...BECAUSE SOME OF US THINK THAT THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT
What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Gonzo Weekly #265/6

Gonzo Weekly #265/6
THE CHRISTMAS DOUBLE ISSUE
 
As we approach Christmas, we present a special double issue in which we talk to Tony Klinger about his work with The Who, on ‘The Kids are Alright’ and print an exclusive excerpt from his book, Alan gets all Christmassy with Charlie Manson, and the legendary Jim Dickinson, John has a Martian Christmas with Paul Kantner and looks back over the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Summer of Love, Jon waxes lyrical about The OA, Timothy Leary and Stranger Things, Richard writes about Steve Kimock, and Amy explains Yuletide plants.
 
Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney AND Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are not good at household electrics, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
 
This issue features:
 
The OA, Stranger Things, The Beatles, John Lennon, Trevor Horn, Jools Holland, Eric Clapton, Lili Fini Zanuck, Cecil Williamson, Patti Smith, John Prine, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bon Jovi, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Status Quo, Francis Rossi, REM, The Cure, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Keith Chegwin, Maxwell Frank Clifford, James Marcellus Arthur "Sunny" Murray, Sir Christus (Jukka Kristian Mikkonen) Magnus Bergdahl, Leon Rhodes, Patrick Michael DiNizio, Willie Pickens, Warrel Dane, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Tony Klinger, The Who, Alan Dearling, Phil Bayliss,  James Luther Dickinson, John Brodie-Good, Country Joe McDonald, Hot Tuna, Paul Kantner, Jefferson Starship, Richard Foreman, Steve Kimock, Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson, Phil Kaufman, Terry Melcher, Bobby Beausoleil, Catherine Gillies,  Charlene Cafritz, Marilyn Manson, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Cabaret Voltaire, Nick Redfern, Defending the Realm: MI5 and The Shayler Affair, Mark Hollingsworth, Nick Fielding, Sex Pistols, David Shayler, The Clash, UB40, Kev Rowland, Silhouette, Tankard, Threat Signal, Antisect, Trojan Horse, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, 36 Crazyfists, The Walking Dead, Whitewater, With the Dead, Wobbler, Zud, Aosoth, Atoll, b.o.s.c.h., Bigfoot, Blaze of Perdition, Charcoal Tongue, Curse the Fall, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Amy Phillipson, John Higgs, Timothy Leary, Kylie Minogue
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
 
 
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
 
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
 
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
 
* The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
 
* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
 
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
 

* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no.2 op.18 - Anna Fedorova - Complete Live Concert - HD



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His Letters
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The Harvest of Sorrow
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COMING THIS WEEKEND


Marlene Dietrich full interview

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Strange Delight
CD - £9.99

DON PRESTON NEWS

Nakedly Examined Music #55: Don Preston, Mother of Keyboard Invention
Don has composed and played jazz since the 50s, was a Frank Zappa sideman through his classic 60s albums and beyond, and has since released 20+ albums, scored 20 films, and has performed with artists including John Lennon, Lou Rawls, and Nat King Cole. He has also been called "the father of ...

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Works
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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

NOW WE ARE VIRTUAL
Now we are digital
Those jesters who whispered in Emperor's ears
"Thou,too,art mortal!"/are now apps
MORITURI TE SALUTANT/now WeCroak
Aging demographics need to be reminded
The surge in EMERGENCY Centers,hospitals,hospices
means more than degrees in care and self-care
Mortality is a punctuation point in our life sentences
Ends are a consequence of beginnings
Even the breath you take is borrowed
And the earth awaits your children.

Ask your App for further instructions..

Thursday, 14 December 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Heavy Drinkers - The Parish Music Box



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Paradise is Pocket-Sized
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MARTIN STEPHENSON NEWS


Daintees' Frontman Returns To Stage At Warrington's Pyramid Daintees' frontman Martin Stephenson is heading to the North West this summer to entertain crowds with hits from a career spanning four decades. The singer-songwriter will be stealing the spotlight at Warrington's Pyramid with an ...

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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

GATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS OPEN
When we are lucid dreaming.Whole worlds access
when we let go the Border Guards.Relax.Release.
Everything you ever dreamed becomes One Dream.
Time Travel Loops in all directions/dimensions
You astral travel to places and spaces
never seen nor known by the light of solar powered days
Moon nights are best..like that love affair
between the earth and sky,and the one between water and the moon.
Turn The Tides!(and she does,and you flow
and know depths fresh and ancient.None of this you remember
Most will be like those characters in MEN IN BLACK

who deny all the evidence  of night and your supra-senses..


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

FAIRPORT CONVENTION NEWS


It will take place in Oxfordshire on August 9, 10 and 11, 2018, with host band Fairport Convention opening the festival on the Thursday with a short acoustic set. They'll then return to the stage on the final evening to close out the annual event with their traditional two-hour headline set. Levellers will ...
Full Coverage 

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Live At Maidstone Castle 1970
DVD - £7.99

LEONARD COHEN NEWS



This was the mood of many who were attending 'Leonard Cohen – An Appreciation' which was organised by the promoter Mathew Hibbert, at The Art of Tea in Didsbury, Manchester. The event took place on the 9th and 10th of November, free to attend with donations accepted and divided amongst the ...


In February 2017, I, along with thousands of others, received an email message about an upcoming celebration of the late Leonard Cohen at the Musée d'art contemporain. One of the installations in the exhibition A Crack in Everything would feature a group of men of a certain age, all of whom needed ...

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Bird on a Wire (Special Edition)
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Bob Calvert - The Right Stuff



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At The Queen Elizabeth Hall 1986
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Centigrade 232
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Hype
Book - £9.99

Blueprints From the Cellar / At The Queen Elizabeth Hall
DCD - £7.99

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

GROWING STORIES
IT IS WINTER,&THE TRIBE
were hungry.For stories.Of their beginnings.
They looked around them-snow.dark.cold.
How can we survive this winter?
Father said "Be warriors.Be hunters.
Seek in this world that which sustains you.
Bring it back to share with those who are of you"
Grandmother said-"Listen to your ancestors.
Plant seeds now,when ground is soft and fallow.
When Seasons change=new harvests of abundance!
Mothers urged all children to learn from their parents
Example is their best and only teacher.For tribe to survive

every one must seek to be alive/engaging present,past and future..

RICK WAKEMAN ON THE BBC



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Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for hi..


Starmus is a festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child of Garik Israelian (the astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational..


On this extraordinary album, legendary keyboard player teams up with an Italian singer named Mario Fasciano. Stavros Moschopoulos  writes: 'Recorded on the Isle of Man, the CD contains 8 new..


With special guests  Various artists including: Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle etc..


Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known f..


Musician, producer and former Yes member Billy Sherwood has put together what he’s dubbed “the biggest super group of progressive rock players ever assembled,” to form ..


26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001 and Beijing - widescreen remix from Iona, and other unreleased tra..

YES NEWS


Yes guitarist Steve Howe says the band have “ideas” for the future - and reports that more work he did with late son Virgil could be released. Steve Howe says that Yes have given some thought to new material. The guitarist reports that they have “ideas” but is currently keeping his cards close to his chest ...

Yes guitarist Steve Howe has hinted that the band might be about to work on a new musical project as their 50th anniversary approaches. Their last studio outing was 2014's Heaven and Earth, the first to feature singer Jon Davison and their 21st album overall. “We've got an interim period where we're ...

Jon Anderson sings a direct lyric which avoids '90s-rock cliché, while Tony Kaye's organ and piano swirl in the background. Light touches of synthesizer assist in developing the mood, which then shifts with a less-than-nuanced rock back beat. The Trevor Rabin-sung bridge and electric guitar leads are a ...

Horn joined Yes as a brief replacement for Jon Anderson during the sessions for 1980's Drama, then stayed on to produce their follow-up smash, 1983's 90125. He also co-produced 1987's Big Generator and 2011's Fly From Here for Yes, using SARM studios along the way. The Bel-Air facility has ...

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Union
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Union (2CD)
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FRANK ZAPPA NEWS


Since 2002, the Detroit-area collective has tackled the music of Frank Zappa, prolific composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, provocateur, humorist and anti-censorship advocate. Following a newspaper ad placed by founding member and guitarist Scott Schroen, a group of 32 prospective members ...

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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..


In 1965, Ray Collins asked Zappa to take over as guitarist in local R&B band the Soul Giants, following a fight between Collins and the group's original guitarist. Zappa accepted, and soon assumed..


On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati..

Monday, 11 December 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sunshine Day - OSIBISA



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Osibisa Collection Afro Mix with Gregg Kofi Brown
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Osibisa Tribal
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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

PILGRIMS
   SHE WANTED  A SPIRITUAL CONNECTION
Tried drugs,alcohol,addiction
Traveled to any place where spirit was active
Realized the core was within her
Now she no longer hunts other's versions
Nurtures her own harmony.Hurts no one.
    HE WANTED TO BE "NORMAL"
To no longer hang round bars ,saloons,pubs
where the psychic vampires confront him
He loves his mother and his feral cat
Once he gets over sleep deprivation
His stories will be less violent
    WE ARE IN PROCESS/UNFOLDING ORIGAMI
Petals on a flower that blooms like Lotus in mud
You may not need to travel to get to where you are heading

Each mirror reminds us of who we really are.


STEVE IGNORANT NEWS


Over the past few years, Steve Ignorant of Crass has been releasing collaborative albums and EPs with Paranoid Visions. This weekend, the artists announced the release of a new live record. The album will be called 1977220174U and will include Crass songs, songs written by both acts, and covers of ...

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After The Pearl
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The Pilgrim
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Demos Old And New
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Return To Memphis
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This Way Up
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JOEY MOLLAND IN THE NEWS


Badfinger, starring original member Joey Molland, was in the house and entertaining fans with their hits and other tunes, including all the songs from ...

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After The Pearl
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The Pilgrim
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Demos Old And New
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Return To Memphis
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This Way Up
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RICK WAKEMAN ARTICLE


I spoke to Rick Wakeman from "Yes", many years ago. He was just great fun with amazing anecdotes, so many stories, everything he said was pull quote. What made me laugh in particular with Rick Wakeman was he had on his website specifically for journalists, I don't know if he still has it but it said, ...

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Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for hi..


Starmus is a festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child of Garik Israelian (the astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational..


On this extraordinary album, legendary keyboard player teams up with an Italian singer named Mario Fasciano. Stavros Moschopoulos  writes: 'Recorded on the Isle of Man, the CD contains 8 new..


With special guests  Various artists including: Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle etc..


Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known f..


Musician, producer and former Yes member Billy Sherwood has put together what he’s dubbed “the biggest super group of progressive rock players ever assembled,” to form ..


26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001 and Beijing - widescreen remix from Iona, and other unreleased tra..

Sunday, 10 December 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: In The Bleak Midwinter : Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

Being Sunday I always post sacred music. The name of the deity may change, or even the deity Him/Herself but the spirit remains the same.

PLAYLIST: SF 236 – 26 Nov 2017 – Argus

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks).

Neil Nixon, the founder and presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.

The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

SF 236 – 26 Nov 2017 – Argus


D R Hooker:  Fall in Love
Neurosis:  Double Edged Sword
Nina Simone:  Little Girl Blue
Wishbone Ash:  Time Was
Luke Haines:  Dandification
John and Beverley Martyn:  Auntie Aviator
Chihei Hatakayama:  Starlight and Black Echo
The Monkees:  Shorty Blackwell
Prefab Sprout:  Desire As
Wishbone Ash:  Leaf and Stream
Mellow Candle:  Silver Song
Bombshell  Rocks:  Warpath
The Jesus Abyss:  House of Wronguns
Daniel Johnson:  No More Pushing Joe Around
Tony Bennett:  Blues in the Night
The Sun Ra Arkestra:  Space Jazz Reverie
Xxenogenesis:  I am What I am (Part 2)
Benoit Pioulard:  I Walked into the Black
Wishbone Ash:  The King Will Come
Charlotte Hatherley   Firebird
Lt. Pigeon:  Goodbye


THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

365 "REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL"
EVERY MORNING-WAKE TO A NEW!
Every afternoon-still breathing
Every evening-a fresh dream
"Every day above ground
better than one beneath it"
Add on EXTRAS!-family,friends,positive affiliations
Seasonal Celebrations-Birthdays,Full Moons,
Capacities for Gifting and Sharing/Conversations
Learning ,Reading,Absorbing,Emitting
This Spiral Dance Demands Attention!
For All Moments are One Moment
And the best that you know and love gets better
Depending Upon The Way That You Choose to See it!

HAPPY FESTIVUS!
 

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