Music video: Fiscal Cliff.


A video and music made back when they did that little government shut-down thing. This is improvisational, experimental music. I am playing Chapman stick, with Breeze Smith on percussion and electronics.

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The Rose


“…by any other name…,” said the ill-fated lover.

So, what is in a name?
What do you picture when I say, “a rose”?
Is it this?
rose red

Do you expect a certain scent? Thorns? A long stem?

Do you think of romance, love, and matters of the heart?

There is power in names.
We are a people of labels.
Reality is what we think it is.
Names shape reality.

Would you smell as sweet, by any other name?

 

Los Angeles, May 13, 2014

 

i


i am not:

a man an animal an artist your savior a name an address a writer a number a citizen a poet an energy a credit score a customer a victim a musician a pet a maker of lists

i am not
and I am

existential opposites
both true.

i am impossible

Los Angeles, May 9, 2014

The Sea


The sea of people:

murky waters
filled with silt
and the debris
of past meetings

It crashes like waves,
And I can surf them, riding only their surface,
Or I can take my chances —
Dive into its awesome forces;
Be swept along its inevitable path;
Rise desperately to breathe,
Or fail to.

I can transform,
Grow fins and gills,
Live among them in the pressured silence of the deep.

But I cannot forget the sky.
Clouds.
Air.
Stars.
The streak of a falling star.
The tiny puff of wind that disturbs your hair.

And you are not here,
In this infinite blue world where everything can fly.

So I elect to remain aground,
Forever on this shore.
Where perhaps you will come one day,
Looking for seashells.

Los Angeles, May 9, 2014

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Despite Everything


The sun rises.
The moon, progressing through its phases, is bright
even in the daylight sky.

Time is marked;
Its questionable existence
Rules all.

And that future, lost, remains lost.
But something unexpected
appears where it had been.

And despite everything,
I can think of no reason
There should not be love.

April 10, 2014, Los Angeles

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