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Yesterday, performing at the World of Faeries Festival in South Elgin, IL a guy came up and left a shell with smoking sage in it and a bundle of it on the stage and bowed to me in honor. I bowed in return and continued to play. People applauded. A woman with a parasol kept getting closer and closer to the stage then stood right in front of the speaker, swaying back and forth, eyes closed absorbing the music note by note like a summer shower. Her woman friend came and held her and they seemed to be sharing a very special moment. When my set finished she stuffed a $20 bill into my gig bag. I said thank you and bowed.

Spider Rock Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly is so spiritually powerful that some even had visions of its inked walls before we went. They expressed it during the meditation groups I host and didn't know what it was. We went in groups along with guides in trucks and jeeps. I played my flute for people at various places along the tour one place called Ledge Dwellings had an amazing echo. 

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” -- Hunter S. Thompson

 "......Music makes us "feel" something. On Maslov's hierarchy of needs Music ain't on it. I think Hunter S. Thompson was a visionary maverick, but he may have got it wrong when he said he "consumes" music--I think we "experience" music. To paraphrase Dave Grohl 80,000 people come to your gig for 80,000 different reasons." 

So I had some uncomfortable conversations with a fellow who wanted to know the “real” me and what I was “really” about not the version presented to the world. I told him he was trying too hard to make "Diamonds from Nachos." 

".....It’s that simple. And you, as the musician must give 100% every single time, never phoning in a gig, never using it as a rehearsal or throwaway and no matter how you feel—give way way more than you think you are getting paid to do."

"Give them a chance to also love you as a human with faults and bad days and the diehard ones will stay with you. And if you are lucky, they will become your fans. Now go and play a million gigs and you’ll have a million fans. (I exaggerate of course) Ask them all to share your music with their friends. In the meantime, don’t forget to say thank you to the 30 you have now."


"Feathers mean a lot to Native American Tribes. A feather isn’t just something that falls out of a bird, it means much more. The feather symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, freedom and many more things. To be given one of these is to be hand picked out of the rest of the men in the tribe - it’s like getting a gift from a high official.

And, it just so happens the Hawk is one of my totem animals. I was so moved. Just such an honor from another Native to show me that level of respect.......

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