Archive for the ‘Random Meanderings’ Category

6
Sep

Water Bugs into Dragonflies

   Posted by: VoGE

I couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful story.

I hope you enjoy it too!

…VoGE

Living under the water in a lily pond were a colony of water bugs. They were great friends and all lived happily together but, every so often, one of them would attach itself to a lily stalk and make its way up into the sunlight, never to be seen again.

One water bug in conversation with the others said he had noticed this and had often wondered why this happened and what was on the other side of the water and more importantly , why none of the others had returned to explain. All the bugs made a promise that if they were to go up a stalk they would come back and tell what they had seen.

Well, one day, the very bug who had made the suggestion found himself stuck on a stalk. He made his way up and through the water to the surface, breaking through he found himself on a huge lily pad. Things had changed dramatically – he was now breathing air and he’d gotten wings! Suddenly he took off in a flash , soaring through the air. It was glorious!

Just then he remembered his promise, “I must go back and tell the others” he thought. So with that in mind he flew down to the water’s surface, but much to his surprise he couldn’t get through to his friends below.

After several attempts he decided to abandon that idea hoping that all his friends would know he tried to keep his promise. He flew off into the sun knowing that they would all meet again, someday, when they were dragonflies too.

3
Jul

Responding to a Racist Rant . . .

   Posted by: VoGE

VoGE and Carla Thomas at the Overton Park Shell

VoGE and Carla Thomas at the Overton Park Shell

Some things you can’t ignore

I don’t usually respond to hateful words, but I found a bigoted rant in my email that was so blunt and venomous that I decided to dissect the message in order to see what made the writer tick.

I found no surprises. The ravings of the author (printed in red, below) represent typical examples of the same type of prejudice that I grew up with in the south. That’s when I decided to respond to their message point by point, if only to settle the faint ghostly echoes from a southern past hiding away in my own subconscious.

I apologize in advance if I am too long winded in my responses, but truth needs a strong foundation if it is to have any lasting impact. That said, let us begin.

The rant starts off with the statement:
> I AM WHITE!

Well, I am not and, most likely, neither is the author. As Americans, most “whites” are a mixture of races that have been going to bed together for over 500 years, and that’s not counting all the European hanky-panky that went on before that.

> I have been wondering about why Whites are racists,
> and no other race is.

That’s not a true statement. Racial intolerance is at the root of many of the world’s biggest problems and its standard bearers come from many cultures and races. The key is that they are all TAUGHT to hate by their elders. Cultures, like children, learn by example.

> There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian
> Americans, Arab Americans, etc. And then there are
> just Ameri- cans.

Actually, your parents and/or grandparents probably affiliated strongly with their country of origin, even if you don’t. They most likely lived in a part of town where others of their culture also resided, especially if they were immigrants.

The fact that you are rootless and a generation removed from any knowledge of your own traditions does not put you in a superior position. It just makes you ignorant.

Read the rest of this entry »

15
Mar

I’m back!

   Posted by: VoGE

Hello family, friends, and neighbors…

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted here and for that, I apologize. In fairness, I have been very busy… The 1001 details I will spare you, but the good news is that some of my busy-ness involved music… and I’m sharing it with you via online videos and mp3 links!

So let the fun begin. First of all, I’ve been very busy producing videos for myself and others for the last couple of years some of which you can check out via my video production site, AnotherGulliverProduction.com. Currently the lineup includes three VoGE streaming music videos online (in stereo even!):

SISTER MOON MEDICINE SONG (in Stereo)

NIGHT DOG SPIRITS (in Stereo)

CHICKASAW BLUFFS (in Stereo)

That should keep you busy watching for a bit. I have also posted quite a few videos on YouTube, but that’s a topic for another post… Which I will put together very shortly, I promise. Those of you who like to read ahead can go to YouTube and search for VoGE. I hope to see you there!

24
Dec

On The Eve Of Christmas…

   Posted by: VoGE

The commercialism of Xmas turns me off more each passing year… The gawdy glitter seems less festive than vulgar… But, somewhere along the edges creeps a feeling… Hard to define… A glow inside that harkens back to a simpler time when I had a less complicated heart… This, for me, is the true Spirit of Christmas.

15
Dec

VoGE Newsletter #1 – Holiday Thoughts

   Posted by: VoGE

O’siyo friends and family…
Happy holidays to you-n-yours! Here it comes ready or not… That time of year some dread, others eagerly anticipate, and the rest of us just accept till Spring. This Winter season has brought many changes for Voice of Golden Eagle music and I’d like to share a few of them with you including this, the very first edition of the VoGE Newsletter online!
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JUST MY OPINION: THE END OF MP3.COM – THE END OF AN ERA
As I’m sure most of you are already aware, MP3.com, the world’s first and biggest online site for independent music, closed its doors in early December. It’s been purchased by CNET.com and they promise to reopen the domain in early 2004, but there’s no doubt about it… MP3.com as we knew it is gone forever.
There is a certain sadness surrounding this passing for all who shared the dream for independent music that was MP3.com. In my own case, they were incredible for getting the message out about VoGE music. In the two and a half years I had an artist site there, the music had over 440,000 listens and many hundreds of CDs were sold to people all over the world. It also led me to some wonderful Net based musical collaborations I will cherish forever.
It is said that all good things must come to an end and MP3.com is no exception, but let me assure you that this is just the beginning of a new chapter for VoGE music!

* The VoGE recording facility is undergoing many new renovations

and upgrades.
* Plans are underway for new VoGE albums, including one to be

digitally recorded within a huge cave in the Arkansas Ozarks!
Read all about it, here in the VoGE Newsletter…
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VoGE UPDATE: WHERE TO FIND MUSIC AND “STUFF” ONLINE
Most important to remember, the www.VoiceOfGoldenEagle.com URL will always take you to VoGE music online.

Please check it out occasionally as it will become an outlet for more and more VoGE arts-n-crafts as time goes by. The direct link to the store is:

Voice of Golden Eagle’s Roadside Stand
http://www.cafeshops.com/voge
Like getting special discounts? So do I… The nice folks at CafeShops have given me a “virtual coupon” I can offer you that’s good thru December 19th, 2003. Just put SNOWFLAKES in the Coupon Code field of your order form and receive $4.00 off any purchase of $40 or more.
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MUSIC NEWS: NEW VoGE PROJECTS
Many great things are happening with the music!
NEW RECORDING PROJECT – I am contacting the National park Service about the possibility of using the Blanchard Springs Caverns as a location to do a digital recording. This incredible cave in the Arkansas Ozarks has some of the most amazing natural acoustics I’ve ever heard! I have dreamed for years of doing a Native Flute recording there and hope to soon make it a reality. I’ll keep a journal of the recording session and share it in a future newsletter.
NEW PRODUCTION FACILITY – Meanwhile, back at VoGE Central, I have spent most of the last month totally revamping my tiny recording studio. In addition to a major computer upgrade, I have moved the facility to a much larger area all of which will help the creative process tremendously once I get past the tedium of setting it all up. The new computer system gives me the horsepower I need to expand into professional multimedia production, so stay tuned for some home grown music videos coming in the near future!
OTHER FUTURE OFFERINGS will include streaming VoGE videos online (here’s a pre-upgrade preview) and more VoGE visual art available via the Web. I’ll post updates as these become available.
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IN CLOSING: Holiday thoughts from Voice of Golden Eagle

As we enter the heart of this Winter season, people

of many faiths celebrate in various ways according

to their own traditions. But all have one thing in

common. The ceremonies are reminders that in the

midst of icy storms both physical and spiritual,

Spring will come again giving birth to our renewed
hopes and dreams.

In all cultures throughout the world Winter has

traditionally been a time of gathering by the family

fire, telling stories, and sharing wisdom. A period

of reflection, meditation, and celebration of the

seasons past and the seasons to come. A time of
healing.

Regardless of how you choose to observe this very

special time, I hope your holidays are filled with
love, peace and happiness.

Witsatologi nihi (Many Blessings To You!)

…Voice of Golden Eagle and family