An Antidote to the Spell of the Invisible Hand

This was originally posted on Patreon.com “The colony of a civilized nation which takes possession either of a waste country, or of one so thinly inhabited that the natives easily give place to the new settlers, advances more rapidly to wealth and greatness than any other human society.” This quote from Adam Smith’s book ‘Wealth…

The View From My Hill

This was originally posted on Patreon.com From my hilltop, I see a divided country. But as I look closer through my telescope, I see nuance to the divisions. As I zoom in further, I start to see threads connecting all the different points of view from the different hilltops. As I ponder these connections, I…

The Spell of the Us and Them

The name of this song is Enough is Enough in solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement to end the endless war on Black People. One phrase jumped out at me today as the most important line. The verse goes: Enough is enough We ain’t takin it anymore We’re all joined together To end the…

Osingolio!

I recorded this album in Maasailand, Kenya in 2007. It is available at jonathanbest.bandcamp.com. Friday, June 16, 2020, 100% of Bandcamp’s share goes to the NAACP legal defense fund. As always, 100% of my share goes to Maasai communities. This music epitomizes the message of comMUSIKey, the non-profit I founded where Music is the Key…

Support Group for White Allies Working to End Racism

Back in the 80s I took a class in Re-evaluation Co-counseling. I was taught that ALL human beings are born good. I was also taught that as social animals, we share commonalities in the hurts we experience. We can create a safe space to share our hurts in such a way that we get reacquainted with our…

Juneteenth

This Friday, June 19th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), my record company, Bandcamp is donating 100% of its share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. And I will be donating my share to Communities United for Police Reform and The Maasai Education Research and Conservation Institute and the Village of Ngong’u Narok. What’s really…

Be Full of Yourself

I often say that music and life are the same. What challenges us in music challenges us in life. Where you feel restoration in life gets reflected in your music. That is why I also say that music is the perfect laboratory to develop our life goals. The worst that can happen is that you…

Music is the Missing Piece

Music is the missing piece of language. We weren’t designed to use words alone. Music has always been essential to communication. Yet is has been co-opted by industry, leaving most people to feel cut out. We are a society with most of the population walking around missing a vital organ.  We have been wiping out…

Listening to the Song

I recently was listening to a podcast from Tara Brach called Listening to the Song Part 2. This was a perfect example of my belief that music and life are one and the same. Most of the thoughts that came from her talk are beyond my ability to write. But here are some. Listen to…