Crystal Reality

For ten years, people paid UCLA good money to study the art and science of recording in classes I taught each quarter. Few of the students entered the class realizing that they would be learning the basics of metaphysics in the process. And judging by the Instructor Evaluations on file, there was nary a susurration among the students.

Of course my curriculum covered the history of recording, the Nyquist Theorem, Hitler’s role in giving the world hi-fidelity audio, smuggled tape recorders out of post-war Germany, the seven characteristics of sound, mic placement, ego-massage and the revolution of digital audio. But as much as that, it covered the release of fear, connecting with the intuitive mind, A Course in Miracles, hypnosis…

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A series of short predictions

-- 100 years from now, we will still see movies starring the same superheroes on film today. They are our new mythology.

-- By 2025, the most popular household pet will be the hedgehog.

-- Within 10 years, most of our household chores will be done by dedicated robots.

-- By 2060, more Americans will speak Spanish than English.

-- By 2100, more Americans will speak Chinese than English.

-- Donald Trump will begin doing a long prison sentence within the next five years.

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The Bed Dream Time

The greatest problem plaguing mankind in the next decade will be sleep-loss. For a variety of reasons, sleeplessness will become an epidemic, comparable to the current epidemic of obesity. The average American will get less than 4 hours of sleep per night, many getting as little as one or two hours.

The results of this will be poor concentration, exhaustion, and, in the worst cases, hallucinations and psychotic episodes. Some will try to treat sleeplessness with amphetamines, to disastrous effects; the current explosion of amphetamine usage will skyrocket, as will the social problems associated with the drug.

Sleep will become so precious that people will be found non-guilty when they murder those who wake them, and unscrupulous snake-oil salesmen will…

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GMO Shell Game

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” the Bard proclaimed. By that logic and at the other end of the spectrum, a pile of crap is still a pile of crap. That holds especially true for Monsanto and GMOs.

Just a couple years ago, I sat in a conference room with five well-educated, worldly professionals discussing updates for a local farmers market policy. All had been involved with the market and familiar with our mission for five years or more. Because new produce varieties were coming online that year, including some that were genetically modified organisms (GMOs), I noted that we should make the market’s policy on GMOs clear to both consumers and vendors.

Around the table…

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Chakras

Google Albert Einstein and you’ll draw about 93 million hits. That’s understandable for such a popular intellectual of the early 20th century. Google someone named “Charles W. Leadbeater” and you’ll get some hits; about 92.7 million fewer. Leadbeater would never be trending on Twitter or news on CNN compared to Einstein. Yet, his contributions to the enlightenment of the era were no less significant at the time they both lived. In fact, Leadbeater would have been much more likely to command headlines in the London papers.

As a former Anglican priest turned spiritualist and metaphysician, Leadbeater was a leading figure in the relatively new Theosophical Society, a movement headed by Madame Helena Blavatsky. As Western culture explored the ancient rituals…

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The Year the Music Died

2016 is going to be infamous as The Year the Music Died. We have already lost a number of important musicians, including David Bowie and Prince, but the march of death will continue onward. By the end of the year, over 300 musicians and singers, many considered among the most important in rock and roll history, will have passed away.

Some will be older performers, most will be in their 60s, and some will be very young. There will be no real reason for this, except that the average life span of a pop artist is somewhere in the area of 65, and quite a few musicians from the 60s are now that age or older. But the number of…

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Acupuncture

It was 2 a.m. and Stevie Wonder wanted a Leslie in Studio B. The only problem was that the Leslie he wanted was in the anteroom of Studio C. A Leslie is a specialized speaker cabinet invented for use with a Hammond organ but in the 1970s it was popular to run other sounds through the rotating speaker cones in order to get a swirling stereo effect. For example, Joe Walsh used it a lot with guitar and that April night of 1975, Stevie’s engineer Gary O. (a legend in his own right) needed to run some background vocals through it during a mix. I was Gary’s assistant engineer so the chore of getting that effect was mine. Dutifully traipsing…

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