In August of 2009 Jennifer Carney from the San Diego Troubadour magazine wrote a fabulous review on my first cd, "Cafe Peyote," for which I am very grateful. Link here.
It was obvious from her comments that she took the time to carefully listen to the music and lyrics and understood what the Cafe Peyote project is all about - It is my message (correct of incorrect) about our lives, wrapped in a musical format. She wrote:
"He comes across as a man who stands by his ideals and makes the music to match."
There was one statement that caught my attention:
"The songs do speak to all that lovely hippie stuff: the search for deeper meaning, lauding of the inward journey, eschewing materialism, etc."
What a great way to define what the word "hippie" embodies. These ideals from the 60's do live on in many of us that grew up in that period or following it.
The hippie way of life was a difficult struggle then: thinking of love and peace, avoiding a material world and war, while at the same time trying to survive in it.
Drugs played a big role on that scene in the 60's, resulting in the expansion of awareness through pot and psychedelic drugs, as well as in the downfall for those that abused them.
I missed the hippie scene by one generation, but lived it through its musicians, to many to mention here, but always starting with the Beatles and their message of Love.
To look back at what happened with the hippies in the 60's should not be to judge the individuals that represented it, from Timothy Leary and the Grateful Dead to Charles Manson, those that expanded on their awareness and lived fruitful lives (some ending in Silicon Valley changing the world) to those that were left in the streets without nothing.
No, to think about the hippies should be to think of a dream of Utopia, however elusive it may be, knowing that we, as a race, will probably never find it, but should always be striving for it - not for one, but for all.
In honor of all those that were part of the hippie movement I have written my song You Are Nature's Child to remind us that while the hippie dream happened in the 60's, it's message should be eternal.
Watch the video:
Martin Luther had a dream - shouldn't we all?