Sophia Rose, very creative herbalist, writer, photographer, designer, life artist, and my good friend, assembled this video collage of art from my books and photographs of me and my communal friends in the early 1970s in Northern California, to a fragment of my autobiographical jazz waltz, “1966.” You can savor Sophia Rose’s divine herbal and artistic offerings at La Abeja Herbs.
While I’m touring in Japan, I’ll be missing the entire run of Nick Alva’s, Morningstar, an original musical play based on the story of Lou Gottlieb’s pioneering open land commune, which gave rise to nearby Wheeler Ranch commune, where I wrote and illustrated Living on the Earth. I’m so sorry I will miss it, for this will be the first time my songs have been incorporated into a stage production. They’ll be sung by a dancing ensemble in full hippie regalia! I saw a work-in-progress version of the show (photo above) in September 2006 at the Communal Studies Association Conference. I hope someone videos it this time.
If you are within striking distance of Cotati, in Sonoma County, California (60 miles north of San Francisco, just off Highway 101) in May 2008, do catch one of their shows! Below is a photo of some of the current cast: