Peanut Lake

I walk up to the top of the hill to Peanut Lake Hill Pond often. The reflections in the pond are always offering different views of the trees and sky. I feel like a painter framing the magic. It never gets old. I take pictures from different sides where the sun is reflecting. This, here, is my favorite go-to spot. I’ve taken variations of this picture hundreds of times.

Peanut Lake Hill Pond, Ernest Debs Park, Los Angeles

Selling England by the Pound

Hi friends,

Listening to Selling England by the Pound by Genesis tonight. Music from 1973. Check it out. Mellotrons and prog synths, acoustic and rock guitars, flutes and frenetic drumming grooves by Phil Collins. It’s an all around masterpiece in n my opinion.

Peter Gabriel is an incredibly expressive singer and master of the drama. These songs from the early days of Genesis have great melodies, lyrics and imagination remnant of the times of King Crimson. Pink Floyd and Yes. Put it on your playlist for sure. They had so much creative energy back then. It was all about the music.

A few months ago I shared some of my favorite recordings..I never finished it. Here’s today’s offering. Stay well and keep listening to your favorite music.

Biden for Prez

I watched Joe Biden last night. His speech was my first formal introduction to him personally and politically. I learned much about his life, his childhood, his family and his tragedies.
This man is extremely likeable. Without a doubt, he will do his best to help heal the United States. It was a heartfelt speech that gave me satisfaction on a moral level. I wanted Bernie. But, Joe Biden has my vote my friends. Time to end the Trump chapter in American History. He couldn’t handle the job. You gotta work. It’s not all about appearances and name calling. Just make it stop. I hate to see the vulgarity, name calling and nastiness. It’s just bullying.

Biden and Kamala 2020 people!! Vote Blue!

Time for something else.. These two have roots and get democracy.

Checking in

Hi friends!

Checking in. I’ve been experimenting with a Keto diet since Monday. Life without carbs. Fighting my food cravings is like quitting an addiction. Tough stuff, but it works!

Our three kids started on-line schooling this week. It’s been hectic, but today went a little smoother. If you are in the same boat, you understand the challenges.

My music production has slowed a bit recently because of my increased parental responsibilities during the quarantine. I’ve been writing and practicing, but it’s been more difficult to make videos. I promise to deliver some great content as soon as I can.

My work as a music teacher at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music resumed in person classes this week. If you are in Los Angeles and would like to study with me, I have some availabilities on Mondays and Wednesdays. SCM is doing a great job to adhere to strict social distancing measures.
I also teach online classes if you are interested. Let me know if you or someone you know would like to learn music. I teach in English and Portuguese.

I hoe you are doing well and staying safe!

The Lamb lies down on Broadway – a funny story about Rael

I was listening to the Lamb Lies down on Broadway by Genesis today. The lyrics are very poetic. Peter Gabriel era…1974.

Anyway, there’s a passage in the song that says:

Suspension cracked on unmade road
The Trucker’s eyes read overload
And out on the subway
Rael imperial aerosol kid
Exits into daylight
Spray gun hid
And the lamb lies down on broadway…

I wondered what Rael meant… so I looked it up online and ended up on Wikipedia.

Anyone ever heard of Rael, leader of an international UFO religion? Man, I thought I had heard it all… Read on if this is interesting to you. Scroll on if not… I found it amusing.

The Raëlian messages
Further information: History of Raëlism
According to the book Le Livre qui dit la vérité (“The Book Which Tells the Truth”), Vorilhon had an alien visitation on 13 December 1973. In a secluded area within a French volcanic crater, an extraterrestrial being came out of a craft that had descended gently from the sky, and told him, in French, that he had come for the sole purpose of meeting with him. Raël said that he was given a message by this alien and told that it was his mission to pass this message on to the people of Earth.

The book states that advanced human scientists from another planet with 25,000 years of scientific advances created all life on Earth through DNA manipulation. These scientists, Raël said, were originally called Elohim or “those who came from the sky”. He wrote that some forty prophets in Earth’s history were sent by Elohim, but their messages were distorted by humans, largely because of the difference in the level of civilization between the advanced race and Earth’s primitive one.

Raël said he was given the mission of informing the world of humanity’s origins in anticipation of the return of these extraterrestrials by building a residential embassy in neutral territory. He stated that certain mysteries were explained to him based on new interpretations of sacred texts such as the Bible. He said that, on 7 October 1975, he was contacted by one of the Elohim, who took him to another planet to meet Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. He stated that his second book, Les extra-terrestres m’ont emmené sur leur planète (“Extraterrestrials Took Me To Their Planet”), relates the teaching he received from these people. In this book, Raël describes harmonious and peaceable beings, who were free of money, sickness, and war.

In 1974, Raël decided to give up his automobile magazine, Autopop. That September, the last issue, number 34, was published. Raël then devoted himself to the task he said was given by his “biological father”, an extraterrestrial named Yahweh. Shortly after a first public conference, Raël founded MADECH – a group of people interested in helping him in his task, which later became the International Raëlian Movement.ël