I’d Love To Turn You On

November 19th, 2008 § 2 comments § permalink


I’d Love To Turn You On. Seems like a good compass direction to follow as we all move forward.

Does it wake you up?

Does it render you emotional?

Does it bring you to life?

Does it serve the interest of expanding JOY in the Universes?

Let us all taste LIFE – the cooks, the servers, and the guests.

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Electric Stimulus of Face

November 3rd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


This is too outrageous for words. Music? Dance? Contortion?


Send In the Clowns

September 19th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


Supersaturated Solution

July 30th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

This – a supersaturated solution – is something that seems to occur in music composition. I load up the tune in my mind…then eventually the right seed crystal drops in.

I Put This Moment…Here

June 29th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Three minutes into Kate Bush’s song Waking the Witch KB says “I put this moment…here” two or three times.


A piece of music can be in essence a Gesture. The notes are an effect – a byproduct of the body/mind Gesture. We chase down the notes, but it is the Gesture that is the key.

“I put this moment…here.”

Sticky: An Oracle from Yip Harburg

June 13th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


Said Yip Harburg: “Words make you think a thought; music makes you feel a feeling. But a song makes you feel a thought.”


The Butterfly’s Wings

June 10th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


On August 19, 2002 I was thinking:

Po Composing (Music) is largely a matter of setting and mapping out the RHYTHM. Shake out the kinks.

8.22.02 – Po like a butterfly’s wings fresh out of the chrysalis, the wing is there – fully formed – but it must be pumped up with blood into its functional posture.

Po Writing Down Music

Po Drying Butterfly’s Wings


June 2nd, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink


Playing music is like a séance. Getting the ghosts to show up and dance is more important than waving the baton just so.


February 19th, 2007 § 1 comment § permalink


I posit a metaphor:

I am a composer and a songwriter. The way I write music is first to recognize an idea that I perceive to be fertile, and then simply let that fertile idea take over my heart and mind.

I surrender to the idea. I give it the run of my heart and mind. I follow where it leads… » Read the rest of this entry «


February 11th, 2007 § 2 comments § permalink


I’m wondering if any of you other composers out there have had the following experience.

It’s certainly taken me long enough, but I believe I’ve discovered a significant recurring pattern in my songwriting process. As this pattern is intimately connected to the gut-churning angst and seasick swirling despair I commonly experience during the writing process, perhaps I should attend to it.

For years I’ve noted that in the process of writing any non-trivial song I always, if the song is to be successfully finished, at some point find myself in a state of really horrible emotional swirlies… » Read the rest of this entry «

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