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Today's issue comes from a link given to me by editor Gloria Lee. So Glo should be listed as today's editor! It is about the nondual leanings of musician Stuart Davis: "His concept album Bright Apocalypse: 13 Songs About God depicts the spiritual life of one who loses his traditional faith and embraces a more subtle, nondual divinity." The link is http://www.answers.com/topic/stuart-davis-musician?hl=nondual
Free songs here: http://stuartdavis.com/free
Having said all that, Stuart's leanings are better described as Ken Wilber-ian. Within the music industry there's a gang of artists who are connected to Adi Da Samraj and Ken Wilber, and I'd like to find out more about that quasi-movement in today's music.
Stuart Davis (musician)
Stuart Davis (born on
musician and songwriter from
haiku, and progressive rock. He has been performing throughout the
over a decade. To date,
branch of Ken Wilber's Integral Institute.
Lyrics, music and performances
materialism and irrationality of contemporary culture with irony, sarcasm, and biting humor. With
the release of Kid Mystic,
entertaining wit of his earlier work. Many of his recent lyrics reflect the struggle to relate to a
divinity that is truly transcendent, and yet equally immanent. Later albums use a more extensive
and electric instrumentation, and fall under the Power pop genre. His recent work is comparable to
Elvis Costello, Matthew Sweet, Material Issue, REM, and Live.
Costello and the Talking Heads.
display a preoccupation with alternate sexual practices. In fact, one could say that
mediates between sensuality and spirituality.
but he believes that religious traditions ultimately fail to transmit the transcendent events from
which they spring. He has identified Ken Wilber, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Ramana Maharshi and
Aurobindo as influences, and his work displays a deep understanding of Zen and Sufism.
His concept album Bright Apocalypse: 13
Songs About God depicts the spiritual life of one who loses
his traditional faith and embraces a more subtle, nondual divinity.
In June 2004,
covers, entitled Davis Does Elvis.
Kowalczyk of Live and Saul Williams.
prophets, fetishists, masochists, narcoleptics, pedophiles, pornographers, prostitutes, rapists,
sadists, sexual predators, suicides, swingers, and terrorists. (Perhaps it is needless to mention
that Stuart's lyrics are considered explicit and/or obscene by some libraries and retailers.) But
his lyrics also describe angels, artists, gods, gurus, messiahs, mystics, prophets, psychics,
saints, and wizards. There is a clear and constant religious component to
mystical and transcendent themes render some of his songs able to be construed as Christian. This
tension points to the profoundly integrative aspect of
sexual deviance does not contradict the spiritual themes. His perspective is wide enough to
coherently include much more of the human experience than most. Thus it is possible to see
a mystical poet like Rumi, Kabir, Basho, Ikkyu, Rilke, or Emily Dickinson.
spiritual with sexual themes. This repartee is evident on the live albums he has released.
a prolific (some would say workaholic) performer, giving about 100 performances per year.
Business and success
With the formation of Dharma Pop in 1998
(previously known as Post-Apocalyptic Records), Stuart has
created a new business model for artists. According to
create music that amplifies awareness, and the formal elements of these songs (melodies, hooks,
rhythms) are a Trojan Horse, sneaking mysticism into mainstream culture." Dharma Pop consists of
volunteers, who manage
shows; and investors. Thus
without interference by major labels.
samples of all of his songs on his website. One can download any of his songs for one US dollar. He
also has several bootlegs and a studio demo available, for a fee, on his website for download.
lead singer of Live, called him "The greatest lyricist I've ever heard"), he has yet to receive
recognition from the pop music establishment. In fact,
mainstream by calling himself "the Pop Pariah".
Characters from this script can be seen on the cover of
he says that he intends to record an entire album in the language at some point.
Stuart Davis is also a (semi-?)fictional
character in Ken Wilber's post-modern novel, Boomeritis.
Wilber and Davis are very closely associated, both personally and intellectually.
accomplished poet of Wilber's integral philosophy.
"Love has no opposite"
Actually a quotation from J. Krishnamurti (Chapter 10 (http://www.choiceless-awareness.com/jk-fftk-10.htm), Freedom From the Known, 1980). Davis (who says that he has never read Krishnamurti, "at least in any waking-reality sense") calls it his philosophy.
"If Ramana Maharshi came from clay
there's more to evolution than a little DNA"
"Ladder", Stuart Davis
"As we were
before we were
as we are
after we are
"There's a light bulb in everyone
bright enough to swallow the sun
Earth and sky are all One taste
there is just the Original face"
"Mysticism is creation seeking its source"
'Twisted Mystic' website
* Idiot Express, 1993
* Big Energy Dream, 1994
* Self Untitled, 1995
* Nomen Est Numen, 1996
* Kid Mystic, 1997
* 16 Nudes, 1998 (Live album)
* Bright Apocalypse: 13 Songs About God, 1999
* Self-Titled, 2001
* The Late Stuart Davis, 2002 (Live Album)
* Davis Does Elvis, 2004. (Available by download only.)
* "Infinity Hymn", essay on spirituality in Radical Spirit, 2002
* StuartDavis.com (http://www.stuartdavis.com),
includes concert schedule, weblog, lyrics, and music samples.
* Integral Naked (http://www.integralnaked.com) Ken Wilber's multimedia website: contains interview with
* Dharma Pop (http://dharmapop.com)
* Dream Usher (http://www.dreamusher.com/) A fan site
* Infinity Hymn (http://www.radicalspirit.org/online/thebook/sdavisexc.cfm) An excerpt from Radical Spirit
* How was the show (http://www.howwastheshow.com/reviews-2004/stuart_davis-03-10-04.html) A review of a Stuart Davis concert
* Integral Institute (http://www.integralinstitute.com)
* Twisted Mystic (http://twistedmystic.stuartdavis.com/) Stuart's old website; contains lots of fun stuff
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