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Posts Tagged ‘#814 + OPEN # 15/ #16/ #17 /#18 /#19 2018 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON + DEDICATED TO JASPAR OBI / AWC + VIOLET LIGHT SUBMARINES + “THIS IS LOVE: TO FLY TO A SECRET SKY…” RUMI + THAT & THIS ANTHONY ’

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‘ELEMENT

MINIMAL. SIMPLE. PURE.
archival kraft paper + white line + archival black board
Catherine L. Johnson 
2019

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All of my work refuses/denies the camera’s eye.
The revelation, the experience,
occurs with an actual encounter – presence.
The beauty of one’s beloved is
the improvisational/sacred listening
of/ for/ to/ with
the beloved.

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intimate
listening/attending with an open heart and with the open palms of one’s hands —

listen to the light

reverence

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ELEMENT: A                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2019

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ELEMENT: B                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2019

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ELEMENT: C                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2019

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ELEMENT: D                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2019

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ELEMENT: E                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2019

 

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ELEMENT: F                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2019

 

 

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ELEMENT: G                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2019

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ELEMENT: H                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2019

 

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This is the last day

on Earth

of

my

BELOVED

JASPAR OBI.

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ELEMENT

is the last series of art

that was created

with the

ALL of ALL

of

JASPAR OBI

in my studio

– sleeping below my stainless steel table

and

sending his blessings to me as

I dove for the pearl deep,

listening to the sound of the silver horn,

in the sea of my imagination.

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JASPAR OBI

was present,

glorious/vital/adventurous/joyous/blessed

presence,

for 10.5 years in my life.

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Sacred listening.

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JASPAR OBI

is landing his

SPITFIRE

at

1715 military time CST.

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Please light a candle for my Jaspar Obi.

Thank you.

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/11/03/881-beloved-jaspar-obi-blessing-ceremony-for-from-with-jaspar-obi-monday-4-november-2019/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/jaspar-obi-sweet-comfort-healing-accelerates-with-the-presence-of-care-14-may-2016-blessed/

 

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Peaceful.

Loved.

Supported.

Released.

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All gathered at 4:45 pm.
The wind was fierce and the temperature was frigid.
They  truly had my back
– I felt an unusual comfort in the shelter of their care.

 

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I  had bathed Jaspar
in the bathtub
two hours earlier.
I seared every pass
of my hand on his body
to memory.
He was too weak to shake off the water.
We would have a game:
Shake #1 to #8!!
Jaspar loved being bathed – feeling clean, fresh.

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Jaspar Obi’s
K9 buddies walked with him
as he was wheeled
in his cart
to
Dr. Pomeroy’s clinic several blocks away:
Juno (Leah),
Jax (Maggie);
Remy ( Erin + Todd);
with
Steph
and
Mike. 

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BEAUTIFUL.

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I burst out crying
when I experienced

the beauty

of the
loving kindness,
compassion
and
courage 
of those who chose to
walk with Jaspar/me
as my
heart
was

shattering.

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Love IS.

PRESENCE.

LOVE is a riverVERB.

 

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caressed
Jaspar’s
sweet body,
wrapped my arms around him
– my chest upon him,
kissed him,
and
thanked him
for our adventure
until…

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Dr. Pomeroy was amazed that Jaspar’s  life force
prevailed over the grim prognosis
of his bone cancer in his sinus cavities.
Every week Dr. Pomeroy checked in.

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Jaspar and I

CHOSE to LIVE.

WONDER.

AWE.

Jaspar was/is my soul guide and companion in life.

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The walk back without my Jaspar
was walking without my legs.
Jaspar and I had created/ lived a beautiful bountiful life for 10.5 years
– together.

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Suddenly,
as we entered Mears Park.
the cascade of our stories
overwhelmed me.
I was surrounded
in the dedicated love of his BEST K9 friends
and
 dear friends.

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When we were crossing
through Mears Park,
Mike stopped and said:

LISTEN!

We all stopped.
In the park’s pavilion’s stage,
from the large speakers:

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HALLOWEEN :

‘Art Dog in Transit (above)
Disguise English Springer Spaniel as a Cow (below)

Returning from the ‘BLESSING CEREMONY’  4 November 2019
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/11/03/881-beloved-jaspar-obi-blessing-ceremony-for-from-with-jaspar-obi-monday-4-november-2019/

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THE

VOYAGE

OF MY

BELOVED

TREASURE HEART

JASPAR OBI

 HAS
BEGUN.

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JASPAR OBI is DUNKIRK / K9 RAF / ECSTATIC JOY. 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/06/21/866-black-ice-quiet-2019-catherine-l-johnson-raf-k9-jaspar-obi-aka-dunkirk-beethovens-opus-132-quartetto-italiano-anthony-cox-billy-higgins/

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JASPAR OBI’s

presence

entered + illuminated

my heart.

I am forever blessed

with the

adventurous

GRACE LOVE

OH JOY

dance

with

my unrepeatable companion.

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Jaspar  Obi =  my Psalm 139:14 on 4legs.

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Jaspar

has defiantly defied

the bone cancer

for over a calendar year

with

his remarkable, fierce, and sweet

life force…

and, now

the divinity within him

is calling his name.

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I see.

I have been

listening, listening, listening

to

Jaspar’s

elegant, courageous, tender

body&soul.

I accept, honoring, following his soul’s lead.

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The

BLESSING CEREMONY

is dedicated to

the

pure sacred radiant

GRACE LOVE

of our

4legged

guardian angels

our lions at our heart’s gate.

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Chartreuse

is the color of

JASPAR OBI’s

soul:

THE

BRIGHT

PREVAILING

KISS OF SPRINGTIME

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NOTE:

dear friend sent the link 
(embedded below)
on the JASPER stone to me
after
my JASPAR crossed over
on
Veteran’s Day 11 November 2019.

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I chose to spell his name JASPAR.

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I was astounded that the information of the JASPER stone
mirrored my
JASPAR’s soulpresence.

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Introduction to the Meaning and Uses of the Jasper Stone
https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/jasper

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Jaspar Obi

entered the world on

30 April 2007

and

began his story of offering

indelible sweet blessings.

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JASPAR OBI 

THE VALIANT STALWART TENDER LOVING ADVENTUROUS JOYOUS

K9 RAF

30 April 2007 – Veteran’s Day 11 November 2019

Please click on the link below:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/11/11/883-element-8-works-2019-catherine-l-johnson-veterans-day-11-november-2019-k9-raf-jaspar-obis-soul-rising/

 

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Thank you, Jaspar, my beautiful treasure heart.
You are forever MY TREASURE HEART.

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The

BLESSING CEREMONY

was

poignant

powerful

enchanting!

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All K9s

were given two presents:

green glow collars

– running / playing / glowing,

  and

special treats

– small milkbones with peanut butter

wrapped in aluminum foil

to look like shining silver bonestars!

ALL 2leggeds

were given two presents:

 steaming hot green tea

and

 green glow ‘tails’ to wear!

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Many many many

K9s arrived!!!

 

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Once ‘knighted’

with their 

green glow collars,

Jaspar’s amazing K9 friends

spontaneously

created

blessed energy

boundless JOY

and

a beautiful memoir

of the

precious gift

of

our

sentient / “metacognitive”

4legged

guardian angels.

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WONDER.

AWE.

SACRED.

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AN indelible CELEBRATION

of the reliable tender loving kindness of the

K9 COMMUNITY

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SEE

BE

THE

HEART OF A DOG

WOXOF

 

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‘BLACK ICE: QUIET’ CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2019

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THREE SEPARATE PRISMS/EXPERIENCES OF THE SAME/SINGULAR DRAWING
whisper / whispers / whispering
listen

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TOP IMAGE: light is centered and positioned straight on the work
MIDDLE IMAGE: light is centered and positioned below the work
BOTTOM IMAGE: ambient outdoor light emanating from a distant window

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intimate — listening/attending with an open heart and with the open palms of one’s hands — listen to the light — reverence

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4B and 2B GRAPHITE ON BLACK HEAVYWEIGHT MATTE PAPER
19.25” H x 13.75” W

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JASPAR OBI

24 February 2019

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Every time I x-skied through Vento Nature Sanctuary,
Jaspar was WITH me.
Kayaking on the Mississippi River, x-skiing, fat tire biking, swimming,
looking at the stars and moon,
laying beside me through multiple orthopedic reconstructive surgeries
– his sweet warm body and his breathing was my solace,
his presence/energy under my studio table as I dove
for the dark star energy of a pearl buried
in the sea of my imagination
– he was always there as I dove deep
and
when I emerged with a silent glistening pearl waiting to be heard.

ALL that is AWE and WONDER.

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JASPAR OBI aka ‘DUNKIRK’

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My RAF K9 Adventurer
– my unrepeatable TREASURE HEART.
Jaspar in Persian translates to TREASURE.
Obi in West African translates to HEART.
I named him.
And, that names our story together
as will my memories of him be:
treasures in my heart.

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Jaspar’s death story is an ecstatic,
revelatory, beautifully LIFE story of
FREEDOM.

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He is teaching me
about my expectations,
my hard-wired fears
and
my limiting projections/forecasts.
This voyage is teaching me about the opportunity in crisis:
the real choices in framing
our perceptions and participation
in our life events,
in our relationships,
in our internal world
and
in our external world.
Opened by LOVE’s vulnerability and adventure.
Closed by FEAR’s walls chained to trauma.

Dancing in the grey, in the glow, in the love of God’s grace.

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He is also showing me,
as I listen to his song,
I know to enter the deep-
adapting, improvising, overcoming.
 
The ultimate courage
is being vulnerable,
compassionate,
surrendering with an OPEN heart
to Nature’s mysterious, wondrous song

IS

– the wonder and awe of actively choosing to
be a/live
in the moment
and
living authentic love’s 

FREEDOM!!!

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Jaspar Obi is still living HIS story

with God’s GRACE LOVE and God’s will.

I surrendered.

I am on the voyage.

30 June 2019 2:48PM CST

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EXPLORE + TYPE: JASPAR in the SEARCH bar

or simply

please click on link below:

Jaspar Obi’s birthday  on 30 April

was the harbinger of SPRING

– NEW riSING life!

I would celebrate Jaspar’s  DAY by tying
a chartreuse ribbon on his collar every year!
The favorite color of my dear friend,
the late and forever dragonfly LOVE,
Jane Matteron!

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/801-30-april-2018-jaspar-obis-11th-birthday-all-knowledge-the-totality-of-all-questions-and-all-answers-is-contained-in-the-dog-kafka-woxoxoxoxf/

 

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Dogs are sentient beings of truth.

Dogs know…

whisper / whispers/ whispering
listen

 

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Samba Je Hed · Anthony Cox / Billy Higgins

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MollyAnthony Cox / Billy Higgins

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AWCCLJU/MEAREDOGSLIVINGINHUMANBODIESIGOTYOUYOUGOTMEYESALWAYS

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Resurrection,

resurgence,

rising,

and

renewal

 

 

are the universal and observable patterns

of

everything:

springtime,

regeneration,

healing,

forgiveness,

life cycles,

darkness

and

light!

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OPEN XIII                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson 2018

 

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riSING

RESURGENCE

riSING

RESURGENCE

riSING

RESURGENCE

riSING

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ELEgancE #37                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson 2019

 

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My work is an exploration,
a dive for pearls and sacred listening – call and response.

IMPROVISATIONAL COURAGE

TRUST
FAITH

RADICAL HOPE

STILLNESS

SACRED LISTENING

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OPEN
Being OPENED

Willing to be OPEN

Willing to be OPENED

Being BREATH

Being A/LIVE!!!

 

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PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO ENLARGE + FOR DETAIL.

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For further information on the OPEN series, PLEASE click on the links below:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/808-open-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2018-catherine-l-johnson-violet-light-submarines-this-is-love-to-fly-to-a-secret-sky-rumi-that-this-anthony-cox/
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/open-1-19
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/sonic-artists-create-music-not-music-boxes/

 

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AWCCLJRADICALHOPERESURGENCEBeing BREATHBeing A/LIVE!!!

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USS Hartford attack nuclear submarine, breaking the ice, arctic ocean, US navy, Arctic military footage, ice & icebergs, military arctic diving

I was a submarine.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/806-i-breathe-submarine-internal-violet-that-this/

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“This is love:

to fly toward a secret sky,

to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life.
Finally,

to take a step without feet.”

– Rumi

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IMPROVISATIONS

OPEN

#15/ #16/ #17 /#18 /#19

This set of OPEN is dedicated to the HEART of my BELOVED Jaspar Obi.
2018

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE + FOR DETAIL.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW:
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/open-1-19
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/812-open-9-10-11-12-13-14-dedicated-to-my-beloved-uncle-bob-dr-robert-cottor-2018-catherine-l-johnson-violet-light-submarines-this-is-love-to-fly-to-a-secret-sky/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/808-open-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2018-catherine-l-johnson-violet-light-submarines-this-is-love-to-fly-to-a-secret-sky-rumi-that-this-anthony-cox/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/sonic-artists-create-music-not-music-boxes/

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OPEN XV                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XVI                                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XVII                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XVIII                                                                                              Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XIX                                                                                             Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN #15/ #16/ #17 /#18 /#19 

 is dedicated to the

KIND + STRONG + MIGHTY + RESILIENT + A/LIVE

HEART

of my

BELOVED

Jaspar Obi.

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Above: Jaspar Obi celebrating his 10th birthday on 30 April 2017.

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More than thank you
to
DVM Karly + DVM Pat,
Marshall Animal Hospital,
who saved my little man
from the  almost always deadly BLOAT
last Tuesday 10 July.

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JASPAR – THE DAY AFTER HIS EMERGENCY SURGERY BECAUSE OF THE ALMOST ALWAYS FATAL BLOAT.

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For CANINE PARENTS: INFORMATION about BLOAT
https://www.petcoach.co/article/bloat-gastric-dilatation-and-volvulus-in-dogs/
https://www.collared-scholar.com/gdv-strikes-again-my-experience-with-bloat-in-dogs/

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WOXOF LOVE

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My work is an exploration,
a dive for pearls and sacred listening – call and response.
IMPROVISATIONAL COURAGE
My internal constellation is a luminous vast sky and sea that sings, whispers and dances.
I follow, discover and explore its sonicenergy with my divining rod.
I am a faithful  and clear vehicle of listening – a sensitive + keen stringed instrument.
Sacred listening.
TRUST  
FAITH  
RADICAL HOPE
The OPEN compositions are
dialectical revelations of  
the capacity to RISE,
sustain radical HOPE,
be STILL in ambiguity,
and
BELIEVE in what your blood and bone already KNOW to be true
like a farmer, a detectivepriest, and an improvisational musician.
STILLNESS.
SACRED LISTENING.
OPEN.
Being OPENED.
Willing to be OPEN.
Willing to be OPENED.
Being BREATH.
Being A/LIVE.

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The sonicPEARLS

to my OPEN series
was/is the
sonicDARKsTarGENIUS of the profound + VALIANT improviser

Anthony Cox + his THAT & THIS.

Yes, absolutely.

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A MASTERWORK. A MASTER’S WERK.  A MASTERPIECE.
Please click on link below to listen, listen, listen to samplings of
Anthony Cox’s original compositions:
https://ateliersawano.com/products/ske333029

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