Return to the Source

I love poetry. The space of poetry. The density of poetry. Shorthand and longhand of all of it. And music, too. Setting poetry to music is one of my ways of remembering, reciting, and understanding my favorites. And prose. And sacred texts. So these tunes reflect my own interests and a desire to bring something of them into my life. And really, who doesn’t need more poetic wisdom in their life?

TaoSongs are 81 songs for each chapter of the Tao Te Ching with lyrics unchanged from the text. The Tao Te Ching is one of the principle texts of Taoism and was written in the 6th century BC by Lao Tzu. I believe that awareness of the Tao Te Ching has the power to change individual lives and can radiate out from the individual and illuminate our society.

I live a block away from where I was born in Durham, NC. At 13 I learned to play guitar from Slewfoot, a local bluesman and have performed solo and in various bands since 1989. I began creating and performing TaoSongs in 2007 based on John H. McDonald’s public domain modern paraphrase.

These songs are in the public domain and recordings are free for download. I perform live and create new recordings/videos several times per month for sharing here and elsewhere on the web.

Tensegrity with drumsticks

V Di Bona. Drumsticks #1. Tensegrity Sculpture. 2016.