What do you think of when you see this beautiful photo of Mt. Shasta which is on Jack Trout's blog? I think of peace, tranquility, healing, of being one in nature, and tonight I got a dose of Mt. Shasta after an early birthday dinner with my friends Rick and Orma—and then a concert at the Unity Church billed as Anton Mizerak and Friends, an evening of acoustic world music, by Shasta Song.
What an incredible surprise this group was—totally unknown to me, but definitely on my radar screen forever and ever. They’ll return to Southern California in late January, but if you check the tour schedule at Shasta Song, you'll see their whereabouts in the months coming up. They describe themselves as primarily touring on the new thought circuit these days, but each is a performer in his or her own right and records independently of the tour.
There are several musicians on the Shasta Song label and tour and tonight’s concert brought four people together who had not played as a group since the Asilomar Conference last year. Anton Mizerak of Shasta Song, grew up in Palos Verdes and he lives—where else? in Mt. Shasta, CA. Celtic guitarist and Celticstan music inventor Michael Mandrell, hails from Taos, if I remember correctly. Richard Hardy, who toured for 13 years with Carol King and records solo and with several orchestras, is from Oregon. Tracy Rae Clark musician, singer and composer is the youngster of the group hailing from Arizona. Looking at her reminded me of what a genuine flower child looked like back in the 60s.
At Shasta Song’s site, there are MP3 downloads of Anton’s music with various members of his tour group. The music has a deeply spiritual base, but is often very lively and rhythmic including group chanting which gets the crowd really moving.
For the first time in weeks, I sit here typing with a song in my heart and on my CD player. I've been in a yukky emotional place the last few weeks, but this group really jump-started me on "getting over myself." I particularly smiled when Anton recalled a Rainbow Gathering several years ago in Taos where he poked fun of himself over his choice of music. That particularly made me smile because I happened to be in Taos at the time and the new agers were everywhere in tie dye, VW bus campers filled with dogs and kids—an incredibly carefree set of folks. I didn’t go to the Rainbow Gathering, but I understand it still happens the first week in July in various “power” locations.
What a wonderful evening this was reminding me of music I truly love and people who are trying to impact the world in a positive way through music. They were having so darned much fun playing together.