Turtle Shell Sessions

by Prosad

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TURTLE SHELL SESSIONS was recorded in Turtle Shell Studio in Guelph; live off the studio floor in one night on December 4th, 2012. Everything was done live in one take - there are no overdubs. The percussion was done with my feet and the didgeridoo, guitar, singing, harmonica - all of it was live. It was definitely inspired in part by Xavier Rudd and also by the stories of my travels and by love. I will describe the stories of the songs below so you get a better idea of what they were inspired from. The lyrics in these songs are an important part of the album - expression of ideas through words is a big part of who I am and what I do, my words are my thoughts and my inspirations and this album gave me a chance to express that. These songs represents a moment in time, part of my journey, part of my story and I am happy to share it with you here.

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On December 4th, 2012, I journeyed to Guelph Ontario on a cold winter night to record a live studio album. All of the parts you hear were recorded live in one take - there are no overdubs. I played the percussion with my feet and simultaneously sang and played guitar, harmonica and didgeridoo. We started in the late evening and recorded all night to get the right versions of each song. The idea was to capture the feeling of playing live and uncover the real energy of each song.

The guys at Turtle Shell studio were amazing and the vibe was perfect. It was great to get out of the city and record closer to nature. Also, at that time, I had been doing so much sitar and world fusion music, this album represented a return to my roots as a song-writer, something that my heart had been calling me to do for a while. My ultimate vision is to converge all of my musical passions into one integrated style, which I feel is starting to take shape now (in 2016), but back then, this was the first step - I needed to strip things back and re-discover the raw energy of live acoustic music.

The songs were inspired by multiple years of travelling around the globe and many of them were written in Australia and New Zealand. There is a strong inspiration and influence of Xavier Rudd, who I was blessed to meet and jam with and even record some vocal parts for his album, Spirit Bird.

I have many people to thank for this album. The first is Nekhat, without her, this album would not have happened. The choice of studio was her idea, she arranged everything and was the one that encouraged me to go past my fears and doubts around it. Nekhat: your energy and presence made this record possible and gave me the inspiration to make it happen; thank you for the love and support, you are part of this creation. With gratitude always.

I also want to thanks Jake Janzen and all the guys at Turtle Shell Studio. Jake stayed up all night with us and did an amazing job engineering it. He was cheerful and kind and helped the inspiration flow!

Next I want to thank Patrick Lieffers - he sat with me for a week and helped me mix the album, his feedback, suggestions and encouragement were invaluable. This is the second album that he helped mix with me - the first was "Trance Sitar". Thanks brother - you've been a big part of my musical journey!

I also want to thank Donald Chretian for the absolutely incredible artwork - this man is a genius and one of my favourite visual artists in the world right now. I had a concert in Guelph this year, just as I was finishing mixing this album. As I was driving to my gig that day, I was had a vision of the album cover being inspired by traditional Aboriginal artwork of a turtle; when I walked into Silence in Guelph I saw this amazing life size painting hanging on the wall and was immediately speechless - it was like seeing what I had imagined in my mind only better! I was blown away by the energy that I felt while standing in front of this masterpiece. Two of the songs on this album are inspired by Indigenous culture and it is with so much respect and honour that I am proud to say that after talking to Donald, he agreed to let me use a print of his painting for the album cover. It was a first for him and there are a lot of good vibes around the project. I am so honoured that he allowed me to use this artwork to showcase my album. Thank you Donald! Please check out more of his work! Miigwech. donaldchretien.com

Finally, I want to thank the Master Within, for giving me the courage and faith to let my inner artist express himself, in whatever way he feels, regardless of the consequences - this is true freedom.

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released July 21, 2016

Recorded at: Turtle Shell Studios in Guelph
Recorded and Engineered by Jake Jansen
Mixed and Mastered by Prosad
Prosad - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Harmonica, Didgeridoo

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Prosad is a singer-songwriter, producer & multi-instrumentalist who plays sitar, guitar, didgeridoo, bansuri, saxophone, m’bira, percussion, vocals and more. His music ranges from a fusion world instruments with reggae & trance beats, to acoustic & meditation music. Prosad has performed across Canada, Europe, Australia & New Zealand. His music transmits a positive vibration and spiritual energy. ... more

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Track Name: Walk
Walk

I’ll walk, I’ll walk, I’ll walk
Fearless through the night, I will walk
I’ll walk, I’ll walk, I’ll walk
Until I reach the light, I will walk

Ha ya ya… (chant)

I’ll walk, I’ll walk, I’ll walk
Fight to make things right, as I walk
I’ll walk, I’ll walk, I’ll walk
Until I reach the light, I will walk

I won’t give up!
I won’t give in!
I will find,
Courage within!

I believe that we can be free
When we liberate our minds and we see
What we think becomes who we are
So look inside and see… who you are

I’ll walk, I’ll walk, I’ll walk
By faith and not by sight, I will walk
I’ll walk, I’ll walk, I’ll walk
Until I reach the light, I will walk

I won’t give up!
I won’t give in!
I will find,
Courage within!
Track Name: Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful

Life is too short
to waste it all on fear
So I packed my things
and I got out of there
So much to do and see
I don't worry about mistakes
I got some love to give
and I got some love to make

Seems like everywhere
the world is falling down
Don't you worry
What goes around comes around
So many good people
everywhere I go
If love is what you want to reap
then love is what you got to sow

Don't you worry no…
We'll take it nice and slow…

Chorus:

Life is beautiful...

Bridge:

Sometimes a broken heart
Can make your soul bleed
Sometimes the pain inside
can bring you to your knees
But you got to rise again
reach up to the sky
Dig deep inside and feel it…
Feel it as you cry…..

Life is beautiful,
life is beautiful,
with all the joy and and the pain,
I would do it all again

Chorus:

Cause life is beautiful…..

...if we make it so
Track Name: Same Sky
Same Sky

I wish that I could share these stars with you
I wish that we could see the same view
But you’re so far away
Can you hear me say…

You have given so much to me
You gave it all and still said I was free
I felt all of your love
It helped me rise above, myself

There’s an ocean between us
A whole different sky
I still think about you
The days roll on by
I’m living my dreams
It’s been a good year
But it’s not the same
Without you here

Like parallel lines
We are the same
We never meet eye to eye
Are we so different?
So many miles apart
Or are we beneath the same sky?

Same Sky, You and I

I wish that you could see me surfing waves
Hear me sitting singing the days away
Remember when we dreamed this
Lying in your bed
Our Stars may be different
But it’s still like I said…

Same Sky, You and I
Track Name: I Found You
I Found You

I felt like I had seen your face
Before like a wind that blew me away
And I don’t know how,
but I think that I found something special now
And I don’t know why,
I feel like I could cry and I’m laughing instead

And I looked for the light, in your eyes
I found your soul behind the disguise
I searched for the ways, that I could feel free
And I found you, and you…you found me

Maybe with this love I could touch the sky
Maybe if I sang to you I could make you cry
And I would feel like that would mean something
We would know that our love meant something

So take my hand
We’re better off together don’t you understand
Look into my eyes
Say yes oh yes, yes oh yes, yes oh yes, to you and I

Time goes away
Every time I see your lovely face
It feels like a prayer
Every time I feel your warm embrace

I looked for the light, in your eyes
I found your soul behind the disguise
I’ve searched for the ways, that I could feel free
And I found you, and you…you found me
Track Name: Take Me With You
Take Me With You

Lover sleeping next to me
Take me with you in your dreams

As I touch your beautiful face
Feel the warmth of your embrace
I don’t know who’s dreaming
Is it you or me?
I can feel the soul we are
Beyond this world I see

So lover wait for me
Take me with you in your dreams
Beyond the stars and all their light
I’ll dream with you forever, tonight

Softly breathing next to me
is all my songs and poetry
All the love inside I feel
Looks at you and knows it’s real

So lover wait for me
I’ll take you with me in my dreams
Beyond the stars and all their light
We’ll dream together forever, tonight
Track Name: Not Okay
Not Okay

I’ve got a right to life and liberty
A right to be what I want to be
A right to say what I want to say
And when you try and stop me, this is not okay

This is not okay
No matter what the politicians say
This is not okay

I don’t believe in violence, I follow the law
But I could not believe just what I saw
Was it an army marching through our city streets?
Arresting journalists, no more freedom of speech

Chorus

So don’t you let nobody turn you round,
Turn you round, slow you down
Don’t you let nobody, turn you round
You got to keep on walking, keep on talking
Marching to the freedom land!

It was a different story when I saw for myself
Not the propaganda news they were trying to sell
I’ve got a mind that can see right through those lies
Like passing secret laws in the middle of the night

Chorus

I got a right to believe what I think is true
I believe in love, now how about you?
I don’t want to hurt anybody else
So don’t you go and put my human rights on the shelf!

Chorus
Track Name: Be The Change
Be the Change

I know about the problems
Corruption and deceit
Said I know about the system
Controlled by the elite
Said they control the money
They own the media
The bankers bought the governments
Now they want to buy and sell us
They want to buy and sell us

We can be, we can be
The change we want to see

Destroying our planet
For Money and for greed
It's time that we stop taking
Use only what we need
Got to learn learn from Aboriginal cultures
See how they respect the land
Live Sustainably with nature
I tell you it's a better plan
I tell you it's a better plan

We can be, we can be
The change we want to see

For the forest to be green
Takes every tree within
If we to beat the system
This is how we're gonna win
Don't wait we can do it ourselves
But we got change the way we live
We the people have the real power
We've got to love, it's time to give
We've got to love, it's time to give

We can be, we can be
The change we want to see