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Roch Lockyer  Practicing in life and relationship where the myth of modernity meets the unchanging truths of the ancient's. Empath musician mystic & yogi

Saturday mornings with Scrappelli. Mathew “soft shoes” Shields on the plank. The marriage of song and dance used to be an expected part of live entertainment (as opposed to canned playbacks,live karaoke (most pop music), & DJ-ing). The energy and vulnerability of sharing the hard earned expressions of playing an instrument/dancing can be forgotten but but replaced. I am honored to meet and connect with fellow #musicians #yogis #empaths who act as conduits of light and love through the sharing of their practice. Thank You Austin for still having some pockets/people #singing & #dancing @hyperfeet @tdcrail @johnnyringo709 @ragtime_willie #substanceoverimage #sammydavisjr #deanmartin #franksinatra #songanddance #broadway #musicals #yogaeverywhere #tapdancer #swingdancing @the_savionglover #jazz #livemusicaustin #celebratelife #gypsyjazz #gypsyjazzguitar #grappelli #djangoreinhardt @woody_allen_instagram #woodyallen

Brother @ragtime_willie offered me a beautiful listening party of this orginal 1927 record pressing of Washington Phillips “What are They Doing in Heaven Today”. Phillips was a farmer who drove from town to town on his mule cart with a homemade dulcimer type instrument (Zithar) preaching and singing. Hearing this gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. The transparency, resonance, and honesty of his voice and spirit. This is humanity at its purest. It is easy to be a human being but rare to imbibe human-beingness...Thank you #washingtonphillips for life #blues #gospelmusic #rootsmusic #humanity #humanbeingness #dignity #courage #realyogi #audiophile #78records #soulmusic #vulnerability #empaths #vintage #hereandnow #consciousness #spirit #openheart #grammys #yogaeverywhere

Thank you to my austin music tribe for your incredible generosity and support when i visit (i think its time to move back;) This was one of several gigs during SXSW week with old and new, brothers & sisters, and is some of the most spontaneous and fun music making i am lucky enough to ne a part of! Video @fefakate 💕@chimererusse @ragtime_willie @tdcrail @gmariett @annemarie.vila @slimjim0814 @johnnyringo709 #Austinsmith #austin #sxsw2018 #austineastside #soco #djangoreinhardt #gypsyjazz #swing #grappelli #violin #fiddle #westernswing #waltz #bartonsprings #jazzguitar #france🇫🇷 #musicmakers #acousticmusic #acousticguitar #willienelson #openheart

In any form of expression, there are benchmarks and standards set by the torchbearers who came before. When practicing any artistic endeavour, style must be secondary to substance. Style and fashion are often an excuse for a lack of substance…yet where there is substance, there will always be style in the form of beauty and truth…regardless whether a homogenized or whitewashed culture can recognize it as such. There can be no beauty in music or life without honouring and standing on the shoulders of the giants who came before. Tonight I revisit bebop. #charlieparker #theloniousmonk #wesmontgomery #djangoreinhardt #bebop #jazzguitar #jazz #musicislife #authenticity #practice #saxophone #jazzpiano #swing #lightsoundvibration #musicandyoga #foundations #musicalroots #onelove #onelife #heritageguitars #goldeneagle #georgebenson #johnnysmith #sonnyrollins

For those called to the path of "yoga" life is a practice not a performance a process not a goal...a state of being and not becoming. Do not strive for posturing, instead practice for practice sake...but practice alone is not enough. Breath, alignment & truth in application are the prerequisites for asana practice...without which there is no Yoga. I encourage practitioners to work at 75% of their maximum effort within a posture but in that expression infuse every cell with the truest and clearest form of the expression possible. Do not sell short this moment/opportunity with poor alignment and disengaged breath. Here I practice one of my favorite core strengthening postures...a straight-doubleleg-pincha-corebend #PinchaMayurasana #core #abs #inversion #yoga #yogaeveryday #overcomeobstacles #pranayama #asana #iyengaryoga #krishnamacharya #ramakrishna #openheart #india #alignment #integrity #practice #meditation #consciousliving #hereandnow @yogajournal #instyoga #arizonayoga #tucsonyoga #austinyoga #ashtanga #boulderyoga #yogalove #losangelesyoga #hathayoga #armbalance #practice @yogajournal

Nature is the great equalizer..She knows no favourites. Creation, preservation and destruction...the trinity in non-dogmatic terms. We first-world humans in the midst of our modernity and materialism can easily forget the raw beauty of nature and in that beauty an ofttimes unforgiving and sometimes vicious expression not far from the edge of life itself. For 25 years almost every trip into the remoteness of the mountains there are times I ask out loud why I would continue to subject myself to sometimes extreme physical discomfort and even the uncertainty of a safe return. When asked why I often travel to remote and challenging parts I usually verbalize "just because” This particular night we find 25+/- brothers and sisters from all corners of the globe and all walks of life whose paths cross for a matter of hours..not even a grain of time. We pass the night huddled in a freezing stone hut at almost 15000ft with the wind blowing outside. In this momentary reflection there is no modern comfort or status symbol in life that can separate us in this beautiful place, where a simple pot of hot water may save a persons hands or feet from frostbite. As we await a 3:30AM start these people who we may never see again are eternally family...bound by the truth of how small we all really are. For me it is a moment that I am reminded that the practice of music can bestow the most nourishing and valuable of gifts and can still be relevant outside of DJ’s, raves, and pop culture. Thank You for this moment and that nights family...you will never be taken for granted or forgotten. My dearest brother Ben playing the violin like only he can & Kenmar capturing a snippet of the nights song. #Manaslu #LarkePass #Treking #nepal #altitude #subzero #yogaislife #onelove #onelife #music #universallanguage #openheart #creationpreservationdestruction #nopretense #justbecause #himilayas #tibet #spirituality #autonomusregion #buddhism #bluesheep #snowleopard #annapurna #kathmandu

Hi Friends…There are few characters with a larger than life image and the actual substance/skill that deserves their reputation.  Today is Django Reinhardt’s B-day.  At age 19 he suffered 3rd degree burns over most of his body after which he not only lived but thrived.  In the caravan fire his fingers were literally melted together and the tendons and ligaments so burned and damaged  he only regained full use of his index/middle and partial use of his ring finger.  This is a death sentence for an already challenging life of a Roman or more commonly called “Gypsy” who was spit on, looked down upon, and largely ostracized from society.  With a wife, child, and with no way to make money except play music  he used his indomintable will to reinvent and change how to finger and play the guitar in a way none before and few after have come close to.  To this day outside of a very small clique he may be the most under appreciated musician who ever lived, and in spite of all the early American guitarists clearly stealing from his genius he was largely erased from American jazz history..a history that is suppose to celebrate the oppressed and enslaved (ironic isn’t it). When through accidents I lost use of my arms and had multiple reconstructive surgeries I often thought of Django..If  he could heal so could I…This is a quick phone snippet of Django’s solo on Le Yeux Noirs (Dark Eyes)…Happy 108th B-day…Rest well Brother #django #romans #gypsyjazz #france🇫🇷 #stephanegrappelli #birthday #adversity #gonebutneverforgotten #guitar #jazzguitar #yogaislife #suffering #overcomeobstacles #openheart #communityovercompetition

Thank You Charles Mingus
The reawakening of our collective consciousness is driven by a very small group of individuals at any point in time. Fierce individuals, courageous voices…fearless in their pursuit of personal practice & expansion. Their lives often became controversial only to later be whitewashed and packaged as a cause or movement, put on t-shirts and quoted in social media. Ironically, the origins of their public images was always their immovable character, intuition, and personal practice regardless of how it was perceived, judged, or validated. Quite the opposite of comfortable and feel-good consensus. A few now popular examples: Che, King, Kennedy, Malcom X, Mandella, Coltrane, Monk, Dolphy. I have been lucky enough to hear a number of stories about Mingus from a couple of friends who knew him both personally and musically. These are the lives that remind me to keep practicing in life and art regardless of validation or external recognition. Charles Mingus …men like you make the world a better and more honest place.

This is from his fan page today:
“Today we remember Charles Mingus, who, on this day 39 years ago, died from ALS.
From Joni Mitchell’s liner notes to the album “Mingus”:
“Charles Mingus, a musical mystic, died in Mexico, January 5, 1979, at the age of 56. He was cremated the next day. That same day 56 sperm whales beached themselves on the Mexican coastline and were removed by fire. These are the coincidences that thrill my imagination.
Sue, at his request – carried his ashes to India and finding a place at the source of the Ganges River, where it ran turquoise and glinting with large gold carp, released him, with flowers and prayers at the break of a new day.
Sue and the holy river
Will send you to the saints of jazz –
To Duke and Bird and Fats –“
And any other saints you have.” #jazzgreat #Mingus #ericdolphy #death #birth #strength #character #ALS #practice #jazz #bass #debutrecords #bluenoterecords #impulserecords #conscientiousobjector #humanrights #fablesoffaubus #india #gangesriver #gangama #jonimitchell #che #malcomx #mlk #mandella #changeyourclothes

2018!!! Sending loving vibes to those that I resonate and vibrate with regardless if we have yet to meet...wishing an expansive 2018 to all my peeps!! This is a quick read through a tune I had never heard until this evening "Lets start the New Year Right" by Irving Berlin. So many great tunes from this era..when to be called a "muscian" required real skill & dedication. This year will have both new music & Yoga releases. #newyearseve #happynewyear #2018 #greatamericansongbook #tinpanalley #franksinatra @michaelbuble @harryconnickjr #irvingberlinsholidayinn #natkingcole #yogaeveryday #asana #yogasutra #alignment #krishnamacharya #iyengaryoga #jazzguitar #jazzvocal #broadway #practice2018 #music #love #timesquare #bingcrosby #deanmartin

Happy Birthday Mr. Sinatra!! You were untouchable! Phrasing, delivery, and king of charisma…A little snippet of "When Day is Done" from the 3rd and final vocal take on my upcoming album “When Frank met Django” (January release). Ben Powell on violin. please visit www.rochlockyer.com for a free download.
#sinatra #franksinatra #crooner #vocalist #breath #michaelbuble #harryconnickjr @harryconnickjr @michaelbuble @nbcthevoice @joshgroban #georgebenson #jazzguitar #jazzvocal #christmasmusic #violin #djangoreinhardt #stephanegrappelli #birthday #goodvibes

Not sure whose quote this is but it has strong vibration. Thanks!! I rant often about the modern approach to dating and the “Whole Foods” shopping mentality of choosing partners like picking out chocolates to taste. It does not work from a spiritual perspective. Expansion (love) is the opposite of how the fight or flight aspect of our DNA functions and goes against any rational or logical reasoning yet it is our greatest strength/potential as a species. Modern humans are not living on the Serengeti in Tanzania and our survival is dependent on eradicating these fear based patterns. Competition within ones own psyche to awaken from our sleep is not related to competition and comparison to or through others. To eradicate fear we must learn to unlock the pineal gland. The key is conscious repetition..practice for practice sake without regard to results or the hows and whys. Humans are not cars to be traded in every few years hoping for better. If we fix our own broken vehicle and awaken our own power source through conscious practice, we won’t so easily discard the vehicle that is already parked in the driveway for a newer models seeming potential. Conscious practice creates the eternal light of youth beyond the decay of shiny objects. Deny our DNA & LOVE #yantra #mantra #tantra #consciousness #repetition #empath #artists #love #justbecause #yoga #yogaeveryday #yogaeverywhere #heartchakra #openheart #music #songoflife #today #here&;now #ramakrishna #krishnamacharya #vedas

Over the course of 250 kilometers there were definitely some hours I questioned the sanity of carrying a 55lb pack around the Himalayas but it was moments like this that made the weight whole lot less heavy. This was 70 kilometers into the trek. These children live days from any transport or modernization...While the sight of westerners has become more common the past 20 years, there are still many things they have not seen or experienced. These children have never seen a motorized vehicle of any sort or a TV, running water, toilets etc. In addition we were told by many sherpas and locals that no one had ever lugged a guitar or violin through the jungle and up into the high altitudes. This is their first time seeing/hearing a guitar and violin. This was a particularly difficult day in the river valley with record temperatures in the mid 30's (over 90F) and almost 100% humidity. We planned on a 15 min stop but spent over an hour here gifted with giggles & smiles I won't soon forget! Thanks to Ben Powell for the video sneak;) #music #universal-language #talyorguitars #Manaslu #Nepal #Tibet #yogaeverywhere #cleareyes #openhearts #river #valley #remote #noporters #love #nature #naturephotography #brothers #milarepa #mantra #yantra #tantra #AUM #sound #vibration #neverlost

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