I was reading The Saffron Road by Christine Toomey. One of the reviews of the book states,
"There are lessons for life on every step of The Saffron Road...Fortunate is the reader who follows"
Toomey takes us on a 60, 000-mile odyssey, tracing the routes by which Buddhism spread from a
solitary order in India in the 5th century BC, via the Beat generation of 1950s San Francisco, to the
globally renowned practitioners of mindfulness of today. On her journeys through the Himalayas,
Burma, Japan, and on to North America and Europe, she meets "king fu" nuns and opens the
door to a rarely glimpsed world of ritual, discipline and enlightenment.
I fell in love with that title - The Saffron Road. It is exotic, colourful, fragrant and spiritual.
For me, it became symbolic for the "spiritual life". The journey into the unknown, the divine, the
Oneness, the other-worldly, mindfulness, meditation, selflessness, love and so on.
I sat down and wrote the song...thinking about my own life - my own spiritual journey, which has
developed and progressed over the years. "I'm on the Saffron Road, and I don't know where it
goes...but I'm making ground without a sound. I am walking the Saffron Road...." It kind of wrote
itself...words came flooding in and the melody came instantaneously. "Go with the flow - follow
the glow" - I liked those words....the flow of the spirit? Following the heart? Being in the Light...
I wanted to capture the atmosphere of Nepal....there with the people...chatting, washing clothes...
When I first met Richard Lane (Producer), I shared this with him. Within minutes, he was
finding sounds and recording ideas which actually became the introduction as you hear it on the
He interpreted my ideas perfectly. I knew at that moment that I had found an
extraordinary producer and the perfect collaborator for this project.
I was thrilled to have Scott Gilman (Foreigner) play soprano saxophone
on this song. He literally sours and captures the spirit of this song.
Richard played everything else - amazing, right? His backing vocals
are beautiful too....very Brian Wilson, I think.
Thank you for joining me on the Saffron Road.
Each step is a lesson.
Breathe and feel the ground beneath your feet.
Kiss the Joys
I was spending a week in Bruton, Somerset and was reading this book, The Voice of Silence,
by Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo. It's a great little book - very inspiring in many ways.
I remember getting to the last page and reading these words:
"By catching moonbeams and lovingly playing with them, and kissing the joys as they float past, we can
regain our confidence - but freedom and the strengths of innocence are found again through the
restoring power of silence"
The words, "kissing the joys as they float past" hit me right between the eyes. Such a beautiful, positive idea
and in keeping with noticing the detail as we attempt to live mindfully in each moment.
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