Monthly Archives: September 2011

Guest artist: Rabbi Shefa Gold

From the Depths Mima’amakim k’raticha Yah From the Depths I call to You, Oh God. Hear my Voice!  (Psalm 130:1) Click to listen: Water is my teacher in so many ways. From water I learn about flow, nourishment, transformation, purification, … Continue reading

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Water: The Great Mystery

I’m excitedly rewatching a Russian documentary called Water: The Great Mystery on the recommendation of the renowned consciousness pioneer Ralph Metzner, who called it on his blog “amazing and beautiful…perhaps the coolest documentary I have ever seen.” (Metzner is best known as … Continue reading

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Guest artists: Paul Rudy and Heidi Svoboda

Harvest Moon Click to listen: Kinan (Mayan for “solar winds”) is a forthcoming collaborative CD (no. 6 in my 2012 Stories series) with gong artist Heidi Svoboda. The collaboration between Heidi and me brings together her celestial gong sounds, which … Continue reading

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Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to the Sea”

I like this homemade video by Laura Jean Northern: grainy, moody home-movie shots of the California coastline, set to an excerpt from Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to the Sea” as read by Ralph Fiennes, with music by Luis Enrique Bacalov (from the … Continue reading

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Guest artists: Jean-Dominique Gautier and Jean Ortiz

Caimanes: The Without-Waters In the village of Caimanes (population: 2,000) in the Valley of Choapas in Chile, the transnational mining company Minera Los Pelambres has privatized the community’s water and allegedly poisoned it with toxic tailings dust.  (This is a direct outcome of Chile’s … Continue reading

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The second HOLY WATERS homemade video fest

As the dog days of summer come to a close, I am soothed by these renditions of “Cool Water,” the country-western song written by Bob Nolan in 1936 and made a hit by the Sons of the Pioneers in 1947-48. … Continue reading

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Guest artist: T.S. Eliot

An excerpt from “Ash Wednesday” This is the time of tension between dying and birth. The place of solitude where three dreams cross Between blue rocks But when the voices shaken from the yew-tree drift away Let the other yew … Continue reading

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The Laughing Heart

A one-minute dive into numinousness, courtesy of Charles Bukowski, Tom Waits and videomaker Travis Carr. Video © 2011 by Travis Carr, from Vimeo.com.

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Guest artist: Lyla Johnston

The Endangered Sites of the Winnemem Wintu For more than 8,000 years, the Winnemem Wintu tribe has inhabited the central waterway that feeds into the Sacramento River in northern California. Their name is translated as “Middle River People,” so critical … Continue reading

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