This post is a sequel to my (arguably better) recent post “My Psychedelic Experiences“. This is a republish, although this time I decided to start with the journal entries and end with the “poetry”. When reading my “poetry” – bear in mind that I was between the ages of 21-24, and was high for 18 […]Read more "Smoke Rings of Time"
On a dark stage in 1967, the jazz-rock ensemble Jefferson Airplane perform the song “Crown of Creation” to an enthralled crowd. A large screen flashes a red sun behind the singers as they harmonize. Their voices shimmer and converge into one alchemy of sound as the rhythm guitar pulsates with the light show. The lead […]Read more "The Mule That Kicked down the Barn Door"
Republish from April 2019. Long ago, I sat in my living room listening to Amnesiac by Radiohead with a head full of LSD. I stared at the fireplace, slack-jawed and wide-eyed, watching the giant stones swirl in geometric patterns. Listening intently, I tried to understand the pops, clicks, and clanks of “Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin […]Read more "The Ghost Returns / How To Disappear Completely"
The 13th Floor Elevators are the best kept secret in the history of 1960’s rock music. My first encounter with The Elevators happened on a primitive version of streaming radio. This station also introduced me to The Who, Eric Burdon, The Stooges, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, and many other acts that I soon became obsessed with. […]Read more "Slip Inside This Dream"
It’s early spring in the Pacific Northwest. Residents are riding a whirlpool between hope and confusion. We have more daylight and the temperature is rising, but the rain persists. We’re perched on the edge of the next phase; hovering between the soul’s potential and winter’s shadow. That’s exactly how it feels within the music of […]Read more "Love’s Magic"
March 23rd 2016 was a special night. A friend and I went to the famous Paramount Theatre in Seattle to experience my favorite band of all time. Buzzed out of my mind on sheer anticipation, I spent the entire night of March 22nd walking around while listening to the entire Smashing Pumpkins catalog on shuffle. […]Read more "Exuberant Joy and the Infinite Night"
Every now and then someone descends into The Forum with a head full of imaginary rockets and emotional ecstasy. His soul catches fire, his heart is lit with joy, his eyes cast up to the stars, his perception charges forward with visions of grandeur. He’s just one more song away from the sky and oblivion. […]Read more "Prose"
Song of the MonthRead more "Song of The Month – “Snap (If I Could)” – Smashing Pumpkins"
Master the energiesRead more "Music Under the Moon (and other rushing thoughts)"
Richard Linklater’s Waking LifeRead more "Death, Dreams and Transcendence: Inside Waking Life"
Peter Fonda in The TripRead more "The Trip: A 60’s Film Odyssey"
The Rise and Fall of The Smashing PumpkinsRead more "Nostaliga and Change"