THE WHEEL

July 20, 2022

The wheel is turning and you can't slow down
You can't let go and you can't hold on
You can't go back and you can't stand still
If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will

          -from The Wheel by Hunter/Garcia

 

I'm usually quick to embrace the inevitability of change and to find the adventure in the many surprises that come my way. And yet, I feel such a strong urge to cling to the known and to resist change sometimes. Efforts to keep on keepin' on aren't  always the best way forward.

I've enjoyed a 4 year run with local rock band, Radio Blazar. I've loved our repertoire of classic rock, Americana, and original rock tunes. Kevin Dobbin and Tim Hogan have been two of the best bandmates I've ever played and worked with. And over the years we've had amazing guest artists sit in, like Marley Wall, Jason Farr, Joe Magee, Michael Hull and Andrew Grosse. Those dear friends have kept us inspired, enlivened, and ever-reaching.

For most or our gigs we have performed as a trio. And in our 5 1/2 year collaboration (in the Gut Brothers as well as Radio Blazar) Tim, Kevin, and I have worked more and more intuitively as a cohesive musical team, opening up a space to fuse our creative energies into a wall of sound that usually seemed like so much more than a 3-piece band could possibly generate.

In the face of many unanticipated life changes, our good friend and fellow Blazar, Tim has decided to return to his home state of New York this month. We're all grieving in our own ways and that's where my impulse to hold on kicks in. I have expressed plenty of sincere support but honestly, it is usually paired with veiled invitations and enticements for my friend to consider other options - options that involve sticking around and keeping the band going. All my years of playing in the life stream on the planet have provided me with more than enough opportunities to see the futility of this stance though. And I'm starting to get it that I need to immediately start exploring new possibilities. That is the way to remain vital.

And a new project is beginning to take shape in my inner world. I've decided already to purposely embark on a temporary project. After all, aren't all projects actually temporary? Think about it.

As this temporary project takes shape, I'll be sharing some of the details here. If you've enjoyed the music I've been involved with in the past, please come visit, leave a comment, and offer some encouragement if that feels right. This new thang can't be the same as the old. No two musicians sound the same. But there will continue to be surprises, I am sure!

Wishing you and myself the sustained ability to glide along joyously with the ever-shifting roadways of change! 

-Stan

 

Every time that wheel turns round,

You're bound to cover just a little more ground. 

                 (Hunter/Garcia)

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