Friday, October 6th, 2017 10:35 AM
Well here it is Friday already. Somehow forgot to write in here yesterday. Not a particularly musical day, so maybe just as well that I didn't. A brief bit of practicing(sans digital camera), and a fair amount of reading.
I'm reading a book about Buddhism and meditation. It's also about evolutionary psychology and neuroscience. Why Buddhism is True, by Robert Wright. Very interesting stuff.
I've been a meditator since I was 18 years old. Took the Transcendental Meditation course, which was a classroom setting and then a private session with your teacher, who would give you a mantra and start you out with your first meditation.
And I've been doing it ever since. That's 45 years(!). Nothing miraculous has happened- I'm still not enlightened!- , but I did get a pretty good insight into my life not long after I started. And I can say that it has helped me to be calmer and more focused. Miracles or not, I'd recommend meditation to anyone. Like I said, it helps.
Music News. A few more gigs on the horizon. Working again with the Samba Llamas in November, and Ocean State in December. The Samba Llamas asked me if I had any tunes that would be suitable. Well hell yes, son. I got a million of 'em. Flattered to be asked.
Also two gigs at Montvale Estates, with two different groups. Montvale is an assisted-living facility, for those who can't quite manage their affairs, but aren't so far gone they need a Nursing Home. A 'halfway house' in that sense.
A few new things on YouTube. I feel like I'm out of the slump I was in. Things are working again. You usually come out of a slump with a vengeance. At least I do. Somewhat like having a night without much sleep and then sleeping like a baby the next. You feel that much better..
Okay, this has gone on long enough. Thanks for reading, whoever-you-are. Happy Friday, whatever that may mean to you. More later.