The Neophyte's Journey…

I've owned and played Gongs (and related metals) for 40 years now, and it's been quite a journey. I've played Gongs in all types of musical situations: hard rock bands, prog rock bands, classical music, improv music, meditation, Yoga, and many others, both live and in the recording studio. Along the way I've collected around 70 Gongs from around the world, as well as over 100+ bells, bowls, cymbals, plates, and other resonant metals. And it's all about the journey.

The journey has no end…

This journey, even after all this time, still surprises me. I keep discovering new sounds, new techniques, new ideas each time I play. What I once thought of as a concise and codified musical experience has revealed itself to me to be unlimited. Playing the Gong is like playing an ever opening flower.


noun neo·phyte    \ˈnē-ə-ˌfīt\
: a person who has just started learning or doing something

After all this time, and countless concerts and musical sessions, I am still a neophyte. I am still at the beginning of my journey, as there is alway more to know, more to learn, more to experience.

Relish the journey…

~ MB

Chop Wood | Carry Water | Play Gongs    


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