BLISSOLOGY - THE THOM SHEDLOCK PROJECT Enjoy relaxing music as well as nature sounds on this album by THE THOM SHEDLOCK PROJECT. Multi-instrumentalist THOM SHEDLOCK plays Acoustic, Electric and Classical Guitars, Electric Sitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Bells and Percussion. Blissology is the perfect CD for relaxation whether it be a pensive moment with your morning coffee, an escape from the rigors of a daily commute or perhaps a massage or quiet time with a partner. This seventy-minute musical compilation is splendid for your Yoga practice, from warm up to deep meditation. BIOGRAPHY For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawn to the beauty of music, especially in it's improvisational form. I was blessed with an ear for music and as a teenager, I taught myself the basics of guitar. Although my musical sight-reading was limited, I had a knack for learning songs by ear so I developed a style where I could truly play by feeling. By age thirteen and throughout high school, I found myself playing guitar locally at school dances, summer festivals, community functions, and quite often at the various churches in my town. Although my college major was in business, I continued to grow as a guitarist. It was the mid-seventies and I landed a great paying summer job that enabled me to get my hands on a 1974 Fender Stratocaster (I wish I still had that one!) and a great sounding amp. I joined a jam band where I regularly played the music of the day at clubs and college fraternities. In 1976 I had front row seats to see jazz guitarist Ralph Towner at a small theater in my hometown. He was improvising on twelve-string and nylon-string guitars. I was so impressed with his style and tone that I purchased a classical guitar the following day and decided that it was time to formally study the instrument that I loved. I was living in Philadelphia at the time so I joined the Classical Guitar Society of Philadelphia and studied classical guitar for two years. In 1978 I embarked on a full time career as a CPA but I never gave up on my music. The demands of family and a career can put limits on how you can spend your free time. I found my music taking a direction that was community based by getting involved with charitable organizations, Community Theater and with my church. It certainly has had it's share of rewards. I was able to personally meet legends like B.B. King, Les Paul and Duke Robillard to name a few. I played Bach at services attended by a Lutheran Bishop. I played blues festivals to raise money for the homeless and the local food bank. I watched my daughter's perfomance in a musical while I played bass in the orchestra pit (incidently, at the same theater where I saw Ralph Towner). The list goes on. I discovered yoga and it's benefits in 1998 and I have been practicing Hatha and other forms of yoga since that time. I thought that my daily yoga routine might be enhanced if I were to create my own soundtrack to play during my practice. I had several CDs that I played while going through my postures but I wanted to create one that would be peaceful to listen to, a little more contemporary and an alternative to the traditional yoga CDs from my collection. I compiled about seventy minutes of music and found it to be extremely rewarding to listen to my own sounds as I practiced. In 2006, I suffered a setback that landed me in the local cardio unit for two days. Being self-employed, my career deals me a lot of stress during certain times of the year...deadlines, clients and just the intense nature of the business. The combination of my business, caring for an elderly parent, two kids in college and temporarily abandoning a sensible diet and my daily yoga routine proved to be too much and I found myself in an ambulance en-route to the hospital. It was truly a life wake-up call about the serious nature of stress and how it can creep up without warning if you let your life get out of balance. The experience gave me some time to reflect on the things that are truly important in life. I was fortunate that I could rely on my family, my music and my yoga to get back to the task of managing a daily balance. I decided at that point to share my soundtrack with others in hope that they will take the time to manage stress in their lives. Blissology is my initial attempt at writing and publishing a compilation of my own music. For me, playing and performing music has been rewarding enough. This project turned out to be a labor of love and I enjoyed every minute in performing, designing and compiling the project. It is my sincere wish that those who listen to this music will enjoy it and use it to take the necessary steps to manage stress in their own lives. Bliss to all, Thom Shedlock.