All is Vanity!
Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity!
What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun?
The book of Ecclesiastes I in the Hebrew Scriptures opens with the absolute paradox of ancient wisdom.
Simultaneously a basis for nihilism & faith, the phrase is an elegant expression of both the paralysis & liberation felt in our search for truth & meaning.
All is Vanity! was conceived in early 2022 as an elegiac exploration of grief, hope, and divinity. It soon became a commentary on itself:
On the glorious futility of our attempts to measure and master such mysteries.
All is Vanity! is an ever-expanding song cycle, and culminated as an album recorded at Outlier Inn Studio in October 2023. Release details to come.