Barklie, Brock, John Nava & I recently reminisced about the magical gathering of the Bose-O's West at the Hidden Barn exactly one year ago ...
A time none of us will ever forget, & a memory we will always cherish ...
Sending all of you who were here with us, our most sincere & heartfelt luv ...
I've been thinking about the time we had at Big Sur. Thanks for this reminder. - but wasn't it April 24th?
This last year has just flown by, and as the pace of life changes and the passage of time seems to accelerate, it is good to pause, reflect and notice.
Doing that, it's abundantly clear that the days at Big Sur were some of the best ever. Thank you Joseph, Barklie, Brock, Teresa, Ken, Cliff, Kyle, Chris and all who were a part of that exceptional time.
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Good to hear from you!
That trip was a dream come true, and an adventure we will never forget.
The best vacation ever for these mid-west hayseeds.
You all were some of the most beautiful souls we have ever met and meeting you has effected us in profound ways.
We are better by just having know you, and hope to see you again someday.
BTW, Julie is coming up on her one-year anniversary of !Not Smoking! thanks to Jack at the lodge.
All the best,
I feel it, Joseph. It was certainly a moment in my life that I will always cherish. Thanks for being part of it.
Thanks for the reminder, I've been thinking about Big Sur ever since spring started. It was a truly magical experience for me. Thanks to you and everyone involved that made it possible.
Drumr, please pass on my Congrats to Julie, that is truly awesome news.
What a great time we had there! Please give me best to Barklie and all the rest of the gang. I really want to come back soon.
Pete, that's such wonderful news about Julie!
You're right, it was April 24th to be truly eaxct ... Guess we were just sort of generalizing the time period within our memories ...
Barklie has torn down the room just outside of the Hidden Barn & is building a large studio booth with Cam ... It will also have a huge bedroom on top of it for guest musicians to stay in, as he wants to start having folk do many more recording projects ...
Alla Bros and Sis's:
I'm reading thru all this (thanks for posting Joseph), thinking of you all and bringing it all back. My favorite moment (is it possible to choose one?) was David Schiffman's sort-of concluding synopsis/statement of, basically, who we all are. Just around the time of the fall/Ashland conference, I finally got a video with a relatively unintelligible audio track. I put the audio in Sound Forge, EQ'd it for max intelligibility, got what I could off the recording, sent the transcription to David and got this message back. "Thanks" is the best I can do right now David, if you're listening (somehow I know you are), but it's an inspiration for us all:
" As musicians our genuine presence to spirit, and to deeply felt emotions, allow us to become a vehicle for reaching peoples’ hearts. The place, where when we’re truly alive can move us and those listening to us to tears. This is the power of music- to help us feel the preciousness of our own lives. It is the sacred function of doing deep work as musicians.
Soulful people feel moved by this resonance without realizing entirely what it is. Difficult to put into words and often seen as ineffable and magical, this musical mojo reveals itself in exchanges on the stage when people are present to one another and you feel the respect, tenderness, and musical concern shared between them. Music played in such a state of grace melts everybody for a little while. That’s why people are eager to come out to spend time in the company of musicians. My prayer as a musician is not to be exploited for this hunger that is born in my souls deepest yearning to be free to create as the artist I am.
Why do musicians play for free? Because we all know the power of this call. And we’d rather do it for free than not do it at all. This yearning in the heart to create music that is so deep, real and soulful that it asks only- “Just let me have a chance. I don’t care where it is, I don’t care how it is. Just let me give it my best shot! “
I’ve seen it in Joseph Lucido, (a local guitarist who was there); he spends his time earning a living making music, but his true power comes from the sense of something far deeper in his music, where his authenticity as an artist is what truly counts. He’s a champion of that for all the young bucks around town. . He’ll sacrifice polish in order to be deep and soulful, and never mind what looks or sounds pleasant or acceptable.
I want to feel my cojones and be able to deliver myself. I hope in some way that this can be expressed clearly, because it’s a subtle thing. Not everybody gets it and not everybody wants to get it. Because it represents things that are very difficult to articulate. When you study creative intentions you see that this call to authenticity turns us in a direction that requires real risk-taking and that it can become the substance of everything precious we feel in our creative lives. Something we all pray for. (applause).
The character of what we’ve experienced together here as a group- is a measure of what can create this generative spirit. Good will, skillful and thoughtful engagement in matters musical and spontaneous. Major necessities if you want to make music in a respectful and open-hearted way. Otherwise you’re bracing yourself against everybody waiting for them to get done.. So I really want to thank you for giving people parameters that helped us be more considerate of each other and more confident about showing up with what we’ve got musically.
The L1 system was an extraordinary resource and foundation for the realization of this intimate magical musical potential. I felt no cold technological distance or harsh edges in my delivery. The warm transparency of its’ power made me feel far more adept in reaching people from the real subtle musical calls of my own heart."
I hope you all are still playing and dancing and making fires out there. An east coast "yo, hey to allayiz" and to everyone else that layed it all out in Barkley's beautiful music place.
This statement by David leaves me just as breathless today as it did a year ago. My heart was pounding then as he spoke these words, & it's pounding today as I read them again.
Big Sur was such an unbelievable time & I'm still at a loss to express what really happened & how deeply it has affected me.
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I'm the same way. I've been thinking about Big Sur Bose Bash for weeks and weeks now.
Joseph, it's so good to have you here: I can see your smiling face and twinkly eyes.
I heard from the wonderful Aaron Stone a few days ago and we're going to try and hook up on my next West Coast Swing. He bought his wife, a professional cellist, an L1™ system recently and he said that it has changed her life -- the gold ring of amplification is I think his words.
Joseph, please give my fondest regards to Barklie and the Gang. Tell 'em we'll never forget our time together, and look forward to the next event you'll be able to see from outer space -- if you can see in the 12th dimension.
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Hi Joseph (and Barklie and Brock and John and ... everyone who was at Big Sur),
Only a year? And yet that oasis remains untouched by time in my mind. We are still together and will be forever, my dear friends. It changed my life. It was when I found the courage to be myself, brought to my birth by your wonderful encouragement. And I know many other births were shared there as well. (Hi Julie, I'm thrilled for you!) On this anniversary, I reach out to touch you all, smile in your eyes and give you my love.
Hello to all you Bose-o Bros & Sistas....
I also have great memories of the time you all came to gather in the remote world of Big Sur state of mind... What a wonderful moment meeting all of you... Ken, Cliff, Chris, da brains and inspiration behind these L1s... thank you so much, my little drums sound so full and rich.. the L1 and four B1s let the smallest taps on the rim become "music for humans." The live musical energy of the gathering still lives within me, as do all of your smiling faces... Lets do it again...
Thank you all of you for coming to Big Sur....
I am so glad you dropped in to celebrate the anniversary.
If you've got a minute, here are my Big Sur Diaries from last year. It's a little long, but you can skip down to the end - look for "Something happened".
It sure is good to be thinking back to to Big Sur.
Hi all and belated happy anniversary too! It's good to see everyone here. Sorry about being somewhat absent from the forum recently but increased corporate constraints about posting on public forums and time in general have kept me from being able to contribute. Fortunately that's all better now. I'll explain more later in the post.
Cliff - Thanks for posting the transcription of David Schiffman's brilliant words of wisdom. What's really wild is I can vividly hear David's voice as I read that transcription. I have read it several times and no matter what, I read the words as if he is talking. Thank's again Cliff for bringing that back into my memory and forever preserving it in writing.
Over the past few years, I have been pondering leaving the corporate world and doing something else that will eventually allow me the freedom to spend more time doing things that I like doing and just having control over that. On top of leaving Big Sur with "the vibe" (see some of my post Big Sur notes) I realized "I gotta do somethin' else!" (I can hear that in Cliff's voice!") Coming back from Big Sur, I had an inspiration to make that happen which started a chain of events that finally came to fruition. So, as of May 11th I am leaving the corporate world and starting my own business. I have hesitated to post anything about that until this point because you never know when Big Brother is watching. As of July 1st I will be opening my own insurance office and will be my own boss. Granted, it will take a little time to build and some hard work but it will be mine and hopefully will allow me the freedom to spend more time with music. (I know, I know, Cliff's comic trip this last week about "musician's at their day jobs" hits way too close to home but is hilarious and the timimg is perfect.)
That's my Big Sur - One Year Later story. Thanks everyone ! Hopefully we can do it again sometime soon!
I'm glad you dropped in for the reunion. I enjoyed your music and just being able to hang out with you a bit last year.
About all the changes - that is exciting news. Sounds like a lot of work, but it will be all yours.
Congratulations and best wishes in the new venture!
Great to hear from you. Good luck on this new chapter in your life. How exciting.
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I just re-read this quote this morning and was brought to emotion all over again.
I'm sharing our Big Sur experience with a friend and wanted her to read this too.
Best to you all,
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Thanks Tom, that was a splendid moment in time.
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