We are an Atlanta-based progressive rock band called Six Elements. What’s the best way to describe our sound? Remember the Peter Gabriel era of Genesis? Their music helped shape our vocals and some of our guitar. You’ll also hear the influence of Pink Floyd in some of our guitar solos. The clarinet and flute in the music might remind you of Russian Romantic composers (think Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky). No matter what we remind you of, those descriptions are just window dressing for our message, which Victorian novelist George Eliot summed up well: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been”. Our guiding principle and inspiration is the idea that becoming everything you can be IS possible, arguably expressed best in Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem “If—”, which is the centrepiece of our album “Primary Elements”:
Kipling’s poem “IF” for Today’s World
If our bodies are what we eat, then our hearts and souls are what we watch, listen and read.
Rudyard Kipling’s poem “IF” has inspired millions of hearts and souls (including mine), capturing the ideal of human character in just 32 short lines. Our ideals make us who we are, which is why this poem should be shouted from every rooftop, and absorbed by our senses in every possible way. I did my part by turning poem “If” into the song; others did theirs by turning the song into this video:
I believe that if everyone embraced and taught the ideals of Kipling’s “If” to their kids, our world would be a better place. If you believe it, too – please pass this on.
Michael (Misha) Shengaout, Founder
Six Elements band