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I was living and playing music in Hamburg Germany. Gigs often went to 4 AM and when winter hit I slowly became a vampire. It was dark. Plus there was the news from home. A close family friend was dying leaving behind 3 children - and it seemed like mass shooting were becoming commonplace. I was falling back in to depression. My European friends would ask me what's going on and I was at a loss. In the states we sometimes don't realize how bombarded we are with media and may become desensitized to it. Seeing it from overseas opened up a whole new perspective for me...It was from this frustration that 'Shadows' emerged.

Community, belonging, connection: these are all essential for healthy people to thrive. But our culture with it's emphasis on status and wealth often excludes those on the fringes. Having studied Indigenous plant medicines I know first hand there are means of deep healing that are being suppressed. I believe it is time to see vulnerability as a pathway to true strength. I wrote ‘Shadows’ to expose my Frustration and Pain and release those feelings. When I give that gift to myself I am much more able to give to others.

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Shadows
-Lyrics & Music by John Zay

I see the pain
in all the world
it burns my heart inside

Children hurt
lives destroyed
I can't make sense of why

As healing means
within in our reach
are hidden from us all the time
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Frozen - with all your dreams
a shadow falls on the soul
Taken - away from your home
and left out in the cold
--
As one gets hurt
another knows
we've stepped into a new game

But all this means
is transparency
will give our shadows their say

Frozen - with all your dreams
a shadow falls on the soul
Taken - away from your home
and left out in the cold
--
When will this end...
as sickness breathes and fear runs high
There's no one left to offend...
A battles yet to come
What have we done?
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Frozen - with all your dreams
a shadow falls on the soul
Taken - away from your home
and left out in the cold

Breaking - from all your ties
you're running out of breath
A measured move - complete with the news
you've had enough of all this senseless death..

A shadow falls on the soul...

credits

from Introduction (Free EP), released April 19, 2020
John Zay Maschio - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Rico Bowen - Bass
Jan Ole Jönsson - Drums

Produced & Recorded by John Zay in Hamburg Germany
& Sagres, Portugal.
Additional Recording by Jan Ole Jönsson in Hamburg, Germany.
Mixed & Mastered by John Zay in New York.

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John Zay New York, New York

Vocalist, Guitarist, Multi-Instrumentalist & Producer. Shamanic Explorer, Plant Medicine Advocate, Lucid Dreamer and Surfer whenever possible. Currently in Europe, born in NY, also lived in Brooklyn, LA, Hamburg & Sagres Portugal.

“John Zay is a superb guitar player, lyricist & vocalist as well. I’m a believer and you should be too!”
• Angelo Moore, Lead Singer of Fishbone
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