Konnakol Resources

Konnakol Resources

(updated 8 May ´17) It´s not the purpose of this post to explain what Konnakol is, or how very valuable it can be in your music. I´m assuming you already understand that, and are seeking resources.  In my own quest to learn konnakol, I´ve found quite a few wonderful resources. I´ve made this compilation with […]

Best Friends

Best Friends

I can´t tell you very much about Arthur.  His older sister Amber was my older sister´s best friend, and his older brother Jonathan was my own older brother´s best friend.  Our families seemed to possess an inherent symmetry of friendship, thus it was only natural that I felt Arthur was my own best friend. After […]

Hero’s Journey and Relationships

Hero’s Journey and Relationships

Rilke once wrote, “For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.” And while the poet loved his solitude and “terrible angels,” he took on the work of love with […]

The lowly like

Don’t disparage the “like,” “favorite,” or other social media element that let’s me acknowledge you. Yes, as a means of communication, it is a dust mote in the shadow of a hug; but it still works – it still let’s you know that yes, I’m here, I see you. And isn’t that, at the end of the day, what we people so very much need?

Artist Warrior

Artist Warrior

Being an artist can be challenging. A lot of life shit can get in the way; the need to make money, put bread on the table, gas in the tank, and such. And then there’s just the human penchant for distraction, which some of us have more than others. All sorts of people are afflicted with all sorts of different habits, norms, and mind tics. You are your most important art supply.

Africa Antibiotica

I’m fairly adept with languages, but hardly thorough. I can learn a lot of words, some grammar, and then the language will swim about in my head, frothing the waters like a school of desperate mullet. At times, my brain can provide the mot juste, at others, nothing more than a fluttering aphasia beyond the […]

Mahalo, Oahu!

Hawaii is one of those legendary destinations that for everyone who has taken the journey, love.  And for those of us who haven’t, we know we’d love it, because we’ve seen it in movies and television. There’s the beautiful woman in a hula skirt encircling your neck with a garland of flowers, a pig roast […]

SoundFest 2010 – only a couple of days left!

This whole blogging experiment has pretty much fallen by the wayside, but not for a lack of content!  Our internet at the house has been down, and not even Julian could manage to get it back on.  I’ve got photos on my iPhone, drawings on my iPad, and the ability to upload stuff from my […]

SoundFest Day 5

I think I missed a day in there somewhere. Probably yesterday. Besides my own labors of reading and writing on work subjects, the campers were involved with a long series of master classes, both as participants and observers. That was yesterday. I was pretty blown away by the level of playing that so many of […]

SoundFest 2010, day 4

Yesterday, after dropping the lads off at the Academy, I struck out for a bit of exploration.  OK, I know where the coffee shop is. That’s important.  And from there, I tested out a marble bench in the town park.  I had a lunch at the local Indian restaurant, where I thought I was getting […]