Greetings, One & All~
As we desert dwellers awaken from the lucid dream of another Sonoran summer into the refreshing energy of the autumnal equinox, your September A 440 Newsletter brings news of an upcoming tour, an album release, a classic interview, a river of rhythm, and of course photography and poetry. Enjoy!
The long-held dream of introducing the global native fusion vibe of the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet to Hawaii will become waking reality with our four-island October tour. Aloha!
The new Heart Dance Records album The Space Between Breaths by the elemental trance groove duo Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman drops on September 20th. Perfect for yoga, meditation, massage, dance, chant, or simply the pleasure of deep listening, this sensuously soothing soundscape will transport you to the peaceful center of your being.
Pre-save or pre-order The Space Between Breaths at:
I hadn’t actually heard my interview with Candice Michelle of Journeyscapes Radio before including it in my August newsletter, trusting that it would be exceptionally well-done. Now that I’ve listened to it, I wholeheartedly recommend it as a comprehensive yet succinct encapsulation of my artistic journey. Our conversation is highlighted by a soundtrack comprised of samplings from a broad spectrum of my recorded oeuvre.
On Friday September 27th from 4:30-6 PM I’ll contribute my pan-global pulse to Drums Along the San Pedro, a consciousness-raising event in defense of the San Pedro River, Southeastern Arizona’s premier riparian ecosystem, which is presently threatened on multiple fronts. For information on and directions to this free event, please RSVP to:
Laiken Jordahl: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Scott: email@example.com
Photos of the Month
The nature photography of Shery Christopher continues to astound, as this recent trio of images attest. Her work is steadily eclipsing my Poem of the Month as the most popular feature of the A 440 Newsletter, and rightfully so. I’ll keep trying, though!
Monsoon Gold, courtesy Shery Christopher Photography
The Stare, courtesy Shery Christopher Photography
Barrel O’ Bloom, courtesy Shery Christopher Photography
Poem of the Month
It’s All Good
It’s good to have lived a long time
in a house that’s older than me
and which like my life
has been improvised
since when the city
viewed from here
was a handful of stars
on the far horizon,
to have lived with wild things
who come and go
as if I weren’t here
among centenarian saguaros
with arms upraised
in supplication and in celebration
speaking the silent wisdom
of the ancient ones.
It’s good my skin is on fire
and can’t be touched
by what we thought
we had evolved beyond
but which still lurks
deep in the murk
where shadows dance
on antediluvian rock,
and maybe most of all
it’s good to gaze
with sleepless 3 AM lucidity
into the crystalline depths
of this sacred pool
as the full sturgeon moon
swims up from prehistoric mystery
into the brilliant and only now.
© Will Clipman 2019
~May your autumn unfold with the miracle of renewed possibility~
The moments we spend appreciating beauty are never wasted.
poet ~ percussionist ~ maskmaker ~ storyteller ~ performing artist ~ educator