SOUND SURFER & Ashley zarah
"As the title says, it’s a song that is about heavens - places - away from us: metaphorically, places where we find peace and solace (heavens), but also not easily to be found and entered (away). This song ideally represents the journey to find your inner peace by finding and evoking a safe place that’s far from your everyday life, and that really resonates with lots of themes such as religion, philosophy or even meditation, they can all be the access key. This journey’s path to the metaphysic, which is different to each human being (that’s why heavens and not heaven), however, is not that easy. It’s a real struggle for everyone and it can cause various problems.
This journey resonates with my life but it can also be expanded to all others then!"
- Soul Surfer -
Music & Lyrics: Ashley S. Beroukhim
Production, Mixing, Mastering: Sound Surfer (Stefano)
Release Date: Undetermined
When I was approached by Stefano about writing for this orchestral-electronic project, I was swept away by his production. It was like riding a wave, swimming down to Atlantis while concurrently being lifted into the clouds. I was immediately inspired by the world he built and very connected to the intention of the song.
I think Stefano said it best, but "Heavens Away" is all about seeking a place of harmony. It's a place that is different for everyone, but one that you know exists, maybe because you've even been there before; but it's constantly in and out of reach. It's about the euphoria and alignment you feel when you've reached this place, but also the disorientation we feel when it goes missing.
Recently, I experienced an enormous shift - plummeting from the most elevated, purest, happiest version of myself, to absolute rock bottom. It was as if my old life was launched into a black hole and could never be reached nor reconstructed again, like it was a fantasy I had imagined; and every, bleak, morning reminded me of what I I was being woken back up with buckets of piercing ice water. I thought I had established and fortified my best self over years of grueling work and self-discipline - and I lost it all in a month? Why did it feel so impossible to reconnect with that harmony? It seemed like no matter what I did, nothing would ever bring me close to the heaven I used to have.
It's been over a year since then; since starting from scratch and rebuilding my best self; and this song definitely aided in the exploration of that. Of remembering that my heaven is still out there and constantly changing; that the heavens we lose are the one's that are out of lessons to teach us. Then it takes new challenges and a lot of practiced effort to be welcomed back into our new one.
- Ashley Zarah -