Joshua Sellers, composer and producer based in West Memphis, posted me this message:
“I had to share this funny (and pleasing) coincidence with you. Searching on YouTube for shakuhachi music, I came across a shakuhachi player Ninjutsu (far more disciplined than me!) who has recorded some wonderful music which I just downloaded from iTunes. But what was funny was that the top video he listed under his favourites on his YouTube page is our video for “Linger”! What a strange coincidence! LOL! I just had to share that odd discovery with you :-)”
Thanks Josh for sharing this curious coincidence: how small the web (and the world) are. On his Riverflow blog, Joshua explained what “shakuhachi” is. It is a Japanese end-blown flute. It is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (吹禅?, blowing meditation). Its soulful sound made it popular in 1980s pop music in the English-speaking world.
So here’s the link to NinjutsuLives on YouTube:
Links to the “Linger” video on YouTube pages: