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About Spacin'jason

I once found myself untangling two separate headphones, listening to one pair and noticing another one on the couch. "This is Crazy", I think I just saw how I was going to die. I have always enjoyed music and color -often at the same time. I was a tuba player, play the djembe, learning the bass and whistle often. I have been making mixes since magnetic tape and a karaoke machines. My sister loved rock ,my brother rocked out to bass and hip hop, i fell in love with Jazz, and my uncle Steve took me to see Steve Miller , following him after the show to his hotel and letting him sign my bootleg Steve shirt. "Its ok man, you can keep your shirt on".



I be Blazing

I always be blazin’ brothers and sisters, hope you are too. Here’s a Summertime blues mixtape to keep all youse hip cats cool.

Summertime Blues Mixtape <<<— LEfty Clicky to dig some rockin blues now or Righty Clicky to save and listen later

1) BOom BoOm – Grant Green & Donald Byrd  00:00

2) 8 bit blues (Chicago to LA to NY) – Kid Koala   4:10

3) I ain’t drunk – Lonnie the Cat  8:14

4) Desperate Man – The Black Keys  10:38

5) Yer Blues – The Beatles  14:25

6) Who Do You Love – The Doors  18:18

7) Champagne and Reefer – Muddy Waters  24:24

8) Bright Lights – Gary Clark Jr.  28:55

9) Born Under A Bad Sign – Jimi Hendrix  34:09

10 ) Heaven – Tangle Eye  41:33

11) Burning Hell – John Lee Hooker  45:55

12) Supernatural – John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers  49:46

13) Open the Door Richard – Dusty Fletcher  52:33

14) Uncle Sam Blues – Hot Lips Page   58:30

15) This Land Is Nobody’s Land – John Lee Hooker  1:01:41

16) Mother Earth – Memphis Slim  1:06:05

17) Moonshiner – Bob Dylan  1:08:44

18) Pali Gap – Jimi Hendrix  1:13:45

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As fragrant as a Flower!

As fragrant as a Flower!

Hey Hey youse beautiful beings! I hope you are feelin’ as IRIE as I and I am. The summer solstice is near and the sun’s fiery, lovely light will shine upon some of us in the northern hemisphere and stand still. WOWZERS! I know at least in Bellingham, Washington I already hear the sweet chirps of fowl welcoming the first glimpse of rays at 343in the glorious morning and the light slowly vanishes into the Northern Sound around 10 pm. I nearly caught the sunset’s tail, but it eludes me till the morrow. I’m sure I’ll catch it one day. I can’t wait!! Here’s a summery mix that has a lotta of irie sour diesel vibrations through it. May you shine brighter than the SUN and Catch his TAIL! <<<– LEfty clicky to melt into yer lawn chair being baked in the sun or RiGhty Clicky to keep floatin on and on and on.

2) Just Leave It to Me – Debutantes 00:33
3) This Generation – The Lions feat Malik Moore & Black Shakespeare 02:44
4) Sundialing – Caribou 06:30
5) Keleya – Moussa Doumbia 10:56
6) Kaya Version – Bob Marley & The Wailers 17:25
7) Lying In The Sun – Kouskik 20:01
8) Milk and Honey – Dennis Alcapone 23:32
9) Pegion Rock – Sister Nancy 26:13
10) No Agreement, Pt. 2 – Fela Kuti 29:33
11) Estimated Prophet – Burning Spear 37:14
12) I’ll Be Around – Gregory Isaacs 43:54
13) One Thousand Swords – Augustus Pablo 47:00
14) No/Where – Garages 49:00
15) Ekassa 34 – Victor Uwaifo 51:52
16) Worldwide Love – Dennis Alcapone 58:28
17) Mirrors – the Comettes 01:01:37

Lint for cash


“Why be elated by material profit?” Father replied. “The one who pursues a goal of evenmindedness is neither jubilant with gain nor depressed by loss. He knows that man arrives penniless in this world, and departs without a single rupee”

Excerpt From: Yogananda, Paramahansa. “Autobiography of a Yogi.” iBooks.
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Freshly Squeezed ColourS

Lauren Coakley, the daughter of Sun and Earth, Lover Of Light and Weaver of Time.

Lauren Coakley, the daughter of Sun and Earth, Lover Of Light and Weaver of Time.

Consciousness Rising as the mist in the morning. Spring’s Blooming above and below, Busting Buds into Burst of Beauty! In going along with my last post of my dream of Rainbow Infused beings changing the world into universal Consciousness here’s the mixtape they passed from hand to hand. Aw shit man my souls about to explode..3..2..1..*^** BABOOM** Every day is birthday cake! I have really enjoyed mixing this mixtape of Colourful Dancing Consciousness. I hope you enjoy it and I ‘ll see you on the other side.<<<—- LEftY ClicKY to Burst into Enlightenment  or RiGhtY ClickY to Mediate and Ponder the very thought of you.

I’ve had a blastoff in Bellingham, met some kin of the Mothership, family Fer Sure!  I’ve also met a lot of hurt homeless on meth and flying signs. I may have taken care of them or will in the ICU. I want to stop them at the pass before they go to ICU. Let them know that we are not shackled down by our past but have the ability to change the future by a change of thought on greater things.  “ For yesterday is death conquered and tomorrow is birth pursued.”-Kahlil Gibran.

Here’s some of my wanderings.

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01-FOREWARD – James Allen

02-All in All – Julian

03-Children in the Temple Ground – Toshiko Akiyoshi

04-Epiphany (DJ Nu-Mark Remix) – Panacea

05-We Don’t Stop (feat_ Gift Of Gab & Radioactive) – Michael Franti and Spearhead

06-Ic Colors Featuring Mustafa Akbar Vs Ken Nordine (Qdup Foundation Remix) – Thunderball

07-Acetate Prophets – Jurassic 5

08-Kaleidoscope – James Allen

09-Crystallized – Melody’s Echo Chamber

10-Flesh – Ken Nordine

11-Place on Earth – Panacea

12-Wimble Toot (100th Monkey Remix) – Banco de Daia VS Kahlil Gibran

13-Gardens in the Rain (Estampes, No. 3) – Tomita

14-Sugaree – Grateful Dead

15-JAm – Major Jimmy and Me

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre” – Yeats


You say you want a Revolution?

As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills.

– James Allen.

It’s starts in your acknowledgment that higher, pure thoughts, leads to a life of peace and away from futile suffering. I encourage any one with an ear to hear and a freshly cleaned mirror to have a listen to James Allen’s , As a man thinketh. It will lead us into our own self discovery and a blazing light for every step! I think that we as a community can pass this truth and other truths around on CDs to coworkers and family, causing the fire of self knowledge to enflame our thoughts to righteous living in and all around us. This is suited for all those seekers of truth and light! I am Thought & Love. SAY WHaATTTTT?

Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing.

– James Allen.

I had a dream last night after I drifted off to sleep listening to As a man thinketh.

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.

-James Allen.

Colorful, glowing people were passing mixtapes from hand to hand, like a slip of a bill and full grasp of the prize. Our TRUE THOUGHTS pressed and digitized, like a match lighting a thirsty for a drop forest, ABLAZED, into fresh flesh StErO headphones of other people who were wrapped in a rainbow ribbon. We communicated and placed your thoughts in mine and the reversal. Thought connected, then realized. Let’s spread the Word WORD. I plan on making a handful of CDs with James Allen or other recordings of light and passing them out like free hugs.

The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colours, which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.

When this spreads, I would love to hear of what other glowing mixtapist are passing around like the 100 lbs of collie in the chalice. I am confident. Librivox is a fantastic place to fine higher thinking audio of free recordings to the public for the preservation of the public.


Smoking Circuits

No photoshop involved, just altered altered time


You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.
Alan Watts

  LOAD “*” ,8,1

The other day I met this cat ,Josh, with lovely deep green eyes, tearing up the Imperial March via the accordion on the corner. For his fantastic gypsy star wars rendition I gave him a small aquamarine crystal I had been keeping in my pocket from another kindred spirit ,Jules, fitting enough name. The Accordionist just happened to be into crystals so it wasn’t an insult, like a 40 cent tip. We got to gabbing as usual about color waves, vibrations and ,new to me, Wilhelm Reich( ) and his discovery of the orgasmic energy level. Josh continued to tell me that this orgasmic energy wave is also at the same energy created  by waterfalls and nature itself but in just a concentrated way when someone is having an orgasm. Wilhelm tapped into that , no pun intended, and made huge rooms full of this energy, not for orgasms, though that would be dope, but for healing. Wilhelm ,”coined the term “orgone” – derived from “orgasm” and “organism” – for a cosmic energy he said he had discovered, which he said others referred to as GOD. In 1940 he started building orgone accumulators, devices that his patients sat inside to harness the reputed health benefits, leading to newspaper stories about sex boxes that cured cancer.” Subsequently, the FDA didn’t approve of his healing orgasmic findings and burned 6 TONS!!!(an adult elephant) of his literature. Later Wilhelm was thrown in prison and died of “heart failure”. Josh had a “puck” tucked in the glove in his accordion box from that used this orgone principle to devise a portable version of this orgone energy for healing and other uses. Holding it in my hand I couldn’t tell if the shaking in my body was from the puck or due to shivering because I was cold as shit on a “warm” Bellingham Washington day. So here’s a mixtape about the vibrating energies that we pass from hand to hand after the initial connections are made, if willing, all over this precious Earth, enjoy. Wah wahwah Wah wah Wah wah wah Wah Hz OHMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Smoking Circuits<<Lefty Clicky to play the mixtape now or Righty clicky to save

1) Impossible Mission C64
2) Party Machine – Bruce Haack 00:12
3) Seveteen Years – Ratatat 00:57
4) More Bounce To The Ounce – Zapp & Roger 12:03
5) Metamorphosis – Ananda Shankar 17:05
6) Emerald Alley – Up, Bustle & Out 23:48
7) Baro – Issa Bagayogo 28:10
8) Gwyra Mi – Ramiro Musotto 34:10
9) Stay Human [Stereo Steambath Remix] – Michael Franti 38:31
10) China Cat Sunflower Remix – Boombox 44:48
11) Blue Skies – BT/Tori Amos 51:49
12) The Cosmic Dance (Mindwalk Remix) – melodysheep 56:47
13) Stars Wars Accordion Medley – Josh the Accordionist 59:42
14) (Exchange) – Massive Attack 1:02:08



It’s a sad day in the world of jazz, I just found out trumpeter and teacher Dr. Donald Byrd passed away on the 4th. I have loved his albums for a good bit, from his solo albums to playing with Grant Green, or the BlackByrds, the Guru and Madlib. Here’s a few of my favorite albums, if you have a chance check em out, they are dope.








I found the following story on the NPR iPad App:

Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations
by Frannie Kelley
NPR – February 11, 2013

The trumpeter and educator Donald Byrd, a top jazz practitioner in the ’50s and ’60s whose later work shaped black pop music through multiple generations, died Feb. 4 in Dover, Del. Haley Funeral Directors near Detroit confirmed the news, which was first circulated online last week. He was 80.

Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd played music based on bebop in the ’50s — in New York and in Europe — then funk-fusion and R&B in the ’70s, and wound up at the top of the charts. Soon after that, his music found its way into hip-hop. But no matter what style he was playing, Byrd was a teacher.

That Detroit Flavor

Born in Detroit, he attended Cass Technical High School. For jazz, Cass Tech has proved to be an incubator of talent: Alice Coltrane, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter went there, among many others. From other area high schools, and public universities like Wayne State, the Motor City was turning out exceptional musicians in the ’40s and ’50s.

“Oh, there’s a million of ’em,” says the saxophonist Lou Donaldson, 86. “Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Elvin Jones, Hank Jones, Thad Jones, Yusef Lateef. Byrd came with what we call the Detroit clan … and he had that Detroit flavor to his playing.”

Donaldson is not from Detroit, but he did meet Byrd later, after they both played in military bands and moved to New York City.

“I was playing at Minton’s Playhouse and he came by with his horn,” Donaldson says. “To me he sounded great, like Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown. … We became friends, we got a group together and we played at the Café Bohemia.”

Donald Byrd played on more than 50 albums in that time, some with Lou Donaldson, and some of them with luminaries like John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Max Roach. Donaldson says they were all playing bebop, after the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie had turned jazz upside down. In particular, Byrd was at the center of a variant known as hard bop, which added rhythmic intensity and dialed up the blues.

“He was a very lyrical player, a very economical player, a very thoughtful player,” says Nicholas Payton, a contemporary trumpet player. “He was one of the real melody-makers at that time. A real thoughtful, introspective player with a very beautiful sound.”

Dr. Byrd

And Byrd was still in school while he was tearing up the New York scene. He got his master’s degree in music education from the Manhattan School of Music and studied in France. He got a doctorate from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a law degree. Nicholas Payton says Byrd told him black musicians needed to be in academia.

“Someone needs to be able to lay things out in such a way so that we establish and have a voice in those circles,” Payton says. “That was a big part in why he sought out that part of his education, and why he had a heavy presence in historically black colleges.”

Payton says that in the early ’60s, Byrd was also worried that jazz was losing touch with the black community — that it was being co-opted by the mainstream. In 1963, he released a recording called A New Perspective, featuring a gospel choir and a song called “Cristo Redentor.”

“That album put him on the map,” said trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, 76. “It spoke to the black culture and the church, the home, and it spoke to the whole black aesthetic and all those beautiful voices. … That became everybody’s favorite.”

Belgrave says that Byrd continued to work in education after he had a hit on his hands.

“It’s a passion that you have for your craft,” Belgrade says. “It’s more important than a little money. Didn’t have anything to do with that. Has to do with what was in his heart — and what’s in his heart is this music. And this music needs to be promulgated.”

Jazz relies on an oral tradition: Musicians learn from their elders and play in bands with their students. Byrd wanted to help create curricula that built on that foundation. He taught at Rutgers and Howard and North Carolina Central and Delaware State. He and Belgrave were both at the Oberlin College conservatory in 2007.

According to Belgrave, Byrd stuck it out in academia even though he suffered the snobbery of peers teaching European classical music.

“At all these schools that he taught, he had a problem with the administration because of his approach to teaching,” Belgrave said. “Because they didn’t have respect for jazz.”

The Blackbyrds And Beyond

In the mid-’70s, Byrd debuted his latest evolution. He formed a band out of his students at Howard University and called them the Blackbyrds. He asked Howard alumni Larry and Fonce Mizell to work with him. The Mizell brothers had created songs for the Jackson 5, and the 1973 album Black Byrd didn’t sound like hard bop or “Cristo Redentor.”

The album hit the R&B chart, the jazz chart and the pop chart. The Blackbyrds’ subsequent albums were popular too, and Byrd became the rare jazz musician to make some real money. In fact, the story goes that when Miles Davis gave him grief for driving a Ford, Byrd replied, “That’s just the car I take to my plane.” Yes, he was a pilot, too.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz played on some of Byrd’s fusion recordings and became close with him.

“We got a lot of flack for all of that,” Bartz said. “You know, ‘They’re selling out, they’re selling out.’ We’re not selling out. First of all, when you make a record you want to sell it.”

Bartz says the purists that railed against Byrd’s funk-fusion sound were confused.

“There are no genres,” Bartz says. “There are no different types of music. You can’t have different types of water. You can have dirty water, you can have clean water, you can have Perrier, you can have Evian, but when it boils down, it’s water. … It’s just music.”

The trumpeter picked up a new generation of listeners when his work with the Blackbyrds was mined by hip-hop producers. Nicholas Payton says the Mizell brothers albums re-established his relationship with the young black community — and at just the right time.

“It was hip-hop before hip-hop,” Payton says. “A lot of his records were a part of the sound that, in the golden era of hip-hop, what a lot of those artists looked to, to sort of model themselves after. It was funky records from the ’70s of Dr. Byrd’s.”

Dr. Byrd welcomed hip-hop. In the ’90s, he worked with rapper Guru, who used his funk-fusion recordings for the Jazzmatazz project.

In an interview with JazzTimes, Donald Byrd predicted that when he was 80, he’d be hipper and mentally sharper than he was at 40. “I’ll know more stuff,” he said. Thanks to his constant evolution, we do too. [Copyright 2013 NPR]