Starr Dust: The Musical Staff as Awareness Itself

  “Music is not in the notes but in the silence between them.”  – Achille-Claude Debussy,  (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) Claude Debussy (pronounced day-boo-see) was a French composer whose most recognizable composition is arguably “Clair de Lune,” which means “Moonlight” in French. Find it online…

Sarin’s Thai: Papaya Salad

Life’s need perfectly balanced!!!! –Sarin Basley   Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic 5Tbsp. lime juice 3Tbsp.  palm or brown sugar* 2Tbsp.  fish sauce 2T bsp. dried, chopped shrimp – chop 1Tbsp.  olives 1 yellow tomato sliced and diced 1 -1/2 pounds green papaya, halved and seeded Equipment:  Julienne peeler…

The Universal Language

  Don Cornelius and the Staple Singers on Soul Train Image:  Wikimedia Commons   “Music picks the strings of your soul.” -Victorine Basley Goldston. One of my best boys texted me late one evening, “Yarbrough, I’m in the basement jamming some Boy George and Culture Club. As soon…

Music is Life

It’s 4 a.m., my alarm blares and I lay there thinking, “Do I really have to get up? I can just be overweight, out of shape and eat what I want. The Mister will still love me, so it’s cool”. I said the last part while stumbling into…

PROFUNDITY OF SERENDIPITY

These city walls with cracks for ears and polished windows for eyes. They know. They know how the cobble stone massages the soles of our feet when our eyes meet eyes. They see. They see how gin and cigarettes become incense to awaken desire of an otherwise lost…

Glory Road Rag

On the day you were reborn by the stream where we first kissed Do you remember the daughters of the water dancing in the mist?   On the day you were reborn I lifted you out of the stream and set you high in the tree of life…

“We can all Muse a little music”

  Music is [a doorway to] abundant life. The paths play unconditionally, [loving] with an affinity of rhythm. Still, when it’s time to, rest, [you], rest [easily].   Music is like [living] colors. It doesn’t matter how many [keys] you obtain. You may never [make it] through, life…

Euterpe

Within her heart the music beats And drumming in her ears It dances down her moving arms Caresses her flying fingers. It draws the bow and frets the neck And grips the body tight. She laughs when all around her say She feels so much more She loves…

Nite at the Opera

Colorful faces, costumes and sets in Thailand ready for a Night at the Opera, with images by Bernie Basley     – Bernie Basley Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Bernie has…

Minor Infusion: In Answer to a Friend’s Question

  songs in minor key discover the depths of your soul induce the flow of an uneasy mystery invite you to consume their substance.   melodies leave you with residual longing blues that won’t leave you alone. haunting that taps into vital chambers.   their frequency closes your…