[regarding Improvisation] "Art as Prayer. The mood, mind, and focus I enjoy while making a sculpture, for example, is indistinguishable from the mood, mind, and focus I enjoy when praying. As I develop as a spiritual person and read and research the Word of God, I find many signs suggesting that - unlike song - Improvisation is just about as close as a person can get to a real Dialogue with God in real-time. It is through the act of permitting oneself to get out of the way of God that the most powerful stuff gets through. Songs are about something; Improvisation is something whole from start to finish. I am not speaking only of improvisation in the audio arts; but in all manner of personal expression. There are a lot of creative people I've met during my 45 year life; and the greater part of those who have survived their youth are becoming or have become increasingly spiritual and their art has taken on more the nature of Prayer than Product. This is encouraging. It's a shame that public opinion sometimes deems "Modern Art" immoral based upon the confrontational creations of a handful of insulting individuals." 8/2003
Thanks to the Enron collapse, Greed has finally begun to be viewed as a bad thing in America. If not as a bad thing, then at least as an embarrassing thing to get caught fondling in public.
I suggest America help its disenfranchised and unemployed by offering a tax-deduction for employed persons willing to suffer a voluntary 5% pay-cut, which would be applied to the creation of [an] additional paid position[s] within that employed person's place of employ.
An alternative could be to apply the money to the creation and maintenance of daycare facilities within companies needing them."
The myth that all spending benefits a national or state economy is myopic.
Is living beyond one's means a Right? A Privilege? Or merely a stupid and self-destructive behavior that has been dressed to kill by parasites with a taste for dying American flesh?
It should go without mention that many of those who find themselves bankrupt have travelled a road paved with substance, object, or behavioral addiction to get there. How many more families must fall under this blade?
In any nation suffering from fallout owing to rampant backruptcy resulting from the fiscal irresponsibility of its citizens, intervention may be prudent.
Federal credit lending guidelines should be put into place, limiting borrowing amounts on credit cards to a maximum of 5% of the borrower's annual net income. Clearly, if one cannot stay on top of a (for example) $500 owed balance, they should not be permitted to borrow or charge five times that amount."
- THE NEW GOLDEN CALF IN AMERICA:
Consider the possible common origins of road rage...child neglect... divorce...fast food...cellphone addiction...superficiality and mere 'acquaintance' replacing lasting friendship and steadily evolving relationship...the list goes on and on. Is there a hub around which these embarrassing aspects of our culture jointly revolve? You bet'cha.
The 'need for speed' is marketed via every media, from the pulpit on down to television. At my town's largest church, I routinely see Sunday morning parishoners driving up the 'Do Not Enter' exit lane to beat their fellowship to good parking spots. I have been the recipient of vicious cutoffs and abbreviated waves ("the Finger") from many vehicles sporting the Fish symbol. I am growing to believe that "Walking in the Spirit" began its disappearance with the mass producti0on of automobiles.
For your edification, I present Time - the New Golden Calf; a demon worshipped, by many, more than any available diety in America. Impatience exerts a force on the average American more powerful than any stated 'creed', and is capable of overwhelming and erasing home, community, State, and (I believe) the fundamental principles upon which this Nation was erected. It seems that for many folks, God is an accelerator pedal, with a side of fries."
"You need to
get your foot in the right door in order to be able to put it
up the right ass."
"When, for example, the weather conditions in a swamp promote the profligation
of frogs, the feed-insect population will diminish and the frog population
will flourish until the food supply no longer meets demand; at which point
the scale will tip and the frog population will plateau and then taper.
In any species, Entropy precedes Starvation and Starvation precedes Disease.
If the Earth's surface can be thought of as an enormous, single ecosystem (and it is) - an interconnected organic relationship with changes measured in centuries, rather than days or years - we are in a cleansing cycle; near center in the segue between Chaos and Hunger.
This view may also be viewed Biblically, with the many constituent components of Earth's ecosystem - as man - experiencing a charted course. Human Error may be inevitable."
TO CATCH DRUG DEALERS - 101:
The US Drug Enforcment Agency and IRS, in conjunction with state departments of motor vehicles and small town sherriff's departments, would do well to attach 'red flags' to individuals owning and driving '' [new/in excellent condition, chrome rims, disproportionate stereo system, strange taillight lenses (ie, clear w/ purple), several car deodorizers hanging from rear-view mirror next to feather-roachclip and beads, etc.], with reported annual incomes below the cost of the vehicle. Following drug-busts, unpaid taxes from illegal drug sales could be partially recovered through the easy resale of the 'Phat' vehicles after confiscation. Our communities could be rid of a few more of these dealers."
"I enjoy bottled
water, but it warms too quickly, particularly when driving. I suggest
that bottled water be marketed frozen. It will remain
Teaching] "Teaching is really important
to me. There's such a collapse of the family these days. I know that for
many of the kids I teach I'm about as much of a dad as they're ever going
to have. So I really feel that despite a lot of the flak that some schools
get (and probably some schools deserve), my classroom is a sanctuary,
and it is a place where you can learn something that'll help you to
not be a jackass for the rest of your life."
the D.I.Y. Music Movement of the 1980's]
"...as Robin James called it, it
was the "Cassette Mythos". He published a book by that name.
I was very involved in that back then. I've got photocopies of the
reviews I had written up...I've probably got 70 different releases that
were reviewed in all those different places and I have reviewed several
hundred music releases over the years myself. It was fun. It
was really fertile. A lot of things were happening. People
were getting along and being supportive of one another. I try to keep going
with the inclusivity thing, but I don't find a lot of allies anymore."
Electronic Communication] "Well I think
the ability for people to shoot their ideas back and forth on the internet
is a wonderful thing. I used to do it all by telephone and mail and
it was very time consuming. Of course those media provide longer
periods of reflection about what you're doing, which is something that
may be lost on the Internet because it's so instantaneous. Everybody's
really concerned about their time. So I think some of the time for
reflection upon what people are doing perhaps is lost...so the Internet
is a mixed bag...a crutch that could very easily be kicked out from under
[regarding Christian Living] "I imagine a brave and multicultural brotherhood of men dedicated to preserving the sanctity of Christianity as a method for living. Such a brotherhood would actively live according to the teachings of Jesus and The U.S. Constitution; by intervening when necessary to balance, legally correct, and to expose to the public any local heresies perpetrated by evil ones claiming to be Christian. Followers of Christ ought not fear scrutiny. Nor should a man claiming to be "Christian" bear false witness to his community by living in a fashion antithetical to the Lord God's Ten Commandments."
sound. I try to be painterly with it and do things that the market
doesn't necessarily dictate as wise choices. It's the stuff that cracks
the mold that you remember."
Improvisation] "Since 1988, I have increasingly
inserted obstacles into my work. In so doing, playing and performing music
has remained enjoyable and sporting. I think of interactions with other
improvisors and 'style' players as tennis matches, some time on the links
or on a pinball machine. Sometimes, I get my butt whipped."
"It sucks when
you rag on a volunteer."
Improvisation] "I trust my body. I am aware
of its slowness and insufficient articulation in certain environments.
I sometimes lapse into generalized trance-states, possibly induced by the
music I am making, which limit variation and cause my playing to become
horizontal and patterned. These periods are analogous to 'cleansing breaths',
allowing other strategies a moment to ferment before I execute them."
well, feels wonderful. You have that opportunity to do it 'right'. Music,
performed sloppily/drunkenly/without enjoyment, is a waste of Life-time.
Music, recorded well, sounds wonderful. You have a lifetime to tweak
things into submission. Fortunately for my family, I am more interested
in capturing something pure, autobiographical, and of-that-time; which
can be done much more quickly. This paradigm allows me to keep real-bills
paid via a full-time job, interact with my wife and kids a bunch, have
friends, and perform often. I prefer both, in reasonable quantities."
not often consistently enjoyable until I began improvising. It has become
the cornerstone of everything I make - musical and non-musical. I have
found parenting to be the most satisfying arena for improvisation. My very
best friends are improvisors. Improvisation is a return to the wonder of
childhood, but with the wisdom and restraint of one's years...when it's
happening smoothly in an imporvising group, it is quite like when your
spouse finishes a sentence you've started; and you say "Yeah", instead
commercialized Jazz] "Music,
I think, is unimpressed by the Cult of the Soulless Hand, the Church of
Nepotic Alliances, and does not kneel at the Broken Obelisk of The Haughty
homemade instruments] "New instruments
destroy habit and memory. New instruments develop and strengthen intuitive
gesture and archetype. New instruments remove Ego and deepen listening.
New instruments develop kinetic intelligence and teach hands techniques
often applicable on other instruments. New instruments cement original
melodies into my memory, and infer possible orchestration and future arrangement
in other contexts. I am not necessarily speaking exclusively of musical
is a percussion instrument."
our telephone and power lines underground - like in civilized nations
- so that they don't interfere with NPR radio reception and the view of