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!

Island Breezes

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!

Breathe Easy

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:

Artistic Journey

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.

River Rhythms

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:


Kate Scott:

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.

~Guillaume Henri

Will Clipman

poet ~ percussionist ~ maskmaker ~ storyteller ~ performing artist ~ educator