Today is July 24th 2017! First off today, a very special Happy Birthday wish goes out to my brother Andy! So, how did we get here so fast? I feel like I had a lot of very ambitious plans for the summer and now it is half over. I have not accomplished nearly as much this summer as I would have liked to. I have not yet set up my jam space/drum kit. I have still only had one live stream porch jam session. I have not done any live stream jam sessions in weeks. I have also not even done any video/audio recordings for YouTube in about as long. And yet, here I am, and there you are, reading the equivalent of my journal of free flowing ideas and thoughts that is The Meatty Files. So where do we go from here? I would like to say "Let's get back on track" but that does not accurately describe my current location. I am on track, just not the one that I had set out to be on. I am on the track that life has laid down in front of me. I have been working very hard to provide for and enjoy the company of my expanding family. These sorts of life events do not allow for much else in regard to side projects. Which, Meatty Okra, certainly is one. As much as I would like to pursue the noble cause of defending the rights of all to record their music. I can not do it alone, nor can I make it my main goal in life at this current juncture. As such, I am sending out this message as a sort of "call to arms."
This message goes out to any and all of you out there who read it, to all of you who have read/ or listened/watched in the past, to any of you who believe in what I am trying to accomplish here. Stand with me and show your support for the Right to Record! I am not going to lie to you, I have no idea how I will end up funding such a project or if it is even feasable or possible to do so, but that is not going to stop me from trying to do it. I want to make a non-profit, public recording studio, in or around Buffalo, NY. I want it to be a place where people can come to make their sound known regardless of their financial background. Music is about more than making money, it is about a feeling, about creating something beautiful, and being a part of something greater than ourselves. We can join together and create our own syncronized time, our own harmonies, melodies, rythyms, and ofcourse, tell our stories. If this is the kind of idea that you can see yourself standing behind, then please feel free to leave a comment to show your support. Share this post with your followers and friends! Help me spread this idea everywhere, until enough of the right people hear it. Perhaps the very person that this project needs to really get off the ground will read this because of you reposting. Perhaps that person is YOU, reading this right now. If it is, then I thank you for taking on this challenge and joining the ranks of "The Meatty Okra Project." I look forward to working with any/all of you who choose to become involved, with enough of us working together, we can change the way music is created, recorded, distributed and enjoyed. The winds of change are whistling through and there is only one thing left to do. ACT NOW! The Future is written today!
"The Future Of Music Is Now!"©
Hey there, loyal Meatty Okra Fans!
So, I know that you will all be very disappointed to hear this today, but this is the deal anyway.
We are scheduled to have another live stream jam session, this Saturday for "Seis de Mayo" However, in an interesting plot twist in life, that day is also the expected due date for my wife to have our second daughter! :) Yay!!! Talk about a conflict of interest, right? So I will more than likely be on stand by, waiting to help out in any way that I can to make that day less difficult for her.
So, while I am taking care of my family. I am going to ask a few of you to take charge and keep the fire burning in my absence. By that I mean this, go forth and jam! That's what this is all about anyway. It's not just about Meatty Okra, it's about all of you, we want to inspire Everyone to get out there and make music, or paint, or draw, write books, teach people how to farm, do whatever creative thing it is that you do, and get others to do it as well. I have talked with the Meatty bass player, Goopy about what he is going to do Saturday for me. He will be doing a YouTube Live stream on his personal channel The Real Goopy Goop where he will more than likely be jamming on his acoustic bass for you guys. But he also makes electronic music, and puts up skateboard videos weekly so, lots to check out there!
Not sure what if anything, the other Meatty Members will be doing. Probably nursing hangovers from Cinco de Mayo. Regardless, if you guys make music, go do it, if you make videos of you doing that, go do that, if you stream live on YouTube/Facebook/Instagram/or my personal favorite, Periscope, then go and do that on Saturday and you can do me a Huuuuuuuuge favor by mentioning "The Meatty Okra Project" during your video/stream. Tell people to check out www.meattyokra.com Help me raise awareness about the importance of creating our own music, and how the creative expression of self can be found in a myriad of ways. Discover what you can do to make the world more beautiful, and do it every day. Thank you so much for all of your continued interest and support! We are really starting to build some serious momentum and it is all because of you! :)
If we keep up this pace, I may actually be able to pull off my true dream of opening a NonProfit Recording Studio in Buffalo, NY! Stay Tuned and Thanks for Joining The Revolution!
"The Future Of Music Is Now!"©
Founder: The Meatty Okra Project
Gregory Hammer Professor Vara College Writing 101 At Buffalo State College March 2012
I’m Not Entirely Sure "What I Believe"
I had a difficult time trying to find the appropriate words to accurately describe what it is exactly that I believe. In a way, I feel that there are no words to truly describe how I feel because words, like everything else in the human experience, are ultimately defined by us individually. Our interpretation of the world we currently occupy and the words that we have created to describe it are limited by our own minds' ability to understand them. Take the word “empathy” for example; in my mind this is an impossible concept. A human being can only experience life and its associated emotions from one point of view, namely our own. You can relate the pain or misfortune of another to a similar event in your own life. However, you can never truly know what that person is feeling because you cannot become them. I feel that this limitation in our abilities has created a sort of separation anxiety among all people, and this void in all of our lives has created the seemingly infinite misunderstandings, arguments, conflicts, fights and wars that have plagued humankind since its infancy. I do not know what I “should” believe, perhaps nothing at all, leaving the rest of my life open to consider any and all possibilities.
As a species, humans seem to have an insatiable yearning for many things including knowledge, connection, acceptance, and having a belief in something greater than all of us. These yearnings have led us to question our true origins, our purpose here, and our destiny. We seek meaning in all things which causes us to seek out and recognize patterns everywhere we look. This is especially true when the patterns emerge in a form that seems to reflect human characteristics, or those of important human beliefs. We constantly recognize patterns resembling human faces in random places ranging from wood grain or clouds, to stars in the heavens. Sometimes people even see their Savior on a burnt grilled cheese sandwich or His mother in a stain on a window.
Think for a moment about the possibility that the universe is alive in the same sense that you are alive, that it, like any other living thing, is an organism. It came into existence without knowing what it was or where it came from. It did not know who created it or what it should do as a new creation. Unlike us however, the universe did not have parents to raise and care for it or teach it how to be a universe. So, being the intelligent, creative individual that it was, the universe decided to create various forms of matter and energy, and space-time for them to exist in. Then it made what we know as the laws of physics to govern the activities and interactions of the various particles that had just been created, breathing into them the same life energy that had been passed to the universe at its inception. It was at this point that the universe began to expand with the hope that, by extending itself, it might eventually evolve to a point where it could figure out the answers to the great questions of where it had come from and what its purpose is. It should be noted that the universe made a second decision at this point. No further interaction with previously discussed matter and energy should take place unless absolutely necessary. This action was taken as a means to prevent the total annihilation of the newly created time and space and, ultimately, the universe itself. Probably a wise choice.
This decision would come to serve as a self preservation clause within the rules of the universe. It simultaneously allowed for the development of free will among the plethora of life forms that would develop in the following eons. After billions of years, the first stars were born. They shone brightly for many ages, eventually collapsing to form new stars, planets, galaxies, and moons. After a few billion more years, life, as we have attempted to define it, emerged on at least one of these trillions of planets. It began simply, and over time became infinitely more complex. This led to the eventual rise of intelligence and, later, consciousness in these new life forms. It appeared, at least at first glance, that only one of these life forms evolved enough to develop its own personal consciousness. In becoming self-aware, humans realized that they existed as individual entities; separate from all other forms of life or “non-life” and even separate, most importantly, from other conscious beings.
This newly obtained awareness came with great responsibility as well as great anxiety. This was caused not only from each individual realizing their own apparent separation from all other living things that were not it, but also in the acknowledgement of the existence of death.
Realizing that we are, in fact, here and alive, and knowing that we will eventually die and be nowhere, was terrifying to us. This new death anxiety drove us mad, feeling that as we became more aware of time and mortality that our lives became ever shorter, which left less time for us to make a personal impact on the world. At this point, we collectively decided to try anyway the only way we knew how. We created something that would live on long after we died so as to have an eternal lasting impact on future generations. This is known today as culture. Culture has taken many forms; some are exciting, loving, and vibrant, while others are chaotic, sinister, and destructive.
Around this same time, religion was beginning to develop as a means of explaining who it was that created us and how best we should serve that creator’s interests. In an attempt to help people connect once again with the universe, religion seems to have backfired and instead helped to distance us even further from the universe and from each other. We wanted so desperately to connect with something like ourselves, something intelligent and self-aware, that we created gods. In doing so, we seem to have gotten a little carried away with our understanding of what these gods ought to be like. We attributed to them the abilities of all knowledge and power, and even eternal life. Perhaps when mankind created God we saw in Him all the things we wished that we could have. We created an entity with all the answers, that lives forever, and does not need to worry about anything, and then we simply labeled it “God.”
We did not know at the time that our decision to create God was actually putting up a severe roadblock on mankind’s path towards possibly achieving these attributes for ourselves. By creating God in this way, humans limit themselves by no longer trying to obtain infinite wisdom, but rather, just accepting that there is some life form out there that already has it and, therefore, we cannot have it for ourselves. Instead of the pursuit of knowledge, we pursue trivial things like which god is the right one, which philosophy is correct, and what should happen to those who choose incorrectly. Ironically, many people see religion as something which enhances and gives meaning to life, however, I see religion as something dangerous that takes beauty and wonder out of life and replaces it with false hope and fear.
For those who choose the “correct god” and live their entire life according to the rules and regulations thereof, they are promised a paradise of eternal bliss. For those who do not choose correctly, or stray from the path, they are guaranteed an afterlife of never-ending torment, pain and sorrow. The idea of an afterlife, however tempting it may be to consider, seems, ultimately, to have negative effects on the currently living. It only serves to enhance the preexisting death anxiety by taking away a belief in the value of the life that one currently has. It creates within us a feeling that the decisions we make in life only truly matter at the moment when we are no longer living. So in a sense, we are all living to die, and yet, deep down, we are all dying to truly live.
What we should be doing is enjoying the short time that we have been given. We should be working together to try to learn from each other all that we can so that we may teach others in the future. We should be striving to accomplish the most difficult goals of overcoming our differences and realizing how similar we all are. We seem to have been created by some yet unseen force, and we have a capacity for beautiful creation as well as devastating destruction, but ultimately, it is our own decision. We do not yet know our true purpose here, or if mankind has some great destiny to explore into the farthest stretches of the cosmos spreading the knowledge that we have gained.
The great truth is that our self-awareness is a barrier at first. We can only begin to overcome this when we consciously realize that we are the same material as all other particles, and that we are made of the same energy as the rest of the entire universe. We are not separate, but infinitely interconnected. We are all part of the same organism. A twentieth century philosopher said it in a way that I cannot yet match.
“The human eye is a lens, through which the universe looks at itself.”
Please, if anyone has actually read this far down and is still interested enough eager to take action. Let me know what you think of this paper in the comments. If the comments section is not working, then please send me an email here [email protected] and let me know. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this, the website, the band Meatty Okra, or The Meatty Okra Project as a whole and our goal to create a Non Profit Recording Studio!
Hello Again! To Anyone out there interested enough to be reading this right now,
Lets keep this short and sweet today!
Check out the newest pages on the site here----->
Band Lab Buddies
These 2 Awesome pages which highlight other talented artists from around the globe who I have recently formed a working relationship with. We have done so by either cross promoting each other's work, be it Musical, or Drawing or various other art forms, or by actually collaborating on art/music together! This is what The Meatty Okra Project is all about, building a community of Artists/Musicians/Fans to create a more positive and interactive world! There is much more to come as this is really just the Tip of The Iceberg as it were. So stay tuned, and as always....
Thank you so much for your continued interest and support!
Meatty Okra: Current State of Affairs
So....It has been a little more than 2 months now since we started this whole project. I figured that now might be a good time to update all of those who are interested, on how far we have come already. I will show you a sort of report card of our current standings, via a few statistics on how we Meatty Okra is performing on various Social Meatty-A sites. So let's get right into it.
Our Facebook Page: Meatty Okra
122 Likes - If you like what we are doing and have not yet made it Facebook official, Do it!
5 Star - Review based on 2 reviews, both of which are band members, so what does that really say?
130 Video Views - If you keep watching we will keep jammin' and even if you don't, we will.
A decent amount of post views but little to no interaction with any of them. If you like what you see/hear/read...feel free to let us know by leaving a comment! Thanks for showing your support!
Our Facebook Group: Buffalo Music Rebels
32 Group members - If you live in Buffalo, Like music, and are Rebellious, Join Us!
1 member posted about an upcoming show they are playing at Mohawk Place on May 21st!
1 New member who joined from finding us on their own. We welcome the adventurous souls!
Thank you for helping us to build a community of musicians!
27 Photos Posted
154 Followers of Meatty
923 Followed by Meatty
We have loved using Instagram as a means of spreading our creative ideas. It is such a fun platform for sharing with others. Big fan! Thanks for being awesome Instagram, and thank you to everyone who has liked our pictures and decided to follow our adventure! :)
384 Followers of Meatty
456 Followed by Meatty
1,078 Meatty Tweets
Twitter, I don't even know what to say. You are great! I did not ever have a Twitter account until I created this one for the project back in February. All I have to say is "Wow!" I misjudged you Twitter. I did not understand the appeal about you at all, but I definitely see it now! The personal connections that I have made with people that would have otherwise been unreachable has been an amazing experience. I have found that people are generally very helpful and they will advise you on the best ways to get the most out of your online experience if you just ask. Thank you so much to anyone out there who have helped us in this way so far!
The Meatty Okra YouTube Channel
36 Videos Uploaded
4,650 Total watch time in minutes
1,626 Video Views
2:51 minutes - Average Watch time per view
150 Video Likes
YouTube has generally been a great experience as well. However, there was a bit of a mishap when attempting to post my channel intro video. They quickly sorted things out and got us back on track for success. So, Thank you to everyone at YouTube for getting that straightened out quickly. We are SLOWLY building up our loyal YouTube Subscribers, but we are in it for the long haul so I am not really worried about our current numbers.
There are many more ways to find us on Social Meatty-A, but I simply do not have any more time at the moment to go into detail about our other accounts. So if you are an adventurous soul who loves music and realizes the inherent power and influence that it has on all of our lives, then you already know why we are here, and we are pleased to have you with us! If you would like to learn more about anything or have a specific question about me, The Meatty Okra Project, our goals, or how you think you may be able to help us achieve them, please feel free to comment here! Or send me an email at [email protected] I would be happy to discuss just about anything with anyone if I can find the time to do so. I try to get back to people as quickly as possible. Thank you all again for your continued interest and support! This project would be nothing with out all of you!
What is The Meatty Okra Project?
What Is Our End Game?
Ultimately, I would like to start a non-profit recording studio in the Buffalo, NY area that is free or asclose to free as possible, to anyone that is interested in creating music. This dream however, will never come to fruition without the financial and community support from some of you out there. I am 31 years old and I have realized that I will never be satisfied by just working a normal job forever. I want to make a positive impact on the lives of those in my community, especially those who are talented but maybe do not have the confidence or money required to have their talents realized. I am not trying to be the next great rock star, but if what I do can inspire someone else to become one, then I will have done my job. My real job is to inspire others to create rather than destroy! "The Future of Music is Now!"
Where can I go to Learn More?
We are the proud new owners of MeattyOkra.com !!!! If you want to see our most recent creations, Follow us @meattyokra on any/all of these sites ReverbNation /Twitter /Facebook /Instagram /YouTube /Pinterest /Google+ /Flickr /Tumblr /Etc. ! I hope you all enjoy that which we have created here. Feel free to voice your opinion comment/criticize/or join us to collaborate. We are just trying to have fun with limited time, low budgets, and archaic recording capabilities. Don’t forget to Follow /Like /Add /Subscribe /Enjoy if you want to stay current with our Musical Meanderings! Thank you for your interest and support. The Meatty Homepage
Where are we at right now?
Right now, Meatty Okra is a small group of friends who wanted a reason to hang out more often and jamming together was a good way to do it. My name is Greg, and The Meatty Okra Project is really my creation. I want to form more than a band, but rather, a community of musicians. I want there to be no set members, no set genre, no booking shows or pressure to perform at your absolute best. I want a relaxed environment that anyone can enjoy, either by actively participating in the creative process, or by enjoying the musical creations via our live stream events.
Where are we going in the future?
We have just gotten started on this adventure and the future is yet to be determined, but you should know that every penny that you donate will be going towards taking all of the necessary legal steps to acquire a real physical location and legitimize the operation of this novel community building idea.
Short on cash, but still want to show your support?
Please do us a HUUUUGE favor and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Here or Become an official Meatty Okra fan on ReverbNation right Here .
Thank you all so much for your continued interest and support in this project. Together, I believe we can accomplish great things!
I will honestly say, I have no idea where this is really heading, but I am no less excited about getting to wherever that ends up being! Thank you to all of our new friends and supporters out there! Together we will build something truly wonderful for everyone!
Right now, Meatty Okra is a small group of friends who wanted a reason to hang out more often and jamming together was a good way to do it. My name is Greg, and The Meatty Okra Project is really my creation. I want to form more than a band, but rather, a community of musicians. I want there to be no set members, no set genre, no booking shows or pressure to perform at your absolute best. I want a relaxed environment that anyone can enjoy, either by actively participating in the creative process, or by enjoying the musical creations via our live stream events. Ultimately, I would like to start a non-profit recording studio in the Buffalo, NY area that is free to anyone interested in creating music. This dream however, will never come to fruition with out the financial and community support from some of you out there. I am 31 years old and I have realized that I will never be satisfied by just working a normal job forever. I want to make a positive impact on the lives of those in my community, especially those who are talented but maybe do not have the confidence or money required to have their talents realized. I am not trying to be the next great rock star, but if what I do can inspire someone else to become one, then I will have done my job. My real job, is to inspire others to create rather than destroy!
"The Future of Music is Now!"
If you want to help me build something wonderful please become an official Meatty Okra Patron by visiting our page on Patreon @ www.patreon.com/meattyokra
Short on cash, but still want to show your support? Please Do us a HUUUUGE favor and Subscribe to out YouTube Channel Here or Become an official Meatty Okra fan on ReverbNation right here.
Thank you for all of your continued interest and support in this project. Together, I believe we can accomplish great things!
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My name is Greg. I am the creator of this whole project. You can think of me as the Tyler Durden of The Meatty Okra Project. The first rule of The Meatty Okra Project is that there are no rules. The second rule of The Meatty Okra Project is, see rule #1.