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Midnight Rider

Midnight Rider. No surprise Brother Gregg passed on Memorial Day weekend. The high holy day of bikers. Motorcycle clubs all over the country go on their runs, sometimes totaling thousands of hogs chugging down the highway, headed for a place where they will have a celebration and listen to their favorite band. The Allman Brothers. The song that sums up the rebel outlaw mystique is “Midnight Rider”. Scrawled on vans across the Deep South. and beyond. It is a legacy and an acknowledgement that we are all rebels, and if we could, we would be rumbling down a lone blacktop road on a vintage stiff tail in the middle of a humid Southern night with Gregg and Duane and Berry, Jamo and Butch and all the rest of the Allman Brothers playing “Midnight Rider” in your inner ear and your heart. Free.

Gregg Allman thank you

Thank you Gregg Allman. You are a force of nature. Rest in Peace.

“The Oracle” in paperback w dedication from author

30th annual street fair drumming at Seasons on Montana

The Oracle now in paperback

Seminole drumming shirt

Seminole Shirt from Chief Billy Osceola’s swamp buddy camp out in the heart of the Seminole reservation in the everglades.

Slowing the Mind with Rhythm

Slowing the mind using rhythm slows down the rapid, often inaccurate assumptions made by our overstressed survival mind. With the slowing groove, the true “I” separates from the fear based intellect to witness arbitrary anxiety generated by our survival mind. We are free of it, for maybe a minute or two. But the survival mind then interrupts our rhythmic conversation with the universe to implement fear based rules. So settle back into the relaxed groove again and the survival mind will be soothed once again into letting go of control. The universe is still there waiting for us to drum.
This is an evolutionary step that only some will get. It is the step up and out of intellect. It is freeing ourselves from the restraints of our current survival minds that are making inaccurate judgements based on worse case scenarios that never happen. Its as if we have been held hostage by our intellect. But not really, that would be too existential for my taste. Rather I see it as coming out of a cocoon of consciousness that has protected us from the indefinable of the universe. Now we meet our maker and it is us.

Most Wanted Rock n Rollers

TOP L TO R: Frank Sinatra, Elvis, David Bowie, Johnny Cash CENTER L-R: Jimi Hendrix, Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), Axl Rose (Guns & Roses), Ozzy Osborne BOTTOM L-R: Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), David Crosby, Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison

Dolphin Swirl: St. Pete Beach full moon drumming cruise

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Elvis the stunt fish

Beautiful Fish