Flowers in the Dark

by Martin Ball

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Martin is joined by his wife, Jessalynn Jones, on vocals for "Flowers in the Dark," originally released under the name of their joint musical project, Fractal Love Jam. Here, Martin took on the role of writing the lyrics - his first attempt at sustained lyric-writing with themes of universal love, self-discovery, transcendence, nonduality, and entheogenic awakening and exploration. Jessalynn stepped up to the task of translating Martin's lyrics into her own vocal and melodic style, pushing the envelope for both of them, and the result is a collection of their best and most captivating songs yet. For arranging and mixing, Martin let his creativity soar in constructing the sound for these songs with plenty of vocal effects, rich synths, and textured guitars. Every song on this album is filled with passion, love, and a sense of epic adventure and discovery. The overall sound is an alchemical mix of synthetic and organic, electronic and acoustic, and intricate song writing with dance-infused rhythms and textures. Turn down the lights, turn up the music, and let the songs carry you away into the magic of liberated being . . . There are flowers in the dark, and they're blooming just for you . . .

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released March 21, 2016

Martin Ball - Music, Lyrics, and backing vocals
Jessalynn Jones - Vocals

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Independent multi-instrumentalist/world fusion musician from Ashland, Oregon

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Track Name: The Vastness
Naked, I stand upon the edge
Free from all that held me
Embracing the vastness within
Just falling into everything

This is my heart this is my life
I’m not afraid to be here
This is my chance to get it right
And cast aside all my fears
There have been some things
I’d rather not feel
But I’ve shed all those layers
I’m keeping it real

There have been so many times
That I thought, “I’ll just fade away”
But now I have opened up my heart
The Mystery is all I can see

This is my heart . . .

Naked, I stand . . .

This is my heart . . .

Naked, I stand upon the edge
Free from all that held me
Embracing the vastness within
Just falling into everything
There have been so many times
That I thought, “I’ll just fade away”
But now I have opened up my heart
The Mystery is all I can see
Track Name: Bright Eyes Becoming
- For our son, Jaden

Welcome to the world
It’s a place of beauty and tragedy
It comes with good and bad – a real dramatic comedy
But here you’ll find those who love you and want you to be
All that you can in life

Bright eyes becoming your fierce heart is something to see
Bright eyes becoming walk the world in beauty
Bright eyes becoming this life is yours and you are free
Bright eyes becoming, my boy

This is your life this is your time
To find the things that open your mind
To all the wonders of the world and all the secrets you will find
This is your pulse this is your breath
Trust in your heart and forget all the rest – Just be, just be

Bright eyes becoming your fierce heart is something to see
Bright eyes becoming walk the world in beauty
Bright eyes becoming this life is yours and you are free
Bright eyes becoming, my boy

Open your heart to the love all around you
Center your life in truth
Be who you are without fear or resistance – trust

Welcome to the world . . .

Bright eyes becoming . . .

Open your heart to the love all around you
Center your life in truth
Be who you are without fear or resistance
Trust that I will always love you
Track Name: Flowers in the Dark
Mystery calls to me
In the shadows of the night
Secrets unfold to me
In the petals of the light
The labyrinth I walk within
Is an ever-turning path
The ecstasy that surrounds me
I know will always last

There are flowers in the dark
And they’re blooming just for you
There are flowers in the dark
And they’re blooming just for you – for you

Now is the time to change
Let go of the past
Open our eyes and see
The truth that will last
We are the ones who must be
Ones of the Light and Reality
This is the time of the change
To embrace life

Mystery calls to me
In the shadows of the night
Secrets unfold to me
In the petals of the light
The labyrinth I walk within
Is an ever-turning path
The ecstasy that surrounds me
I know will always last

There are flowers in the dark
And they’re blooming just for you
There are flowers in the dark
And they’re blooming just for you – for you
Track Name: It's a Beautiful Day
It’s a beautiful day
A golden sun is on its way
It’s a beautiful day
So let’s open our hearts and play

Awaken with the earth in the morning
Clouds are parting
The day’s just starting
Take a deep breath
And breathe it in
Knowing all life is our kin
Relaxing into
The flow of things
Soaring with the birds
On feathered wings
Trusting that all
Will be fulfilled
With a burst of hope
I get the chills

It’s a beautiful day…

Mind and heart
Are never far apart
When I trust and just let go
There is no self
Just a bunch of parts
Making us One this I know

It’s a beautiful day
A golden sun is on its way
It’s a beautiful day
So let’s open our hearts and play

Awaken with the earth…

It’s a beautiful day…
Track Name: Down the Wormhole
Welcome to the Tryptamine Molecular Express
Passengers are encouraged
To sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride
Do not attempt to hold on,
As there is nothing to hold on to
Feel sensations as they present themselves
Surrender to the energy
And keep hands and feet
Inside the universe at all times
Should discomfort arise
Check to see that you are breathing calmly
And keep your body in a relaxed,
Symmetrical position
We will now initiate launch procedure

It’s time to take a trip
A cosmic ride
We’re going down the wormhole
Take a look inside
The universe unfolds
Eternity
Slip down the wormhole
Touch infinity

Down the wormhole . . .

We have now arrived at our destination:
The center of all existence
Feel free to explore your fractal nature
But be sure not to misplace your mind

Fractal . . .

Some say it is a mystery – the Human Being
Your energetic system runs on tryptamines
5-MeO and DMT
Molecules of insight and reality
When you let go
Embrace the One
Your fears fall away
A new life has begun
The moment is now
And the time is right
Let’s fall down the wormhole
Embrace freedom tonight

It’s time to take a trip . . .

Down the wormhole . . .

Fractal . . .

We thank you for traveling with the Tryptamine Molecular Express
And hope that you enjoy your stay
Wherever you have landed
Or wherever your ongoing journey takes you
And remember: No matter where you go, there you are
Track Name: Pure Energy
The nights are short
And the days are long
Another summertime is coming on
The birds are out
Can you hear their song?
The trees they are swaying
As time moves on

The stars are burning in the dark of night
The moon is rising and shining bright
You pull me in as we start to sway
Surrendered completely, I’m carried away

My heart’s on fire and my body’s free
The love between us is like the sea
So deep it flows for eternity
The dance we are doing is pure energy

Pure energy . . .

From the smallest atom to the largest galaxy
It’s all one dance spinning to infinity
An endless fractal of beauty and divinity
A universal well of love and pure energy

Pure energy . . .

The stars are burning in the dark of night
The moon is rising and shining bright
You pull me in as we start to sway
Surrendered completely, I’m carried away

My heart’s on fire and my body is free
The love between us is like the sea
So deep it flows for eternity
The dance we are doing is pure energy
Track Name: Twisting Passage
From the very first moment
That I opened my eyes
From the very first moment
I knew I was alive

I can see forever
I can see deep into the night
I can see forever
Through a twisting passage of light

Galaxies colliding
Across the turning
Of space and time
Worlds created and evolving
To their own rhythm and rhyme
From the heart of vast nebula
Suns are born and stars ignite
In their essence they are burning
In ecstatic delight

I can see forever . . .

It took so long just to get here
Just to say that we’ve arrived
An endless path of transformation
And now we’re alive

And there’re so many choices
So many things that I could do
But my only commitment
Is to live a life that’s true

From the very first moment . . .

I can see forever . . .
Track Name: Epic
I struggle to catch my breath
Crawling through fading dreams
All the illusions have lost their power
They’re not what they seem
And the barbed wire
Wrapped so tightly around my spine
Is made up of fears
I know they are mine

I will break free
I will be released
Transcend the pain
And the doubt that eats away
I will stand tall upon my own feet
Face all my fears and live

The light I am seeking
Seems so far away
If this is my epic
Then what part do I play?
The crows are all circling
As my sight becomes dim
The world is fading
As a light dawns within

I will break free . . .

Rest comes at last as I lie upon the sea
The tears have all been drawn out of me
I let myself float, no thought to survive
With arms wide open I know I’m alive

I will break free . . .

I let myself float . . .
Track Name: A Blanket Made of Stars
I have been spinning since the beginning
Through a million miles of outer space
I am the mother and the father
Of birds and trees and the human race
I am the home of clouds and forests
Mountains, lakes, and rivers, too
So many life-forms make their home here
Under the sky, the sky so blue

Wrapped in a blanket, a blanket of stars
Wrapped in a blanket of light

It is my turning that sets the seasons
Winter, fall, and summer too
And every springtime life gets the feeling
And everything begins anew
There may be darkness all around us
But there is light from afar
We are safe here, all together
Under our blanket made of stars

Wrapped in a blanket, a blanket of stars
Wrapped in a blanket of light
Wrapped in a blanket, a blanket made of stars
Wrapped in a blanket of love

I have been spinning…

Wrapped in a blanket, a blanket of stars
Wrapped in a blanket of light

There may be darkness all around us
But there is light from afar
We are safe here, all together
Under our blanket made of stars

Wrapped in a blanket . . .
Track Name: Night in the House of Light
As night falls in the house of light
We step outside of either wrong or right

As night falls in the house of light
We step outside of either wrong or right
To just be here in this space with you
Is all that I can think to do
There are no fears
There is only trust here
The past and the future both disappear

As night falls in the house of light
As nighttime falls in the house of light

I feel myself dissolving in unity
Yet I still feel your presence
We’re lost in the sea
Infinite lifetimes unfolding
All searching for love
An endless revolving
Under star shine above

As night falls in the house of light
We step outside of either wrong or right

As night falls in the house of light
We step outside of either wrong or right
To just be here in this space with you
Is all that I can think to do
There are no fears
There is only trust here
The past and the future both disappear

As night falls in the house of light
As nighttime falls in the house of light
I’m here with you
Track Name: Movement Underground
There’s a movement
Flowing underground
Making changes
Beyond sight and sound
Revealing secrets
And hidden mysteries
Truth of the self
And Human Identity

The basic fact
That all of life is one
Can free your mind
The party’s just begun
The human ego
Is not what it appears to be
It’s just a construct
That traps your liberty

There’s a movement…

So be yourself
And live your life
Feel your heart
And let go of all strife
Trust in the moment
Let down your guard
Expose your heart
Living in truth isn’t hard
Everything that we experience and see
Is a movement of pure energy
Giving shape and form to all reality
It’s the life of the One
Even you and me

There’s a movement . . .

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