My dear old friend Brock Purdy suffered a devastating loss over Memorial Day weekend. Mother nature took it upon herself to grace Brock’s van with a monster-sized tree – a total loss.
I put together a little compilation EP called CRUNCH ? to help raise funds for our buddy.
ALL profits from the sale ($10 or more if you choose) will go to Brock’s GoFundMe. You can find it here:
Alternately, you can just go to the GoFundMe and help Brock get back on the road:

Happy Birthday to Let It Go. This little gem turns 4 today!

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You can hear the YouTube playlist here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mb2K66ts8xfapgBuJaw7gAVFDJMBZhMRI
Stream it, or buy it for 5 smackers – at Bandcamp:
https://markmarshall.bandcamp.com/album/let-it-go

Rick and I weren’t close buddies… but we connected – for over two decades.

Sometimes, he was like a big kid, and others, he was ethereal, mercurial and all-knowing.  But in all of those states, he was authentically Rick Jarow.

Over that time, I built websites with him, we worked on video projects together, I assisted in his yearly gatherings at Ananda Ashram – where my mother resided for many, many years – and I built his repository of audio at Bandcamp.

Just this past fall, Rick and I met at his home to discuss strategy, expanding his writings online, finding publicists for his books and, well… life.  And we had planned on starting in earnest on these things when he returned from his trip to India.

Sadly, Rick passed of natural causes around the 6th of February.  Well – sadly for us.  I’ve no doubt that he is singing, dancing and chanting in the heavens somewhere.

In one of his last blog posts, on aging – he wrote this – which is incredibly poignant, and fitting for me to share here:

“…facing aging and its attendant phenomena is an initiatic prelude to facing our death, and moving into dying consciously is to greet every moment with a fullness of presence. Where your heart goes is where you find yourself–at any age. Instead of resenting the inconveniences of this process, let us dare to embrace their teachings and let go of what must be let go of with grace and wonder.”

I was blessed to have known him.

RIP.

 

I honestly can’t remember if the music was inspired by the video – but I suspect that it was just a happy meeting of the medias.  All shot with a handheld flip camera riding through New York City at night.

1080p version of 2010’s NightRail… with 2024 audio remix.
From the 62 album.

Just a note of thanks… Bandcamp wrote me this morning to say that I had the best month on BC since I started there back in 2009.

This couldn’t have happened without you, and I am very, very grateful. So I raise my trusty mug in a toast to you all, and say “Cheers, and thank you SO very much!”

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Love to all.