What has now become this record, entitled "Blessed Be Those Who Weep", began as a still small voice inside my heart. I first heard it upon returning from a veritable "Hero's Journey" (as defined by Joseph Campbell), lasting about four months and taking me on a pilgrimage through many places that had previously existed only as dreams, back to the place that was before called "home". This voice swelled throughout my being until, in a single moment of borderline-rapturous inspiration, I was finally able to realize with clarity what it was beckoning me to do. The entire track listing, I believe exactly (or very close to) as it appears now on the album, fell into my head all-at-once.
The songs themselves were written over a period of about two years, and were ones that I rarely (if ever) performed and had no real intentions of recording any time soon, feeling that their subjects were either a bit too personal, or at very least demanding of the ears and heart. In a town where bars are virtually the only venues for live music, songs of this nature don't stand much chance in the way of "entertainment". When comparing some of the more recent songs I had been working on to others that I had "set on the shelf" in the past, I was stunned to find such a cohesive thematic thread running among them, and it seemed to me that they were all pivotal chapters in a larger story that had been unfolding over that course of time, unbeknownst to me. Such is Life, I supposes: You never really know where you're going until you get there.
Shortly after this vision assembled itself in my mind's eye, I made the following announcement (which has now been made manifest):
"I am burdened by the weight of this hearts over-ripened fruits, longing to be shared.
Public Self-Affirmation: I will be making a home-recorded album of songs dealing largely with a theme that resembles the Blues of Spirit, which will become available to anyone who is interested. To me, these are songs that truly matter, and in sharing them, I will be offering to the world some of the heaviest fruits this heart has grown, making its branches lighter, and hopefully providing sustenance to other souls in the process.
Chris Cullen / Candid Coyote"
In a word, I've learned, in some respects (particularly those of Heart and Soul), to do as I am told...