I hope you are staying safe and centered out there. The world has changed a lot since I decided to start a newsletter last month, eh? These emails are going to mainly be focused on things that I am reading, listening to, thinking about, working on, etc. However, I do feel like I need to address the state of things before getting into the fun stuff.
I am grateful for the healthcare workers who are on the frontlines, some of which are my family members. If you are looking for a place to donate, Operation Masks is legit and doing great work.
I have been thinking a lot about the metaphor of a kaleidoscope lately—with a subtle twist of the wrist, the perspective is radically altered. It is clear to me that right now, more than ever, our role as artists is to feed the soul. Music, writing, entertainment, etc; these are all things that can undoubtedly make someone’s day better and offer refuge.
At the same time, I know a lot of people that are not logistically able to create, or can’t get into the zone, which is beyond understandable. In that case, self-care is the most important thing you can do. New York Times posted a great article about how productivity right now is overrated and can be dangerous. I am practicing balance, riding the wave between these two polarities.
”The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
I have a new ambient album out today with Superposition, my project with Matt Davis. This is some very spacey, meditative music for you to relax to or deep-dive with. Listen to Form//Less here. #musicforquarantine
Have you explored Radio Garden yet? It is so strangely comforting, like ASMR for me. You can zoom around the globe and listen to terrestrial FM radio. I have been playing this reggae station in Jamaica and this ambient station in Spain.
Jack Kornfield, one of my favorite buddhists teachers, joins Rick Rubin for a guided meditation? Incredible and timely.
If you haven’t seen Fantastic Fungi yet, I strongly recommend it. It dives into on climate change, consciousness, psychedelics, and more. It is absolutely stunning—I haven’t had to pick my jaw up off of the floor from a movie in a while. The time-lapse shots of fungi are some of the most beautiful nature footage I’ve ever seen. Paul Stamets is a superhero.
Don’t hesitate to reach out with any thoughts or ideas. Appreciate you all.