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September 07, 2014

philadelphia


friends,

 

i'm home from a few weeks of travel, and just posted episode 415 to celebrate. it's me, live from philadephia, along with a hanful of recent songs in tow - musing over the past, present, future, what is and won't be. i wish i understood things more. it's hard to find balance. but i'm thankful for the chance to keep trying.

 

the songs are:
- dirty work

- full well

- he's gonna be a heartbreaker

- hineni

- i want to be allowed to continue

 

there'll be more soon. please stay tuned!

 

love,
russell

 

ps - if you've never been to philadelphia, i highly recommend it. it's a genuinely beautiful place. urban, great food, history, people... i'm embarrassed it took me so long to discover, but quite happy i finally did!

September 07, 2014

yes yes yes


friends,

 

as mentioned last week, the podcast will take a brief hiatus due to my travel schedule. i'll be on the east coast of the u.s. for bit, and expect the podcast to return the week of september 21st.

 

in the interim, i just posted posted episode 414. it's me with a few songs and thoughts from this afternoon... travel, the change of seasons, autumn itself, are on my mind.

 

i hope you'll listen, stay-tuned, and join me ep. 415 later this month!

 

love,
russell

September 01, 2014

reminiscence


friends,

 

it's labor day here in the u.s., and the holiday has allowed me some (much appreciated!) time to think, relax, and work on music. my head is still a bit lost in the fog of recording, but i just posted this week's podcast - it's me with a new song, and some thoughts about time, memory, loss, and faith (aka: hope, trust, belief). "faith" is such a funny/hard thing to talk about. i don't mean it religiously, yet i realize that's often how it's heard.

 

but, yes, at the risk of being misunderstood, i do think faith is important. there's a simple emotional truth in it - how it feels to live with limitation and ignorance, and to have to make choices, imperfectly. to jump with no net. alone. not because we know the answers, but because there's no place else to go.

 

beyond the "skeptic, believer, agnostic" distinctions, etc., there seems to be an aspect of faith that applies to consciousness itself. faith as action, not assent - the fact of existence, the place where fallibility, failure, and serendipity, overwhelm us. i'd like the world to be different than it is. i wish i understood it more. i hope to be more brave.


episode 413 is related. i hope you'll listen.

 

love,
russell

August 25, 2014

new site!


friends,

 

welcome to the new simplemuzik.net! after eight years, it's wonderful to have a new face for the podcast. this site owes it's existence to many hours of hard work patiently provided by my friend maki kayano (makisf.com), for which i'm everlastingly grateful.

 

in celebration of the new site, i just posted episode 412. you can listen on itunes, and/or at the "listen to the podcast" link (to the right of this post). i hope you'll visit and listen often!

 

links for ep 412:

music from my friend - nick guerrero

the filmmaker - woody allen

the painter - mark rothko

musical icons - bruce springsteen, bob dylan, and the beatles

 

love,
russell