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“Our real journey in life is interior: it is a matter of growth, deepening, and of the ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts. Never was it more necessary for us to respond to that action” (Thomas Merton).

Our real journey in life is interior: it is a matter of growth, deepening, and of the ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts. Never was it more necessary for us to respond to that action” (Thomas Merton).

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“ … some moment happens in your life that you say YES right up to the roots of your hair, that makes it worth having been born just to have happen… laughing with somebody till the tears run down your cheeks… waking up to the first snow… being in bed with somebody you love… whether you thank god for such a moment or thank your lucky stars, it is a moment that is trying to open up your whole life. If you turn your back on such a moment and hurry along to business as usual, it may lose you the whole ball game, if you throw your arms around such a moment and hug it like crazy, it may save your soul.” 
- Frederich Buechner

“ … some moment happens in your life that you say YES right up to the roots of your hair, that makes it worth having been born just to have happen… laughing with somebody till the tears run down your cheeks… waking up to the first snow… being in bed with somebody you love… whether you thank god for such a moment or thank your lucky stars, it is a moment that is trying to open up your whole life. If you turn your back on such a moment and hurry along to business as usual, it may lose you the whole ball game, if you throw your arms around such a moment and hug it like crazy, it may save your soul.” 

- Frederich Buechner

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'The contemplative attitude can also be born in you when you take the time to notice these compelling instances of spirit, and many more, manifested in nature, being and life. One of the most fundamental ways to be a mystic in the world is to give yourself the time each day to appreciate what is always before you. Contemplation begins with what the English mystical tradition calls “a long, loving look at the real.” The contemplative attitude is a very natural way of knowing when we understand the value of silence, the quiet and stillness. As we develop the habit of noticing, of deep looking, then instances of epiphany in the natural world and daily life take us more and more into contemplation. . …'

- Wayne Teasdale 

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Last year we were lucky enough to go on the road with Foster The People. They’ve become close friends, compadres, and collaborators over the past year & I often reflect on how much fun the tour was, but one little memory I’d forgotten from the road was a little sketch I did of ‘Miss You’ one night in a dressing room after one of our shows. I always liked the song a lot and got inspiration to reinterpret it one night for fun. This was made on Logic literally in the space of a couple of hours one night after we got off stage from opening for them back in June 2012 - I forget which city now. It’s a rough little idea done with voices and samples. Everything on this recording is just sung into the laptop. It’s nice stumbling across moments of expression that happen out of simplicity, limitation and spontaneity. I thought someone out there might enjoy hearing it it. x

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“Only when we see ourselves in our true human context, as members of a race which is intended to be one organism and ‘one body,’ will we begin to understand the positive importance not only of the successes but of the failures and accidents in our lives. My successes are not my own. The way to them was prepared by others. The fruit of my labours is not my own: for I am preparing the way for the achievements of another. Nor are my failures my own. They may spring from failure of another, but they are also compensated for by another’s achievement. Therefore the meaning of my life is not to be looked for merely in the sum total of my own achievements. It is seen only in the complete integration of my achievements and failures with the achievements and failures of my own generation, and society, and time. “

-Thomas Merton from No Man is an Island

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The first time I came to Los Angeles was to spend time with a band I became friends with in 2008 called As Tall As Lions. They were my favourite band at the time when i first moved to Melbourne - somehow we became connected, I got to sing with them at Soundwave and later even record with them on their last album (I sing the hidden track…;)! They’ve now parted ways & gone on to pursue other  projects but they were an amazing band & a big influence on me early on. 


As I was combing out old music from my computer I came across a cover I had put together of one of their songs back in 2009 & thought to share it here at the catacombs. This is a song called You Can’t Take It With You, the title track off their third & final album. It’s is a rough bedroom recording inspired after spending time with the band in LA when I was 18. It uses only the voice, some hairbrushes smacked against desks and  stomps & claps for good measure. Hope you enjoy it. Check out the original here….

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'We are all of us more mystics than we believe or choose to believe—life is complicated enough as it is, after all. We have seen more than we let on, even to ourselves. Through some moment of beauty or pain, some sudden turning of our lives, we catch glimmers at least of what the saints are blinded by; only then, unlike the saints, we tend to go on as though nothing has happened. To go on as though something has happened, even though we are not sure what it was or just where we are supposed to go with it, is to enter the dimension of life that religion is a word for. Religion as a word should point to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage; where he senses meanings no less overwhelming because they can be only hinted at in myth and ritual; where he glimpses a destination that he can never know fully until he reaches it.'
- Frederich Buechner

'We are all of us more mystics than we believe or choose to believe—life is complicated enough as it is, after all. We have seen more than we let on, even to ourselves. Through some moment of beauty or pain, some sudden turning of our lives, we catch glimmers at least of what the saints are blinded by; only then, unlike the saints, we tend to go on as though nothing has happened. To go on as though something has happened, even though we are not sure what it was or just where we are supposed to go with it, is to enter the dimension of life that religion is a word for. Religion as a word should point to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage; where he senses meanings no less overwhelming because they can be only hinted at in myth and ritual; where he glimpses a destination that he can never know fully until he reaches it.'

- Frederich Buechner

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'Real art, like the wife of an affectionate husband, needs no ornaments. But counterfeit art, like a prostitute, must always be decked out. The cause of production of real art is the artist's inner need to express a feeling that has accumulated, just as for a mother the cause of sexual conception is love. The cause of counterfeit art, as of prostitution, is gain. The consequence of true art is the introduction of a new feeling into the intercourse of life, as the consequence of a wife's love is the birth of a new man into life. The consequences of counterfeit art are the perversion of man, pleasure which never satisfies, and the weakening of man's spiritual strength.'

- Leo Tolstoy

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Perhaps there is no gift more precious than the gift of spontaneity, the ability of certain men and animals to act straight and fresh and self-forgettingly out of the living center of who they are without the paralyzing intervention of self-awareness.

- Frederich Buechner