Songs From Being of the Sun CD

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This wild and charming recording of Alicia Bay Laurel and Ramon Sender Barayon singing and playing their original music from their book Being of the Sun opens a sonic window on the bygone California commune days of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The tracks were originally recorded by Ramon Sender Barayon on a Sony TC 854-4 four track reel-to-reel tape recorder in 1973, except for "Only Thou," which he recorded in 1968, and the two Sanskrit chants, which he recorded digitally in 2013. 

Alicia produced this CD, which included organizing the digitizing of the original tape by Maggi Payne, Chairman of the Music Department at Mills College, where Ramon's tapes are archived, and the editing, mixing, mastering and additional recording by Ron Grant of Film Music Arts in Los Angeles in 2013.  The illustrations and music are from the book Being of the Sun (Harper & Row 1973), which Alicia and Ramon co-wrote, and inwhich Ramon's sheet music of these songs and explanations of the modes and scales can be found.  Alicia created the packaging design using elements from the book Being of the Sun, plus additional graphics and liner notes.

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