It's Our Scars That Unite Us

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    2 :: Not Dancing For Chicken (2002)
    3 :: Grace And Gratitude (2004)
    4 :: Behind Every Word (2006)
    5 :: Ten Years On: Live In London (2010)
    6 :: 11 Reasons Why 3 Is Greater Than Everything (2011)
    7 :: Believe In Peace (2012)
    8 :: What The Mind Thinks, The Heart Transmits (2014)
    9 :: A Crack Where The Light Gets In (2015)
    10 :: The Way Home (2015)
    11 :: Colony Collapse Disorder (2016)
    12 :: The Surrender Of Time (2016)
    13 :: Towards A Better Question (2017)
    14 :: Hands Music (2017)

    Steve and Lobelia Albums:

    16 :: Live In Nebraska (2008)
    17 :: Live So Far (2010)

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    18 :: Conversations (Steve Lawson and Jez Carr) 2002
    19 :: For The Love Of Open Spaces (Steve Lawson and Theo Travis) 2003
    20 :: Numbers (Lawson/Dodds/Wood) 2008
    21 :: Slow Food (Steve Lawson and Trip Wamsley) 2010
    22 :: Infrablab (Trip Wamsley and Steve Lawson) 2010
    23 :: Hidden Windows(Steve Lawson and Neil Alexander) 2012
    24 :: Invenzioni (Steve Lawson and Mike Outram 2012
    25 :: Nothing Can Prepare (Steve Lawson and Andy Williamson) 2012
    26 :: The FingerPainting Sessions Vol 1 (Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman) 2013
    27 :: The FingerPainting Sessions Vol 2 (Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman) 2013
    28 :: Diversion (Steve Lawson and Jon Thorne) 2014
    29 :: Marinate (Steve Lawson and Julie Slick) 2014
    30 :: Ley Lines (Phi Yaan-Zek, Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards) 2015
    31 :: Language Is A Music (Steve Lawson & Michael Manring) 2016
    32 :: Ley Lines II (Phi Yaan-Zek, Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards) 2017

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(title taken from a line in Bruce Cockburn's autobiography, Rumours Of Glory: A Memoir, which I highly, highly recommend)

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Brokenness is perhaps the most interesting and motivating state of humanity to me. I’m not interested in people who think like they have it all sown up and behave accordingly. Faith is more interesting that certainty, Doubt more compelling than the cynicism of rejecting things unexperienced out of hand. Screwing things up, discovering our frailty, the finite nature of our powers of observation, the humility that comes through our reliance on others, our ongoing discovery of interconnectedness, the compassion that comes through identifying with the suffering of others... None of these are about being fixed. They’re all about learning through being broken.

I didn’t want this notion to be explored through some something sad and tragic - the hip-hop-meets-60s jazz underpinning to the music is a nod to both of those being musical forms that have taught me, that have been a field of exploring the human condition, not places where I’ve found smug people with all the answers, but ones where I’ve found fellow travellers exploring what it is the be human.

The title itself comes from Canadian singer/songwriter and activist Bruce Cockburn’s autobiography, Rumours Of Glory (an extraordinary book that I wholeheartedly recommend) - here’s the relevant quote:

“But the real voice , that of the spirit, is saying to us: Be quiet, listen, feel. Be kind. Accept differences, even those of Divine belief, for there is no “truth” in these things, only lessons. Learn from the differences. Feed your neighbour. Take your anger out on an untilled field. Liberally apply compassion, especially to yourself, for if we’re not compassionate about our own foibles and screwups, then we can’t authentically be compassionate toward others. We’re all in the same foundering boat. It’s our scars that unite us.”

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from A Crack Where The Light Gets In, released September 14, 2015

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The UK's most celebrated solo bassist, here with lots of looped/layered solo albums, & collaborations, most notably with genius singer Lobelia. Dig in deep, there's a lot to discover.

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