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Twigs ~

Brown and white ~

Straight ~

Narrow ~

Against the ground ~

Pushing up stones ~

To lift and point ~

Twigs back ~

Up ~~

G. Stevens

Here is a new Jazz Folks piece called “Twigs and Stones“. Another tune preparing for the vesper service this coming March.

Melvana Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)

Translation by Coleman Bark

Today, like every other day,
we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

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Sit ~ 
Meditate ~
Play that horn ~
All night ~
Breathe ~
Deeply ~
Breathe ~
Breathe ~
Exhale ~
Sometimes it is the breath that is all there is……….so Exhale 
G. Stevens

All I Was Doing Was Breathing

By Mirabai (translated by Robert Bly)

Something has reached out and taken in the beams of my eyes.
There is a longing, it is for his body, for every hair of that dark body.
All I was doing was being, and the Dancing Energy came by my house.
His face looks curiously like the moon, I saw it from the side, smiling.
My family says: “Don’t ever see him again!” And they imply things in a low voice.
But my eyes have their own life; they laugh at rules, and know whose they are.
I believe I can bear on my shoulders whatever you want to say of me.
Mira says: Without the energy that lifts mountains, how am I to live?

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Party Mandolin


I haven’t posted for a while now and I thought I should weigh in with a word or two. I have been working hard at some new tunes. I’m still enamored with delays and some sound warping effects with my mandolin. As a result the new tunes are a little outside of the box I have been playing in the last few years.  What I have posted here are some sketches.  I plan on fleshing them out with a wider variety of musicians and a grand debut in February.

Letting Go:  This is a little tune in a fast 7/8. Thanks to Corey Stevens for playing the bass. I wrote this song as my mother-in-law was passing away.

Sun In the Night: layers on layers in patterns layered on to the layered patterns all spinning around and grinding to a ……..

Mandolin in shadow
Mandolin in shadow

Cool Morning Early has a really nice ambient introduction worked out that gives the sense of the early morning waking up. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear on this recording.  You’ll have to come to the premiere in February for the full effect.

I’ve got a bunch of other tunes along these lines that I am anxious to share with people in the next few months.

Stay tuned. Thanks,


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