I am often stunned to find how some people are still unfamiliar with the Chords of Truth project by Jason Garriotte as well as his wonderful music. Jason is a true singer-songwriter, a troubadour, as it was once intended. Notwithstanding the fact that his “Reflections of Reality” Acoustic EP of 7 inspirational folk songs, turned into a collaboration project with 14 producers, generating 57 electronic remixes, spanning the genres of Dubstep, House, Trance, Electrofolk, Progressive, Folktronica, Hip Hop, etc., Chords of Truth has returned to his acoustic guitar-drive folk roots, on his latest release, “Dreams”.
Anyone who likes Chords of Truth, and I know there’s more than just me, has a favorite song from him. I’m sure we can all agree though, that “Dreams” may be among his best. It has become my panacea for the doldrums. The song lifts me up. It’s a mid tempo ballad, a tale, a story and a slice of spiritual life all at once. Like the caboose itself, this sounds like a lost piece of Americana, which I have just discovered. Jason Garriotte is a great musician and his songs are so down to earth, capturing the very core of human existence. Each of his songs demonstrates Jason’s unique ability to reach that place inside you that makes you feel something.
Chords of Truth has always been something of a spiritual explorer, and on this release, it seems spirituality was on his mind, in his heart, and just a bit on his sleeve. The song features sincere, intimate allusions to faith awakening. Not least, in the verse:
“Learning from what
you’ve been shown
you are not alone
Wisdom must be acquired
before it is known
Peering into the divide
praying it will provide”
In almost all of his songs Chords of Truth’s musical tradition continues to meld spirituality, morality and social consciousness. It is a salve for the spirit, soothes the nerves and offers simple rest and some cool shade for the soul. Chords of Truth has been creating incredibly timeless music, which speaks to the conscious human inside you. The words and the music in “Dreams” will echo in your mind. They provoke thoughts about who we are as a people, and who we are as individuals.