Bio

this bio is from the summer of 2005. these tongue-in-cheek facts are still relevant in 2011…

your biology is your biography

…dob 26.08.64, Washington, DC [sun in Virgo, moon & ascendant in Aries]…raised [hell] in Northern Virginia and after 23 years of living in the border town of San Diego, CA developed the habit of having one eye continuously fixed eastward on the horizon of the Netherlands…

…have maintained sanity & made ends meet [a professional career???] as a songwriter, musician, essayist, disc jockey, editor, pizza box folder, paperboy, administrator, video archivist & producer (eventually earning a Grammy nomination and the Achievement in Film Award from The Blues Foundation for co-producing The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 DVD/CD series in 2003-04; the AFBF also received an honorable mention on the Honours List from MOJO magazine for their 2004 MOJO Vision Award)…

…spent the 70s, 80s and 90s developing the [not-so-common] sense that in this divine tragi-comedy of life that music is the best expression [and/or antidote] to this roller coaster ride of existence that we currently find ourselves on/in…

…musical performances & adventures accrue with no end in sight, experience all manner of emotion & excitement throughout the continental United States, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Peru, Bolivia, Nepal & Tibet…February 1992 sees the release of debut recording Walk Without Me, a six-song EP produced by longtime friends Darian Sahanaja & Nick Walusko, at the same time as they are about to launch their own group Wondermints. Sahanaja & Walusko also log full-time status as members of Brian Wilson’s touring band and it was Sahanaja who recently pieced together the widely acclaimed CD Brian Wilson Presents Smile…

…from 1991 to 1993 published a promotional newsletter for friend and songwriter Peter Case (ex-Nerves & Plimsouls) called Travellin’ Light, an experience that culminated in being invited out on the road as Case’s road manager & occasional opening act on a 50-city tour of North America during the summer & autumn of 1992…composed and performed the music for a children’s play entitled Snow White Meets The Dark Side for the Ensemble Arts Studio Theatre in San Diego in the winter of 1995-96 and released a second EP in 1997 entitled A Pair Of Opposites…after returning from a pilgrimage to Tibet in the summer of 2000 produced for Sushi Performance Space a 90-minute multi-media piece entitled 18 Spirits, that incorporated live music, spoken word, video montages & concept art…

…spent nearly six years helping to build & run the largest musical video archive in the world, Reelin’ In The Years Productions…during that period co-produced [with archivist David Peck] the aforementioned American Folk Blues Festival series and the re-release of the classic 1971 film Soul To Soul (on DVD & CD). Also co-produced & directed five short films for permanent exhibition at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, TN entitled Soulsville and for five years [2000-2004] worked as a consultant procuring films for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s induction ceremonies and broadcasts…

…and now I offer you: cabalistic dispatch… 18 songs sequenced like four sides of vinyl, it was engineered by Jeff Forrest at Doubletime Studio in El Cajon, CA (Lester Bangs’ hometown) and was co-produced with Mike Keneally, perhaps the most talented musician ever to call San Diego home [for those not familiar with his many achievements they include a series of wildly diverse & stunning solo albums as well as a formidable stint in 1989-90 as lead guitarist & keyboardist in Frank Zappa’s last touring band]…

…and yes, despite a system that appears bent on emphasizing the baser aspects of our existence I remain optimistic about our fate here on planet Earth and remain committed to all things artistic, musical, compassionate and forward thinking…music is still our highest form of communication and our greatest barometer of truth if we allow it to resonate with the human heart and I believe, as George Harrison once suggested, that  It’s What You Value…at some point in the not-to-distant future we will create a society that supports every sentient being’s right to grow and ascend, not just a group of the self-selected “chosen few”… thank you for the time… may peace, love & soul never go out of style… xxoo mjk