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Tour d'Horizon

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 Music and Wonder describes two passions. Music is a sonic phenomenon, wonder is less easily summarized. There are more passions, but this is plenty to work with for now. The music stories support artist's projects. The wonder stories seek their own destinies, or perhaps provide cautionary speculation. CELEBRATIONS OF MUSIC: The Dream and Journey of Juan Sánchez , The Pond by the Old Cider Mill , Mysteries of the Crystal Healer , Giant Strides , IN MONUMENTS OF WONDER: Nova Hearth , View of the Moon , The Flip Flakes Caper , Troubled Sleep , Zebra Island But wait! There is more... BrainVoyager  In which I portray a reviewer of electronic music, and now also at Igloo magazine Ello (B Company posts)  Here is where I post stories for my day job, making up stuff about "music" Subrobo  The night activities -- some evidence, untitled visuals Phinuit  The darker experiments The Remaining Puzzle  My oldest haunt so far Cassette Mythos Audio alchemy home culture nostalgia AMSA

The Elysian Mythos

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The idea for my story seemed original to me, but as I developed it, I began to realize that the story is the same as most science fiction adventures, humans heading into new territories to escape trouble created by their own reckless industry. My focus is on the burden of the survivors to follow the destination that they did not choose, a destination that was imposed upon them by their ancestors who have died and left them in the predicament they are in. Until the moment someone actually gets to the New Earth, nobody really knows what is going to be found there. It is sort of like death, nobody has come back to say definitively, but one day our grandchildren, or their descendents, are going to find out for sure. It is nothing like death, as natural as finding air to breathe. The problem is that the distance is  greater than any human lifespan, those who set off on this journey will not reach the destination, those who do arrive will have never walked on the surface of a planet, having

Troubled Sleep

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 The air suddenly got really cold, which puts me on alert. I try to look at my hands but I can not see them, too dark. As I twist and look behind me I see a shadow on the opposite side of the room creep past on the floor, and I try to gather my forces to react and survive it again. I have done this before. I do it all the time. This always happens, so I prepared to fight back this time, instead of folding and giving in to it again. When I turned and was prepared to fight whatever it was, of course there was nothing and I was mistaken. I started to relax and exhale, quietly releasing the energy of the scream that was building up inside and laughing just to calm myself down. But that moment is when I saw it much closer to me, right in front of me. Huge. It was standing tall and about to tear me to pieces. The claws were so close, and they reached out to pull open my abdomen again, it always goes this way. I turned to run but again I could not make myself move in any way like running. So

Collaborations with Robert Geiger

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Flip Flakes This story was written as a collaborative project with Robert Geiger, we were looking for ways to amuse ourselves and traded two stories back and forth. The other story came to be titled Zebra Island. I would write something on one story while Robert worked on the other, then we would swap, trying to put the plot into more and more difficult circumstances. Robert is busy with other things these days; we have been buddies since way back, we both came up in our home town of Albion, Michigan, which is located in Calhoun County. There are no mountains in Calhoun County, this will mean something if you read the story. The Flip Flakes Caper is the story of two kids. When the lad tricks his neighbor into buying him a box of forbidden cereal, he finds a note which sends him on a strange adventure, and his sister gets caught up with him.  Originally I tried presenting this whopper of a tale in one big lump, but that was just not working out. It takes too long to wade through. Here

Believing in Your Own Magic

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 The dream and journey of Juan Sánchez The dream of Juan Sánchez as an instrumental music composer is to tell his own stories without lyrics, which allow people to connect with the music on an emotional level. He does not want people to only listen to his music, he wants them to feel it and connect with it. As a pianist, he hopes to play live concerts around the world in the coming years. "To hear music is one thing, but to feel it, it’s just another. I prefer to feel the music as when I only listen to it, I do not get the same level of satisfaction." On a deep level, music is language for emotion. It allows us to express feelings that we can't quite express or feel with language. Music is also a feeling and story. "When I was really little, my parents would turn on a cassette tape in the tape player in my room for me to fall asleep to,” he shares. “Only it didn't exactly help me fall asleep--I would stay awake listening to it because I would imagine a story to g

The Pond by the Old Cider Mill

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  In 1883 there was a man, named Claude, who lived in France in a house very near a barn that was once an old cider mill, with beautiful gardens where he grew flowers gathered according to their colors, and he left them to grow rather freely. Claude had many projects and many friends with interests ranging from literature, affairs of the world, color theories and collecting Japanese woodcut prints to botany, horticulture and nature. And he liked to paint. In the present day there are two people, named Dudley and Dean, who once visited that same house and old cider mill with the beautiful ponds and gardens. They have a garden of their own at their home, also with rhododendrons, azaleas, irises, lilies and a willow tree, plus a pond nearby. They have many projects and many friends with interests ranging from healing music, chakras, affirmations and relationships to environmental issues. And they like to make music. Dean and Dudley Evenson share many parallels with Claude Monet, they brea

Mysteries of the Crystal Healer

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  Chakuna Machi Asa is a transformative sound healing artist who creates New Age music and also practices in the ancient tradition of overtone chanting and shamanic drumming. She holds certifications in Massage Therapy, Reiki III, Therapeutic Kinesiology, Crystal Healing Therapy, and Reiki Drumming. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Michigan State University with specialized studies in abnormal psychology, philosophy of love and justice, shamanism, and world religions. Her post graduate studies have included Peruvian Shamanic Healing, Herbology, Guided Meditation and Natural Health. Her spirit name, Chakuna Machi Asa, was activated in an ancient indigenous Peruvian Shamanic ceremony. The name comes from the Quechua word Machakuna which means Ancestor. If one chooses to pronounce “Machi” as Ma-Ki (Ma-Qi), it roughly translates to “my energy,” which she believes she has carried with her from a past life to this one so that she may use her gifts to transmit these healing vibes. T