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A pro-musician making sense of the creative process within the context of his life experience.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ten Bears

Words of Life and Words of Death are spoken during this exchange between Commanche leader Ten Bears and the outlaw Josey Wales. A lesson in straight talk between people.

How Hollywood stereotyped the Native Americans

This is a short video that explores the stereotypes that Hollywood manufactured and perpetuated over the years regarding the Native American. The scene with Ward Churchill explaining how 'white men are better at being an Indian than an Indian' is very ironic considering how he has been passing himself off as an NDN for years!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

George Weiss, composer, passed away at age 89 yesterday. He wrote 'What a Wonderful World', immortalized by Louis Armstrong. A musical legacy doesn't get much better than that!

antonio carlos jobim - wave unknown fantastic recording

This is Jobim's bossa nova classic 'Wave' featuring the legendary Oscar Peterson on piano. I love this song and feature it on guitar during my show. A great melody that Maestro Peterson can really dig into!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kokopelli, The Flute Player Animation Story

Here's a great version of the Kokopelli story that tells of his origins, the sacred corn and its great cornstalk, the innerworld kachinas and the sipapu from which the people emerged into this present world. Being a flute player is a very powerful and sacred vocation. It comforts me but it also scares me sometimes. I'm not kidding here...it really is a very powerful path that very few people really understand!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

1491: Interview w/ Charles C. Mann Video

Disclose.tv - 1491: Interview w/ Charles C. Mann Video

John Herron interviews Author Charles C. Mann about his controversial book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus (Vintage 2005) The book covers topics such as the berengia myth, more realistic population numbers, and the amazing technological, societal, and scientific achievements of the Natives of the Americas, some of which are touched on in the interview, that took place on Talking History, Dec. 2005. 1491 is one of my favorite books and will open your eyes as to the greatness of peoples of the Americas prior to the European onslaught.

From Publishers Weekly Starred Review: "In a riveting and fast-paced history, massing archeological, anthropological, scientific and literary evidence, Mann debunks much of what we thought we knew about pre-Columbian America. Reviewing the latest, not widely reported research in Indian demography, origins and ecology, Mann zestfully demonstrates that long before any European explorers set foot in the New World, Native American cultures were flourishing with a high degree of sophistication. The new researchers have turned received wisdom on its head. For example, it has long been believed the Inca fell to Pizarro because they had no metallurgy to produce steel for weapons. In fact, scholars say, the Inca had a highly refined metallurgy, but valued plasticity over strength. What defeated the Inca was not steel but smallpox and resulting internecine warfare. Mann also shows that the Maya constructed huge cities and governed them with a cohesive set of political ideals. Most notably, according to Mann, the Haudenosaunee, in what is now the Northeast U.S., constructed a loose confederation of tribes governed by the principles of individual liberty and social equality. The author also weighs the evidence that Native populations were far larger than previously calculated. Mann, a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly and Science, masterfully assembles a diverse body of scholarship into a first-rate history of Native America and its inhabitants."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Sabicas was a genius. His musical ingenuity seemed limitless. If you watch his right hand you can see incredible dexterity stemming from total relaxation. This is how he is able to switch technique effortlessly. Simply amazing!

Monday, August 9, 2010

LA MALAGUEƑA.... Enamorada

This is Malaguena Salerosa (the other Malaguena). I love this song, too, but it's a song to be sung not to be played. Here is a version from an old Mexican movie with a trio serenading a beautiful Senorita on behalf of her loving admirer. Even if you don't know Spanish, the song can be very moving. The long notes held by the singer can bring a person to the point of ecstasy!