The Clanging of Cymbals and Bells

495 Third Avenue, San Francisco, 1975. These days I ride my motorcycle, and have plenty of spare time in between the postering runs for The Thumbtack Bugle. And while I was out putting up posters one day, I was looking at one of the posters.

I had been hired to put up a brightly colored large poster with colorful, banner-like flags pictured. It was advertising a special ritual that was to be performed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, at the Nob Hill Masonic Center auditorium on California Street.

Sounded weird and maybe interesting, so I went.

I found it kind of noisy at the time — lots of banging drums and clashing cymbals and blatting, discordant horns — it was plenty weird, and I didn’t understand it much at all.

A week later I was speaking with my cousin Bruce (Richard Bruce Hurn), in Berkeley, and mentioned it because he was studying that same tradition, because they had a study center in Berkeley.

He fell upon the ground laughing. Apparently the ritual that I’d attended was a ritual for the dead.

Gosh. looks like I was in the right place after all!

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A Gift from 1986

Panhandle Park, below my Garret Apartment

Panhandle Park, below my Garret Apartment

Lyon and Oak, San Francisco, 1986 – I’d fallen in love with synthesizers, and learned to compose and play. And how to record these songs. In my garret flat, high above the Golden Gate Panhandle Park, with Simmons drums, a Yamaha keyboard, synth modules from Oberheim and Yamaha and Ensoniq, and an early Apple computer, I created music.

Some of these songs had been first recorded while I worked in Dallas for StarTel. The playing is pretty poor, but so thrilling to be able to do it.

Composing songs, however … was effortless. I had a secret method. I’d start a drum machine or repeat a set of chords, and then just listen for the melody that was already in there. Maybe that’s cheating, but it worked for me.

Enough for a Cassette Tape

I realized I had enough songs “in the can,” to make a cassette tape, and I thought what a wonderful Christmas gift to send to all my fans-  Oops, I mean friends and family. A cassette tape featuring songs by MEEEEE!

So I did. And that’s why … Continue reading

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“Afformations” – a Better Method for Affirmations

In another micro-story here on The Adventures of Bloggard, I described my “Twenty-Second Tune-Up” method whereby you can feel good in twenty seconds. Quite a few people have responded, and asked: “Why does this work so well?”

Gather round. I’ll try to keep the explaino brief.

Normal Affirmations Sometimes Don’t Work

When you do an affirmation, and remembering that the unconscious mind works only by association, it becomes clear why the unconscious mind raises those (past or habitual) thoughts that are actually in direct contradiction to what you were just affirming.

For example, you say, “I have a million dollars,” but the little voice inside your head pipes up and says, “Oh, yeah, SURE you do.”

And that’s because … Continue reading

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Rest Up with a Nap … and Coffee??

Medford, Oregon, August 29, 2014 – Like coffee? Like naps? Energy feeling a little bit low? … try a Coffee Nap!

espresso-300x300What? Has the world gone bonkers?

The science sounds reasonable. I tried it. Seemed to work a treat.

Who knew?

Check it out —

CLICK HERE for Sleep Junkies article “Caffeine Nap: The Ultimate Power-Up”

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Answering Service Shreveport Louisiana?

August 10, 2014, Medford Oregon – I’ve been working with Answering Service, and have begun a big experiment. In this experiment, I have created some videos, and here is one about the dangers of hapless selection, for anyone seeking a telephone answering service in scenic Shreveport Louisiana —

Best Answering Service Shreveport LA



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