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When listening to music for the sake of being healed…

It is interesting, being present to yourself, while you also let go of all content, and let the onrush of fresh music, the experience of the soundstream, flow over and through you.

How to refresh the mind…

This evening – or was it yesterday – I commenced a 21-day series of experiments in musical mind refreshment, with the wonderful Violin Concerto created by the late Welsh composer, Grace Williams. Listening as letting go and flowing into the future, riding the sound waves… It does one good!

a cosmic comment for the day

“Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.” ‪#‎CarlSagan‬

Portland, Oregon – March 8, 2015

If you’re in the Northwest (USA) March 8, 2015… I invite you to my free pre-Spring piano concert, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the famous “pale blue dot” photograph taken by Voyager I in 1990… from out beyond Saturn… What does the image sound like? It’s a matter of poetic license… If all goes well, MP3 and CD recordings will be available soon. Just let me know here or by email, to get on the list to be notified re availability.


David Salminen – 3 pm Sunday, March 8, 2015

(Note: Clocks “Spring Forward” on the night March 7 going into March 8… so please be aware of the time change. But not to worry – your smart phone probably registers “Daylight Savings” for you automatically!)

Portland Piano Company, 711 SW 14th Ave, Portland Oregon


Open to the public – no tickets necessary. Donations to support more presentations of this kind are gratefully received.

For more information about David Salminen’s music and how to purchase CD’s of his concerts, call: 503-762-6387 – email:

As is sometimes the case with my concerts, there are actually quite personal reasons behind the choice of theme. The reasons need not remain secret, but nonetheless, they are not so easy to explain. I was quite moved when I discovered, quite recently, that February, 2015 was the 25th anniversary (some might call it the “jubilee”) of the famous “Pale Blue Dot” photograph, taken by Voyager 1 at the request of astronomer Carl Sagan. And I wanted to honor this occasion – this gift to all humanity, courtesy of Carl Sagan and other far-seeing individuals. As Sagan himself wrote, “It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

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pre-Spring concert – Portland, Oregon

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David Salminen, piano – in concert – cosmic improvisations

3 pm Sunday, March 8, 2015

Portland Piano Company, 711 SW 14th Ave, Portland Oregon Map:

Open to the public – no tickets necessary. Donations to support more presentations of this kind are gratefully received.

For more information about David Salminen’s music and how to purchase CD’s of his concert,

call: 503-762-6387 – or email:

“Solar Flares” concert Nov. 23, 2014 – in Portland, Oregon, USA… more…

In connection with the pursuit of a deeper understanding of Solar Flares, I recently discovered a most satisfying book entitled “The Sun Kings”, by Stuart Clark. Among other things, Clark tells the story of Richard Carrington, the English amateur astronomer who first “connected the dots” (otherwise known as sunspots) on our nearby Star with the occurrence of bizarre electrical phenomena here on planet Earth, ca. 1859. It’s an extraordinary story… a little bit of which I will have to weave into my introductory talk to the Nov. 23 concert. I am reminded, reading of the struggles and sacrifices of Carrington in the cause of scientific understanding, of Isaac Newton’s famous statement: “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” Truly, if we are to make progress in our understanding of all & everything, we must know something of, and respect the accomplishments of, at least a few of our predecessors! Even more – as R.W. Emerson said – a key to progress is to simply to: “Hitch your wagon to a star.” I really like that idea… both in the sense of respecting the thought leaders of previous times, and in the esoteric sense of intuitively or otherwise linking oneself to the Sun itself, the central & leading causative factor in the evolution of our solar system/solar family. This Earth, for which more and more people, thankfully, have a concern – as one might properly have for one’s mother – is not just a big rock unto itself. It is part of a highly evolved, multi-billion year old system. Going further with such speculations is not merely a mental exercise. Indeed, what we are required to do, is to go beyond the mind! And what else is art for? What else is music for?

Details about my Nov. 23, 2014 concert…

musifying on Solar Flares, Space Weather and other phenomena…

… a quick note today to reiterate my invitation to friends & acquaintances, known and not yet known, to my November 23, 2014 piano concert in Portland, Oregon, USA. Details here:

Please join me in this musical meditation on the mysterious activities of our own star, aka The Sun, Sol, etc. By way of explanation… I’ve occasionally been told that such extra-musical themes are too abstract – not personal enough. However, to me, my and our relationship to the cosmos and the immediate cosmic neighborhood is actually very personal. All life on earth depends on the sun. Life is as “personal” as it gets! And we all have intuitions at times that connect the smaller cosmoses with the larger… A few of my favorite quotations hopefully illustrate this connection: “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” (Carl Sagan) – “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars…” (the Desiderata – authorship unclear) – “The solar system is our cosmic home and we should know it as a man knows his own hearth… we should seek to know the sun… as a manifestation of creative power, the carrier of the cosmic plan…”  (J.G. Bennett, British philosopher-scientist – Vol. 1 of the Dramatic Universe, p. 442).our sun NASA-Europe photo- solars-ystem-NASA site PIA03149_br1

becoming star-struck, literally…

I ran across this a few years ago and was quite “struck” by the implications (although perhaps not intended by the author): “Just like living creatures on Earth, stars are born, change as they age, and die.” from the Illustrated Atlas of the Universe, page 152 – written by Mark A. Garlick (2006)

Maybe we have a lot in common with stars, planets, etc. Our cosmic belonging-ness is , at any rate, part of who we are, and I invite my friends and music fans in Portland, Oregon, to the November 23, 2014 concert, contemplating Solar Flares and other kinds of outbursts, the variety of effects that result, and the hidden forces within stars that bring such things about.

More details are posted at

David’s fall concert – Portland, Oregon


3 pm, November 23, 2014

Portland Piano Company, 711 SW 14th Ave, Portland, Oregon


– open to the public – no tickets necessary – no admission charge for this event

– donations to support more presentations of this kind are gratefully appreciated

– for more information on the music & David, and how to purchase CD’s please call: (503) 762-6387 – or email:

P.S. I’ve been really enjoying the contemplation of solar flares… so many people now seem to be registering some psychological or perhaps even spiritual influences (energetic, at any rate), when we are really “bombarded” by X-ray and other electromagnetic aspects of flares, as we were in late October, 2014. The scientists and scientific websites often talk about the upsetting of digital communications at these times, but as to the effects on living bodies… not so much. So I am looking at the metaphors. I am fascinated, for example, that there is something largely unpredictable going on deep inside the sun which results in spots that are creative in terms of flares and even CME’s. Here’s an informative science site: Coronal Weather Report: CMEs and Flares (Page 1)

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The 10 favorite books game…

1. “I Ching” (Wilhelm/Baynes trans.) Consulting this oracle in 1972 on the subject of going to a school called Sherborne (J.G. Bennett, Principal), I twice got this hexagram, months apart: “In relation to the human world, it denotes the creative action of the holy man or sage, of the ruler or leader of men, who through his power awakens and develops their higher nature.”
2. “The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton” – Many times have I come back to look at this passage – from the Appendix III. He was speaking to a group of monks from various religions, at Calcutta, October, 1968: “… the monk in the modern world… is a marginal person who withdraws deliberately to the margin of society with a view to deepening fundamental human experience… Thus I find myself representing perhaps hippies among you, poets, people of this kind who are seeking in all sorts of ways and have absolutely no established status whatever…”
3. “Gurdjieff – Making a New World” by J.G. Bennett. One of the parts I have returned to again and again, in the Chapter called The Law of Reciprocal Maintenance: “The world was brought into existence because ‘being’ and ‘time’ are mutually destructive. Everything separate and closed within itself must perish for lack of a principle of renewal. There is partial renewal by borrowing energy from outside, but this is not enough. Full renewal requires full mutuality. It is by Universal giving and receiving of energies that Cosmic Harmony is maintained.”
4. “Culture, Crisis, and Creativity” by Dane Rudhyar – particularly the chapter on the Inner Space of Tones: “In the piano… if large chords are struck, integrating the sounds produced by the strings of properly distanced keys, and the pedal is pressed allowing for total sounding board resonance, the gong-tone effect is obtained… in which tones replace words and seek either to convey a message or to release a magical transformative impact.”
5. “The Heretics” by Walter Nigg: “The heretic has this in common with the prophet and the saint: that he is religiously alive… and prepared to sacrifice everything for his faith. He is the extreme antithesis of the indifferentist…”
6. “A Gymnasium of Beliefs in Higher Intelligence” by Anthony Blake – this book is, for me, a catalyst for experiences! “There is no reason to suppose that intelligence is restricted to organic or quasi-organic forms and species. But we will leave the question of communing with the stars or other inorganic bodies to some other place.” … (David took that as a challenge!)
7. “The Aquarian Conspiracy” by Marilyn Ferguson, who was a keynote speaker at a holistic health conference I went to in 1981 or ‘82. I expected her to be just another speaker – but I went to hear her anyway. It turned out that her talk was an energy channeling… not labeled as such, but that’s certainly how I experienced it.

8. and 9. and 10. I met a mysterious man in 1969, going only by the name of Richard, with a perfect star in the lines on the palm of his hand. He told me to read 3 books which, he said, would put me on a different path in life. They did. The 3 were: “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert Heinlein & “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Expery & “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse.

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