Transcendental Meditation

David Lynch releases new studio album

Review of  The Big Dream by David Lynch

Legendary movie director, artist, musician and a long-time Transcendental Meditation practitioner David Lynch released his second solo album today, June 16. The album is called The Big Dream and was recorded in David Lynch’s own music studio.

Lynch has written 11 out of the album’s 12 tracks and has also lent his voice – albeit a heavily processed one – to all the songs. The author himself describes the style of the new release as “modern blues,” and says, “most of the songs start out as a type of blues jam and then we go sideways from there. What comes out is a hybrid, modernized form of low-down blues.”

Here is what the editorial review for Amazon has to say about David Lynch’s effort:

“As you would expect from an accomplished film director, the songs are cinematic in scope. Lynch uses his reverb-drenched guitar and voice to summon primal moods and melodies that color a strange world populated by character archetypes familiar to fans of his films.“

The Big Dream and Transcendental Meditation

To the extent creativity is prone to any kind of analysis and explanation at all, David Lynch has done that in his book Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, consciousness, and creativity. The central role in this process of creativity is played by regular practice of Transcendental Meditation – for instance, Lynch likens meditation to an elevator which takes him deep, deep down into the field of pure consciousness lying underneath all the daily din and hum.

In an interview dedicated to the release of his album, Paula Meija from spin.com asked David Lynch specifically about the part Transcendental Meditation played in evolving the ideas and realization of The Big Dream.

Here’s what David Lynch replied:

“Well, Transcendental Meditation is an ancient mental technique that allows any human being to dive within, transcend and experience the source of everything. It’s such a blessing for the human being because that eternal field is a field of unbounded intelligence, creativity, happiness, love, energy and peace. And when you truly transcend that experience, you grow in those qualities and expand consciousness. And when you expand consciousness, you are literally making the subconscious more and more conscious. When it all becomes consciousness you can catch ideas at a deeper level — it really feeds the work. You get more energy to do the work, you get different ideas, and then you see them more clearly, and you can see the way to transcend them into a certain medium. It’s very beautiful.”

“The Big Dream sounds pretty much exactly how you’d imagine a David Lynch album would sound: eerie and steeped in surrealism, full of reverb-soaked guitars and Lynch’s own nasal, guileless, and heavily-processed vocals. It’s a strange effort, and yet like the indelible weirdos from his films, tracks like the thumping “Star Dream Girl” and Lykke Li-guesting “I’m Waiting Here,” have a way of lingering in the mind long after they’re gone.” — Paula Meija, spin.com Photo credit: Dean Hurley

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