Site Meter ANCORA IMPARO
I believe in simplicity. I believe in feelings and family, friendship and fidelity, forgiveness and fortitude. I believe in motherhood and make believe and that music is the only real magic this world has ever seen. I believe in concocting and consuming colorful cocktails and fussing over and feasting on fabulous food. I believe in living out loud. I believe in laughing until your face hurts and loving until your heart breaks. I believe in behaving boldly and when warranted, badly, taking bubble baths and being barefoot. I believe in poetry, puppies and playing in the park. I believe in scheduled working on weekdays and sleeping in on Sundays. I believe in seeking without ceasing that which sings to my soul and strengthens my spirit. I believe in dancing in the rain and digging in the dirt. I believe in honest expression and the golden rule. I believe in nature and naps and that naïveté is sometimes necessary. I believe in goodness and gratitude and grace. I believe in unity and the power of the universe. I believe in being authentically awesome. I believe in being better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow. I believe in challenges and change and growing pains. I believe in the inherent worth of every creature on this planet. I believe in honoring the individual journeys and paths of people whether I understand them or not. I believe in letting people live their truth and trusting that it’s right for them. I believe in lifting up and letting go. I believe that death is just as sacred an experience as birth and that it is never, ever an end.

Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.


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“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”

—James Baldwin

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”

W. Somerset Maugham

“Our civilization is built on the innovation of scientists and technologists and engineers who have shaped everything that we so take for granted today. So some of the science deniers or science haters, these are people who are telling that to you while they are on their mobile phone.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson (via azspot)

PREACH!

(via azspot)

“When I was at NYU I had an etymology class, and there was a geography test. You had to pair the language with country, and I was one of five out of 100 people who passed the test, which just proved to me how little Americans are taught geography. But the class protested to the professor so much that he dropped that grade. I was like, ‘Wow, you should come to realize that you don’t know where anything is.’”

—Globally-minded electronic artist Fatima Al Qadiri talks to Carrie Battan about her debut album, why Lady and the Tramp is racist, and American myopia in our latest Update interview. (via pitchfork)

“Men have differed in all ages because they have called their Deity by different names. There have existed wars, fights and family feuds for ages, men dividing themselves merely for the difference of the names given to their Deity. Man always sees just what he sees; he cannot see beyond it.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan

I could blame Big Head for putting me in a jazzy mindset today but truth is, it’s ALWAYS the right time for Trane.

You’re welcome.

Enjoy!

jhnmyr:

John Mayer/Steve Jordan/Pino Palladino/Chick Corea/Wallace Roney

Here’s a full seven minute tune I loosely composed called “Little Sur,” recorded last February in New York City. I got together with some of my friends and favorite players for six amazing days of playing music with no rules, no plans, and no pressure. Oh, and no vocals. What came from it was a really inspired batch of recordings. Hours of music that I’ll need to sift through at some point should it ever become an album. (I hope it does.) If you’re wondering where I am in the mix, that’s me playing a Music Man long scale guitar… Pino and I are kind of both living in the bass space. As soon as Chick came in on the piano, I knew something really deep was taking place.  This is the rough mix that was given to me at the end of the day, as it has lived on my laptop since.

I tried to find a minute, two minute clip to share with you, but these recordings just don’t work any other way than in their unabridged form. So here it is. Free music. Played freely, shared freely. Put it on and go for the ride… If you dig all seven minutes, then surely you deserve them. 

There are times for marketing strategies, and there are times for just  p l a y i n g. The original design for all musicians.  Hope you enjoy hearing this as much as I did. 

John 

I ABSOLUTELY cannot express how excited I am about this. And yet, I’m not half as excited as my 14 year old jazz playing daughter is.

EEK!!!!!!

SUPERB!

“We must structure our lives and our societies in such a way that every kind of human being has a role to play.”

—Sadhguru

webofgoodnews:

Devoted Chinese father carries his disabled son EIGHTEEN MILES to school every day 
—The father couldn’t find a closer school with the facilities to accept his disabled son, so he carries him to a school that does.  Then he walks back to go to work.  Then goes back to pick his son up in the afternoon!  After his story was reported in the local media, the local government offered to rent him a room and the school is going to be adapted to take on boarding students.

THIS.

webofgoodnews:

Devoted Chinese father carries his disabled son EIGHTEEN MILES to school every day

—The father couldn’t find a closer school with the facilities to accept his disabled son, so he carries him to a school that does.  Then he walks back to go to work.  Then goes back to pick his son up in the afternoon!  After his story was reported in the local media, the local government offered to rent him a room and the school is going to be adapted to take on boarding students.

THIS.

Track Listing

1. Lavender

2. Airwaves

3. She’s The One

4. Pick Up A Gun

5. Julia

6. No Other Way

7. Supernova

8. Ojai

9. Smashing

10. Drive-in Movies

I was introduced to this over the weekend. I’m not 100% certain how I feel about it but I will admit to putting it on repeat and dancing about the house in ridiculous fashion for at least 20 minutes on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Ray Lamontagne could sing the side effects of Lipitor or even my homeowners insurance rider and I’d give it my full attention though so don’t take my word for it…just listen to “Supernova” for yourself.

“Everyone says or does or thinks only according to his own particular evolution, and he cannot do better. Why not, therefore tolerate? Why not, therefore, forgive?”

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Everyone is doing the best they can from their own level of consciousness.

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