Riding the Wheel (again)

This fall is/was amazing, as we wound down the last shows and are taking the winter off.  I’m excited to spend the time nurturing creativity… and tucking away the garden for the year.  Next up will be more recordings.  Yay!  Sometimes the gigs keep us out of writing mode, and especially out of recording mode, and I’m feeling like its time for some new tunes to emerge.

I can’t say what comes next.  Time keeps speeding up, as everybody seems to know.  But rest assured, something magickal is percolating.  It may need to brew awhile.

Riding the Wheel, one more time…

Something sweet to read aloud to yourself

I recommend reading it aloud to yourself slowly, three times… because it’s so sweet.

I am the infinite deep
In whom all the worlds appear to rise.
Beyond all form, forever still.
So am I

Ashtavakra Gita


Have I told you lately…?



Being Uniquely You

The longer I’m on the planet…the less I give a sh*t about what people think.  Don’t get me wrong,  I really, truly care about people’s feelings;  if anything, some of you would probably say that I’ve got an overabundance of empathy.  So why would I say that I don’t care about people’s opinions?

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Choosing our thoughts and getting free

I was listening to someone talking about their challanges the other day, and it soon became obvious that each problem was actually based upon a judgement.  Yes, each problem was just a thought – not necessarily reality!  And that got us pondering the myriad of belief systems that we humans have.  Each belief is based upon an idea, or an experience,  or something we were told when we were impressionable little kids.   And these ideas so easily become prisons.

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Zeitgeist Movies

I’m always recommending the Zeitgeist movies, and it just occurred to me that I don’t think I’ve done so on this blog.

Why do I recommend them?  Well, if you’re only reading this because you think my bands “rock”,  then it may not interest you, and you might just want to skip this particular post.  But if you’re here because you’re a fellow Psychanaut, or someone concerned about where our “civilization”  is at present, or if you’re  concerned about politics and consciousness, or, as Terence McKenna said “the opportunities of our dilemma” — watch these movies.  I think you’ll love them.

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The Rediculously Complex Task of Selecting Cover Tunes

It’s a funny thing to be a songwriter.  Lyrics spring to mind often fully formed, or they come in dreams, of sometimes they just sing themselves — all of which is a great delight.  Words can be limiting as well, though.   I love singing, and I like to work with primal tones rather than words in my “vocal meditations” at home.  When I’m really lucky, sometimes lyrics just form themselves from the tones.

Sometimes I feel words are so inadequate… but other times I realize that they have great power.  Ideas written in books can spark genius across generations.  Wars have happened over mere words.  Songs of love or vision can inspire.

So when it comes to selecting “cover” songs, I sometimes run into some challenges with lyrics.

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Some Thoughts of Consciousness and Religion

For those of us who follow the “Royal Road” of Direct Experience, accounts of other people’s insights, legends, and myth based religions have little appeal.  We may resonate with the person(s) who had the original insights, but we understand that each time someone has a direct experience of consciousness, Oneness, divinity…LIFE, (whatever you choose to  call it) there are inevitably blind followers who create empty rituals and adulterate the original insights.

You can tell how far the followers are from the original vision by the rigidity if their rules and the intensity with which they defend their position.

While Direct Experience is a living thing, followers create religions, which are dead.

Religion clings to the empty cocoon after the butterfly of direct spiritual experience has flown.

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Life is Life’s Greatest Gift

Psychanaut is coming along great! (although there is some tweaking as is always necessary) Still looking for just the right chemistry in players.  And the recordings are one by one being mixed/mastered.  The songs sound really great.  And its a great time for creativity!  New tunes are coming along. 

But what I’m most pleased about is the new people in my reality who share my feelings of compassion.   IT’s always been my dream to play with creative, conscious people who both know how to rock, and are aware and sensitive.  Do these things always have to be mutually exclusive?

Here’s a couple of quotes that caught my eye today… The first is anonymous, and a variation on a quote about children…if you know the author, please let me know so I  can add their name.

“A hundred years from now, it will not matter  the sort of house I lived in, what my bank account was, or the car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of animals and the creatures on this earth.”


Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest … Dr. Lloyd Biggle Jr., Musician, Author, Historian (1923 – 2002)

Life gets so busy!

OK,  I know my postings on facebook have been minimal, and the newsletter hasn’t been sent in a while, and I’ve cut down on blogging too.  This is not because I don’t love you guys.  I do!  It’s just that I’m really focusing on slowing down just a bit and spending less time online ~ heresy?  Oh yeah!  I’m just feeling like I’ve over digitized myself lately and I feel a need to spend more time in the analog world.

Meanwhile several of the most recently mixed tunes have just been mastered, and yeah!  They sound really sweet.  We’re holding these versions back until the whole album is done.  I think it’ll be worth it.

Meanwhile, my new thing is to avoid clocks as much as humanly possible…somehow, I find more  time for songwriting and all that studio work when I just stop looking at the clock.

It doesn’t work so well for performances, though,  LOL. 

My other new thing is to mellow out on the multitasking.  Again, too much stuff happening, and it winds up being like there’s three songs being written at once, three more being mixed, another couple with overdubs ~ and nothing actually done!  So, for the time being, it’s all about focus, vision, and being present in the moment.