Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mine Is The Discipline Of Whimsy

Mine is the discipline of whimsy. It does not speak always in full sentences and knows that language is a fluid thing not subject to enduring formats thus ever changing...Well...
There you have it.
The Map Took In Twelve Sectors.
Sector One: The Single Tone
It is well to linger a while in Sector One

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Just Something From the Brainbox

When I read Becky McCray's writing on "Value Your Small Town Characters" it got me to thinking along sever lines. Here is the original post and an e-mail link if your want to add to the conversation... ( )
This got things up there in my brainbox stirrin' - Not just small towns (but that is your focus) but NYC - when America's great Hoosier novelist/poet Marguerite Young died (she'd been living in The Village for decades & Scribners had published her 'MissMacIntosh, My Darling" back in 1965) - doing research for her novel had her 'haunting' the entire small town of NYC from the upper east side to Wall Street and beyond. When her obituary appeared in the N.Y. Times she was described as an 'icon' - Well, that'd be another word for 'town character' -One of the values I pick up from visiting Small Biz Survival is a strenghthening of my perception that we all inhabit small towns, even those of us who live right smack dab in the center of a big city.
But back to Hooker, Slapout, Beaver, and Buffalo - I've visited and made myself a 'resident for a day' in so many small towns that I can attest to the fact that the local characters do stand out.
I always bring it back to Mozart - my business is Mozart - so I've got a few ideas brewing about Mozart Around Town.

A Terrible Algebra

Only don't, I beseech you, generalize too much in these sympathies and tendernesses--remember that every life is a special problem which is not yours but another's, and content yourself with the terrible algebra of your own.
Henry James

Monday, December 19, 2011

My Life In The Sound Current - The Vedic Aspects

Much has been added, at later and later dates, to the Vedic texts. This includes all of the translations, learned opinions, points of view, interpretations, arguments, commentaries, traditions, ritualistic superstitions. All of this accumulated material is now by and large regarded as gospel, and repeated and repeated and repeated. Now we can hear the echoic opinions being treated as knowledge, and, with the introduction of the original material in all of this watered-down form to "the west" we have it being passed on by those whose knowledge is constituted by what they have gathered from their readings of error piled upon error. I took my first dive into these waters in 1949 (a banner year in my life LOL :-) when the blessed consciousness of Paramahansa Yogananda found its way to my brainbox as a gift from my piano teacher. I was hooked. I began Sanskrit studies at the University of Pennsylavania in 1955 under the tutelage of Indologist Professor Norman Brown - from there it was a constant soaking - Ford Foundation Fellow at the Universities of Chicago (Hans van Buitenen was my prof he was then working on his translation of the Mahabharata) and the University of Southern Indiana or Illinois (I have forgotten which) where I lived on High Street next to a house once inhabited by Tagore.
Then I was appointed a New York State Faculty Scholar in Oriental (they used that word in those days) Studies at Columbia University NY in 1964 - and in the next decade I was Senior Fellow at the Center For Advanced Studies in Pune India doing my work for one year on the musical dimensions of ancient Sanskrit texts. Bhimsen Joshi, Aurovindo Mangrulker, Vamanrao Deshpande were my gurus - as well as the spirit of Sri Aurobindo in whose ashram I took up residence for a while. I loved the proximity of the sea both in Bombay and Madras (their designations at that time) :-)
I received initiation into what was then known as Transcendental Mediation in 1974, having attended the public lectures of Maharishi a decade before when he was new to the West. This was one of many turning points, as was my 18 month residence as BhaktaSamaVedaWayne in one of Srila Prabhupada's temples. The daily chanting of the Sri Krishna Mahamantra was yet another epic turn.
I memorized the Sutras of Patanjali and every day recited all of them by heart for a couple of years, meditating on their meaning and its application in daily life.
All the while, the effect of all this absorbtion in my daily practice of Vedanta reached the depths of my music-making.
It has only been quite recently that it dawned on me that to know the Vedas I must do what our ancients did before the advent of the written word, before the dawn of our present mind with its conceptualizing intellect. I must sink into the sound itself, without regard to all that I had hitherto learned, and become simply a vehicle for the sound current carried forth by the mantras born from the Divine Within.
End of story.
Or perhaps, the beginning.
I have written this as your ever well-wisher
BhaktaSamaVedaWayne

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Toastmasters Speech #6 "ON THE UTILITY OF TWITTER"

I looking forward to delivering Speech #6 and have decided to speak "On The Utility Of Twitter" - When the the subject of Twitter pops into the brainboxes of the non-tweeting public "Useful" is not a word that is likely to occur. But to me, the central charm of Twitter lies in the fact that it is an eminently useful tool with which to communicate.
Twitter is:
Here are the categories I have discovered which are at the core of Twitter's usefulness:
1. A Public Utility - Absolutely Public - Anyone can see what I tweet - you don't have to sign in, be a member - Just go to the site: and my consciousness is there, a public, global phenomenon. I love that. If you want to respond, then you have to have your own account.
2. A Revelation of Consciousness.
3. A meeting place for people who further expand my audience base and I theirs.
4. The #Hashtag feature - When I am finished with this list. I will tweet about my #Toastmasters speech and by the addition of that pound sign to the word, all the consciousnesses who are interested in the subject will be together in one place - I get to visit them and learn from others, and perhaps they from me.
5. Lists. I love my lists. Living in Oklahoma, I have built an #Okie list -it contains the tweets of everyone I have encountered who is domiciled in Oklahoma - so when I want to see what #Oklahoma is tweeting, I visit that list and voila! all together "in one room" there they are :-)
6. Community. Such a great tool for being a part of communities of those with like interests - which leads me to:
7. Chats - groups that meet on a regular basis to discuss subjects of common interests. I like #BlogChat on Sunday nights, #SpiritChat on Sunday mornings, #LeadFromWithin chat on Tuesday evenings and specialty chats that meet such as on the birthdays of composers: "LvBchat on Dec. 17th #MozartChat on Jan. 27
8. #GoodNews - Want the good news that is happening? Twitter is your best bet.
9. Immediacy - Something big just happen? Want to know more about it? Ooooh that was a huge earthquake! Go onto twitter, voila! there you are, at the epicenter of information about it. Want to know what your local TV stations are saying about it? Well, if you're in #OKC you'll want to go to your #Okie list!
10. Links - The heart and soul of Twitter. I post a link to my latest performance on TV - tweet it out and it has the potential of reaching thousands immediately. If I use a #hashtag, it gets the attention of the group interested in the subject -
11. Reality connections. Through my tweets, I have seen real concrete stuff happen - Money donated to my local library's Friends Group in support of my library programs, garbanzo beans arriving in my mailbox from the farm in Idaho - both thrilling moments the result of tweets!
12. Twitter makes my voice as an individual as potentially powerful as your voice as a corporate entity. Wow.
I love twitter.
Ask me questions.
Thank you.
Wayne

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Crazy Dancing

I have been crazy dancing all my life and I have to say I identify with the guy who started this moving more than with those who joined in midway :-)

Sometimes, you've got to keep on dancing, even when you yourself don't even know what the heck it's all about, where it might be leading (if it's leading anywhere) - it goes on and on - and it's all just a feeling in your heart that this (whatever it is) is just the thing to be doing. And above all, it feels right and it feels good.

So don't even bother asking "Why I am I doing this?"
You don't have to know.
Just do it.
Keep doing it!

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Statement Of Purpose


"Performing these magnificent pieces is part of my life's work," McEvilly said. "I live to offer my performances of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Chopin to everyone, all ages, no exclusions " enthusiastic teens, children with their families, working men and women, seniors, professionals. I perform these masterworks as beautifully as I can to reveal their hidden harmonies and melodies."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Listening As Meditation - My Without Fail Every Morning Meeting With Mind

Every morning without fail I disconnect from everything - phone, e-mail, even twitter!!! computer, in a word everything - sit for 1/2 hour and consult with the energies in my brainbox, quietly, with an emphasis on listening, and then re-enter what we are pleased to call the world - the strategies accessed during this daily session lead to 'results' that amaze me - it is also a wonderful way to get to know your own mind, its depth levels, its surface sheen, everything in between.

But you have to "go in" with tools.

More anon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

World's Shortest Blogposts? #Wayne2Wayne Memos To Myself

Think about - and act on - Your Duty To Prosper / #Wayne2Wayne

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Never, Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up - Notes For My Toastmasters #5 Speech

When Churchill wanted to drive this point home he said - "Never, never, never, never give up." When King Lear witnessed his daughter die in his very face he made a statement stronger still - "Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, and thou no breath at all? Thou't come no more, never, never, never, never, never!" How do these lofty sentiments apply to us, in our lives day by day? Never is a word full of energy. We have been advised to "Never say never," but the giver of this advice has gone against his own advice.
Let's sort this out and make some sense of it.
Have you ever "given up"? I would say we all have at some time and in some way done so.
In order make some sense of this I am introducing several key concepts: energy, individuation, and specificity.
And I propose to flesh these abstract concepts out by way of a short story.
When I was a child playing concerts at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music I noticed that the music of Mozart had a greater capacity to communicate to the audience than any of the other composers - I began to examine this. I saw smiles on faces throughout the audience
when I played Mozart, I felt at the same time a sense of profound spiritual refreshment - this was the beginning of my realization that the music I chose to play was a conveyor of energy which carried a message of great specificity. I was magnetized to the job of being the messenger for this energy, which I found in its purest form in Mozart. I was twelve years old when I discovered my vocation in life - it was to be a lifelong commitment to revealing God's unconditional love through music. I narrowed my repertoire to the composers I felt (feeling and intuition are central here) best got this job done. This meant eliminating most of the composers beloved by my teachers. They tried their darndest to get me to play the other great composers, but I had chosen Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin and stuck to it.
Whenever I gave in to compromise I was inevitably met with what I can best describe as a loss of vital energy, and so I formulated this discovery as a law for myself - "Compromise is a hole in the energy system."
Ever wanted to just give up?
Whenever I've found myself there, I have always been able to trace it back one key element: loss of energy - and this goes back to compromising my own values for others' values. So I've come up with these two rules (for myself-:)
Know what is yours to do, and do it. #Wayne2Wayne
and perhaps more important still:
Do not do what is not yours to do. #Wayne2Wayne
Well, as we all know, these two simple rules will be challenged by the world we occupy. That's where you'll need all the energy you can get. Take heart! It's available. Where? Right inside you. There, in the within within you is your source of energy. I have come to know it as the Divine Within - a source of inexhaustible energy.
I have found that the music of Mozart and Bach and Beethoven, and Handel, and Schubert are my sure avenues leading to this infinite source of energy supply.
Each of us can find his own.
Now with the stage set tell the story of moving to Oklahoma City 7 years ago and re-formulating the entire project by offering a gift set of my McEvilly-Mozart 17 Piano Sonatas 5 CD set to each and every public library in Oklahoma. The goal is to place this beneficial resource in the environment of as many children as possible.
Can I say all of this and more in simpler more straightforward language? We'll see.
Speech #5 - Toastmasters - 5-7 minutes (I'm aiming for 5 minutes 45 seconds!)




Monday, October 3, 2011

Reviewing Alan Yu's Review of The Dude's Amerind & Berlioz performance

Alan - I have read 'music criticism' since the 1940s - What I love about yours is you are totally focused on the details, and reading your reviews is akin to actually 'being there' - I believe this is a high and rare accomplishment.
So many reviewers seem to take their lead from George B. Shaw who, although brilliant, is so bent on displaying his own clever (in his own eyes) wit and audacious use of language that all else is lost.
So this reviewer of your review says, on the basis of long experience: 'BRAVO!'
Wayne
Here is the review of the L.A. Philharmonic performance -

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Week Of McEvilly-Mozart and More at Oklahoma Tower

Please visit me at the piano in the lobby of Oklahoma Tower M-F September 26th-30th from 11:30-1:30 I'll be playing music from and selling my CD recordings. I would love to see you there and I welcome this opportunity to speak with you about my McEvilly-Mozart 17 Piano Sonatas 5 CD recordings and their use in children's classrooms and environments nationwide.

Yamaha Conservatory Grand Piano thanks to Larsen Music OKC
Photo thanks to Zach Nash OKC

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

On The Riches Of My Morning Twitter Sessions

This morning I went onto Twitter for a short (LOL) visit and opened several links to blogposts - among them one from @JJBrown - on the healing power of art, music, and writing - which elicited this comment, the writing of which brought vividly back to my mind and heart a moment in my 'performing' life which reminds me that never have I once considered my public presentations of what I do at the piano 'performances' - I know my job at the piano is not to dazzle, impress, or stun with pyrotechnical brilliance but to move the human heart towards the recognition that God is Love.
The comment:
Good morning Jennifer:
I am on a self-imposed twitter time limit due to preparation of several projects (complete Mozart Piano Sonatas next week, preparing 'Music of Thanksgiving' TV special, and the usual lapsed service in the machinery of life (air conditioner, kitchen faucet) but your post was a must see now - so this to remind me I'll be back with the stories listeners have bestowed on me about the healing they have received at my concerts - one in particular - a medical doctor in Montana whose young son's life had left his body while in the emergency room of a hospital while his father was the only physician on duty - the Doctor plunged into the deepest depression and a year later he came to my concert at the University and confided in me afterwards that as he listened to the Bach C Major Prelude it was the first moment of release from his pain he had felt ... it was the beginnng of the light returning to his heart...That touched me so deeply that I never doubted of my 'mission' ever for a moment again...
Revealing the unconditional love of God through music. That's my job.
You have given me a great gift with this post.
Thank you.
Wayne

You may visit Jennifer on Twitter @JJuneBrown

Thursday, September 8, 2011

#sAmaveda mantras 90-96

jAtaH pareNa dharmaNA yatsavRidbhiH sahAbhuvaH / pitA yatkashyapasyAgniH shraddhA / mAtA manuH kaviH 90 soma.N rAjAnaM varuNamagnimanvArabhAmahe / AdityaM viShNuN sUryaM / brahmAnaM cha bRihaspatim 91 ita eta udAruhandivaH / pRiShThAnyA ruhan / pra bhUrjayo yathA pathodyAmaNgiraso yayuH 92 rAye agne mahe tvA dAnAya samidhImahi IDiShvA hi mahe vRiShaM dyAvA hotrAya pRithivI 93 dadhanve vA yadImanu vochadbrahmeti veru tat  pari vishvAni kAvyA nemishchakramivAbhuvat 94 pratyagne harasA haraH shRiNAhi vishvataspari . yAtudhAnasya rakShaso balaM nyubjavIryam 95 tvamagne vasUNriha rudrAN AdityAN uta  yajA svadhvaraM janaM manujAtaM ghRitapruSham 96        

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

detail from a Portrait Of Anais Nin As A Bodhisattva

When Anais Nin asked me to write a review of her Diary 1934-39 I filled several hundred Notebook pages with material reflecting the result of contemplations on the nature of bodhisattvic compassion while at the same time giving my attention to the task of going through Anais's Galley Proofs - more and more it was clear that her voice was the voice of a bodhisattva, and so I wrote 'Portrait Of Anais Nin As A Bodhisattva' from which I extract the following:

Anais Nin, through her words, has built an arsenal for use in the perpetual struggle of life against death. Her Diaries are the self-reflective, clairvoyant record of her struggle to give.

The Letter In Blue

It was in the autumn of 1957. Albuquerque New Mexico. The desert still stretched out across the feet of mountain ranges and went on into a blue infinity. I fetched the day's mail. A Wedgewood blue envelope stuck out from the heap. It was marked Cavendish Close Saint Johns Wood London as I remember. I opened it and found these words among the many in the letter it contained - '...for vision, you see, must always outstrip any possible achievement.'

The letter was signed -
Myra Hess

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

THE TRIBE OF THE SCRIBES OF THE CHINESE IN MONTANA UNLEASHES THE FLOODGATE

continuing the tales from the ancient Bombay

...with the issuance of the NOTEBOOKS OF LUDOVICUS the tribe had made a great advance. He had not yet been visited with the weight of enormities that would soon come his way when last we saw him in one of the backways of Bombay...he had been ever the assiduous collector, the master avoider, the treasurer of the scrap heap, nothing escaping his fond gaze. So when we went to the vault to gather up the fragments that he had left for us, before his final journey, we had been prepared for a great heap of material, but what we found passed all expectation. Before us lay scattered in great heaps notebooks on every thing and on every unnameable nonentity that had never been.
We began to read...

(to be continued)

Monday, August 1, 2011

WHAT IS SAMAVEDA? - A Word On The Matter

#sAmaveda is a collection of mantras in the form of measured verse composed through chanting by inspired poet-seers of 35,000 years past. The poetic genius itself revealed in the syllabic revelations of primal sound vibrations herein would alone stand to rank this Veda among the Wonders Of The World

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Shaky Ground With Darkness Beneath

The seemingly most super fine and dandy functional family one could imagine, on holiday, smiling faces, enjoying the shore...at home, going for walks, to the park, la la la and on and on, and yet this shriek comes from the depths of the pit of Overwhelm: 'We find ourselves in the darkest and most dysfunctional circumstances at times, sometimes I ask myself how and why this is happening, it is as if a force larger and more powerful than I can understand is playing out...' and my entire being wants to respond and is pretty much mute. By the enormity. By the universality. This subject of that universal underlying shaky ground floating above a darkness unfathomable, where does this come from? Is this the nature of things?
..and then the socially prevailing diagnosticians arrive on the scene, and the curtain somehow goes down upon all rhyme and reason...and we are off and running on their agenda...
This was foremost on my mind all morning, before I had received the letter from which I just quoted, this subject of from whence this primal shake rattle and roll which disturbs the equilibrium of our spirit...and I figured something as simple as this: We are born within a mortal frame and possess within us the reality itself, of immortality, not the idea but the reality. This is unbearably heavy stress without efficient assistance.
And assistance is available absolutely nowhere in this world.
You can turn to no one on earth for assistance.

I keep a mighty arsenal of tools polished by use, everyday use, my darkness is so vast that I require a great arsenal of weaponry to face the enemy forces.

As to your 'force larger and more powerful than I can understand' - yes, I believe we are in a sometimes largely calculated midst of co-mingled forces - I think your most pressing requirement at this moment is to find your very own meditation and to practice daily without fail, knowing it possesses eternal value and will bring you returns on your investment.

Please direct your conversation, which would be most welcome, in a comment: Thank you.
Wayne

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Library Concerts Reviewed by Kelly Arpoika a Student of Prof. Boyle at OCCC

Kelly Arpoika

Music Appreciation

July 22, 2011

Michael Boyle

Pure Enjoyment

The other day my fiancée and I went and saw an amazing concert. It was a mix of beautiful music, history, and good story telling. Wayne McEvilly is a great host and an awesome musician he transports you to an era of beautiful classicism that you have never experienced before. For a whole hour you get to experience an inside look into a world of truly delightful music. He performs pieces by Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. If you have never seen a concert by Wayne McEvilly I strongly suggest you go, you will be blown away.

When we first arrived at the Downtown Metropolitan Library we entered a nice room with a beautiful black piano on a stage that was made of light oak wood. Wayne McEvilly entered the room wearing a black tuxedo with tails, white shirt, black bow tie and black cowboy boots. He did his introductions then let us know that the audience is the most important part of the concert. Which is very true considering nobody could get anywhere if there wasn’t an audience to support the music. He gave us a little history of his work which included selling Italian ice and giving shoe shines for ten cents. When he sat down to his piano he let us know it was tuned to Mozart’s. He started playing “Amazing Grace” magnificently then it turned into an upbeat cheery tune. He then asked the audience if they knew what it was. Nobody knew, it was Mozart’s Papageno Act I and then he describes Mozart as an entire genius in his simplicity. It was so elegant, very lovely music. Moreover, he describes to us how music can tell a story without words. Then he quotes Aristotle “The ear is the door to the soul.” He describes music as metaphysics just like you don’t have to see Him to know he is around music can take you to a whole new level beyond earthly phsyics.

He explains how he plays this music for children to see how they react and what emotions they feel then he played three blind mice then he asked how it made us feel. Of course it made us feel pretty happy upbeat just like the children. Then he played a lower version of it and it sounded very dark and ominous. It is amazing how a few notes can really change the entire mood of the music and every one of all different ages can feel the same emotion that is portrayed by the music. Then explains that he got his first piano in 1940 and he heard a composer whose name I don’t remember, anyways he played a minuet from him and let me tell you it was absolutely breathtaking. It completely transported me. In fact there were so many emotions running through me it gave me chills to my spine and brought tears to my eyes. I can completely understand why it inspired him to play the piano if I had heard that when I was younger I might have felt the same way. He learned to play by ear which he explained if you play by ear you play by your heart.

Then he invited us to listen with our heart instead of using our minds. The first prelude of Bach was the first music he studied. Then he played for us the music birds, mourning dove, which is one tone. Then I guess he was trying to get us out of our comfort zones and asked us all to hum the tune while he played the piano. The music felt like waves of calm as they grew to release again to a slow quiet stop. You could just feel the energy in the room it was very moving. McEvilly is a pretty profound speaker he explained it is efficient to listen for a reality you simply can’t figure out. With Beethoven “Music is a higher revelation than philosophy”. He then took us back to fifth grade and made us count the notes. Then he replayed the major tones which were happy while the minor tones were ominous, dead. He asked us to close our eyes while he played a piece from Beethoven. On that journey I could just feel the sorrow and I was asking myself why the pain and in the midst of it there was a feeling of relief that made me feel like it’s okay even through the pain we will get through it. I felt all those emotions on that journey through Beethoven.

All these different journeys McEvilly is taking us through are amazing. He plays Chopin and as he is playing the music transported me to a beautiful ballroom. I could imagine me in a beautiful gown as I floated across the ballroom dance floor. Then it went into this intense vibe. There were so many emotions. After this beautiful journey he started to describe Liszt and how people told him he must play his music to be well balanced. Then he played Chopin’s Funeral by Liszt. Whoa, slow down there buddy, the emotions I got from that piece were confusion and little emotion well besides the confusion. Which is funny, while he was describing Liszt and who he wanted to do Chopin’s songs in his own way all I could think is this is what musicians do today. When the music is already great why mess with it? Then he played for us Beethoven Pathetique. Once again, chills throughout my body. I could just feel the dual emotions. The emotion would rise and swell then it would be such a sweet melody of love and life. It sent me on a rollercoaster of emotions just beautiful.

After the hour was over I felt as if I had been all over the world and back. Wayne McEvilly and his piano are a force to be reckoned with. How else can you experience a world full of emotion and history in just one hour? It is truly amazing how simple notes and keys on a piano when played a certain way can completely transform the mood, energy and emotion of everyone who is listening to it. In fact, it is absolutely astounding and magical. This is an hour well spent and I would suggest for anyone who has the chance to go and experience a world of beauty that Wayne McEvilly is willing to take you to.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

INDIA - THE BLOGVERSATION WITH KUMUD BEGINS



What shall I call you here?
Kumud is good :)

Let's begin:
You came here a quarter century ago...that is a long time to be away from Mother India - has there, over the past 25 years, been a real separation or not? Where is the contact point for you?
I hope this simple question will elicit a very nice revelatory response -

KUMUD:
The separation is only physical - and even that gets removed regularly as I visit family every 18-24 months. Being in the USA has created the desire in me - by the repeated questioning of American friends - to study and understand the religion I grew up with - Hinduism.

So, in a way, I am more in touch with India - her thoughts, her scriptures, her traditions and her many paths to Divinity - living 7500 miles away :) It is to stay in touch, to educate myself - that I created http://blog.eaglespace.com
almost 15 years ago with a single post on the Gayatri mantra. It has grown a bit since then. :-)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Resistance - Inertia - Even God Must Meet Them

A blog by Seth Godin made this happen:
Yes! The resistance was known to the poets of antiquity - in their primal prose-poem #sAmaveda they describe the evolution of the worlds all of which sprang by some circuitious indirection not directly but indirectly from the brainbox of the Creator - his ideas were to manifest as material reality - But wait! There is the Resistance - Intertia - the push against, the old lizard brain hardly crawed forth from the mire and slime of the scum mixed of water and mud alike - all its mighty might striving to see the stillbirth of the idea...what a drama! So why should it be any easier for us to get it shipped? Very important to enjoy the fight.
Wayne

Monday, July 18, 2011

On Gratitude

"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world."
- John Milton
Thus it is that Gratitude begets joy.
Joy begets Kindness.
Kindness begets Gratitude.

A MOST SHANDYISH SORT OF BLOG

A MOST SHANDYISH SORT OF BLOG IN WHICH THERE ARE NO MISTAKES

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

HELPING KIDS COMPOSE THEIR OWN GREAT WORKS


All across the nation the cry goes up and out and resoundsand is repeated - "Oh it is such a shame what is happening in our public schools. Oh what a terrible thing that music and art are being eliminated from children's lives."" I have heard this mournful ditty chanted as a mantra now by hundreds, even thousands of people, mostly after my concerts.
Well, I have a suggestion - cease the lamentations and simply do something - do one small thing now.
There is your assignment.
It is useless to address this issue, one of enormous importance to be sure with your moans and groans. Do something.
Each of us can do something to inspire a child to compose a great piece of work.
You can volunteer to read stories at a public library, you can take your life experiences into the schools as a volunteer and be of real use.
At the center of this issue is the child - The child is lost in a sea of the jargon employed by those who come forward to offer solutions. Forget connectivity and do something - CONNECT
Abandon jargon.
Here's what I have come up with over the decades:
Tell the story of MOZART GOES TO SCHOOL
In 1974 played Mozart for children in the second grade in a Los Alamos New Mexico Elementary School. I decided then and there I would be doing this for the rest of my life.
Tell the story of the recordings. Tell the story of how the recordings in classrooms made news, and of how that news opened the doors of school administrators, teachers, and reached through the ears of each and every individual child in each and every classroom, in each and every public school over entire cities.
"Mozart Helps Kids Compose Great Works" -
Here is a rousing call to action by Oklahoma's new
Superintendent of Public Education Janet Barressi - ' We don't need to wait for more money or more time. This is our time.'
Let's each do some small thing. Let's do it now.
Wayne




Tuesday, July 12, 2011

FEELING, THE DRAMA OF TONES, AND BEING

The great and most obvious difference between music and the other arts is that music is the only art which is made of tones - tones that are ordered in such a way as to be listened to. All the other arts manage to fit themselves in with the world which the eye has ordered. In music we pierce through the frame of the visible and enter the primal world of sound where no thing subsists.

When we transcend the world of objects in hearing music, what we experience is the presence of Being itself. We have crossed a frontier, a crossing which occurs nowhere else with such directness. Only music possesses the means for achieving a sensuous presentness of Being which is both direct and non-objective. The simplest music transcends the purely objective. Music too, however, can slip into the cold uniformity of empirical existence. It is then experienced as a surface, as something in which we are merely 'interested.' However, if in listening to music there is a suspension of the aesthetical mode of experience, a suspension which paves the way to a 'listening through' instead of a 'listening to' then music is experienced as a direct, open, powerful presence of Being.

Music occupies a high place in man's cipher script, in his endeavor to pierce all veils of the mystery of existence.

from Chapter Nine of my 'Music and Metaphysics'

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

On Pencils, Music, and Metaphysics - Notes For a Toastmaster Speech

ON PENCILS, MUSIC, AND METAPHYSICS

In the world of what we call 'the real' there are basic differences in kind. We all move, live our lives and have our beings in different 'sorts' of realities.
The broadest differential between them is that of the seen and the unseen, the visible and the invisible.
I invite you all to close your eyes and visualize a pencil.
-pause -
(Here I ask for a show of hands from those who have 'seen' a pencil and proceed to ask about the details... color, down to the 'point' - Does it need to be sharpened? Is the pencil new, or old and worn? The answers are revelatory-Only you can 'interpet' the significance of these details which are not so much properties of the pencil, as of the visualizing entity-you.)
It is in this world of the visible that we spend most of our waking lives, and even when we dream it is of images as in a movie.
But there is another world-one that is less familiar to us perhaps. This is the world of things which, though unseen, are absolutely real to us. The world of the invisible.
Not only is this area of reality invisible, it is beyond the physical world-it is with this area that metaphysics deals.
Metaphysics=beyond the physical-an area of reality in which it is hard to believe at times. It is not hard data, yet here is where we reference the soul, the spirit, God, immortality.
We are apt to say we 'believe' in these things - yet we all know that we know them directly at times.
Consider this:
I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth...and that in this flesh I shall see God.
This is quite simply unbelievable. Yet I know this as surely as I know that this is a pencil I hold in my hand. With greater assurance indeed.
Where is this knowledge rooted? Where did it come upon us to thus know?
I submit it is inborn. We knew these things before ever we were born into this world of cabbages and kings and all manner of things and pencils.
We have heard it from our inception and perhaps before-we have heard it before we ever knew a 'word' that signified any 'thing' that could be seen.
It is a knowledge bestowed upon us by our Creator.
We have heard it in the womb in the melodies our mothers have hummed and in the coursing of blood and the beating of her heart.
That is the meaning of 'Metaphysics is a visitation upon our human nature.'
We retain this knowledge for but a short while, and then it is gone, and must be regained.
It is my purpose in introducing these thoughts to invite you to ponder these things which are close to all our hearts, but which we have largely forgotten in growing up.
It is vitally important to our well-being that we remember these things before it is 'too late.'
Not the end-
The beginning.
Wayne
Oh, one thing more-a postscript via Beethoven:

'MUSIC IS A HIGHER REVELATION THAN PHILOSOPHY'





Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Life In Music And Metaphysics - Coming July 10

An Invitation-
This free program of the great masterworks of piano music will prove of interest to music lovers in all genres - from the roots of jazz in Bach and Mozart through the romantic melodies of Beethoven which inspired songs by Billy Joel, to Chopin whose work seeded some of the most romantic pop tunes ever written, and the Nocturnes which found their way into the Grateful Dead's St. Stephen song - with commentaries spanning over seven decades of experience in music of all sorts - Please extend this invitation to your family, friends, and associates.
Thank you.
Wayne

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Blog As Interview

This morning my daily visit to the Twitterverse included reading an interview with Bruce Sallan by @moondustwriter - which generated my comment:

‘Wow!’ and
‘Inspiring!’
are two common accolades you might find on hundreds of thousands of blogposts. So I have to be a bit more ‘verbose’ -
I always knew from the tweets of @BruceSallan and @moondustwriter that there had to be a storehouse of substance behind the curtain- this post lifted the curtain and I feel privileged to be present at the ‘scene’ depicted here-with effective use of multi-media techniques.
It inspires on so many levels – I am particularly moved to get going and write more and more by Bruce’s recounting his gaining confidence in his own abilities as a writer by the simple act of writing more and then more.
Wonderful how I open the door onto the Twitterverse every morning and do not know what I might find…But I do know in advance I will find treasure -
Perhaps most of all I thank you both for presenting the genre ‘The Blogpost As Interview’ in full perfection.
Wow!
Inspiring!
Wayne
Here - http://bit.ly/jqaJ5P - is the original post.

Friday, June 3, 2011

sAmaveda - Let Us Begin

agna A yAhi vItaye / gRiNAno havyadAtaye / ni hotA satsi barhiShi / Mantra #1
Much has been written about the sAmaveda.
There are many books which you can study. You can ponder various translations. You can consult many experts with many varying points of view.
You can do all of this and not once come close to sAma.
sAmaveda is a bestowal of an activity upon our mortal nature-it is a collection of mantras that gives us something to do with our time, something of infinite worth. 
How to come close to sAma? You must do sAma.
How do you do sAma? 
You chant the syllables of the mantra. At first this activity is performed 'out loud' - and then as you make your voice softer and softer there comes a moment when you are whispering - and then, you begin to hear, after many repetitions, the mantra resounding within you. This begins the process of contemplation or meditation upon and within the mantra. This is your 'job' with sAmaveda -
Now, you have been wondering why I spell sAmaveda with that big A - that designates the pronunciation as a long vowel.
O.K. Let's look at mantra 1.
But first, what is a mantra? It is a device you choose to employ to free the mind from its shackles. It consists of any number of syllables-from one syllable to the vastest number you might imagine.
Beginning with mantra #1 agna A yAhi vItaye / gRiNAno havyadAtaye / ni hotA satsi barhiShi /
Note that it consists of 24 syllables / three lines of eight syllables each / How like the rhythm of Mozart. Each unit is taken in itself as a mantra. Long mantras contain shorter mantras. 
So, to be as simple as possible - Your first 'job' is to begin at the beginning. Take the mantra 'agna' - Close your eyes. Repeat it outloud. Softer. Softer. Softer. Now you will be hearing it within. Listen to it. Listen to it long and lovingly. That is all. Do this for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes...according to your appetite. You have begun the process. 
Then you go onto to the second mantra with this longer mantra #1 consisting of one syllable - A - (we would write that Ah!) - You have heard the mourning dove sing upon one note and never tire of the sound. That is your job with this second mantra A.
I require comments, engaging questions, responses, critiques, whatever form communication takes, in order to continue posting this material.
When you read this, please know that your response will be of the very greatest value to me.
agna A yAhi
BhaktasAmavedaWayne
 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Anais Nin On Handling Her Diaries


My correspondence with Anais, begun in 1965, had grown enormous by 1970 - I believe this document will prove of interest to writers, editors, and all those interested in her work.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Saving Blog Comments 'Just In Case'

Greg:
This post has particular relevance to my day (and my yesterday) where I find myself in the midst of resolving some conflicting demands on my time and energy. I am called upon to be Toastmaster of the Day at our noon meeting in downtown OKC. I am a new member and this is my first time in this role. Right now I am 'in the midst' of conflicting thoughts - one of which is 'I shouldn't even be reading this post, let alone responding to it-Heck, I shouldn't even be on twitter this morning! etc. etc.) and there are the numerous e-mails to juggle about the meeting Making progress though...better than I used to be at not getting in an overwhelm mode.
Your post is quite gracefully expressed and most of all I thank you because the reading of it was (one of my favorite words coming up) - USEFUL -
Wayne

Original post:

@DrGregWaddell Performing Organizational Jazz http://bit.ly/izPbLB

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mystery Of Making Sense Out Of Life - Case Closed

I respond to a post by @BobBurg
Bob-
You can be counted on to ‘hit the nail on the head’ pretty consistently.
Precisely, the human ‘need to make sense’ sometimes gets us into trouble. We begin to seek blame in our desire to make connections between events that may have no relationship in reality. Causality is not the only connecting principle in our universe. It is, however, the one we seem most readily to ‘understand’ and so we try to force all our experiences into an area where they must be explained in terms of cause and effect. This error you very deftly pointed out. Having done that, the case is pretty much closed.
There are these mysteries.
Thank you.
Wayne



LET US MEDITATE

I attended a group meditation led by Maharishi in the 1960s-He spoke briefly and said then: “Let Us Meditate” – the entire room fell under the deepest hush of absolute stillness – 20 minutes later softly slowly “OPEN THE EYES” – It was the greatest “teaching” I have ever experienceed.
The best is yet TO BE -

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Your Mistakes Are Perfection

I believe that everyone who performs at any level would do well to see that the ‘note-perfect’ performance is not necessarily the best. What is best is to move the hearts and spirits and minds of your listeners. To convey vital energy. To express universal emotions. To move, to inspire, to allow a healthy forgetfulness to occur. If any of these things happen, music has happened. Let’s put less emphasis on ‘making mistakes’ and more on ‘making connections’ -
Wayne
and besides which, how can it possibly have been a mistake? It is now part of past reality-can’t be retrieved- might as well accept the fact that your mistakes are perfection!


Stay Young With Mozart @ Oklahoma Libraries

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thank You Catherine @AllPiano

Catherine
I
am grateful to you for posting this video in your blog and for your generous assessment of my work with children. When the news floods the minds of children with fear, anxiety, and tension, and the situation in many homes is one that produces a host of negative emotions, the simple fact of Mozart in a child’s classroom can be sufficient to change that child’s mentality conveying Mozart’s message directly to the deepest level of subconscious awareness. This is accomplished without a word, and in a language that is understood from the moment we come into this troubled world.
I believe the basic patterns used in all music can be instrumental in placing the child’s mind in this place of assurance.
I believe you are providing the children you work with, and their families, and thus the community with a great service which will bring lasting benefits. Thank you for taking the time from you busy schedule to comment on what I am doing.
Wayne

Here is Catherine's blog

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Musing On Mozart & Improvising

I just stumbled upon a great post on Improvisation and it induced the following comment:

Refreshing.
Here is something inspiring and instructive about improvising within the body of the Mozart Piano Sonatas – in the final movement of Sonata 13 Bb Major there is the instruction in Mozart’s autograph score: ‘ad libitum’ – There you have it and from the master himself. But wait (as they say in the Infomercials) There’s More! & this one is even more exciting! In the great 14th Sonata in C Minor also third movement occurs a series of fermatae with this instruction: ‘a piacere’ – at your pleasure, if you please, as you like it, do what you will. La! Signed-Mozart. Amazing.
As Cole Porter said: ‘Let’s Do It!’ Let’s fall in love with our freedom as classical musicians!
Do we need permission to improvise in the midst of things Mozartean? Well, there you have it!
Wayne

link to original post:

Mozart Is A Character In the Small Town Of Planet Home

I found an intriguing post on Becky McCray's 'Small Biz Survival' blog about the potential in attracting tourists to a rural community by featuring its local characters in a travel article. My thoughts:

This got things up there in my brainbox stirrin' - Not just small towns (but that is your focus) but NYC - when America's great Hoosier novelist/poet Marguerite Young died (she'd been living in The Village for decades & Scribners had published her 'MissMacIntosh, My Darling" back in 1965) - doing research for her novel had her 'haunting' the entire small town of NYC from the upper east side to Wall Street and beyond. When her obituary appeared in the N.Y. Times she was described as an 'icon' - Well, that'd be another word for 'town character' -
One of the values I pick up from visiting Small Biz Survival is a strenghthening of my perception that we all inhabit small towns, even those of us who live right smack dab in the center of a big city.
But back to Hooker, Slapout, Beaver, and Buffalo - I've visited and made myself a 'resident for a day' in so many small towns that I can attest to the fact that the local characters do stand out.
I always bring it back to Mozart - my business is Mozart - so I've got a few ideas brewing about Mozart Around Town.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Wayne
Here is a link to the blogpost:
@SBSurvival Value your town charactershttp://goo.gl/fb/JyaoZ

Friday, April 22, 2011

TV 52 OKLAHOMA LIVE WITH LYN HESTER

Recently I had the privilege (and what a pleasure!) to appear on Lyn Hester's show "Oklahoma Live" KSBITV and will be Lyn's Musical Guest May 5th. I am sending this message from Lyn to my Twitter Friends
I hope you will tune in. Lyn's show is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Mozart feels right at home there, so be there when I share the piano bench with her! and enjoy the show on a regular basis! The show airs at Noon.
Thank you.
Wayne


Thank you for being on Oklahoma Live and supporting our mission to promote Oklahoma talent, events and businesses.
I would like to ask for a favor. Would you please tell your friends and colleagues what we are doing? With more people watching we will be able to continue to provide a forum for Oklahoma musicians, artists, authors, businesses and organizations.
I post clips from each show on the Oklahoma Live Facebook page and the KSBITV.com website. if you want to take those and link them to your page or website that would be stupendous.
Periodically I will let you know what we are doing - for instance we will be live at the Oklahoma Arts Festival on April 29th and we will be having a concert at Frontier City on June 3rd (more to come on that).
Thank you so much for your assistance and belief in this new adventure.
Lyn
on twitter @LynHesterOKLive