I am deeply religious but tend to experience God more powerfully in nature, particularly at seashores and in horizons, than in buildings and books. I had originally intended to have the music and words on this site reflect that more consciously than I have previously. But in attempting to do so, I have run into a problem.

Every sunrise and sunset says all of this and more, each in a way that is totally unique and new every time, while also managing to impart a totally unique perspective to every single observer, each and every time. So how can I possibly record anything here that would not become obviously useless and inadequate within a week at the most?

So, other than the Bakongo, Office, Salat Spirituals (BOSS) that launched this enterprise, the rest of the stuff here goes back to just plain old music and stories for the joy of it, beginning with a gradual and original retelling of the ant and grasshopper fable. If at some point, you find something here that you like or feel inspired by, great.


A re-telling of the ant-and-grasshopper fable


In the well-known story of the ant and the grasshopper, attributed to the Greek fables of Aesop, a grasshopper plays lively and enlivening fiddle music, while an ant works efficiently to store up provisions for the winter. When winter arrives the hungry grasshopper asks the ant to share some food. The ant refuses, claiming that the grasshopper did not share in the work.


About five years ago, I heard an alternate version of this tale in which the ant happily shares not only food but also lodging with the grasshopper, in exchange for lively and enlivening fiddle music to brighten otherwise bleak winter months. My impression upon first hearing the alternate version was that it was of West African origin, but it turns out that I may be mistaken.


The idea of a different ending for that fable is a beautiful one, however. So much so that I, as others have done before me, am just going to go ahead and make up my own. It begins with imagining that the grasshopper might have also been a trickster who escaped the bitterly cold winter by telling the ant one intriguing story after another (about the heroic adventures of an ant of course), and managed to keep the suspense and entertainment going all winter long...