"...Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool’s gold mouthpiece the hollow horn
Plays wasted words, proves to warn
That he not busy being born is busy dying..."

 "  thank You God for most this amazing

day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything

which is natural which is infinite which is yes..."

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"In my craft or sullen art 

Exercised in the still night

When only the moon rages

And the lovers lie abed

​With all their griefs in their arms, 

I labor by singing light......."

I am fortunate to be living in pursuit of my Muse, nourished by one musical genre after another, hopefully contributing something to each along the way...i  avoid the rigors of a life outside of music, i jump and bend genres at will in quest of my musical self---this is my path.  I have followed the mantra of icons who have shed light upon this path-- among them 

Dylan Thomas, who said famously:                          and Pablo Casals, who when asked

                                                                              why he continued to practice at age 90, replied:

Musical, Mystical scribe Bob Dylan:                              ...and  e.e.cummings......... who teaches us that that as we

                                                                                                 consciously awake to breathe this precious air, we    

                                                                                                     understand, we  continue, we are thankful...and joyous: