Ai 哀 (Mourn)

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The SiChuan Earthquake devastated that part of China in 2008. I saw the destruction and loss first hand, as I was among the first responders and aid workers to help the victims. Four of us ended up in XiaoBa entertaining kids and helping survivors at a tented refugee camp of 8,000 displaced souls. You can see us here in this YouTube clip:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA-MeXc0oNw

What we saw still haunts me still. Entire buildings were pummeled to dust. I remember seeing one particularly large one that just looked like a giant birds nest. The quake had shaken all the concrete free from the rebar and all that was left was a twisted ball of pipe and rebar where a building once stood.

I met a young girl who was grieving over this tragedy. She told me that she was crying out to God, "Why could you let this happen to my people?" The answer didn't come in words. She was overwhelmed with a sense of mourning and realization that He was near, and was grieving deeply with the people of China. The main melody of this song came to her in that silent moment. She quickly recorded it and handed it to me on a USB key-drive asking that I compose a song based around the melody that she heard.

The song was recorded and released in China on a compilation album with other artists to raise money for the survivors.

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from Soulflier, released June 1, 2013

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Soulflier Beijing, China

Ambient, evocative, reflective, organic, are terms often used to describe the sound of Soulflier. Doug McGee, lead singer and front man for Eluvia, created Soulflier as an outlet for this decidedly non folk-rock music.
Straying into territory occupied by bands like Moby, Massive Attack, Boards of Canada, and Radiohead, Soulflier blends glitchy electronica with organic folk sensibilities.
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