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The Vanilla World View is, in a way, a religion that's not a religion, a belief system that does not depend on jargon. The book, or manifesto, also entitled The Vanilla World View, spells out this belief system and unravels some of the "unanswerable questions" that befuddle so many of us .

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

The Vanilla World View CD

I'll be releasing the Vanilla World View CD by the beginning of April. A combination of third-wave and fourth-wave songs, with a spoken introduction and a guided meditation and a mantra to boot, this CD will contain 18 songs, including as-yet unreleased third-wave songs like "Precision", "You're Not Innocent Tonight", and "Master Me"; and including new fourth-wave songs like "Lovespice" and "Touching Me". In a sudden reversal, I've decided to go once again with cdbaby...LINEAR LOVE is starting to make some noise over there, and I don't want things to quiet down any time soon.....

One thing should be evident by now: the new digital music revolution and the Web have made it possible for me to evolve at warp speed. For any normal band at any time up till now, the evolution represented by these four waves of songs would ordinarily require four years to transpire...not less than a year. The norm now is for an artist to release a CD, and then two years down the road to finally release another -- when his listeners have already moved on, or joined cults, or gone new age, or run for President......but that is about to change. Everything you've come to expect as normal will be tuned upside-down. Perhaps I will be partly responsible. Perhaps I am merely irresponsible.

Is there such a thing as an indomitable Will? If one directs this Force and warps his own destiny path, what will be the result? Since last September I've been doing exactly that. Only time will tell what the Will of a single individual is capable of.....

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Destiny Paths

When we speak of Destiny, what are we really talking about?

Are we talking about a controlling intelligent God force that moves us as one would move chess pieces?

Are we talking about some uniquely encoded "spiritual DNA" that each of us possesses, containing info about our past lives and spiritual development?

Are we talking about a future that we, using our Force of Will, can make a reality?

Or perhaps we are talking about the future that we, guided by the mechanistic forces around us, are being pushed towards. Our birth circumstances, our parents, our geographic location, and numerous other factors combine to limit what each of us can do, to point us in a particular direction.

Those of us who develop and possess a powerful Force of Will may be able to break away from a future imposed upon us by our naturalistic, deterministic environment.

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I imagine that each of us threads a labyrinth, following a pathway marked out for us by reality, by nature, by our birth, by our parentage, by our culture. The path we follow is flanked by rather high walls on either side, so we can't easily change paths.

By a concentrated act of will, we may be able to scale those walls and fall into a different path...a path which is now based upon both our background AND the fact that we scaled the wall through an act of will. We have therefore, in a sense, taken a "turn" on our Destiny Path.

The Hindu caste system appears to be a reflection of this determinism -- though one can't "scale the wall" until one dies and is reborn. A glance at http://www.naturalism.org makes me realize that there are similar schools of thought here as well.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

The Fourth Wave Continues


"Approaching Nirvana", which is really what the Vanilla World View is all about, marks my second foray into the Fourth Wave project activities. I usually don't mix waves, but I will make this piece the final track of the Vanilla World View CD.

And in a blast from the past, I just learned that "21 Candles", the final track from the LINEAR LOVE CD, is one of the top downloads in Germany and Austria. That's really nice to hear, especially since those two countries are favorites of mine and have been for many years now.

I am looking into acquiring a Seagull acoustic guitar soon, as some of my Fourth Wave plans call for some acoustical musical experiments. But for now, we're in the process of moving out of the Vanilla Shack. There's a "destiny path divergence" ahead, and I have to be ready.....more later.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Preamble: The Fourth Wave

Soon I'll be posting a song, "When She Returns", that will herald the beginning of the Fourth Wave. Think of each wave as an evolution, a progression, a slow-but-sure propulsion towards the Aim, the Goal. Driven by Will, by personal force, we can heal ourselves, we can create Love, we can create connections, we can bend the threads of Destiny. The forward progression here will be relentless, just as you must relentlessly push to evolve your soul. The Fourth Wave will incorporate sublimation, subtlety, but you will be able to feel a gradual gathering of strength........

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