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Keep it Real was recorded at The Song Store, Melbourne and ShirleyLynn - Keep it Realreleased to radio in March 2020 with the assistance of Key2 Artist Promotions.

Keep it Real
Keep it Real is a song inspired by Self Realisation. If suffering is a part of living and heaven and hell are already here and now, liberation from suffering comes from seeing things as they really are.

The song challenges the listener to question thoughts and beliefs. Our view of the world outside reflects back like a mirror as we can get caught up in the human condition. Where is the peace and harmony we strive for in our lives? Maybe it's already here.

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica by Shirley Lynn and all other instrumentation by Adrian Hannan.

After meeting Barbara and Adrian Hannan at the Australian Songwriters Conference at Ettalong Beach in 2016, impressed with the musical knowledge, productions skills and Adrian's impeccible attention to detail I felt in good hands and made the move to have some of my songs recorded at The Song Store. My first recording with Adrian was "It's Ok to Not Be Ok" a song written for mental health awareness recorded in 2019. "Keep it Real" and "Cry Baby Cry" were recorded in November 2019. "Keep it Real" released in March and "Cry Baby Cry" in April.

It was at the Australian Songwriters Conference where I first met Therese McKee who along with Aly Cook work with people and their music through Key2 Artist Promotions.

Background:

The Photograph
After a photoshoot with my friend Ingrid, a caption was put forth to go with one of my photos. "Keep it Real".

At around about the same time, I had attended a 10 day Vipassana and the song began to shape itself around the experience that I was having at the time and the title put forth.

Background Information - Vipassana

It was in 1988 I first took part in Vipassana Meditation. I lived not far from Pomona when I first heard of the Vipassana Centre there. I remember camping in a tent and adhering to the necessary code of discipline to be able to take part. It was a very challenging exercise meditating 10 hours a day in noble silence. While the initial impact of the meditation was not as significant the first time, I always knew it would be something that I would return to do at a time later. I returned twenty years later in 2018 to the same centre which I have to say is now a well established, well attended facility for Vipassana courses.

What is Vipassana?
Vipassana means to see things as they really are and is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.

Quotes from S. N. Goenka
"The world will be peaceful only when the people of the world are peaceful and happy. The change has to begin with each individual." S. N. Goenka

"When one experiences truth, the madness of finding fault with others disappears." S.N. Goenka


Technique for self-transformation
Vipassana is a non-sectarian technique for self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one's thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace. > Read more about Vipassana


Doing Time Doing Vipassana
Just for general information....
In more recent times Vipassana, has been introduced to Indian jails to show people how to take control of their lives and channel them toward their own good. Here's a story that tells of prison inmates who underwent profound change, and who realized that incarceration was not the end but possibly a fresh start toward an improved and more positive life.
Watch video here, "Doing Time Doing Vipassana."



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