'Comfort In Creation' is my first solo studio album and was recorded in one day on Thursday 9th February 2017 (engineered by Sam Dyson at Free House Studios, Bristol).
The album was then mixed and mastered by Sam on various dates over the course of the following few months.
I wanted the album to feel natural and stripped back.
I knew that I wanted it to sound professionally recorded, but still have a raw sound that people could easily connect with.
So, apart from some carefully placed sound FX on a few of the songs, and a bit of reverb, this album is just me, my voice and my acoustic guitar!
The concept for the album is that we are all trying to find comfort through 'creation' (in this complex, fast-paced and often challenging life!)
For many people, comfort is found simply through creating a life for themselves, having a career, setting personal goals and achieving certain things that they want to do i.e. run a marathon, climb a mountain, do charity work, develop spiritually etc.
Some people find comfort through family life - creating and raising a family and knowing that they have created and nurtured something positive that may continue for many generations after they die.
Others find comfort through artistic creation/expression, such as painting a portrait, writing a book, recording music, working in fashion etc.
The album title 'Comfort In Creation' also made me think of the story of creation and how there are many people who find comfort in a specific religion/belief system - but often this comfort seems to come at a price, and can create conflict within individual families as well as between different communities and countries, usually when people are simply not accepting of other people and other people's beliefs or ways of life.
We are all very unique, but we are all humans who feel the same love and pain and are made up of the same energy. So we should show love and respect to everyone, but its very easy to forget to do this when living day to day, in this dog-eat-dog, materialistic world. A world that makes it very easy for us to focus so much on our own little lives and individual creations that we forget to look at the bigger picture, and how what we are doing could be affecting other people and the world as a whole, in an easily avoidable negative way.
We must all unite and strive to find the purest comfort that comes from knowing that we are trying our best to do the right thing. Individually we can acheive so much, but collectively we can acheive a lot more! We can re-create the world, on our terms!
Capitalism has failed us, we need something new!
We may not have all the answers to what this 'something new' will look like right now, but we have to start somewhere!
Firstly, we need to accept that the current monetary systems and government systems that are in place are simply not working for the benefit of all people and the world as a whole, and big changes are needed!
Let's start with love and unity!
Let's all do our own research and not be afraid to share exactly what we find!
Let's work together, and see just what we can create!
[If you can relate to this in any way and like the album, please help to support me and my music directly by purchasing the digital album, and spreading the word to anyone else that you think might enjoy the album!]
released May 21, 2017
Louis Ruben - vocals, acoustic guitar
All songs written, performed and arranged by Louis Ruben
Engineered, mixed & mastered and produced by Sam Dyson at Free House Studios, Bristol
Executive producer - Louis Ruben
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