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The spirit's college is the school of life as taught by our inner voice, our moral compass. The quest is to make a point of walking a mile in another's shoes. If we place ourselves behind the eyes of others and see what they see, we gain valuable perspective. This new point-of-view helps us all step towards peace, both practical and spiritual.

This is the oldest song on the album and this represents the third time I've recorded it. It first went to tape at the recording studios in Sheridan College as a friend's class project. The recording was rich with harmonies, but very slow and the recording quality was, well, student level. I recorded the song again with my band, The Bus, on our album, Mediæval Recordings. The song was called Free The Bird back then. I called it that because the bird is a common symbol for the spirit, but the song title is so close to the very popular, Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd, that I decided to change it to Quest. I recorded the song one more time so that I could give it the full orchestration it really needs.

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I know
I know where I want to go.
I want to go
beyond my body and liberate my soul
and go where it might go.

Try to imagine
Try to imagine a soul without a cage.
I can imagine
beyond my body, a soul without an age.
Imagine life’s next stage.

Jump into another
See through her eyes
Get to understand
Her way to analyze.
Freedom is the quest
but it comes through knowledge
Education’s best
at the spirit’s college.

Can you see?
Can you see beyond your vision?
Can I see
beyond my vision, material illusion,
see beyond decision?

Do you sense?
Do you sense your inner you?
The essence of you
beyond your organs, what’s left when life is through
reach out and touch, renew.

Jump into another
See through his eyes
Get to understand
His way to analyze.
Freedom is the quest
but it comes through knowledge
Education’s best
at the spirit’s college.

I know
I know where I want to go.
I want to go
beyond my body and liberate my soul
and go where it might go.

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from Pieces Of The Trip, released October 11, 2014

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Neil MacNaughton Oakville, Ontario

Known for his energetic acoustic performances, Neil MacNaughton draws audiences in with his thoughtful songs and warm personality. As a singer songwriter, Neil loves the freedom to explore various styles. From the old-time bluesy feel of his latest single, Trouble, to country-tinged, I Saw Marty, to the Jethro Tull-like, Wide Open Spaces, Neil's songs go beyond simple roots rock. Just listen! ... more

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