On Being Vital and Emergent
When asked about the music I create and how it evolves, I try to answer as clearly as I can, knowing that words are always limitations and qualifications. I think I'll stick with this explanation: I write songs that I believe are both evolutionary in the choice of words and energy-carrying sounds, exposing a kind of liberation and creative freedom that immediately bypasses the critical, thinking mind and its conditioned responses to, instead, appeal directly to the heart and its feeling nature.
I need a band to help me play the music I hear in my head. The LittleJohn Band is really a pool of superb musical talent drawn from the San Francisco Bay Area community of musicians. Most are artists in their own wright. Take a look at our BIO page to learn about the individual performers and their roles on this album project. Or, you can simply watch this movie and spend a few minutes with the band.
On a more personal note, the music on this album emerged organically out of an experience that, for me, was an immersion into a deep understanding of the preciousness of life and an awareness of undivided relationship with each other and to our environment. note: some tunes are just for fun!
I created this site to invite people to listen to our music and, if people like what we've created, to help support the cause.
What cause is this? It's primarily one that will keep the music coming, with fresh new material and the highest quality of musicianship the band and I can deliver.
What else? There are two complimentary causes I support with the profits from my music making activities: Music Education and, on a global basis, the well being of humankind and the ecosphere that supports us. There are links to people and organizations devoted to these serices under the MO' INFO sidebar. Please share any of those links with your circle of friends and family.
If you listen to our music, you’ll hear a whole lot of dedicated professionals at work, each with their own portfolio of musical accomplishments. Malcolm Gladwell, in his book ‘Outliers’ points out that, anyone who is accomplished at anything that requires great skill and painstaking effort has invested over 10,000 hours to achieve such an accomplishment.
If you are a music lover and would like to help support the professionals who are making this music you like, then you are essentially, a patron of the arts. If you choose to be our patron and want to support our ongoing efforts to make more good music, then we look forward to a wonderful, creative partnership with you.
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