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  • Orcas Today Archive - You have found our complete archive of days gone by. Here you can easily search for past events or activities for any given day. To find today's happenings, check out
  • Orcas Today: Thursday, May 21st - OIFF Virtual Cinema Program Orcas Island Film Festival presents an opportunity to enjoy some choice films and support a great cause! The proceeds from this virtual cinema will support the Sea View
  • Orcas Today: Wednesday, May 20th - Free Business Webinar: Impact of Covid-19 on Agriculture May 20th from 3:00-4:30pmThese free webinars are aimed at providing businesses with important guidance and information to deal with this
  • Orcas Today: Tuesday, May 19th - OIFF Virtual Cinema Program Orcas Island Film Festival presents an opportunity to enjoy some choice films and support a great cause! The proceeds from this virtual cinema will support the Sea View
  • Orcas Today: Monday, May 18th - OIFF Virtual Cinema Program Orcas Island Film Festival presents an opportunity to enjoy some choice films and support a great cause! The proceeds from this virtual cinema will support the Sea View
  • Orcas Today: May 15th-17th - Washington State Retail Webinar May 15th at 11:00am A positive plan by Bob Phibbs to help you recover and succeed again in your business.  Watch his video at
  • Orcas Today: Thursday, May 14th - OIFF Virtual Cinema Program Orcas Island Film Festival presents an opportunity to enjoy some choice films and support a great cause! The proceeds from this virtual cinema will support the Sea View
  • Orcas Today: Wednesday, May 13th - OIFF Virtual Cinema Program Orcas Island Film Festival presents an opportunity to enjoy some choice films and support a great cause! The proceeds from this virtual cinema will support the Sea View
  • Orcas Today: Tuesday, May 12th - Washington State Small Business Webinar May 12th from 9:00-11:00am The information business owners need right now is about getting ready to operate safely; doing business while caring for the
  • Orcas Today: Monday, May 11th - OIFF Virtual Cinema Program Orcas Island Film Festival presents an opportunity to enjoy some choice films and support a great cause! The proceeds from this virtual cinema will support the Sea View
  • Orcas Today: May 8th-10th - EDC Virtual Job Fair May 8th from 10:00am-12:00pm The San Juan County Economic Development Council urges businesses and residents to hire local workers and contractors as the economy starts to
  • Orcas Today: Thursday, May 7th - OIFF Virtual Cinema Program Orcas Island Film Festival presents an opportunity to enjoy some choice films and support a great cause! The proceeds from this virtual cinema will support the Sea
  • Orcas Today: Wednesday, May 6th - OIFF Virtual Cinema Program Orcas Island Film Festival presents an opportunity to enjoy some choice films and support a great cause! The proceeds from this virtual cinema will support the Sea
  • Orcas Today: Tuesday, May 5th - OIFF Virtual Cinema Program Orcas Island Film Festival presents an opportunity to enjoy some choice films and support a great cause! The proceeds from this virtual cinema will support the Sea
  • Orcas Today: Monday, May 4th - Washington Tourism Alliance Webinar Monday, May 4th at 1:30pm Join Interim Executive Director David Blandford for an in-depth discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the tourism industry
  • Orcas Today: May 1st-3rd - Washington Tourism Alliance Webinar Friday, May 1st at 1:30pm Join Interim Executive Director David Blandford for an in-depth discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the tourism industry
  • Orcas Today: Thursday, April 30th - Great Island Clean-up Instead of an organized one-day event, we are encouraging all islanders who are able to safely distance from others, to pick up trash around their neighborhood roads, or nearby
  • Orcas Today: Wednesday, April 29th - Great Island Clean-up Instead of an organized one-day event, we are encouraging all islanders who are able to safely distance from others, to pick up trash around their neighborhood roads, or
  • New Site! - poeticphonetics.com Please visit poeticphonetics.com for further information, or follow the link to buy a copy of a book. The Handbook of Poetic Phonetics Poetic Phonetics: From Hu men
  • Food and Freedom - I am making a go at having a 'FareStart!' By joining the program there, where everyone has a respect and appreciation for food as 'the staff of life,' I hope to surround myself with a lot of people
  • Sabbath? - Killing Yourself to Live - It is obvious what Third Eye Blind means, so it isn't much of a mental challenge to get that some of their lyrics may be about chi/energy and chakras. It has taken me a bit of time to realize that
  • We Sing for the Children - There are so many songs which reference the sacredness of music. 'The Secret Life of Plants,' from Stevie Wonder 'In Bloom,' from Nirvana and too many more to really list here. Music can be
  • Quantums, MFIs and Elfman - Being Blessed upsets people. It isn't 'normal' 'you aren't flowing the rules.' They say hindsight is twenty twenty, and after yesterday, I see a few things. I have quoted a certain psy-almist
  • Aqualung - I just read Allan Moore's in depth book for Bloomsbury's 33 and 1/3 imprint. Quite amazing, at the depth which he deciphers the lyrics, and relates them to Barre's and Anderson's playing. For that
  • The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness - In his book, ‘The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness,’ Ryan Dowd provides insight and practical tools for anyone (but especially librarians) who encounters people living with and in the stress
  • Book Review: ‘Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America' - Is there a conspiracy to keep cash from the common folk? Or does it just seem like it? In her book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,”
  • Real Change - Those of you keeping up will notice it has been a few months since I have updated the blog, I will keep things going for a while starting today. I am being published! A review of Nancy MacLean's book
  • Wonderful World - Wow! Have you watched the video? Louis Armstrong! Amazing as the melody is, the lyrics are also an incredible insight. Unlike Hendrix's Axis Bold As Love, Louis does not provide chakra
  • Water No Get Enemy - Regarding the extraordinary music of Fela Kuti, one of his songs stands out to me as both an incredible song, and tribute to the eternal wisdom of creation. Water No Get Enemy, from 1975's release
  • God's Away On Business - 'I'd sell your heart to the junkman baby, For a buck, for a buck.' The first lines in the song speak to the heart of what people feel in relation to hope and employment. Your heart, the center of
  • Celebrate Me Home - Met a friend yesterday who reminded me of the Kenny Loggins song, Celebrate Me Home. Really an amazing study of dramatics and wordplay in how he touches on the themes moat central to life. Love,
  • Bold As Love - Though the Hendrix family removes Jimi's original material from youtube, there are ways of listening to his poetry. One of my favorites has always, will always be Bold As Love from the album Axis:
  • What Comes Around... -   Sixty years isn't a long time for art to roll around on itself, unless of course you are a Hollywood film mogul. To compare and contrast the songs 'I Want to be Evil,' Earth Kitt 1954, and
  • Eclipse - Guess What?!?   That's right! The solar eclipse. Aug 21. Who's going? Certainly this is a great opportunity to reflect on Pink Floyd's celebrate song, and discuss the lyrical symbolism of paradox
  • Dissin for Dollars - Anyone who performs with the Washington Symphony Orchestra at ten years old, is embarking on a musical destiny. Bernie Worrell was an accomplished musician, composer and performer. Over the course of
  • Whats So Funny 'Bout - Though it has been a bit of time since I have listened to Elvis Costello, since a friend/employer forbade me from playing his music as a result of their past, he is still an excellent musician.
  • Paranoid Android - While considering the similarities and differences in two of the most epic fantasies of all time, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter, I found an article re-imagining the Harry Potter sound
  • Time Plus Chaos Equals Infinity - Struck initially by the similarity of principles described in 'Time Flies' and Laurie Anderson's song 'Ramon,' which I described in a recent post. 'You realize time flies, And the best thing that
  • Hard Love - From his album The  Heart of the Flower, Bob Franke's 'Hard Love,' is quite poignant. Each verse seems to have been carved into him through life and the muse. 'For the Lord's cross might redeem us,
  • Little Wheel Spin and Spin - Recently watched a documentary called The Pyramid Code, and it was quite an interesting video. Directed and produced by Carmen Boulter, one of the more interesting episodes was A New Chronolgy, which
  • Parallel Psalms - Affects of Arpeggios - I was 'catching' up on The Lord of the Rings movies, which may become a personal Bastille Day tradition. Of course, my musical memory was triggered, and by sheer 'coincidence,' 'The Battle of
  • Bastille Day - the song heard round the world! - Vive Le Français! The end of feudalism, the beginning of fugualism - the song heard round the world! As poignant as Bastille Day is to liberty in France, the song begins with a sharp paradox
  • Catch A Fire - Lately, while taking a (well deserved) break from  reading four plus novels a week, I turned to movie series which I have always enjoyed. I am also reading the books for the first time, and as
  • Small Circle of Friends - To be ahead of your time, and outside of time seems be best described symbolically as a circle. Phil Ochs, as an activist and musician, seemed to embody the philosophy that he espoused through his
  • Ramon - During the 'long' weekend, I had an opportunity to watch a some biographical documentaries of two incredible musicians. Searching for Sugar Man, and Phil Ochs, There but for Fortune which is also
  • Rivers of Babylon - I've yet to meet someone who is not moved by the song 'Rivers of Babylon.' The first group performing it musically is usually considered to be The Melodians, arranged by Brent Dowe and Kenneth Bilby.
  • Uber Alles Uber Alles - “History does not repeat itself, but it does instruct.” - Timothy Snyder "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life” - Oscar Wilde In March, Jens Kruse spoke at the Orcas Center
  • Roots, Muse and Symbolism - I recently wrote about Music and Economincs, using the song 'The Trees,' to tie together points of Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbin's use of a Marx quote in the recent elections in the UK. This
  • By the Light of Sound -   As fate would have it, the seasons turn, once again Yule fires burn, with mistletoe and holly green, with earth breath some twixt the scene. In spite of Gaia’s terra firm, Polaris
  • Legend Of A Mind - Archimedes, a Greek philosopher, was one of the first westerners to describe the impact that wisdom and knowledge have on physical reality. 'Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth.'
  • Green Man - Grocer Man - I've just finished reading two books, one a novel, one an in depth look at the buying and selling of food. Krampus, the Yule Lord by Brom, and Grocery written by Michael Ruhlman. While on the
  • The Trees - Music and Economics - There is always a new way of looking at old ideas, and today I am going to use a fractal algorithm which only a musician may have considered. While reading the May 13th - 19th issue of The Economist,
  • Whisper - Purple - Spoke or Wheel - WHISPER Whispering  is illegal Say it again I can’t it’s illegal Say it again Conspiracy develops unity Say it again With breath, one love Say it again You say width, I say eons Say it
  • Balance - Round About - BALANCE Turbulence, like mind, can make for a rough ride, hemispheric balance, solving for Y. Cold fronts, or bold ideas pushing against the engine of thought. Warm fronts or wimpy ideas can
  • Lyrical Ability, and how to use it. - Kindness   At the bus stop a homeless man Said he wanted to tell me about his best friend. Well, he kinda smelled, his clothes were dirty, But the bus wouldn't arrive 'til
  • Fruition - battles, it's believed belong to those who flex their might culture strives from chromosomes unconcerned with fight a love supreme will reign, in a way the world can see this hatred of our
  • Topaz - speech, evolutionary artistry, communication elemental assembled anglo sounds, significance residual vocal tones balance the lofty and the gifted awareness, bountiful, caged in ego; not
  • THORPE’S LAST RUN – PART VI - “We have new information.” Waite offered. He continued: “One area of the mine has been closed for some time, and had upgrades performed. Safety equipment was added, more lights and a few other
  • THORPE’S LAST RUN – PART V - Cole read numbers, which appeared to be random, then began discussion with someone off screen. When the camera changed position to show the person who Cole was talking to, Thorpe understood what
  • THORPE’S LAST RUN – PART IV - The guard who had spoken had apparently been held captive for quite some time as his garments or lack suggested. Dress clothes, not unlike earth wear. What had once been a suit looked more like moss
  • Jump Nyabinghi / Moves Like Jagger - Bob Marley's Jump Nyabinghi, and Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger, have some interesting points in common, considering ecstatic dance as the direct connection between the two songs: 'Love to see when ya
  • THORPE’S LAST RUN – PART III - He was still having trouble figuring out why so many of the others were giving him the evil eye. As near as he could figure, he was at the bar right next to the spaceport, and the sheer numbers of
  • Thorpe's Last Run - Part II - Waiting in isolation was not as bad as he had remembered, partly he believed, due to his wife’s work. Technicians were now able to isolate which type of bacteria would be harmful to an environment
  • Archetypes of Invisibility - Fuzz Face / Stressed Out - Just to make sure we are all on the same page an archetype is 'a very typical example of a certain person or thing.' Bootsy has one of my favorite examples of the invisible archetype, expressed as
  • Thorpe's Last Run - Having recently read I'm Your Man, a biography of Leonard Cohen, it seems that it would be appropriate to extend the blog to other types of my writing. With that in mind, here is the first
  • Samuel Taylor’s Cool Ranch Stanzas - Music is my Albatross, Pulling on my neck, dragging down my soul. Through the orange yellows of Dante’s inferno. To the steel blue fires, the true gates of hell. Until the heaviness weighs on
  • No Religion - In the Garden - More than a few of the conversations I had this weekend were quite lively. I was rather intrigued by one, where it was discussed that opposing sides often considered you on the enemies side, if
  • Earth, Water, Rhythm - Mud Pie Merengue! - Initially, I was going to post about the roots of the word humus, based on the phonetic connection between human, posthumous and hum. While looking up the etymology, it seemed that most of the roots
  • All My Friends - A fellow musician I met in Olympia a while ago, recently made a post about essentially being honest on Facebook (and life in general I would think). I have been thinking the same thing lately, which
  • Who Do You Want to Be? -   I'm sure that many of you are familiar with Danny Elfman's music, and Who Do You Want to Be is not only an incredible representation of his music, it is phenomenal lyrical philosophy and
  • I Just Want to Talk to You - further interpretations of the spoken word - I was standing on the walkway to my house, okay, okay, so it was the entrance to the Inn at Queen Anne. A man walked up and said "Excuse me" I moved, he moved, we each guessed incorrectly, then he
  • Big Heart, Empty Heart and Paradox - Ursula K Le Guin, in her translation of Tao Te Ching, uses words and phrases most North Americans use in everyday discussion. I have been enjoying reading the work again, with her words in the order
  • All Your Way - A friend recently pointed out that I like to argue. Well, that may just be. My mother certainly thought that I would make a good lawyer, based on the types of objections I would raise to any of my
  • The Greatest Luxury - It is difficult to look at oneself, and the decisions we all make on a daily basis which affect ourselves, our families and friends, and eventually our society, and future generations. Michael Franti
  • One Nation - Under a Groove - So wide you can't get around it, So low you can't get under it, So high you can't get over it. These are the words that start the song One Nation Under a Groove by Parliament. There are a number of
  • Sing Our Own Song - I always find it curious to discuss intangible ideas with others who may not have had an experience of unity and connectedness. Personally, and as a musician, I prefer the word spirit, as it’s root
  • Didn't You Know -   One morning, after I had set out to find a unique meaning from three different sources of 'truth,' I was able to write a song within a matter of minutes once I gathered the materials. The
  • Brother, Can You Spare an Al? - I was recently struck by the similarity between Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al,' and the depression era's 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime,' by Yip Harburg.  Though what Simon has to say about the
  • Everything Right is Wrong Again - The first track from the 1986 release of 'They Might Be Giants,' might have been written as early as 1984. The fun and upbeat tempo suggests an überstanding of the lyrical wit. This Brooklyn based
  • Chameleon – Finding Truth in an Ever Changing Universe - ‘A man without conviction.’ ‘A man who doesn’t know.’ These statements are interpreted often as signs of a weak character, yet to find throughout time other statements which validate the
  • Put One Foot in Front of the Other - As Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr stated, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same.’ It’s interesting to see how that phrase is based in truth, like many others which survive the gen.0
  • The Battle of Evermore - The Led Zeppelin song has many references to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. One of the lines which I like quite a bit is 'Sing as you raise your bow.' The implication here is interesting because the
  • The Different Drummer - the Rhythm Child of Sid Vicious and Bob Marley - Community is the subject of M. Scott Peck’s book, The Different Drum. I had the fortune of hearing him speak once, and I recommend listening to his talks, or reading his books. The introduction to
  • Sic Semper Summa - I was once asked, which Open Mic do you go to? There really is only one answer to that question, according to Michael Stipe and R.E.M. 'All of them.' - no reason to second guess. A blue collar
  • Rhythms, Recipes, and Rx. - Rhythm, meter, and rhyme each have a relationship to music, and therefore Blues and Millennium Blues. Of course, these words represent the way that the structure of music is discussed, without
  • Strong Winds, Destroy our Homes? - 'Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih. Somebody cry why, why, why?' Some of you might remember Paul Simon's 'Graceland' and these lines form the song 'Homeless.' 'Strong wind, destroy our home. Many dead
  • Hey Look a Squirrel! - I'm sure you know that the blues are a very natural part of music, and nature is of course part of the blues, I've thought since I began to listen to lyrics, that most great songs included elements
  • The Truth is the Truth - As in "We hold these truths to be self-evident" and "One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain". Self-evident: for a phrase from a bunch of bible thumping white guys, who had just
  • What makes Millennium Blues different? - One World, Worlds of Music It has been said that if you are not sure of what makes the Blues the Blues, you will never know. To then base a description of a new style of music or millennium rhythm
  • The Handbook of Poetic Phonetics - These photos represent the cover to my book: "The Handbook of Poetic Phonetics" It contains, thoughts, poetry, and lyrics to some songs that I have written. The thoughts are creative non-fiction,
  • What is Millennium Blues? - Millennium Blues [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZJPQamZhQE[/embed] Millennium Blues, is what I answer when people ask what style of music I play. It is based, of course off of the