The Opening the Creative Floodgates workshop at Royal Roads has been rescheduled to:

Tues & Thurs, Feb 21, 23, 28, and March 1, 2012


There are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke



Michael Waters


Everyone knows you can't have your cake and eat it too. Yet, there is an exception to this - it truly is possible to have your cake and eat it too. You may have lived such a moment without realizing it. Here is what happens:

A situation arises that calls for a real sacrifice on your part - perhaps you are at a fantastic party and just getting closer to someone who is also enjoying the contact. Suddenly, someone you don't know needs a ride home, they have had too much to drink and they should not drive.... You volunteer! You say goodbye to your prospective encounter and head out the door with your task. Then out of nowhere, someone else offers to do the chore!

Now, you get to enjoy the esteem for your generosity and uprightness, you get to stay and carry on where you left off, and you get the benefit of your sacrifice without actually making the sacrifice! That is having your cake and eating it too.

The relevance here is that the commitment to make the sacrifice HAS TO BE REAL. You cannot pretend in order to impress and then pull out with some feeble excuse. And you can have no guarantee that you will be delivered from the sacrifice.

Approaching an art with unbending intent is like this - you do not control when the full reward will come, but with patience it is bound to happen, and when it does, you will have your cake and eat it too.


Ry is an icon of the slide guitar - his main track for the movie Paris, Texas tells it all.

Ry also developed a great cultural engagement, both with historical American roots music and famously with Ali Farka Toure for one of the best African/western collaborations ever.

Apparantly after Ry played a show in London, Toure found him backstage and presented him with his hand built one string violin, starting something great.


Listen to Ry