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“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
~ C.G Jung

Sunday, May 29th, 2016
The Sound Healing Forum ~ Visit, read, become a member!!

Please visit the new Sound Healing Forum that I started last November. It's a place to share and discuss ideas and information on the expansive world of Sound Healing, Sound Therapy, Shamanic Sound Medicine etc... whatever you wish to call it and whatever suits someone's practice the best. Our primary intent and request for participation is a commitment and dedication to integrity. Our desire is to create a respected venue that cuts through the delusions, nonsense, misguidings, false information and even intentional misleading that passes itself off as 'knowledge' far to commonly these days on the internet. Please visit, read, enjoy and consider becoming a member - it's free!


Monday, October 5th, 2015
Cosmi-Sonic Banjo videos posted!!

In response to popular demand (and good PR because it's really cool!), two new videos of the Cosmi-Sonic Trance Banjo in action have been posted at the
video page!!

Two more performances have been filmed and may be posted eventually.
(***Listen through your HEADPHONES for best experience full spectrum effect***)


Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Website updates, New Article.....

So the video page has finally been updated with two new postings plus direct YouTube embedding of previous videos. More to come before too long as well, including a performance video on the Cosmi-Sonic Trance Banjo....!! (At least that is the plan, though we can never be sure of much until it has happened....!)

Also a new article on the 432Hz "phenomenon", titled "A=432Hz: Truth, Lies and Creative Story Telling", has been posted at the Musing Moon Mystery School page.
And a few other minor updates of quotes, info, concert schedule...


Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Spring event dates are now posted.... more to come.
See the Concerts/Schedule page.
Maybe a new album coming later this year!
Various projects in the works.
Primary emphasis in the last few years has been on the Sound Healing work... in particular Shamanic Sound Medicine Events, workshops and private Sound/Energy healing sessions.
Please see the Musing Moon Mystery School page for further information,
including Client Testimonials and A Note About My Sound Healing Practice & Events.
And finally, for now, I hope to see you at an event this year!
Please feel free to say hello if you come....<<<^*^>>>....


Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
New music recorded with David Duhig!
Remember those richly textured exotic tapestry of World music recordings from the late 1970's by a group called Jade Warrior? Ok, some of you don't, but I know some of you do! Well, David's brother Tony Duhig was one of the two primary members of the group, with David being a sometimes member and guest guitarist - particularly when the music called for a soaring, searing, soulfully inspired Hendrix-ian lead guitar.

   A couple of weeks ago I received the great gift of David recording some hot guitar tracks for a new world rhythm trance piece I am working on... and there are plans and desires for more later this year. (Just as soon as I get back into my studio and resume working on the new music - this winter has been a huge challenge...even deadly. I write this having just come in from the sub-freezing 22 degree Farenheit cold with wind chill factor of about 10 degrees 3rd day of Spring...! The coldest longest winter, still in progress, that I've ever lived through.)


Friday, March 13, 2015
The passing of a Legend, a Wizard, a true Star of Light....

DAEVID ALLEN ~ January 13, 1938 - March 13, 2015
Co-founder of Soft Machine and GONG. GONG's visionary light.
One of my primary inspirations as an artist/musician/creator of sound and vision.
One of a small handful of true high level master wizards of spirit and creativity that I've been blessed to know and create music with in this lifetime.
Fly on to new worlds, brother.
Wise Man In Your Heart ~ Daevid Allen & The Magick Brothers Live 1992


Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Late summer and autumn event dates are now posted....
See the Concerts/Schedule page.


Sunday, June 29th, 2014
The Gathering Sun 15th year anniversary Special Edition Tracks added!!
In celebration of the 15th year anniversary of the release of my progressive art song album The Gathering Sun, I've just posted "Special Anniversary Edition" alternate edit versions of two of the songs, "Octave Eyes" and "What Shall We Do?", as well as the original album version of the opening song "Secrets of the Sunrise". All in 192res mp3's and all free for your listening pleasure.
(Of course you can download the mp3's for free, but if you enjoy this music and would like it in your library, please consider supporting the artists and purchasing the CD, thank you!)

Listen to them here on the MUSIC page


Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Music added to RARE TRACKS page
~ Two months ago I added three pieces from my unreleased recordings with Deepak Chopra.
~ Today I've added a live performance of three Invocations from The Sound Inside The Sound, recorded just two weeks ago in concert at the Omega Institute, on May 14th.
With Emily Wright reading and myself on Eastern style banjo and Himalayan bowl.
Listen to them here....


Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
********* New Book now available!! *********
           The Sound Inside The Sound:
Spirit Medicine for a Renewed Earth Consciousness


Set for a release on the Autumnal Equinox, September 22nd. More info on the Books page, including the full Introduction posted for free reading. Available for ordering now!


Monday, August 19th, 2013
Upcoming Special Event & New Book...
Coming up next Sunday, August 25th, I will be offering the Shamanic Sound Experience at Alex & Allyson Grey's CoSM in Wappinger's Falls, New York. For details, please check my Concerts & Events page, as well as the CoSM Event page for this.

And I am very enthused to announce that my new book,
The Sound Inside The Sound:

Spirit Medicine for a Renewed Earth Consciousness
,
is set for a release in September. More info on the Books page. Available for ordering soon.

Thanks for checking in, and if you are in the Northeast/NYC/Hudson Valley region, I hope you can make it out to Sunday's Art Church at CoSM!!


Monday, April 15th, 2013
Another Update on the Updates...
Hello to any and all who may be visiting here and reading this. Thank you for your time and interest in this page and my music and Shamanic Sound Medicine events!

I've again been remiss with info updates, though the Concerts & Events are updated regularly as new events are confirmed. There also have been some updates to the Musing Moon Mystery School page, which provides information on my workshops and also includes various essays and writings.

The Shamanic Sound Medicine Expansives have been really powerful immersions in the healing vibrations of Sound! The last one, just a few days ago, was another advanced sellout. We've just added a new date at Sleeping Dragon Farm for August 10th.

Several other new Sound Medicine events on the schedule for June, each one is a different type of presentation, including a 3-day multi-faceted retreat in upstate New York. Please see the
Concerts & Events page for details.

Also, my new book, titled "The Sound Inside The Sound" is nearing completion and intended for publication later this year.

Again, THANK YOU for visiting, and if you are near any upcoming events, please consider coming out - I think you will have a vibrant and nourishing experience! Also please consider purchasing the CD's and book. They are all "rich" and multi-dimensional experiences... imbued with healing vibrations and life affirmative energy transmissions...
...<<<^*^>>>...

(And those mp3 updates are admittedly sometimes temporarily forgotten, but are still on the to-do list! Hopefully sometime this summer. And sorry for the repeat language from last August's update... am really pressed for time at the moment.)

                          ~ Email contact can be found at the bottom of this page. ~



Saturday, August 25th, 2012
An Update on the Updates...
Hello to any and all who may be visiting here and reading this. Thank you for your time and interest in this page! Although I haven't posted any official updates here in 9 months, there actually have been quite a few done on the site. Concerts & Events are updated regularly, and there also have been several changes and additions to the Musing Moon Mystery School page, which provides information on my workshops and also includes various essays and writings. The Entrance page, the first one that comes up for www.RichGoodhart.com, also has received some new design and layout changes.

Again, thank you for visiting, and if you are in the area please consider coming out to one of my events - I think you will have a vibrant and nourishing experience! Also please consider purchasing the CD's and book. They are all "rich" and multi-dimensional experiences... imbued with healing vibrations and life affirmative energy transmissions... ...<<<^>>>...

PS - On the agenda for later in the year is a much needed upgrade and expansion of the mp3 samples for "Shaman Mirror...", as well as several new "Rare Tracks"...


Friday, November 25th, 2011
REDUCED PRICES on CDs!!
~ Prices reduced on most items. Big reductions on multi-CD package deals.
      Noted savings are on top of already reduced prices!!

   'Shaman Mirror Medicine Tree' CD/Book combination also reduced!
*** Please consider supporting independent artists this holiday season.***
      Visit the Recordings page for details and ordering.


Sunday, August 14th, 2011
NEW BOOK: Now online ordering & excerpts posted.
"Shaman Mirror Medicine Tree: Healing Visions of Earth, Heart, Spirit and Sound"
The "Shaman Mirror Medicine Tree" book page now has an online ordering option. Also one chapter and several poems have been posted for your reading pleasure and enticement!


Sunday, April 17th, 2011
NEW BOOK COMING IN MAY!!!
"Shaman Mirror Medicine Tree: Healing Visions of Earth, Heart, Spirit and Sound"
This is my first book, which is also Part 2 of the "Shaman Mirror Medicine Tree" project. A collection of 23 poems, plus prose and essays on sound healing, shamanism, chi, heart, presence and silence. This will initally be a very limited release. Also a couple of sound meditation practices included. (Email me if you are interested in obtaining a copy.) (Email address at bottom of page.)


Saturday, April 16th, 2011
Two more "Rare Tracks" posted...
Two more songs have been posted on the RARE TRACKS page. Both studio recordings, one a collaboration with Jon Anderson of YES, the other a collaboration with Daevid Allen of GONG.


Saturday, February 27th, 2011
NEW PAGE: "Rare Tracks"!!
Just put up a new page called RARE TRACKS, which is a place to post unreleased live and studio recordings from the archives, available free and now for your listening pleasure. This is a sub-page of the Music Clips page and is accessible through a link at the top of that page.
Up first is a live Sanza/Clarinet Duet with Steve Gorn playing clarinet in a very middle-eastern flavor; and the classic YES song "Soon" performed live by myself on dulcitar and John Ragusa on flute.
There are alot more tracks to come....


Saturday, February 26th, 2011, 12:22am...
SITE Improvements
Finally, getting around to sprucing up the site...a little!

It's been in need of an overhaul for years.
Primarily there's more accessible navigation... and the Musing Moon Mystery School has some additions as well as being easier to find! (When in doubt, follow the healing hand... ;-) )
Some new Events posted....more to come.
A couple of links updated.
More to do yet though... want to rethink this "double home page" thing that I've got going on here. The "Official Home Page" is from the original site design 11 years ago.... it's really quite primitive..... but I also gave that a facelift, and a completely new, MUCH better resolution background art scan.


Friday, February 25th, 2011
News:
Ok, a long time since I've posted new happenings here!!

Several announcements to come, but for now:
SOUND HEALING RETREAT INTENSIVE, June 2nd - 5th, 2011
I'll be both performing a Sacred Journey through Sound as well as presenting a workshop at Menla Mountain Retreat in Phoenicia, NY in June
as part of this Sound Healing Retreat along with other presenters including John Beaulieu, Peter Blum, Philippe Garnier, Zacciah Blackburn, and Grandmother Barbara Threecrow. Produced by Sage Healing Arts Center in Woodstock, NY.
SageHealingCenter.org    845-679-5650,  sagecenter@earthlink.net



Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

SOUND HEALING NETWORK, 6th Annual Conference.... at the OMEGA INSTITUTE

Once again I will be part of our annual Sound Healing Conference and for the second year in a row it will be held at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Presenters include Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Therese Schroeder-Sheker, Dr. John Beaulieu, Chloe Goodchild and Zacciah Blackburn. I will be present for the entire event, contributing live music as needed, and in particular, performing the Saturday evening concert in collaboration with Chloe Goodchild.
For more information please visit: SoundHealingNetwork.org
For registration please visit: eomega.org


Sunday, March 14th, 2010
NEW ALBUM COMING!!! Also Spring concerts...

Oh, I have been so remiss with updates lately...
And this is just a quick one, but want to let everyone who has been wondering and asking know that the new DOUBLE CD album is coming along and is on track for a mid-April release.

It's title is "Shaman Mirror Medicine Tree". See Recordings page for details.

Great thanks to those who contributed to the fund raising efforts with presale purchases (and more). (I didn't get anywhere near meeting the fund-raising goal however... so will gladly and gratefully take more presale orders/contributions over the next few weeks as I am facing the biggest single payment outlay of the project for the manufacturing phase.) (And still time for someone to fly in and get a big "Executive Producer" credit.... )

Also, several Spring Concerts coming up... details to be announced on the Concerts & Events page soon!

Peace and thanks to everyone for your patience!!!

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

First
The fish needs to say,

"Something ain't right about this
Camel ride -

And I'm
Feeling so damned

Thirsty."

~ Hafiz ~

 

Thursday, August 13th, 2009
GREAT CONCERT LAST NIGHT at OMEGA!!!

Wednesday evening I had the great pleasure to guest perform on the entire gig (all except the first piece) with "KaleiDhaPhonic", a new World music ensemble featuring Kevin Nathaniel Hylton: mbira, shekere; Salieu Suso: Kora, voice; Tripp Dudley: tabla; and John Ragusa: flutes, conch, jaw harp etc. This was one of the best gigs ever at Omega.... flowing, meditative, complex trance journeying music with much joy, energy and attunement, at times with ecstatic high energy dancing even as it maintained it's meditative center. (I played ashiko, doumbek, melodica, sanza, shakers, and other percussion.)

Friday, February 20th, 2009
FREE LIVE TRACK mp3 "rarity"....

As any musician knows... so many tracks, both studio and live recordings, build up over time with no particular place on an album to share them. So no promises but I'm going to maybe begin offering a random series of free MP3 downloads here for your listening pleasure.

Here's the first one:
The classic YES song "Soon" from their "Relayer" album.
performed live by BEGINNER'S MIND: Rich Goodhart & John Ragusa
in concert at the Omega Institute in 2007.

 

Monday, December 1st, 2008
HOLIDAY "LIVING IN THE PAST" CD and TAPE SALE!!

"Oh, we won't give in, let's go living in the past
..." (Jethro Tull)

We've turned back the calendar to the latter half of the 20th Century with special holiday sale price reductions, last century's shipping rates, archaic payment method options and amazing deals on ancient and obsolete recording technology!!!

*** First up: An extra special holiday gift-giving discount sale!!:
3 CDs - "Earth Spiral Water Sound", "The Gathering Sun" & "Divining Signs", all for only $32
(In addition to our ongoing 2 for $25 specials.) That's a regular price of $15 for the first CD, $10 for the second one, and only $7 for the third!!

*** Second: For all of you anti-IPOD Luddite living in the past hippies with 1980's cassette machines and 1990's automobiles, a special cassette clearance sale:
Either of the first two albums,
"AFFIRMATIVE REPLY" or "DIVINING SIGNS" on cassette tape format for ONLY $4.00 each, OR BOTH for a mere $5.00 total!!!

***Third: For those who relish the relaxed pace of a bygone era, additional discounts on the old
pay by check option!! Yes, utilize the postal service, send your payment in by hand written check or money order and take $3.00 off the price of any single CD or $3.00 off any "2 for $25" special.

***And Fourth: One low 20th century shipping and handling price of only $3.00 per order, regardless of quantity!!

For more info, music samples and ordering please visit the Recordings page.


Wishing you all Peace, Prosperity, Love, Magic and High
Vibrations for this gift of the present moment and for
the New Year to come...
!!! .....<<<<{{{(((!*!)))}}}>>>>.....!!!

 

Monday, September 29th, 2008
RECENT GUEST APPEARANCES

I"ve recently (within the past year!) made guest appearances on CDs by:

KDZ: The Drummers at Kripalu, album titled "SLANG RHYTHM SPEAK".
Spiral Harmony
, album titled "BEAUTY'S WAY".


KDZ is wonderful high energy danceable and tranceable and heavy on the African influenced drumming. I wrote and played most of the instruments and vocal on one track, and played Native American flute on another track. Great ecstatic music to move your groove to!

Spiral Harmony is more contemplative, emphasis on a variety of flutes and piano with some voice. I play percussion and hand drums on four of the tracks. Wonderfully meditative and melodic, tranquil yet uplifting.

Saturday, August 30th, 2008
UPDATES!!

Oh, I am so lazy and negligent about posting updates lately!!
Well, plenty has been happening and plenty is in the works....
And having said that, I don't have time to really talk about it all now!
But the "Concert and Event Calendar" has been updated with some new offerings for September and October.....
I hope you can come out and join in and contribute your presence to making any and all of these events a splendid and uplifting experience for all!

More Info and Updates to follow.... sooner than later hopefully!
Peace, Love, Magic and High Vibrations to all!!!

Monday, February 25th, 2008
GRATITUDE

Saruah
often liked to say "Gratitude is the Attitude that turns the energy on"....
And as I sit here at my desk on this February winter morning I find the desire to acknowledge all that I am grateful for. (It's a big list so I am not going print it here!)
But I will say that the top positions on the list are all reserved for friends. And particularly all of those magnificent beings with whom I've had the gift of sharing a moment or much more of honest, nurturing, loving heart space and uncovered truth. It is all of you that help to hold me up and get me through this strange game called "Life" that we play here on Planet Earth. You all know who you are. Some are long time friends, some are new ones. With some I shared great depths in the past.... yet the "past" is an illusion as you are with and within me now and always have been. Some I've shared wonder, inspiration and exploration with here in "recent times"... even as you may be choosing now to step back from all that is. Others still I only know through the computer screen and telephone... yet your love, generosity and opened trusting hearts shine your Light through as clear as in any more seemingly "solid" dimension.

I am also grateful for the energies of transformation and letting go, even as it sure as hell/heaven doesn't feel too good when swirling in the midst of them!! (Ha! I tell myself I am grateful for this... though am I really? Do I joyously welcome such often painful fires of change?... well, that I never said...!!)

Dear Friends, if these word were the last words you ever received from me I would feel complete. Complete in knowing that you received and heard my true and heartfelt thank you for all that you are.
Thank you, Thank you.......


Monday, February 25th, 2008

In Memory of SARUAH BENSON, 1935 - 2007

Somehow I completely failed to acknowledge it here on my website last year, but on the evening of April 2nd, 2007 Divine Sound Master Sarah 'Saruah' Benson passed on from this earthly dimension.

At the time I sent out this announcement to my personal email list:
"Sarah was, to me, a dear and close friend of more than ten years, a spiritual mother, sound healing mentor, performance collaborator and trusted Soul Realm Ally. There is so much that I am and will be forever grateful to her for.

Most recently we were twice able to again create our Sounding Celebration Events, one in October and then again in November last fall. Our usual compatriot and Sound Ally Jim Ballard was with us on both events and Molly Scott joined us in November. Of all the many times we worked together in this way, these two occurances were by far the most potent, with the October one truly being in a "category" of it's own. At this October experience all three of us felt as though we had opened up a portal to and entered more deeply into the Spirit realm than ever before. Clearly she was already out front navigating the deeper Soul waters."

For more on SARUAH, please visit here & here.

Friday, September 7th, 2007
"PLACE OF POWER" ~ Featured Music Of The Month
"Place of Power", the tribal trance journey track from "EARTH SPIRAL WATER SOUND" featuring Daevid Allen and Steve Gorn has been chosen by The Sound Healing Network as the Featured Music of the Month on their MySpace page. For more info also visit their website.


Monday, August 13th, 2007
LATEST NEWS, RECORDINGS... etc...

Recent studio activity includes a couple of guest appearances on the next KDZ: The Drummers at Kripalu album titled "SLANG RHYTHM SPEAK". I composed and recorded one interlude piece for the project and also played Native American flute on a second track. This is their first studio album and is a follow up to their highly successful debut "LIVE" album.

And I've also recently contributed to five tracks for the upcoming Sue Blessing/Jim Ballard CD "BEAUTY'S WAY".

Got back home a week ago from two great weeks teaching and leading Shamanic Sound Journeys, drumming, chanting and a variety of energy work at Omega Teen Camp. Much thanks to all campers, counselors, teachers and staff!!

Two days ago accompanied David Newman/Durga Das on one of the best kirtans I've ever participated in!! Such great spirit and energy coming through from David and Mira!!

Various projects in the works that will remain secret until the appropriate time for their public revealing!!

Also, the June Interview on WRPI with Gary Goldberg, which was cancelled due to a weather induced power outage is now rescheduled for October 4th. (See "Concerts & Events" page for details.)

Thank you and wishing to all peace, magic and high visions for this continuing summer season!!


Monday, June 25th, 2007

LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW & NEW MUSIC SOURCE

This Thursday, June 28th, at 12:10pm (just after noon) I'll be doing a live in-studio radio interview as a guest on WRPI's "IN THE SPIRIT", hosted by Gary Goldberg. Located at 91.5FM in the upstate New York region, and Live on the web at wrpi.org

Also, my two most recent albums are now being carried by CROW AND WOLF MUSIC.
Crow and Wolf carries an exclusive line of unique and often hard to find high quality World Music, Native American, Celtic, Folk, Instrumental Acoustic, Americana etc....
They are also now carrying the great high energy drumming CDs by my good friend David Macejka.

(I co-produced and engineered some of the tracks on David's "Poi for Gadje" CD.)


Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

5th ANNUAL WORLD SOUND HEALING DAY

Participation is simple:

Find 5 minutes, anytime during the day or evening, and chant the "AH" sound, the sound of the heart chakra, while focusing first on and within your heart, and then with extension outward to your, family, friends, community, the planet. As you do this also hold within your being the feeling of unconditional love and peace. So when you are focusing the intention of your sound within and outward, you are also holding and transmitting this feeling through the sound.

If you are alone, do it alone.
But if you can do it with others, the feeling and power of this simple practice is magnified exponentially.

And know that you will be joining in with thousands of others around the planet in creating, holding and magnifying this vibration.


Saturday. January 27th, 2007

NEW SITE UPDATES & ADDITIONS
~ A professionally filmed concert video clip of BEGINNER'S MIND: Rich Goodhart & John Ragusa has been added to the MUSIC CLIPS page. Check it out, it's a great piece of concert footage!!

~ There is now a page devoted to my Sound Healing and Qi Cultivation work under the guise of
The Musing Moon Mystery School. This page is currently just a beginning and will expand over time with more in depth information and relevant articles.

~ In order to cut down on spam, the email links are no longer active. The addresses are still valid but you will have to manually copy them into your email program. Sorry for the inconvenience but you'll have to blame the spammers - the amount of automatically generated spam coming through the website has been absurd in recent months.

~ Several other navigational and informational updates have been done as well. All too numerous and way too boring to mention here specifically!!

Peace, magic and high vibration visions for this new year!!


October 20th, 2006

DAEVID ALLEN COMING TO WOODSTOCK IN NOVEMBER!!!

YES!!! Beginner's Mind Productions is proud to announce that the wizard supreme of Planet Gong, the amazingly inspired DAEVID ALLEN will be returning to Woodstock, NY for a SOLO CONCERT on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12th at 7:00pm

For details and info please visit: Bearsville Theater Calendar

Don't miss this very rare opportunity to see and hear this multi-dimensional, vastly prolific creative and influential force in a magical and intimate upstate New York (or for that matter North American) setting.
Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY 845-679-4406


August 14th, 2006
OTC, THANKS AGAIN!!

~ Once again GREAT THANKS to ALL the campers, counselors, directors and teachers at this year's OMEGA TEEN CAMP who participated in my workshops, concert or shared in great conversations or even just extended a few good heartfelt words of appreciation. In fact some of the most deeply expanding moments for me were from those of you who took a moment to come up and express gratitude for whatever bit of Spirit and experience you may have received from something I offered. EXTENSIVE AND GREATEST OF GRATITUDE TO YOU ALL, TRULY!!!

Best wishes and highest vibrations of Spirit and Light to everyone. May you perceive and receive the *MAGIC* that flows through your life always. Everyone of us is a mysterious and magical universe, a celebration of this Mystery of Life. I hope to see and create with all of you again next year.

August 10th, 2006
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
~Edgar Allan Poe

July 2nd, 2006
SPIRIT WORDS.... from Ram Dass

~"Truth is scary, but it's better than the numbing deception of making believe reality is real."

~"When we're trapped in our minds we're always one thought away from where the action is."

~"We are the consciousness that defines the reality we are moving into."


April 27th, 2006
SPIRIT WORDS... from Carlos Castaneda

"There's a primary knowledge that we all carry, directly connected with the two-million-year-old person at the root of our brain. And we do our best to suppress it..... (which makes us ill)."

He (Don Juan) said... "relying on something mechanical only makes us more and more sterile." "It curtails your magic", he said. "Better to learn with your whole body so you'll remember with your whole body."


August 15, 2005

OTC THANKS!

~ GREAT THANKS to ALL the teenage "campers" (and unadulterated adults!) who participated in my workshops, concerts, music jams and/or shared a simple word or other interaction with me during the three great weeks at the OTC!!! (Omega Teen Camp). If not for you it would not have been what it wonderfully was! And it was, wonderfully, it. Peace and joy to everyone!!

************^*^************
Wisdom, truth, growth, expansion of being through pain and suffering is possible (though not guaranteed) but is NOT the only way. Wisdom, truth, growth, expansion of being through love, joy, radical trust, participation in high and open hearted experience, and sharing of unrestrained appreciation is not only possible, but is as EQUALLY VALID as the path of suffering - and it's a heck of alot more enjoyable. So why not choose and share this path whenever possible? We have the free will to recognize, and our eyes will see wise such splendor of being!!
Wisdom is found in nature. Please respect what we have remaining - before it's too late. Endeavor to know it's truth, and PLEASE don't cut the trees down!!

August 12, 2005
A FEW BITS OF NEWS

~ The Gallery is up with a few PR photos plus several images from the 2003 concerts with Gilli Smyth and Gong Matrices, and also some photos I took of Daevid Allen and Nic Stephanz from the Woodstock show I produced for them in 2003. For more on Gong's goings on (and there are many), visit the green Planet Gong!


April 25, 2005

RANDOM UPDATES

The status of the album with Deepak Chopra, "Soul Offerings: The Yoga of Love", appears to be that of indefinite shelf-sitting. The victim of corporate economics and too small potential profit projections. If anyone wants to finance production costs I'll gladly publish it on the Beginner's Mind label. There really is some good music and words on it, I still believe. (yes, "indefinite shelf-sitting", trying saying that 10 times fast...)

I'll be teaching another "Explorations In Sound Healing" workshop at the Kripalu Center in Lenox,MA on Thursday, the 28th. If you've any interest in this aspect of my work, enquire within.

And finally, for all you 12 to 17 year old fans, I'll be teaching again at the Omega Teen Camp this summer. Creatively influencing the open minds of some of our brightest and most adventurous youth and inheritors with esoteric energy alchemy and the powers of sound and chi.

April 17, 2005
MUSIC FOR HEART'S SAKE

I have little interest in music for music's sake these days - music for the sake of playing a bunch of complexly arranged notes and little else. (Though I'll admit it can sometimes be fun, though in those cases it's probably inherently music for the sake of pure joy and levity, which I do dig.) I also have no interest in music for business's sake. Music "product" influenced or designed by soulless corporate money men who don't seem to have a clue as to the deeper and truer purposes of this exquisite and amazing life gift of music.

What I am interested in is music for spirit's sake, music for heart's sake, music for beauty's sake, music for nourishment of soul, body, mind and spirit. Music for awakening, connecting and tuning into the deeper levels of consciousness, spirit and love.

Of course I am selling my music at this website, and that is a form of business. But the business is designed to serve the music, not the other way around.



April 2, 2005
RANDOM WISDOM

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
~ Samuel Beckett

The domain of love expands intelligence.
The domain of fear restricts intelligence.

According to all the shamans of the entire earth, one establishes communication with the spirits by way of music.

"I think we will collectively need to abandon some of the rules we have been given on how to live a life ~ like not making waves and pretending that everything is alright and that we can continue to live like we are used to."
~ Tom Kenyon


October 31, 2004
NEW ALBUM, FINALLY!!!

My new CD, "Earth Spiral Water Sound", is finally in manufacturing and due in stock later this week, on or near November 5th.

Representing a more than two year recording effort and drawing on and bringing to fruition more than 25 years of rich musical experience (pun or not), I can honestly say that this is my best and most musically and spiritually evolved recording yet. If you like the style, vision and spirit of my previous recordings, then I can proclaim with good and clear conscience that this is the one to have if you want to experience realization of the music that all the previous ones were aiming for. (Gee, what will I say about the next album??) (Hey, it really isn't easy to convincingly appraise one's own work, you know!)

For more info, list of guest artists and instrumentation and on-line or mail ordering, please visit the Recordings page.


June 11, 2004
NEW RECORDINGS UPDATE
THREE PROJECTS:

1. The final mixes are FINALLY done for my new solo album!! Mastering still needs to be done, then artwork, graphic design and manufacturing. I've got quite a few guest artists and several are well known very special guest musicians and singers. Most notably, Native American singer and supreme vocal goddess JOANNE SHENANDOAH and psychedelic art-rock legend and GONG co-founder DAEVID ALLEN!!! Both are people that I've long admired and have been an inspiration and a dream come true to work with. A mid-summer release is the current projection. More details as things continue to develop.

2. Last year's concerts with GONG co-founder and shakti goddess GILLI SMYTH were digitally recorded by Mike Lopez and also video taped. A DVD project is being considered for eventual release, hopefully later this year. Many highly attuned improvisations which find Gilli in a very supportive and dynamic ethno-acoustic setting. Some of the most expansive work I've ever heard from her, and well, I'm all over it too!

3. The poetry and music project with DEEPAK CHOPRA that I produced has been finished for quite some time now. There have been a couple of plans in the works to secure it's release, but the uncertain forces of the record business have not yet coalesced into an actual release date for this fine recording. In short, it's Deepak reading the poetry of Tagore, Hafiz, Mirabai and Kabir in an organic flow of acoustic world instrument based music part composed and performed by myself and part performed live in concert as a trio with John Ragusa. To all who have heard the pre-release airings and wanted to buy a copy I apologize for the repeated delays. I can only be patient for it's eventual release at this point.


June 2, 2004
A Poem by HAFIZ

"IT HAS NOT RAINED LIGHT"

It has not rained light for many days.
The wells in most eyes look drought-stricken.

Thus friends are not easy to find
In this barren place

Where most everyone has become ill
From guarding nothing.

On this primal caravan
Careers and cities can appear real in this
Intense Desert heat,

But I say to my close ones,

"Don't get lost in them,
it has not rained light there for days.

Look, most everyone is diseased
From 'making love' to nothing."


Translation by Daniel Ladinsky from his book "The Gift".



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