There is something quite magical about the sounds of dawn in the desert. For this recording, Dean Evenson spent the night in a desert canyon near Tucson, Arizona. Just before dawn, he placed out two microphones for a stereo recording of the joyous birdsong. The natural sounds then formed the inspiration for the music.
Desert Dawn Song was one of the very first recordings using natural sounds combined with peaceful music. Dudley Evenson’s haunting vocals and harp merge with the dawn bird calls. Dean, a classically trained flutist and Jonathan Kramer, a classically trained cellist composed their music as it was being played, blending classical structures with jazz improvisations and in the process created a completely new form of music.
The Evensons wanted to share the wisdom they were learning from Native Americans about the Earth as a living being and including the natural sounds with the music was a way they could honor the Earth. Their vision was for the music to carry the message of nature to people in cities who made decisions affecting the fate of the planet.
This early album launched a whole new genre of music now known as New Age, Healing, Relaxation, or Nature Music. Massage therapists were the first to discover that this music could enhance their healing practice. In the early days, Dean and Dudley sold their tapes at swap meets and very soon received feedback about the healing effects of their music. Then letters poured in and they realized that the nature-based music they were creating was having a healing effect on people. The rest is history!
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