The STUDIO FIVE AND BLUESCAT MUSIC Website - Grammy winning producer, Roger Hatfield











This is my new project: Yoga Mouse! The Yoga Mouse image will be used in a variety of ways in marketing and brand recognition. We are just getting started and are now looking for a creative illustrator.  To help in that venture, I have placed the first draft of the Yoga Mouse coloring book.  Any illustrators interested can email (dukesax@aol.com) an illustrated rendering of any of the scenes described below, basing your design on the Yoga Mouse icon above.  If selected, we will negotiate a fee and even permanent employment should Yoga Mouse become as successful as we think it will. We look forward to working with you.....  Roger

Once upon a time in a land far away there lived a mouse named Yoga. In the monastery built on the side of a mountain where he lived, there were many human monks from very young to very old. Each day Yoga would sit attentively by the big fire place on a large stone. There he would listen to the lessons the older monks would teach the younger. “Always be kind,” and “Always try to do the right thing,” and, “Do not harm any living beings”. Yoga Mouse really liked the last lesson because he had heard rumors that some human beings did not like mice of any kind, and were very cruel to them. Yoga was happy to be living here! In the morning Yoga would either follow along in the single file line or ride on one of the young monk’s shoulders to the courtyard where they would place their straw mats on the stone slab courtyard floor in the morning sun. Yoga Mouse was very lucky because the young monks had made him a tiny but beautiful little mat that he carried rolled up and slung over his shoulder like a quiver for a bow. They would sit for a while in everyone’s favorite position: Legs crossed, hands open and palms up resting on the knees with the forefinger touching the thumb. The back would be straight and the eyes were closed very gently. There he and all of the monks would just sit quietly. It was like a game; thoughts would come but the game was to let them go and not become attached to them. Somedays the older monk who was the head of the monastery would speak in a soft and steady tone, asking them to concentrate on their breath. When a thought came to mind about something like chores or playing, the instruction were always the same, “return your thoughts to your breath”. This is the way everyday was started at the monastery, being calm and mindful, and happy to just “be” filling their hearts with loving kindness. The older monk in charge called this “meditation”. After “meditation” everyone rolled up their mats and walked to the great hall to eat. Yoga enjoyed breakfast where he liked to sit with the youngest monks. They would take turns placing crumbs in front of him, sometimes after they were dipped in soup. Every once in a while Yoga would get a wonderful treat which was his own kernel of corn. He would love to hold it in his paws and nibble it spinning round and round until it was gone. This always managed to delight the other monks. After breakfast everyone had chores to do. It had been decided a long time ago that chores should not be done absentmindedly. As a matter of fact, that was the biggest rule of all, “Everything should be done with the best concentration and focus that one could create.” Yoga’s chore was to make sure the straws in the brooms were all in good shape. He would tie the straws tighter if they became loose and bring in dried grasses from out side the monastery walls and weave them together to replace the ones that became worn out. Everyone appreciated Yoga’s work because it is simply better to sweep with a good broom! “Yoga" is very good at making, fixing, and repairing brooms, but do you know what he was the best at? YOGA! That’s how he got his name. From the very beginning of his life he could do poses that were almost perfect! This helps him to be strong, healthy, and flexible which helps him with everything he does. He is so good, the master who teaches Yoga makes sure that Yoga Mouse poses beside him on the platform for every class.

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In December, 2014, I marked fifty years as a professional musician. That is one of the reasons I wanted to put this collection together, as  a celebration of the transcendental voyage these fifty years have been. The original plan was to use many experimental pieces that I have created over the years, and call the CD, "OUT OF MY HEAD".

These things take on a momentum of their own, life (and death) intervenes, and I found my self with this body of work that is a lot more reflective of my earlier years.  More simple and more soulful, this collection does a better job of communicating to a larger spectrum of listeners. It borders on "chill". For the first time in a long time I produced a CD that wasn't "in search of" but instead just "what it is". It feels good. The criteria has always been to do a CD that I would enjoy listening to, and with the help of some fine musicians, I did.

This new CD has been titled THE WINDS OF ETERNITY. It is dedicated to Carol Elwood and Karen Lee, two soulful women who have gone on to that place  from where the music comes.

 " ... and  having woken, they arose. They spread  their silver wings to glide away on the Winds of Eternity."    RH

I will be writing more about this musical adventure, I went farther and deeper than ever before with this CD, that's for sure. I learned much. For now, here is a list of people who helped make it happen:

Eddie Howard Jr, Ronnie Marrone, Jerry Centifanti, Wayne Cardarelli, Linda Davis, Carmen Horvath, Danny Friendly, Doug Marinchik, and Rick Ward. All other instruments played by Roger Hatfield. Extra special thanks to Dante Divencenso, Toni Caffro, and Joseph "The Chief" Porrello, My associate producer Mike Talanca and TuneTown, Studio Five, and Bluescat Music. Cover photography: Cindy Hatfield and Joseph "Hitman" Dunlap. Videography, Zane Soffos.

Thanks to all of you sweet souls that have been in my corner over all these years.

Downloads of the CD are now available for $9.00.  See the next page to order, and your copy high resolution MP3 will be emailed to you.

You can also order the physical CD and it will be mailed to you. Just fill out the brief address form. It is $14.00 and the shipping is free!

Roger Hatfield February, 2015










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