The Gospel of Tree Bark

Please consider checking out, and supporting, Anna Fritz‘s kickstarter campaign to release a new album, The Gospel of Tree Bark. Anna Fritz’s Wake was totally and phenomenally awesome. Send her all your money.

 

 

“Most of the songs that will be on this record were written in an old growth forest in southern Oregon where I holed up for a couple weeks last year. But really, this album has been a very long time in the making. I haven’t released a solo album since my first (Wake) in 2005. My creative energy has fueled many other projects in the last seven years while these songs have been waiting for their moment. And now is the time!” [via]

 

 

“Say Hello to the Songs!

Well, assuming you watched the video, you’ve heard the title track already, but let me introduce you to everybody else:

  • Breath and Bone is a song that asks what we’ve lost as we’ve given our lives over to our techno-gadgets.
  • Mean Mind is about joining the ranks of creative women who have struggled through the ages to carve out a place for their work. It moves back and forth between blues and classical melodies.
  • TransMan is a funky, sexy, frustrated song about loving someone who’s transgender.
  • On Wisconsin was inspired by the massive protests in Madison, Wisconsin in early 2011 in response to the governor’s effort to crush public unions. It’s a bluegrass tune.
  • The Gift is the most recently written song on the record. It’s about having a body. Learning to love it, appreciate it, use it.
  • Water is Wide uses the melody and chorus from a 17th century English ballad. My version tells the story of a person finding their way to their true gender identity.
  • Jess’ Song This is a straight up love song, y’all.
  • Caleb Meyer is actually a cover of a Gillian Welch tune. This one has called to me for years. As a pacifist, it’s pretty intense to sing a song about murder in self-defense. And the cello really lends itself to such material.
  • Into the Fire is a prayer in the form of music with tons of vocal harmonies.” [via]

 


KickstarterVideo from Anna Fritz on Vimeo.

Richard Kaczynski’s Perdurabo at Sekhet-Maat on Sept 16th at 7:30pm

I’m helping to organize this event, and it’s going to be great. Richard Kaczynski, author of the newly revised and expanded Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley, is coming to Sekhet-Maat Lodge 1409 SE Stark in Portland for a lecture and book signing on Thursday, Sept 16th at 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm).

This will be a free event!

For more information: Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley.

About the Lecture

This fascinating and informative lecture will begin with an overview of the life of Aleister Crowley and then the audience will have the unique opportunity to select which parts of Crowley’s interesting life they are most curious to discuss in depth (poet, painter, mountaineer, occultist, etc). Richard Kaczynski will be able to cover as many of these special topics as time allows. This will then be followed by a book signing where attendees can have their copies of Richard Kaczynski’s newly revised and updated Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley and other books signed by the author.

About Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley

“Richard Kaczynski’s Perdurabo: the Life of Aleister Crowley is the one biography that is absolutely necessary for anyone who wishes to know more about one of the most creative, seminal, and misunderstood figures of the last hundred years.” —David Tibet, founder of Current 93

“This is not only the most carefully-researched, detailed, and informative biography of Crowley yet written but also a remarkable insight into the nature of magic itself.” —Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon

The name “Aleister Crowley” instantly conjures visions of diabolic ceremonies and orgiastic indulgences—and while the sardonic Crowley would perhaps be the last to challenge such a view, he was also much more than “the Beast,” as this authoritative biography shows. Perdurabo (the magical name Crowley chose when inducted into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) traces Crowley’s remarkable journey from his birth as the only son of a wealthy lay preacher to his death in a boarding house as the world’s foremost authority on magick. Along the way, he rebels against his conservative religious upbringing; befriends famous artists, writers, and philosophers (and becomes a poet himself ); is attacked for his practice of “the black arts”; and teaches that science and magick can work together. While seeking to spread his infamous philosophy of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” Crowley becomes one of the most notorious figures of his day. Based on Richard Kaczynski’s twenty years of research, and including previously unpublished biographical details, Perdurabo paints a memorable portrait of the man who inspired the counterculture and influenced generations of artists, punks, wiccans, and other denizens of the demimonde.

Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley - lecture & book signing with Richard Kaczynski - Thu Sep 16, 2010 e.v. - Sekhet-Maat Lodge

Sacred Sex Magic workshop series in Portland starting Jun 5th

(At first, when I tried to write “workshop” I ended up with “workship” and, although a typo, a mixture of workshop and worship seems to me on the right path given the topic.)

Dawn Isidora and Ravyn Stanfield are offering “Sacred Sex Magic” in Portland. There will be three weekend classes as part of the series, beginning on Jun 5th & 6th. I’ve worked with both Dawn and Ravyn and, although I’ve not done this particular workshop with them, I can recommend this if you’ve interest in this sort of thing.

Sacred Sex Magic
with Dawn Isidora and Ravyn Stanfield

Ecstasy. Boundaries. Attraction. Sensuality. Desire.

Our sacred sexuality is a birthright beyond the ability to procreate, as a source of
incredible joy and sometimes frustration. We welcome all the pieces of our sexual selves in the gorgeous paradox of being broken and whole. Together we will awaken or refresh a deep relationship with our unique sexual life force. We seek to know our own sex energy intimately in order to bring it fully into the world, through relationships and magic.

Working with sexual energy can challenge us on many levels and willingness to participate fully is important – however, please know that you will not be asked to sexually interact with another. Please be pagan friendly and comfortable with creating sacred space and working with guided meditation or trance. We welcome adults of all races, genders and orientations.

This work will presented in a series of three weekend workshops that will move from relationship with our own sexuality to navigating interactions with others to expressing our sex in the world.

Dates: June 5th & 6th, Aug 14th &15th, Sept 25th & 26th, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM all days
Cost: $375-450 sliding scale. Or $300 if paid in full by June 1st.
Contact: Ravyn at ravenredd@hotmail.com or 503-754-8802 for information and registration, and if you’re interested in scholarships

Ravyn Stanfield is a healer, writer, artist, small business owner and educator, dedicated to liberating the unique magic and music within each of us. She practices acupuncture in Portland, OR and teaches workshops internationally. She uses her background in the realms of social justice, women’s spirituality, Jungian psychology and theatre arts to coax more of the extraordinary into the world through the cracks in Western civilization. She is an initiate in the Reclaiming and Feri traditions.

Dawn Isidora is a spiritual counselor and teacher, mother and writer. Her work is guided by the wisdom of the Elements and focuses on the workings of relationships, whether they be with oneself, others, or the Gods. Dawn has been teaching magic and earth spirituality, locally and internationally, for over fifteen years and has been involved with Reclaiming since 1983. She is both Reclaiming and Feri initiated.

JIm Malcolm in Oregon on Feb 5th and 7th

One of my favourite artists is going to be in town next week. The shows are smaller, more intimate. In fact, the Portland show is going to be in a house. Apparently the show in Portland isn’t selling well, and they’re thinking of canceling it. (There’s some sporting event or another that Sunday they think people are distracted by, I guess.)

I’ve seen him perform several times, both as part of Old Blind Dogs and solo, in Olympia. He’s good and fun. I haven’t seen him since leaving Olympia, so seeing him in Portland will be a little bittersweet. Maybe I’ll take some chocolate to the show.

When I emailed to find out more, here’s the details I was sent about the shows in Oregon:

Jim Malcolm is a personable and very talented folk musician from Scotland who has fans in many countries. His recordings are heard often on Fiona Ritchie’s National Public Radio show, Thistle and Shamrock. You can sample his music on his informative web site www.jimmalcolm.com and on U-tube. These concerts are great fun and are held in cozy, intimate venues.

Tickets are $18. Reservations are required and payment is at the door. Cash and exact change are appreciated. Checks are accepted but plastic is not. If you reserve and then must cancel, please notify me as soon as possible because Jim’s concerts have all sold out and there might be a waiting list. Thanks.

Friday Feb. 5 in Forest Grove
Door at 7:00, music at 7:30
BJ’s Coffee Co. 2834 Pacific Ave. in Ballad Towne Shopping Center, west
side Food and drink service available before start and during the break.

Sunday Feb. 7 in S.E. Portland
Door at 6:30, music at 7:00
Private house concert (…) near SE Stark and 62nd.

Reservations and information: lynx3@verizon.net

Alchemy and Magic at Common Ground on Oct 24-25th

My friend Gerri Ravyn Stanfield is doing a class on Alchemy and Magic on the weekend of Oct 24-25th. I’ve known Ravyn for years and have a lot of respect for Ravyn’s work. Ravyn is hard at work on co-authoring a book about Sex Magic as well, which I’ll be sure to say something about when it’s out. She’s also another one of the magic-working acupuncturists I know, and you can check that out at Forest Spring Acupuncture.

Alchemy and Magic
“Turn and face the strange.” – David Bowie

Change is the only constant. We are asked to integrate the new and release the outdated with every breath. Alchemy is the art of transformation and the study of movement from one state of being to another. We can access maps from other times and be guided by healers, artists, magicians and seekers who have walked this path before us.

What do you want more than anything? What do you want to be free of? Does your life support your deepest longings?

In this experiential workshop we will use our minds, hearts, voices and bodies to remember why we are here and begin to embrace the changes for which our lives have been asking. We explore ancient alchemical scripts and delve into our own inner alchemy—revealing the golden truth of the divine self in the laboratory of our souls.

Ravyn Stanfield is a healer, teacher, activist and writer who coaxes the extraordinary into the world through the cracks of Western civilization. She practices acupuncture in Portland, Oregon. She is an aspiring alchemist dedicated to erotic revolution and liberating the unique magic, music and Great Work within each of us. Ravyn is an initiate in the Reclaiming and Feri traditions. She teaches workshops internationally and in the Oregon prison system.

Dates: Sat October 24th and Sun October 25th, 2009 10-4p
Location: Common Ground Wellness Center, Portland, OR
Cost: $100-150 sliding scale (scholarship assistance available)
Class size is limited and a $50 deposit is required to reserve a space in the class
Contact: Ravyn at ravenredd@hotmail.com for information and registration

This workshop is open to adults of all genders, orientations, cultural and spiritual backgrounds. Please be familiar with trance or guided meditation and be pagan-friendly or open minded about working in a container of sacred space with voice, movement and energy.