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Spoken Groove (Peter Nevland & Paul Finley) at The Wizard Academy, Nov., 2005 — Image by kenne

It’s now been over five years since we first saw Peter Nevland & Paul Finley at The Wizard Academy near Austin, Texas, Roy Williams amazing place. Part of the program included the very talented Peter & Paul. Since I’m on Peter’s email list, I have followed his adventures over the past five years. And as Roy Williams has said, “…hearing Peter perform is like … taking a running leap off the rim of the Grand Canyon with your hands tied behind your back so that the only way to pull the parachute’s ripcord is with your toes.”


This is not the first time I’ve shared by love of Peter’s talent.

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Some four years ago, Joy and I spent a day at the Wizard Academy outside Austin. Since that time we have been on Roy William’s mailing list, allowing us to follow the many offerings of the business, marketing and writing institution. While there, we were entertained by two young men, “Peter and Paul.” Paul’s a very skilled musician and Peter — well Peter is a bundle of creative energy that completely captures your attention, as if caught off guard, causing one to wonder what will be coming at you next. As Roy WIlliams has stated; “…hearing Peter perform is like … taking a running leap off the rim of the Grand Canyon with your hands tied behind your back so that the only way to pull the parachute’s ripcord is with your toes.”

We have not had a chance to see Peter since that 2006 July, however I have followed him through his “Spoken Groove” newsletters, web site and YouTube. Here’s one video current on his web site.


Posted April 22, 2010 by kenneturner in Art, Poetry, video

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Something for Nothing, Entry for March 06, 2008 On Old Blog   Leave a comment

Spoken Groove Image: The Spoken Groove at the Wizard Academy, Fall 2005 – kenne

Something for Nothing

Poets understand the experience of, “something for nothing,” since their subject is life, for which most people don’t make a significant connection. If they did, it would be apparent that life is best understood through poetry. However, sharing poetry is like giving something for nothing, therefore suspect — unless, it is considered an expected right. Okay, I know our basic rights, “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but…

Still, there are those who suggest that we are a nation of people desiring “something for nothing,” as if a right of birth. But, what happens if the something for nothing is money? If we are a society expecting something for nothing, then giving away money should be easy, right? For most of us, giving money away is not a difficult task; just write a check to our favorite non-profit organization. However, what if the act of giving involved a situation outside what may be considered “normal?” What if the receiver perceives the act of giving as deviant behavior? Would the behavior reflect that of a society expecting something for nothing? Deviant behavior removes the element of trust, thereby neutralizing the desire for “something for nothing,” right?

Since attending a day workshop at Roy William’s Wizard Academy a couple years ago, I have been following the adventures of the Spoken Groove (Peter Nevland and Paul Finley) who provided some entertainment near the end of the day.

This week I received another email from Peter, which began:

“I stood on a street corner, cardboard sign in my hands, as the sun beamed overhead.
‘Free Money!’ it proclaimed as I held out
dollars to all who passed me by.

Their fingers stayed closed. Eyes looked away. Middle fingers raised in mock salute.
Voices cursed behind safety glass.
‘What are you doing this for?’
‘Give it to someone who really needs it.”

You can see what Peter experienced by going to:

It reminds me of a psychology class assignment, so what’s the lesson?


Posted May 25, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Life

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