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Desmond Boswell Last Week Desmond Boswell, the famous "Hermit of Husdon," Died. For the hundreds of people who knew him closely, this is a great loss. He was an extremely special and rare person who had compassion for all living things refused to participate in modern society as he saw it too destructive to the environment. Any who took the time to talk to him, were immediately touched by his incredible love, kindness, and gentleness. But those who did not take the time often feared him and saw him as a "no good hippy drug addict." The obituary in the local Hudson Gazette, although they kindly printed some truths, sadly fell into this trap, leaving the impression that Desmond was the way he was because of drugs and not because of intelligence, consciousness and compassion. i wrote a letter to the Gazette, but they did not publish it, so I publish it here and on facebook in the hopes that others will see and know. In Memory of a Special Teacher, Desmond Boswell. I write to correct a few mistakes in your obituary on Desmond Boswell. Contrary to your claim, Desmond almost never touched drugs or drank alcohol. You can ask that of anyone who spent time with him and did not simply judge him from afar. Many people also accused him of dealing drugs, but if that were the case he would not have been living on handouts. He was simply tolerant of other people's vices, so he put up with the many people around him who did. . His only vice was Tobacco, which killed him as he knew it would. In reality he was an extremely decent humanbeing--Buddha or Christlike if you will--who would give a stranger his last piece of toast and starve himself. And he gave away lots: cars, cups of tea, time and especially wisdom. How many people do you know who would talk to a mosquito to convince it not to bite them? Or hold a raccoon hit by a car for 6 hours and talk to it to comfort it while it was dying? While many find such examples laughable, the compassion behind it was anything but. His love and genuine concern for others meant that many people who could not cope with the modern world were attracted to him and sought his sympathy. And he opened the eyes to the realities of society to many, many others who could, making them into better people, less judgmental of other humans, yet more critical thinking citizens. Although a recluse, he also participated in many town hall meetings--often in nothing but a loin cloth and accompanied by many dogs and a rabbit-- and felt a real responsibility towards society. He made you feel like he saw only the good part of you. Just talking to him always made me feel up--evaporated my worries as he seemed so happy with so little. I recall finding him once after the town tore down his house, living in a lean-to made out of a fence and a plastic tarpaulin. It was just big enough to lie down in and have an extra seat to sit and cook in. It was -20 out and only a kerosene stove heated the place. He was naked and perfectly happy. Offered me a cup of tea. Its how the CBC found him when it did its story about him: totally at peace in circumstances that many would find dire. One felt around him, "okay, if I screw up and fail it doesn't matter so much." Stay true to yourself; be kind to others, take only what you need, respect the earth and you will be at peace. He was an extremely rare person who decided to opt out of society as much as he could in this era in which such an option is almost impossible. So many of us complain about capitalism's devastation of the environment, but only Des actually walked out of it and refused to participate. He was conscious of this decision: he had read Thoreau and referred to Ghandi often. Of course he was not perfect. He would be the first to admit it, for he was extremely honest with himself. Nonetheless, he fulfilled a role so rare in the modern world, that of "hermit" sage. I know some take offence to this label. But I mean it well, as I did in the original article using the title(Montreal Gazette June 5th, 1994, Section C). In medieval times that was actually a respected role in (or on the edge of ) society; someone who made people reflect on life. We strangely have supposedly become more liberal and tolerant and yet so many people badgered Desmond and accused him of all sorts of things simply because he did not follow the way of the majority. Like Socrates, his very existence brought into question people's value systems and brought down their property values. And this inspired the many misunderstandings about him, like that he was a drug addict. Only a legal drug addict: tobacco. We will miss him dearly. Yet he lives on in the heart of so many people. Kevin Ryan started a facebook blog on him and dozens of people have poured in their stories. It is really beautiful. One feels he is here still, teaching. Sincerely Keith Adams Creative Director Multifolkal Ex-Hudsonite, Friend of Des.
新しくて懐かしい! 最新のリズムに合わせて記憶の旅へ案内しよう。ローマンローズの「Umi/海」は、誰もが愛する古き良き沖縄三味線のビートに、新しいフォークのリズムを取り入れ、日本語と英語を交えて歌われている。関西を基盤にファンに長く親しまれてきたローズの曲を聞きながら、昔に思いを馳せ、東洋と西洋が調和した世界に浸ろう。  奈良1300年を記念してつくられた「神聖なる奈良」(Sacred Nara)ほど、日本の〈和〉をとらえた英語の楽曲はかつてない。奈良の仏教と神道への敬愛を示したこの曲を聴くと、奈良の世界遺産の寺院や神社、伝統的建築物、神秘的雰囲気が思い起こされる。ローズによる作詞、歌声には、彼が愛してやまず、故郷と呼ぶ奈良に対する心からの信愛が感じられる。年明けカウントライブ「奈良2008」で歌われたこの曲は、テレビやラジオはもちろんのこと、伝統的イメージを大切にした商品のコマーシャルソングにも最適であると言える。
It's no wonder that Roman Rhodes and the Born Again Pagans' fine CD is titled "The Emergent Sea." Of its 16 folk / jazz / pop-rock hybrid songs, 8 pieces refer to the ocean - directly or by inference, in their titles. More interesting, is that for this accomplished, multi-cultural band, the predominant sound the unique synthesis of such musical styles evokes is altogether that of California coastline vistas on warm summer nights. Built on light, breezy, and melodic contemporary folk-rock along the lines of Jack Johnson (but incorporating flourishes of late '60's / early '70's pop-rock and jazz styles as well), Roman and his Pagans deliver spirited and decidedly spiritual, tunes that celebrate life and nature with a keen inventiveness, both musically and lyrically. The opening (title) track, "The Emergent Sea," with its free-flight flute backing and tasteful guitar interpolations, sets the tone for the disc, while other highlights incorporate judicious horns as heard on "Odysseus," syncopated rhythms on "A Man Once Called Me," Youngbloods like guitar fills on "Long Talk Off a Short Beer," and even some good-old down-home reminiscing on "Grandma's Telecaster (The Good Old Days.)" "The Emergent Sea" offers an excellent showcase for the skills and influences of players with origins that stretch from Scotland to Japan and sundry points in between, but what ultimately makes Roman Rhodes and the Born Again Pagans' CD so effective is the cohesive, well balanced, and accessible music at its core. -Rice B & Reviewer team
You can now listen and download songs on Radio indy. You can do reviews and see photos --some that inspired the songs, some that will inspire you. See especially Patrick Hoff's Blauwbrug re. A Man Once Called Me. Or visit his site to see his various collections of stunning, insightful and breathtaking photos.
The Pagans new album, the Emergent Sea is now available at CD BABY. This is a great site that pays the artist well. You can listen to clips, write reviews and buy here! check it out.
All the song lyrics and song roots stories are now up under the music section. Click on an individual song and all the info and story will come up. You can listen to the clips there too. Cheers!
The pagans new CD The Emergent Sea has arrived and is up on Digistation! You can download one track at 0.99cents or the whole album with the cover art for only $9.99. Go to the following link:
The new songs are slowly going up on the site under music. If you click on the song name you get the lyrics and the story behind the song. You can click on the clips and download the song to see if you like it. Once it comes through at the factory, then it will be up on itunes, virgin, amazon etc. adn of course CDBABY Be sure to get a copy and support us for the next album. Ripe is still available at all of the above. cheers

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