Put a Little Sugar On It

In case you need to disinfect wound and you have run out of hydrogen peroxide or alcohol.

Doctors are finding one way that sugar can benefit your health: it may help heal wounds when antibiotics fail.

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Thursday

I got up at 0500 again and meditated at 0600. Today Santa Fe was very very quiet. Walking four miles I encountered two people on foot and maybe 6-10 cars.

My work in the studio is hampered by a small cut on my left index finger that became infected. Hopefully a couple days of caution will take care of that.

Creativity

This Tumblr contains several funny posts showing images of Corona creativity. Wearing a motorcycle helmet during a flight, turning a bra into a face mask, wearing five face masks at once for greater protection, creating a mask for your cat, wearing some sort of modified bottle on one’s head, and how to feed monks from a distance…

Raven

Ravens were used by Vikings to determine if there was a land ahead during their long voyages across the open sea. They carried ravens with them in cages. When they found themselves far away from the shore and didn’t know which way to go, they would set a raven free.

Raven would fly high in the air and then start flying in circles searching for land in the distance. Because ravens can’t land on water, if the raven could not see a land, he would return to the ship. But if the raven saw land in the distance, it would fly straight for it. All the Vikings had to do is follow the raven.

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Ah yes, of course

I just came home from an early walk through empty streets. This week I have been getting up at 0500 every morning, sitting down to meditate around 0600 and walking four miles at 0700. Meditating while day breaks is wonderful. I will write a separate post about meditation, because it is so helpful at a time like this.

The world will soon be a very different place – here are some light-hearted reasons why it will look different.

We will begin to see people’s natural hair color as salons are shuttered and even home visits are strictly forbidden in Europe, although I am sure there is a sizable illegal trade going on. Wear the grey with pride, I say.

People will have to suspend their Botox habit, or learn how to inject themselves.

There is a large uptick in sales of shavers and beard trimmer as people take care of their hair themselves. That reminds me, it’s time for my weekly shave. :-)

I am reminded yet again that this virus does not care about borders and it doesn’t care whether you are beautiful or rich or powerful. All that matters is what we do, not who we are or what we have. To do means more than to have. Lending a helping hand, having compassion for others, that’s doing. Beauty, wealth and power are something we only wear like a garment, for a brief time… and then it’s gone.

Scars

The Irish tell the story of a man who arrives at the gates of heaven asking to be let in, and Saint Peter says, “Of course! Just show us your scars.” The man says, “But…I have no scars,” and Saint Peter answers, “What a pity. Was there nothing worth fighting for?”

We musicians are used to fighting. For our livelihoods, for our families, for our hopes and dreams, for our calling. For our profession.

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The Irish have a good story for everything. :-)
And right now everyone can relate to these words, not just musicians.

Alternatives

Animated illustrations by cartoonist Toby Morris and microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles explaining the importance of social distancing have gone viral after they were published by a website in New Zealand.

I imagine the East Coast Wave refers to the East Coast of NZ. It’s also exactly like the New Mexico Chin Salute, Jon pointed out. The New Zealand Sign Language, top fat right, is also very cool.

New Music

I started to work on new music a while ago. Fortunately I have a studio building near my house so I can work as much as I want to. Every album since ¡Viva! was recorded and mixed here, with the exception of Leaning Into the Night, and every album since La Semana was also mastered here. Three of the albums recorded here were nominated for a Grammy: Opium, One Guitar, and The Scent of Light. For a number of years I haven’t sent albums to the Grammy folks for consideration and I am not part of the organization, so The Scent of Light will be the last nomination.

Since I am a loner not much has changed for me, at least regarding the recording aspect of my work. Normally my life is balanced by going on tour and being around a lot of people for a duration, before returning to my place. That’s not going to happen for a while so I will concentrate on recording.

A new album is still many months away, but skeletons of several new pieces have already taken shape. I was thinking of sharing one such piece with you. Bear in mind that this is a work in progress. I don’t have a title for the album or for this song, but since files and folders require names I called the folder AfroMenco and the song is called Twitch.. I have been listening a lot to Afrobeats music so I combined Afrobeats and Flamenco into a word. A good place to start for this kind of music is the Apple Music Afrobeats Hits Playlist. Maybe I will curate my own playlist and create a link to that…

At this point Twitch consists only of my guitars and Jon’s bass, some palmas, and programmed percussion. Robby hasn’t added his drumming yet. I like the space and do not imagine adding any kind of keyboards… but it’s early days. Let me repeat: this is a work in progress, an advanced sketch, and it may change a lot during the coming weeks and months… but that’s also the fun part, isn’t it… looking behind the curtain and seeing the evolution.

May this music make you smile and, perhaps, make you dance (or Twitch) in your kitchen or living room. Here is the LINK to Twitch. Be safe.

Bandcamp

Supporting Artists During the Covid-19 Pandemic | Bandcamp Daily:

To raise even more awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, we’re waiving our revenue share on sales this Friday, March 20 (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.

If you bookmarked some music to buy later… tomorrow Bandcamp will waive their share from each sale, which means that all of the money goes to the musicians.

Fun Guy

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