The Fiece, The Violent, The Uncontrolled

18 Dec

SAVAGES are the fuel to the fire, the winds from over the sea, the rocks of the heartland, the strong quantum force that keeps the universe from falling into itself.  I came across their opening video and was stopped in my tracks.

Listen to them and you can’t help but wake up, even just a little bit, to the power and dynamics of life itself.  These women, and yes this is an all-powerful all-female band, are touching the third rail, they’ve stuck a fork in the power outlet, they’ve reached up to the sky and grabbed hold of every power line all at while their feet are firmly planted and stomping on the ground.  Wow! Wow! Woooahhawow!

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The Dusty Drone

17 Dec

I discovered this album during the heat of the summer and it was a perfect backdrop to the lazy, relaxed vibe the SF bay area went through. The Dusted Sessions from Date Palms has been a go to sonic space for chilling out or as a soundtrack to anything that might take more than a few minutes. Tune in, turn on and drop this album into your spiritual rotation.

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The Soul Dream

13 Dec

This album, Overgrown, has slowly been opening long forgotten chambers in my dreams and imaginations.  I didn’t think James Blake could get any better than the his fantastic debut from two years ago, but here we are with another young artist exploring new worlds and defining (or rather un-defining) new genres of expression.  Spend some time with this album and you will be better for it.

The Mad Hatter of Psychedelia

12 Dec

Flaming Lips are led by an endless fount of creativity in Wayne Coyne.  They have been at it for nearly 30 years and don’t seem to be slowing down.  In fact, “The Terror“, is being called one of their best albums ever.  With over 15 studio albums and many more compilations and extended singles, that says a lot.  When I first heard this album I wasn’t in a good space to hear it and I thought it seemed abrasive and confrontational.  But, when I returned to it a few months later, the depth of its rhythms and sound textures and its angelic/demonic vocals took me to another more beautiful place.  Theses guys are as good as they’ve ever been with their collective music making.  I can’t say enough how much this album in particular has become a source of inspiration and delight.

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The Sound Alchemist

11 Dec

Tim Hecker doesn’t appear before you but the sounds he inhabits work their way from the inside out to complete a part of you that was unknown to even you.  The sonic landscapes are more than textures.  They are stories that somehow unfold from within.  He is more than an architect of sound, an invisible puppeteer of evolving sonic histories.  His album, Virgins, has quickly become a fixture in my world.

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The Master Hunter

10 Dec

Laura Marling sings from an amazingly stable place in her heart.  She sings of love and of personal awakenings.  She is a fiery feminist with a preternatural self-awareness.  She knows both of her instruments, her voice and her guitar, as if they were one.  Her album, Once I Was An Eagle, is one of my favorites of 2013.  It happens to be her fourth studio album and she’s only 23.  I look forward to many more works of art from her.

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This is part of my list of favorite albums of 2013.  I don’t like lists, but I like to share what moved me.

Music inspires me

15 Oct

The making of it, the experience of it, the sharing of it, the possibility of it.

Is poetry relevant anymore?

26 Aug

I’m really excited about a new discussion/form service called “Branch“.  They’ve been in private beta for awhile but I just got the invite saying it’s now open for me to be able to start branches.  I just started one on a subject that is dear to me: Is poetry relevant in America anymore?

I read poetry regularly.  I love to read it out loud. To hear the rhythms of the language to be taken to (internal) places I’ve never been before.  To co-create with the text an experience that matters to me.  It energizes me, it excites me, it regenerates me.  Do you read?  Does it do anything like this for you?

<a href=”http://branch.com/b/is-poetry-relevant-in-america-anymore”>Is poetry relevant in America anymore?</a>

One out of sync, all out of sync

9 Aug

I woke up one morning last week out of a dream I don’t remember, but my immediate thought was, “what is my assignment today?”. That simple question reconfigured my entire stance to the day. Not as if I was going to be told what to do but more with a sense of openness and fascination about the possibility of the day… in fact, it opened up the possibility inherent in me, and created an energy and fascination about how things, no how I would unfold within the magic of the day.

And it dawned on me how I have been out of sync at work, and how that resistance I had there (too detailed to go into here) was infecting everything else in my life: relationships, creativity, passion, writing, music, physical engagement and on and on. I have since poured myself into work and counter intuitively have since opened up the channels, gates, electric conduits in so many other areas of my life. Wow.

This isn’t new. I’ve “known” this all along but had never really “understood” it at a cosmically visceral level. So, there it is, this energy and passion that never went away but had been buried in frustration.

Unleashed now, things are moving, things are opening up. I’m engaged, I’m together, I’m being, just being. A good thing I’d say.

river, #’s 1 & 2

3 Aug

Having fun improvising with my son… these are two little gems from last night. Just me on guitar (via my little pignose amp and the vox mini3) and my son on drums. Whatcha think

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