I began this album shortly before heading into the California Mojave Desert on a video assignment for the Light Body School. Linda, the dean of the school told me, “I want you to interview Neysa (Knee’-sah) - she has a great story - be sure to get together with her!”
Neysa’s reputation precedes her ... she is like the morning desert wind: cool but elusive; and indeed it took me three days to get her in front of the camera. But when I did, I knew it was going to be special and that I was in the right place. She did a heart-touching interview with the caveat that she had not answered the question that I had asked. Realizing this she sat next to a reflecting pool and said, I’ll continue, but do you mind if I sing to collect my thoughts?” “Go right ahead,” I said.
When I heard what she did next, I dropped what I was doing, waded into the pool with a mic in hand and clipped it to her and started the video. The result was the track “Ajna” on this album. I asked her several weeks later, “Neysa, in what language are you singing?” “I don’t know -- I channel it in!” Loving the answer that she gave I continued, “Would you be interested in a collaboration on an album called ‘Star Babies?’ ”
“Oh, Bill. You’ve read me so right -- I’m such a Star Baby -- I would love to do a ‘Col-lab’ with you, I had no idea you were a sculpturer of sound!”
It took a couple of months to find Neysa in Joshua Tree, California where I recorded her, but the results have mesmerized me.
I hope you will enjoy these tracks as much as I do. Let the spirit of mystery and discovery wash over you as you listen.