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Aged 20, I bought my first Bob Dylan album in 1964. Freewheelin Bob Dylan. Here are links to five favourite songs on this album. Plus background.

BACKGROUND

I first heard songs of 22-year-old Bob Dylan on BBC Radio in 1963. At that time, music critics described his voice as having a nasal twang.

The lyrics of several of the songs he penned captured my imagination. Outside of folk music, most songs focussed on personal relationships. Continue reading 



A MEDITATION ON A PAINTING

We can visit an art gallery and appreciate hundreds of paintings by some of the world’s renowned artists. We can meditate on a painting in a gallery or at home. We can meditate on a plant. We can meditate on a photograph in a book, on screen or on our wall. Continue reading 



Julian David, much respected Jungian Analyst, a visionary and a Totnes treasure. His new book: A SHORT HISTORY OF GOD

I received below this email message today announcing a new book by Julian David, a remarkable Jungian analyst, visionary and essayist. Continue reading 



Listening to rock music on Spotify in Totnes gym and a sudden flashback to Palestine and liberating rock

Earlier this week, I took out a subscription to Spotify, the Swedish music streaming provider. It is the world’s largest such provider with over 365 million monthly active users. I wanted to listen to more music in the gym.

I am a member of the Church of Gymism for the past decade raising weights to heaven – sometimes called pumping iron. Before cycling off to the modest size gym in Totnes, I downloaded Rock anthems from the 1960s, 1970s, classical music etc.

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A former German Marxist wrote sentences of poignant beauty about the Buddhist tradition and the importance of deep wisdom

Edward Conze (1904-1979) ranks among the much loved commentators/translators in the Buddhist tradition. Although born in London, Conze came from a German family with their home in Langenberg, Germany. In the 1930s, he wrote The Principle of Contradiction, a Marxist inspired text on dialetical materialism. A fierce critic of Fascism, he found himself harassed for his views.  In 1933, the Nazis burnt his books in Berlin among thousands of other books, as they were deemed “unGerman.” Continue reading 




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