Ouroboros

The alchemists, who in their own way knew more about the nature of the individuation process than we moderns do, expressed this paradox through the symbol of the Ouroboros, the snake that eats its own tail. The Ouroboros has been said to have a meaning of infinity or wholeness.

In the age-old image of the Ouroboros lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process, for it was clear to the more astute alchemists that the prima materia of the art was man himself. The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow.

This ‘feed-back’ process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilises himself and gives birth to himself. He symbolises the One, who proceeds from the clash of opposites, and he therefore constitutes the secret of the prima materia which … unquestionably stems from man’s unconscious.

Carl Jung

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Ouroboros

I have written music on guitar for a very long time, and Yahaan is my opus magnum as a singer-songwriter. I kept the album minimal, to the point and absolutely true to who I am as an artist. No adulterations bound by conventions or creative choices; just me, my guitar and the songs.

I love playing the guitar. It is the most ‘me’ I ever feel like.

But over the years, the larger chunk of music that I have written has not been guitar based, and I don’t want to put myself under this box of being a conventional singer-songwriter, because it is not who I am right now.

At this moment I feel liberated, accentuated, high and so terrifyingly free, that I can’t risk putting myself inside a box. It would render me soul-less – the vision of a type-casted me is my worst nightmare.

I feel like an artist, and the guitar is just one part of the huge universe of possibilities I am a subject to.

Ouroboros is my rescue.

It is who I feel like right now. Being free as a bird, prone to mistakes, open to failures, put on the trial for daring to break free, Ouroboros is my refuge.

It consists of songs pieces that were written over a period of 3 days, from 1st October to the 3rd. I was reckless, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat, just sat with my computer and put it all out there, without ever thinking if it made sense or was it any good. I just freed myself off of myself.

I get bored too easily and too often if I just keep doing one thing. I need things to scare me, to amaze me, to ridicule me and to push me into nightmares. I long for mistakes on the timeline.

Ouroboros is a correction.

This album signifies my journey into the openness of music, this is a breathe of fresh air for me. The freedom I experienced during writing it is immaculate. The processing of certain emotions associated with the songs brings a sub-conscious closure, and to be honest, I do feel a little less heavy.

P.S. This note is not intended for everybody, but if you are reading this, you should know that you are important to me. Our relation is critical and you need to know the reasons.

If you are still able to recognise me (the person) within all the chaos and eccentricities of the sonic landscape of Ouroboros then, my friend, I have succeeded.

Saby Singh

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