One of my fundamental beliefs, related to this project, is that music is a vastly more effective means than drugs of getting us where we want to go – psychologically, spiritually, emotionally.
It is instantly clear, however, that this project focuses much of the time on eras notorious for drug use, especially among young people – like the 1960s, or the blues/jazz decades of the 20s, 30s, and 40s.
I may have mentioned that I went to the same liberal arts small college in Portland, Oregon, that Steve Jobs attended – Reed College. (And we both dropped out after being enrolled only one semester – and both ended up, shortly thereafter, on organic communal farms – his in Oregon, mine in Georgia – where we experimented with psychedelic drugs.)
But like so many others, we came to the same conclusion: that we needed to find other ways towards “enlightenment” (whatever that is), that were more permanent in their impact.
Today, Johns Hopkins Medical School is conducting projects with psychedelic natural substances to help terminally ill patients find more meaning in life, during the last days of their lives.
It is up to each of us to decide what role chemical elements play in our lives.
But for the record, my deep belief is that exercise, meditation, deep relationships, and the arts – especially music that tells the truth – these are the fastest paths to an amazing life that sends our spirits soaring.