Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Non-Local Nature of Music

The more analytical you become about music the farther you move from art. You move from right brain to left brain. When I write I seldom think about the key, scales, or the proper chords. I just simply write what’s in my mind.” Doug Marks noted as the man who taught more people to play the guitar than anyone else with his Metal Method Instructional tapes.

Music is a big part of most people’s daily lives. This being the case it might be important where music comes from and how musicians get their songs.

In studying the music writing process I have come to see that it is much more a paranormal, non-local, and a right brained activity, than anything even close to being rational or carefully planned..

Many of the greatest songs of all times came in dreams. This is unusual as dreams are usually symbolic and nonsensical. The hundreds of major musicians who have had the dreams experience where they are presented a song report that it is clear and lucid like waking consciousness. Examples of songs that came in dreams include three by Paul McCartney's No Regrets, Yesterday, and Let It Be. McCartney reported that Let It Be came from a visit in a dream from his mother, Mary, who had died from cancer when he was only 14. The incident happened at a rough time in  McCartney's life as he tried to hold the Beatles together. It led to the famous lyrics "Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom - let it be. McCartney recalled the dream,

“One night during this tense time I had a dream I saw my mum, who'd been dead 10 years or so. And it was so great to see her because that's a wonderful thing about dreams: you actually are reunited with that person for a second; there they are and you appear to both be physically together again. It was so wonderful for me and she was very reassuring. In the dream she said, 'It'll be all right.' I'm not sure if she used the words 'Let it be' but that was the gist of her advice, it was, 'Don't worry too much, it will turn out OK.' It was such a sweet dream I woke up thinking, Oh, it was really great to visit with her again. I felt very blessed to have that dream. So that got me writing the song “Let It Be”. I literally started off 'Mother Mary', which was her name, 'When I find myself in times of trouble', which I certainly found myself in. The song was based on that dream."

One of the key surprises in his study turned up what might become one of the key elements to the process. Consider the following list of highly successful musicians.

Elvis Presley
Bob Dylan
All four of the Beatles
Entire KISS band
Michael Jackson
Barbara Streisand
Jimi Hendrix
Keith Richards – Rolling Stones
Eric Clapton
Jerry Garcia- Grateful Dead
Jimmy Page – Led Zeppelin
Pete Townsend of the Who
Kurt Corbain
Tori Amos
Thom Yorke – RadioHead
BB King
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Phil Collins
Irving Berlin
Famed composer Danny Elfman
Kanye West
Tom Moello guitarist for Rage Against the Machine
Marvin Gaye
Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden
Angus Young from AC/DC
Eddie Van Halen Slash of Guns and Roses
Kurt Vile an Indi legend
Jackie Gleason whose orchestra produced 20 record albums

The key thing that links all these musicians is that none of them could read or write music. The list could be extended to include most Jazz, Blues, Reggae, and Rap and in many of these cases there is no written music for the songs.

This would make the whole process basically a right brain creative effort as opposed to left brain music which could be considered the practice and memorization of other people’s music that makes up much of music lessons

The process of what actually happens is best summed up by how John Lennon described the music writing process,

“When the real music comes to me – the music of the spheres, the music that surpasses understanding – That has nothing to do with me because I am just the channel. The only joy for it to be given to me and to transcribe it, like medium.”

The most popular rock song every composed was Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” No one in the band knows where the song came from. Band member Robert Plant described what happened,

“Pagey had written the chords and played it for me. I was holding the paper and pencil, and for some reason I was in a very bad mood. Then all of a sudden my hand was writing our words. I just sat and looked at the words, and then I just about leapt out of my seat.”

Or the process as explained by Michael Jackson.

"It's the most effortless thing in the world because you don't do anything. I hate to say it like that, but it's the truth. The heavens drop it right into your lap, in its totality. The real gems come that way. You can sit at the piano and say, "OK, I'm going to write the greatest song ever written," and nothing. But you can be walking down the street or showering or playing and boom, it hits you in the head. I've written so many like that. I'm playing a pinball machine, and I have to run upstairs and get my little tape recorder and start dictating. I hear everything in its totality, what the strings are going to do, what the bass is going to do, the harpischord, everything. "

Next question..."Is it difficult translating that sound to tape?"

 Michael: "That's what's frustrating. In my head, it's completed, but I have to transplant that to tape. It's like Alfred Hitchcock said, "The movie's finished," but he still has to start directing it. The song is the same. You see it in its entirety and then you execute it."

The moral of the story might be. If you want to your child to be a great music star don’t send him to music lessons.

For those who thing music is a rational process involving random neurons banging into each other, randomly putting together melodies and lyrics to create music they should watch the following 4 year old destroy the theory.

The moral of the story might be that if you want your child to play music send him/her to music lessons where they will use their left brain to practice scales, and read music written by others. If you want your child to be a great musician you would probably be better off giving them a guitar and the entire garage. Then leave them alone.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Eisenhower and The Aliens

One of the most commonly asked about Presidents and UFOs concerns the rumored encounter between Eisenhower and aliens at Edward’s Air Force Base (them known as Muroc Field) on the evening on February 20, 1954.

This is a rumor that I tried to get to the bottom of, and I did it by reviewing all the related files at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene Kansas. There was a lot of related material but nothing that resolved the question.

This is Smoke Tree Ranch where Eisenhower was
supposed to be playing bridge when the press
suddenly realized he was gone.
The story takes many forms, but the basic story supported by the documents shows that while on a vacation trip to Palm Springs California the President went missing. He was staying at the Smoke Tree Ranch and was last seen early Saturday afternoon. The reason the UFO story continued for decades may have to do with the fact that there are a number of verifiable facts associated with the story.

The main fact that was both true and curious is that the President did disappear. The media picked up on it, but the records at the library do not indicate what tipped the press off. On Saturday evening the media suddenly concluded the president had disappeared and rumors ran rampant that he had either died or had suffered a heart attack.

One New York reporter even managed to get the story of the president’s death onto the wire.  House Press Secretary James Haggerty was called back from a barbeque across town to put out the media fire. He called an urgent late evening press conference and killed the erroneous press release about the death of the president. In the news conference he announced that the reason the president was gone is that while eating fried chicken earlier that evening, he had knocked a cap off a tooth. He had been rushed to a local dentist, Dr. F. A. Purcell, for treatment. When Ike turned up as scheduled the next morning for an early church service, the media interest ended and never returned.

Logically the treating of the president by the dentist would be an important and memorable event for the dentist, but in this case it was not. This fact poured gas on the fire of conspiracy. Researcher Bill Moore talked about this in an investigation he did in the 1980s.

The incidence of a local dentist being called upon to treat a president of the United States is unusual enough that it should constitute a rather memorable event for those involved, the dentist's widow, in a June, 1979 interview, was curiously unable to recall any specifics relating to her husband's alleged involvement in the affair--not even the time of day it had occurred. Yet her memory appeared flawless when asked to relate details of her and her husband's attendance (by presidential invitation) at a steak fry the following evening, where her husband was introduced as "the dentist who had treated the president.[1]

This strange forgetfulness, as Moore pointed out, indicate a cover story “which would have easily been repeated at the time, but quite naturally forgotten 25 years later.”

The cover story theory is also supported by the records of the trip held at the Eisenhower Library. Both Moore and I found that there was no record of the dental work being done in the extensive presidential medical file. A file on dental work done on the president during his two terms shows nothing either. More importantly, there was no thank you letter to the dentist for his work even though there were thank you letters  for everyone else on the trip including the Sunday morning minister, someone who sent flowers, and individuals who greeted the presidential entourage at the airport.

The fact that Eisenhower was missing was resurrected about 7 weeks after the event in the UFO community.. On April 16, 1954 a man named Gerald Light sent a letter to the head of a Southern California metaphysical organization, stating he had been at Moroc where he saw Ike, the saucers, and the aliens. The story of Ike meeting with aliens was set and has only gained strength over the years. Light wrote,

I have just returned from Muroc. The report is true — devastatingly true!

I made the journey in company with Franklin Allen of the Hearst papers and Edwin Nourse of Brookings Institute (Truman's erstwhile financial advisor) and Bishop MacIntyre of L.A. (confidential names for the present, please).

When we were allowed to enter the restricted section (after about six hours in which we were checked on every possible item, event, incident and aspect of our personal and public lives), I had the distinct feeling that the world had come to an end with fantastic realism. For I have never seen so many human beings in a state of complete collapse and confusion, as they realized that their own world had indeed ended with such finality as to beggar description. The reality of the "other plane" aeroforms is now and forever removed from the realms of speculation and made a rather painful part of the consciousness of every responsible scientific and political group.

During my two days' visit I saw five separate and distinct types of aircraft being studied and handled by our Air Force officials -- with the assistance and permission of the Etherians! I have no words to express my reactions. It has finally happened. It is now a matter of history.[2]

The circumstances of Light seeing the whole event is backed up by the fact that Ike did disappear, and this fact was never made public by the press on the night it happened. Light would have had no way of knowing and would therefore never have made the statement that Ike was at Muroc when the record showed he was on vacation at Palm Springs.

We will probably never know for sure whether or not Eisenhower went and met with aliens at Muroc. If he did the next question is who did he meet with and what did they discuss.

The main rumor that is repeated over and over is that Eisenhower made a treaty with a group of greys. In exchange for advanced technology from the aliens, the government would allow a certain number of Americans to be abducted by the greys.

This scenario is highly unlikely for the following reasons;

1)      People were being abducted long before 1954. Some examples are Colin Andrews 1952, Betty Andreasson and her husband Bob Luca in 1944, Leo Sprinkle in 1940. The theory also ignores that abductions are a worldwide phenomenon, and that everything we know about the greys indicate they don’t really talk to anyone and do whatever they want.

2)      The treaty idea also makes no sense. Why would Eisenhower sign a treaty with the aliens? If they violate the treaty what does the government do? Take them to court?

3)      Why would the aliens make a deal to give the American military advanced technology which the military will use to try and shoot down saucers?

The more likely is that it occurred with human type etherian aliens just like Gerald Letter (and others such as UFO contactee George Adamski) claimed in his letter weeks after the event. These were the aliens types being described by contactees in the 1950s. They greys did not become known till the Hill abduction book became public in the mid-1960s.

If the alien meeting did take place it may well have been about nuclear weapons rather than abductions which were unheard of at the time. “Stop the nuclear weapons” was the predominant alien contactee message of the 1950s. These contactee messages about nuclear weapons began a few days after the detonation of the first hydrogen bomb in 1952.

More specifically the meeting may have been an alien warning as only days after the rumored meeting between Eisenhower and the aliens, the American government experienced the worst radiological weapon disaster in history. The event was so horrid that the incident is listed on the internet as # 8 on the “Top 10 Evil Human Experiments” ever performed on humans.

On March 1, 1954, (February 28 in California) only days after the rumored meeting at Muroc, the Atomic Energy Commission detonated the first test of a dry fuel hydrogen bomb, at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. It was first deliverable thermonuclear weapon called the “shrimp” by its designer Edward Teller. The yield was predicted at 5 megatons. A miscalculation related to the lithium-7 isotope led to a surprising 15 megatons, 1,000 times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

The huge plume of radioactive fallout rained down on a Japanese fishing vessel (killing one and eventually 11). It was dubbed by some Japanese at the time as the second Hiroshima. Even today there are yearly demonstrations in Japan protesting the event.

Then the fallout fell on two Marshall Islands in the area that were not evacuated. The plume continued to move around the world (7,000 square miles) causing an admission of what had occurred to the outrage of countries around the world. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru made the first ever demand calling for a “standstill agreement” on nuclear tests.

Because it was a surface test it rained down a lot of fallout and it was very “dirty” with 10 of its 15 megatons (67%) from fission. Because the test was done on a coral reef the coral came apart “with no resistance, but did so in big enough chunks that rapidly fell back to Earth.”

The inhabitants of the Rongelap and Utirik atolls took a direct hit. Many thought that the fallout raining down on them was snow. Many ate it and rolled around in it. It was two centimeters thick. The islanders were not evacuated until three days later and suffered radiation sickness, even though AEC officials were on the island in hours to survey the damage. The decision had been made to leave the people on the island and a project was set up, Project 4.1, to study the effects of the radiation on the “savages but happy amenable savages.”

"The habitation of these people on Rongelap Island,” wrote Dr. Robert Conard, head of the Brookhaven / AEC medical surveillance team for the islanders, “affords the opportunity for a most valuable ecological radiation study on human beings ... The various radionuclides present on the island can be traced from the soil through the food chain and into the human being."[3]

They were returned to the islands three years later despite the fact that no radioactive cleanup took place. Adam Horowitz, who produced the documentary “Nuclear Savages” based on recovered declassified documents about the nuclear test and Project 4.1 stated, “They purposely brought them to a highly contaminated island and left them there for three decades while they studied them.”[4]

Thirty one years after 95% of the population alive between 1948 and 1954 had contracted thyroid cancer and a high proportion of their children suffered from genetic defects. Many jelly fish babies were born following the contamination.[5] They were called that because they had no bones.

At the request of the islanders in 1985 Greenpeace spent 10 days evacuating the population to the island of Mejato 180 kilometres away.

If Eisenhower met with aliens in February it makes more sense there may have been a warning about nuclear weapons that Eisenhower ignored.

[1] “Did Eisenhower Meet With Aliens in 1954,”
[3] Robert Conard, M.D., et al. March 1957 medical survey of Rongelap and Utrik people three years after exposure to radioactive fallout. Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y. June 1958. Page. 22.
[4] Sally Round, “The film Nuclear Savage lays bare Marshalls "guinea pig" story: Interview with Adam Horowitz,”
[5] Greenpeace, “The Evacuation of Rongelap,”

Are Aliens Evil?

One of the key questions debated in modern ufology is “Are the aliens evil?”

On one side of the debate there are books like David Jacobs The Threat have presented evidence that the forces behind the UFO phenomena may be a concern. “As much as I want to be optimistic,’ wrote Jacobs about his conclusions to the UFO abductee information he had gathered over many years which indicated to him that the aliens were a threat. “I find little to fuel hope for the future… I do not think that we will have to wait very long…Now I fear for the future of my own children.” The book was written in 1999 and now almost 20 years later we are still waiting. Some ufologists not quite as pessimistic as Jacobs hold that there may not be an impending takeover but that there are aliens who are only here for their own self-interest.
In 1975 I saw this object known as Charlie Red Star.
Was Charlie a good guy or bad guy?
Should I try and kill him if he ever wants to meet?

Bud Hopkins, another major abduction regressionist stated, “They seem to be here for their own purposes…they could just simply leave and then leave us alone again, which would be quite wonderful.”

Another position is that there must be some evil aliens as it exists alongside the good in this world. The idea is that one group of aliens is evil just like here on Earth. The question then becomes which race on Earth is totally evil, where parents don’t love and care for their children, where children do not love their parents, where married people do not love each other. Which race on Earth has children that are born evil and remain evil their whole life. The answer is – there is no such race. This implies that there probably isn’t an alien race “out there” that is totally evil.

The final position is a skeptical view of the evil alien concept. Those that take this position are criticized by those who fear the aliens. They are often described as people who are “existing in a naive but happy dreamland, awaiting the coming of the Benevolent Ones who will engulf us all in love and protection.” Those who do not buy the evil alien idea are accused of failing to justify cattle and other mutilations, looking the other way in order to maintain their positive world view.

I have often described myself as someone who believes less in the evil alien idea as my years of research go by. That being said how do I address the concerns of those who see the ultimate demise of the human race at the hands of some extraterrestrial invader who plans to take over or eat us in a giant restaurant on the far side of the moon.

The answer is actually quite simple. In the summer of 1945 the 509th bomb group out of Roswell New Mexico, dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When the B-25 bombing groups landed in the Philippians they were greeted with praise and flying awards for their efforts. In minutes, according to the atomic archive, 105,000 people were killed. Another 94,000 people were injured. Have the aliens done anything this evil?

How does bombing innocent men women and children stack up against cattle mutilations? Does this action by the USAF prove that Americans are evil? Does this mean that America is “the great Satan” as the United States of America in described in some Iranian foreign policy documents?

The same Americans who believe in evil aliens would immediately reply that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki does not mean that Americans are evil. They would point to the fact that if the bombs had not been dropped many more people would have died, and thus the bombing actually saved lives. I would totally agree that Americans, like aliens, are not evil.

Those first hand witnesses who actually have had the experience of dealing with the aliens would agree with me– less than 10% believe the aliens are evil. 70% believe that they are good. 87% said that they would not stop their alien experiences if they had a chance to pull out. 74% said their thinking became more ‘Holistic.” Does the testimony of the 1200 experiencers who have taken time to fill out a questionnaire on what they experienced count for anything? The 432 questions contained in Part 2 of the FREE experiencer survey have nothing that supports the evil alien theory.

The first hand witnesses have testified through their answers on the questionnaire that they have been allowed to fly the craft. 92% believe they are part of a grand plan by the aliens. 51% claim they have received healing by an alien. 34% claim to have talked with the aliens about God, 52% about Love and Oneness, and 34% told things about life after death. In the same way I would argue that Russians are not evil because Stalin killed millions of his people, that the Chinese are evil because of the millions killed by Moa, or that the all Japanese are evil because their military forces bombed Pearl Harbor.

I would further argue that there is no “evil alien” race based on things we perceive as evil. The agreement is made that there must be evil aliens based upon evil we see on earth. This raises the question – which nation on Earth is evil? Is there a country were children are born evil, where women don’t cry at the death of one of their children, and where love and compassion do not exist? Examples can be raised where individuals will do things that we would consider evil. A close look at the person would show elements of good. The same applies to each of us. We do good things and bad things.

Evil if it exists happens on a personal level. We have all done things that could be considered evil by an outside observer. Each of the groups we consider evil consider themselves good guys. Everyone think they are the good guy no matter how deluded their thinking. I really doubt many people get up each morning planning how they can destroy the world for their children and grandchildren. The evil nation (be it human or alien) is a creation of the human mind. It changes from year to year.

In World War 2 the allies were convinced that Germany and Japan were evil nations that we could bomb without guilt because they were evil. When the war ended the evil somehow evaporated and they were no longer evil. They became our friends and trading partners. China, the Soviet Union, and Vietnam were considered parts of the “evil empire. Now somehow the evil has dissipated and they are trading partners. Iran has gone back and forth. The country was considered evil before the 1953 CIA backed overthrow of the government and the installation of the Shah. The country became our friend. When the Shah was overthrown by the Ayatollah they were put back into the evil camp.

In January Mark Gerson, Bush's chief speechwriter, had asked Canadian Bush speechwriter David Frum first to find a justification for war against Iraq. Frum complied and came up with the “Axis of Evil” speech that Bush delivered to his State of the Union address. This added North Korea as an evil empire along with Iraq and Iran.

The concept of categorizing groups of people as evil is a long and sad story in human history. It goes back a long way at least to South America where the natives declared “the only good Spaniard is a dead Spaniard.” In North America it has moved from “the only good Indian is a dead one “to the only good Nigger is a dead nigger.” In Asian it moved from “the only good jap is a dead jap” in WW 2 to Vietnam in the late 1960s where “the only good gook is a dead one” The Germans in WW 2 and still today face the “the only good Kraut is a dead Kraut.”

The formula “the only good X is a dead X” has always worked well at marginalizing other groups who do not share our beliefs and values. Now the beings behind the UFO phenomena are at risk being the new X. Once the being become publically known it will instill calls for weapons to take on our new enemy in a battle we will not win. That is a sad conclusion in light of the evidence that I have seen over my 40 years of research in the field.

The eminent Harvard professor John Mack may have summed it up best when he spoke in a public discussion that took place between himself and Bud Hopkins in Boston. Speaking to the point that he had a much more positive view of the abduction experience than Bud Hopkins Mack said,

There is an irony here in a way Bud, because I am supposed to be the psychiatrist here. I am supposed to see the really troubled disturbed people, and it almost seems as if you’re seeing the worst cases from the mental health standpoint and I’m seeing the more seeking ones which may have to do with who we are , and how we work, and what goes on.