New Album “Stellar Ignition” coming on 6/21/21

As the cycle of time whirls on, we are overjoyed to release for your listening pleasure…

STELLAR IGNITION

Our first complete album, recorded at Avalon Digital Recording Studios in San Luis Obispo, CA Chumash Territory.

Keeping with the timing of our single releases, “Stellar Ignition” will be released in waves:

:: Summer Solstice :: Monday June 21 2021 :: Ditital Online Release

:: Fall Equinox :: Wednesday September 22 2021 :: CD Release

:: Winter Solstice :: Tuesday December 21 2021 :: Vinyl Release

Visit our Reverbnation page to hear the songs first! Also available on YouTube and streaming platforms

Virtual Liner Notes

Extending our Gratitude and Appreciation to Everyone who Collaborated!

Astonishingly talented individuals dedicated countless hours of creativity to this project, bringing these songs into manifestation with brilliance! Thank you, thank you, thank you…

Brian Aunger: Recording Engineer

Timo Beckwith: Album Art

Griffin Breshears: Mastering

Billy Clayton: Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixing, Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Album Art

Charlotte Ellis: Cello

Mike Flactiff: Congas, Percussion

Chad Hoffmann: Bass, Double Bass, Banjo

Talia Ortega: Flute

Gillian Piper: Vocals

Anthony Roselli: Vocals, Drums, Harmonica

Robyn Saxer: Producer, Vocals, Keyboard, French Horn, Ukulele, Percussion, Melodica

Kip Stork: Recording Engineer

Jeff Steinmann: Lead Guitar

This “trailer” for our album release show was created by Anthony Roselli!

Album Release Show: Friday 6/25!

Celebrate our album release and our return to the stage this Friday! We would be honored by your presence!

It Takes a Village

We’ve been looking forward to releasing our music into the world since this band started forming 8 years ago. The loyalty and support of our friends, family, and fans continues to amaze and inspire us; thanks for sharing this journey with us!

With Radiant Love,

Zen Mountain Poets

“Game of Mystery” Emerging in Spring with a Groove

This A side ties with the B side “Times Waves” with the first lyrics,

“…I don’t know if you can hear, Time of love is getting near

Is there really time for us? Plenty of time, get on the bus…”

The chorus is easy to sing along with: “I love you!”

Music and Lyrics by Billy Clayton

Billy Clayton (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar)
Robyn Saxer (Keyboard, Vocals)
Anthony Roselli (Drums, Vocals)
Mike Flactiff (Percussion)
Chad Hoffman (Bass)
Talia Ortega (Flute)
Jeff Steinmann (Lead Guitar)
Gillian Piper (Vocals)
Charlotte Ellis (Cello)

Recorded at Avalon Digital Recording Studios, San Luis Obispo, California.
Engineered by Kip Stork, Brian Aunger and Billy Clayton. Mixed by Billy Clayton, Mastered by Griffin Breshears

Single Cover Art by Timo Beckwith and Billy Clayton

Artwork by Timo Beckwith and Billy Clayton

Apologies as the tracks are still being processed through Reverbnation at this time. Once they go live, they will be available for download soon thereafter! In the meantime, you can listen and subscribe/follow on YouTube/Soundcloud (and here on the website of course!):

Thank you for listening!

Robyn for the

Zen Mountain Poets

Sound Waves of “Times Waves” Released!

Dive into the sound waves with this mesmerizing artwork by Timo Beckwith and Billy Clayton

Music by Billy Clayton, Arranged by Zen Mountain Poets

Billy Clayton (Rhythm Guitar)
Robyn Saxer (French Horn, Keyboard, Vocals)
Anthony Roselli (Drums)
Mike Flactiff (Percussion)
Chad Hoffman (Bass)
Talia Ortega (Flute)
Jeff Steinmann (Lead Guitar)

Recorded at Avalon Digital Recording Studios, San Luis Obispo, California.
Engineered by Kip Stork, Brian Aunger and Billy Clayton. Mixed by Billy Clayton, Mastered by Griffin Breshears

Single Cover Art by Timo Beckwith and Billy Clayton

The interlocking synergistic groove of this instrumental may create rippling sensations like waves, inspiring dance and movement, or contemplation and excitement! Featuring French Horn, Flute, Guitar, and Keyboard solos that interweave throughout the piece.

Apologies as the tracks are still being processed through Reverbnation at this time. Once they go live, they will be available for download soon thereafter! In the meantime, you can listen and subscribe/follow on YouTube/Soundcloud (and here on the website of course!):

Want to see us soon? Talk to us about booking a show or house party! zenmountainpoets@gmail.com

Until next time,

Robyn for the

Zen Mountain Poets

Joyous Spring Equinox!

InJoy Free Downloads of “Grow” and “My Love (my story in sight)” today only!

Artwork by Timo Beckwith and Billy Clayton

The songs are apropos to inner and outer growth, paralleling the new growth emerging in this season.

After 3 years of cultivating and tending the seeds of these songs, we’re gratified to bring them to you with these splendid recordings!

Then, in two days, we’re releasing two more songs!

These teaser videos by Anthony Roselli bring some flowers as Spring gifts along with the new music…

Stay tuned on Reverbnation for the release of “Game of Mystery” and “Time Waves” on 3/22!

Thank you for listening to our music!


Springing into Spring,

Zen Mountain Poets

New song “Grow” is released today

Robyn gathered the seeds of this song during a four day vision quest with the hand drum heard on this recording. Then she brought the chant to a ZMP rehearsal and Chad Hoffman set the basis for the band’s arrangement, a reggae style bassline.

Releasing songs on Imbolc feels particularly potent. Sparking the inner flame and witnessing the sprouts as these songs bloom into beautiful manifestation.

Lyrics by Robyn Saxer, Music by Chad Hoffman and Robyn Saxer

Robyn Saxer (Vocals, Keyboard, Hand Drum, Tambourine, Melodica)
Billy Clayton (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar)
Anthony Roselli (Vocals, Drums)
Gillian Piper (Vocals)
Mike Flactiff (Percussion)
Chad Hoffman (Bass)
Jeff Steinmann (Lead Guitar)

Recorded at Avalon Digital Recording Studios, San Luis Obispo, California.
Engineered by Kip Stork, Brian Aunger and Billy Clayton. Mixed by Billy Clayton, Mastered by Griffin Breshears

Single Cover Art by Timo Beckwith and Billy Clayton

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Lyrics:

Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it

Growth and change can be so strange (Grow into it, grow out of it)

The cells themselves they rearrange (Grow into it, grow out of it)

When we grow in time we know (Grow into it, grow out of it)

All of life is ebb and flow (Grow into it, grow out of it)

Who am I, oh who am I? (Grow into it, grow out of it)

Child of Earth and child of Sky (Grow into it, grow out of it)

Let me fly, oh let me fly (Grow into it, grow out of it)

I’ll share my gifts, I won’t be shy (Grow into it, grow out of it)

Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it

[Instrumental]

Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it

Growth and change can be so strange (Grow into it, grow out of it)

The cells themselves they rearrange (Grow into it, grow out of it)

When we grow in time we know (Grow into it, grow out of it)

All of life is ebb and flow (Grow into it, grow out of it)

Who am I, oh who am I? (Grow into it, grow out of it)

Child of Earth and child of Sky (Grow into it, grow out of it)

Let me fly, oh let me fly (Grow into it, grow out of it)

I’ll share my gifts, I won’t be shy (Grow into it, grow out of it)

Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it
Grow into it, grow out of it

New songs released on 2.2.2021

“My Love (my story in sight)” (B side)

“I consider it a meditation on self love, contemplating the interplay between self and higher self.

“I started experimenting with imagining the love songs I heard on the radio directed towards myself. With so many songs written for others, I wanted to write a song about loving my self, and this philosophical stream of consciousness poem emerged.”

Robyn Saxer, songwriter

During Daylight Savings Time in 2015, a unique gathering of ZMP occurred we called “Bandage.” It was a mystical multi-dimensional experience in the Wizard’s Den during which this song came to life.

Billy Clayton was playing a chord progression on acoustic guitar and Robyn started singing words and a melody (now the harmony on this recording).

Love your self <3

Lyrics by Robyn Saxer, Music by Billy Clayton and Robyn Saxer

Robyn Saxer (Vocals, Ukulele)
Billy Clayton (Rhythm Guitar)
Anthony Roselli (Drums, Harmonica)
Mike Flactiff (Percussion)
Chad Hoffman (Bass)
Talia Ortega (Flute)
Jeff Steinmann (Lead Guitar)

Recorded at Avalon Digital Recording Studios, San Luis Obispo, California.
Engineered by Kip Stork, Brian Aunger and Billy Clayton. Mixed by Billy Clayton, Mastered by Griffin Breshears

Single Cover Art by Timo Beckwith and Billy Clayton

Lyrics:

Verse 1:
I once thought I knew all the songs,
Now I find that I’ve been wrong,
Where have you been for so long?

Verse 2:
My unrequited love for you
Shines through my heart for you.
I remember, I remember you.

Verse 3:
In the nostalgia of my thoughts,
I imagine there’s a better start,
But I can’t part from you.

Verse 4:
If we are one,
Spinning round this great bright sun,
Why are you the only one I’m thinking of?

My love, my love,
Where can you be
Inside of me?

(Instrumental)

Verse 5:
When I look in front of me,
In the mirror through the shadows I see,
This life belongs to me.

Verse 6:
In this experiment called humankind,
I forgive my state of mind,
Why have eyes been so blind?

Verse 7:
When I feel the wind on my face,
I trust I am in nature’s embrace,
I am part of universal grace!

My love, my love, my love, my love, my love, my love, my love, my love!

New Music is Coming Your Way!

Zen Mountain Poets will be releasing two singles at once every couple of months leading up to the release of a full-length album. This is inspired by the 45 RPM vinyl singles with an “A side” and “B side” back in the day.

It’s our aspiration to release the full album on vinyl, CD, as well as online. The first two songs, “Emily’s Song” and “Mysterious” were released on 12/21/20. They’re available to stream and download at http://reverbnation.com/zenmountainpoets

The next two studio recordings to be released on 2/2/2021 are “Grow” and “My Love (my story in sight)”. We’re grateful to bring these songs of comfort, inward reflection, and self love to you on Imbolc, the cross-quarter between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Lyrics written by Robyn Saxer, and creative collaboration on the Music by: Chad Hoffman and Robyn Saxer on “Grow”, and Billy Clayton and Robyn Saxer on “My Love”.

Available first to download and stream at http://reverbnation.com/zenmountainpoets at 2:22pm, and then available on all streaming platforms!

Local San Luis Obispo artist Timo Beckwith takes our band photographs and generously offers his mesmerizing designs for our cover art. Explore more of his astounding artistry at http://beckwithdesign.com



Check out the teaser videos that Anthony Roselli made, featuring Timo’s art and samples of the new songs on our YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTwTkuojN9WEMiEN49RKS5g

Hope you and yours are staying well, and wishing you ease and balance all ways.

With fond kindness,

Robyn Saxer

Zen Mountain Poets

“Mysterious” Solstice Release!

“Mysterious” is released today as an entrancing foray into the mysteries of life and universal energies. An epic improvisational masterpiece, the rhythm tracks for this song were recorded in one take, with soloists layering their creativity thereafter. May this piece accompany you on the longest night of the year with its ambient magic!

Download at www.reverbnation.com/zenmountainpoets

With Love,
ZMP

“Emily’s Song” Released Today!

Solstice Greetings!

We’re overjoyed to release “Emily’s Song” today, as a musical embrace from us to you! Billy wrote the song for his daughter Emily, and the song is a heartfelt way to celebrate family and love!

Download at www.reverbnation.com/zenmountainpoets

Hugs,

ZMP