Do you ever hear a voice that's calling inside? Not a lunatic crazy obsessive voice in your head that is stuck in replay of some old story, some old grudge, some old hurt- no, a voice that calls from the heart. It's like that for me these days- I hear a tender, distant, but persistent voice calling through the catacombs of my heart. I almost feel like I'm back in the crypt at Chartres Cathedral when I hear that voice. Lots of echo, very faint, very tender. It calls me back to duty, "come back, come back to your purpose in life". It is a bitter sweet call because it reminds me to let go of distractions and to focus on the core of my spiritual nourishment- my music. This voice makes me be very quiet, very quiet, so that I can hear, see, touch, smell the New that wants to come forth. It is the most fragile state of creativity- the not knowing, the rebirthing of a new chapter. Like a feather in the wind...
Here is the truth about me: I have to love what I do. Otherwise, I wither and wilt like a cut flower that has been left to perish without water. Ok, this comparison might be a little dramatic but it gets the point across. When I love what I do I can work hard, I can stretch, challenge myself, and be of service to others. I can put up with harsh winters, with harsh tours, and with harsh people. But when I do what I love then most people don't even appear to be harsh, the winters are beautiful, and tours are great adventures.
So, my most passionate thing to do is to work in the studio. I LOVE it! To record, and mix, and tweak, and tweak, and tweak, and record more. To mix more, to change big things, and small, to get lost in the world of sound vibration, and to emerge with a great sounding recording- what could be better??
I also love improving my recording studio. Upgrading the rooms and the equipment give me great pleasure, and to share this awesome place with other creative people is just wonderful. I have improved our guest room, yoga studio, and am installing a super quiet, high efficiency AC system in the studio. Recent technical upgrades include another awesome 4 channel mic preamp box (a UA 4-710 for you geeks out there), amongst quite a few other things. Why don't you check out my "studio temple" at www.recordingstudio330.com? I am so proud of this place. Next project: Painting the building. Anybody willing to help in exchange for free studio time?
This weekend, July 11-13th, you will find me at Serendipity Fest in Cloverdale, IN (near Indianapolis). I will be playing with the GuruGanesha Band and with Girish. There are quite a few artists on the bill that I've never heard of, so it will be interesting to see this varied lineup of music.
I am more and more interested to play in the greater Midwest area and hope to continue to do so with solo concerts. As always, inquiries in that regard are welcome and I will personally contact anybody who wants to discuss a concert.
See you at Serendipity Fest!!!