This song has taken the mantle as the favorite track from the album. Listeners seem to identify best with it. While I was recording it, I also enjoyed the process of laying down the vocals a lot. Some songs... you have to drag them out kicking and screaming. But this one came pretty naturally and just seemed to flow easily. Also, being radio friendly and having a pop sensibility, "Home within the Sacred Silences" has more people tuning in, and identifying with the message behind its lyrics. Don't get me wrong; I am very happy about how it's being received. So, keep tuning in... and maybe stay around for a while, to hear what other songs might speak to on the inside of you.
To be honest, this song embodies the principle at the center of what I'd like to achieve with my music. I have always been on the outside of the world looking in, but also looking inside of myself. I want to inspire the black sheep of families, feeling at home on the island of misfit toys, to do the same. It's one of the benefits of being an outsider looking in. As they say in one of my favorite nostalgia movies, The Perks of being a Wallflower, "You see things, you keep quiet about them, and you understand". It also helps the nostalgia factor that I grew up in Pittsburgh (where the movie takes place).
I'd like to share this, too. Please... don't give in to the dark or the light, but maintain a balance between them, on the inside. Spiritual or not spiritual, there is always something under the stars, and among the stars, to learn. I'll close with a second quote from Carl Jung, a man whose work has always resonated with me. Take care, my friends, and try to enjoy the short time that we're around.
"In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual. In our most private and most subjective lives we are not only the passive witnesses of our age, and its sufferers, but also its makers. We make our own epoch."
-- Carl Jung