Editing

Yesterday I posted a short video with a tunnel.
I’m quite fascinated by tunnels as a metaphor for transformation,
transgression, change, and  …. life

Tunnels can be dark and murky, and we talk about seeing the light
at the end of the tunnel.
Those tunnels can be scary, and we hope, and often believe,
that the coming out of the tunnel we will be free, happy and content.

Sometimes the tunnel is like the one in the blog post below,
It’s not dark at all….
bright and illuminated,
but still a place that takes us from one ‘reality’ to another.
The walking in a tunnel is a walk with an aim,
you don’t want to stay in that place forever.
The goal is really to get out of there.
You just have to get going…
In September 2011 I was in such a  bright kind of tunnel.

I was really happy. I was at Inazuma Rock Fes
On stage were great bands like:
Def Tech, Dragon Ash, Abingdon Boys School, and Gazette
Yet at the end of one of my blog entries from that week end I had written:

… a PURPOSE …
Do I have one?
I believe I do!
I just need to find it.

Eventually later that year I did find my purpose.
My mission met my passion.
The music in Japan and the live scene.
Somehow I was out of the bright tunnel and had found my path.

And once out I met tons of amazing people!
Tetsu great drummer (for ex. mintmints, ex. Ra:IN)  here a night
when we had drinks together at his bar Boogie Stock in Shin-Daita.

Going to live gigs I met some amazing people,
often one contact introduced me to another,
and got to know, and work with, many Japanese musicians up close.
One such band was Vorchaos.
We discussed strategies for bands in general, and for them in particular,
how to make it in this new global world.
I’m so happy they still play together and keep on going!

and time went on .. I wasn’t in a tunnel.
I was on a path! Out and about!
I had direction and purpose.
When you are on a path you don’t contemplate much.
There isn’t the same feeling present, as there is when you are in a tunnel.
You don’t search for the light at the end.
You just enjoy the ride.


With Derinjar at Chelsea Hotel  about 2 years ago.

And I sure enjoyed everything!

Now I am back in a tunnel… but another kind of tunnel.
This one is almost pitch black. Or it has been….
I’m beginning to see the light,
I’m going through change,
and I’m using the contemplative nature of being in a tunnel,
to think about what will be on the other side.
Often we just don’t know what will come…

What has happened … during my time on the path,
is that somewhere along the road,
I started listening to how other people thought I should act.
Where I should put my time.
How I should do things
How I should prioritize my time..

But now ….in the middle of the dark tunnel….
I woke up…
and Im back at a mental place where I am more in charge.
And I’m being creative.
I might not at all know what will come at the other end,
but I know this much..
there is an end also to this tunnel!

“This is my life,
my story,
my book,
and I will no longer let anyone else write it.
nor will I apologize for the edits I make”
Steve Maraboli

 

 

 

Meeting with Tetsu at Bar Boogie Stock

We met with Tetsu-san at his Bar Boogie Stock in Shin Daita

He wanted to introduce me and Phoe-Lo to his band Mint Mints

and WOW did we like it!

You can listen to some here

http://www.myspace.com/mintmints

and read News Here…

http://blog.livedoor.jp/mintmints/

I have been very busy and out and about lately, so instead of going back in time on the blog,
I decided to start with this very MOMENT  – the NOW!

I’m sitting here in my apartment in 渋谷 区 東京 …
ok …it says Shibuya-ku, Tokyo…

Shibuya-ku is the city ward of Tokyo where I live right NOW, but not for much longer…
time is running out and I will fly out and leave Japan in a week… sad of course,
but life goes on and it is NOT Feb 13 … just YET!
This NOW feeling was very strong today, and after tonight’s little venture to ShinDaita..
it still lingers with me.
I am so grateful for all I have been able to experience these past 5 months. So many moments, so many NOW and WOW moments, that I will treasure forever
ha ha kind of a counterintuitive sentence right there…

Nothing much was planned, more than yes we had planned to go to the Boogie Stock bar
so I could give Tetsu-san his Birthday Gift, and see his bar.. .
Phoe-Lo came over to my place and we both realized we were hungry, so we went to eat,
and then we just then and there in the moment, decided to continue to work on the
HUGE Band List project
we are doing, and going over ALL the bands we have seen,
so we moved to the BEST Coffee bar I know in Tokyo…
Crevices here on ‘my street’ in Sangubashi ,
or as it is spelled in Kana like it is on a map クレビィス
I have no idea why they decided to name a coffee place Crevices, but they certainly
know how to brew some amazing coffee regardless of their name.

This place is just wonderful with such great coffee and tea, and a sweet couple who
runs the place. Today the woman was working with her 1 year old son sleeping on her back.
I had a cup of their perfect coffee and a Baileys…
LIFE IS GOOD! (^.~)
Then it was time to go to ShinDaita… not far from my place at all.. just a few stations on
the Odakyu Line and a short walk. We took the train there, but we did however walk
on our way back home to Sangubashi.
Dear Phoe-Lo, who has helped me so much, and also been there this whole time,
even at smoky bars and LIVE houses…
We were going to have some fun relaxing time together, talking and enjoying the moment.
When we arrived at Boggie Stock we both said, at the same time:
“Woah nice place..  I LIKE THIS PLACE! “
Phoe-Lo was happy because she got served a really nice ginger ale made with real
ginger, and the whole place felt cozy and much like a favorite bar should feel like!
It also helped that the table had a skull votive holder… ha ha
For a moment I felt like … gaaaah Wish I have known about this perfect bar earlier during
my time here in Tokyo, but then you know… 
I am coming back to Japan soon!!!
I am here NOW in ShinDaita… and I am enjoying the music, and the chatting about music and the Gin Tonic… and Tetsu an amazing host and he had so much to tell us.
LIFE is GOOD ….NOW!
NO reason to think any other way!!