"I see the most when the sun is behind me. The only occlusion then is my own shadow. Looking directly in the sun blinds me. I have to close my eyes and feel the warmth and radiation of light, but I am informed by what I see when that light is behind me and illumines the way before me, like a guiding hand.
So it is with The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora. Her hair is arrayed before me now like the wandering highways across a southwestern desert in North America, but it is a global and universal phenomenon I share with people everywhere. Writing is my way forward along these roads since they are infinite in their possibilities, and I can go where I will.
To that end I have begun writing the Little Horse lectures, as a continuation of the journey that Nez started years ago. These lectures were actually written when I wrote LSHONZ but they were not part of that narrative as far as pushing a story line along, so I set them aside.
Recently I opened them up and gave them a comb and rinse, so to speak, and looked to see where they might take me.
It has not been a helpful idea to announce things I am working on, but there has always been a thought that pushes forward the idea of sharing the process and allowing the credit to fall where it is due; to open up these roads and let other travelers see where they lead me, since I have almost no idea most of the time where I am going, and it makes for good conversation.
It will be a year or so before the Little Horse lectures sort themselves out, and I can see the landscape they lead to and occupy, but I have it on my list of things to do. I have started work. Each day I wake up, look for a moment at the sun, feel the Rays, then turn and see what they are revealing.
All this also by way of saying that Listen to the Band is in a happy home now, and among people who seem to welcome it and love it and can do a great job of publishing it. No, I can’t say yet who that is, but suffice to say I am well pleased at how this is turning out, and am working hard to be patient and let LTTB unfold the way LSHONZ is. Having landed in America in a happy home LTTB is now off to the Frankfurt book fair, to meet other editors and publishers.
It is on the first step of its thousand mile journey, just like all of us.
Infinitia, on the other hand has come home. We start shipping the First Edition a week from Monday.
"The Garden was nominated for a Grammy in 1995 as best New Age album. It was in the New Age category because I didn’t have clue what category to put it in so NARAS just put it in New Age. It didn’t win the Grammy that year – but the nomination was very satisfying even though I didn’t then, and don’t now, know what New Age is.
I finally finished The Ocean – the final part of The Prison, The Garden and The Ocean trilogy. The trilogy is titled Infinitia. The limited (200), numbered, and signed First Edition boxed set of Infinitia ships October 12th – and were available for pre-order about 24 hours ago. As I write this there are a few left.
Following that First Edition shipment the regular Infinitia box set of all three, Prison, Garden, Ocean, – as well as the Ocean CD solo album and CD download will be available and ship around the first week of November.
I’ll submit The Ocean to NARAS, but again, I have no idea what category to submit it for. It’s taken forty years for this trilogy to come to life and in that forty years I still don’t quite know what New Age Music is. I don’t think of Infinitia as New Age – I’m not sure what category it fits – only that I’m very happy this is done. It feels like a chapter has closed and a door has finally opened.
Everything I mention here is, or will be, available at Videoranch.com – and the other usual outlets that we have come to know and love. Naturally I will be most happy to see you at Videoranch.com."
Infinitia (infin-EE-sha) by Michael Nesmith is complete.
The First Edition Infinitia Box Set includes, The Prison, The Garden, and the soon to be released album, The Ocean. The trilogy began with The Prison, a book with a soundtrack, which was released in 1974. In 1994, Michael released The Garden, the second addition to the trilogy. The Garden follows the same format as The Prison, providing a book and music to be experienced simultaneously. This November, The Ocean will be released to complete the trilogy, Infinitia.
Each of the 200 First Editions comes signed, numbered and dated.
The First Editions will only be available while supplies last. By placing a PRE-ORDER today, you will be purchasing 1 of the 200 First Editions. Your card will NOT be charged until the product is shipped to you. After your order is placed, you will receive an email as proof of purchase. We will be receiving the First Editions from our manufacturer the week of October 12th, 2015 and plan to begin shipping them that same week.
Micky, Davy, and Michael performed Michael's song "Nine Times Blue" live during an appearance on The Johnny Cash Show in the summer of 1969.
Several different attempts were made recording the song, and each of them remained in the vault until years later. There's a version featuring Davy singing the lead vocal (accompanied by Michael on acoustic guitar), recorded during sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees in early 1968:
Michael also tackled the song around the same time. Both of these attempts remained unreleased until the 2010 Rhino Handmade deluxe box set of the Birds album.
Nez actually demoed "Nine Times Blue" while recording Headquarters in early 1967:
Michael revisited the song once again in April 1968, accompanied by Red Rhodes on pedal steel and Chip Douglas on bass. It was this version that first saw the light of day on the 1987 compilation Missing Links:
Michael recorded "Nine Times Blue" once more in 1970, and it was featured on his initial solo album with The First National Band, Magnetic South.
Conceptualized in 1967 after attending the Monterey Pop Music Festival, John Gilliland's radio documentary series The Pop Chronicles traced the history of popular music from the 1950s through the 1960s, first airing on KRLA Pasadena, California in February 1969. This particular episode contains an extended interview with Michael Nesmith. It's quite an interesting listen. The scorn that was heaped upon The Monkees at that time by everyone from musicians to the mainstream press is more than readily apparent here.