Dirtwire x Ram Dass: Mid​-​America Hotel

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Out Now: Dirtwire x Ram Dass 'Mid-America Hotel'. Watch the full music video and stream/download here: fanlink.to/mid-america-hotel

The Dirtwire/Ram Dass track was built off of a jam that was initially recorded at Echo Mountain studios in Asheville, North Carolina. We felt we had a match when we tried combining it with Ram Dass' description of a powerful psychedelic experience he had in the Mid-America motel in Salina, Kansas. Something about the cyclical mystery of the harmonic progression and the sound of a vintage Telecaster through a vintage amp seemed to us to resonate with how Ram Dass speaks of the transcendental set within the familiar, Both felt to us like expressions of a spiritual Americana that lies just below the surface of what this country believes itself to be.

As we started to shape the music underneath Ram Dass' story, we began to add new parts to underlie and support the narrative tension. We found that musically, at the point Ram Dass' of surrender and ego death, the underlying tension of the guitar ostinato could rupture to support his realization - and through it an entirely new world of release and realization could be built.

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lyrics

I was in the Mid-America motel in Salina Kansas
And I took some LSD that turned out to be considerably more than I thought I was taking
So much that I thought I was going to die
And so, I started to run out of the hotel room to call for help
I was naked, and I got to the door, and I imagined what would happen next when I went outside that door
“The naked old man in room 125 is crazy...” and it’s thorazine and all that
And I decided there must be easier ways to die than that
So, I decided to stay in the room
I sat down in front of the television set, which I had on, but the volume off
And I had a picture of my guru in the center of it
So that it was all coming out of his head
And I said to him, “Please let me die, I think I’m ready to die”
And I decided they’d find me the next day
And it would be interesting
I mean, they just find this guy
And I had all these questions I would ask of the universe written all over the room
So that my mind would fall on a question
And I thought, “That’s an interesting way to go”
It’s like 'Krapp's Last Tape'


So, I kept asking to die
And I watched that my mind kept slowing down
And slowing down, and slowing down, and slowing down
Until pretty soon I saw each thought arise, exist, and pass away
The next thought arise, exist, pass away
And then I saw there was a space between each thought
It was getting bigger and bigger as my mind penetrated more deeply
And then I went into the space between two thoughts
And there was a break in consciousness
And I wasn’t
And then the next moment, I thought
“Well, in that case, I can be anything I want”
And I came back
And then I started to recreate the universe after that


I started to see the entire universe out here
And all the suffering in the world
And it was like a vast ocean of suffering
And it was like they were all my children
All of it, all of it
And I started to reach out for it
And I started to gag
It was like I was retching
And there was
It was like I couldn’t handle absorbing it all into myself
And yet, I knew that’s what I was doing
Was taking everything into myself
And I came back
And then I started to recreate the universe after that
And I came back from that
And then I started to recreate the universe after that

And then I went into the space between two thoughts
And then the next moment, I thought
“Well, in that case, I can be anything I want”
And I came back from that

And then I started to recreate the universe after that
And it was like they were all my children
All of them

It was like I couldn’t handle absorbing it all into myself
And yet, I knew that’s what I was doing
Was taking everything into myself
And I started to reach out for it


Well in that case I can be anything I want
And I came back from that
It was like I couldn’t handle absorbing it all into myself
And yet, I knew that’s what I was doing
Was taking everything into myself
And then I went into the space between two thoughts
And then the next moment, I thought
“Well in that case I can be anything I want”

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released July 8, 2021

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Dirtwire Oakland, California

Dirtwire is a traveller’s collage of instruments and electronic production foraged from Coachella to the mountains of Tuva. Far from home, these troubadours are welcome for the most important language they speak: music. Lifelong musicians Evan Fraser, David Satori, and Mark Reveley are touring now under the banner of Dirtwire, with songs from their new record “Crux”. ... more

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