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Yo-Yo Ma is Wrong: In Fact, Classical Music is 100% Snobbery

By |2023-06-27T21:06:11+00:00June 27th, 2023|Categories: Armchair Metaphysics|

We All Need to Admit the Intrinsic Snobbery of Classical Music Yo-Yo Ma is fantastic, I really think that. I elaborate on that below. But just now as I began to research the question of long-form instrumental composers versus the format of streaming platforms, I came across a recent press release for the new [...]

Grandmaster Boots: Shakuhachi Renegade or Champion? Dai Shihan Certification

By |2022-12-23T16:28:49+00:00December 23rd, 2022|Categories: Armchair Metaphysics, Respirational Arts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

"Every creative thing leaves home and gets into trouble somewhere out there.  Me and this bamboo are all about connecting to each other and getting in creative adventures: that’s it." Born in 1974, my Chinese astrological sign is the tiger -- the Wood Tiger to be specific.  This year, 2022, is a Water Tiger year, [...]

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 [...]

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