"This is your life. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid."
- Frederick Beuchner
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
- Virginia Woolf
“Those who willingly accept being conned are as corrupt as those who con them.”
― Tom Robbins, Villa Incognito
that is seriously obscure, and seriously funny...
As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
"Free jazz to me is the beginning and it's expansion. It is the chants on top of foot stomps and hand claps. It is the scripture over top of the choir. Free Jazz is what's needed to travel. It is the sound of protest, of peace and of sorrow all at the same time. You cannot go to war without a drum, you cannot time travel, seek outer and inner dimensions without free jazz. Alice Coltrane music is a liberation technology, Sun Ra music is a liberation technology."
- Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother)
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything
is completely different.
"When the primal scream entered the sound world of the universe it was the first man-made, artificial addendum.
Music is the art of the intonated sense;
the sound, the groan, the cry and the song where
the aural quintessence of the spiritual world of human beings.
The aura that personifies sound is transparent through timbre and tone, envelops and tightens the other side of sound,
the space of meanings and feelings.
Children's games, adult's games, god's games...
You can be an idol or a god among the people,
but how to makes sense of the Divine Game?
Just remember that this knowledge or awareness is the Truth. Consonance or dissonance, free music, pop music,
all is searching and hunting for the Great Harmony.
As fullness is born into the emptiness of Universal Truth,
Absolute Harmony is born into Silence.
This three dimensional illusion we call Life
will never be perfect because it is made to be imperfect.
It is only a school for feelings and the fantasy,
designed to improve the hidden chords of thought.
Art exists in order to develop the capacity of human beings to imagine. A hidden knowledge of life exists to serve your capacity to develop. Develop your imagination. It's healthy."
- Sainkho Namtchylak
The enemy isn't conservatism. The enemy isn't liberalism. The enemy is bullshit.
- Lars-Erik Nelson
"Well, there are two ways to do what you want to do in music and performance. They both have to do with intention.
One, you don't have anything to do with it. You're part of a whole you're a fluent vessel for all these things to come through you.
And then there's the other one, when you go into meditation with Quest. As opposed to being just a blade of grass waving in the wind, you're a blade of grass looking in a particular focused direction in order for the wind to blow you that way!
Or, blades of grass grow toward the sun. So how are we going to draw forward the best that we can, to become manifest? And that's a completely different way to perform.
One of my newest references is thinking of current and voltage. Transmitting voltage, you want to understand what the reception level of the current is! Sometimes that happens with energy, people, sounds, references, cliches, bombastics... And sometimes it happens in acoustics. What does it remind you of if you keep letting your voice resonate?
So there are all these ways of deciding what's important for the sound environment over time... Over time you feel like you can see into the 5th dimension... Did I say 5th? I meant the 4th... Maybe I meant 5th! Since I'm so used to the 4th. [laughs]
That's one of my favorite things, just to be able to visualize the past (where we are) and take us to someplace that exists already and is full of glee."
- Pheeroan akLaff