Hi Friends...here is some new music and a behind the scenes Music Vlog!
Filmed in Nara, Japan. I traveled with Will Ackerman to perform at the Kasuga Shrine ceremony which was one of the most beautiful concert experiences of my life. Will is quite famous in Japan from his days at Windham Hill Records which had such a big impact on the Japanese People. This was his first time returning there in 30 years. Our hosts were so gracious and friendly, Takamine provided all our guitars and we played amazing music together with brilliant Japanese Musicians. On my last day, I woke up at sunrise and hiked to the top of a nearby mountain in the Kasugayama Primeval Forest. On the way I stopped at many of the 1500 year old shrines and temples to capture the stillness of the atmosphere. In the forest I recorded a flute song inspired by this amazing place (I will put the link for that video in the comments) Nara is the ancient capitol of Japan and a national treasure. I love Japan so much and hope to return in the near future! To travel with my friend, musical collaborator and mentor Will Ackerman was truly a gift and an honor. This is the first of many...please let me know what you think and share with your friends!
Hello and Welcome!
Every once and a while it’s good to clean the closet and start fresh.
This is a New Beginning. The last few years have been an incredible journey and in my heart of hearts I feel the best is yet to come. I am exited about life and I feel exited to create music.
There is a deep yearning in my heart to play music, if I don’t for a day or a few days some part of me starts to ache and I get a little less patient and potentially more grouchy. I play the guitar, a flute or perhaps a drum for more than a few minutes and something remarkable happens. I transform. I relax. I become completely present and absorbed in the mystery and magic of music.
Music is a very practical thing, according to Webster’s, “the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity.”
That is an accurate definition of music but still there is something beyond that definition that defies scientific explanation. There is something missing from that definition. What’s missing is the immeasurable impact when a person “orders tones or sounds…” with heart and soul. When tone and human come together to make music, heaven and earth collide and the realms of “reality” and miracle become indistinguishable.
And As far as I can tell music is a miracle. In all of the great stories from every spiritual tradition sound, tone, music is deeply in relationship with whatever or whoever is believed to have created everything. I have yet to hear a creation story that doesn’t involve some kind of vibration or sound. The mystic would say Nada Brahma. What does this mean? Simply, Sound is God!