Artist as Peace Activist

What is the artist’s responsibility, if any, to the state of the world? As we progress in life, sometimes, but not always, we begin to look at our lives and ask ourselves, what is my contribution?  Some of us think that we can’t make a significant input unless we do something that a least gets mentioned in …

Artist as Peace Activist
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Baby, Scratch My Back….

Being a singer, I’m hypersensitive to lyrics to songs. There a quite a few songs about scratchin’ where it itches. Most of them are blues titles. The title of this post, for instance, is taken from a Slim Harpo tune of the same name. Another “Scratch My Back” title song, written by Earl Cage, Raymond …

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All In A Day’s Work…. part 3

The final installment of my miraculous visit that became an unexpected journey. I would say that this is perfect timing. Why? Because in 3 days, I will back in the land of Java continuing another exploratory excavation of the hidden inside all of us. But before I get into all of that, I will finish …

All In A Day’s Work…. part 3
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All In A Day’s Work….part 2

Part two of a three part series about renewal of faith and the telling of an adventure that returned a lost heart. Mine. Let’s see where was I, ah yes….. The first day of school. IMDI- The Institut of Musik Daya Indonesia. I walked the lengthy road heading toward the school and what I cam …

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All In A Day’s Work…..part 1

“When traveling is made too easy and comfortable, its spiritual meaning is lost. This may be called sentimentalism, but a certain sense of loneliness engendered by traveling leads one to reflect upon the meaning of life, for life is, after all, a traveling from one unknown to another unknown.“ D.T. Suzuki (1870-1966) This posting is …

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A “Know it All” Reprise

Another turn of the wheel,  a year older and trustingly wiser.  Perhaps its the perpetual entrance of a birthday that brings a deluge of crowded memories vying for their place in the dusty archives where we store our experiences. Recently my reminiscing has circled and landed on the years that I’ve lived and played music. …

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Dear Big Brother……

“They saw my WHAT?” There is a steady flow of posting and commenting on social media about the National Security Agency (NSA) and our being “watched”. It’s not that we citizens of the United States are not prepared for this type of constant intrusion of our privacy. We have slowly allowed ourselves to embrace the …

Dear Big Brother……
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