So excited to be returning to COSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors! I have 10 years of many fond memories playing both the new venue, and the previous venue in NYC. So much love to Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and the whole CoSM family for their continued support of my music, and all they are bringing to the world.
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Clocked over 25 hours in the studio this weekend…and another new Living Light track is born!
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Sometimes producing an album can feel like the Neverending Story…. It can feel like a complete world, separate from this reality, that I am only a partial creator of, which calls to me when I am away from it. Sometimes, after completing a song, I’m afraid to start the next one, because I know it will pull me in to it’s world for days… weeks…. And sometimes, as is particularly the case with this album I am currently working on, the themes and images happening in my mind as I create the music start to happen in real life, which when it happens feels like walking in to a daydream (which has been unreal and amazing, or extremely challenging, depending on the daydream). Like somehow the actual act of writing this music is changing the very fabric of my personal reality.
All this is to say…Ive taken a break, but it’s time to dive back in tonight.
I have to give the Princess a new name.
Killmonger didn’t need Klaue. He didn’t need that vibranium or the money. He needed to avenge his father’s death, and he did so by killing (or trying to kill) the people responsible—Klaue, “Uncle James,” then T’Challa, who was standing in for T’Chaka.
When T’Challa goes to the ancestral plane the second time, he screams on Pops.
Okoye eventually sees that Nakia—the embodiment of progressive mindset—was right. T’Challa eventually sees Nakia was right. Shuri—the representation of youth—is ready to carry out the vision of expansion and dialogue with the world.
Younger generation saying we washed, yo.
Important to keep an eye on the Republicans’ creeping openness to, shall we say, extra-Constitutional solutions
“Someone has been giving Republicans ideas about doing away with courts that don’t rule in their favor. On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request to stay a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that requires the GOP-controlled legislature to redraw the state’s gerrymandered congressional districts before the next election. One Republican state lawmaker responded by starting a push to impeach the five Democratic state justices who found the map in violation of the Pennsylvania Constitution.”
Chait on the Republicans’ newfound “sincere” concern about privacy:
“Now, it is possible that House Republicans take a different, and much more alarmist, view of federal surveillance authority. But it is odd that this bout of civil-libertarian fervor should strike just days after House Republicans voted to renew section 702 of FISA — the provision that authorized* the surveillance — with no reforms or limits whatsoever.
Perhaps York is right that the plight of poor Carter Page has shocked Republicans’ slumbering civil-libertarian conscience. To me, though, “If they’ll do it to Carter Page today, they’ll do it to you tomorrow” does not strike me as a terribly likely possibility. It might have more punch if I had, say, passed documents to Russian spies who were trying to recruit me as an asset, attended secret meetings with Russians in Europe, misled both reporters and Congress about those meetings, and delivered a bizarrely strident pro-Russian nationalist speech in Moscow. Maybe these kinds of life choices are more common than I realized.”
TFW when you have to condemn your own candidate for being a Nazi #Republicans
“Arthur Jones, a 70-year-old retired insurance agent, holds a variety of reprehensible views. According to the Washington Post, his website describes the Holocaust as “the biggest, blackest, lie in history,” and calls the Confederate flag “a symbol of White pride and White resistance.” The Anti-Defamation League has been tracking Jones for years, and noted that he protested the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in 2009, and has spoken at numerous neo-Nazi rallies and events.
Illinois Republicans do not want Jones representing their party. Tim Schneider, the party’s state chairman, said in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times: “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the Third Congressional District.””
“As Dean has noted recently, Trump has the ferocious right-wing commentariat on his side. Nixon didn’t have such allies as Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson at Fox, Rush Limbaugh on talk radio and a powerful internet army to malign the special prosecutor and his team. Nor did Nixon have Trump’s ability to speak past the mainstream press, or his massive Twitter following.
“We got lucky with Watergate—good prosecutors, and tapes!” Doyle says. This time around, the debate is less clear cut, and the evidence murky. Republicans are making concerted efforts to taint the work, and challenge the motives, of the watchdogs.
“The firestorm of outrage is missing, replaced by the incoherence of cable news,” Doyle says. “My guess is: The system fails.””
The album sounding better these past few days, too.
Not because of the movie or the hype, but because sometimes these things take time. And digesting a label compilation that’s masquerading as a soundtrack while being fully committed to neither is hard work.
Epistemological warfare. Mere reason is an inadequate response
“The #releasethememo campaign came out of nowhere. Its movement from social media to fringe/far-right media to mainstream media so swift that both the speed and the story itself became impossible to ignore. The frenzy of activity spurred lawmakers and the White House to release the Nunes memo, which critics say is a purposeful misrepresentation of classified intelligence meant to discredit the Russia probe and protect the president.””