MultiMedia eBook “Cathedral of the Senses,” Sequel to Stephen Smoke’s Cult Classic Novel, “Trick of the Light,” Now Available in Paperback and Multimedia eBook Form


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 31, 2011

Cathedral of the Senses is the sequel to the inspirational cult classic, Trick of the Light, which was published by Beyond Words (the publisher of The Secret). Trick of the Light was extremely well reviewed and was optioned by Hemdale Films (winner of two Best Picture Academy Awardsfor Platoon and The Last Emperor of China).

Cathedral of the Senses is an inspirational novel that appeals to an audience interested in Eckhart Tolles Now Moment philosophy, as well as to people who enjoy the Abraham-Hicks books. Whereas those books are non-fiction, Cathedral of the Senses is a novel.

One of the unique aspects of this novel, published by Cathedral Rock Publishing, is that it is the first novel with a self-contained music soundtrack. The MultiMedia iPad ebook version of the novel, available for download at the Cathedral of the Senses website, allows the reader to listen to appropriate portions of songs written for the book by merely touching the screen. The reader may then download the entire song, or the entire album from the Internet. The songs were professionally recorded and fully produced and include contributions from such industry heavyweights as Mike Lattanzi and Barry Keenan.

One thing that makes Cathedral of the Senses so different is that Smoke is a professional novelist and he recognizes that his first job is to entertain. Beyond that, all his inspirational writing is based on an experience he had when he was 20 years old. “Two things people like to talk about are the ‘Belief Alchemist’ scene and my allusion to the Elohim. This word has special meaning for me and I explain some of that in the book. In fact, I referred to the Elohim in the Trick of the Light novel, but as an anagram: Homile–which turned out to be a key element of that book.”

Stephen still offers his Writing the Novel Workshop, based on his perennial seller Writing the Novel.

What people are saying about Cathedral of the Senses:

“I read the prequel, Trick of the Light. Being a writer myself, I thought it was one of the most inspirational books Id ever read. In fact, Id go so far as to say that, in my opinion, Trick of the Light is a masterpiece. Now that Ive read the sequel, I am blown away. Besides being a writer, my main profession is acting. I love the visual palette the author works from. He entertains the reader! You dont have to be a spiritual seeker in order to enjoy this book. And I absolutely love the music. My two favorites are ‘Diamond Mind,’ and ‘Amsterdam.’” Thomas Morris, actor (Schindlers List, Angels and Demons, The International)

“What captivates me about Stephens songs are his intelligent lyrics; brilliant, thought provoking images and concepts that induce reflection. Listen to the chord progression on the tag of ‘Diamond Mind.’ Stephen came up with a brand new progression on an old theme; refreshing and alluring”. Barry Keenan, singer/songwriter/producer. His song Our Comfortable Lives has been the #1 song on Neil Youngs Living With War Today music chart for the last 40 weeks. He recently received the prestigious honor of being included in a book of great American Songwriters that already includes Pete Seeger, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, and Eminem, among others.

“Breathtaking. Cathedral of the Senses is more than a book. Its a life changing event. Its like living in a dream where anything can happen. The action is unpredictable and the stories are astoundingly cinematic, transporting the reader into alternate realities where nothing is as it seems… Smoke creates a deeply emotional and spiritual connection with the reader. One is left asking questions about his or her own existence and personal reality. I feel changed. Five Stars!” — Michelle Williams, book and music critic

Reminiscent of Conrads Heart of Darkness, set in a world straight out of Tolkiens Lord of the Rings. Cathedral of the Senses is thought-provoking without being preachy. In many ways its a fictional depiction of the popular now moment philosophies put forth by such contemporary writer/philosophers as Eckhart Tolle. John Knoerle, author of A Despicable Profession

Unlike most Western books Ive read that try to describe the Zen experience, Cathedral of the Senses creates an environment for the reader to have his or her own experience. Bernadette Shih, author of Mao A Young Man from the Yangtze Valley, and Ling Ling: The Most Beautiful Giant Panda in the World

About the Author

Stephen Smoke is the author of 29 books (19 novels), including five bestselling psychological thrillers with HarperCollins (Black Butterfly, Pacific Coast Highway, et al.), as well as the socially-conscious Bill of Responsibilities series. He also wrote and directed several feature films, including Street Crimes starring Dennis Farina. His books are available at http://www.StephenSmoke.com and on Amazon. You can also communicate with Stephen and check for special offers on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Stephen-Smoke-Author/211006562256684.

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Question by dayer_ss: What does usher mean in this song?
I was just looking at the lyrics of “Just a Dream” by Nelly and there is a line:

“i try to get my usher on but i cant let it burn”

What does that mean? What is usher? Burn what?

Best answer:

Answer by liveitupxox
usher has a song called “let it burn”, it’s referring to that.

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Q&A: Am i the only one who thinks music these days sounds meaningless?

Question by krisE_: Am i the only one who thinks music these days sounds meaningless?
Don’t get me wrong, i’m a music lover. But i think these days, the songs are getting very meaningless. If not for the rhythm and beats, i wouldn’t listen to them.

I’m only 18, by the way.

Best answer:

Answer by eric
Hello there you beautiful thing you.
Songs today are getting more meaningless every day.
Even some of the so called good ones.

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CA Assembly member Tom Ammiano introducing #Laramie10 at Magic Theater
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Image by Steve Rhodes
It was performed on the anniversary of the day Matthew Shepard died in 150 theaters in all 50 states and 9 countries.

At the Magic, there was a brass band playing as people entered and the actors looked like they were rehearsing in the stairway and entrance to the theater.

After the performance, there was a silent procession down the three flights of stairs to the Rebar group bandshell where the brass band was playing.

The lights on cars were on and people took prayers and put them in a jar. When the ritual was finished, they were burned.

Laramieproject.org

www.magictheatre.org/season0910/Laramie.shtml

A ten minute video on the project

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgkwl6Zi4VQ

The New York production had an introduction and a post-show Q&A which are online

laramieproject.org/livebroadcast/

www.tectonictheaterproject.org/The_Laramie_Project.html

tectonictheaterproject.org/Tectonic.html

Donations were made to

www.matthewshepard.org

lyric.org

Media coverage

www.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/theater/04theater.html

www.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/arts/17iht-laramie.1.16232258….

www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-laramie11-2009oc…

www.newsweek.com/id/163027

www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113663235

Their were strong criticisms in the play of this 20/20 story (actually, it is basically demolished – see the NPR story above)

abcnews.go.com/2020/Story?id=277685&page=1

journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/recount/article/95/

www.inthelifetv.org/html/episodes/23.html 3rd segment

An interview with Debra Thomsen of the Laramie Boomerang is in the play about the series they did in 2008

www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2008/10/06/news/doc48ea…

www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2008/10/07/news/doc48ec…

www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2008/10/08/news/doc48ed…

www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2008/10/10/news/doc48ee…

www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2008/10/11/news/doc48f0…

They also had an editorial & excerpts from it are read in the play, but I can’t seem to find it online.

A letter from Jonas Slonacker the paper refused to print is also read:

t was depressing to read Sunday’s editorial, Laramie is a Community, Not a Project, which said that many subscribers didn’t understand why the anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder qualified as news and that some even requested their newspaper delivery be stopped until that reporting was over. The editorial also said: "that police reports certainly seem to indicate that this was a robbery that went very bad." and "it was galling because the crime was portrayed as a homophobic attack."

Is it customary when robbing someone to drive the victim down a dirt road, tie him to a fence, brutally beat him and leave him to slowly die? Surely there was a powerful emotion like hatred behind the beating of Matthew Shepard. For God’s sake, they broke his skull. A popular story is that drugs made McKinney and Henderson do it. Even if drugs were involved, drugs don’t make you hate; they simply magnify what already exists. I remember reading that both the perpetrators said homophobic things when they were interrogated and it is public record that McKinney tried to use Gay Panic Defense in his trial.

Many citizens of Laramie want to move on but denial isn’t the best way to accomplish that. Understanding, love, honesty, and bravery might be better paths to that end and numerous people in Laramie have responded that way. There is no disgrace for Laramie in acknowledging that part or all of the motivation was homophobia. NO, the crime certainly does not define Laramie. How we react to the crime, how we talk about it, and if we do or don’t do anything to prevent this from happening again does define Laramie. If someone paints a swastika on the home of a Jewish family, is it graffiti that went bad or hatred? If someone burns a cross on the lawn of an African American while robbing them, is it a robbery that went very bad or a hate crime? When a gay man is tied to a fence and viciously beaten, is it just a robbery that went very bad or perhaps something more?

(from a ways down in this interview)

tenbyfour.blogspot.com/2008/10/homophobia-and-language-of…

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later at Magic Theater in San Francisco
country roads lyrics

Image by Steve Rhodes

It was performed on the anniversary of the day Matthew Shepard died in 150 theaters in all 50 states and 9 countries.

At the Magic, there was a brass band playing as people entered and the actors looked like they were rehearsing in the stairway and entrance to the theater.

After the performance, there was a silent procession down the three flights of stairs to the Rebar group bandshell where the brass band was playing.

The lights on cars were on and people took prayers and put them in a jar. When the ritual was finished, they were burned.

Laramieproject.org

www.magictheatre.org/season0910/Laramie.shtml

A ten minute video on the project

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgkwl6Zi4VQ

The New York production had an introduction and a post-show Q&A which are online

laramieproject.org/livebroadcast/

www.tectonictheaterproject.org/The_Laramie_Project.html

tectonictheaterproject.org/Tectonic.html

Donations were made to

www.matthewshepard.org

lyric.org

Media coverage

www.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/theater/04theater.html

www.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/arts/17iht-laramie.1.16232258….

www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-laramie11-2009oc…

www.newsweek.com/id/163027

www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113663235

Their were strong criticisms in the play of this 20/20 story (actually, it is basically demolished – see the NPR story above)

abcnews.go.com/2020/Story?id=277685&page=1

journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/recount/article/95/

www.inthelifetv.org/html/episodes/23.html 3rd segment

An interview with Debra Thomsen of the Laramie Boomerang is in the play about the series they did in 2008

www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2008/10/06/news/doc48ea…

www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2008/10/07/news/doc48ec…

www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2008/10/08/news/doc48ed…

www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2008/10/10/news/doc48ee…

www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2008/10/11/news/doc48f0…

They also had an editorial & excerpts from it are read in the play, but I can’t seem to find it online.

A letter from Jonas Slonacker the paper refused to print is also read:

t was depressing to read Sunday’s editorial, Laramie is a Community, Not a Project, which said that many subscribers didn’t understand why the anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder qualified as news and that some even requested their newspaper delivery be stopped until that reporting was over. The editorial also said: "that police reports certainly seem to indicate that this was a robbery that went very bad." and "it was galling because the crime was portrayed as a homophobic attack."

Is it customary when robbing someone to drive the victim down a dirt road, tie him to a fence, brutally beat him and leave him to slowly die? Surely there was a powerful emotion like hatred behind the beating of Matthew Shepard. For God’s sake, they broke his skull. A popular story is that drugs made McKinney and Henderson do it. Even if drugs were involved, drugs don’t make you hate; they simply magnify what already exists. I remember reading that both the perpetrators said homophobic things when they were interrogated and it is public record that McKinney tried to use Gay Panic Defense in his trial.

Many citizens of Laramie want to move on but denial isn’t the best way to accomplish that. Understanding, love, honesty, and bravery might be better paths to that end and numerous people in Laramie have responded that way. There is no disgrace for Laramie in acknowledging that part or all of the motivation was homophobia. NO, the crime certainly does not define Laramie. How we react to the crime, how we talk about it, and if we do or don’t do anything to prevent this from happening again does define Laramie. If someone paints a swastika on the home of a Jewish family, is it graffiti that went bad or hatred? If someone burns a cross on the lawn of an African American while robbing them, is it a robbery that went very bad or a hate crime? When a gay man is tied to a fence and viciously beaten, is it just a robbery that went very bad or perhaps something more?

(from a ways down in this interview)

tenbyfour.blogspot.com/2008/10/homophobia-and-language-of…

“Everybody knows.”

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“Everybody knows.”
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"Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows "

Leonard Cohen, from "I’m Your Man", "Everybody Knows" 1998

Everybody knows the good guys lost
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Image by alexindigo
Taken in Toronto, Ontario @ March 2, 2008

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Knows that’s how it goes: Dennis
Lyrics by Leonard Cohen

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♫ petal for petal, everybody knows.
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Image by skywithfireflies
Petal for petal everybody knows,
That your best bet is a rose to tell you.
Does she love me?
Does she love me not?
Everybody says that I don’t stand a chance.

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