"Find a place inside where there's joy,
and the joy will burn out the pain."
THE SQUARE WAS ON FIRE........ WITH RHYTHM!
Massive gratitude for all the people joining me in the square today. The energy was off the charts!
My hope for everyone reading this today is.... to find a place that makes you happy, that brings you joy and and good spirits.
Practice that ritual each and everyday for the rest of your life because I believe there is so much joy here for all of us.
The little piece of paper on the bottom of the video screen says, "Come play with me."
Thank you to everyone who came down and played with me over the past 20 days.
You truly fill my heart with Love.
Tomorrow is the last day of the 21 Day Challenge.
One more day to put out the good vibes and good energy in the good town of Nyack, New York.
"The alchemy of good curating amounts to this:
Sometimes, placing one work of art near another makes one plus one equal three. Two artworks arranged alchemically leave each intact, transform both, and create a third thing."
Nina showed up in the square.
I first met Nina at a Drum Circle in Chestnut Ridge and her sheer presence and ability to feel the groove is magical. Seeing her lit me up.
I strongly believe that creating music or just clapping your hands with the right person elevates your spirit. I've always been a firm believer in one plus one equals three. Every time I see Nina singing and dancing, the circle and the groove pocket sky rocket.
I am reminded of that special gift, the gift of collaboration. Uplifting your game, exploring with your co conspirators and diving deep. Musically and spiritually.
A great Saturday morning.
The seagulls sound like they're singing with us today.
They've been waiting all their lives to play!
"My work is like a dialogue between me and unseen powers, like alchemy."
Day 18 (part 2)
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
The first official rainy day out there.
But it didn't stop us......
I set up my djembe in the van. and then magically, everyone showed up.
MIchael is heading back to Africa today with his family. I can't believe he made the scene before he leaves today.
Michael is a true soul brother.
We had an impromptu protection circle for him as he said goodbye to Nyack.
It was beautiful.
These are the moments you just can't plan.
"Maybe the words that I say is just another way to pray"
There is a song that we have in our back pocket. A song that moves us from the bottom of our toes and gives us goosebumps all over our body. For me, Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield is that song. Every time I hear it, I just want to dance and put my hands high up in the sky and smile and hug someone.
I LOVE THAT SONG
Last weekend at the Nyack Halloween parade I got to jam with 5,000 people as we played Move On Up down Main Street. My son was sitting on the front of the float with me as I played. I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life. The energy and the spirit and the people clapping along with me was indescribable.
I want to thank my good buddy Jeff for inviting me to play on his Nyack Cross Fit Float. Jeff and his crew were pulling the flatbed truck with ropes. I repeat, with ropes, no engine. Just sheer might from their arms and legs --- They are truly incredible and inspiring people and I was honored to be out there with them on Sunday.
I managed to get a clip from the event and I decided to post it up today. Unfortunately, the camera shuts off as things are just heating up. But, you get the idea.
Massive gratitude for all the creative people in my life.
They keep inspiring me to move on up. . .
"Our purpose is to educate as well as entertain"
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"
Leonoardo da Vinci
My hard drive is filled with fragments and musical pieces from the past 10 years. All collecting dust. These great little gems and stems of ideas that will never see the light of day.
The rhythm social experiment brings me back to the idea of simplicity.
I can take 1 drum and create melody and groove everyday.
No expectations, no grand masterpiece. No fancy drum loops, pedals, reverbs, echoes, and delays.
Just me, and my drum, and my spirit.
and sometimes my magical flute.
I recently bought a Bantsuri from Josh Geisler.
Josh learned his craft studying in India. He is an inspiration to me and I'm proud to play his flutes..
you can check 'em out here!
Moving on, can't go back
I had some of the most amazing footage from todays groove. I came home to post it up and I completely lost all of the digital footage. As I write to you, I am heartbroken. I was so excited to put up this video and share it with you. In any case, I managed to get one quick edit from today up online. I hope you enjoy it.
I guess the moral of the story is -- sometimes things just don't go your way as planned. You are all excited to share some great idea, some great footage, some great moment in time, some great .... ?
It was a wonderful day in the square. My buddy Jeff has been sharing our experiment with his Nyack Cross Fit Gym and they've been running by and working out as we play for them. Some other folks are also starting to sit down in the square with us and check out the scene. It is truly growing and spreading. It doesn't really feel like 7:30 in the morning anymore. More like an afternoon break. People are smiling and nodding their head and feeling the groove.
I'm not giving up on the lost footage!
I hope to share more video with you later today or tomorrow!
Peace and Love,
Nod 'ya head
Cause I got time for one more Groove.
Need to shake the trees and dance my ass off. Cause I got time for one mo GrooOoooOve. . . . . Today
Today there is no turning back. Buzzing singing in my ears.
Connie joined me in the square today. This girl carries more drums in her car than me.
And she can dance.
The world is opening up. People are listening.
Thoughts are racing through my head. Gotta let it out. All out. You don't have to be in time. Only your time is the right time. May not be his time but I be on time. If I keep playing things clear up. No more grey hazy the lazy is behind me. Skies up above open up for all of us, so look up just look up, just look high high up.
Funky drummer with a coffee can bangin pots in parking lots
jump off the cajon and get off the phone
cause I got time for one more groove
Got time for one mo GrooooOoOvE today.
There's so many Seagull's out here.
Inspired as they fly all around
Seagull soul spread your wings, come fly with me.
Day 14 Keep on Pushin'
I've got to keep on Pushin'
I can't stop now
Move up a little higher
Some way, somehow
Cause I've got my strength And it don't make sense Not to keep on Pushin' Hallelujah, Hallelujah Keep on Pushin'
Now maybe some day I'll reach that higher goal
I know that I can make it with just a little bit of soul
'Cause I've got my strength and it don't make sense
Not to keep on Pushin'
Now look-a look A-look-a yonder
What's that I see ? a great big stone wall
Stands there ahead of me
But I've got my pride
And I'll move on aside
And keep on Pushin'
Keep on Pushin'
Lyrics by Curtis Mayfield
"I learned the value of hard work by working hard."
Last night was Halloween in Nyack. The town was on fire with creativity! The costumes and floats were second to none.
I had the honor of performing on the Nyack Cross Fit float and we won 2nd Place! Go figure.... must have been all the strobe lights and disco balls I brought with me.
It was a really special night in town and my favorite night of the year to celebrate with the kids. My son was on the float with me as well, rocking to the beat amongst thousands of people on Main Street. What a thrill it was.
I decided to treat myself before the parade and buy a new Toca djembe drum. I played it this morning and I love the tight, crisp, high pitch sounds it produces.
So as I played this morning and heard the sounds of the Halloween party being cleaned up, I decided to dedicate the hard work quote above to all the public workers who cleaned up the square this morning. I expected to see a waste land of garbage but they did such an amazing clean up job, I have to stop and pause and give them props. You can hear them in the background with the leaf blowers as I play. They look at me kinda funny, but I still honor them and their great work.
Listen to that beautiful djembe drum!
Thanks to Frank at the Long Island Drum Center. He gave me a great deal on it!
A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take advantage of it.
Starting to own the idea of playing in the square. I am getting more comfortable with the format and I'm leaning in and going for it. No fun treading in the shallow water. Time to venture off into the deep end.
I set up in the middle of the square today instead of my usual position out front. There is a whole new dynamic and energy. Just shifting my position makes me play and think differently.
I'm more relaxed and feel looser than usual.
I'm losing that sense of "Who is out here with me today?"
I'm just playing.
I invite you to close your eyes