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song of the day: Jason And The Argonauts (XTC, English Settlement)

Boulder, CO 6.16.04

went down to KBCO (97.3fm in Denver / Boulder) tonight and taped another Studio C with them. i did late in the winter, and they used my song Swim from that session on a CD they put out to benefit Denver area public schools. i found out tonight they sold 12,000 copies of it, and gave the schools a check for $30,000. woo! keefer, the DJ who hosts this show, is one of the most amiable, effusively warm people you'll ever meet in the radio world. you start having fun the minute you're hanging out with him. i LOVE to be around people like this, he's been in the music world for decades, he works at a big commercial station, and he is totally, sincerely into the music. there's no way to fake that kind of enthusiasm, and hanging around with him makes me feel hopeful about the music business. in fact, KBCO kind of makes me feel optimistic about the radio world. i've only been living in boulder a short while, they've had me in studio twice, put me on their CD, and are talking about adding Sexy Messiah to regular rotation when my CD comes out nationally through Rykodisc. tonight i'm on air promoting Dhrarmapalooza, my two show DVD taping at Trilogy. we play Sexy Messiah, Ladder, and Human Girl (chad phillips on bass, mike O'neal on drums) and dedicate Ladder to Ken Wilber. keefer reminds everyone to go to my web site and check out the top five lists and says how funny they are. i remember my favorite: Top Five Things To Pee Into (one of the answers is "The Future"). while we're off the air one of the people hanging out with us tells us about drinking absynthe in Europe a while back. i am fascinated, back in the day when i was an alcoholic drug addicted sloth i had a longing for absynthe, i always wanted to try it, but it's not legal in the U.S. i imagined it to be sort of like peppermint schnapps laced with acid. from this person's account i wasn't that far off... oh well, i'll never know directly. nothing but boring meditation for me now...but wait, OH, the COLORS, look at the COLORS....

Dharma and Art / Linguistics

my friend Vidyuddeva just told me in an email that the words 'art' and 'dharma' share a common root in their original indo-euro language. i wonder which one? sanskrit, i'm guessing. it always comes down to sanskrit with this stuff, dohn it. it makes me want to make dharma and art have the same root in IS (the language i've been constructing for some time), but that's derivitive. of course you can't avoid derivation, but one can at least lean toward invention rather than reconstitution. IS is about two years into the process, it's very slow work, creating a language.

Rocky Mountain High

one of the many great things about living in Colorado is the weather. driving around all summer with the top off the jeep makes me want get naked and inhale the planet through my nose. every night, it's insanely beautiful here, no humidity, just clear, crisp, perfect air.

witness it, bitch

Spent last night scrambling to put together the video episode for this weeks integralnaked.org stu-cam installment. everything i looked at with me in it made me want to puke. i was like "someone get this guy to shut up" and 'oh, i've only seen him do THIS four times before...". then my wife told me: "honey, you are so reactive. you're just upset because you don't have anything and it's deadline time..." and i was tacit, because is SO right. i have become one reactive son of a bitch. and why?

Alex Grey

interviewed alex grey last night for www.integralnaked.org. what a love agent. alex has been one of the love ninjas since way way back, almost thirty years now, and the same goes for his wife, Alison. they're sort of the kind and queen of the entheogenic transcendental homecoming dance, you know? it's good to talk to someone who i love and admire so much who's used state-altering, consciousness expanding drugs in the service of their spiritual practice, and not merely as an entertainment device for their pathological self.

Rufus Wainwright

Half the time I don't have a clue what Rufus Wainwright is singing, and who gives a shit? his voice is a mellifluous opium den. go inside and next thing you know it's four days later and there's drool dangling from your chin to the floor. now this is a guy who simply is incapable of rushing a song. i bet they give him coke just to get him singing in the same measure as the band. he is behind the beat, dead center in ultra cool. and he holds the notes. sometimes i'm like "is this still this, note?

Parker Posey

6.8.04 Boulder CO

I just heard Nellie McKay for the first time.  Holy shit.  My friend Cori (she's married to Matt Westgate, our illustrious webmaster) gave me the CD some time ago, and I only got to listening to it now.  It's quite arresting.  It's sort of french cabaret meets club meets 40's jazz, meets rap.  hmm... I'm sure there's been a million comparisons of the like.  I'm going to be listening to her a lot.


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