The Green Album and Caldera Pagan Music Festival


Boosting the signal on this wonderful project at the request of some of my favorite musicians in the world:

The Green Album
The Green Album

PLEASE READ and follow this link! A universal matter! WE NEED YOU!
THIS IS NOT AN AD!
WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR FUNDING!
THIS IS AN OPEN INVITATION TO BE PART OF A MUSICAL PROJECT THAT CAN HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE GLOBALLY!!!
WE ARE ONLY ASKING FOR A LITTLE OF YOUR TIME.
All you have to do is help us spread the word! IT’s EASY AND FREE!
FIRST…Click this link! “LIKE” the page! Explore our goal and who we are!
SECOND… SHARE THE PAGE! ON YOURS AND IN YOUR GROUPS! Help us reach out and make this exponential!
LAST…INVITE YOUR FRIENDS and ask them to do the same.
PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND HELP by simply hooking in and Sharing the Project EVERYWHERE and consistently!
We are a group of Independent Musicians from around the globe who are creating a musical tribute and celebration geared toward raising awareness to benefit the ecological state of the world we all live in.
WE THE MUSICIANS are creating the music, recording and producing this project, called The Green Album at our own expense. Once this compilation is complete, 25% of all the sales proceeds from ALL 14 various artists will go directly to Rainforest Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving the Worlds natural endangered environments and the life that lives within! To learn more visit our page at this link! To find out more about Rainforest Trust go to their fb page or visit www.rainforesttrust.org! Follow the page daily for announcements and tack through the feed to see who is involved. Learn about the Artists and their music through the postings, videos, links and more!
The Green Album, produced by Tuatha Dea and Nightsong Studios will feature ALL NEW music with a GREEN theme from:
Tuatha Dea, Wendy Elizabeth Rule, Bekah Kelso, Ginger Doss, Celia Farran, Sharon Knight and Winter Jp Sichelschmidt, Damh the Bard, Brian Henke, Spiral Rhythm, Spiral Dance, Mama Gina LaMonte and Murphey’s Midnight Rounder!

ALSO!!!

Caldera Pagan Music Festival
Caldera Pagan Music Festival

Four Days and Three Nights of Pagan Music, Workshops, Vending, and Festivities.


May 26th - 30th 2016
May 26th – 30th 2016

Born of one man’s vision, this festival will take place at Cherokee Farms in LaFayette Georgia over the Memorial Day Weekend, 2016.

We will have almost 30 Pagan acts, close to 100 vendors, and an amazing array of workshops that are being presented by our musical talent.

Tickets are $100.00. This is for the entire festival! Seriously, only $100 for four days and three nights. On-site camping is included on a first come basis!

SOLD OUT! For a limited time we are offering 50 VIP passes for an additional $100.00. You will be able to buy them when you pay for your ticket.

NOTE: No tickets will be sold at the gate. All admission tickets must be purchased online.

Interested in volunteering? We have two volunteer types. If you are interested, please fill out the form on this page.

Event Page on Facebook.


Extremism – No One Is Immune

I don't care for extremism.
I don’t care…

So who is Dr. Robert Michaels? You may be asking this if the quote included here has passed your screen many times over the past few years as it has mine, being attributed to the rapper Eminem. For the most part I’m not concerned about whose lips wise words pass through because I don’t feel that the words themselves become more wise or less so just because of who says them. Truth is still truth even if a chronic liar happens to speak it one time. Before any Eminem fans jump all over me I am not calling Eminem a chronic liar either. I actually happen to like some of his songs and before I learned it wasn’t actually him who said these words I simply thought “What a cool thing for him to say.” But, I feel it is time we give credit for this wonderful quote where it actually is due. Dr. Michaels, a doctor in the Detroit area, said this at an undisclosed high school during a commencement speech he was invited to give.

But, what this does serve to point out is that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet and it’s a good idea to check things out before blindly accepting them as fact. I too, have been guilty of sharing something a little too quickly because it says what I want to hear before making sure it’s actually true. I have been seeing, since the recent violent events and terrorist acts have taken place, a lot of rhetoric, a lot of propaganda, and a lot of outright fabrication making the rounds about this group of people and that group of people. Along with it some very bigoted and intolerant views have been expressed from many sides. Also, some very inspiring stories of cooperation and coexistence have surfaced from places which may have been expected in some cases or quite surprising in others. If any of us think that our particular ideology or philosophy of life is immune from being interpreted to radical extremes we are fooling ourselves. Some, from my atheist friends who have shared many memes ridiculing people who are praying for victims of violence because “Prayer is useless, why don’t you actually DO something.” they say. Well, I can’t speak for everyone who prays of course but I can speak for myself and I do believe in backing my prayers up with actions. I donate blood, food, clothing and money to causes or people I wish to help. I speak up and I vote on issues at hand guided by my own conscience and I will add that just because I am not doing what YOU think I should do does not mean I am doing NOTHING. I have seen it said that religion is the primary cause of wars and it’s unfortunately true that it has been a driving force behind some of them. But more often than not, religion is hijacked as a motivating factor to get people to support wars which are truly rooted in expansion of power and acquirement of wealth. Extremism helps feed these forces. I have been told that using Joseph Stalin and Chairman Mao as examples of atheists who committed mass murders and other atrocities is not valid because their crimes were not motivated by their beliefs or lack of a belief in a divine power. Well, guess what? Neither are most of the acts which are usually blamed on religion. The key teachings of most any religion when they are properly adhered to are that we should treat others as we would like to be treated and we should strive to live in peace and harmony with one another. That’s it. That’s the basic message when you get down to it. Those who twist the meaning into something which compels acts of evil are NOT doing it right. But, lest you think that a lack of belief in the divine in and of itself gives you moral high ground over others, explain this guy:

https://newrepublic.com/article/121036/chapel-hill-muslim-murders-show-atheism-has-violent-extremists-too

A nutcase, is a nutcase, is a nutcase and we all have our share of them in our camps. Extremism can crop up anywhere, even among atheists. Attacking peoples entire religion or lack thereof based on the extremism of their radicals is counterproductive. Sure, pointing out specific fallacies in their words or interpretations is fair game in my opinion. We can discuss ideas until the cows come home and maybe find some common ground in the process but to paint an entire group with one brush is horribly ineffective in solving issues and often just plants the seeds of extremism. I can’t say all Christians are assholes just because the members of Westboro Baptist Church are prone to acts of extremism and assholery. Well, I could, but I would be wrong.

Despite their faults the Romans had a very practical approach to the many religions practiced in the republic and later the empire up until one religion was chosen to be the official religion of the empire. Believe me, as one who pulls heavily from my Celtic ancestry I see many faults with the Romans but this is one thing I think they had right at the time. To the Romans, religion was less a spiritual experience than a contractual relationship between mankind and the forces which were believed to control people’s existence and well-being. Most of the Roman gods and goddesses were a blend of several religious influences. Many were introduced via the Greek colonies of southern Italy. Many also had their roots in old religions of the Etruscans or Latin tribes. When the Romans conquered new lands they didn’t force the inhabitants of these new lands to give up their gods and follow those of the Romans. In fact, many were adopted into the empire and worshiped right along side their own. Isis of Egypt and Epona from the Celts are two very good examples. The Romans had atheists too and many forms of philosophy and thoughts on the meaning of life. Plutarch wrote “The superstitious man wishes he did not believe in gods, as the atheist does not, but fears to disbelieve in them.”

I believe the founding fathers of The United States of America were well aware of the history and practicality of the democracies of ancient Greece and the early Roman Empire’s approach to religion and governance. I believe this is why they sought to keep the powers of religion and of state separate when they drew up the Constitution upon which this representative democracy is founded. Different religions and other ideologies can coexist if their adherents agree to make it so and avoid extremism within their sects. If I recognize that what I see as absolute rules for me to live by, handed down by my gods are just that, absolute rules for me to live by. Not necessarily you. Not necessarily everyone else in the land. But, in my sacred places and in my home, sure. If I don’t want to eat pork because my god says so then that gives me no right to forbid it for you. My rights end where yours begin. The state should remain neutral in matters in which no one is being harmed in any conceivable way. I think if we could all agree to live and let live in this way we could all be free to pursue life, liberty and happiness as we see fit. Shouldn’t that be what it’s all about?