Back on the Music Train

This summer I’ve been in deep discovery of new and exciting ways to ingest music while PAYING FOR IT. I know many talented musicians who have no outlets anymore to sell their beautiful creations. Not only do people no longer buy CDs, but we don’t even have ways to play CDs anymore since the drives have been removed from modern computers and laptops and few car stereos in any car manufactured from 2012 on have them installed.

I know you can purchase a $29 LC USB CD drive, yes. But how many people have gone that extra step besides me? I teach audio, so I have to keep up with every mechanism that affords a musician to transport us through their minds and hearts via every medium/media available to them to use to distribute. Guess what? THEY DON’T MAKE A LIVING with you STREAMING on Pandora, Spotify, nor any of the other streaming mechanisms. PLEASE don’t tell me that you don’t care! We love music. So, LOVE the musicians creating music and art by showing them some love with a few shekels here and there. Even if you’re streaming most of it, send some $ to the tracks you love via BandCamp, Patreon, CD Baby and any other number of “selling” sites that exist today.

I found THIS band today (from New York) and love them. I listened to several tracks of their latest “album” and bought the vinyl and digital download package to share with my students whom I will cajole into buying tracks they love from artists they love.

And then my favorite sound engineer sent me this link just now to Lana del Rey’s LOVE video:

Get on out there and LOVE your music again by loving the artists!


Today, I found ZENON RECORDS by way of KLIMENT from Sofia, Bulgaria. {Hear James Earl Jones tones emitting}
“Oh, yeah…”

Listen to this: Millvolt DJ Set – recorded @ Kiste Club, Fumoir Floor (Switzerland, Okt. 2016)  2h30min – 129bpm

I’m getting SO MUCH MORE WORK DONE. Productivity mix!

and THIS:


EXTRA! EXTRA!  Read and LISTEN! Waves Scheps 73 on sale for $29 on July 20, 2017 ONLY. Listen to this 10-seconds of what a difference it makes:  the first 5-seconds of this mono audio track with the plug bypassed, then BAM! It’s in!

Groove the Pain Away

Soul II Soul Back to life

“Need a change! Need a positive change!” – Soul II Soul – “Back to Life”

It’s 3:30a.m. and I’ve been reading the news, posts from friends about life, death, tragedy, healing, yoga, food, and all. Catching up in bed, unable to sleep. Suddenly, 1994 overcomes my entire SOUL. I put on headphones to blast “Back to Life” and slip groove out of bed to shake my booty in that slow hip-sway I remember engaging in my 30’s in the 1990’s.

I am transported to the Women’s Motorcycle Weekend in the Santa Cruz Mountains with my dear DJ Laney Goodman spinning my favorites; my sound woman self having built the system that kept 300 biker chicks groovin’ all weekend with Laney’s awesomeness. {I wave good morning to you this day, sweetie, with my arms in the air high-fiving the heavens.)

I am back to DJ love from Page Hodel’s infamous funk-frenzy, The BOX dance-hall-days when thousands of us slip-grooved to the vibe of the 1990’s, 80’s, 70’s. Bodies in a slo-mo swing of hips, shoulders, arms waving slo-groove-style in the air. {Sending you big love this morning, my music goddess pal.}





I have played the same song and shook my bootay for 15-min while typing this and groove-assed this song 3-times before turning the computer on to write. FIND YOUR STRENGTH, people! (now on to “Keep on Movin'”)

Soul II Soul Back to life


Earth Day Celebrations

Earth Day SF Poster

Marches for Science

Humankind = the human race / humanity

Spring is here, but why so much fear?

Uncertainty in the face of sensing what is near.

Leadership lacking, human trafficking. Mental illness abounds.

Yes/No, Up/Down. Turn ourselves around and around.

I watch dystopian future films and see us now living in the creation of that future depicted in the story. What generates a horror-filled future of human alienation and automation in the form of drones programmed with advanced AI to do what humans should do on our own? It begins with pitting corporations–do-anything-to-advance-its- goals type of entities (whether by lying, cheating, and/or bullying)–that have been given the power of personhood to create and propagate rules and regulations over powerless, singular human entities . It continues with self-aggrandizement by the corporate entities who create lunatic leaders overseeing the existence of humankind. Many countries wish to roll up their carpets, shut their borders, and place a demagogue in power to the tune of “isolationism will help us.” No. What helps humans is to be connected to each other, through and across borders, through and across cultures, through and across religions.

Humans repeat, repeat, repeat. This story has been told and unfolded since 9000B.C. The only difference now as the self-proclaimed “most intelligent species on the planet” over this list of amazing animals is that we have proven that our intelligence is simply not so. We are the only species clever enough to build myriad ways that threatens all life on our entire planet and stupid enough to carry it out with brazen willingness.

We must avoid our fatalistic, savage tendencies. We are not the worst murderers among the animal kingdom, check this out. However, we are the only ones to plan, create, and execute plans to kill on a massive scale and we are, again, teetering dangerously close to that end.

Let us learn more about ourselves, our species, our humanity to build upon what is great and good. Let us lead ourselves away from the madness that besets a few of our fellow humans and guide everyone to positivity.



Sunday Treasures

KNOWING that I was meant to “be here now” as I sauntered down the street with the goal of obtaining quarters for my laundry; I walked past a newspaper kiosk to see the SF Weekly with Rebecca Solnit on the cover page. I opened the door to find an empty kiosk save the one copy they put in the front holder.

Take a moment to check out Rebecca Solnita prolific author and brilliant mind whose oeuvre covers history, feminism, wandering, social change, and so much more. The SF Weekly article by Zack Ruskin titled:  Quantum of Solnit – Charting the landscape behind Rebecca Solnit, one of San Francisco’s singularly literary voices, reveals the depth of her integrity in words covering some of her books, essays, and articles.

Some (weakly) pull-quotes:

“I love that, that sense that the stone was thrown into the water a while ago but the ripples are still spreading out and we don’t know for sure.”  and

“I was snatching the teddy bear of despair from the loving arms of the left.”

A couple that I find more intriguing with regard to her latest collection of essays, The Mother of All Questions: (from the introduction) “There is no good answer to how to be a woman; the art may instead lie in how we refuse the question.”


“…but, at its best, social media is what its users make of it, from the Arab Spring to this feminist insurgency, activists have created a sort of Greek chorus to the dramas and of our lives and world.”

Solnit in Infinite City: “Every map is a guide to finding the desirable and navigating the dangerous. California was imagined as the island at the end of the world, because that’s how the stories went and because they needed an island. Every map is a treasure map, every island a Treasure Island.”

I was introduced to her writing by my dear friend, colleague and composer Lenny Carlson who gave me her book: A Field Guide to Getting Lost as I was about to embark on a solo, 30-day trip to Europe in 2015. I was swept away by the traveling bliss accompanied by her thoughtful prose. I carried it from cafe to resting place opening several new pages a day to digest little bits.

As for my pal Lenny, check out the testimonials of those who find him as fabulous as I do!  You must take one of his music classes at City College of San Francisco. Everyone I know who basks in his tutelage has become a better person for it.

One last treasure that I implore you to include in your daily routine (still life with  computer):  Chrome Momentum Dash. It’s free. It’s a joy to wake up every day to see what new high-res picture of some part of our beautiful planet lay before me all day as I work. Each new tab you open in Chrome reveals this lovely productivity extension. Today’s is below:


Momentum today

It’s 12:47p and I have a day of writing before me…

Mixed Bag

American Collapse

Ignorance is bliss until you die from it.

Then you discover that you could have done something different. You could have learned from history. You could have made more intelligent choices as to where to source your information. You could have gathered every scrap of evidence you need to make the case that those in power have no regard for you nor your future nor the future of your children.

GREED runs amok in Washington and America will crash and burn shortly if we do not take steps to educate those who turn their noses to learning.  45 said that he loves uneducated people: “I LOVE the poorly educated!” and they love him.

While he and his family grab all of the riches that the position as the leader of the free world will give him and his brand for his remaining time before impeachment (which is becoming more clear every day), the uneducated will have toxic air to breathe and polluted water to drink and kill any growth in their fields as the one thing truly protecting them becomes gutted:  The Environmental Protection Agency.

Check out the conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation’s plan to gut both the EPA and the Energy department.  THIS is terrorism. This type of mindset will be the undoing of America and if that isn’t terrorism in the name of corporate greed, I don’t know what is.

American Collapse

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We See You (reDux)

I just wrote this earlier on my other page:


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As you read the words at the link and of various other quotidian postings from a host of others, it’s important to remember to keep up your health, stamina, and mental state by pushing through what may bring you down about this seeming dystrumpian future before us and have you find your inner light. Let that light burn brightly for the resistance that lay ahead. We have a lot of work to do. EVERYONE around the world who galvanized their inner steam yesterday needs to awaken every day with a mission. We must keep apace with the ongoing deliberations and obfuscations during this coup of the U.S. government. SO, stay strong. Eat well. Live like there is no tomorrow. Be kind to each other and spread love.


On Art and Artists

Artists enrich our lives through sharing their talents morphed into things that we can view, hear, touch, see, smell, and use.

Art (noun):

  1. the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
  2. the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.
  3. the conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words.

Artful (adjective):

  1. (of a person or action) clever or skillful, typically in a crafty or cunning way.
  2. showing creative skill or taste.

Synonyms: skillful, clever, adept, adroit, skilled, ingenious, crafty, designing, dexterous

An artist’s life, often rich with vibrant experience, sometimes lacks the capacity to fund that life through the work of art. Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings, popes, and the wealthy have provided to artists such as musicians, painters, and sculptors. Catherine the Great was one of the most renown and celebrated patrons of the arts.She enthusiastically supported the ideals of The Enlightenment, thus earning the status of an enlightened despot.[1] As a patron of the arts she presided over the age of the Russian Enlightenment, a period when the Smolny Institute, the first state-financed higher education institution for women in Europe, was established. (Thank you to my astute friend, Wikipedia.) 

Sadly, I ponder about the state that our artists live in given that capitalism has crushed the idea of patronage which seems to be so important to a health society. We have plenty of money in the U.S. among the corporations that happily send their $$ offshore to bank accounts in tax friendly countries to save paying taxes in the U.S., yet their isn’t enough to feed the poor and provide shelter to our homeless many of whom are “starving artists”. It’s appalling to me that artists have to create their own makeshift tenements like the one in the horrific Oakland warehouse that caught fire and caused more than 30 deaths some of whom were the young burgeoning artists of the Bay Area. It appalls me that a braggadocio nation like America can overlook the income to poverty threshold among artists with conservative think-tanks working for than 15 years on efforts to defund the National Endowment for the Arts.

And though national poverty rates are on the decline, San Francisco County had the highest poverty rate in the Bay Area, with an estimated 12 percent of its population living below the poverty line in 2015. Santa Cruz County followed with an estimated 11.3 percent poverty rate; Alameda County, 11 percent; Contra Costa County, 10 percent; San Mateo County, 8.4 percent and Santa Clara County, 8 percent.

Oakland has a significant art scene and claims the highest concentration of artists per capita in the United States.

Ten percent of art school graduates make a living from their artwork. We benefit from their output whether they earn a living or not. We need to find ways to fund the arts and allow them to flourish to the betterment of our society. It is essential to fund artists and their artistic expression in a first-world nation.

I leave you with this from The Artist As Debtor–The Work of Artists in the Age of Speculative Capitalism: “If you all believe, as we imagine you do, that art allows us to reflect upon the world, that art is a public good, and that artists are lifelong learners and active civic agents then you likely desire artistic expressions by people of every class, race, sexuality, age, ability, and gender expression. Audre Lorde writes so beautifully about how the arts can be a place to share “revelatory distillations of experience” and how the arts have the power to foster understanding and empathy.[2] We can say that every arts graduate we know, regardless of their debt burden, tells us that they couldn’t imagine going to school for anything else. Why is this?”

Thank you to the for their outstanding reporting on the tragedy in Oakland on Friday Dec. 2nd

The crme of the art world dance to a UV beat with Heineken Expr

On Pomegranates and Pumpkin Patches


Lovely deep red hue of seeds eaten a few evenings before Dia de los Muertos invoke the perfect blood-tinged visuals of the Halloday to come. October 31st–that which America has co-opted into a brand known as Halloween where temp superstores rake in the cash from Chinese-made replicas of all things ghoulish plastic. Cutting the pomegranate in half created a scene from Psycho. Here’s the picture to prove it:

pomegranate-cutter  Gross, right?  It’s just one simple slice into a Punica granatum and now I’ve got Freddy Krueger and A Nightmare on Elm Street 16 filming in my kitchen. This brings me to a tip for you, dear Reader: forget the who-knows-what’s-in-it toxicity of the face paint you buy at the aforementioned superstore. You want fake blood to decorate with? Cut open a pomegranate, let it splatter all over your shirt and use the drippings on your face and limbs when you go out this weekend. Best thing about this? Eat the damn  seeds (between 200 and 1400 of these sweet/tarts inside of any given fruit) and you’ll find yourself in a luscious world of good health. Not bad for Halloween weekend, eh?

So let’s take a walk through some of my local favorites of this time of year: the pumpkin patch. Clancy’s is the closest to me at 1620 7th Ave out where the inner Sunset neighb touches upon the Haight. Take a walk through the link and then get away from your desk and take the family directly to it. Fun abounds on this rainy SF weekend. For my East Bay pals, check out the Piedmont Avenue Pumkin Patch–always a good time for the littles. If you’re a bit older or have teens, check out Fruitvale-Oakland’s Dia de los Muertos Festival. Ready for a swell drive? Then check out the NOT_TO_BE_MISSED Half Moon Bay area offers several amazing choices of Pumkin Patch locations . If you’ve never been, definitely head there this weekend for some pure October delight. (Don’t worry that you missed the Festival a couple of weekends ago…it’s better to go when it’s just a regular Halloween weekend.) Highway 92 west can get a bit clogged, so put on your favorite mix tape (er, playlist) and be ready to crank it up. Another alternative is one of the latest releases of Books on Tape, Testimony by Robbie Robertson looks particularly interesting as does Carrie Fisher’s Princess Diarist.


Have a fantastic (and safe) weekend and feel free to take a few moments to watch the quickly made, latest, short film of, by, and for my students and colleagues:  “It’s Him“.  Please share it widely.