“Vasudeva Kutumba” is a Sanskrit phrase that usually translates as “all the world is a single-family.” That’s what we Indians follow and implement in our life. We love Ahinsa or non-violence, even though most of us follow different customs, traditions, religions, and languages. Despite having so many differences among us, we stand together in times […]
Salvador Dali, “The Dance”, 1957. NY Times. How dangerous and compromising it is. It looks so enticing with how welcoming it portrays itself, flaunting what it has to offer. You look at it long enough, and eventually it’ll pull you in for the kill. Once you’re in, you’re seduced with every advance it gives you. […]
PART ONE If you ever spent any time with me a few things are evident. One of them is that from all the scars on my face, I probably can take an ass-whooping very well and that’s very true. It is courtesy of Tyree that I can take an ass-whooping because every morning for as […]
“I don’t think Brazil was ready for such an important event…the government put money into something that is not a priority for us.” As the world watched fireworks electrify the sky above the city of Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016, tens of thousands of athletes marched into the renowned Maracanã stadium. Carrying containers […]
SHARED SPACES, 2019 revision. We know them well. I’m taken to the green and gritty parks we’ve laid upon, venues where music and meaning rings through the ears straight to the core to reverberate, forums for cultivated interests – the more obscure, the better.. they would be nothing if not for collective being. Shared spaces […]
The first track, ‘Invocation’, begins with a reverberation of bells surrounding me before suddenly a cacophony of noise that spans mechanical friction, splices of distant AM radio and undulating feedback startles amidst the serenity. The soothing chimes of the bells have become a distant memory. Soon though, drones via Forrest Marquise’s fiddle and Ian McColm’s harmonium come into focus, recalling that meditative state that the bells invoked. The track proceeds with rising harmonic overtones at the forefront, grounded by Bachman’s drifting melodic guitar lines filtering through. I closed my eyes, absorbed and lying within the noise as it proceeded on its sonic exposition, lasting for over 18 minutes.
We have to solve the opioid crisis. Anyone in 2017 with a fully functioning set of ears heard this phrase, repeatedly. It’s an issue that exploded onto the national stage during last year’s polarizing election season. It was one of several subjects that neither candidate found any common ground on, although, unlike the issue of […]
Have you been paying attention? The used and abused have become the pitiful and dangerous, the dwellers and imitators and clouded judgment. Insane is now sane, idiocy is at an all-time high, the gifted are the least supported. Bigotry, sexism, racism, what is it? We’ve lessened ourselves. There’s no thin line anymore. What is life […]