“I’d say, ‘Trane, man, why are you doing that, beating on your chest and howling in the microphone?’. He’d say, ‘Man, I can’t find anything else to play on the horn.’ He exhausted the saxophone. He couldn’t find nothing else to play… he ran out of horn”
Rashied Ali

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Choking on my past?

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I wrote this partial post back in mid-January 2021. When I started it I had a feeling I may never finish it, and indeed I haven’t. Shortly after aborting it I did write a letter to my family on the same subject. But this post stayed with me. I have no desire to resume writing […]

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Seeing Samkhya

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Today I launched a website about my exploration of the Samkhya Karika text. It is one of the ancient Indian philosophies and the metaphysical ground upon which Yoga rests. The text has 73 verses that outline 25 principles that constitute Samkhya. I am creating a generative summary for each verse along with a painting.

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Farewell Milford Graves

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ההיסטוריה המלאה שלנו

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שלום משפחה, כנראה שכבר שיתפתי את חלקכם ב- “המלצה” הזו. אך אני מרגיש צורך לחזור עליה ואולי לנסות להדגיש את ערכה. הקישור יוביל אתכם לסדרה של 6 פרקים (שביחד מכסים כמעט 24 שעות!) של podcast המספר את סיפורה של ארץ ישראל: http://www.martyrmade.com/fear-loathing-in-the-new-jerusalem/ הסיפור דומה מאוד לסיפור שקיבלתי כשהייתי תלמיד בתיכון. אך הסיפור גם שונה. קודם […]

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Yoga Practice – Winter 2020/21

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This feels like a long-overdue update. A few months ago I had in mind a post with more “graphs” to illustrate the shifts in my practice, more details about the practice, and my breath, but that never came to be. Now I have only a slight inclination to write … so this will be brief […]

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I Shakuhachi – December 25, 2020: Love’s Impurities

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my silence is the sound of a cleansing firethat burns through impurities that arisewithin a love that binds us

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I Shakuhachi – December 23, 2020: Slow Reach

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Mixing Paint

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Over the last couple of months, I’ve settled back into painting with gouache paints. It took me time to warm up to brushes, to the different viscosities of paint, and to mixing colors … and to find something to paint (more on that soon I hope). As anyone who mixes colors can attest, it is […]

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I Shakuhachi – December 18, 2020: Calling Rita

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from Rita to rta …

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The Madame Butterfly Effect

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This podcast episode on ripples through history by Daryl Cooper is a gem … if I could, I would hand him my “podcast episode of the year” award! “Why were there Japanese people in an Israeli airport killing Puerto Rican Christians to support Arabs who hated Jews?” Daryl Cooper – Martyrmade Podcast A German named […]

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I Shakuhachi – December 14, 2020: Fog Lifting

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I Shakuhachi – December 13, 2020: Remembering Longing

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I Shakuhachi – December 10, 2020: Be Soft

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I’ve been feeling out of tune for a few days … and this morning the Shakuhachi spoke that to me. Broken breath and off-pitch … I accepted and continued to breath into it … accepting and invitng soft resonance … no explorations … just vibration … I wasn’t expecting it to anywhere … and then […]

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I Shakuhachi – December 4, 2020: Child & Sun

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… of a child and the sun

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I Shakuhachi – December 1, 2020: Raw & Direct

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I woke up with a strain in my back. When I picked up the Shakuhachi the tapping sounds called for me … no warmup breaths, no tuning … but the tapping … which led to breathing. I was playing from and for the strain in my back: Today (the next day), the strain was more […]

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My 1st Shakuhachi Decade

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It’s been over a decade since I first held the Shakuhachi I currently play. I am making a note of it because I am looking forward to a new chapter in my relationship with it. I’ve had an on-and-off relationship with the Shakuhachi. When I am with it, as I have been for the past […]

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Shodo – Getting Started

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A couple(?) of years ago Iulia went to a calligraphy workshop in Cluj and the papers she came back with shimmered for me. It stayed with me for a while. Eventually, I did some research into it and that led me to Shodo: THIS spoke to me. I seem to be drawn to Japanese culture. […]

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Yoga Practice & Allergy – Summer 2020

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During the first half of May, I started to sense first signs of allergy. A slight itch at the top of my mouth, a very slight wheeze in my breath, an itch on my back. All these, when allergy is in full swing, can quickly escalate. But they were subtle. I recall one or two […]

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The Edge of Something

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This comes to me to compliment an impoverished philosophy. “I feel I am on the edge of something …” David Bohm

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The Price of an Impoverished Philosophy

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I have and continue to avoid doctors not because of the drugs they prescribe but because of the mentality & mindset with which they look at me. First, this video in which Jordan Peterson (a renowned psychologist, researched, teacher who disappeared for almost a year) describes what he went through because of psychiatric medication: Then […]

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