January 11, 2006

January 11, 2006 04:53 AM

Rehearsed Monday night. It was pretty funny working on a mournful ballad with Mastodon rehearsing right next door to us. They are still nowhere near as LOUD as Swans were in rehearsal, however! Renee has a feel for the music we’re doing and is enthusiastic and easy to work with. When John comes into the mix, it will be a whole new animal , of course, and we are both looking forward to it. This is going to be a terrific tour. I’ll send out a Living Rumor later today with more news – including the set list we’ll be performing. Also there are going to be some beautiful drawings for sale at the merchandise table at these shows. More soon ………

The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (literally: “Aum, to the Jewel in the Lotus, hum) is recited by Tibetan Buddhists to invoke Chenrezi, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Repeating this mantra accumulates merit and eases negative karma; meditating upon it is believed to purify the mind and body.