Rites of Passage

I was recently reunited with this spear, which I received from the Achuar tribe, a warrior tribe from the Amazon rainforest that I spent time with a few years ago. That bridge in the photo is the one where I had the infamous face-off with a giant, red (and I was told poisonous) jungle snake. Ahhh, memories…

I’m so happy to have this warrior gift from afar back in my possession. It’s making me want to go on another adventurous, exotic expedition.


If you want to read more about this trip to the jungle, I wrote a few blogs about it after I returned. This first one shares the story of when we traveled to a village at 3:30am to participate in a morning dream ritual with the tribe.

Harmonica Gateways: Tales of the Amazon

And this next tale tells the story of the face-off with the poisonous snake, and following moment, which became one of the most incredible musical moments of my entire life.

Harmonica Gateways: Shadows in the Mind of Nature (Tale 2) 

It’s pretty amazing to recall these memories, and these writings and stories that came out of me. It actually stirred me inside, inviting me to share more personally and intimately than I have been. I have so many stories, and so often I forget to post them on my website’s blog. If you follow me on Facebook (fan page or subscribe to personal page – they each have different posts), Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr, you’ll get more frequent update on my adventures. Find me so I can find you back.

Also, do you know the work of the photographer Chris Jordan? He’s amazing inside and out, and a dear friend. His photography are incredible visualizations of the surreal metrics of mankind’s waste and consumption. His work will continually blow your mind… I bring him up because of this photo. Do you see that second spear in the photo of my painted face? The one with the feather on it? When I came back from the jungle I gave that spear to Chris Jordan, to remind him that he is one of the most amazing spiritual warriors I know, and encouraging him to keep on with his important work. His art helps us understand our shadows better each day.

OK, back to the music adventures. The new album is coming along nicely…


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