Gratitude

For this Minstrel, life’s great moments can be few and far between just like anyone. When those moments manifest themselves in such a magnificent lovely way, I can’t help but glow with Gratitude. Thank you universe :)

Last night I spent the night with the girl I love, recorded audition tracks for some of the most amazing Prog musicians in my Community, Was gifted Logic X by my best friend and created music with that friend for the entire afternoon.

Dam it feels good to be a Gangster!

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Love app Tech Support

One of the musicians in the Blues band I play in sent me this, it was to sweet not to share. Thanks Josh! Oh and I love you my brother :D

Tech Support: Yes, how can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I’ve decided luvapp
to install Love. Can you guide me through the process?

Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?

Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support: What programs are running?

Customer: Let’s see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?

Customer: I don’t know how to. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.

Customer: Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, “Error – Program not run on external components.” What should I do?

Tech Support: Don’t worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer: So, what should I do?

Tech Support: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer: Okay, done.

Tech Support: Now, copy them to the “My Heart” directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up.

Love is Freeware.

Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you.

Customer: Thank you, God.

CREATOR, aka, Tech Support: You’re Welcome, Anytime.

My Secret Place

I have a Secret Place, a real place outside of my mind, inside my soul in which I travel to every morning. It’s a place of exercise, a place of nurture and health, a place of water, a place of air, a place of Meditation and Prayer, a place of earth, a place of fire, a place of Gold, a place to watch the Beautiful people, a place that looks upon and over the crying whale who inspires me in ways known and unknown for so many reasons I can’t explain or fully comprehend. My secret place is close to God and Her wonderful beautiful eyes, that sets my soul at rest even in the most turbulent storms at the bloodied hands of lying contrived fools. When I pass to the great beyond, as the frequency I’ll become, my last wish is to have my ashes spread upon my Secret place wince that small part of myself I know will remain. Thus saith the Aquarian, thus saith the water bearer! There I will commune with my lovely kind friend the Crying Whale of the Willamette. There we will dance, there we will sing, there we will play the sacred songs of the whale, there we will laugh, there we will experience joy, there we will welcome the laughing children and hold hand to fin watching the beautiful people go to and fro. My Secret place is where I long to be, always, with my beloved friend who weeps for her murdered kin in silence.

My Secret Place

My Secret Place

the Crying Whale of the Willamette

The Crying Whale of the Willamette

Gratitude: Searching for Sugar Man #inspired

I had the most amazing experience at the The David Minor Theater tonight that was so powerful and surreal, I would have to classify it as spiritual. I saw this amazing film titled “Searching for Sugar Man” about a folk rock / pop star from the early 70’s who’s career bombed after his second album release. Unbeknownst to the films protagonist Sixto Rodriguez he had become a huge Platinum selling icon in South Africa with Anglo protestors of apartheid subsequently starting a musical protest movement commonly known as the “afrikaans music revolution.” Soon after his popularity came into focus the sick twisted apartheid government planted a false propagandist story country-wide that “Rodriguez” has committed suicide on stage to squash the love of his music. As all history teaches us humans over and over it vaulted him to martyr status amongst South African youth. When will these d-bags ever learn?

Rodriguez so inspired music executives at the time of his budding recording Career no expense was spared in the production of his compositions for vinyl release. His first album “Cold Fact” was produced by Dennis Coffee of the infamous Funk Brothers responsible for hundreds of hits for Motown. Dennis Coffey is so iconic he introduced the world to the Wah Wah pedal on the Temptations Psychedelic Soul hit Cloud Nine forever changing the landscape of popular music and electric guitar. This amazing record was also co-produced by industry heavyweight Mike Theodore (NelsonWu-Tang Clan) who’s musical pedigree is near untouchable in the artist realm. Lastly, Bob Babbit the iconic amazing Elvis of funk played Bass and arranged this record. Names such as these are unheard of working on a sophomore release let alone a debut album, however record executives know the goods when they hear it. This was something they clearly believed in simply assesed by the talent they brought forth into the sessions.

Although Cold Facts failed to break into the main stream his label Sussex Music appointed Steve Rowland to produce Rodriguez’s next album. Who is Steve Rowland you ask? He signed Peter Frampton, The Cure and the Thompson Twins and was involved in production and management of these amazing artists, that’s who Steve Rowland is. Clearly the powers at be in the executive branch of record company-ville saw dollar signs in their eyes. In listening to this album you can see why this is and what it is in an artistic sense. I’ve listened to few singer song writers in my estimation that can compose on the level of Dylan, Woody and Jimi but Rodriguez does it for me. I’m hair on the back of my neck standing up straight inspired by this amazing singer songwriter.

As for myself I retired from this film to absorb the knowledge of the entire interwebz for simple reason. The film’s soundtrack was brilliant but… OH MY FUCKING GODS this man is amazing. One listen is all it will take most humans IMHO.

Anything I could share beyond this can be found @ Sixto Rodriguez website: http://sugarman.org

Keywords: Gratitude, inspired, talent

9 tips for keeping a healthy attitude as an artist

This is an ongoing process that I’d like to share. This information is loosely based on an article written by Eric Johnson and a wonderful WordPress authored by Nicole Rogers titled “keeping fit and healthy for playing guitar.”

1) Attitude is everything! If you desire happy guitar
something attract it with what’s positive within yourself. This in turn will bring great things of inspiration surrounding your life with a bounty of creativity. Avoid the mundane and the negative that serves nothing but a tainted ego spewing out cryptic negativity that will begot more negativity. Break the cycle, breath in the air and love the process. Feeling like the inside of a garbage can within yourself? Write about it! (see entry 3) the catharsis can be positively museful in charging not only your art but good for the inner spirituality that lies inside true artists.

2) Be Resilient
Don’t let situations, in your practice regimen specifically if you’re a musician keep you away from being the best you can be. Being tough, thick-skinned and acute in trying situations will only serve you in a positive light. You and no one else are the master of your reality, use that truth to empower yourself in the woodshed.

3) Journal
I have journaled since my freshman year of high School. I business, personal and Music Journal as often as twice a day and as little as twice a week. This keeps ideas in the forefront of  your conscious mind focusing on your goals instead of what you watched on the tele last evening. Journaling also serves as an excellent resource to recall ideas and clarify information that may be months and even years since you last vested time toward it. If you’re an OS X user as I am Day One is a magnificent piece of software that aslo is available with an iOS app that shares entries.

4) Optimism
Take the time to be optimistic. You control the thoughts in your mind, take the garbage out when it piles up. If you struggle in this area it can take time at first, but it becomes less work as you clean the messes up one by one. It is possible to maintain positive thought through your whole creative process, it just takes work.

5) Enjoy the process
Enjoy the process of creating rather it be work or play. If you don’t enjoy the process you need to “change it up.” Do whatever it takes to enjoy your time creating art. Art stimulates the nervous system which in turn can have the effect of energy but also focus. Be the part of the process you enjoy!

6) Exercise!
Being of the “Thick” persuasion myself I’ve found exercise even if only on a treadmill will make a difference between my elbow and fingertips in a big way. As I’ve previously written I turned a corner a while back after reading an article written by Eric Johnson about his exercise regimen based solely around his performance capabilities after the age of 40. I’ve been on an exercise schedule for over a year which has improved my stamina as a player 100% not to mention the almost 60 lbs I’ve taken off and I feel great! I’m completely warmed up in less than 40 minutes and at a happy medium in 25 which is really important to me. I don’t have much patience for warming up or changing strings, I like to make both as quick as possible.

7) Sleep
I know this may sound silly but sleep well and with a window open if possible. Getting enough sleep daily helps you stay healthy and puts 02 into our bodies in abundance. For myself it has helped me keep a tighter schedule throughout the day and evening requiring less effort to carry out goals and have fun!

8) Act, don’t react. The distinct difference between Homo sapiens and the rest of the animal kingdom is the brilliant ability to act and not react… well most of us anyway. If you react you’re disempowering yourself giving away your mojo to a situation not warranting your time nor bandwidth. Acting on the other hand is thought out and balanced, wastes less time and keeps your goals, drive and desire in perspective. If you react to a bad performance instead of act the outcome will be profoundly different.

9) Laugh!
If you can’t laugh at yourself you’re missing out on some funny shite! I do this thing that always makes me laugh, I’ll repeat a mistake in the same spot in the very next phrase when improvising. It makes me laugh! I don’t know why for sure but I suspect it’s my id body slamming my supper-ego. Laughing also releases the proper mood enhancing peptides that elevate your physical body which is a plus for any ambidextrous physical activity. You can actually force yourself to laugh even if you’re not jovial and still reap the benefits of the chemicals being released into you body with Laughing Yoga exercises. This Yogi is to funny not to laugh at or with!

Witch, witch, you’re a witch!

In the year 2012 people are actually being burned to death for being witches without any kind of lawful rights whatsoever. This is heartbreaking to me because this is murder in Jesus name. No one in all to small media coverage this has received in the last two years has integrity enough to say who and what it is that’s murdering these people, but we all know who they are. They’re people who use religion to murder, they’re psychopaths by definition. They are the “Grandiose Self Worth” who have the uncontrollable impulses to tell everyone how they can live life or be murdered in cold blood without remorse. The old saying “the devil made me do it” comes to mind.

Religious extremism, or the fear it infests the small-minded cowards as its byproduct is clearly one of the most dangerous downfalls of human kind in recorded history. I can’t think of anything that has taken more life, started more wars or persecuted women more than religious extremism. Is it any wonder The Butcher George W. Bush and his band of murderous psychopathic liars used it to fear monger America into signing all their Constitutional rights away?

Most importantly spreading the word is vital but also remembering their names, every last one of them:

REMEMBER THEIR NAMES

Victims of witch-hunts in South Africa

2012

April 12 2012
Tarazeta Mathebula (79), accused of witchcraft, and his sister-in-law (55) torched inside their home in Giyani, Limpopo, and burn to death.

March 22 2012
Gauteng – Residents of Evaton have accused the pastor of The Rivers of Living Water church of bewitching children and allege that some were “turning into snakes.” The area has been the scene of violence since Tuesday and residents have threatened to burn the church down.

February 07 2012
Limpopo – Police in Mecklenburg arrested a 55 year old man for setting alight the house of an unnamed 70 year old woman after he suspected that she had killed his son through witchcraft. The pensioner was attending a church service when her house was burned down. Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Simon Mpembe has strongly condemned the burning of the woman’s house and said pointing out someone as a witch was a serious offence.

February 02 2012
KwaZulu-Natal – Premier Zweli Mkhize condemned the killing of people suspected of practising witchcraft. “We call on our people never to use suspicion of witchcraft as an excuse to commit murder.”

January 2012
KwaZulu-Natal – Masisi Mhlongo (50), Fanelesibonge Ntuli (6) and Amahle Nxumalo (5 years old), were burnt to death inside their home in Maphumulo, near Stanger, after Masis Mhlongo was accused of being a witch.

January 2012
KwaZulu-Natal – Elsa Dubazane (62) was burnt to death in her home in Lindelani. Her husband Rafael Zikhulu, who managed to escape the burning shack, was “necklaced” a few metres away. The couple had been accused by residents of witchcraft. Eleven suspects have been arrested.

January 27 2012
Limpopo – The community of Roadhouse in Malamulele booed Civic Association chairman Thomas Bila after he refused to expel an unnamed Mozambican woman they accused of witchcraft from the area. “If the civic is not telling us that the witches are going, they must go,” a villager said. The witchcraft accusations follows claims that a woman took some soil from a graveyard on the day a woman who was her neighbour was buried. Police spokesman Warrant Officer Alson Mapindani confirmed the situation at Roadhouse and said police were monitoring it.

2011

December 07 2011
Kwazulu-Natal – Grace Hadebe (57) was burnt to death in Gomora informal settlement in Edendale, allegedly for practising witchcraft. Her two grandchildren, aged four and six, escaped through a window.

September 07 2011
Eastern Cape – The Eastern Cape’s Social Development department report released this week has found that the elderly are often accused of witchcraft. Social Development spokesman Gcobani Maswana told the Daily Dispatch “We have five cases of elderly women who have been hacked to death in the past three months alone, because some community members believe they are witches.” “Our greatest concern is that the stigma [of witchcraft] also affects grandchildren, who are also accused of being used by their grandmothers,” said Maswana. He said in one of the Lusikisiki cases, a 72-year-old granny was attacked and killed along with her two grandchildren, both girls, aged 10 and 11. The research found that in many instances, women accused of witchcraft were “people suffering from dementia and other illnesses”.

August 12 2011
Eastern Cape – The murder of an unnamed 65 year old woman, her son (24) and daughter (20), accused of witchcraft, was condemned by the chairperson of the women’s caucus of the Eastern Cape legislature, Koliswa Fihlani. Fihlani said she believed the murder of the Mayihlome family was “symptomatic of cultural stereotypes against poor and vulnerable women”. Two children aged between 2 and 4 survived the attack.

July 26 2011
Eastern Cape – A 72 year old woman accused of witchcraft was stabbed to death in her home near Mthatha. The woman was asleep with her granddaughter at home in Ncihane village. The granddaughter was not injured. The suspect aged 52 was charged with murder in the Elliotdale Magistrate’s Court.

July 05 2011
Eastern Cape – Two people were killed and four others were injured when a mob swooped on two homes in Slovo Park where they believed witchcraft was being practised. A 67-year-old woman sustained severe burns and died when the group set her flat alight in the first incident. Her grandson (16) was stabbed but survived the attack. In a second incident, the elderly victim’s 35 year old son was hacked to death. Another son and daughter, aged 25 and 30, were in hospital. One had sustained stab wounds and the other burns. Five grandchildren escaped unhurt.

March 28 2011
Kwazulu-Natal – Two 25 year old men appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court accused of murdering their unnamed 54 year old neighbour because they thought she was a witch. Her daughter witnessed the killing and alerted the police.

March 23 2011
Limpopo – Police warn that “recently empowered rural people are increasingly being accused of witchcraft by jealous neighbours, sometimes with grave consequences”.

March 22 2011
Limpopo – Cynthia Lemaho (26) and her grandmother Mupala Motopela (81) were stoned and then set alight by a mob in Maake village outside Tzaneen after being accused of witchcraft. Lemaho’s two-year-old toddler and 12-year-old child managed to escape unharmed.

March 14 2011
Limpopo – The Tzaneen municipality is trying to locate two families who fled from their temporary shelter after being accused of practising witchcraft.

March 03 2011
Limpopo – 13 people, aged between 19 and 50 years, were arrested on charges of public violence after a group of angry villagers set alight seven houses belonging to people accused of practising witchcraft. This followed allegations that a 13-year-old girl was caught naked casting a spell over a neighbour’s house just after midnight. The girl was allegedly arrested and forced to appear before the village’s kangaroo court where she was grilled by the villagers. The girl allegedly implicated some elderly people in the village, who she claimed had sent her to cast an evil spell at the house. She allegedly revealed the names of those with whom she had allegedly practised witchcraft at night. A woman, whose name cannot be released and whose house was also set alight, pleaded with the police outside the court for protection. The woman said her life and the lives of members of her family could be in danger if the suspects were granted bail. She and her family, including those of the other victims of the attacks, have been accommodated in an empty building belonging to the Maruleng municipality, while others were given tents as temporary shelter. “We are asking for the police to safeguard our tents 24/7 until investigations are completed and the court makes a decision,” she said. The 13 arson suspects were granted R500 bail each and their case would be heard again on March 30.

February 01 2011
Mpumalanga – An unnamed woman (aged 62) was dragged from her home and beaten but escaped being burned to death when her home was set alight by a mob. Twelve people were arrested.

2010

December 27 2010
Limpopo – Matome Albert Shai (64) was accused of practising witchcraft and stoned to death.

December 2010
KwaZulu-Natal – Coshele Mabhida (45), Angelina Mabhida (58), Sindi Mabhida (25), Njabulo Mabhida (9), Siphesihle Mabhida (7), Olwami Mabhida (6), and Andiswa Mabhida (9 months old), and relative Nelisiwe Khumalo (16), were burnt to death. They were accused of witchcraft.

December 2010
Kwazulu-Natal – Tholakele Shoba (54), a trainee traditional healer and her husband Shezi Shoba (60), were killed in Snathing near Edendale after they were accused by another traditional healer of having abducted a 7 year old boy to use for witchcraft.

October 29 2010
Kwazulu-Natal – The murder of four people in Mariannhill, Durban, has brought to 12 the number of people killed in KwaZulu-Natal in the past three days, and prompted national police commissioner Bheki Cele to visit the province. At Hlabisa, in northern KZN, a 52 year old woman Thoko Sibiya and her granddaughter were killed. A long running dispute over suspected witchcraft is thought to be the motive.

October 2010
Eastern Cape – A 20 year old man murdered his unnamed parents, aged 75 and 80, and wounded two others, a 38 year old sister and a 60 year old woman, identified as the family’s neighbor with a spear in Mooiplaas over accusations of witchcraft. Names of the victims were not released by the media.

September 2010
Eastern Cape – An unidentified 54 year old woman and her 3 year old granddaughter were wounded by gunmen seeking revenge for a killing they believe was caused by witchcraft. They shot the woman twice, in the shoulder and leg and the teenager once in the leg.

August 22 2010
Eastern Cape – Masilengenge Bambusiba (85), her grandsons Lwazi (17), Lwando (10), and Vela Nogemane (9), and granddaughter Ezile Nogemane (aged 5), were found dead at their home in Sigubudu village in Ngqeleni. Ten men attacked the family believing the woman was going to bewitch youths in the village.

August 04 2010
Mpumalanga – Philip Mnisi, Phumula Secondary School principal was accused of witchcraft by a mob, including pupils, after criticising his community for torching two houses during a witch-hunt. “He condemned us for burning the houses, and now children at the school are complaining that they see animals,” said Themba Maseko, on behalf of the protesters. He said the animals were the principal’s familiars and were used for black magic.

June 02 2010
Kwazulu-Natal – A 31 year old trainee sangoma, Mthunzi Ngcobo, shot his stepmother Vonto Ngcobo, whom he accused of practising witchcraft. Some villagers are now allegedly demanding that women suspected of witchcraft be eliminated. Mthunzi Ngcobo later shot himself in front of his brother. It is alleged that he claimed to have visions of his stepmother (Vonto) colluding with women who practised witchcraft.

May 30 2010
Eastern Cape – An unnamed 70 year old Eastern Cape woman was shot and killed. Police suspect the victim was accused of witchcraft.

March 03 2010
Limpopo – The Mafogo family of nine in Sekororo, outside Tzaneen, is now homeless after angry community members burnt down their house after accusing them of practicing witchcraft. Malesela Letsoalo of Makgaung village in the same area says the community went on the rampage after a man from the Mafogo family was allegedly found naked in a neighbour’s house just after midnight. The Mafogo family has rejected the allegations. “There are no witches in my family. We don’t know the first thing about witchcraft or using a broom or bread to fly. These are the deeds of jealousy because of our success,” said a relative, who asked to remain anonymous.

March 02 2010
Western Cape – Yalezwa Phulwana (22), and her 2 year old daughter Liyema died in hospital from burns after their home was set alight. Yalezwa’s mother, Nonjengezinye Matwa, was also severely burned and had to be hospitalised. She was accused of being a witch by a traditional healer.

March 01 2010
Limpopo – An elderly Limpopo woman (not named) accused of witchcraft had her house burnt down in Magaung village at Sekororo, Maake.

February 2010
Kwazulu-Natal – Mbongeni Zungu (68) died after community members attacked him and burnt down his shack in Umlazi E section. They accused him of practising witchcraft.

February 04 2010
Eastern Cape – Three men, aged between 21 and 28, were arrested for beating a 60 year old woman to death they accused of practising witchcraft. Her husband escaped. The same suspects later went back to the same homestead and set alight two rondavels. The 11 occupants survived with minor injuries. In a separate incident, three men accused of stabbing to death 65 year old Nokitani Tshemesi and her three granddaughters, appeared in the Elliotdale Magistrate’s Court. They had suspected the woman of practising witchcraft.

February 03 2010
Eastern Cape – Nokitani Tshemesi (65) and her three grandchildren, Phumeza Ntakani (13), Nonkoliseko Malolo and Akhona Malolo (both aged 10), were found stabbed to death in their home in Kwaaiman, Eastern Cape. They were accused of witchcraft.

January 15 2010
Kwazulu-Natal – Eric Mthembu (22) told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that he killed a woman who claimed she used witchcraft to kill his mother, in order to make his mother a tokoloshe. The man was jailed for 18 years by Judge Anton van Zyl who said that Mthembu seemed to have a genuine, but misplaced, belief that the professed witch, Catherine Gina, had killed people by using supernatural powers.

January 13 2010
Kwazulu-Natal – Badabukile Ndlovu (81) was stabbed 50 times and her throat slit by her neighbour who accused her of witchcraft in KwaKwiliza near Mtubatuba.

January 04 2010
Eastern Cape – Mamakazi Mkhwanazi and her granddaughter Thobile Mbatha were burnt beyond recognition in Gunjaneni after being accused of practising witchcraft.

Salem, MA 1692-1693

Died in jail May 10, 1692
SARAH OSBURN of Salem Village.

Hanged June 10, 1692
BRIDGET BISHOP of Salem

Died in Jail June 16,1692
ROGER TOOTHAKER of Billerica

Died in jail previous to July 19, 1692
INFANT DAUGHTER to Sarah Good of Salem Village

Hanged July 19, 1692
SARAH GOOD of Salem Village
ELIZABETH HOW of Topsfield
SUSANNAH MARTIN of Amesbury
REBECCA NURSE of Salem Village
SARAH WILDS of Topsfield

Hanged August 19, 1692
REV. GEORGE BURROUGHS of Wells, Maine, formerly of Salem Village
MARTHA CARRIER of Andover
GEORGE JACOBS, SR. of Salem
JOHN PROCTER, SR. of Salem Farmes
JOHN WILLARD of Salem Village

Died under torture September 19, 1692
GILES CORY of Salem Farmes Hanged September 22, 1692
MARTHA CORY of Salem Farmes
MARY ESTY of Topsfield
ALICE PARKER of Salem
MARY PARKER of Andover
ANN PUDEATOR of Salem
WILMOT REDD of Marblehead
MARGARET SCOTT of Rowley
SAMUEL WARDWELL of Andover

Died in jail December 3,1692
ANN FOSTER of Andover

Died in jail March 10, 1693
LYDIA DASTIN of Reading

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