Monday, February 24, 2014

NEWSLETTER: THE TIME HAS COME...


The time has finally come! This Saturday (March 1st) is our Official CD Release Show for our new album, Rollin’ Train.  We have been planning this for some time, and we are ecstatic to share this event with you. It is going to be big! We will be performing at our favorite local venue, Back to The Grind, in Downtown Riverside, and the place is going to be packed.

You will be able to purchase our new full-length album, Rollin’ Train, as well as 11x14 inch posters commemorating Rollin’ Train, and even handmade notepads with covers representing the artwork on the Rollin’ Train posters. And if you have not got one yet, there will even be Rollin’ Train buttons that you can pin all over yourself. All of our merch is handmade with love and care by Black Bear himself.  And now, part of our merch sales go to fund charity including a child we sponsor in Arkansas through Children International named Zamiah, and The Corona/Norco Settlement House.

We are thrilled to announce The Autumn Sisters’ return to the stage. Though the Autumn Sisters’ glorious harmonies can be heard time and time again on every song on the Rollin’ Train album, it is rare to catch them performing together live with the entire lineup. Each of the Autumn Sisters are solo recording artists as well as Folk Singer-songwriters. You can hear Blue Fox’s (Danielle Miller) music @blueeyedgrass.bandcamp.com, and you can hear Black Rabbit’s (Geneva Miller) music @genevamiller.bandcamp.com.

Another noteworthy part of Saturday’s event is that the great Mac Balzac of Smokin Music Productions is going to be providing sound for our CD Release Show. Like Einstein at the Chalkboard, Mac is a master at the mixing board, solving sound equations and redefining the universe as we know it. If you saw us before and thought, "man, they sound really good tonight, even better than usual', it was probably because Mac was doing sound that night. Just another reason why you really don't want to miss this show!



This past weekend, Black Bear and Black Rabbit (Geneva Miller) spent some time in the studio working on the second track of Geneva’s new album, “Wake O’ Heavy Heart”. The song is called “Darling Dear”, and it features beautiful but ominous piano chords, and of course, Geneva’s ghostly voice, and there are even some haunting harmonies too. Show her some love, go to her page: genevamiller.bandcamp.com.


Black Bear & The Cheyenne Autumn Band have been on a mission of good, trying to help and improve our community. One organization that is doing a lot of good for the impoverished people of Corona/Norco is TheSettlement House.  Founded in 1912, the mission of the Settlement House is “to be a major source of compassion, information, and emergency support for people in the Corona-Norco community facing personal crises that threaten their stability, safety, housing and health.”


 Another way we can all help our community is to buy locally grown food and support our local farmers. Every Saturday, Black Bear rides his bike down to the Farmer’s Market with his dad and often with other members of The Cheyenne Autumn Band as well. “The Corona Certified Farmers Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Located off of the 91 freeway at N. Main St. in the Main St. Marketplace (across from the Fender Museum) it is the perfect place for you to do your Saturday morning shopping to support corona as well as the local farming community!”


In November, Black Bear began writing a short novel after his little voyage back East. He decided he would like to share installments of each chapter weekly on his blog. This is the Prologue to his novel, "In the Beginning", and the novel itself is called "Walden: A ModernTranscendentalist Mecca". He would certainly appreciate it if you took the time read it, and if you dig it; He will be posting more installments. Enjoy:

Brian Greene: Why is our universe fine-tuned for life?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Walden: A Modern Transcendentalist Mecca - Prologue - In the Beginning



Prologue: In the Beginning

In the beginning,
There was nothing at all, just a void and hollow space.
Somehow, in that uninhabited setting, two clouds began to form.
One cloud was called Vacant, and the other was named Empty.
Vacant began to stretch herself out and her body became the Earth.
Empty ascended as high as he possibly could and he transformed into the ethereal sky.
And from these two, celestial brother and sister; all creatures and the entire world;
Everything was born.

- Creation Myth of the LuiseƱo People of Southern California

http://www.flickr.com/photos/105686585@N04/10717796534/in/set-72157637396996846

“Direct your Eye right inward, and you’ll find
A thousand regions in your mind
Yet undiscovered. Travel them, and be
Expert in home-cosmography.”
                                - Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”


T
hough Thoreau constantly challenges us to fix our gazes inward and hike those glorious trails through the pastures of our mind; it is quite difficult to read his eloquent words without pondering what majesty inspired them. His fondness for the natural world, his admiration for the magnificence of his hometown, and his adoration for all living things both great and small; they beckon me to journey not just inwardly, but beyond my concrete cookie-cutter confines, outside my yuppie real-estate landmine in the valley, far from the dry and arid ninety-degree-November dessert of Corona California, to New England and the Massachusetts Bay Colony, to Plymouth and Boston, to Salem and to Amherst, to Cape Cod and Concord, and yes, to Walden!


To Next Chapter: "Tuesday - The Descent "

Friday, February 21, 2014

I am the daisy: The Desert

I am the daisy: The Desert: I recently went camping in the desert. It was beautiful. The weather at night was absolutely perfect. The air was still and calm, and the s...

Monday, February 17, 2014

IQ2: Does Science Refute God? Dinesh D'Souza/Ian Hutchinson vs. Lawrence...

The Purpose of Purpose - Richard Dawkins

The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/02/10/the-nsas-secret-role/
The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

Her


A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.
-IMDb

This film is so BEAUTIFUL!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Free will as moral competence. Professor Daniel Dennett at the Universit...

Daniel Dennett: Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

CNN SPECIAL REPORT: "THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion"

Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing, at ANU

The Existence of Nothing | Neil deGrasse Tyson Lawrence Krauss 2013

NEWSLETTER: Continuing To Create Change with Our Music

                Last week, Black Bear & The Cheyenne Autumn Band announced that after careful consideration, and after pondering if we were reaching our full potential with our unique musical talents; we decided to take our music to the next level, and use our art to be instruments of social change. There is obviously massive inequality in this world, and though many folks are ignorant, unaware, preoccupied, burdened, or simply careless; we as artists cannot help but be sensitive to this issue.  Thus, Black Bear noted, “As a human being, I am morally outraged by world hunger, poverty, and social inequality and I want to do something about it.”

                After coming to this conclusion, we excitedly announced last week that The Cheyenne Autumn Band is officially sponsoring a child. Through the charity Children International, we are sponsoring 8-year-old Zamiah of Little Rock, AR. Zamiah is in second grade, and she loves art, music, and dancing. She lives in a single parent home, and her mother must work long hours, leaving her children vulnerable to negative influences. She needs organized activities and individual attention, and our donations go to pay for these activities, and insure that she has food, shelter, clothing and medical treatment. We explained that from now on, $25 a month will go straight from our music and merch sales to sponsor this child. If we make more money; we will be able to sponsor more children, and find more ways to help our community.


But to us, this simply is not enough; we can definitely do more! As Black Bear’s grandmother proclaimed, “Charity begins at home”, and so; we must do more for our local community as well; for Corona and for Riverside. One organization that is doing a lot of good for the impoverished people of Corona/Norco is The Settlement House.  Founded in 1912, the mission of the Settlement House is “to be a major source of compassion, information, and emergency support for people in the Corona-Norco community facing personal crises that threaten their stability, safety, housing and health.”

settlement house

How you can help, RIGHT NOW:
Donate Food: Be one of the hundreds of people who contribute each week to Settlement House’s food pantry.
Donate Non-Food Items: In addition to helping feed low-income families in the community, they strive to outfit each child with adequate school materials.
Donate Money to the Settlement House CLICK HERE.


 Another way we can all help our community is to buy locally grown food and support our local farmers. Every Saturday, Black Bear rides his bike down to the Farmer’s Market with his dad and often with other members of The Cheyenne Autumn Band as well. “The Corona Certified Farmers Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Located off of the 91 freeway at N. Main St. in the Main St. Marketplace (across from the Fender Museum) it is the perfect place for you to do your Saturday morning shopping to support corona as well as the local farming community!”

Farmers market logo



 We never had an official CD Release show to honor the release of our new album, "Rollin' Train". Though we released the album back in October; scheduling conflicts, and busy holiday schedules lead to a hiatus of live performances. Now finally, 6 months later; we are celebrating with our friends @Back To The Grind. You can purchase your very own, handmade copy of Rollin' Train, and posters to commemorate the album will be for sale as well. Furthermore, a true highlight of the evening; The Autumn Sisters will be returning to the stage and adding their harmonious majesty to the performance as well. Do not miss this one. It is all ages and it is free!




Did you miss us Thursday @Eureka Burger in Claremont? Here is a photo:

Eureka 2/13/14


Though deeply unsettling, this film is a must-see, and I am so glad I got to see it, and so thankful it exists. Check it out if you get the chance:

12 years a slave
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2024544/