Michael Garfield – How To Live in the Future: I Return From Summer Tour Bearing Gifts & Blessings

31 August 2012

I Return From Summer Tour Bearing Gifts & Blessings

While I sit here riding the tail of an absolutely epic three-month tour, I hope the sun-baked transformational friction of everyone's summer was as fruitful as my own!  All of the lush multimedia festivals and amazing underground concerts inspired some of the greatest art and music I have ever made, and I'm in the thick of the editing process so I can share it all soon.  Here is the first of two updates celebrating a summer we'll long remember...

"The SACRED (whatever that means) is surely related (somehow) to the BEAUTIFUL (whatever that means)..."

"Play is our greatest natural resource."

"You Don't Have To Move" | Live at Austin Airport

Listening music for the rest of this newsletter.  The original recording of this song from 2009 remains my most popular video, and rightly so – it's the most ludicrous braid of avant-guitar techniques I've ever managed to pull off while singing.  Three years of live performance have turned what started as a three-minute pop song into this sprawling acoustic prog opus...

I'm falling out of these open eyes
filling up all of the world outside
I'm seeing more than fits in my mind
spilling the bliss out through bright surprise

If there's one thing I know,
it's that angels appear
when you stop trying to prove them
and the clouds clear
you don't have to move

I'm falling out of these open eyes
challenging all my ideas of size
What was once narrow feels miles wide
all of a sudden, in all of time

If there's one thing I know,
it's that angels appear
when you stop trying to prove them
and the clouds clear
you don't have to move

You can stream or download this entire album, An Aria for ABIA: Live at Austin Airport, for free.

I'll Meet You There

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24"x48" – paint marker on 1/4" masonite panel
(Click to enlarge.) 

Painted Live At:
2011 12 09, 10 Cartographie Psychedelica, Oakland CA
(Cello Joe, Random Rab, Mochipet, Sugarpill, iLL ESHA, Joe Mousepad, MiHKAL, VNDMG)
2012 04 27, 28 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver CO
(Umconscious, Jamie Janover, Russ Liquid, David Starfire, GRiZ, Human Agency, Sugarpill, Octopus Nebula, Bluetech)
2012 05 05 The Manifestation Celebration, Dallas TX
(Nadis Warriors, EOTO, The Human Experience, Thievery Corporation)

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
Rumi

11" x 17" signed poster prints  | iPhone cases | lapstop stickers | iPad & laptop sleeves

 


Custom-Painted Hats

Here are a few new ones available for sale, as well as several recent commissioned designs on some interesting hats.  You know how to get ahold of me if you'd like one of your own – just hit me up with your budget and design specs and we can take it from there!  (Here's the full gallery of my adventures in hat painting.)

Click on each pic to get a better view:










Burning Man: Taking The Year Off!

Also, I meant to get this out earlier:  I didn't make it out to Burning Man this year, but my friends put together some amazing lecture series at Palenque Norte, Fractal Nation, and Area 51.  If you didn't make it out there, stay tuned because I know at least some of the recordings will be online for free soon, and really cool!  I designed the 5' banner they printed to use as a schedule board out in the dusty expanse – click on it to get a better view:


Off-playa, I've been giving a lot of talks as well. While I'm getting the new stuff online, you might find some inspiration listening to the archives...

While I'm getting the next newsletter together, feel welcome to write me personally with your feedback, suggestions, questions, or great ideas. I deeply appreciate you taking the time to read this blog and wish you the best!