Abracadabra is the mantra of one who affirms that: “As I Speak, I Create”.
It is the spell of the magician who accepts the power and responsibility of being a divine creator. … More Abracadabra: “As I Speak, I Create”
Subway ride from Brooklyn to Manhattan on a March day near sunset…. Accompanied by a raga in C on the banjo … More Ceaseless Pilgrimage
Voyager Golden Record This is the first of a three part series on the Voyager Golden Record, a cosmic message in a bottle to sentient life in the universe. This post will be on the origins and nature of the record and spacecraft which carried it. I – The Voyager Spacecrafts and the Origins of … More The Voyager Golden Record: A Cosmic Message in a Bottle
O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie The song, one of the most well-known cowboy ballads, is also known as The Cowboy’s Lament and The Dying Cowboy. The song grew from a sea song called The Sailor’s Grave or The Ocean Burial, which began “O bury me not in the deep, deep sea.” Here is a rendition by … More Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
The Ravanahatha (Ravanhatta or Ravanastron or Ravana Hasta Veena), originating in western India and Sri Lanka, is thought to be the oldest instrument in the bowed chordophone family. A bowed Chordophone is a stringed instrument(chordophone) played with a bow. The Ravanahatha originated during King Ravana’s reign, from 2554 to 2517 BC. In medieval India … More The Ravanahatha
Among Blind Willie Johnson’s 30 recordings of blues/gospel songs with fire and brimstone intensity is one song which stands alone as singular and haunting. Recorded in 1927, the instrumental Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground is unlike any of his other songs and unlike any other song on this earth. About Blind Willie … More Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground