In celebration of manifestation (and my birthday today), I present a score for Earth, Wind, and Fire's classic hit, Fantasy!
I can't help but be inspired by this song... so inspired that i transcribed every note into sheet music, then played it back. It's just one small manifestation that brings me joy.
You can download the sheet music here from noteflight.
You can watch the video below...
I discovered this song before it hit #1 on the Latin charts. I think it's still #2. I love the concept of telepathy and practice it often. This song is only 4 chords, but the structure and the way things come in and out is very distinct. It was a fun song to learn and play. Unfortunately, my Spanish sucks so I didn't do a very good job on the lyrics, but fortunately, they are spelled out in the video and in the sheet music!
Buy the sheet music on noteflight.
Watch the video below...
The second in a series of video tutorials brings us a Saxy version of Empire of the Sun's Old Flavours. This arrangement was transcribed from a bunch of synthesizers and arpeggiators into a bunch of saxes.
The Sheet Music is Available here on noteflight.
The video of me performing the sheet music can be seen below...
In advance of the new original music single to be released later in 2021 under the Gunky Funky moniker, I am starting a new series of music video tutorials where I take a popular song that I like and not only transcribe one or many of the parts into sheet music, but also perform those parts on YouTube from the sheet music. The first song is I Wanna Be Where You Are, originally performed by Michael Jackson.
You can find the sheet music for this work on noteflight.
You Can also enjoy the video within this blog once it premiers on YouTube below...
As something I do more than 1/3 of my life, I truly value my sleep experience. After over a decade of use, I gave away my vintage 2008 king-size Simmons Beautyrest Black because my new place didn't have room for it. Instead, I slept on double-size futon for 6 months until I couldn't take anymore. The time had come for me to find a new luxury mattress. After a lot of internet research and exactly zero personal testing of actual mattresses, it appeared to come down to 3 options
In these unprecedented times of quarantines and curfews, the key factor of our human morality we are processing is that of "free will." Free Will is the most quintessential element of our existence here on planet earth. Of course, we all want free will for ourselves, and we have been generally given that. The bigger challenge for human existence is not asserting our own free will, but to only have free will up to the extent that it does not impinge upon the free will of others.
It has been said that our primary mission in this existence as humans on this planet is a decision between "service to self" and "service to others." In the case of free will, many on this plane have mastered it in terms of "service to self." Unfortunately for them, this is a pyramid scheme, and only the true top 1% will succeed. On the other hand, in a world of "service to others," the system sustains itself if everyone is at least 51% service to others. The key is a balance to experience human life sustainably with the evolutionary goal of service to some higher purpose beyond that of your own physical body... or even gene pool or social circle.
It has been several years since I've visited Ma Ayahuasca, and this story was written back then, but not published until now. Interesting; I think it contains wisdom. Notably, "Humans don't exactly 'need' drugs like ayahuasca, but when we expose ourselves to the other drugs in our food and media, we become conditioned to the point where we may indeed need another drug to quickly break the conditioning..."
Nowadays, I say things like breathwork can help too.
I wrote this blog a while back to promote my Sleep album from Guided Meditation Treks. It sat on my hard drive for a while, and I've moved on to other albums since then, but I've still remained an avid lucid dreamer. These are the secrets I've uncovered in researching and experiencing this topic for many years. If you're not familiar with the concepts, a lucid dream is a dream where you know you are dreaming. Once you become lucid in a dream, you can become a conscious creator of it. Imagine yourself in a world where anything is possible – a world where the physics of earth do not apply. It’s not only a world where the repercussions of an action have no (known) physical consequences, but it’s also a world where you can have just about any experience delivered to you at will. As a lucid dreamer, it becomes possible for you to visit unimaginable places in your dream and even co-create the dream itself! An out of body experience is similar in that the steps to induce it are similar, but the difference is that your consciousness remains in some version of the physical reality instead of the dream world. Here are the secrets to go to these places!
I've been writing software for some 30 years now, since I got my first computer at age 10 and copied BASIC programs out of 3-2-1 Contact magazine so I could play games on my Apple II compatible. I graduated with an IT degree at the peak of the tech boom, worked for a Fortune 500 bank, a couple of growth companies, my own side projects, and most recently, I even co-founded a software startup. However, nothing quite prepared me for the stressful journey of finding my next endeavor on the job market of Boulder, Colorado. Here's my story and my advice for anyone else about to be put through the wringer...
As a white male, I've grown up with a level of privilege and entitlement in this world which had led me to rarely question my advantages, but worse, sometimes question the plight of those who mostly experience disadvantage and discrimination -- the total opposite of privilege and entitlement. As a person who, above all, strives to serve the greatest good of others and the greatest good of all, this is an unacceptable state. Fortunately, after being in a long-term relationship with a person of color, I've had the blessing to be able to gain a better understanding of how the dichotomy of skin color separates us in subtle ways, and how we still to this day create unfair advantages for ourselves, even in states of ignorance when we are trying to help. In this blog, I explore various ways that we, as white people, create these disadvantages, as well as how we can transcend beyond the lip service we give to people of color as we all try to erase separation and truly treat each other as equals.
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