“All roads lead to God if your heart is pure…..
And all definitions of God are cool.”
"Walking out across the fields;
Winds blowing through the grey day;
Clouds heavy, waiting for a chance to rain;
Mist off the canal, waters now still.
Will I find you there down among the reeds?
Are you waiting for me there in the still waters?
Are you glad to see me?
Sit down here beside me.
Let’s just listen to the music of the morning,
For soon we must be on our way."
A newly discovered illustrated poem, done by J.P. in the early sixties. He was obviously moved by this invocation, written by the writer and theosophist Alice A. Bailey in 1937.
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Read about the miracles and gifts J.P. continues to give his daughters!
" J.P. was blessed with the inspiration, creativity and musical chops to seize conventional banjo music, infuse it with new traditions and influences and transform it into new musical forms that still exist today among his musical heirs, which include Bela Fleck, Mumford and Sons, and many more...."
Mary Ann Pickens - May 16, 1937 - July 11, 2014
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of J.P.'s beloved wife, Mary Ann.
Mary Ann passed peacefully at home in the loving presence of her treasured daughters, KayAnne Pickens Solem and Cheryl Lynne Pickens Rubbo after a long illness.
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In 2007, The Serpent Power was named number 28 of 40 Essential Albums of 1967 by Rolling Stone Magazine in a special Summer of Love issue (honoring the 40th anniversary of the founding of the magazine) with a special mention of the song J.P. plays on, "Endless Tunnel."