Sea Sand

by Sasha Raskin

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Sea Sand - Sasha Raskin

Hey I’ve seen the whole world crying
Passing people they’re never smiling
Hey I tried to come up with an answer
And now I know the mind is a crazy dancer

Breathe and you will see your thoughts rising
Focus and you’ll see them fade away
Breathe and you will see past and future
Step into the river and watch your day

I dreamt (the whole world was laughing)
I was (the whole world was smiling)
Sea sand and sand was me

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released November 1, 2013

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A MUSICAL PROJECT NEVER DONE BEFORE

Five people who never met. Five versions. One year in making. Sand grains combined into one.

Sasha Raskin’s experiment was to make this time music in a totally new way. For this project he composed different songs with musicians who he never met via the internet based on one vocal recording he sang. For a year he worked on the drafts sent to him by ScottM from Canada, Tatsuya Shimazaki from Japan, and Fedepiano from Italy. For the fourth song Raskin recorded Miri, a singer from Israel whom he met only once. The final song was recorded from scratch by Raskin at the end.

Sea Sand is about two basic human modes of being – separateness and connectedness. The project is celebrating the ability to overcome distances and nationalities and come together to explore different points of view. The project connected people who don’t know each other, and various musical pieces were brought to life using the same words and vocals. While the songs and musicians are unique, one basic core connects them all. Just like sand grains. Just like human beings.

The song talks about the power of meditation, which transforms human minds for over 2500 years. Simply by focusing on the breath one can realize that while humanity is made from tiny grains, it’s also one infinite giant sand. Raskin sings about his experience during years of meditation. Be sitting down and quieting his mind every single day it became clear to him that being separate is just an illusion made up by the constant crazy dance of his mind.

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“Lyrically and emotively Sea Sand is a beautiful collaboration of musicians experimenting in a way only the new flat world offers.”

- PITTSBURGH MUSIC MAGAZINE

The central theme of ‘Sea Sand’ is meditation as well as the connection through the physical separation of people of different nationalities, never met before, which can work together on a common project: the title of the song is from there, tiny grains of sand that together form a single element. The five songs of ”Sea Sand” explore the sensitivity of mainly electronic sounds by the musicians involved. (from Italian)

- SHIVER WEBZINE

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Track Name: Sea Sand (Atlantic) with ScottM
Sea Sand - Sasha Raskin

Hey I’ve seen the whole world crying
Passing people they’re never smiling
Hey I tried to come up with an answer
And now I know the mind is a crazy dancer

Breathe and you will see your thoughts rising
Focus and you’ll see them fade away
Breathe and you will see past and future
Step into the river and watch your day

I dreamt (the whole world was laughing)
I was (the whole world was smiling)
Sea sand and sand was me
Track Name: Sea Sand (Pacific) with Tatsuya Shimazaki
Sea Sand - Sasha Raskin

Hey I’ve seen the whole world crying
Passing people they’re never smiling
Hey I tried to come up with an answer
And now I know the mind is a crazy dancer

Breathe and you will see your thoughts rising
Focus and you’ll see them fade away
Breathe and you will see past and future
Step into the river and watch your day

I dreamt (the whole world was laughing)
I was (the whole world was smiling)
Sea sand and sand was me
Track Name: Sea Sand (Arctic) with Fedepiano
Sea Sand - Sasha Raskin

Hey I’ve seen the whole world crying
Passing people they’re never smiling
Hey I tried to come up with an answer
And now I know the mind is a crazy dancer

Breathe and you will see your thoughts rising
Focus and you’ll see them fade away
Breathe and you will see past and future
Step into the river and watch your day

I dreamt (the whole world was laughing)
I was (the whole world was smiling)
Sea sand and sand was me
Track Name: Sea Sand (Indian) with Miri
Sea Sand - Sasha Raskin

Hey I’ve seen the whole world crying
Passing people they’re never smiling
Hey I tried to come up with an answer
And now I know the mind is a crazy dancer

Breathe and you will see your thoughts rising
Focus and you’ll see them fade away
Breathe and you will see past and future
Step into the river and watch your day

I dreamt (the whole world was laughing)
I was (the whole world was smiling)
Sea sand and sand was me
Track Name: Sea Sand (Southern)
Sea Sand - Sasha Raskin

Hey I’ve seen the whole world crying
Passing people they’re never smiling
Hey I tried to come up with an answer
And now I know the mind is a crazy dancer

Breathe and you will see your thoughts rising
Focus and you’ll see them fade away
Breathe and you will see past and future
Step into the river and watch your day

I dreamt (the whole world was laughing)
I was (the whole world was smiling)
Sea sand and sand was me