Many of you know I hvae earned most of my living over the last decade as a webmaster, and spent eight years mostly focused on helping build BeadforLife, a poverty eradication project in Uganda. When that process came to its natural conclusion I wondered if I would find an engagement with as much importance to the well-being of others (besides music!).

This August that happened. When political activists posing as Philippine farmers destroyed the Golden Rice research trials my brother Patrick and I decided we had to get involved. We knew that the driving force behind the activists was an organization both of us helped create -Greenpeace - and no matter how much good they have done in the world, they are wrong on this issue and it's costing 2 million people, mostly children, their eyesight and life each year.

So last weekend, there we were, in front of the 32 million-dollar Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior, with our families, our banner and our information table. Ironic to say the least, but also an issue where I can make a difference to so many lives, in full awareness of the dynamics involved.

Our website is here - www.allowgoldenricenow.org - and if any of you wish to discuss the issue please drop me a line.


Another most gratifying thing is underway. Following the Farmer's Cathedral compositions I had a period of composing focused on Yoga Nidra, working with Michelle Rubin. That direction seems to have brought out a more ambient style, and I have seven compositions developing at once, and they seem to be much easier to live with for my wife - who has to hear a lot of me, so that is really good news!

I will post some clips from these pieces in my next newsletter.
All the best,
Michael

(PS: the Saltspring Island show is October 27, not November as originally posted)

Cortes Island
October 18
House Concert

Campbell River
October 19th
House Concert

Saltspring Island
November 27
Neptune Community

Duncan
November 8th
Garage Showroom

Big Island, Hawaii
November 16 (concert)
November 21 - 25 (retreat)
Kalani Retreat Centre


Victoria House ConcertDecember 7

Victoria
December 12
Merlin's Sun Home

 


 

 

Three thoughts
from the beautiful mind
of John Keats

The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing, to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts

The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know


 

 

Michael Waters

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The Farmer's Cathedral

This recording reflects the Celebration of the Known.
It is the daylight, the bounty of the harvest

Its major key and uplifting themes present the clarity and harmony of nature.

Free Track:
Farmer's Cathedral,
Second Movement