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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Michael Hedges' last album:Torched

I just got the music album, "Torched", an album guitarist,song writer, producer
and sound engineer Michael Hedges (pictured above) was going to release in 1997 perhaps? Sadly Michael died in the most awful traffic accident in 1997, however his "hand-made recordings" were put down
on tape by him. All I can say about this album is "absolutely amazing and profound!"
I can't believe that I hadn't heard of this album, but now  I am so glad that it is in my
album collection!!!
If you like Michael's music and his instrumental work, don't wait another second to
get this album!!! It is absolutely amazing!!!

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If you have never heard of Michael Hedges, or his music ,I strongly suggest you
find a way to listen to it,
especially if you like acoustic guitar, and incredible guitar playing!! Here are some links
which will introduce
you to him:

The Michael Hedges website:

Michael Hedges discography and more:

A Wikipedia page devoted to Michael:

Some of his top tracks are organized and linked to at:

An inteview of Michael is at:

Here is a taste of his music:

In this video he plays the "Harp Guitar":
This song is called "Because it is there":

Here he is playing an acoustic guitar in his instrumental song, "Ritual Dance",

Here he is again playing an acoustic  guitar in his song "Aerial Boundaries":

Here is a link to a 20-minute video about Michael which includes performances
by him:

I am really kicking myself tonight for not knowing that the album "Torched" was out there and
available to his fans! Oh well, I have it now and now I can make up for lost time by playing it
and playing it! And the fact that I am probably one of the luckiest music fans in the World
because I am one of the people in this world who was blessed to have seen Michael
perform twice live in my life and his!! ( at the annual Edmonton Folk Festival). 

Your fans are thinking about you all the time Michael and we are listening to your music
every day and enjoying it more and more with each listening!! I hope you are having a great time in Music Heaven!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.