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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
“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
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
“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.
to be continued:
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
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
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
" ... and having woken, they arose. They spread their silver wings to glide away on the Winds of Eternity." RH
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