When I began writing this the feeling was that of defeat. No matter how much I plan or prepare something will get in the way to let me know that the universe is impersonal, hostile and ultimately doesn’t care about the goals of a speck of dust. There are 1000 things I want to do and 1001 things I need to do. Sometimes its like I’m spinning so fast I’m about to shatter into a thousand pieces.

It’s been a rough few months, needless to say, no matter how well I thought I was prepared or how detailed the map laid out before me. This is life, thus is flux. Plans falling apart or postponed until further notice. Mechanical things failing. Roads disappearing and canyons appearing instead. Car dealers dealing. Missing friends. Mandatory overtime for months on end at the job that pays the bills. This sort of onslaught wasn’t necessarily a walk in the park, nor was it anything new, but as it turns out I am very good at hiding the struggle and trudging through.

I have always had trouble asking for help but never-the-less I am always grateful for the help offered by family, friends and neighbors. I am grateful to my loving wife for making me feel like a rockstar. Grateful to my family, parents and in-laws for their calming words of wisdom and support. I am grateful for every acknowledgement, kind word, and laugh shared by strangers, coworkers and the like.

I know that things could always be worse and that compared to most things going on in the world I have it made in the shade with lemonade and I’m able to promenade. So then I get bummed that I feel bad about my situations while so many others have it far worse. Depression is a tough gremlin to shake sometimes once it has latched on and everything seems to be stacked against. Just gotta persevere onward and adjust to new variables. The map is not the territory and the territory is in a constant state of flux.

So now, as I finish writing this, months later, for my partially neglected website, the variables have indeed changed again. Bought a fresher ride, with some hiccups. The driveway is now traversable, but not perfect. Overtime is ending and I am highly recommended for a promotion at work, just gotta update and apply my resume. The once postponed Wasted Local Talent podcast interview happens in just a couple days but I’m still nervous. And there are a couple opportunities opening up for things I’ve never done but want to do. One is to bring Neuron Dreamtime live in a collaborative freeform manner and the other is for me to address my love for comedy during an open mic night.

Hope to have more positive stuff to write about in another month or two but until then, flux this and carry on.

-L

Here’s an ambient improvisation from a couple weeks ago.

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Then:

Since our last post in July we’ve had a few releases. There were three songs for three different compilations and only one didn’t make the cut. “As The Worms Begin To Dig” was the one that didn’t make it for Future Disorder Records, an IDM/experimental/noise net label, and their “Three Years Compilation”. Their release is quite amazing with some splendid talent. For anyone who want’s to check it out, go HERE.

The two other songs “Try To Wake Up” and “Vivi Vista” were, respectively, sent to and accepted by two entities we’ve had the pleasure of releasing with before, PegasiaMusic and DJ Mac of WoodyRadio.
Pegasia released their compilation “Amorphia” on October 17th. Great production, great people.

Now:
Today sees the release of DJ Mac’s Post-Alternative Vision 2: Uniting The Underground. Again, independent, creative, quality tunes from independent, creative, quality human beings. Download it, share it, buy it, check it, support it, and, by all means, listen to it.

As organic as we’ve been in the past, with how we approach the music collaboratively, we are aiming to weed-out the over-thinking and sedimentation that tends to grow during our biennial collaborative cycle. So far I think it’s working out smoothly to our expectations. There’s some pretty gnarly stuff coming alongside some of our most mind-bending tracks yet. Instead of hording them all up to release at once we aim to share the songs as soon as they are completed via our SoundCloud page and various compilations, as we did with the three above mentioned songs. Once we feel we have all we want completed we shall compile them as an pay-what-you-want album on our Bandcamp. There may also be a limited run, hand-made CD-R art package offer further down the road.

Down the road:
So as we continue with our gravity obeying lives we hope to have a more steady stream of consciousness from the Dreamtime nexus and to share the sides of it we are still discovering. One of those sides is literature, and in light of NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo this month I am pushing myself to write, per day, at least 140 characters worth of either random poetic text or pieces towards a coherent whole, in attempts to progress my skill as story teller and song writer. Some will be shared here to put this space to more use, and some may not. But I will write, type and scribble not for perfection but for progress. Because I love commas, I do, I do, I do.

Peace,
-L