Soulcraft, Rumi, and a Dissertation

I never fell asleep. Maybe it was the Ladysmith Black Mambazo playing in the background of our room, something to help me sleep. Maybe it was that shot or three of flat Mountain Dew I pounded just before heading to bed (why was that here? I so rarely drink soda now) keeping me up. There are at least a dozen other associations that come to mind.

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But I think I just found what I needed to move forward with my dissertation proposal. Connection after connection. And I woke up. Right to the laptop and type type type. Head to bed? Well, let’s pull this one book out to put some form to this line of thought. “Soulcraft” by Bill Plotkin. I know it well. I flip to the Contents.

And what is before me on the page, at 1:12am after getting out of bed on this Tuesday night now Wednesday, discovering the missing links that seemed to keep my project from moving forward, from keeping me from carrying out my vision “on this side of the trees,” from completing this fairly insane process?

The same quote that Julie, my wife, painted on our bedroom wall in New Hampshire while I was away in New Mexico on my Vision Quest the summer of ’07. Rumi:

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill

Where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.

Don’t go back to sleep.”

Blind Melon “For My Friends” – Welcome back, boys

There is not enough space on this page or time in this day to tell the BIG story about my relationship with this band. But let’s just keep this short, sweet, and simple and share how great it feels to hear these guys playing music together again.

All the side projects and other gigs they each did over the past decade-plus were fun, but there really is a magic to what these guys can do. And welcome, Travis.

I have to admit that this is the first album/CD I’ve purchased in quite a long time. Go out and buy it. It’s a great listen, no matter what your story is.

Loving the importance of my friends,

J