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The Great Bell Chant

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The Great Bell Chant

A CNN poll just asked Americans to describe their 2011 as "Good" or "Bad".  65% chose "Bad"! I understand and respect the challenges the world is facing. But every morning we have two choices - to get up defeated, or to arise seeing the beauty around us and recommitting to making the world a little bit better by nightfall. Which side of the fence do you choose to fall on?

It doesn't matter what circumstances surround me. I'm glad to be here, on this planet, in this community, and part of JazzErie. Music is in my veins, an integral part of every day.

It's in yours too. Not sure? Google's annual Zeitgeist shares the top-10 searched terms. For 2011, #1 was Rebecca Black, who "made a big splash on the Internet with the release of her 2011 pop single “Friday.” The music video catapulted the then 13-year-old to celebrity status after the video went viral, receiving over 167 million views on YouTube."

So we awoke this morning and it's 2012

What does jazz do for your life? Does it bring you joy? Will you listen to jazz today? Will you play some music? Noodle on a few scales or learn a new tune? Will you tell someone about JazzErie?

This video is not jazz, but it has the emotional impact of transcendent jazz. It's "The Great Bell Chant", mixing hauntingly beautiful video with an equally spacious soundtrack. May it bring you peace, and may the coming year be the greatest transition in your life.

Thank you for keeping JazzErie alive and building our amazing community.

David VanAmburg

The Great Bell Chant



The video is The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) from R Smittenaar on Vimeo. It is by R Smittenaar of the Netherlands, Its visuals are taken from HOME, Earth and Baraka.

If you like the song, a free download is offered on

The audio is read by Thich Nath Hanh and chanted by brother Phap Niem. Their order was founded by Thich Nhat Hanh and is open also for lay members (non-monastics). Its basis are 14 mindfulness trainings, that are like an enhancement of the 5 ethic guidelines. The main goal of the order is to help each other to transform from affliction to happiness. Information is available online.

September 3, 2013