2004

illusory

blahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

today is the roller-coaster ride of home-owning. our front porch is full of toxic lead paint that must be removed (thousands of $), the ceiling in our den caved in, the roof has to be replaced and the insurance company is saying they won't cover it (it's not hail or storm damage, just wear and tear over years..). i'm struggling minute to minute not to get lost in the story... so far i've gotten lost in the story a few hundred times today... i know we have it really really good. people all over the world are struggling with truly difficult things, my difficulties are cosmetic.

~?~

song of the day: that song by Paul Simon where he sings "these are the days of miracle and wonder, don't cry baby don't cry, don't cry..."
word of the day: coronach / an outcry of a crowd
monk of the day: Del Kreiser (Thanks Del!!)

Rape Game

here's the lyrics to my new song Rape Game, i actually wrote several versions of it some time ago, but have revisited it lately, and have decided i do like it. for a while i was really not sure, but i do, it just needs to be produced with a full band- very pop song. i think this may be circuitously inspired by Mulholland Drive. my favorite line by far is "you laid awake and thought about horses". as i think of this song and its possible place on my next studio album, i wonder how it will sit with songs like Glass and What? hmm....

Akili

check out my friend Akili who i met at Dharmapalooza this year...

Dollars For Dharma

song of the day: Train In Vain, The Clash (are you kiddin' me? are you KIDDING me?!?! this song is unbelievable...)
word of the day: logomania (pathological loquacity)
monk of the day: Brother Wayne Teasdale (ok, he's not a "punk" monk, but he's my friend, so...)

wow, found out yesterday that i'm being interviewed by national public radio tomorrow morning, audience will be in the millions. holy cow. the music world works in mysterious ways, (the mystery works in musical ways?). i've always hoped and wished to be on one of their shows- although i don't listen to the radio much at all, if i do it's usually public radio. anyone out there miss Ray Suarez at the healm of Talk Of The Nation? that was the SHIT. anyway, i'm doing an interview about Dharma Pop and the approach to financing and funding i've used with investors in my project. and indeed, if it were not for investors stepping up and getting directly involved, there would be no Bright Apocalypse, no Self Titled (the silver one), no Bell- not to mention i wouldn't have any guitars- it goes on and on. there have been dozens of people in the last few years who have either just given us huge chunks of money, or invested their own hard earned dollars into this music because they believe in its mission (to serve awakening in the World) AND its commercial viability. whenever i've made shares available on a project, it has sold out almost immediately, and that is something that has radically changed my perspective on the music world and the audience out there. over and over again with Dharma Pop i see how people really want to get behind a positive force in the culture and help create a catalogue of art that has pop sense and interiors too. i realize we have to be a business, but we can be a sustainable, profitable business model that makes kick ass pop music and understands its opportunity to seed change for the better on Earth. since Bright Apocalypse came out, its investors are over 90% recouped and about to turn profit, the silver one is about 65%, and Bell just came out and i'd have to check on it. what amazes me is how well these CDs do WITHOUT ANY distribution. we have had nothing up to this point except the web site and merch sales at shows. even in that situation, we've sold thousands of these titles and they just keep on going like Energizer Rock bunnies. the (possible) good news is that we have an offer on the table for national distribution through Rykodisc. if we get our ducks in a row we may just be in thousands of stores across the U.S. by the end of the year... who knows? i'm waiting to see if i can pull together 50K in capital to shore up the promotion and make sure our first national release soars. we're also currently putting together my first DVD, directed by the great Jason Digges, featuring Matt Keil on drums and Chad Phillips on bass (he's single, ladies...).

one more political blog, then we'll move the fuck on....

song of the day: i forget the name of the song, it's by Cibo Matto, where she goes "Shut up my love and eat!!! Shut up my love and eat!!! )
word of the day: sparganosis (distension of the breasts with milk)
monk of the day: jason digges (producer, director of my forth coming DVD, i just saw the rough for Flower of a Zero last night, it rocks)

i promise not to rant today...

song of the day: No Myth (Michael Penn)
word of the day: Sodality (1, companionship, fellowship, a society, a confraternity, an association 2, a religious guild or brotherhood)
monk of the day: Mike Tarrolly (former manager, long time friend, marketing wizard who conceived "The Take-Away" promotion strategy)

oops, stuart goes off on a rant

song of the day: Om Nia Merican (Saul Williams)
word of the day: Grimoire (pronounced grim-WAH- it's a handbook of black magic)
monk of the day: Matt Westgate (a million thank yous and three big bows, brother)

woke up today with Saul lyrics running through my head:

the observance of states

song of the day: Prelude, Bach's 4th Lute Suite
word of the day: grinagog (a person who is always grinning, especially foolishly without cause)
monk of the day: rob berg (who's done wonderful things)

ramses

song of the day: walk like an egyptian (bangles)
word of the day: narcomancy (divination using sleep)
monks of the day: rinus and desiree and tanja (holland!)

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