ホルモンCircuit

Purpose: to connect music artists with the audience.
Created as a network of bars/ cafes that are customer and artist friendly. This means that they want to be able to have live music performed for their customers.
*Meaning: the meaning of that term is kinda interesting. to “horu” means “to throw away”. “mon” is short for “mono” which means “stuff”. so, “horumon” literally means, “the stuff you throw away” (like chitlins). working class people in japan learned how to make that stuff tasty.” (thanks Ryan)

The size of the circuit location: enough space for there to be artists and customers.

Artist requirement: Artists need to willing to perform in non-standard environments, be creative and respectful.

Locations may be anywhere. People don’t only live at major stations. Music shouldn’t be held to that limitation either.

Need: Locations to support the circuit.

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Love, Family and

This is the season to reflect on what is important in life.

All year long, we spend time working like crazy. Making music, working day jobs, being slaves and masters of our own destinies. What we sometimes forget are the people who support us, hold us down, keep us grounded and sane.

This is family. I’m not talking about just blood or marriage relationships. I’m speaking about those that build you up, feed you, tell you the truth about you (whether you want to hear it or not) and those that you barely see, but they are with you in spirit and speak well of you to others when you’re not in earshot.

Last night, my wife and I held our annual family gathering. A Thanksgiving party for our family. We don’t know the size of our family, because every year since we’ve been in Japan, God has blessed us to have more and more relationships build.

When we first came to Japan, we had ¥7,000, a few friends to get us on our feet and a church family that provided us with food, home furnishings and community. Me, as a musician, found a community and more family through the Open Mic night @ CoZmo’s.

We’ve been given so many reasons to be thankful, that we can give what we have that is most precious to us…Love.

Without love, actions and words lose meaning.

Without family, love can really be an uncertainty that you chase rather than live out.

From David Whitaker @ Love Made Music let me say I Love You As Family and I thank God for you.

End of the Line, Room to Grow

On December 9, 2010 Open Mic @ CoZmo’s Cafe will conclude it’s run of almost every Thursday for 6 years. Started by Ronna Fujisawa, the Open Mic has been a place that opened the door for many people to discover themselves, develop their art and be seen by a large audience of people. Many memories will live in the hearts of the people that have visited over the years

The list of hosts include
Andy McKinlay
David Whitaker