Maui AMPFest 2016: Honua/Earth Revival April 15th

HonuaAMPFest flareThe Honua/Earth Revival from The Maui AMPFest. Coming April 15th!

Produced and Edited by Phil Wikel and Peggy Johnson of Maui Salt and Sage Productions. 808-281-6020,

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We’re looking for bands from all music genres to join the party.

The Maui AMPFest is part of
The Aloha Project:
Promoting Aloha, Music, Hawaiian Culture & sustainable living through international collaboration.

This Video Fest strives to showcase diverse bands from around the world with Hawaiian Culture and music as it’s centerpiece, thusly perpetuating the Spirit of Aloha and creating a worldwide bond between socially and politically conscious people and musicians from around the world.

Most recent Video Fest: Songs of Gratitude


Our Story: Behind The Aloha Project

keepOur Story:

Peggy and I are not “connected” people, we’re not “influential” people and we’re not people who wish to be either. What we are connected to is spirit and a handful of friends and family who live as modestly as we do.

Another thing Peggy and I are are two people with a lot of hopes and dreams for the way things could be, the way things might be and the way things should be. We wish for simple changes like an increase in the Spirit of Aloha and a deeper love for the people from which it was born, a greater respect for the ocean and the land, and an increase in compassion for the mentally ill. 

This is essentially what the Aloha Project is about. Peggy and I have solid and lofty goals, the talents to make them happen, and everything except the necessary funding to put them into action. Neither of us are eligible for bank loans or large credit card limits, and that is why we came to you with our dream. Some dreams require that others share them.

We know from your response to Mauisalt Magazine and our Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Video Fest that many of you are as excited and hopeful that these things will become a long-term part of all of our lives. And these two things have the power to eventually build the foundation of a sanctuary for the mentally ill and sufferers of PTSD who are not and cannot receive the type of care they need.

So, at any rate, we have only 10 days before our Indiegogo Campaign comes to a close. We hope you’ll consider, or even reconsider being a part of our vision. It’s a give and receive proposition. You get a piece of the campaign through the gifts we’re offering, and we get to move forward and upward on a mission that we believe is for the betterment of all of us.

The Aloha Project, Indiegogo Link:

The Aloha Project: Words, Music and Compassion

“Grow The Change” Work Day at “Ka Hale A Ke Ola” with “Rumi” and friends.

Aloha Folks,

Our overall intention is to establish a communication and resource network.

The campaign actually has three interlocking components. Firstly the Video Fest (which will be a weekly online broadcast) and will showcase diverse bands from around the world with Hawaiian Culture and music as it’s centerpiece thusly perpetuating the Spirit of Aloha and create a worldwide bond between socially and politically conscious bands from around the world. We will also be working with the “Music is the Medicine” Foundation. Musicians in the festival include representatives from Portugal, India, Germany, The Phillipines, the UK, and various and sundry other parts of the world, including Texas.

Secondly there is our fledgling publication Mauisalt Magazine, a quarterly publication which we hope to use as a vehicle to:

1. Promote Hawaiian Culture through its connection to the Ocean

2. Promote the Video Fest and…

3. Serve as an outreach for the many native people who have found themselves homeless on Maui and the Other Hawaiian Islands.

And thirdly, to help establish a warrior sanctuary for sufferers of PTSD (hopefully to be named the Queen Kaahumanu Center, given permission).

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Mauisalt Magazine:

The energy in each piece will add joy and wonder to your day…

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 1.22.45 PMGarth creates unique art combining wood burning, carving and painting together to create images and characters filled with imagination and energy. Garth grew up and spent most of his life in Oregon prior to moving his family to Maui at the start of 2013. When Garth was young he visited the Hopi reservation in Arizona and has recently reconnected with the Hopi through many visits there over the past 4 years.

A lot of influence from the Hopi can be seen in Garth’s work, his rattles in particular are an ode to that form. Used in ceremonies and having powers beyond our understanding, Garth’s rattles are not just art but invoke the realm of Magic. Just one shake and you can alter the universe they say. From his rattles to his wall hangings Garth puts his heart and soul into each piece he makes and hopes that the energy in each piece will add joy and wonder to your day.


Name It and CIaim It: Giving Thanks To A Friend

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Name It and Claim It: Giving Thanks To A Friend

Today I want to thank my old friend Dave Handley with whom I traveled through Europe a long time ago. That trip was the basis for the entire European section of my book Ticket to Ride. I should say I’m sorry that I never mentioned Dave as having even been with me on that trip. But that’s the way of fiction and that’s the way I spent a great deal of my life. Though in the company of friends and family a good deal of the time, I still, most times felt very alone. Not in the sense that I lived a lonely life. It was just that I very much felt a sense of my being on a journey and a journey I had to go on alone at that time.

It was on that trip that I decided I wanted to do something with the music that seemed to be bubbling up inside of me. Dave and I made some garage recordings of my first 4 songs and soon after Dave decided to move Colorado to live with his mother. We had gone as far as naming ourselves The Honest or Elvis Christ or something like that. Magic happened when Dave and I collaborated and though I was very excited at the prospect of continuing in that vein, it was not to be. The funny thing is that the night Dave and I went out to toast to his new direction we met a drummer and a keyboardist. Funny the directions and random situations life throws at you. I remember feeling that this was a sign that Dave shouldn’t go but he was deadset on it and music was to take a backseat to college and my pursuit of my other dream; the writer’s dream of being a novelist. Looking back I realize I wasn’t ready for the responsibility of being a communicator through song as I’d yet to put my ego in check and might’ve been inclined to seek the “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll” syndrome that steals the souls of so many of our greatest musicians.

I gave my only copy of those garage songs to a band called “Two Left Hands” in Santa Cruz while in college. My hope was that someone could make use of my songs as I couldn’t manage to learn the guitar and thought I’d just pass them along. They were playing in a smoky bar by the beach and I guess things got a little crazy that night cuz the lead singer’s girlfriend misplaced the tape and, with that, I figured music just wasn’t my direction.

With that said, I thank Dave for helping me to bring my songs into the world, however short-lived. Dave was, and I hope still is, a natural with the guitar. I haven’t heard from him in quite a while aside from a brief back and forth on Facebook a few years ago. He did show up for my wedding back in the late 90s but was unable to conjure a best man’s speech, which I’ve since taken as a sign that my marriage was ill-fated.

The music dream went away for a while but came back a couple of years ago after I finished my novel and when I found I could do much of my music composition on my own. While The Julian Day is primarily a one-man operation, it’s people like Dave and my son who’ve shined their light onto my dreams and eventually made them into a reality. It is because of them that I call The Julian Day a band as they, and others, are always with me when I’m in that “fine frenzy” that I call the creative act.

I’ll never forget what Dave told me about songs that end with a slow fade out. He said it was cop out and something like laziness that left musicians wondering how to close a song. It’s because of this, that I’ll never employ the slow fade and always strive to end each song with a bang, or even a whimper, but never, never ever, a slow fade. This also reminds me that Dave was vehemently opposed to using “untitled” to name any work of art. It’s tempting sometimes and I think I know why it’s used; creating mystery and all, but I have to agree with Dave that it feels a little pretentious and disingenuous.

“Name it and claim it” a neighbor once told me. “Name it and claim it.” Does it matter that my neighbor was a black woman and had a way of saying it that was so much cooler than I could ever hope to phrase it myself? At any rate, it’s good advice for a lot of things.

I’m now working diligently on a new EP, set tentatively, for release toward the end of this month. It’s a hell of a challenge to begin recording again after months on hiatus. A craftsman always wants to do himself one better each time he walks up to the canvas. And when you feel like you’ve already done your best work, besting your best is a hell of a test. So there’s a rhyme, maybe I can still put some words together. Aw hell, I’m just gonna have fun with it and see if I can string together a handful of 3 minute ditties.

I’ve not done any vocals yet but I have 3 or 4 nearly complete songs. I have lyrics for 3 and need to cough up lyrics for 1 or 2 more. I’ve written dozens of poems but not all translate into music. Good thing I don’t have a record label breathing down my neck.

I’m hoping to collaborate with some other like-minded folks, maybe for this EP or maybe later. For now I’d just like for everyone who’s supported the music of The Julian Day to know that I deeply appreciate all the love and support you’ve shown me and I look forward to offering you something, hopefully new and hopefully exciting some time in the near future. I, at the very least, hope not to hurt your ears.

Peace My Friends!

Mahalo Nui Loa,


(aka Julian Day)

Eli’s Song by John Denver

johnI just wanted to post something in honor of my son. The song’s meant for a younger kid but don’t we all as parents see forever the wonderful innocent that they are and will be their whole lives to us. This is definitely one of those moments kids dread: Dad embarrassing him in front of everyone.

Eli’s Song by John Denver

Born in the month of June
No silver spoon to help you out
Your mother had you naturally
Naturallys the way you came out

You know your own mind and you show it to me
Give me the high sign when you want to be free
And open up my eyes to the wonders that you see

See the airplane fly, see the trees rush by
Be brave and strong when you hurt yourself
Dont you have a worry in the world

For the love thats been given you
Is the one thing time cant erase
And everyday its growin
Like a knowin smile on your face

Youre startin’ out strong, you get a kick out of life
You like to sing songs, be in the spotlight
And when everybodys watchin you, you shine so bright

See the airplane fly, see the trees rush by
Be brave and strong when you hurt yourself
Dont you have a worry in the world

You know your own mind and you show it to me
Give me the high sign when you want to be free
And open up my eyes like so many did for me

See the airplane fly, see the trees rush by
Be brave and strong when you hurt yourself
Dont you have a worry in the world

Dont you have a worry in the world
Dont you have a worry in the world
Dont you have a worry in the world

Read more: John Denver – Eli’s Song Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Sons of the Seven Seas

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You’re invited to the World Premiere of our new song “Sons of the Seven Seas” a song/spoken word composition by The Julian Day.


I’m about to head over to Reverbnation to post the new song. Just thought I’d say a thing or two about the song itself. I think I tapped into a very deep vein in my last girlfriend and found something there that I don’t even think she knew was there. The song itself is a little short on lyrics, but then so am I. I’ve been putting the music first of late, for better or for worse. So without further ado (again, mostly about nothing), here she is. “The Sons of the Seven Seas,” a free speech treaty,


It’s up. I hope you’ll enjoy it. I can’t seem to find the damn lyrics but then I suppose those who are willing just have to listen that much more closely.
Aloha Nui Loa from my little tent on Maui. As John Denver used to say after a concert, “Peace My Friends and Thank You!”

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