I am SO "there" next time <G>
Julie wants to thank Jack Ellwanger, Mgr of the Big Sur Lodge for talking to her over (his incredible) Hidden Barn lunches about how to quit smoking, he wrote a book about it. He gave her some excellent advice and tips for quitting. She hasn't had a cigarette since leaving Big Sur! Proof that the influence of these people is remarkable and sustaining.
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Okay, I'm convinced now that this is necessary medicine for the soul.......we're gonna have to do Big Sur at least Bi-annually!!!
WAY beyond music, I completely agree. Congratulations, Julie. (Jack is an amazing guy)!
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Hi Pete and Julie,
Many posts about the after-effects of Big Sur have choked me up, but when I read Pete's post about Julie quitting smoking, I just lost it altogether. Right here in the office. I couldn't hold it back. (Fortunately nobody was walking by to see this guy weeping in his office.)
This is so beautiful. Better music is very important to us all, but *this* is in a different league altogether--we're seeing a courageous person opening up a whole new lease on life itself. Hooray for you, Julie! Hooray! And you've already made it for two weeks! I know I speak for many here when I say that our strength and encouragement stay with you all through this journey to freedom. Should you doubt it, just ask in a PM, and you'll find we are there for you. And bless Jack's heart for his precious gift to you.
I thought the Big Sur effect had mostly worn off me, but your news has brought it all back.
“Big Sur is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked at from the Peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look”
“Big Sur is the one thing about this universe of ours which intrigues me. It makes me realize that it is divine and beyond all knowing, that it lends itself so easily to any and all interpretations.”
© Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch
"My witness is the Big Sur empty sky.....
@ Jack Kerouac, Big Sur
Jeez, I got back and started smoking. Entirely too much fresh air out there.
All kidding aside, congrats to Julie, and thanks again the the whole Big Sur bunch. I'm up for doing it again someday, and I will definitely take a few days with my wife and grab a cabin and show her the beach and the Hidden Barn. Maybe then she won't be as jealous.
Ha~~~I soooo-ooooo knew you guys would be affected by Big Sur in ways you never expected~~just love those Henry Miller quotes~~~
So do Henry Miller's words ring true with you guys now?
(I definitely gotta pick-up some of his books now~~~)
I'm sure Big Sur had a lot to do with what happened to us. I didn't get to hike or spend much time in "Big Sur" so I didn't get a direct connection to the land other than the drive down the coast & the connection to the studio & the sea air. As a result the Miller quotes don't speak to me yet, but I have a feeling they will as I progress through the decompression process.
There were so many variables - Big Sur, the Natives, the Bose-O's, the music, the dancers, the discussions, the personal exchanges - that I'm still processing all of the inputs. I'm sure Big Sur well be the over-arching presence in all of these inputs in the end.
LOVE the new Avatar!
I just had another great night at the gig, & I have our Big Sur supernova to thank for it. I was in the moment almost the whole gig. I did music that was far afield from my norm, & the crowd followed me everywhere I took them. They really got it, & so did I. So Big Sur is coming back to me in waves as time passes, & I am making more & more of the changes permanent.
Wow, I just went to the main page & looked at the members currently online & I was the only one. I felt all alone & wanted to shout "Where are you guys?!" But I'm glad you must all be gigging or spending quality time with friends & family.
Was wondering how many folk who attended the Bose-O's West gathering are planning to head back to Big Sur (at somepoint) in order to spend quality time with nature there ...?
Simply with the goal of soaking in the surroundings ... The beauty and atmosphere of this most unforgettable place ...
Cliff, love the Mark Trail pic. Brings back good memories. We do not get it here in Idaho.
I had missed your Big Sur Thoughts post, just read it today. Beautiful.
You are right about "things just coming out of the horn differently" now.
I had two gigs this weekend after having a stressful week traveling and the previous weekend off. The "Vibe" hasn't gone away. I'm loving it!
Joseph - I would love to bring the family up there sometime. I'll keep you posted. The little ones have to grow up a little before we take any major road trips.
I'm SO wanting to reconnect with these feelings & hoping that Cuchara will bring them to life again. Everyone meditate on this place & time if you will so that the genuine energies unite in a beautiful way.
What a treat it is, reading this thread again, from the top.
Thanks for pushing it up in the pile Tom.
Over a year later and I ponder what a born again experience Big Sur is,
and I do mean "is", it hasn't stopped working in me.
I still feel the same about what I wrote about back then.
Looking forward to Cuchara.
Wishing you all a "Sur-esque" feeling in CO.
From what I've read, Ashland was a very different vib- but a great experience in it's own right.
I know I loved it, and still talk about highlights to my musical friends all the time.
I find myself revisiting this thread as we talk about new ideas for recording our live music from the L1 & trying to create the hunger for live music that we talked about late in the day Tuesday at Big Sur. (see above & other Big Sur threads) I'm also looking forward to Little Switzerland & wanting to revisit the discussions & emotions from the Hidden Barn in some way.
I see that we visited this before Cuchara. Was Cuchara wonderful - yes, sir. Did we reach a supernova - not exactly, but it was very gratifying. (It was hard for me since I was running the show.)
I wish that new folks (& old folks) could read this thread as a primer & reminder & a way of getting to know what this forum & this company is & can be like.
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