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.
Solé "Skin Deep" debut album 1999 As musicians, we tend to judge another musician based on how much they've practiced, how creative they are, and how pleasant to be around they are, and most other attributes fall away to a distance, including but not limited to skin color, economic background, cultural heritage, and aesthetic sensibilities, [...]
Andrea Dezsö: Heart Embroidery www.andreadezso.com Today I got an article in my inbox from Derek Sivers--founder of CD Baby and general entrepreneurial, light-seeking , Gen-X musician-business-guidance-semi-guru--which you can read here. I liked what he said, and have been recently honing, consolidating, and focusing to a great extent myself, so the timing was nice. This idea [...]
BEFORE - the sum total of my Dio library before Dio Days 2015 AFTER - The expanded DIO library after Dio Days 2015 DIO - Lord of Roar secret compilation click here Ronnie James Dio is one of the legends of rock. Actually, he is a legend of metal, hard rock and [...]
This is a pretty basic thing that we tend to gloss over. It might actually be short for "artifice" but it is for sure not short for "Arthur." Not only are our creations not "just" the finger pointing at the moon, they are a photograph of an oil painting of the finger pointing at the moon. [...]
There is a growing need to get right to the heart of the matter. To get down to brass tacks, as it were. What exactly is needed, and why? In 15 minutes, you could save 15 generations or more. By watching this talk. Can we flip the switch from "progress" to actual evolution towards the Unknown? [...]
"A 'master' has clear awareness of what he knows and doesn't know. He has the confidence and resources to continue his explorations and guide others on theirs." One year after earning my shihan (master teaching license) in Zen shakuhachi flute, I then added the Bonus Arm Diplomas---i.e. tattoos. These were created in collaboration with an incredible [...]
I consider my Zen shakuhachi playing to be part Tony Iommi and part Watazumi. This is the inward self, or a concept of a part of it. The outward shakuhachi self is turning into part Danzig and part Zamfir. A similar combo, but more Z's are involved. Z is for Zen. Sometimes. Maybe. Our Primary One [...]
John Denver and the Muppets sing the 12 Days of Christmas Highly entertaining holiday music. 2nd only to Bob and Doug McKenzie's version of this song. Last year I released a Christmas album and wrote an entry about Christmas music. So what's the deal with this time of year? I feel [...]
Greetings fellows humans. It has been a long time since a blog post here. It has been an incredible year of cultivation and contemplation as I moved out to the woods in Marin County and have been making lots of Pu-Erh post-fermented dark, earthy tea and playing lots of shakuhachi and Taimu. Today it is also a [...]