Maynard James Keenan: Villagers

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"Wine makes everyone hopeful."

These are the inspirational words that appear on a sign that our friend Topper's mother bought for our tasting room. The sign showed up on "one of those days," and I promptly displayed it. This subject came up this past weekend while celebrating a respectable showing at our Arizona Wine Growers Association wine competition, and at dinner the evening prior to the Festival at the Farm. I don't quite recall who got the ball rolling, but one of us made a thankful statement about the tenacity our little gang of vintners has demonstrated over the years.

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Maynard James Keenan (Puscifer, Tool, A Perfect Circle) on The Importance of Keeping It Local

The rewards of our patience and focused efforts haven't gone unnoticed by others outside our little state bubble. I'm not talking about attention. Anyone can posture and hoot their empty claims of grandeur loudly enough to draw a few eyes. I'm referring more to recognition. Recognition takes time. Recognition is awarded to the diligent by those who were at first doubtful. And generally, recognition wasn't the goal to begin with. It's just the cherry on top of consistent, thorough efforts. We still have much to learn. But it's encouraging to know we've done a few things correctly along the way. So in this respect, the recognition gives me not only hope, but drive.

It reminded me of a comment I'd read a few months back after I'd described all the positive forward movements we've been making in our region. The person said something like, "Wow. The way you're describing your so-called accomplishments, one would think you'd discovered a cure for cancer." Uh, no. We make no such claim. But because I love to take on the role of devil's advocate, I decided to ponder that one a bit more and formulate a position.

I'm not an M.D. and couldn't even begin to list the top 10 carcinogens, their attacks, or their treatments. I am however a storyteller. And as such, I will make my case from an uninformed romantic's point of view. I will attempt to demonstrate hope and drive as possible "C word" deterrents. Wish me luck.


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figuringitout
figuringitout

wine makes everyone hopeful that they will have the opportunity to meet you in the tasting room.. therefore they continue to wait.. and drink.. and hope.. hee hee..

xBuffix
xBuffix

Inspiration is key to success. Still waiting to come out of my dream state.

captainamerica4u
captainamerica4u

I don't know why your writing for this crappy magazine :)

alyxkerr
alyxkerr

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MotherRosetta
MotherRosetta

Once again a very good point of view. However, it is unfortunate that expecting a large group of people, such as the United States, to work together as a whole will never happen. The "Me Generation" have been taught to become offended at anything they may even slightly dislike. They have been taught to be disrespectful to everyone regardless of the person's age or sex. Instead of being taught to be thankful they have been taught greed. Good deeds are so rare they make the news when once they were a given. It is difficult to have a sense of belonging when you're being taught the importance of your own individual rights.

 

Looking forward to your next blog and hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Leentoon
Leentoon

@puscifer Like most grads, I'm expected to find a job. It's painful to join that world when I see my parent's unhappiness. Fav post so far.

Ronnie_Dobbs
Ronnie_Dobbs

Hey Blood Eagle.  

Love the wine, love stopping off in Jerome for some community when visiting my parents in Mesa, and love that your contributing to the local rag.  Nut when can I expect some new music?

-Some Canadian

NOTaHippie
NOTaHippie

The interconnected fiber of Belonging........to a community, a family, an organization is what humans are all about. Belonging gives every one purpose. You don't have to grow grapes or live on a farm to live a life full of meaning and interconnection to those around you. That example is illustrative however don't let the example limit where you can create your own sense of community in the life you live today. I understand the thrust is all about sustainability. By not living an isolated uninspired life, you will create sustainability through your relationships. It's a wonderful bonus to 'checking in' and Belonging to something that nurtures you and gives you the opportunity to contribute.

groovenus
groovenus

i like considering the difference between attention and recognition.

 

danehodgson
danehodgson

One of your better articles as of late. That's my bumbling attempt at paying a compliment. I'll look forward to next week's piece. Thanks.

creativecustomsweb
creativecustomsweb

"With no past by which to be inspired, and no future toward which to drive, we simply self-medicate and mark time."

 

The statement contains the solution.

dickmerkin
dickmerkin

Our post office is under water till February but the Salvation  Army on rt 37 in Toms River, NJ can use all the warm socks & canned green beans we can get  & small 1oz toothpaste tubes ..   " We've Never seen The Ocean , not like this one "  !   

BloodEagle
BloodEagle

there is nothing that gets on my tits more than rich people asking poor people to donate to charity.

xBuffix
xBuffix

@captainamerica4u ...seriously? Read this again...used the rest of the mag to wipe your ass or whatever, but this story closely relates to your statement here.

BloodEagle
BloodEagle

 @Ronnie_Dobbs you're not the first person to think i'm maynard, for some reason. presumably, it's because i come across as a quite a spiteful person who revels in treating people like idiots.

BloodEagle
BloodEagle

 @dickmerkin everyone also send toothpaste to Haiti. their teeth are nowhere near clean enough.

pOOpyTHEclowN
pOOpyTHEclowN

@BloodEagle ,Im sure he donates plenty.Obviously you don't live on the east coast .If you have 4 batteries donate 2,you cheap bastard.Have a good holiday.

dickmerkin
dickmerkin

 @BloodEagle  asking a large dedicated fan base to help us  ( yes I was born & raised in Seaside Park NJ !! )   is a huge gesture from a guy who self funds his own indie music & tour !   We need ALL the help we can get .  MJK's music & insights keep us going and is much appreciated.     like Oprah, The D'Marco Brothers,  The Scissor Sisters , thevinnys  ;)     Cheers   Dick Merkin ;)

 

vhrilster
vhrilster

@BloodEagle I think the point is that we're all supposed to work together.

captainamerica4u
captainamerica4u

@xBuffix That's is such an adorable comment . Thanks sweet heart . I can afford toilet paper

BloodEagle
BloodEagle

 @pOOpyTHEclowN  @BloodEagle no i won't. people need to stop thinking in terms of 'entitlement'. the east coast needs to get of its arse and get a fucking job. seriously sick of this financial crisis.

BloodEagle
BloodEagle

 @puddy6 every 200 dollar bottle of wine maynard drinks = 10 more dead african babies. the man is an animal.

Sydneysider
Sydneysider

@BloodEagle is here for every article and I SO look forward to seeing what an anonymous, bitter, aimless, anti-American has to say about MJK's articles. NOT.

BloodEagle
BloodEagle

 @Futant  @pOOpyTHEclowN don't be sad. i'm a medium sized man. and i wouldn't get into a debate with anyone about what is 'right' and 'wrong': very murky waters. and you won't have anyone sending you batteries for your ipad.

Futant
Futant

 @pOOpyTHEclowN  Don't even waste the energy required to get angry. @BloodEagle is a troll.Plain & simple. If you are just trying to "have a laugh" there are a dozen brilliant comedians I could recommend or maybe a million other CONSTRUCTIVE  things to do other than to try & get a rise out of another person, especially in a time of crisis. It's sad. Like a small child trying to get negative attention because no1 is paying attention to them. At least most children know the difference between right & wrong.

pOOpyTHEclowN
pOOpyTHEclowN

@BloodEagle . I bet If your trailer , that you live In ,was destroyed , people from the east coast would help .If you dont like the fact that your poor then get out of your dirty sweat pants put down your smelly cat and get a job.or a better job.Have a good holiday.Some people wont.

Futant
Futant

 @BloodEagle of course. maybe it's cuz the "queers" or the "lazy brown" people?? Why are you here other than to troll & try and piss people off? Sad pathetic angry existence. Pretty much the antithesis of every thing that MJK tried to convey in this article or anything else he's written. I'm not gonna waste my time but neither should you. Either carry on with yer batshit negativity nonsense or become a decent human being, either way do it some where else with fellow like (narrow) minded jerk offs.

Futant
Futant

 @BloodEagle Financial crisis?? WTF are you talking about? A large portion of our country was just wiped out by a huge natural disaster. It has nothing to do with "entitlements" or "lazy poor" people. Maybe read the article instead of just trolling , POS. 

pOOpyTHEclowN
pOOpyTHEclowN

@bloodeagl, stop being poor then.Then things wont bother your TiTs.

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