Rather than going down the rabbit-hole of committing to concrete and often unrealistic resolutions for the new year, I’d like to begin 2018 by setting some intentions that offer a little more wiggle room. Speaking for myself, this means exploring the process and becoming less attached to outcomes or specific “goals”.
Here are a few that come to mind…
Look for ways to collaborate more. This can be through creative pursuits, volunteer work, and dialogue within and across communities.
Wellness… cooking more, exercise, meditation, and reducing stress.
Nurture friendships and look for opportunities to meet new people.
Spend time in nature.
Make more music and stay open to the many possibilities.
Wishing you all peace, good health, and creativity in the New Year!
I’m honored and excited to be sharing an evening of music with solo guitarists Ross Hammond and Richard Osborn, Friday January 12th. The show will be held in an incredible cathedral in Oakland that is sure to be an amazing space for sound.
Can’t think of a better way to welcome 2018! Hope you can join us…
I’m playing a couple shows next week in SF I hope you can make it to:
Friday, October 13th I’ll be playing a solo set opening up for my buds Balmorhea (touring in support of their lovely new album, Clear Languge) at the Swedish American Hall. The following night, Saturday, Oct 14th, I’ll be collaborating with filmmaker Bill Basquin for Night Rounds, an exploratory evening of live film + music at the LAB. Both shows will be quite different…. be great to see you!
Many of you may not know that I am in the process of getting a masters in counseling psychology with a focus on how sound/music can be incorporated into healing modalities that address distress, trauma, and work towards attaining greater wellbeing.
Personally speaking, I find music (in both practice and as a listener) to be a cathartic and restorative experience. It offers a non-verbal path towards self-reflection and deeper understandings that words often fail to articulate. I am always on the lookout for insight around this topic and came across this article on Pitchfork of all places. Maybe you’ll find something to connect with here…?
I’m also interested in learning your stories of how you connect through music and sound as a tool for healing practice. Are there things that work/don’t work for you?
Was fortunate enough to get a glimpse of the eclipse despite the usual SF summer fog. Must say it was quite the spectacle and nice to see so many coming together to experience the event. Grateful to have witnessed this cosmic moment in time.