Alexi Murdoch: An Energetic Take on a Musical Wizard.

Posted March 10, 2011 in Intuitive Training

Several years ago I awoke from a dream with these words running through my head:

“Row, Row, Row your boat, Gently down the Stream.
Merrily, Merrily Merrily, Merrily, Life is but a dream.
Life is but a dream. Life is but a dream.”

This was during a time in my life when I was having major spiritual and psychic openings, seeing people’s energy (auras) everywhere I went and meditating 20 hours a week. So the idea that “Life was but a dream”, was really starting to become a truth for me and not only a metaphor from a children’s nursery rhyme. That evening, I went with my friends to an Alexi Murdoch show at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. Near the end of one of his songs, he began to segue right into “Row Row Row Your Boat”. I’m pretty sure you could have caught flies in my mouth at that point.

After the show I approached him and told him about my dream that morning. I asked him if he knew why he had sung Row your Boat that night. He didn’t seem to have any idea. I walked away feeling like the message was the message: Life is but a dream. So if you are going to bother rowing, you better be having a good time doing it.

Last Tuesday night I went to go see Alexi Murdoch play at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. Alexi’s music is deeply haunting and feels like it originates from a real place of timelessness. While the crowd waited for him to come out and play, I could see him backstage mulling about before the show. As he walked, he had such a sense of honesty and humility that appears to leave him extremely open and vulnerable. It brought out in me a feeling of wanting to protect him, the same way I would want to protect my son. As he made his way onstage I realized that he did not need to be protected; he was protected because of his vulnerability.
When he began to sing, the large crowd snapped to attention. You could have heard a pin drop. I whispered to my husband, “Now, THAT is an energy worker.”

Alexi is the real deal. A true artist in a sea of illusionists. To me, being a true artist, in any art form, is about being as clear of a channel as you can muster, so that the beauty from Source (or one’s higher-self) has the room to come through. When I am doing my sessions with people, this is my goal as well. I cannot take ownership of the information I am getting because that comes from Source, but I can take ownership of my intention, discipline and commitment to getting my ego out of the way. This takes major work, humility and the constant practice of reminding myself what is important while remembering where my focus needs to be.

One could say that I am projecting onto Alexi. Maybe he is just a good-looking guy with a nice voice and stage presence. But I would disagree. I think we can all sense Truth and we are damn hungry for it. Watching the way the crowd snapped to attention–I think there seems to be a market for Truth these days.

That is not to say that projection is not involved in this type of dynamic…but to say it is the only active energy would be denying another reality altogether. In some ways I think it helps the artists to shield themselves by over-simplifying the projection issue. It is much easier to believe that the love they feel coming at them is simply one-sided, rather than to succumb to the belief that the audience is truly sensing something that is sacred that is coming through them. The challenge is to be the messenger without mistaking the ego as the message itself. Otherwise, this is when inflation steps into the game and doesn’t make a pretty picture. There are hundreds of well-known artists whose lives have led to destruction from the misunderstanding of this issue.

When asked about his creative process in this interview, Alexi said:

” I don’t know, man. That’s sort of a hard question. It’s so hard to answer that question without sounding like an ass – ‘Well, you know, I really sit down and strip away all my ego, and really try to get at the truth…’ But I guess, that’s really what I try to do.”

Luckily, for you all, I like to sound like an ass and pontificate about this stuff. Thanks, Alexi, for having the courage to go into your heart and taking the time to listen. We all benefit from your work.

Here’s Alexi speaking about it. (Starts about 6 minutes in)

“I mean, I think the conscious effort is not so much in the construction of the song–as it is in the getting out of the way. So in a way, Yes, the sound is arrived at through a conscious process but it’s not contrived in that way…Just trying to simplify and be, you know? I think the biggest disservice you can do to your inspiration is to sit and mess with it, you know, because it’s given to you in a very, usually, a very visceral and straightforward way and the truth is usually the simplest, you know? I mean water finds its way down a hill the most efficient way. It’s not alot of thinking about like, ‘Hmmm, I’m gonna go around that rock or over there.’ ” -Alexi

Here’s some Alexi medicine: singing his song Orange Sky.

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  1. Sunday, January 25th, 2015
    There are certain musicians who stir up a strange feeling of de-ja-vu and connection with my soul. Alexi Murdoch is one of those artists.

    Also, I've always loved the line "life is but a dream". Such a profound and almost eerie set of words for a seemingly naive song.
  2. Sunday, January 25th, 2015
    I felt the push to come back and share that Andrew Bird is another one of those musicians who seem to touch my soul. You might like him...or perhaps already love his music :)
    • Sunday, January 25th, 2015
      Specifically his albums "The mysterious production of eggs" and "Armchair Apocryph".

      Haha okay enough from me!