Alicia Bay Laurel is well known as the writer and illustrator of one of the classic books of the back-to-the-earth movement, the 1970 hand-written guide to living the good life, Living On the Earth. She is also an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist, the latter skill honed by studying with John Fahey. The songs on Music from Living On the Earth were composed concurrently with the writing of the book, permeated by the sun and soil of the commune life. Bright and earthy paeans to the natural world, featuring ABL's pure, strong, and uplifting voice atop her fluid, confident, and deft steel-string acoustic guitar fingerpicking, her style showing that she learned well from Fahey. She also collaborated with San Francisco Tape Music Center co-founder Ramon Sender Barayón, who contributes the 40-voice choral arrangement for the closing track. Although these songs were written as the '60s became the '70s, Music from Living On the Earth was actually recorded in 2000, first issued as a self-produced CD, and reissued on CD by EM Records in 2006 (EM 1047CD). This 2015 15th anniversary edition is its first appearance on vinyl, and includes liner notes by the artist as well as English and Japanese lyrics, allowing listeners to again hear ABL's blues, jazz, and Indian music influences meld with folk roots to glorious effect.

Side A
01. In The Morning 02:51 
02. Chard & Chives 02:44 
03. Rain 01:51 
04. Hang Out & Breathe 02:38 
05. Thanksgiving Hymn 03:07 
06. Rinpoche 03:57 
07. Oh Sweet Self 03:05 
08. Waterwheel 02:10 
09. Mandala 03:15 

Side B
10. Nineteen Sixty-Six 02:10 
11. Vai Raga 03:29 
12. Pain & Love 03:13 
13. Lullaby 04:01 
14. Family To Me 02:15 
15. Sky Blues 02:20 
16. Invocation 03:11 
17. In The Morning (40 Voices) 02:23

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