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STAVO MUSTANG CRAFT

writer: artist: musician: human potential advocate

Stavo Craft has performed his own brand of concept-driven music at historic venues like Angel Orensanz Center, the Tenement Museum of New York, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Merce Cunningham Studio, and CBGB’s Gallery. In addition to having his songs used as soundtrack music for performance events in Australia, Amsterdam, Colombia, & NYC, one fortuitous song (‘Walking On Water’) was the soundtrack for choreographer Kun Yang Lin’s piece “Ky-lin”, which won an award from the Government of Taiwan for Creativity in Dance. Craft also branched out into professional theater as a co-writer, with celebrated novelist Sandra Hochman, of a stageshow called “Timmy The Great”, which was directed and choreographed by Tony-winner Savion Glover for the Tribeca Theater Festival. Now he is living in Santa Fe, NM, and is the gleeful Captain of DIY Art Rock project, Galactic Witchcraft.

I am a writer of songs and illustrated stories as a primitive propagandist ~ to promote the very basic idea of living with an abundant sense of freedom and creative spirit ~ in part, as a route to producing Light on Earth from non-electrical sources.

While a simple naturalist might say to just embrace what you are, I’m a ‘supernaturalist’ in believing you can often create & become what you want by embracing what you aren’t yet. And while I create primarily to fascinate my own mind, I also know that in doing so, I provide a platform that allows people greater access to their otherness, individuation, & a toolset to build their own stage on which to fully incarnate. The essential path to this developmental freedom is summed up by the following recipe: 1-part, the guiding principle of refined instinct, 1-part, forgetting, 2-parts, self-invention, 1-part, funista.. which is like a fashionista, but of revelry.

Most of my creative work is channeled into my ‘Post New Age’ NewWave Synthpop music project, Galactic Witchcraft on Future Room Records. That site includes music & videos dealing with these ideas of self-activation & the building of potential futures. And lots of cosmic candies.

My intent with this more personal page is simply to share some of my endeavors, perspectives, & interests with people who care to check it out.

In the category of “Inspirations” ~ ..Just some “Random Things from the Interwebs” I like to look at to reconnect to my own path…

This should include one by me, just singing in my bedroom writing this song..

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While I love the simplicity of what I call “The 3 Minute Miracle” of injecting a million ideas into a quicksilver catchy pop song…

I’m also into being a scientist tinkering in my studio, and doing more challenging things. On a related theme to Galactic WItchcraft perhaps, is this long-form sound:video piece called “GODSTORM: Art-Making as a Form of Ritual Witchcraft” from a collaboration with video artist Steven Boling, which developed out of a 20-minute instrumental ‘environments’ soundtrack I created up in the mountains of Maine. This segment is a 7-minute excerpt from that, including the sections: “Elemental,” “Invocation,” and “Earthdance” ..which allows me to use some of my Whirling Dervish skills. (Those are not effects! I really can spin like molecules…)

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A lot of my focus is on “unofficial cultures” (the stuff people create that is not part of the known & acknowledged media world, but which is the actual fuel in changing people’s lives at a personal level) and that is what this ‘radio show’ segment is about, which aired on our local pirate radio in Williamsburg Brooklyn, before the art community was swallowed up by the proliferation of artisanal cuisine.

RADIO SHOW SEGMENT: from my short story “A WORLD OF ALIENS” … Music by Stavo Craft, Spoken Word by Stavo Craft as an interplanetary scientist gathering information in a study of Earth communications phenomenon. 

 And finally, a bit of scribblings… followed by some of my illustrated short stories…

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Only because I walked away from the pathways in the park laid down for people to walk on, and went instead in the direction dictated by the sun, did I come upon the two butterflies encircling each other & rising up into the sky. Let that be a lesson to us in following energy & not the paths laid out for others.

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If you can respect others enough to know they contain the same inner-diversity and variations of outer-adversity that you do, it would lay a greater foundation for who we all can become as a planetary collective. But people rarely respect themselves enough to be totally who they really are, and therein lies the inability to extend that respect to others.

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Pleasantly surprised reading about Marc Chagall, in how he describes rejecting “an era that sings hymns to technology and deifies progress” and how he focused his life instead on the “adventurous quest for the secrets told by things.” This was 1912.

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No one is more subjected to the mood you’re in than you are ~ because only you have to occupy the moment you live in. You CAN control the weather of your inner world & you owe it to yourself to let the light in, and let the clouds pass..

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A painting called “Unknown Musician”… I see this is not my first trip to Planet Earth.
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Was traveling all over today, and saw the layout of NYC really is a map of desires; the really cool stuff is all on the outskirts & for the lazy desire to be part of the ‘centralized’ mainstream, you pay extra ..in every way.

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Put religion aside and imagine God purely as immeasurable Creativity in Consciousness. See then the making of art as going to church. #Newreligion

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 Some people quarantine the experience of feeling magic in the air to the holidays. If there’s something to learn from this, its to recognize the magic is there EVERY day, not just assigned ‘special’ ones.. The only thing that separates you from it is your consciousness & your belief in separation.

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Gil Scott-Heron of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”-fame, in his final recording… some deep, personal reflections.”This ain’t no cliche about black women being strong because hell if you’re weak you’re gone / My life has been guided by women, but because of them, I am a man.” He made some powerful art on his way out… “Men die,” he says, “but don’t lose what their lives stood for.”

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“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” – John Cage

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There’s an old song that says honesty is such a lonely word, but I’ve been thinking about it… Honesty is not so much the issue. It’s that Maturity is such a lonely word.

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Another brilliant painting by my darling Timothy Cummings. Just TRY to rain on his parade!! He is simply too hot for anything to interfere with.
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You may never acknowledge it, but you have total faith in a magical invisible connector of all life; you trust – every second – that the air will be there for you to breathe. It’s an unnoticed leap of faith on your part ..& your life is sustained by it.

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In our culture, immaturity and impulsiveness, neediness and needfulness, are prized as commerce motivating traits. We are taught that this is a matter of survival which we should respect. But what survives from this is not our Selves but our ghosts; what survives is more immaturity. Choosing a different brand of fulfillment, we would survive with greater integrity, worth & substance.

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Punk is not even punk anymore because screaming and yelling is not a rebellion, it’s a tantrum. But a quiet whisper amidst all the media overload… that would really go against the trend.. & it would be low budget.. it could shake the joint up big time.

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In times like these (..in all times, really..), we need to be reminded… that animals DO actually get along. Everything in nature does NOT come down to survival of the fittest. Life has a heart..and love matters.
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When you give up the sanctity in what you love because it doesnt mesh with the mood of the times – it could be your art, it could be in how you allow yourself to love people – you participate in lowering yourself to herd animal instead of individuated being. And for your fear of integrity and need to conform, you gain likemindedness with your peers. And you pay a huge price for it in the center of your soul.

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When I went to college, there was no career path that would have led to my being interviewed on the History Channel with the official title ‘UFO Expert’ under my name. Curse the cruel fate.. it coulda been me!!!

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Few of us drink water and think “Yum, I am ingesting Hydrogen and Oxygen” ~ How many other things in our realities have a definitive appearance, but are actually composed of a number of hidden & unaccounted for variables? In how many ways, in how many dimensions of perception, is reality not at all how it appears..

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No matter how totally enslaved you are to the will of another via your employment ~ having traded lollygagging in the woods & the obtaining of an occasional squirrel, for that honor ~ remember the wisdom of the laughing buddah who knows the joke of the universe; that it is not the deceptive appearance of external realities but our internal universes that matter. #YourFreedom

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I tack a photo of one of my favorite unknown artists on my wall. I get an unreasonable amount of satisfaction out of it. He’s a Guardian of a world that does not require hype to know it matters.

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When you’re young, you think how free you’d be if you were rich and famous. The beautiful thing that happens is you learn the feeling of rich & famous is an Inside job. And that the Grail of life is not something obtained, but something you trace to its roots energetically, and become.

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“Harry Smith– painter, archivist, anthropologist, film-maker & hermetic alchemist– transforming milk into milk.” -Allen Ginsberg
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Somebody said I always look like I’m on my way to some great party. But in reality I’m on my way to the great party that is Always Happening in the Moment of Now. It’s a party that doesn’t require any attendees and you can step in any time you like.

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Just reading how Sun Ra believed “something had been destroyed in humanity when men gave up flowing garments to women.” Respect for Goddess energy as being part of -and not in opposition to- real manhood being one of them!

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READ: my illustrated story, “The Beauty Bomb”bb5ab

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all materials (c) 2016 Stavo Mustang Craft