The Best Party Band in the Land

One of my favorite bands — and my sister’s very favorite — is Duran Duran, a band who has described themselves, many times, as the Band designed to make you Party.


The following video, party-ready, is from their 2001 tour and album Astronaut.  It includes the single Wake up to the Sunrise, one my favorite songs. My sister simply loves all their music. I hope you will enjoy it too.



I hope it makes you smile.



Paper Gods

I’ve always loved music.  Classical, Rock, Pop, Jazz, BlueGrass, Zydeco, Reggae.  I love the way it moves me, and makes me think.


My sister is the same way, and it’s a rare day when the stereo isn’t on in the house, or playing in our cars.


So it made sense that, over 30 years ago, my sister introduced me to her favorite band, which quickly became one of my favorites as well:  Duran Duran.


At time, they were the most popular band in the world, but you would be ridiculed for liking them.  But, as most of you know, I’ve never been that concerned about what other people think about what I think. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, after all, and no one has ever been able to scare me out of mine.


30 years after I first heard them, Duran Duran are still together, and still making records.


Yesterday, my sister introduced me to the title track of their new album, Paper Gods, being released on September 11.


If this song is any indication, we have a lot to look forward to!


I hope you enjoy it as much as my sister and I did.




Sunday thoughts

” Are you looking for Me?

I am in the next seat.

My shoulder is against yours.

You will not find Me in stupas,

not in Indian shrine rooms,

nor synagogues, nor in cathedrals,

not in masses, nor kirtans,

not in legs winding around your own neck,

nor in eating nothing but vegetables.

When you really look for Me,

you will see Me instantly—

You will find Me in the tiniest house of time.”

—Khabir, a thirteenth century Eastern poet






Holden Beach, NC Photographed and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2015

A Journey of Creation

It’s been a rough week.  Volcanos, earthquakes, riots.  It makes people forget the beauty in the world, and the importance of creating beauty.

I found this talk, by Sabina Ulubeanu, a music composer, and Co-Artistic Director of InnerSound New Arts Festival in Romania, on the TED Talks channel on YouTube and wanted to share it with you, my loyal readers.

Sometimes, when things seem the worst, we need to remember that there is still beauty in the world, and that the creation of beauty in all its forms — music, art, poetry, prose and, yes, science — is the most important work of all.

Happy Passover

Tonight is the first night of the Passover Festival, celebrated by Jews around the world.  It is a time of remembering when the Jews were slaves in Egypt.  God used Moses and Aaron to free them.  That would have been enough (Dayenu) but then God parted the Red Sea and allowed them to pass dry, preventing the Egyptians from following.  That would have been enough (Dayenu) but he fed them for 40 years in the desert before bringing them to the promised land.

Passover is a holiday of celebration, the celebration of Freedom.

The Freedom to live and worship as you please.  The Freedom, sometimes, to have a little fun with it all.

Enjoy this video and have a Happy Passover.



“Thanks be to God, the very world that birthed us

now is bathed by wondrous Nature

in a rapture of her glorious light:

the splendor of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, now revealed.

And humankind, highest of creatures,

endowed with Intellect’s might

so that all the beasts,

winged and hoof’d,

are placed under his command

And Adam’s veins are filled

with Art, Science, Faith:

he knows the sciences are clear

-but music is the weightiest

as a surging ocean

outweighs the very world through with it flows.


If he whose heart’s been moved

by the science of Music’s whole effect

were offered the pleasure of emperorship,

he’d certainly ignore it

-for Man is not alone in his delight

at that sweet sound

since even animals have sacrificed themselves for it.


More stubborn than a donkey,

he who holds that Music’s “impure”;

Ignorant of beauty

how claim acquaintance with the Lord?


the Ocean Surges!

Permit my skiff to reach the shore


I beg what kindness


thou canst afford.


—Translated from the Urdu by Pir Zia Inayat Khan and Lamborn Wilson





The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama



Embrace your world and make it be whatever you want.

Embrace your world and make it be whatever you want.