Saturday, December 30, 2006



I've got a few things happening at once, which makes for little time looking backwards, as rewarding as that could be, especially in light of the year I've had. This time last year I did an exhaustive list of 25 artists with commentary that truly touched my soul in significant ways with their music and their eloquent articulations in 2005. Time nor that kind of attention to detail will allow me to write that same kind of list this year. As many might know, I'm moving from New York City, my home of 12 years, to New Mexico in two weeks, landing in Sante Fe on the 6th of January, so much of my time and attention is obviously focused on that.

There's also some personal music news/business that I can't fully share just yet concerning The `E D E N Project, that will kick into high gear (literally) on the 1st of the year that promises to begin a new chapter in my long and varied music career, and that's got me looking forward as well.

But, knowing that I couldn't just let the year end without at least one or two predictions, I decided to put my two cents in the ethos and say one more thing about the state of music and some of the artists I've had the pleasure of listening to, getting to know, and admiring from afar. The funny thing about the list that I created is I don't know many of these artists that made it as personally as I now know others, and so it truly is a list that isn't about nepotism, in any fashion, 'tho it may be misconstrued as insulting to those that I love, that aren't on it. I considered a multitude of factors beyond musical hooks, marketability and visual appeal, and I truly attempted to hone in on those with 'something' deeper to say that I felt have truly found their authentic and unique voices for this world we're living in, today.

If you're an artist and you've been represented on my webpages in and, you already know I think highly of you, and certainly support your continued evolution, so to list most of you, again, is redundant, yes, but necessary for others to find out about your incredible gifts. But with even such an extensive listing on the homepages, there's so many others hidden online, I always feel I'm unjustly ignoring someone. So feel free to add other artists you believe are destined to make an impact as well, if you're not represented, here, or if you're one of those artists that's buried in the sea of online talent and want others to know about you, feel free to post your links.

My prediction after perusing my Artist Friends Listings was this:

Any one of these artists has the potential of turning 2007 on it's musical ears.

They all are 'READY', in my humble estimation, for every good thing that awaits them.

I just want to encourage us all, to purpose in our hearts to do our BEST WORK in 2007. The world at large needs our authentic, honest and courageous voices to stand out and away from the stream of unconscious art that fill our airwaves. Let's dig a little deeper and be worthy of our callings and our gifts.

What a year we all could have!!

PEACE, Dear Friends.., Thanks for keeping my life interesting and joyful.


`E D E N


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Nashville, TN

Anderson, IN

Surbiton, UK

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Stockholm, SE

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006


A Very Personal Message from `E D E N

I'm being asked about my Faith, alot, these days.

I want to be clear:
I believe in JESUS, I trust in GOD.

I operate in the Gifts of the Spirit and
I live my life very much in the vein of those first disciples that followed Jesus,
without question or doubt,
when they first received The Call to follow Him and become 'fishers of men'.

While it's true that I have been on a journey of discovery and for a moment I did study a lot of different teachings in my desire for a deeper understanding of GOD,
I found that even in the darkest corners of that search, that there really was truly only
known to others by the name of their understanding, but recognizable to me as the GOD of Moses, Abraham and David of my Christian upbringing.

I spend little time trying to 'convert' others to my truth, as I know that true conversion is in the heart, and that's GOD's domain, not mine.
I am a living witness to the healing and forgving power of the Holy Spirit.

My journey, today, is to 'enlighten' and 'encourage' the faint-hearted.., and along the way, perhaps 'entertain' through my music and my written and spoken word, those broken in mind and spirit.

I'm just a simple man, doing all I can.

`E D E N
December, 2006

Saturday, December 16, 2006

The `E D E N Project

"God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts.
Manage them well so that God's generousity can flow through you.
Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you.
Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies.
Then God will be given Glory in everything through Jesus Christ.
All Glory and Power belong to Him forever and ever. Amen."

I Peter 4: 10-11

Thank you for supporting the Music and Vision of `E D E N

Thursday, December 14, 2006


15 DECEMBER 2006

I'm writing this blog a day early, because I'll be working when the clock actually changes to the 15th.

This date is significant in that I'm celebrating a decade of being clean and sober.

I would love to share the details of all that had transpired up to that moment before I awoke out of that blackout, but the memory of all that is really not as important as my determination, then, to 'never again' allow myself to be that irresponsible with my God-given gifts, the greatest of which was and is, my life. So many good things have happened for me, since then., and they're all attributed to my sobriety, without a doubt. Now hear me loudly, I don't write this to convict another of their choices. EVERY man has the right to live their lives, as they feel honors them, best. For me, I just found out that I wasn't my BEST SELF, under the influence, even in moderation.

So, I'm grateful for this anniversary in ways I could never fully express, 'tho I sure wish I could. I draw attention to this moment,and feel the need to share it with those that can understand what a victory this really is.., and for those that need to understand what a victory this really is.

Ten Years, is only one day, at a time.

PEACE, Dear Friends.

`E D E N

An opening in the storming sea,
Gold deposited on bones.
Once accumulation has begun,
Take care not to interfere.


There is a fable about a pious man whose father had just died. A geomancer instructed the son to bury his father at the mouth of the sea cave. The sea opened at this spot only once in a hundred years, and a family who utilized it would experience great fortune. Although he had misgivings about this unorthodox location, the son threw the casket into the waters at the indicated time.

For weeks the son doubted what he had done. He eventually went to acompeting geomancer who, out of jealousy, advised the son to raise the casket. The son did so. When the coffin was brought up and opened, the man saw that a fine layer of gold had already deposited on his father's bones-a clear indication of the auspicious transformation that had begun. In regret, the son wanted to throw his father back in, but it was too late. There was no remedying what had been done.

Spiritual practice must be uninterrupted. We may be anxious because we see very little happeneing on a daily basis, but we must be patient until we can see what the accumulation of our effort yields. Self-cultivation means steady, gradual progress. To stop prematurely would be more disastrous than never having started at all.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


So, this week, I've been working on a lyric about illusions.., and somehow I ended up doing a bit of research about Love, one of life's greatest illusions. So many think it's a feeling. Alas, it is not, in it's purest form. Often, it's simply a decision, action. Love has mobility, in that it moves and breathes and flows. But, don't take my word for it.., here're some quotes from some pretty heavy thinkers.

Feel free to add your own.

PEACE, Dear Friends.

`E D E N


"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."

Charles Reade

"Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young."

A.W. Pinero

"You must feel love within, before you can share it."

Denis Waitley

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

Mother Teresa

Real Love is not based on attachment, but on altruism.
In this case, your compassion will remain as a humane response to suffering as long as beings continue to suffer.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama



Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.


Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.


If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.


And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Monday, December 04, 2006


"Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest." -- Georgia O'Keeffe

At first glance, I was prepared not to agree with this quote.

I have judged myself, often, as unworthy because of how I've lived. Focusing on the mistakes I've made along my journey and concluding that because of failed attempts at business, a failed marriage, failed friendships and faltering faith, I had missed becoming all I could become.
I have been guilty of thinking, at one time, that I have been too late, born in the wrong family, and certainly in the wrong area for all of my preceived gifts to fully find their rightful expressions and have spent too much time meditating on different versions of my revisionist histories. I've got a different perspective now about that same period of wandering and wondering. I've come to the conclusion, like the quote above, that 'what I've done, with where I've been' is the key to moving on and thusly forward with the rest of my life.
Concentrating on changing your history is a waste of time and God-given energy and yet we meet many who fail to fully embrace who they are, where they were born and how they have lived, whether foolishly or fully, and without full acceptance that things are just as they were meant to be, never divert their full attention on what they can uniquely create BECAUSE of their unique mix of fear and faith, fortune and failure.
In the months to come, you're going to experience more MUSIC that truly reflects my journey. I know this and I call it forth, before the evidence of what I write is manifested. Producers that I have admired from afar have recently made contact with me to finish THE E D E N PROJECT and I predict that I'm about to embark on the ride of my Life. I will be a Harbinger of my own good fortune, not because I'm gifted or even blessed, 'tho that's part of it, but because of my intention to embrace all that I am to the fullest extend, ashamed of none of it and proud of all of it, so that I can be gulity, no more, of attempting to become or portray anything I am not called to be.
I prophesy that if each of us would truly embrace the concept of using our truthful beginnings as strength, not hinderances, we will experience accomplishments that are unique and special.., and needed for these times we live in. The answer to the ills of the world are within each of us. Time less spent in unhealthy comparisons, but truly in the pursuit of our uniqueness and our connection to the whole of creation, will produce work that, in the end, is a Balm for the Soul of World.


`E D E N

Monday, November 27, 2006


This is the family that I haven't seen all together in 18 years.
Back Row, from left to right
, is Lillian, 53 - Rosetta, 62 - Bonetha, 43 and on the Front Row is EDEN, 49 - Mother, Ida Mae, 81 and Jacquelyn, 40. Not in photo are my brother James, Jr. and father, James, Sr., both deceased in '92 and '99, respectively.

ThanksGiving, 2006
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006


The cornucopia (Latin Cornu Copiae), also known as the Horn of Plenty or Harvest Cone, is a symbol of food and plenty dating back to the 5th century BC.

In Greek mythology, Amalthea raised Zeus on the milk of a goat. In return Zeus gave Amalthea the goat's horn. It had the power to give to the person in possession of it whatever he or she wished for. This gave rise to the legend of the cornucopia. The original depictions were of the goat's horn filled with fruits and flowers: deities, especially Fortuna, would be depicted with the horn of plenty.

In modern depiction, the cornucopia is a hollow, horn-shaped wicker basket typically filled with various kinds of festive fruit and vegetables. The cornucopia has come to be associated with Thanksgiving.

Webster's dictionary also defines Cornucopia as "an overflowing store; an abundance".


Lately, I've been meditating on what it means to be a BLESSING. Having recently been the recipient of many blessings from so many for reasons beyond my personal requests or expectations, I've been wondering if I have, in turn, been a Blessing to others in equal or greater measure? Not in the way of comparisons, mind you, but in direct measure to how much I am 'able and capable' of being, as oppose to what's 'easy and simple and less stressful'. Often throughout this year, I've caught myself complaining about one thing or the other. Seemingly in my 'honest assessment' of the situations I openly disccussed, I've behaved as if I had a God-given right to voice my opinion about the honest efforts of another. How foolish I've been, passing judgement on another child of God efforts!! I'm convicted to the point of apology to any that I've offended or challenged in ways that were unnecessary or unwelcomed, as I made my way in and out of others soul-work with my callous examinations of their efforts. As I continue to learn what it really means to be a BLESSING to others, I'm given to also note that if we are, first, a BLESSING to ourselves, we will have the ability and capacity to really BLESS another, coming from a full and whole heart, as oppose to attempting to fill those fractured places in our own hearts with vainty blessings to another. I've come to realize that often things are done for others that make 'us' feel good and rarely are truly from the intention of meeting another's 'true' needs.


Something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity.

Just note the use of the words, promoting and contributing, in that definition. All acts of 'giving', not receiving.

My prayer for myself, this THANKSgiving, is to become a Living Cornucopia... being filled to overflowing with Grace, Love, Kindness, Peace, Generousity, Mercy, Compassion... and to share those true Fruits of The Spirit with all that I come into the presence of...

Help me Lord, to Be a Blessing more than I pray to BeBlessed, in the remainder of this year and the years to come. Amen.

THANK You ALL of you talented souls for all that you are and will become.

I'm honored to share in just a little of those journeys in word and deed and I BLESS you, one and all.

PEACE, Dear Friends.

`E D E N

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


When a change comes, some species feel the urge to migrate.
They call it 'sookunra', a pull of the soul to a far off place following a scent in the wind, a star in the sky.
The ancient message comes, calling the kindred to take flight and gather together.
Only then can they hope to survive the cruel season to come.

Earthship Landing Zone, NM

I'm back from my sabbatical in The Greater World Earthship Community of New Mexico.

KEEGAN did a stellar job on his recordings and I encourage you to visit his pages and listen to cuts from the forthcoming, "WELL KNOWN SECRET" and follow his journey to completion of "STRINGS ATTACHED", two EP's you're going to want in your collection.., trust me. As a disclaimer, I do have a few co-written tunes there and some backing vocals.., but believe me when I tell you that my greatest experiences with him weren't in the studio as I learned much from this young man about simple faith. As a lyricist, KEEGAN has few equals and his tunes reflect a depth of life experience that betrays his 24 years, and watching him grow as a vocalist will forever be a precious memory that I'll cherish for years to come. Remember this blog told you to 'pay attention' to KEEGAN. His contribution to his genre will be significant.

So, as I returned to NYC, I knew that my time here would be brief. I can't begin to compare the two places. Nothing I could write would do Taos and it's surrounding areas justice. But, it's apparent how polar opposite these places are in contrast to the busyness of NYC. I'm pleased with my time and commitment, here and I'm equally at peace that it's just 'time' for me to move along, a little further down the road on my journey. The strange thing about preparing to leave is that for the first time in my life, I'm not moving because of work, or love.., or fear. I'm simply going to establish a 'home' for myself, first, and for those friends that I believe are also in need of a respite from their hurried lives. I'm not ready to address the business of being in New Mexico, whether or not I'll establish a formal entity called EdenDust, there.., if EdenDust is anything, at it's foundation, it's simply 'my home'. But, be forewarned that I don't believe for one second that even as I might be the one that will undoubtedly get the most use of it.., I will never fully be it's sole occupant. I know that if I'm able to establish a sense of home for the first time in my life, it's creation at this stage would have to be more communal than private. My plans at this writing are to be established at the beginning of the year which gives me just a little over a month to truly make the transition of my life. I covet your prayers, honest discourse and divine support as I continue to listen beyond my own sense of what I will need to discover and uncover for this ultimate destination.

Tres Piedras

By the way, I'm looking to establish my home in Tres Piedras, New Mexico. I'll share much more about my choice of location in another blog. For now, just know that the name translates, Three Rocks, and it's elevation is 8200 feet above sea level.

PEACE, Dear Friends.

`E D E N

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


The Value of Hard Places
by Os Hillman, November 7, 2006

So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. - 2 Corinthians 4:12

Being forced into hard places gives us a whole new perspective on life. Things we once valued no longer hold the same value. Small things become big things, and what we once thought big no longer holds such importance.

These hard places allow us to identify with the sufferings of others. It keeps us from having a shallow view of the hardships of others and allows us to truly identify with them. Those who speak of such trials from no experience often judge others who have had such hardship. It is a superficiality of Christian experience that often permeates shallow believers.

Those who have walked in hard places immediately have a kinship with others who have walked there also. They do not need to explain; they merely look at one another with mutual respect and admiration for their common experience. They know that death has worked a special thing in them. This death leads to life in others because of the hard places God has taken them through.

It is impossible to appreciate any valley experience while you are in it. However, once you have reached the top of the mountain, you are able to appreciate what terrain you have passed through. You marvel at what you were able to walk through. The valley of the shadow of death has yielded more than you ever thought possible. You are able to appreciate the beauty of the experience and lay aside the sorrow and pain it may have produced.

Death works in you for a greater purpose.

If you are there today, be assured that God is producing something of much greater value than you will ever know.


My journey in Taos, New Mexico and The Greater World Earthship Community is nearing an end...

I wish I could tell you in vivid detail all that I've learned, but most of it is far too personal. Suffice it all to say, I did come to a greater understanding of what my 'perceived' fears are, and how they have been orchestrating all that I've requested of them for many years now. They've done an excellent job providing me with excuses for being less than courageous on many fronts and overly aggressive on others. I understand that I've been the warden of my private hell all along, as I suspected but wasn't quite ready to spring me from those 'tight places' that I'd grown so accustomed to. I know that I have talents and gifts that are certainly capable of feeding any vision that I can conceive. The journey for me, this time around, is to take my time, building yet another monument unto myself. This time around, I want to know I'm pleasing my Heavenly Father. In order to fully do that, however, I have to KNOW HIM.., not assume His Character, or His Desires.., but to really stay still long enough to fully comprehend all I feel 'called' to accomplish. I'll write more upon my return, as this journey is still in full swing. I just mainly wanted to stop by today and acknowledge the love and support I've been given from so many 'strangers' and 'friends' alike. Thank you for listening to the music, and reading these blogs.., and for being supportive in your comments.

I read them and receive them, one and all.


'E D E N

In becoming an enlightened being, this does not destroy the living being, or take it away, or lose it; nevertheless, it does mean having shed it.

Dogen, "Rational Zen"

Saturday, October 28, 2006


Seeing What Others Cannot See
by Os Hillman, October 28, 2006

And Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes so he may see." Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. - 2 Kings 6:17

Several years ago, a movie was made called Field of Dreams. The story is about a man who had a vision to build a baseball field in the middle of a cornfield on his rural farm. He did not know why; he just knew he was to do it. To the chagrin of his neighbors, he built the baseball diamond in the farm community. One night some players showed up. The man realized these were no ordinary players, but were actually the great players from the past. When the skeptical neighbors came to view this phenomenon, they were unable to see what the farm owner could see. This made it even worse for him. Now he was really a lunatic in their eyes.

This fictitious story has a spiritual application for us.

First, if God tells us to "build a ball field," [EdenDust], we should do it.

It is not for us to determine the reason we are instructed to do it. Once we are obedient, God will allow us to see what others cannot see. It is the rite of passage for those who are willing to risk all for God's purposes. God increases the spiritual senses to levels we never knew before. Those around us will observe this.

Do you want to see what others cannot see? If so, it will require a level of obedience that will go beyond human reason.

It may require risk and ridicule from others.

But you will see what others cannot see.


Thank you, Bro. Hillman. THANK YOU.

My journey continues in Taos, New Mexico. The weather has been incredible.., sunny and cool.., even snowy for one day!!

But always, scenic.

The people of the GREATER WORLD COMMUNITY have been extremely helpful with their personal stories of how they all came to be here...

So the journey continues to see if I can 'build "EdenDust in the Desert", and they will come' !!

Stay tuned....

Brother EDEN Douglas

Thursday, October 26, 2006

EDENDUST in Taos, New Mexico

THIS WILL HAVE to be short...

TAOS, NEW MEXICO is incredible... and our EARTHSHIP is absolutely a Piece of Heaven on Earth... If you're ever in need of a perfect getaway.., is the place. I'll share more, later, about the whole journey when time permits.., 'till then.. Keep me (and KEEGAN) in your prayers.

GOD is doing a great work in both our lives.



HelioHouse great room

Thursday, October 05, 2006


The journey to the release of this tune has been a looong one. Recorded around the same time as RISE and SAVE ME, this one took a turn and went through delay after delay that at times made it seem that this song above all others was 'cursed'. But being a spiritual man, I've learned that when something that you 'feel instinctly' is a good thing and it's attacked unfairly, you don't give up or in so easily.., but holding on and standing firm will allow that thing you're trusting in to find it's perfect timing and certain exposure. The addition of this tune on the opening page allows the site to become fully EDEN in it's intention. This, too, was part of the struggle, if I'm to be fully honest.. letting go of 'the past' and moving fully ahead, in FAITH that everything will work together for 'GOOD'.

Whoever EDEN will become in this coming year, begins, in earnest, now.

Personal thanks to JAY DEASEL, , for recording the vocals and always pushing me to do just 'one' more that usually results in the perfect take..., KEMO, , for originally presenting to me the snippet sample and last but certainly not least, GOERSH, , who created the beat as a tribute to his late grandmother who was present when he conceived the first ideas of the beat and showed a particular interest in his work.., and when I received the beat and had no idea of it's evolution, I equally assessed the memory of my late grandmother and the opening acapella is based on a tune she used to sing in the many prayer meetings I attended as a child... 'Tho Goersch is solely responsible for this final stellar mix, this confluence of engeries infused this tune in particular with a unique spirit unbeknownst to all those involved.

So, I present to you, JOY.., born of frail men, with serious desires to birth unique visions of collective collaborations in unique communities. We, like every other who listens to the lyrics and feel the drive of the beat, need JOY when the storm clouds roll in and especially when we cannot find a friend.

"JOY, will be our constant friend?!!"

E D E N spreads JOY !


(Douglas E. Powell - Stephan Goersch Music)

I feel JOY when I think about...

(What Love's Done for Me!)

I feel JOY when I think about...

(What Love's Done for Me!)

I feel JOY when I think about...

(What Love's Done for Me!)

What Love's Done for Me....

JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY (Repeat)

I need JOY...

(Verse One)

I need JOY when I'm lonely,

And my heart overflows with pain,

JOY when the storm clouds roll in.

And, when I'm discouraged,

I need JOY.

JOY, When I cannot find a Friend.



Help me sing it!!


Help me Sing it, JOY...

Help me find Sweet JOY,

Can you help me find JOY?

(Verse Two)

Just the other day,

I was troubled.

And, my Brother

Called to comfort me.

Reminding me of the man I used to be...

But when I'm discouraged

I need JOY.

JOY, Will you be my Constant Friend?



Be My Friend!


I feel JOY when I think about

What LOVE's done for me.

...for our Grandmas....

(c) 2006 - EdenDust Publishing - Stephan Goersch Music

ALL VOCALS: Brother Douglas as E D E N
MUSIC Programming: GOERSCH

Vocals Engineered and Recorded by Jay Deasel of

Music Programming and Master Mix by Stephan Goersch of

Monday, August 14, 2006

JEHOVAH !!! Make Me Over

...and now, A New Tune from E D E N

(J.Dean, D.Powell)


Make Me Over
Make Me Over


Jehovah, Jehovah, Jehovah



(Background Lead)

Make Me Over.
I need to change my life.


I'm stuck in the Midst of it...
I'm in the Thick of it,
I tried to play around with it...
It's all just making me sick....

(Feature Lead)

"I'm tried of pretending,
to know all these things,
while secretly wondering
about my own hopes
and my own dreams..,
and what's going on,
and what's wrong with me
and when will I get
to have the victory

(Make Me Over)

Over all these things
that trouble me,
and worry me
and make me weep..,


I need you to
come into my heart and
Make me Over!!"

Jehovah, Jehovah,
Make Me Over.


Make Me Over
Make Me Over


(Feature Lead)

I got lost doing
all these things,
while constantly wondering,
and I found myself
not caring...
about the little things
that used to mean
so much to my soul,
that once made me whole

Touch My Soul!!

Jehovah, Jehovah, Jehovah

Make Me Over!!
Touch My Soul!!


Make and Make and Make Me Over!!

Make Me Over

Jehovah, Jehovah
Make Me Over.


(c) 2006 - EdenDust Publishing - Jay Deasel Music - BMI

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been in that state a long time,
He said unto him, "Wilt thou be made whole?"

All Instruments, Programming, Engineering, Mixing : JAY DEASEL for

All Vocals, Lyrics, Backing Arrangements : E D E N for

Produced by

Believers, uphold justice.

Always bear true witness, even if it be against yourself, your parents, or your relatives and regardless of whether the person against whom you are speaking is rich or poor.

God is close to people regardless of their material circumstances.

Do not be led by emotion, as this may cause you to swerve from the truth.

If you distort your testimony, or refuse to testify, remember that God is aware of all your actions.

Qur'an, An-Nisa, Surah 4:135

Wednesday, July 19, 2006



This is not a review of artists and their level of skill or expertise. That's been done to death and no matter what you might say, it's all subjective and unless you're ready to 're-build' that which you tear down.., then what's the point? Observations with no eventual destination, are trips that go alot of places without winding up at a destination.

Last nights, B Sharp Showcase brought to the stage at The Living Room, in lower Manhattan, some of the most refreshing acts on their trajectory to national attention. Some were making their New York debut and others were finding themselves impressed with the challenge of playing in a new city, while being surrounded by family and friends and then there were those that seem to do it by the numbers 'cause the stage is so familiar. In the end, all the bands represented various stages of growth and presence and it was an exercise, for those that came to learn it, in what 'works' in a live setting in NYC and what doesn't. There were elements of vanity that ultimately creep in any performance. Some cover their's with witty banter, others talk about the weather.., some smash their guitars.., all in a ploy to get you not to focus on the area of their insecurity. In the end, an artist only feels the things they feel, when they forget that in New York, especially, it's ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC.

Those that had successful outings had a combination of preparedness and presence while always being mindful of their audience. Acknowledging an audience and engaging them ever so briefly allows the performer to feel a part of something organic and with an audience's support, a performer can soar beyond his own wildest imagination. But in the end, without that support, it can be a long, long set. Often we're told less is more and a few well placed songs and nice rapport will be enough.., but more often than not, this is never enough. Acts with so much to give, will always leave you wanting more.., acts that feel they have to 'prove something' can never be sure if they did enough and in the end, it's that insecurity that will make an act do just one song too many.

So as I reflect on the acts, their various moments in the sun, I send a message of caution to those that will be doing this sort of outing in the very near future. Don't fail to do your homework and rehearse. Do consider that the night is not all about you and finally 'entertain' your audience with truthfulness, not theatrics. New York audiences aren't all that different than others in other states.., we just get 'more of all that's available' than other places but when we see 'special' we are the first to call it out and reward it with our undying and unflinching support. Kudos to BJ Barratt and friends who did a superb job putting on a first class showcase and who showed those of us in attendance about the depth of love and support they have given to the indie music artist community.

This reflection review is mostly for those that were in attendance, namely the artists, to feel and see what an audience experiences without being exposed.., but will be a very present help in your time of showcase if you just remember a few of these observations and allow them to aide or assist you in making the most of your time on the stage, under the lights. To those that I got to meet and personally thank, I want to say publicly that you're the reasons I do what I do.., and last night was a joy to behold and a balm for my soul in those moments in each performance that revealed your honest intentions.

I pray you all peace, on your journeys to those special places your gifts will take you.

Brother EDEN Douglas

New York, New York


Friday, July 14, 2006


R e B I R T H D A Y S

When a baby is born, entering this world of challenges and disappointments, a parent has the auspicious duty to guide and to protect this growing child from a number of real and imagined obstacles. As they guide and protect, they're also in charge of teaching those same skills of survival they've learned from their parents. Imagine, now, you own rate of growth and how so many of those early lessons learned, you discover in adulthood, were taught out of fear.., not Faith, and frustration, ...not Love. We are quick to forgive them, saying things like they 'did the best they could' while secretly despising them for not knowing how to give us more of what we needed, then what they never got as a child. As a child matures, we mark the momentous occasions with religious fervor... "she got her teeth at four months!! I could no longer breast feed..." "He pulled up on his own at six months, but her baby was already walking by then..." And so it goes, always amazed at the quickness of mastering a new skill set, while disappointed that somehow we weren't doing our best work in comparison to another's growth. When an infant arrives at that magical moment of their first year's birthday.., we take stock of the journey and celebrate a year's worth of accomplishments with reckless abandon.

Why is it, then, that we fail to carry on this tradition of growth as adults? Instead, we appear to live a full year in denial of our actual 'growth' and so when the day of the celebration appears and NOW you can really know what it means to be 25 (remember, you weren't born at 1 year old, you were 'rewarded' that level after a year's growth), we spend all our time 'wishing' we were still 24, and what should be a joyous graduation to that 25th level of life, we begin a pattern of denial, lies and deception and we set up this strange dance with the universe, wanting, wishing and praying for the wisdom of Solomon, as long as we can remain 22. Absolutely, insanity.

So, with that said, on Sunday the 16th of July, I'll proudly celebrate the level of 49 years in existence and I've had so many incredible insights and moments of growth this year in particular! Many of those reading this blog, I didn't even know, this time, last year, so I'm particularly blessed for those that are 'new' to my journey. I've been given the rare honor of truly becoming a spiritual big brother to a few of you and you know that I don't take my role lightly and I love my little brothers deeply and sincerely and plan to remain healthy and of a sound mind in order to see you all mature. That's a promise, and a few of you have been secretly worried for me, I know, for it's no real secret that at times, 'tho I love the journey, I've hated the terrain I've had to travel and on more than a few occasions, considered prematurely taking some permanent detours. But your love and support continues to keep me safe and focused and I'm grateful for each and everyone that's stood vigil at those critical pit stops.

As I prepare now, for the road to 50, I can honestly say, I anticipate this leg of the journey as being my most significant, yet. The stage has been set, now, for a most incredible experience.

I've got a feeling that very soon, we'll all RISE up to the level of our callings as this is my perennial wish for each and every one I communicate with is for you to see your real and honest growth and to celebrate it, with reckless abandon!

Stay Tuned...


Tuesday, July 11, 2006


I'm so glad to get to do this review.

Every now and then, you know you're in the 'right place, at the right time' and getting to just tell a few others that love great music about the next 'big thing' in soulful singers is a privilege I don't take lightly. LYNNE FIDDMONT has produced, engineered and written an incredible release in FLOW on MidLife Records. To attempt to describe it is to immediately do it an injustice. It's an aural experience that literally borders on a spiritual awakening. You'll first experience the sheer joy of HOLIDAY, a tune that could easily become an anthem on jazz and R&B stations alike. It's light and easy and full of wonder and sang with such passion, you just want to get up from your desk and literally take a holiday. But where most CD's fail to deliver on the followup tunes after auspicious openings, this outing continues to build, one on top of the other until we are left breathless from the enormity of talent that is Lynne Fiddmont. Her voice isn't filled with tricks nor does she attempt to outshine her arrangements, she's comfortable being subtle, and part of the whole. She's reminiscent of all the great vocalists in that you know she's a true musician, studying the craft of tone, placement and timing. Every tune is a stand out for various reasons, but heed the advice of the title tune FLOW, that reminds us to simply get in the go.., and live this life that we have, as opposed to the one we wish we had. Ending with her passionate reading of NO REGRETS, you can understand that the tune as it's arranged is meant to show you her depth of skill as vocalist, but do pay attention to the lyrics of this song as she tells us exactly the kind of woman she's become in this new chapter of her life and career. Having sang and performed with so many of the legendary artists of this recent era, she dedicates FLOW to the memory of the late Carl Anderson, her mentor and friend. She says that he's responsible for encouraging her that she, too, might have something special to share. In the world of understatements, this one is supreme.

Experience FLOW, and watch it elevate you in ways only great music can. If you happen to be in the L.A. area, there's a listening party and concert, tonight, July 11th at 8pm at the Aura Nightclub in Studio City. It's also a night that will honor Breast Cancer Survivors. Visit her BLOG to learn more about the details.

~Brother EDEN Douglas