This collection of solo flute pieces from Navajo-Ute musician R. Carlos Nakai is an evocative delight. The album consists of mostly original material, from the composition “Canyon Reverie,” to the improvisational “In Media Res,” to “Athabascan Song,” an arrangement of a traditional song. The latter in particular stands out, with a faster rhythm and more lilting melody than most of the other pieces. There’s also “Ancient Dreams,” performed on a bone whistle; the instrument almost exceeds the upper range of human hearing, and Nakai occasionally sounds like he’s imitating birdcalls. A classically trained musician, Nakai blends musical traditions to create a whole that reminds one, on occasion, of Japanese shakuhachi music.
This album best captures the timeless serenity of the solo Native American flute. R. Carlos Nakai’s music speaks to the spirit with a simplicity that transcends place and time. Includes original compositions, traditional Athabascan and Omaha melodies.
With thanks to Ned at gigoid.me
I for one hope that Sha Tara will continue writing and enlightening us with her words of wisdom.
Dec 5, 2016
This is for the few who follow, and participate in, this particular blog.
The title isn’t spurious. I’ve been doing much thinking about blogging in the last while, and questioning my motives for doing so. I’ve traveled the “blogosphere” in politics, economics, religion, real life stories, news reporting, fiction, poetry, well, just about every category. And I’ve thrown in quite a few comments on many blogs, many not exactly popular nor politically correct: I have a habit of challenging and questioning, pushing the envelope, see what comes out. I don’t accept “stuff” easily, due to a long time of experience and observation on this world of “easy believism” and that has paid off many a time.
Bluntly, I’m tired of reading about “stuff” I already know about, some since I was a teenager (political, medical and banking corruption for example). I’m tired of reading about global issues I can’t do a thing about, or so little it wouldn’t make an iota of difference even if I gave my life to it. Off the top: how many people remember Rachel Corrie and Kayla Mueller or why they should be remembered? I’m tired of reading really great essays, articles and reports on matters I know can only be dealt with by those “in power” and knowing that it is those very people who are the prime movers of the disparity, injustice, oppression, exploitation, environmental destruction that the articles are addressing. I’m tired of the usual false hope and cautions included “de rigueur” at the end of almost all of them, such as, “the youth are waking up” or “we’re all in this together and we can solve this” or “we better do something soon before it is too late.”
If I decide to continue blogging, I am going to return to my original thought on why I engaged this process. My idea was that first, the blog being mine, I could express whatever I wanted on it. And what I wanted was to propose real solutions to what appears to be insolvable, irresolvable and insurmountable social problems of global injustice, war and anthropogenic climate change which affects everyone and everything on this tiny world. I wanted to address and discuss how people collectively interact with each other, with fellow creatures and their natural environment and propose solutions, or a solution.
I didn’t want to play with tried and failed concepts or solutions. Anything tried and failed is obviously a non solution. If it didn’t take before, it won’t take now. So we need to “source” our particularly Earthian problems to find source solutions. Then we need to apply those solutions and always remember that any other already experienced “solutions,” if they seem to work, are localized and temporary at best. We must also remember that the Matrix learned how to defeat such “solutions” in the past and will viciously denounce and effectively attack and neutralize such. We must also remember that apart from the Matrix and its elites, the more vociferous and dangerous enemies of social solutions will be, as always, the slaves of the Matrix, the majority sheeple: the believers, the voters, the patriots.
Yes, the Status Quo, the “System,” the “Matrix,” and its bureaucracies, that power is public enemy number one, regardless of what form it manifests under.
Here are some thoughts my blog was going to address, hopefully discuss:
When you go to vote, or support a particular political party, regardless of what it claims to stand for, you are voting and supporting your enemy, your family’s enemy and your world’s enemy. There are no exceptions.
When you go to work for a wage, you are empowering your enemy. There are no exceptions.
When you take out a loan, buy on credit, use a credit card, or take a mortgage, you are paying your enemy to despoil you. There are no exceptions.
When you go to a church, or a mosque, or a temple, when you pray to, bow down to, kneel to a god or gods, praise them or glorify them or give them credit for your life in some way, you are empowering your archenemies. There are no exceptions.
The programming that Earthians exist under is quasi-absolute. Many who escape the clutches of Religion immediately fall into other forms of idolatry such as political ideologies, science and technology, particular philosophies, esoteric ancient or New Age teaching; Darwinism, environmentalism, and hedonism as in the single-minded pursuit of success, health, riches, pleasure. These are a different sort of idolatry but idolatry nonetheless. None address the fundamental problem of programming, brainwashing, dependency or reliance on old systems that poisons the Earthian mind. I have yet to meet one individual who was fundamentally changed by engaging in any of the above. Repeat: fundamentally changed, i.e., had her/his very nature changed.
It comes down to lifestyle. To performance. I have annoyed so many people who have “offered” me solutions to practically everything that doesn’t work by stating: don’t tell me, show me. Demonstrate. I want to see it, and I want to participate in your personal engagement to your solution(s) – how much of “you” is in the solution, how little of “you” remains outside of it. I need to see it work for you, by you. No assurances, no claims. I don’t buy pigs in a poke. (Meaning. An offer or deal that is foolishly accepted without being examined first.)
Can’t demonstrate? Don’t bother with the reams of philosophical and technical reasons why it can’t work “that way” when you claim that it theoretically can. I’m not interested in excuses any longer. I’m done with the endless bullshit; with empty feel-good promises. I don’t care if your particular god is going to save your ass from hell because you say you believe in him or it. I don’t care if your precious NASA is taking some of you to Mars in the near future, or to the end of the universe for that matter. I don’t care if you did or did not, ever, make it to the moon; if what the world witnessed on a lying TV system was performed in studios or in low orbit. I don’t care if you’re about to build the next highest ever skyscraper hotel. I don’t even care if your national debt is in the trillions of dollars or if your entitled youths can’t afford university. I don’t care if you’re seriously considering blowing yourselves up in a long-expected and hoped for nuclear show down. If you’re going to do it, do it. Don’t keep talking about it and titillating yourselves with the idea of spending Christmas at ground zero (and thanks, Weird Al, for that idea.).
All of the above are spurious and detract from the main issue: life on a normal, natural, non-violent, safe, clean world. That’s what we, as a people, need to not just address, but bring about. We have the means, we just don’t have the dream, vision, or desire to do it. We’ll believe any lie by our leaders but we won’t believe what we know to be true for every one of us.
There is a very simple, practical and universal, as well as universally applicable, solution to man’s social problems. This particular solution (notice I am not putting it in quotes) will – notice that little word: will – guaranteed – end all wars; end all oppression and exploitation of one-another; end all corruption; end every sort of crime imaginable; end lust for violence in race, gender, nation, religion, class. Most importantly it will end lies. That is, it will end the brainwashing. Once people realize they can think for themselves as individuals and make their own decisions, take responsibility for their place in the world, they will change their ways and their world will change accordingly. All the crap that makes life here unbearable, frightening, scary, horrible, murderous, unsafe and demeaning will turn to fertilizer.
“You” are so close.
The current elitist madness; the need to control national economies; the drive for globalism and totalitarianism world-wide: these are the indication that the Matrix is running scared, out of time and its servants, the elites, are panicking. Unlike ordinary people you won’t see them in mobs running about the streets setting their stores on fire and killing each other. You will see them retrenching from the body politic, securing resources behind lines of militarized police and military forces, cutting back on social services through control of governments. You will see them demanding absolute allegiance from their privileged protectors, smashing the faces of the poor that they find contemptible because they hate and fear them. They are scared and the more scared they are the more bluster they need to show, the more they need to strut their power, the more blood they need to shed and show to the world. The Hunger Games, remember that story, you’re now a participant in it.
And, let me repeat this: the solution to all of our problems is simple. It is the simplest solution anyone could imagine. Does it work? Yes. I know because I’ve tested it and I live by it. So I know that if it works for me it will work for anyone: I’m as anybody as they come.
What could possibly prevent such a wonderful solution from being lived and applied to current problems by everybody? I know it isn’t because they aren’t aware of its availability. It’s because of collective cowardice. When it comes to confronting their enslaving Powers Earthians are certifiable cowards. They choose slavery and call it freedom because it lets them exist within controlled enclaves without wearing chains.
They’re afraid of the solution; afraid of its effectiveness; afraid of how it would change everything they believe in and have forced themselves to be comfortable with. To the average Earthian the solution is more frightening than climate change or the prospect of nuclear war and that makes it the most dangerous revolutionary idea ever.
You know what I’m talking about. It’s been walking behind you, beside you, sometimes even in front of you, and trying to talk to you since you were born. And you’ve deliberately ignored it because you have been listening to your programming, to the voice of the Matrix. That makes you willing agents of the Matrix; accomplices in the destruction of your world, yourselves and your so-called loved ones. You really, bottom line, don’t care. You think you do, say you do, but if you did you’d be desperately applying the solution to every aspect of your life, lives. Why? Because you have nothing else. Nothing.
So, do I continue blogging, I wonder? Right now it doesn’t seem important at all. Right now what seems more important is to look within and make sure that all is well there.
Oct 24, 2016
I saw a question on a blog this morning from someone called “Kate”
It asked: “I was wondering if you’d give me some advice on how to get more people to read my blog.”
The question wasn’t addressed to me, and I did not comment on it but I think I have something to say to that query. So, here goes, for those wondering souls out there who are concerned about not being read or followed.
How much work are you willing to put into blogging?
How many emails are you willing to sort through per day: 100? 200?
How many comments are you willing to sincerely and thoughtfully engage and respond to?
Blogging works on an exponential scale. You start a blog, post something, then begin the real work: following, reading and commenting on others’ works.
I shouldn’t call it work, it’s more like school, or study sessions. It isn’t work, it’s fascination, with endlessly fresh, mind-boggling information and insight into the lives of REAL people. There is so much “out there” that people express. There are wonderful writers, authors, and those who are just eager to share their life’s experiences.
Can’t afford vacations, or flying? Try blogging, all you need is time and sincerity.
The “Process” then: as you follow others, they follow you, then their followers read your posts and they too follow, just as you do when on their blogs.
See something you like? Don’t just read it and “like” it, click on “follow.” If it’s really not up your alley, you can always “unsubscribe” later without hurting any feelings. Others will take your place, no worry about that. As I said already, it’s exponential, but you have to put into the equation. You give to get. Blogging isn’t “the Universe” just so eager to grant your every wish for nothing (I’m being sarcastic of course).
Blogging: I think this is a great system of global communication. Another way to increase traffic is to “reblog” other posts, but some overdo that part. I was recently subscribed to 4 blogs that essentially all reblogged the same material… so I pared it down to one of them. I can’t have my daily email load exceed 200.
For me the point of having my own blog (as opposed to just running across Word Press looking for interesting tidbits) is to say what I want to say while keeping those who follow my blog interested and perhaps at times, entertained as well. And most importantly, to receive feed-back, love the “Like” but I enjoy the comments too.
The key to blogging: it’s all give and take with more “give” than “take.” Oh, and on Word Press we are “civilized” bloggers. No insults, no shaming. If I have one criticism of Word Press writers, including myself, it would be that we are too well behaved to even think of critiquing another’s work. I think we need more of that. But that’s for another topic, if I get a “round-to-it” and get around to it.