"... I used to play, and the birds always used to whistle with me. I would stop what I was working on and play with the birds... Birds have notes in between our notes - you try to imitate something they do ..."
http://homegrown-hope.blogspot.com/ and donate to the Phil Nyokai James Family Emergency Fund. Phil is a shakuhachi master and teacher and he had stroke recently. So he and his brand new baby Julian and little mama Lara need the bread to make squares and keep a tee-pee over their heads, dig? Be kind, Justice is blind. A few skins goes a long way toward keeping the bankers at bay.
About the Shakuhachi Beat masthead
The Shakuhachi Beat masthead started when I swiped a jpeg of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks at the Diner off of a museum website. I added a ghostly komuso, transformed the lady in the red dress into a Kabuki onnagata and replaced one of the fedora-ed men's drink of coffee with saki. The broken electric sign to the left of the komuso reads in Chinese "Asphalt Musician." The artwork was made to the size you see above. There is no larger version of it. It took hours of obsessive Photoshopping to complete to my liking. It has no intrinsic value.
A shakuhachi non-professional (i.e. a student and enthusiast) and a publishing professional working in journalism, the Web, graphic arts and public relations. The blog title is a triple-entendre: "Beat" as in the area or topic a reporter covers; "Beat" as in the great American literary and cultural movement of the 1950s; "Beat" as in rhythm.