Someone gifted my church with an Autoharp and I was asked if I wanted to use it!
I have been thinking about harps a lot (according to Wikipedia the Autoharp is really a type of zither) and this instrument seems like it will be a lot of fun and get me started with string instruments. I was having a lot of resistance to learning guitar for some reason.
I'll post some audio examples after I get the thing tuned and play around with it a bit.
Here's a video of a gorgeous June Carter playing one with her husband Johnny Cash on mandolin:
one of her mother, Maybelle Carter
& a new video from modern master Jo Ann Smith
Last Sunday I played at church and it was one of the best musical experiences of my life.
A peaceful energy descended and it felt as if a huge amount of emotional anxiety and sadness was being cleared from the room.
Afterwards I needed to cry for quite some time.
Despite the darker feelings that moved through me, there is nothing I love more than the experience of being a vessel for healing music!
changes are happening
let go of how you “wanted” it to happen & relax
trust that you’re being delivered to where you need to go
let go of all goals except the most general
whatever floats your boat
relax about the specifics
who are you to know what you’ll enjoy most?
real Joy beyond happy/sad is already available 24/7
all:ways superimposed on top of every arising
it might take awhile to feel it fully
as the body takes awhile to adjust to the new frequencies!
so until then
cry if you want to
Two videos from my evening at Serenity by the Sea...
& a message from the teddy bear guru Chocobear
The Illuminated and Glowing ChocoBear Travels
Light Kin Teddy Bear Style
I am a universal being
Illuminated and Glowing
On an adventure of Heart discovery
As you are
I am loving the concept of using humour to talk about spiritual concepts.
These Puppetji videos are great examples...
Desktop wallpaper of the day (click on the image 2x for the big version) from the Astronomy Picture of the Day archives:
"The Heart Nebula is located about 7,500 light years away toward the constellation of Cassiopeia."
I made more music yesterday! Listen and/or download here.
It's a meditative track "remixed" from the Heart Chakra track @
and the creek sound @
I am remembering two years ago when I felt I "didn't know how to improvise" and now it flows so easily!
After yesterday's recording session with incredibly complex software & electronic equipment, today's music project was quite simple in comparison.
I made this in one take & decided it was perfect as is, enjoy!
We decided to base the track in the key of E because it closely matched a 528 Hz drone I wanted to base the track around.
We started out with minor however flute-wise it felt right to use the unusual Locrian mode. The bassline is especially interesting.
I look forward to sharing the track with everyone soon!
screenshot of the day (click to enlarge)
musical reference site of the day
video of the day
A classic from the late great Bill Hicks, who was quoted as calling himself "Chomsky with dick jokes."