8" x 5.25"
oil on wood, 2012
"Rinmon: Rinmon means playing at a crossroads to express one's feelings and show one's skill. It comes originally from the Kinki area. A 76 cm. Hotchiku was used."
Those words were used on the back of the record The Mysterious Sounds of the Japanese Bamboo Flute to describe my top 100 song, and those words are too good not to quote. I realize that I have now music from, Sado, Kinki, and possibly Lesbos in the Top 100, as well as two musicians that occupy that special place, the crossroads. Robert Johnson is obviously the other one.
Watazumi Doso Roshi (1910-1992) was a Zen master, he played the hocchiku, "stressing that to truly understand nature and oneself, one had to use an instrument of the most raw and natural origin." (Wikipedia)