The place Buddhism and Bluegrass combine


Mescalito Driving His White Horse

By Mike Fiorito /

The place Buddhism and Bluegrass combine

Mescalito Driving His White Horse was impressed by a number of interviews performed with Peter Rowan (Grammy nominee 2023), legendary musician and Worldwide Bluegrass Music Affiliation Corridor of Fame inductee, over a interval of some months throughout 2021. The reality is I by no means anticipated a ebook to emerge from the interview. However after the primary dialog with Peter, I used to be visited by desires night time after night time. Peter was properly lodged in my ideas. As I labored on the interview article, Peter learn tales from my ebook Falling from Timber, sharing his insights and reactions. We then began to share poems, paintings (Peter can also be a visible artist) and reflections. Peter just isn’t a traditional thinker. Neither is he linear. He embodies the very concept of an artist. His notes are poems. Generally, frankly, I wasn’t positive what he was saying. Getting texts from Peter is like receiving messages from Walt Whitman. 

Peter is a dwelling supply of recent music. He’s additionally conscious that he’s a keeper of the myths. As Dr. Neil Rosenberg, bluegrass historian wrote, Peter is a “visionary…bluegrass songster Peter Rowan.” Rosenberg precisely added that Peter “captured Mike Fiorito’s consideration main him on a deep non secular trek. Rowan tells of his mentors from Invoice Monroe to Harry Smith, Buddha and past. Mescalito is Fiorito’s gripping narrative of his journey into a brand new musical consciousness.” Peter performed with Invoice Monroe, Jerry Garcia, Alison Kraus, and dozens of different influencers of recent music. He has noteworthy anecdotes about luminaries like Bob Dylan and Harry Smith. Peter talks about Monroe’s pursuits in harmonies, rhythm, and magnificence – parts which discovered their manner into music outdoors of bluegrass. You possibly can say that Monroe’s give attention to gospel harmonies could be the idea of the Beatles and the music revolution they impressed. Having additionally performed with Jerry Garcia, Peter infused his information of bluegrass into the psychedelic music of the sixties – they grew to become a part of the identical material. After all, Peter has gone on to discover different kinds of music. His album Dharma Blues was impressed by enjoying with Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo. On the heart of Peter’s songwriter is his storytelling and melody making. That is what actually struck deeply in my soul. When speaking to Peter, I used to be speaking to the historical past of music. After all, Peter is a person, a down-to-earth individual the truth is, not merely a bluegrass legend, however he’s additionally a keeper of the music. And he revels in his function as fantasy maker. My response to speaking to Peter, sharing emails, and texts, was a connection to that depth. Like I used to be touching a scorching wire that went on to the middle of the consciousness of a technology. As such, my interview transitioned into memoir and philosophical treatise. Peter’s phrases, like a magician’s incantation, put a spell on me. I might now not strategy the conversations as an interviewer. I used to be now an experiencer. Peter’s music sits on the backside layers of my consciousness – it’s sure up with my desires, fantasies, and unconsciousness. As I instructed Peter, “on some stage, simply listening to the tales instantly from him was sufficient.” Like many individuals of my technology, my consciousness was cast within the cauldron of the sixty’s artwork tradition. This artwork tradition included music, spirituality, visible artwork, literature – all sprinkled in with a contact of psychedelia. What I found in my conversations with Peter is that music touches human beings at a extra basic stage than language. As I wrote in Mescalito, our minds are product of music first. We discovered music from the birds, the sounds of breezes and the echoes in canyons. Music transports us. Listening to music helps us bear in mind our earliest recollections, our adolescence, our first loves. Our losses. And triumphs. And we don’t simply bear in mind them; we re-experience them. Music makes us cry, chuckle, taking us again to instances in our lives after we had been totally different. When the world was totally different. Music can remodel a tradition. It may well encourage a revolution. All cultural transformations are related to music. However nevertheless sweeping music could be within the context of a cultural shift, it’s at all times private. Music lives in our souls. In discovering this magic, I felt myself projected throughout time, place, and id and tried to place that have into phrases.  

Whereas I wrote the manuscript, Peter learn and reviewed it, correcting a few of the information, but additionally offering his suggestions. Once I obtained the word “Wow! [Mescalito] is gorgeous. I’m touched that you just ‘bought’ it!” I used to be completely floored. Peter went on to say that our collaboration was like his collaboration with Invoice Monroe. The dignity that I felt in listening to this was past description.   

Apart from the quoted interviews, which had been transcribed as spoken, what follows is a mixture of autobiography blended with my visions and desires.

 Some had been imagined. All had been actual.

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