and if you can't change the world, you can at least enjoy your life!
Because of some recent posts or statements I've made and gigs that I've had, I'd like to tell you a little more about my spiritual philosophy and beliefs. After all, if you're going to invest time in listening to my music, you may as well have some idea about it!
Those who know me well know that I've been involved, both musically and personally, with three "Unity" churches over the past 13 years. I won't bore you with the details of the Unity belief system (although you can see them if you go to their main website), but I will say it's based mostly upon the Judeo/Christian Bible and Jesus Christ's teachings. But in a nutshell, let's just say that it's a lot more open than Catholicism, and a little more directed than Unitarianism. What I want you (the reader) to know is that I believe God is in everything and in everyone, even if they're not showing it!! (lol) And because of this, we each have access to "Spirit," or "The Unseen Power," or "The Force," or however you prefer to define It. All we have to do is be open and receptive to It, and be willing to use It for good. I also believe that each of us has a personal "contract," if you will, with God to live his/her purpose here on this planet while he/she is in this particular "skin suit," as some call it. And it's up to each of us to figure out what that purpose is and follow it.
Well, now you have a good idea of where I'm coming from and what's behind most of the messages in my music. Of course, I don't require that you agree with my philosophy and spiritual beliefs to listen to the music I create What I care about most is that the music I create helps you somehow, some way . . . I'm not picky about the "why's" and "wherefore's!" ;)
"Take It Easy," and have a good day and a most excellent life! Rob
Full DISCLAIMER... GUY IN PIC... NOT ME. But he sure looks like he's enjoying life
"Hey there! I'm headed up North for my quarterly trip to cool off and play my music for some new ears. Cottonwood hotels are all sold out this weekend, and I don't know why. But I hope it means a LOT of new ears. Feel free to join me! It's only 90 minutes North of Phoenix."
Friday, May 19 Fire Mountain Wines 1010 N Main St, Cottonwood, AZ 86326 5:00-8:00pm
Saturday, May 20 Vino Di Sedona 2575 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 3:30-6:00pm
Spring is always very poignant for me, but ultimately hopeful and happy. My Catholic upbringing -- even though I'm not practicing anymore -- celebrates renewal, but only after significant loss. I guess that has helped me "keep it real." My first, recently-released solo CD, "Altitude" is very hopeful, but that's out of my desire not to get stuck in darkness and despair, which is a really easy thing for me, personally, to do! But it's really important to acknowledge the reality of loss and suffering, but equally important not to be trapped by it. I guess that's why I choose to remain hopeful . . . to see the buds, even if they're hidden in the branches! Belated Happy Spring, and an Early Happy Summer!
If you don't already know, I was in an original-music band called Ant Farm through almost all of the 90's here in Phoenix. As of about a year ago, we've reunited: Myself, J.C. (John Chavez) on guitar, and Dan Feldman on drums. We've had a few gigs, here and there so far, but my hope is to "get the ball rolling" on our project once again, in addition to J.C.'s and my other full-time music endeavors. I believe creation is where the real magic is, and I believe in all the music we've created together. As I write this, we're working towards recording a new album. I hope you'll check us out online (www.reverbnation.com/antfarm3, or on Facebook: "Ant Farm Redux"), and come see us perform sometime in the near future.
I know it's the same show that I am promoting but it's really going to be fun....So, come check us out. I said if you lived in the phoenix area. I've changed my mind regarding that. I now feel that if you live anywhere in N. America, it will do you a world of good if you drive, hop on a bus, book a plane or a train and get to phoenix to see ant farm next Friday night. I will be looking forward to see you all & taking names of those not there!
And if you could like us on facebook just by clicking on our logo right above!?....Please?
Okay, here are my thoughts on Valentines Day. The one day of the year that we all would like to have someone special in our lives to celebrate love with (whatever that means). I mean could it get any better to be in love on the day when Cupid is actually looking for victims who he can shoot with his arrow?
I'll be honest. This year I am one of the lucky ones. I've met someone special and although I want to scream it from the rooftops, I'm going to hold off. I have been on the other side of that dart though. I've spent many of these pseudo holidays completely solo and I've even dealt with a broken heart during Valentines Day. So, what have I learned? What wisdom can I share with all of you? I dunno.
All right, wait, wait..... I can do better than that. My message to everyone out there is not to take these individual days too seriously days. If you are lucky to be with that special someone and the calendar happens to hit February 14, ......GO! CELEBRATE! HAVE FUN! That's the whole reason they turned it into a special day. To sell cards and flowers and candy. Buy some. Help the economy. But if you happen to find yourself alone, then go it alone. Love isn't about a day. Or a week or a season. It's much more about all of your days. Or, the very last day of your life. If you have the chance to look back and smile because you know you were loved and you loved those people right back. It's because you may actually realize that you learned more from the times when you were alone in pain than when you were your happiest. Who knows?
I do know it's not about a day on the calendar unless it's a day that you decide to give significance to. So, if you find yourself with a ton hope and exciting new experiences ahead of you on this Valentines day- GREAT! And, if you don't, guess what? You have a ton of hope and new experience ahead of you. You win either way. It just may not be on the calendar you had originally planned.
So here we are. The 3rd day into the new year already. Time sure does fly. What I can't help wondering is who made new years resolutions? Who has broken them already?
I sort of have always felt that these resolutions have been set up for us to fail. We make these huge promises to ourselves and our friends and families, declaring all the great things we will do in the following year and although we may want to, we might not even know how to get started.
I don't know. But for me, they just haven't worked. Not long term at least.
Then I saw something on TV that said forget about resolutions. If there is something (s) you want show gratitude for what you already have. Say it aloud or write it. Then you are making room for more things to be grateful for. It sounds like the kind of thing that is win/win either way. So, I started doing it and I haven't looked back since. So here is just a small, small list of the things I am grateful for....
I thought I'd do a little something different this year, so instead of a New Year's Resolution, I'm going to list 20 things for which I'm grateful -- mostly in order of importance :) -- to bring about the life and things I want to have happen in my life! They say gratitude is one of the primary keys to success, so here goes!
1. My (sizeable) Family 2. All the Love in my Family 3. My physical health - a more or less, normally-functioning body 4. My more or less, normally-functioning mind and brain (??-haha) 5. My talents and abilities 6. My band, Ant Farm, and my musical brothers therein 7. My friends, past and present 8. My teachers and mentors 9. My awareness to be grateful 10. My connection to God/Universe/Source 11. Material abundance - car, clothes, plenty to eat 12. My success so far 13. My success to come 14. My failures 15. My past (romantic) relationships 16. My current (romantic) relationship 17. My meditation/prayer practice 18. My fitness regimen 19. My country and freedoms 20. (...and last but not least...) MUSIC!
Oh and I shouldn't ever forget 21. (VERY IMPORTANT) 21. My fans and followers or anyone that comes out to my gigs. Claps when I am finished with a song, Buys a CD. I am so far beyond grateful to you and I will do everything I can to not ever let you down.
THANK YOU! Happy New Year- 2017
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