About My Music

The purpose of Desert Meditations is to utilize the power of music to help one relax and meditate. I invite you to listen to my posted samples and see for yourself.  Many relaxation CDs strive to take you on journeys with simple pads and warm sounds. But I also feel that employing a "groove" and interesting sounds (coyote calls, hawk screeches and flute melodies and chants inspired by the Natives of the American Southwest) gives the music the organic flow it needs and adds interest to take your mind away from the problems of the world and help guide you into your inner self.



The modern world is a stressful place. Desert Meditations was created to relieve you of that stress -- to draw you into a truly relaxed state, be it a meditative state or simply a restful sleep.
 
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On the other hand, Techno-Jazz is meant to excite and inspire you. Desert Meditations was created for a quiet evening in bed or by a lingering fire, but Techno-Jazz should be served with your coffee in the morning to help you wake up, or in the evening when you come home from work and you need a musical perk-me-up.

I truly hope you enjoy my music. And, you don't have to enjoy it in the ways that I've suggested. Enjoy it any way that suits you and your lifestyle. Finally, let me know how it works for you. Your feedback or testimonials are welcomed and important to me.





 

My Blog

I'm sorry, this is way past due, but I am posting again. Today's post is: "I Love the Desert" 

I Love the Desert 

Back in 1976 my wife and I came to Palm Springs because a local artist invited us out so that we could start a band. I remember pulling into Palm Springs and being struck by how barren the surrounding mountains looked. No trees on the hills and foothills nearby, just scrub brush and desert grasses. And yet in this starkness was a calm beauty. The town, which is only 480 feet above sea level, is dominated by Mt. San Jacinto. It is quite impressive, as the steep escarpment of San Jacinto's north face climbs over 10,000 feet from the valley floor in just 7 miles, making Mt San Jacinto one of the largest gains in elevation over such a small horizontal distance in the the “Lower 48”. It is fair to say that the very large mountain blocks the wind and weather that piles up against the Western side of the mountain – helping to create that famous desert's environment.. 

There is so much more that makes the magic of the area. Along the North face of that valley (Cochella Valley, it is called) runs the infamous San Andres fault. But on the positive side, because of the fault there are springs and oasis that dot the hillsides of that side of the Valley, as ground water is pushed up by the fault. 

This leads to my “adventure”today. A few miles North of Palm Springs is a funky town called Desert Hot Springs, and as the name might imply, there are hot mineral waters that rise up from that fault. The town is dotted with motels and spas the tout the naturally hot pools that draw tourism. 

Today I went to the Desert Hot Springs Spa, one of the older and largest of these Spas. While a room at the hotel runs around $150.00 a night, for an amazing $7.00 one can enter the hotel complex and enjoy the facilities all day. It is a great deal: You have use of the showers and dressing rooms,which have lockers and although a little funky and old, it is maintained and clean. You have a selection of several swimming pools, which are “normal” temperature, to the varying hot tubs of graduating heat. There is a bar and a restaurant and snack machines and even a gift shop if you forgot to bring your swim gear. 

Today was a day of relaxation for me. I've been suffering muscle aches and thought a nice day of lounging in the hot mineral waters might do me some good...and after all for $7.00, and only a few miles out of my way, it was a no-brainier to give Desert Hot Springs a try for that relaxation I desired. 

Desert Hot Springs is not, however, protected by Mt San Jacinto, and the winds were blowing at gale force. Being the desert, the winds were not cold, so except for a few seconds of initial cold when one stepped out of the pool, one quickly dried off and it became windy but comfortable as I sunned myself on one of the lounge chairs. I was a loner today and it would have been nice to have a friend along, but on the other hand , I could snooze in the wind and sun and then take another occasional dip in those warm, relaxing mineral waters totally undisturbed. 

I lingered for several hours, rotating from sunning myself to lounging in the hot mineral waters. Finally it was about time to leave, and as if on cue, the palm trees above me, which had been whipped by the high winds all day, began to shower dried-up palm fronds on me as if to hasten my exit. 

Still, what a wonderful setting, the surrounding foothills to the North and the beautiful and rugged San Jacinto mountain range, in its snow-capped beauty, to the South. 

Yes I love the Desert. To me there's a magic there. Of course one can enjoy the great restaurants, bars, the live music and shopping of Palm Springs and Palm Desert. But, if one is willing to stretch their imagination just a tiny bit, so much more awaits person who is willing to take the road less traveled.

The Alabama Hills!! Home of the famous Western gun battles of the 30's 

The Alabama Hills are actually in California, on the Eastern base of Mt. Whitney, just West of the little town of Lone Pine, which lies on HWY 395. HWY 395 travels North and South parallel to the Eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains . The elevation there in the Alabama Hills is approximately 5,000 ft (1,500 + meters).

I am traveling to meet some friends in the mountains above Carson City, Nevada. Of course, being the nerd full of “wanderlust” that I am, I had to stay in Lone Pine on the way and see the Alabama Hills, where some of the most unique and beautiful erosion has taken place.

Many Western movies where shot in these hills, especially in the 30's through the 50's. Shows like The Lone Ranger and Hop-along Casidy were filmed here. Being here I can re-live the classic gun battles between Indians or bad guys and my childhood favorite Western heroes.

To top it off is the backdrop of Mt Whitney – directly to the West. Mount Whitney is the tallest peak in the “lower 48 states”. In a word, the entire area is an awesome sight to behold for anyone like myself, who loves to see natural wonders.

Most people travel on the Western side of the Sierra Nevada’s and never see these sights. Certainly there are beautiful places to behold there, but as I drove North on HWY 395, I couldn't help but notice as to how deserted it is. In short, the road is wide open, not at all like its congested sister HWY 99, which follows the mountains North and South on the Western side.

It brings to mind the famous poem by Robert Frost, which I will place under the picture below. I think it pretty much says what I would try to say far better than I could say it. I hope you get an opportunity to see the California that many people miss because they never venture on 'the road less traveled by'.

 

The Alabama Hills are actually at the Eastern base of Mt. Whitney, California which is the tallest mountain in the "lower 48" states.