when treated with respect, justice and equality
the earth longs for the love of all beings
all beings long for the love of the earth
free the prisoned animals
let them live a life of dignity and worth
here come the changes
riding on your soul
lighting up your heart
here comes creation
with a love to heal these mistakes
Preacher: “And a time will come when the people of the earth will join together
to create a brave new world! Seeing past differences of race, religion and class!
Uniting in the wisdom light and truth that We Are All One!”
Chorus: “When you realize” / Preacher: “It has been written”
Chorus: “When you know” / Preacher: “That we will rise”
Chorus: “You’re a healer” / Preacher: “Past the ancient stories”
Chorus: “Then we will grow” / Preacher: “Of separation and strife”
Chorus: “Did you know that?” / Preacher: “We need your love! To help us find our way!”
Chorus: “You are a healer” / Preacher: “To earth’s destiny”
Chorus: “Did you know that you’re a teacher of peace?”
Chorus: “We need your love, we need your love, we need your love!”

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