And in the core of the planet, it’s all water. And in our bodies, it’s water. And Basho’s wandering soul is made up from an accurate compass that directs him to distant planets with water.
There’s no separation between the man and the compass.
Wherever he goes, the compass spins and directs him, like the swirling winds in his playing and compositions. Like a desert wind that flies from ancient Persia to India and Jerusalem, Japan and the Appalachia.
And in the show, Basho knows he’s alone in that magic carpet with the dancing snakes and heartbreaking flutes. His crowd can’t fly, they can hardly swim with him. So between the tunes he gives a guided imagination talks, about the sights and sounds and the world of beauty that he weaves .
This show took place in 1982, and now GrassTops is reissuing it for a digital bandcamp download. Shortly, we’ll see the anticipated review of the masterpiece ‘Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12’ album (circa Windham Hill, 1979)
Until then, download a compass application for your smartphone or listen to Basho.