Greatest wastes of time: part one

June 8, 2014

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surfing serves no purpose. it does however, float as a metaphor for life should you to give your mind the time to analyze. in order to surf, be it on a board or your belly, one must throw ones self over the falls. one must take the inevitable risk and go, to truly experience beingness in the flow. One must not be afraid of looking stupid. one’s breath and watchful eye must be calm and controlled, ready to welcome wave after wave, from mountain to molehill. one needs balance and one must constantly adapt to the conditions and the slightest changes in the weather, knowing well each set, each swell, each season, each tide will rise to each’s own occasion. one can’t stop the waves, but one CAN learn to surf.

in songwriting, as in life, one must throw ones self over the falls, taking the inevitable risk of being heard, possibly saying something stupid, or looking stupid. one’s breath must be calm and controlled as well as one’s watchful eye, ready to welcome wave after wave of thought, heart beat after heart beat, to speak and ultimately sing the truth that wells up inside and often times rises without warning. one needs balance and one must adapt to the conditions of the room and ideas of other writers or listeners. one must be brave, buoyant, and benevolent in the lofty space of singing in order to make it safely back to shore. to sing or surf is to impossibly walk on water, dance on glass, and intimately interact with God, to strengthen, enliven, and make wiser the soul.

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COMMENTS (17)
  • Avatar of SodaPopIzze
    SodaPopIzze said ...

    I haven’t said anything to this but this blog really made me feel special since January 17th is my birthday, and this really made my day. I still log in to this website to read it again and again :)

    Thanks Jay! Looking forward seeing you on September 5, Houston, Tx! :)

  • Avatar of MarLuna
    MarLuna said ...

    Thank you for going over Niagara Falls with your four sirens (not that they intend to lure anyone to anything harmful but to a harmonic place)the words are powerful and bring us to our own experiences or what we’d like to experience. Balance is a strong theme for me this month, but in actuality it has always had been a constant current, never ending; I just never looked at my wake. I can hear you’ve gotten to be a master; Congratulations on your perfect set!

  • Avatar of Littlethr33
    Littlethr33 said ...

    And when caught in the undertow, one must learn to be still. Yes. God exists in every extreme, bc in the beautiful, extraordinary, fucking illusion that is the human experience …the pendulum must swing.

  • Avatar of ashley
    ashley said ...

    I imagine collaboration to be the paipo of songwriting! Lifts & supports & carries you through!! Welcome back, we’ve all missed you. What have you been up to? :)

  • Avatar of Vishakha-India

    Hey check this out sex meditation, valley orgasm, and osho

  • Avatar of cdatta
    cdatta said ...

    beautiful u r amazing writer waiting for part 2.

  • Avatar of Ireneee
    Ireneee said ...

    finally…I’ve been waiting for a so long time, but I’m late for 3 days…miss u so so much and I really hope u can enjoy your life just like u always tell us to do
    wish your album 5 sale good!
    and YES! I love it!

  • Avatar of liz.osorio.73
    liz.osorio.73 said ...

    I was missing your journal, so much!! Thank you.. You don’t even imagine how inspiring is this. and how much you have affected my life.. In a good way…

  • Avatar of shorekimmy
    shorekimmy said ...

    Hooray! You didn’t forget about your journal.

  • Avatar of Bumblebee
    Bumblebee said ...

    Ever since I heard “I’m Yours”, your music has always meant so much to me. Today, my dad died and, once again, I turned to your music. “When We Die” and “Back to the Earth” are just a few of your songs that I’ve been playing in the past few hours. Time spent on anything that causes joy, celebrates love, and brings our soul closer to God can never be wasted. Thank you for your service to all through music.

  • Avatar of vicki.kaswen
    vicki.kaswen said ...

    hmm…My shower must have cleared my head a little…add this to ~wastes of time~:

    foists soft softest teases easiest

  • Avatar of vicki.kaswen
    vicki.kaswen said ...

    Hope you get some more comments soon to break mine UP a little. But, until then…just for FUN…take a look at this:

    ~Wastes of time~
    waits wife fem. EM me met meets ETs see seats east ass mass mess west fests feasts fasts foes so SO os Os OS moats motes meows owes ow sows sews mates fates tames feats fiats eases fam. mows tows toms tomes stews wises wits two times sim IM stems steams same SAM ASM mas ma masts meats teams fastest fists few we wee see seas oft aft mo m.o. most oats feet amiss miss Miss mists asset fat fats sat sits sates states tastes toasts Tao seams aims fatties mats mitts emits omits safe safest wisest atoms stomas fewest if I fie i.e. ties sites mites items it is as fames waifs isms sis stat tats ta Ta TA tams easiest fees oafs to wets et teas eats ate toasties tests wafts teats tits tots OT toes o meta ETA was saw steamiest fiestas FEMA foams foamiest Oms stew meat maws taws swam swims sofas

  • Avatar of gealine
    gealine said ...

    Well as long as it feels great it’s not a waste of time. I can’t wait for the other parts.

    Thank you Jason!

  • Avatar of vicki.kaswen
    vicki.kaswen said ...

    Yes, you are:
    ~Oracling~
    oral cling lingo or Ra rail liar lair gin orca Inca Inc. corn acorn go gal girl crag lag iron roan racing lacing grain grin rain roc Iran ran clan clang rang ring gar gain organ nail lain OG ail grail in an a goal log nog lar air coil oil rag Ag nag carol coral groin lion loin ion icon nil lang. Anglo argon Ar Al caroling coring conga cong. long

    Not a “word” in our current dictionary…but that really doesn’t matter if you know what I mean.

    Need a clue for the unspoken name? How about 15 letters; all ONE word.

  • Avatar of vicki.kaswen
    vicki.kaswen said ...

    Finally, ONE speaks UP once again. Nice “oracling”
    Seems like a long time…seems like a long time…seems like a long long time.
    &
    May I say, the wordplay just keeps on telling such an insightful outlook to this ridiculous epic in which we reside.
    An acid trip or otherwise…this trip just keeps on going and going like some kind of energizer bunny…honey.

    Want a fun name for a not so Sunday Funday? That would be the unspoken: (actually, I’m still working on it…so, check back later for that…Surfer Dude.

    In the meantime…how about just saying it in a song…they’ve ALL been written for the purposes in which we find ourselves so presently immersed.

    Nighttime is only the other side of daytime
    But if you’ve ever waited for the sun
    You know what it’s like to wish daytime would come
    And don’t it seem like a long time
    Seem like a long time, seem like a long, long time
    Sometimes it seems like a long time, seems like a long time
    Seems like a long, long time
    Yes it does, a long, long time

    Hard times are only the other side of good times
    But if you ever wished hard times were gone
    You know what it’s like to wish good times would come
    And don’t it seem like a long time
    Seem like a long time, seem like a long, long time
    Sometimes it seems like a long time, seems like a long time
    Seems like a long, long time
    Yes it does, a long, long time

    You know what it’s like to wish good times would come
    And don’t it seem like a long time
    Seem like a long time, seem like a long, long time
    Sometimes it seems like a long time, seems like a long time
    Seems like a long, long time
    Yes it does, a long, long time

    War time is only the other side of peace time
    But if you’ve ever seen how wars are won
    You know what it’s like to wish that peace would come
    And don’t it seem like a long time
    Seem like a long time, seem like a long, seem like a long, long time
    Sometimes it seems like a long time, seems like a very long time
    Seems like a long, long time
    Sometimes it seems like a long time, seems like a long time
    Seems like a long, long time
    Yes it does, a long, long time
    Yes it does, a long, long time
    Yes it does, a long, long time

    Until the name is revealed … Why not try to guess what it is?

  • Avatar of sailucie
    sailucie said ...

    Ones strength and balance comes from the ability to surf the water with agility, so is the mind and the inner core. Have been practicing tai-chi which help balance, yoga strength, meditation combination of both once the mind is in control which requires persistence than life balance is achieve. Fear is the first enemy of such balance it prevents ones from seeing clearly. My own life as been hectic for a while but slowly floating on board with the waves. I have never surf but have done knee boarding and enjoy it much. Nature is a great teacher. Thank you Jason

  • Avatar of BirdLalena
    BirdLalena said ...

    I’ve always wanted to learn to surf. Alas I have never been a strong swimmer.
    But seeing others surf brings me serenity. Always has for some reason.

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