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For Our Veterans On Memorial Day Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering. Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory there would be no civilization, no future. It seems courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live, taking the form of readiness to die. All around the world, because of their courage we have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy and forget in time that men have died to win them. On Memorial Day we share an honor with all of the veterans who came before us and all who proudly served and are still serving around the world.There is no better way to demonstrate our gratitude to the brave men and women who have sacrificed in uniform than to strengthen and improve the care they so richly deserve. Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. Let's never forget freedom isn't free. As we express our gratitude, we must also never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter these words, but to live by them.… more
6 days ago • Edited
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JAZZURE I love jazz because it speaks to my soul and never disappoints. The complexity and the improv mean that I never hear the same cut on an album or live performance of a piece the same way twice and it works my mind, body and soul. To me, listening to good jazz is akin to a healing meditation! I love jazz because of its ability to evoke such tremendous emotion... primarily joy! I love jazz because as it is such an interesting style of music which involves improvisation, solos, the interaction between musicians. I love jazz because... of it’s instant composing and rhytmic interesting character: jazz in all it’s different appearings is often able to enrich the very moment, the NOW. And that’s all we have, isn’t it? Jazz is a reflection of life. It is intellectually challenging, rewarding, frustrating, invigorating, fun.. In my studio I have a quote from Confucius, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”. Jazz is a journey that never reaches an end point for any player. It just continues. Jazz combines creativity from the mind, heart, and the gut. It flourishes through my truth and uses melody and rhythm to bridge the musician's creativity and the listener's imagination. I love jazz because it's an area of music where I am free to incorporate everything I've experienced in music, including multiple genres and global cultures, and creatively express myself as a composer and improviser. I play so much as do I express the various styles I've absorbed in a way that is honest and personal. As a Multi - instrumentalist it means I cover a lot of different sounds, and as a composer it means I draw on a lot of different influences quite freely.… more
May 17, 2020 • Edited
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COLORSTORM is an unquenchable Force of Energy and Nature. Forever changing, reaching out from within. We are a team of Truth, giving all who listen the sound that is our soul to create a vibration and self interpretation in the moment , never to be heard in the same way again. We paint a Soundscape. that can only happen with the connection of open minds and open hearts. We play without constructs, we are able to share right here, and right now with you. Our creations, a Spark of nature enables luminous artists to shine and bring the listener a sound of our Soul. COLORSTORM is recorded live and in one take in Los Angeles. Proceeds from this album shall be donated to Australia Zoo, run by Bindi Sue Irwin, the Daughter Legendary Steve Irwin . A nonprofit which provides care to animals injured in the Australian Wildfires. I am honored to have been chosen as Musical Ambassador for Wildlife Warriors Worldwide and the Australia Zoo Foundation. Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way for compassionate and caring people to support the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife. As a lifelong supporter of animal rights, it is my privilege to support them by raising money to help care for wildlife injured in the Australian wildfires. The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital takes in animals from all over Australia. Estimates suggest that more than 1.25 billion animals may have been killed directly or indirectly from the fires. This loss includes thousands of koalas and other iconic animals, such as kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, potoroos, cockatoos, and honeyeaters. I invite you to join me in supporting the healing and recovery of Australian wildlife. Every donation helps us save lives. Wildlife Warriors and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital - Global Conservation Wildlife Warriors and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital - Global Conse... Wildlife Warriors Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way to include and involve... To support this effort, we are donating all proceeds from the first Colorstorm jazz album - a concept in jazz that has never been done before. Colorstorm features Los Angeles’s finest jazz musicians as we play without constructs, sharing our souls to paint in-the-moment Soundscapes through the connection of open minds and open hearts. May the openheartedness & generosity of spirit which created the Soundscapes of this album inspire you to extend your heart and help support wildlife injured in the fires. Songs Los Angeles the Song Los Angeles: An Anthem · 2017 Los Angeles Los Angeles: An Anthem · 2017 Los Angeles Word Los Angeles: An Anthem ·… more
May 11, 2020
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COLORSTORM  is an unquenchable Force of Energy and Nature. Forever changing, reaching out from within. We are a team of Truth, giving all who listen the sound that is our soul to create a vibration and self interpretation in the moment , never to be heard in the same way again. We paint a Soundscape. that can only happen with the connection of open minds and open hearts. We play without constructs, we are able to share right here, and right now with you. Our creations, a Spark of nature enables luminous artists to shine and bring the listener a sound of our Soul. COLORSTORM is recorded live and in one take in Los Angeles. Proceeds from this album shall be donated to Australia Zoo, run by Bindi Sue Irwin, the Daughter Legendary Steve Irwin . A nonprofit which provides care to animals injured in the Australian Wildfires. I am honored to have been chosen as Musical Ambassador for Wildlife Warriors Worldwide and the Australia Zoo Foundation. Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way for compassionate and caring people to support the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife. As a lifelong supporter of animal rights, it is my privilege to support them by raising money to help care for wildlife injured in the Australian wildfires. The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital takes in animals from all over Australia. Estimates suggest that more than 1.25 billion animals may have been killed directly or indirectly from the fires. This loss includes thousands of koalas and other iconic animals, such as kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, potoroos, cockatoos, and honeyeaters. I invite you to join me in supporting the healing and recovery of Australian wildlife. Every donation helps us save lives. Wildlife Warriors and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital - Global Conservation Wildlife Warriors and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital - Global Conse... Wildlife Warriors Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way to include and involve... To support this effort, we are donating all proceeds from the first Colorstorm jazz album - a concept in jazz that has never been done before. Colorstorm features Los Angeles’s finest jazz musicians as we play without constructs, sharing our souls to paint in-the-moment Soundscapes through the connection of open minds and open hearts. May the openheartedness & generosity of spirit which created the Soundscapes of this album inspire you to extend your heart and help support wildlife injured in the fires.… more
May 6, 2020
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WE LOVE A GREAT SANDWICH "What can I get for you?" the old man asked when I walked in. The expression on his face was hopeful, almost uncomfortably so. "Just a couple bottles of water," I said. His shoulders sagged, the disappointment obvious. I noticed the chalkboard behind him. "And one of your sandwiches," I quickly added. He asked me what kind. I told him to make me his favorite. I pulled an old metal chair up to a scarred wooden table to wait. The next mountain I would climb dominated the view out the window. I'll see all I want of that soon enough, I thought, so I turned to look around his store. You know the type: small, owner-operated country store, once a hub of the community, long pushed aside by chain convenience stores. The shelves were mostly filled with items--fishing lures, diapers, auto parts, books, movies, homemade goods--once essential, now gathering dust as relics of a world much less flat. My head was turned towards the back of the store and I didn't notice he had shuffled over. "I'm sorry," I said, half standing. "You didn't have to bring my food to me." "That's all right," he said. "Sit down and relax." Then he paused and tilted his head towards the plastic tray in his hands. "I made one for myself too. If you don't mind I'll sit and eat with you." Absolutely, I said. He pulled over a chair and the legs creaked as he eased down on it. I took a bite of the sandwich. "This is really good," I said. He smiled and nodded. Then he asked questions. Where was I from? Where I was going? Did it take long to get used to people seeing me in that skin-tight getup? As we talked he took small bites of his sandwich. I could tell he wanted our conversation to last. So I asked about his store. He said he had opened it almost 40 years ago, back when folks only made the trip to "town" was every month or so. He had tried to stock a little of everything. In time he learned which items different families needed. He tried to stock those too. "Now I don't know what to do," he said. "Most of my old customers moved on or passed on. I try to keep up but nothing much seems to work. I don't know. Maybe this is a young man's game." He sighed and leaned back in his chair. "I just don't know," he said, almost to himself. I tried to think of something to say. I could talk about meeting an unfilled need and finding a niche and differentiation through service, but whatever I said would be a platitude... and platitudes only serve to insult those who already gave their all. Sometimes there isn't anything to say. So we sat in silence as he looked out the window, eyes fixed on something only he could see. Eventually he shook his head. Then we talked some more. A little while later I left. As I rode away I thought about how business can be a metaphor for life. At a surface level, business is cut and dried: You make money or lose money, build a customer base or lose a customer base, launch a new product or watch it fall flat. You care about the surface level because it's important, but under the surface is where the true importance lies. Under the surface are the connections, the relationships, the friendships, and the times you don't just serve some market but get to make a real difference in another person's life. For him, that was the mother who had counted on him to stock her baby's favorite formula. That was the father who had occasionally found time to take his boys fishing and counted on him having bait. That was the carload of boys who stopped in for sodas and snacks and a movie to take home on a Friday night because that was how they spent small town Friday nights. He and his store had meant something, however small, to people. Now it didn't. Now he didn't. I'd like to say I found a way to help turn his store around, but life doesn't work that way. I rode by a year later and the store was closed, the building empty. I unclipped and stood in the dusty parking lot for a minute. Nothing moved but a few loose shingles flapping in the wind. No ads in the windows. No sign above the door. Nothing to commemorate a lifetime of work. Nothing, that is, but the memories. He has thousands and in that he is truly rich. Sometimes a business, and even a life, is like that. And maybe that's okay.… more
Apr 28, 2020 • Edited
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COLORSTORM is an unquenchable Force of Energy and Nature. Forever changing, reaching out from within. We are a team of Truth, giving all who listen the sound that is our soul to create a vibration and self interpretation in the moment, never to be heard in the same way again. We paint a Soundscape. that can only happen with the connection of open minds and open hearts. We play without constructs, we are able to share right here, and right now with you. Our creations, a Spark of nature enables luminous artists to shine and bring the listener a sound of our Soul. COLORSTORM is recorded LIVE, and in one take in Los Angeles. I am honored to have been chosen as Musical Ambassador for Wildlife Warriors Worldwide and the Australia Zoo Foundation. Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way for compassionate and caring people to support the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife. As a lifelong supporter of animal rights, it is my privilege to support them by raising money to help care for wildlife injured in the Australian wildfires. Proceeds from this album shall be donated to Australia Zoo, run by Bindi Sue Irwin, the daughter of the legendary Steve Irwin. A nonprofit which provides care to animals injured in the Australian Wildfires. May the open heartedness & generosity of spirit which created the Soundscapes of this album inspire you to extend your heart and help support wildlife injured in the fires.… more
Apr 21, 2020
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Apr 15, 2020
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THE MOUTHPIECE COBBLER Part 2 Many times has the cobbler put his foot in his mouth not saying which of his products is right for you. I just heard Him Banter, he doesn't have to say it. Not everything is said in words. You'll sit in his chair as he shows you his wares, though feelings and semantics come through in layers. So I hear Him Banter until he turns down my request for something that would be a kind gesture, an item that he has many to spare, but won't part with one because in his mind they are made for him, so he shares with none. If you are a few dollars short for his wares he'll show you no more, he's quick to give out a card and show you the door.  I was just searching for a glimpse of what was, and got interrupted by listening to Him Banter.… more
Apr 8, 2020 • Edited
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