|Changing History - Complete AudioBook (mp3 download) -- narrated by Jim Frey and How Kuff recorded at Dorothy Road House|
Changing History (ISBN 978059550310), a poetic novel by How Kuff, is a unique philosophical journey into the heart of humanity. Written like a Canterbury Tales of the 21st century, the alchemy of a mysterious meeting of seven international travelers in a snowstorm in the mountains of Tibet unfolds into an exploration of modern day society.
In the blizzard, the travelers stumble upon a teahouse and spend the night with a Buddhist monk and nun waylaid on their journey between monasteries. During the night, the seven tell tales of circumstances and events that led each to question the fundamental nature of human affairs. In the ensuing conversations, they grapple with our global problems of war, terrorism, energy, water, politics, economics, environmental destruction, religious struggle and social cohesion.
The current domination and genocide of the Tibetans becomes the focal point to the travelers’ despair about the seemingly endless history of human violence and their haunting by existential guilt and responsibility. In the synergy of worldly knowledge and ancient thought, they come to realize that their sagas of personal strife and conflict are interwoven in a web of relationships that span the globe and breach the metaphysical.
Appropriate material for teens and adults.
TOTAL Playing Time: 8 hours 49 minutes 54 seconds
Easy Instructions: 1. Purchase 2. Download 3. Extract the files into a single folder 4. Add the folder to your Music library 5. Create a Playlist 6. Drag all the recently added files into the Playlist 7. Sort the Playlist by Track Name 8. Enjoy!
|(Play Sample)Chapter 1 --- One House|
The first chapter, One House
, opens the outer ‘ frame ’ tale when a group of seven international travelers meet in a freak October blizzard in a wild area of the Himalayan Mountains. They wander aimlessly looking for shelter and nearing exhaustion stumble upon a Tibetan teahouse. The host appears and invites the group to come inside, where they share the teahouse with a traveling monk and nun also taking refuge from the storm. In the ensuing conversations, the travelers reveal bits and pieces of their backgrounds and the Tibetans share insights into the beliefs, history and culture of Tibet. The seven travelers are drawn to question the simultaneity and randomness of the encounter and decide to pass the night telling stories about circumstances and events that led each to the present time and place.
TRACKS: Prologue -- Come in from the Cold -- The High Air -- One Thousand Years -- Storytime TOTAL Playing Time: 35:27
|(Play Sample)Chapter 2 -- One Life|
Chapter 2, One Life
, is the story of Ellie, a teenage girl living on a homestead in the mountains with her parents and sister. Ellie is frustrated with life on the farm and her limited options. She finds comfort in the wildness of the forest and begins taking long solitary journeys into the woods. Her parents become increasingly alarmed as she develops a deep bond with nature and refuses to accept the roles that her parents have imagined for her. Confronted by them and the leaders of their temple she struggles with the conflict between humans and nature and the juxtaposition of good and evil into the realness of the nighttime forest.
TRACKS: Gunshot -- Fighting for Life -- Oak Forest -- The Old Dog -- Standing Tall -- One Foot in Heaven -- Names for God -- Leaves on the Tree -- Known in the Night -- Free to Be Bound TOTAL Playing Time: 59:28
|(Play Sample)Chapter 3 --- One and Only|One and Only
, the third chapter is the story of Ray a confused boy seeking personal identity, direction and meaning. Ray becomes disillusioned with, and angry about what he sees as the senseless nature of his school and the working life awaiting him. He continually finds fault with the rules and customs of his society, and is determined to be different and not become part of the status quo. His attitude and rebellious nature lead him to confrontation and begin to define him as he who refuses to be defined.
TRACKS: Sitting Outside -- The Working Life -- So Little Time -- Skipping School -- Out on the Edge -- Beyond the Crap -- Bliss -- Into the Fold -- The Middle Way -- Inheritance TOTAL Playing Time: 74:34
|(Play Sample)Chapter 4 --- As One|
Chapter 4, As One
, is the story of two lovers, Lana and Raz, who leave their home and families to explore the world. Traveling by the grace of others while looking for a new life on the open road, they meet several powerful individuals who propel them to question the nature of freedom. They ponder the connections between past and present actions (Karma), and the relationships between personal activities and society-at-large. Lamenting the apparent loss of their easy go lucky freedom, they struggle with their new found power and awareness and attempt to come to terms with the inherent existential responsibility of consciousness.
TRACKS: Like the Wind -- Leather Man -- Born Free? -- Comfortably Numb -- Full Deck -- Bedroom Government -- Whose Ground? -- Act the Vote -- Cloud of Dust -- Full of Life -- Conscious Cat -- Bleeding Trees -- Righteous Violence -- Burning Release -- Without Guilt TOTAL Playing Time: 109:53
|(Play Sample)Chapter 5 --- One Mind|
The fifth chapter, One Mind
, is the story of Karyn, a mathematician recently out of graduate school, employed by a military contractor designing bomb and missile guidance systems. Though told that she is a great patriot, she is increasingly frustrated with the nature of her job and feels isolated from the results of her work. One morning on the way into work, Karyn is confronted by demonstrators yelling about her contribution to the continuation of war. Unsure of the direction of her life and work, and reflecting back upon the idealism of her school years, she ponders the relationships between education, the marketplace and government… eventually leading to questioning her responsibility and supporting role in the cycles of violence.
TRACKS: Mathematical Love -- Military Intelligence -- Meet the Enemy -- Signs of Change -- Drink to Sleep -- Light from Dark -- Dolphin Logic -- Dying to Be Born TOTAL Playing Time: 69:23
|(Play Sample)Chapter 6 -- One of Us|
Chapter 6, One of Us
, is the story of Lorraine, a woman forsaken by a once-in-a-lifetime love at a young age, who has immersed herself into the working life of a teen counselor. After nearly two decades of denial and withdraw, she opens again to love and the transitory nature of romance.
TRACKS: Beneath Your Mind -- Love Sprouts -- Whole Again -- Seeds of Rebellion -- In the Waves -- Dark Eyes -- One Gun -- Senseless TOTAL Playing Time: 37:16
|(Play Sample)Chapter 7 -- One World|
The seventh chapter, One World
, is the tale of Cibi, a shepherd in a traditional rural village whose life is thrown into turmoil when the village water supply is consumed by nearby mining operations. The world economy is overcoming his country pushing traditional livelihoods out of existence. His government welcomes the new economy and offers little relief to those dispossessed. As the social unrest and violent conflicts expand, he seeks to understand the nature of greed and violence, struggling with the inevitable forces of history and the nature of personal action.
TRACKS: One World -- The Sound of Power -- The Water Runs -- Who Has Control? -- Unwanted Visitors -- Estranged -- Mr. One -- Water Unites -- Which Way? -- Intent on Groups -- Top of the World TOTAL Playing Time: 74:48
|(Play Sample)Chapter 8 -- One Love & Chapter 9 -- One Wheel|
The final mp3 download collection includes Chapter 8, One Love
, and Chapter 9, One Wheel
. One Love
is a brief look into the life and mind of the enemy… illustrating the power of religious belief to metamorphose poverty and despair into acts of unspeakable violence. In the final chapter, One Wheel
, the seven travelers return to the question of the randomness of their encounter and the reasons for their life circumstances. They begin to see relationships and commonality within the stories, and struggle against their (impossible) desire to understand what has occurred. The monk and nun share insight and history, which prompts the travelers to look further into the root causes of human behavior. They grapple with meaning and value in the quite different picture of humanity that evolves before them, culminating in an extraordinary group experience from which each character exits into a new life.
Chapter 8 Tracks: Nothing to Hold -- The Holy War Chapter 9 Tracks: Vibrating Web -- Here Because We\'re Here -- History Within -- Where is the evil? -- Eyes of the World -- History Without -- Disappearing Boundaries -- Tibet -- Heritage -- Like the Birds TOTAL Playing Time: 69:05