The things we do are not isolated events. Especially with the fluidity with which information moves these days, often absurdly so, we have to be aware that we affect more than our immediate surroundings. “Here” is a variable concept; it is what we can currently see and touch, but it also spans the length of our existential reach. And because of planes, trains and blogs, this reach is deeply global. True positivity is extraordinarily difficult to maintain for long. But despite what most news sources would have you believe, there IS good in the air. Energy is real and influential, let us use it constructively, or not at all.
Together, We are hurtling through space, yet We are individually fixed to archaic ideals that keep us apart. We put holes in each other’s bodies over religion, race, resources and sneakers.
We are so fixated on the “I” that we can rationalize the destruction of “We.” We drill holes in our earth leaking oil into the sea, waste energy and agriculture, and build “too big to fail” business empires, perpetuating the disparity between wealthy and poor.
We are composed of the same elements, yet draw divisions on each other every day. We make physical appearance, manner of speech, level of education, or place of residence all reasons to remove ourselves from the We.
There needs to be a mass-realization that We are of the same origin, and it must occur on all levels – personal, governmental, commercial, spiritual, and so on. Until We learn to celebrate our differences in the spirit that We are essentially the same, We will not deserve this existence. Self-awareness is the blessing and curse of humanity. It seems impossible, yet We must at least try to put “We” ahead of “I.” We are all Mutts, and we are all Learning to Listen.
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To err is human, so to trust is apparently a waste of time.
The Webster Hall men’s room as a physical manifestation of ethical self-consciousness (obsolete since the invention of the video camera).
Good advice comes in unexpected places.
During a recent bout of writer’s block, I was hustling to grab some coffee and get back to the piano when this caught my eye. It made me remember that I once had to wear the corporate noose every day… So I chilled the hell out, enjoyed my coffee, took a long route back, and ended up finishing the song. Thanks to whoever donated their tie to inadvertently help me finish a new tune.
We just finished 3 days at Stereophonic Studios in Chicago, in which we recorded 5 new tracks. This is the same studio where we recorded Pretty Pictures EP – a huge warehouse space on the north side. Being the end of January in Chicago, a small space heater proved to be the most important piece of gear in the place…
Once again Jon Alvin engineered the session, with Bob and myself accompanied by Cory Healey on drums.
America, fuck yeah.