theories, practices and experiences of the mystical, elusively resonant, practical and unknowable.
a fixation on Suchness, the Invisible and Deep Paradox: sometimes for seemingly goalless diversion, and sometimes as an essential ingredient in the continuous attempt at sustained, good mental health.

Becoming a Wood Prophet

By |2021-08-08T01:04:35+00:00August 8th, 2021|Categories: Armchair Metaphysics|Tags: , , |

A Wood Prophet believes in the power and majesty of the element of wood. The wisdom of symbiosis. The benefit of forming a personal, expressive voice through woodwinding. I turn 47 today.  Sometimes, your solar return is the time for a new oath, this is one.  I am entering into a role/persona, [...]

Ex-Jazz Musician’s Brief Reflection on Black Lives Matter

By |2020-07-01T23:35:52+00:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Armchair Metaphysics|Tags: , , , , |

Cornelius Boots, 1997 David N. Baker (1931-2016) Educator, Jazz Pedagogy OG, Composer, Leader, Author, Conductor, Trombonist, Cellist, Activist, Black Consciousness Advocate & my teacher 1997-1999 "The final project forces my students to use their imagination.  In everything that I teach, imagination becomes the big point of departure, because the world works because [...]

Blues? What do you mean “blues”?

By |2018-01-04T01:46:42+00:00January 4th, 2018|Categories: Armchair Metaphysics|

As briefly as possible on this very deep and rich topic: listen up to Son House and Cedell Davis.  If you can dig what they are up to, then we can illuminate a key ingredient that I fervently endeavor to bring into the world of bamboo shakuhachi and woodwind performance.  It's why [...]

50 Years of The Inflated Tear

By |2017-11-28T02:56:15+00:00November 28th, 2017|Categories: Armchair Metaphysics|

One of the deepest and brightest Woodwind Wizards of the 20th century recorded his seminal album, The Inflated Tear, for Atlantic Records 50 years ago today in New York City.  It includes his elegy for himself "Black and Crazy Blues" and his rendition of "Creole Love Call" as a soulful heartfelt tribute to Duke [...]

Holy Flute v. Holy Diver: an Iconographical Tribute

By |2018-01-04T01:55:20+00:00October 11th, 2017|Categories: Armchair Metaphysics, Respirational Arts, Sabbath Sutras|

At the great risk of angering testosterone-riddled (or, deprived?) metal fans everywhere and for all time, I decided to make the bold choice of titling--and deriving the artwork for--my "heavy metal bamboo album" directly after one of the iconic power-metal albums from the early 80's, Dio's Holy Diver.  This was the zenith of this brand of "power [...]

Musiconomics in the 21st Century

By |2017-12-14T02:23:02+00:00September 27th, 2017|Categories: Armchair Metaphysics|

A dark but brief overview, a solution born of grace, and a need for donations/philanthropy. (This began as a simple update to my Contact/Donations page for the new website--going LIVE on 10/1!!--but clearly I have some things on, or in, my mind...) Lodged at the shadowy intersection of The Arts, Entertainment, Education and "Other," the current [...]

The Mental Twist Against Life in Music

By |2019-01-16T22:15:52+00:00February 17th, 2017|Categories: Armchair Metaphysics|

Outside the mainstream and rejected by the avant-garde.  My own experience is music as a force of nature, not only as a figment of a corrupt human psyche. Because I come up with unusual project concepts and deeply embrace rare instruments and topics, most of the music I have created or helped to create over the [...]

Have a Very Ronnie Christmas!

By |2016-12-23T18:40:02+00:00December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Armchair Metaphysics|

  My ongoing infatuation with Ronnie James Dio is no secret. His golden roar and dedication to creative, expressive music for half-a-century has permeated my career mindset and my creative output, for instance my upcoming album Holy Flute.  I keep uncovering new treasures and revisiting old ones with renewed appreciation.  Shame on the Night: Discovering the Inner [...]

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