1. Nick Drake - poetry and melody from the inside of a mind slowly unravelling, telling me truths to help keep my own ravelled sleeve of care on the needles of life. Fave song: Pink Moon
2. Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead) - to groove, to boogie, to ponder, to sing along, and to explore the fringes of reason at the edge of the psychedelic universe. Fave song: Golden Road of Unlimited Devotion
3. Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) - simply, a place to "get what you need" when you need it, no matter what that might be - from sweet to spicy, tangy, salty, savoury and sour. Fave song: Gimme Shelter
4. Bob Dylan - Nick's older wiser brother-in-spirit, who talks about life as it is, and people as they are, in a way where we can always (grudgingly) recognize ourselves and our own petty dramas. Fave Song: Like a Rolling Stone
5. Martyn Joseph - Welsh Troubador of Truth, Spirit, and the Connected Way. Literally saved my soul from despair at the 2004 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Fave Song: This Being Woman
6. Krishna Das - He teaches my pilgrim's heart the way to the altar of reverence through music, and honors the many faces of the Vedic divine with profound joy. Fave Song: everything.
7. Ellis Paul - like rubbing a bruise to help it heal, Ellis' music salves a broken place to make it feel better. Fave Song: Did Gallileo Pray? (solo) and Citizen of the World (with Vance Gilbert)
8. John Lennon - yeah, the Beatles stuff is great, but his own stuff is what warms my soul. Proud to be a Citizen of NUTOPIA. Fave song: Imagine
9. George Harrison - yeah, the Beatles stuff is great, but his own stuff connects me to the luminous divine. Fave song: Give Me Love/My Sweet Lord (who can choose?)
10. David Bowie - Ziggy played guitar & crooned with Bing Crosby, the Thin White Duke showed me a way through the darkness, (with a little help from #11), and then put on red shoes to teach me how to dance the blues. Fave song: Wild is the Wind
11. Lou Reed - both with the Velvet Underground and solo, this man speaks about a world I wish I had the courage (and stupidity) to explore. Dark Mysteries and Brave Explorations. Fave song: I'll Be Your Mirror
12. Robert Gass - the Chant-Master, who created a new world of sing-along-sacredness with his chant recordings from all the world spiritual traditions. Fave song: The Circle is Cast
13. Hank la Riviere - an old-school country/folk singer from Ontario, who sang Canadian regional songs and ballads. He was the first live musician I remember seeing (at age 7) and his was the first signed album I ever got (Hank's Centennial Travels) - which in some ways shaped 25 years of my life in music - meeting artists and getting things signed. Fave Song: I've Been Everywhere (Sleeping Giant Version).
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