I'd just like to drop a line indicating to Peter and his staff how much I appreciate the full moon videos. They provide a reliable boost of cheer and inspiration in my life. Peter is busy with so many worthwhile projects. Many of them have taken several years to come to fruition, and yet he seems to remain ever patient, never discouraged. It helps me remember that it is worth keeping up on all that I try to do. I also admire Peter's propensity to highlight and compliment othersaround him who are doing good things. He seems to have the best of manners, which is always refreshing to see, especially for an American like myself. So please keep up the full moon videos, if it is not too burdensome, as they are much appreciated.
KriyaArts4 January 2008 at 7:25pmPosts: 8 (0 today)Status: offline
All I can say is, "ditto". which is a not so very articulate response to your rather articulate praise of and gratitude for Peter's Full Moon Videos.
Thank you for posting here and joining our admiration society for all that Peter Gabriel creates, thinks, imagines and wills. all while having wonderful manners!
KriyaArts4 January 2008 at 7:33pmPosts: 8 (0 today)Status: offline
BTW. the online journalism and expression project that I am involved with: rethos.com. one of the founders was part of a Witness video project. Eric was profoundly moved by this experience, as his rethos blog illustrates, and inspired him to help manifest this online community that gets people socially and politically and spiritually engaged.
Talk about your degrees of seperation!
Thanks for pointing me to the rethos site. I am reading a book which reminds me of the theme of the site. It is " blessed unrest" by Paul Hawken. It is about the simulaneous emergence and subsequent convergence of the various social and environmental justice movements areound the globe. Check it out if you like.
I hope someone points these posts out to Mr. Gabriel so that he knows people out here are listening, and are inspired by what he does. It's so tempting to just go on in the normal workday mode and not get involved with these " extra' concerns. But aren't they really what makes life wonderful ? I think its very important for those of us who try to make the world a better place to compare notes and support one another. Sometimes change takes so long to effect. Try getting your local hospital to go green ! I am. It's a big expensive project and although people are excited about it, a lot has to happen to make it so. Anyhow, I should like to ask Mr. Gabriel to make us more music to cheer us on. I have a couple playlists in my itunes to help encourage me. They are titled " get psyched" , as well as "optimism booster", and another " cheer up" . That's what I'd like: more music for these playlists.
Nickelberrynsc7 January 2008 at 5:40amPosts: 49 (0 today)Status: offline
I would also like to say how much I enjoy the full moon video's. For me the insights to Mr. Gabriel's creative process are the most exciting! The way he experiments with sound, making up his own and combining others to make something new. I don't know how many of you watch Dr. Who but if you do you might be interested to know that the sound of the Tardis I am told is a wrench being dragged up and down harp strings. Also I loved the video where Peter was comming up with lyrics and for the places without words would just improvise with noises that he calls Gabrielese. Lol that is brilliant!
I also appriciate the Rethos site, there's a little something for every subject. Very informative, thanks for the heads up. I would like to end by saying that in addition to my admiration for Peter for his superior musical skills I also admire his social concience. He is one of the people by witch I am proud to set my aspirations for the future. It is nice to have some examples in this world of people who are not totally self obsorbed or overrun by greed, they are like music that reminds us that hope is never lost.
Happy New Year to everyone! Dream BIG!
You are a kindred spirit ! Thanks for reinforcing this thread. Think of how many people who are out there who feel as we do who have not had time to write to indicate their appreciation. Surely we are only the tip of the iceberg. The internet has its downsides, but on balance it is such a great forum for synergy and encouragement.
Your comment about aspirations is key. Those of us who do not yet quite function at the level of Mr. Gabriel must realize that we can accomplish at least some of our dreams. Perhaps we need to consider the factors that differentiate those who contribute greatly from those who contribute little. From a quick study of Mr. Gabriel, some ingredients that seem to lead to great contribution include
1. good naturedness
2. quirky originality
5. networking with other cool people
What else can you identify ?
KriyaArts8 January 2008 at 6:19pmPosts: 8 (0 today)Status: offline
You are both so welcome for a notice about the Rethos site. I am so pleased that people are taking the time to engage in their world, not just watch it!
Positive action, emotions and intent do so much to heal the world of its darkness and cynicism! I love that both of you posting here are convinced that is so!
We all know that Peter is busy creating and doing all of the other things necessary to get his work to our eager ears/eyes. but it would indeed be wonderful if he were realizing all of the people he touches through his craft. His work has inspired me so many times to paint, to pick up a pen or the phone on behalf of some social/political/humane action, to be a better listener, to be more patient in the face of chaos and distress. how to count his influence???
I give thanks for this forum and the opportunity to say what otherwise would go unsaid except in my own head and heart:
Peter Gabriel. thank you for being here and doing what you do. and being who you are!
And thank you, the community here, who feels just the same way!
Synnie8 January 2008 at 8:03pmPosts: 4169 (0 today)Status: offline
We had loads of similar posts for many fullmoon videos already, on the first topic side, thus you may not be found in this corner.
Sorry, to interrupt you, I like all your posts, but don't feel like endless repeatings, probably like many "regulars" too. This is NO disencouragement at all, just to let you know, we very well did say a lot to them.
You might find some under the search function, if you like.
Just curious, who is " we" with whom you start your paragraph, and what do you mean on " the first topic side " ? Also, by " regulars " do you mean regulars to this website? Sorry, I'm being, as you would say,, thick.
I have really enjoyed reading this discussion and agree totally with the sentiments expressed! I would add expressive and creative to the list of PG's attributes. The emotional connection to much of his music is very strong for me.
I think Mi-Chi is referring to the regular posters (we) on the forum who post a lot under the "General" category.
Welcome to the forum and I look forward to reading more of your posts!
Synnie10 January 2008 at 6:22pmPosts: 4169 (0 today)Status: offline
No problem, its nice to have this educate part alive and well, only for long, many did not even visit it, so it seemed, also because of some ??? lately, not much worth even reading all the way through or at all.
Most themes that would rather belong here were usually mostly discussed on the first=general page(right, Matt), where also more people (incl. lurkers) are reading and thus replying to it. (Same with the elders theme for example etc.)
This probably has to do with the old habit of having only one section for many years (before the changes of the site last year), where it was all in one pot, so to say.
So, if you use the search function(on the topic page on the bottom there), you can check older threads with keywords, if you like, where you find all the other ones, that I mentioned.
You will find out then, that you are in good company and surely many agree with the above good posts!
This corner still is a bit of a side street, it seems, but I am curious enough to turn the pages now and then, which some simply don't, or far less, hehe)
We should announce on the General, that the Edu here is well and alive now maybe?
Yes, and a heartily welcome from me too to all of you newbies or only frequent visitors so far!
Lady Braidwater14 January 2008 at 10:05amPosts: 13 (0 today)Status: offline
Good evening again.
Yes this road less travelled is getting interesting. Indeed, I think the whole concept of a forum is interesting. Consider that it is a self selected group separated by space and circumstance, but united by some common theme. Consider too that one is limited to the written word and the occasional image. Consider how much, after all, you can really convey if you wish. Forums are like having several correspondents at once, like the pen pals of yesteryear. The trick if finding a group you like. So far so good here.
I was attracted to the title of this forum " educate Pater" . Can someone tell me please how this topic came to be ? I have listened to the full moon videos since they were created. First I began due to curiosity, then I was hooked. I have followed several video blogs before, but this one felt relevant to me since it is clear that I share some of Mr. Gabriel's interests. The reason I started prowling around on the forums was to find a medium in which I could respond to some of the topics raised in the full moon videos, i.e to educate Peter. I think at one point he mentioned he was looking for some give and take after all.
Nonetheless the notion of "educate Pater " is amusing in that to go on this forum you have to presume you know something Peter wants or needs to know. You have to be presumptuous, in a way, which is a bit uncomfortable. But, nothing ventured, nothing gained. I will take a forum etiquette risk here and put my education cards on the table. The automatic signature on my email program signs my name, and then the following:
Mother, Wife, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Renaissance Costumer, Gentlewoman Farmer and Student of Jewish Mysticism. These are things I know something about. I am a garden variety practitioner of these things, rather than an expert, though I suppose that each and every one of us who practices ob/gyn has to be an expert of sorts to do it properly. ( And naturally I can discuss the science, but no advice LOL )
Anyhow, the things I think I would be the most excited to discuss would be
1.) cuisine, nutrition and the garden
2.) Jewish mysticism, though be advised that I am not a red string sort of person.
3.) Environmentalism in the States versus the UK
4.) Everyday life effects of the digital revolution ( My undergrad major had to do with technology and change. )
I await replies with enthusiasm.
KeithIan20 January 2008 at 6:43amPosts: 2 (0 today)Status: offline
I am also new here and am shocked. First I thought Mr. Peter Gabriel was retired.(lol)apparently not.Second I find not only one of the most informative sites on the web.but that it is full of so many like minded people.Its gonna take me years to track all the links of music,activism,and well dare i say it. LOVE! Wow and all i was hoping for was some new music to play for my 5 year old.(I was playing Passion and he said who is this so I figurd I would show him)So to to quote KriyaArts "Ditto" and thank you all