Khor Virap (Original Mix)
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Deep organic house track, fusing spiritual Armenian duduk and African kora sounds with ethereal melodies, dreamy sounds, and infectious grooves.
I had a dream about three years ago, which gave rise to three songs: "Khor Virap", "Geghama", and "Surb Ughin". In this dream, I was thinking about the end of the modern world, about a great time of disasters and massive tragedy to mankind. Suddenly, I heard the voice of an angel that sounded like a woman, and then a man's voice. Then I saw Moses of the Bible thousands of miles away. I then flew in my spirit to Mt. Ararat, where Moses was resting, looking up in the sky for me. He knew I was coming. I flew over the snow capped peak like a bird. I then landed near him. He said, "this is the sacred path". That is all I remember, other than, in my dream I really wasn't flying, but flying in my spirit. I woke up. A year later, my third son was born, and my wife and I knew in our hearts, before we really started choosing a name, that one of our son's names would be "Noah". He would be a brave man of God, full of joy, faith, love, and hope. So far, he is all of that and so much more!
"Khor Virap" is a monastery in Armenia, in the shadow of holy Mount Ararat. In Armenian, "Khow Virap" means deep dungeon. How a dungeon can be made to be the home of mystical monks and offer redemption through suffering and a life of deep contrition and prayer is a deep message of life. This song's story is about a man from Central Africa who takes a spiritual pilgrimage to the Armenian monastery, Khor Virap, which lays in the shadow of the ancient and holy mountain, Ararat, said to be the resting place of Noah and where his ark landed after the flood.