In The Studio, Recording “One Man’s Opinion Of Moonlight” ~ Photos by Jody Frost

New Show – Octopus Literary Salon

New Show – Octopus Literary Salon

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2101 Franklin St.
Oakland, CA
May 13, 2016
NOTE new time: 8:00 p.m. sharp!

Rachel Efron, for whose work I cannot overstate my admiration, asked me to open for her this coming Friday, May 13, in downtown Oakland.

Rachel is songwriting chanteuse without peer: her songs are melodic, smart, haunting, perfectly crafted, hopelessly romantic. I fall in love with her every time I see her play. I am not alone.

Rachel Efton

Rachel Efton

The other person on the show, Mike Oliviero, hails from LA.

It will be a great show!

Suggested donation $10.

the seasons {remixed/remastered} now available

the seasons {remixed/remastered} now available

the seasons {remixed/remastered}

the seasons {remixed/remastered}

You can listen to and purchase (this is recommended!) the all-new remixed and remastered the seasons cd, an electronic/orchestral symphony for the new century at Bandcamp!

I’ve told the story before, but here it is again:

some years back, i was homeless in los angeles and I lucked out, briefly, when a friend offered me her apartment for a few weeks while she was traveling. my life had gone painfully awry.  i was broke, living  day to day, in a near-suicidal state of depression, no hope in sight.

so i did what i had done so many times before: i went down below to where the music is. whatever storms raged above the surface could not touch me down there. i can only assume other artists know of which i speak, or anyone who has perhaps submerged him/herself in meditation, or prayer, or focused labor, which, now that i think about it, comprise the sum total of my creative process. i had planned a four-song cycle, each about fifteen minutes long.

In the days that followed, these are the songs  that flowed through, as i journeyed across a terrain of emotional devastation and spiritual desolation. as the pieces took shape, my spirit began to lift. it seemed as if i were channeling the music from someplace else, with the help of tiny deities, sprites and nymphs. the pieces defined a story, that of this very accidental journey, which had taken me out of my comfortable oakland home of ten years and plunged me into a world of uncertainty and
occasional danger.

some distance, now, from the original composing of the seasons i must say that my understanding of the dire situation in which i found myself and the subsequent resolution and release through the act of creation abides, stronger than ever. i rightly intuited, as i neared its completion, that the arc of the seasons followed campbell’s archetypal hero’s journey in a most wonderful way. i would ascribe the elements of the story thusly:
summer of ‘68 ~ the call & crossing the threshold
autumnal sun ~ the road of trials, meeting with the goddess
& diving into the abyss
winter blue ~  death, rebirth, transformation & atonement
the forever spring ~ the magic flight, the crossing of the
return threshold & freedom to live.
may this music be an accompaniment to your own secret journey.

Stay

Stay

I did the music. XavierXreivax did the lovely video. Not what I was expecting at all, but I love it’s subtle power and simplicity more every time I watch it. Thanks Xavier!

This song was on the cd, “Pop Down The Years (electronic music for the mind and body)” and is available here.