How Makahiki Games – Hawaiian Olympics – fooled the Englishman into believing Hawaiians are friendly all the time

Feb 14 – also our anniversary

On February 14, 1779, Captain James Cook, the great English explorer and navigator, is killed by natives of Hawaii during his third visit to the Pacific island group.

In 1768, Cook, a surveyor in the Royal Navy, was commissioned a lieutenant in command of the HMS Endeavor and led an expedition that took scientists to Tahiti to chart the course of the planet Venus. In 1771, he returned to England, having explored the coast of New Zealand and Australia and circumnavigated the globe. Beginning in 1772, he commanded a major mission to the South Pacific and during the next three years explored the Antarctic region, charted the New Hebrides, and discovered New Caledonia.

In 1776, Cook sailed from England again as commander of the HMS Resolution and Discovery, and in January 1778 he made his first visit to the Hawaiian Islands. He may have been the first European to ever visit the island group, which he named the Sandwich Islands in honor of one of his patrons, John Montague, the Earl of Sandwich.

Cook and his crew were welcomed by the Hawaiians, who were fascinated by the Europeans’ ships and their use of iron. Cook provisioned his ships by trading the metal, and his sailors traded iron nails for sex.

ALTZAR: What the channel, the source of this story, doesn’t seem to know is that Captain Cook’s ships arrived during the Makahiki Games. Which is the Hawaiian version of the Greek Olympics when all wars and battles cease. That’s why the Hawaiians were so friendly the first time they arrived.  For more on that, and how Elizabeth participated in the Makahiki Games 2014, see another story below.

The ships then made a brief stop at Ni’ihau and headed north to look for the western end of a northwest passage from the North Atlantic to the Pacific. Almost one year later, Cook’s two ships returned to the Hawaiian Islands and found a safe harbor in Hawaii’s Kealakekua Bay.

It is suspected that the Hawaiians attached religious significance to the first stay of the Europeans on their islands. In Cook’s second visit, there was no question of this phenomenon. Kealakekua Bay was considered the sacred harbor of Lono, the fertility god of the Hawaiians, and at the time of Cook’s arrival the locals were engaged in a festival dedicated to Lono. Cook and his compatriots were welcomed as gods and for the next month exploited the Hawaiians’ good will. After one of the crewmen died, exposing the Europeans as mere mortals, relations became strained. On February 4, 1779, the British ships sailed from Kealakekua Bay, but rough seas damaged the foremast of the Resolution, and after only a week at sea the expedition was forced to return to Hawaii.

The Hawaiians greeted Cook and his men by hurling rocks; they then stole a small cutter vessel from the Discovery. Negotiations with King Kalaniopuu for the return of the cutter collapsed after a lesser Hawaiian chief was shot to death and a mob of Hawaiians descended on Cook’s party. The captain and his men fired on the angry Hawaiians, but they were soon overwhelmed, and only a few managed to escape to the safety of the Resolution. Captain Cook himself was killed by the mob. A few days later, the Englishmen retaliated by firing their cannons and muskets at the shore, killing some 30 Hawaiians.

The Resolution and Discovery eventually returned to England.

Makahiki Games: The Hawaiian Olympics

For Native Hawaiians, it wasn’t the lighting of a torch but the sighting of a cluster of ​star​s​ that signified the opening of the games. The appearance of the Makalii, also known as the Pleiades, in the eastern sky would mark the Hawaiian New Year and the start of the Makahiki (pronounced mah-kah-hee-kee) season. Makahiki was a time for the Hawaiians to honor Lono, the god of rain, agriculture, harvest, peace and fertility.
For four months warfare and unnecessary work were forbidden and instead the Hawaiian people enjoyed rituals, feasts, festivals and games.

​In Jan 2014, Elizabeth took part in the Makahiki Games on the island of Oa
hu riding a Hawaiian bobsled – He’eholua (see  OAHU 2014: HAWAIIAN OLYMPICS, BEACHES, ANNIVERSARY & MORE, Jan 2014).

You can also see a video I made about the Makahiki Games which includes the footage of Elizabeth’s historic ride. Or should I say – glide? 🙂

Elizabeth and I have also been to Kealakekua Bay​ and saw Captain Cook’s monument there a number of times during our life in Hawaii. The place has become a modern snorkeling destination in modern time. Here’s a story about our first trip there in 2011 –​.

On this day in our personal history…


For what it’s worth, Feb 14 is also our anniversary. While we lived in Hawaii, we would traditionally go to the HY’s restaurant in Honolulu to celebrate it. Except in 2014, when we celebrated it in Maui as well. And in 2015, when we celebrated it in Western Australia,

Now that we are back in Arizona, we will return to the Capital Grille this evening where we had dinner on our first date.

The restaurant spread out for us rose petals and hearts on the table cloth, and treated us to a scrumptious Happy Anniversary dessert. Just as they did two years ago…

​For the full story, see…




“CAPRICCIO ITALIEN” BY TCHAIKOVSKY: A musical phantasy born in the Arizona desert

For the last seven years, my spirit guides have been giving me musical assignments before my birthday. They came to me both in dreamtime and daytime. I was to learn to play them and record them as my birthday gifts from the Spirit realm.

I was never aware of this gift until after I had already started to play the music. And it always arrived in May (my birthday is June 3 – Saint Constantine Day).  I suppose my guides wanted to give me a chance to learn and record the music before my birthday.

This year, it was Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien”, which came to me on May 12 during a desert hike for my late friend Michael. Last year, it was the “Garland Waltz” from the “Sleeping Beauty” ballet, also by Tchaikovsky.

Tchaikovsky – two years in a row?

Hm…. Wonder what’a the meaning of that?

Anyway, as is always the case when I receive a musical download, the “Capriccio Italien” has been playing in my Third Ear day and hight since May 12. Even when I do my laps in the pool every morning.  Or go shopping.  Or on bike rides.

“Capriccio Italien” is a beautiful but complex piece of orchestral music. If my Clavinova rendition were ever to come close to sounding like the 50+-piece symphony orchestra, it will take a lot of work. And time. And time, I do not have.

Elizabeth and I are leaving next week on a monthlong trio to Europe and maybe also Africa. I am not sure if I will get a chance to do a proper recording of my birthday song before we leave.

So for now, here’s a musical phantasy I saw and heard during my desert hike on May 12 while listening to this Tchaikovsky music.


A video by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – May 13, 2017 – dedicated to my late friend Michael Morrison

WARNING: To the more prudish among my viewers and listeners, some of the ballet dancers in the Italian production of AIDA are topless. I am sure that Tchaikovsky would have approved of it. 🙂



From Granada, Spain


Here’s my musical birthday song of 2017. When we left Arizona 10 days ago, it was still a work-in-progress. It is a 17-minute complex symphonic orchestral piece as most of Tchaikovsky’s work is. So it will take me a little while after we return home in late June to polish it enough into my own recording.

Meanwhile, here’s also the song that brought us here to Granada — It came to me in dreamtime in Dec 2016 and I recorded it using a mandolin instead of a guitar.

RECUERDOS DE LA ALHAMBRA (Memories of the Alhambra) –

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 My earlier musical challenges from the Divine , or gifts if you prefer, came from Brahms and Liszt (Gypsy Suite: Dance of the Planets, 2010),  Ghost Riders in the Sky (2011), Liszt again (La Campanella, 2012), Strauss (Blue Danube, 2013), Rachmaninoff (Rhapsody on a Paganini Theme, 2014), Mozart (Symphony #40, The “Roo Symphony”, 2015), and now – Tchaikovsky (Garland Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty, 2016) .

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2013 – STRAUSS

SOUNDS FROM THE DESERT QUEST (Blue Danube, May 27, 2013) –


“‘Blue Danube’ – is actually an ancient shamanic dream or transept” (Ancient Egyptian spirit, June 5, 2013) “You are coaxing more out –Continue reading –



Evolution of My Birthday Song of 2014 – Variations 1 and 18 – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic –

2015 – MOZART


MOZART SYMPHONY #40 (“ROO SYMPHONY”) – RETURNS AS MY BIRTHDAY SONG THIS YEAR A few days ago, a birthday card … Continue reading… –


GARLAND WALTZ FROM “SLEEPING BEAUTY”  – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded in its entirety on a Clavinova on May 17, 2016



“CAPRICCIO ITALIEN” – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded in its entirety on a Clavinova on May 13, 2017 –






Jan 19, 2017

I had a dream last night in which I was part of a new space exploration mission. I was among the first five people to have been chosen for it. We were going to Mars.

I said to another member of our group, “it’s a great honor to be on the forefront of humanity, building on what NASA had achieved in the last several decades with its Moon shots and space stations.”

And when somebody asked a question, I added, “And no, Mars did not steal and imprison King Jupiter.”


INTERPRETATION: I have no idea what this was about, who this King Jupiter was, nor why and how Mars would want to captiue and imprison a planet which is 3,000 times bigger?!

Well, I just looked it up…

Jupiter was the King of the Gods – the supreme god of the Roman pantheon, called dies pater, “shining father”. He is a god of light and sky, and protector of the state and its laws. He is a son of Saturn and brother of Neptune and Juno (who is also his wife). 

Mars, on the other hand, was the Roman god of war. He was second in importance only to Jupiter and he was the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. 

So that explains it! God of war stages a rebellion to capture and subdue the God of Gods. Good luck with an entity 3,000 times bigger!

Guess that’s why I replied in my dream that Mars’ stealing and imprisoning Jupiter was a hoax – “fake news” to use the modern nomenclature.  

The whole dream must have been a throwback to my lifetime as the Roman emperor Constantine. Which is something I have not thought about for a long time. Will have to meditate on what the significance of Jan 19 is in Constantine’s life.


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Jan 23, 2017



I had a dream last night in which I was with a group of people in the ethereal realm. Meaning, we were all incarnated “angels.”

A woman, sitting at a table, looked up and pointed at the top of my head. I felt as if I had an antenna or a beacon there. The woman said, “oh so you have a direct link to the Creator.”

“Well, I don’t know about that,” I replied. “I have no idea how this technology works. I just try to follow my emotions and intuitions.”

In another scene, still in the ethereal realm, I was looking at models of bodies to choose for an incarnation the way one looks at cars in a dealer’s parking lot.

INTERPRETATION: I know that the way we should follow our spirit guidance is by pursuing our passions and intuitions. So this dream probably has to do with all the recent technological and weather challenges I have been facing. I have a sense they are all tests by the Spirit realm to see if I can deal with them with detachment and acceptance, rather than with anger and resistance.




Here some beautiful double rainbows that popped my in early evening, at around 4:45 PM today.
Stand by for more about an hour or so later.
Do you suppose this was the ethereal realm’s response to my sharing that fascinating dream with you all?

And now, here is now another rainbow that popped up just before the sun departed behind the clouds – around 5:45 PM. Notice how much bigger its arch is?

The later in the evening, the bigger the rainbow. The later in the morning, the smaller the rainbow. 🙂



UPDATE JAN 15, 2017


HONORING FULL MOON, VENUS’ ZENITH AND ORTHODOX NEW YEAR’S EVE – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – Jan 13, 2017 – with aerial views of the Rainbow Shower and the Anahata sacred place

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At the Pukalani swimming pool

You how this morning I posted a video of my latest recording of Amazing Grace? (see

And you also realize that there are no coincidences, right? If you think there are, don’t bother with the rest of this story.

Well, what happened today on my way back from my Sunday “church service” at the beautiful Pukalani swimming pool is nothing short of amazing.

I was savoring the good feeling after a strenuous exercise and sipping on my frappuccino – my liquid breakfast today – when I suddenly realized that the Jeep ahead of me on Makawao Rd had an unusual license plate: AMZGRC.

“What the heck does that mean?” I wondered.

And then, like a lightning strike, I heard the music that goes with it – AMAZING GRACE!

“Wow,” I said out loud shaking my head in disbelief, “how much more amazing can my Spirit guides get?”

I was thinking, of course, about the tune I had just posted. And then my guides got a little more amazing.

I noticed a small sticker in the right corner of the car in front of me. It read: I ❤️ANGELS.

I felt as if my Spirit guides were teasing me and testing to see if I paid attention.

So you see, you never know what can happen when you attend a Sunday “church service” at an Olympic size swimming pool with arguable the best view in the world. 🙂

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UPDATE FEB 10, 2017


Yesterday, I was guided to plant these 6 sugar cane sticks on the north side of the house as a sweet THANK YOU to the Santa Tierras and a housewarming gift for the new caretakers of the Rainbow Shower.
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Also, I was guided to plant these six red and green T-plants and money plants atop the berm that lines the creek, right next to where I had buried my Music Crystal Transceivers back in December. This is a Living Despacho of Gratitude to the Santa Tierras – right where they “live.”

I will water and care for all these new saplings until the closing date as if I were to stay here “forever.”


By the way, a few days ago, I discovered what I think was the real reason I kept getting all these injuries in this area during the last two years. It was the bones of a dead deer!

My landscaper in 2013 found a deer carcass in this area. Presumably died of natural causes. I was in AZ at the time. As I asked him, he was supposed to bury far away in the jungle. Well, about two years ago, I recall finding three of the bones in this area. They were completely dry and cleaned white by ants. So I just tucked them between that big rock and the Christmas bury tree (just off the lower right corner of the picture)
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It was only Feb 8, when I was planting the first 3 of these 6 Despacho saplings, that I thought of the bones. So I dug up the three of them, which were by now overgrown by grass, and threw them into the river away from my property.

This is also the general area in which I found a ram horn which the last flash flood had brought down and deposited on the far bank of the creek.

Interesting, huh?


In the evening, I also did sunset gratitude fire ceremony at the Anahata, the sacred place of the Rainbow Shower.

It was a happy fire. The flames were probably as high and as hot as I have ever seen them. The Santa Tierras, the land spirits or fairies if you like, slurped up my prayers from the fire like liquid ice cream. And at the end, they released again the sacred blue smoke – their sign of gratitude.

Sunset Fire Ceremony of Gratitude – Feb 9, 2017 – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – with Ravel’s “Bolero” recorded in Aug 2014 – a Musical Despacho for the Santa Tierras (land spirits – fairies) of the Rainbow Shower

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Also, take a look also at these shots of the nearly full moon that was rising over my house when I came back up from the gulch, especially the second one full of orbs!



Tonight is Serbian (Orthodox) Christmas Eve. This day has always had a special meaning for me, even more so than the actual Christmas. I don’t know why. Maybe because there is magic in winter evenings.

But today, magic arrived in the form of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #4 in late afternoon. I had a classical music station playing while I was doing my computer work.  Suddenly, as I heard the opening bars of this piece, I muttered to myself: “It’s gotta be Gypsy music.”

“Maybe Brahms?” I thought.

Bingo! It was Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #4 (he had composed 21 Hungarian dances).

I have always been attracted to Gypsy music. Perhaps that’s because of my past incarnation as Franz Liszt? Or more likely because Gypsy is embedded in my soul. Our soul (thinking of Liszt and Brahms).

In fact, back in 2013, I recorded my own GYPSY MUSIC SUITE. Which has a lot of Liszt, some Brahms, as well as my own 2010 compositions – all intermingled –

Back to this afternoon…

When the radio music stopped, I dropped what I was doing and walked over to my Clavinova to see if I would remember the Brahms piece by ear.

It was a piece of cake. As if I had played it before. Which I never have. Still, it flowed smoothly and quickly evolved into a rendition unlike anything Brahms or Liszt would have probably ever imagined. I had it recorded in less than half an hour from the time I first heard it on the radio.

I used the mandolin and the orchestra string plus a drum beat of marching music. When you hear it, you will want to kick of your shoes and dance barefoot. I promise you. 🙂 Enjoy!

Brahms Hungarian Dance #4 – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded on Jan 6, 2017 at the Rainbow Shower in Maui, Hawaii

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HRISTOS SE RODI! (Chris is born!)

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UPDATE JAN 8, 2017


Today, I got another musical inspiration. It’s an evolution of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #4 which I recorded on Friday. Now, the piece has evolved a WW II Russian song. And another Hungarian Gypsy dance.


As I am saying in this still shot, “you never know what can happen when it comes to my musical inspirations.” 🙂

Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #4 Evolves into Katyusha, Russian WW II song – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – music and video recorded on Jan 8, 2017 at the Rainbow Shower, Maui, Hawaii


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UPDATE Jan 11, 2017

My infatuation with Gypsy music continues…


My infatuation with Gypsy music continues. After first recording Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #4 on Jan 6, Gypsy music has been playing day and night in my Third ear, especially Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #1. And so today, on a spur of a moment, I decided to record it.

Brahms Hungarian Dance # 1 – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded on Jan 11, 2017 at the Rainbow Shower in Maui, Hawaii

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UPDATE JAN 17, 2017

Here’s now my latest (full) version of this dance…


A film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – music recorded by Altzar on Jan 17, 2017 at the Rainbow Shower in Maui, Hawaii.
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RECUERDOS DE LA ALHAMBRA (Memories of the Alhambra)


Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra)… and of Anahata


Today, I went back to Spain. It was the Spain before it was known as Spain. I traveled to the Kingdom of Castile and Aragon, as the country was known after the Reconquista – (liberation from the Arab (Moorish) rule in 1492).

It was the Spain I knew 500 years ago when I was incarnated as King Philip II (1527-1598), son and heir to the throne of Charles V (Carlos V), the Holy Roman emperor (1500-1558) who understood the Alhambra was one of the jewels the Arabs had left behind.

My mother in that lifetime, Isabella of Portugal, was “was renowned for her beauty and reportedly was determined to marry only the greatest king of Christian Europe.” Enter Charles V (Carlos V).

Charles was born in 1500 as the eldest son of Philip the Handsome and Joanna of Castile in the Flemish city of Ghent, which was part of the Habsburg Netherlands.

One of the greatest qu0tes attributed to my 16th century father Charles V is: “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse.”

I traveled on the wings of music which brought tears to my eyes.  The song is both plaintively sad and stunningly familiar. It is a guitar piece I have never played before. But as soon as I started, the melody flowed, with my tears, as if I had known it for a thousand years. I even anticipated the harmony, just listening to the song’s recording by Carlos Bonell.

Actually, it was more like 500 years. Not the age of the song, the period to which I time traveled inspired by that piece. The music “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” (Memories of the Alhambra) was written in 1906 by Francisco Tarrega after his visit to Granada. And it was about the place where my 16th century parents – Carlos and were married in 1517.

“I’ve gotta go back there,” I said to myself when I discovered that.

The Arab (Moorish) poets described the Alhambra as “a pearl set in an emerald.” And no wonder…


And just now, while hearing the Alhambra music again in my Third Ear, the above image morphed into this one – on my computer screen.  Literally! I just hit the screenshot to save it.


Magic! Musical and artistic magic. And technological. All working together on this Sunday Dec 4, 2016. Not only did I travel 500 years back time, but in an instant, I moved Granada from Spain to Hawaii.

You see, the above water scene is actually part of a rainbow picture on a beach in Kauai, Hawaii, another one of my most favorite places on this planet.

MEMORIES OF THE ANAHATA (Recuerdos de la Anahata)

And just now I got a hit that I should name my version of this music “Memories of the Anahata”, the sacred place at my Maui home the Rainbow Shower. Because it is another “pearl set in the emerald.” Take a look…


TWO PEARLS SET IN TWO EMERALDS – oceans and millennia apart, connected by music


Anyway, back to Spain, it is quite ironic that the destination of my today’s time travel should be the Alhambra of Granada. Because Granada was the only major city on our 2014 Tour of Spain and Austria (meaning of the Holy Roman Empire) which we actually did not visit. We were just too tired by the time we arrived in Malaga, and decided to spend an extra day there instead of driving to Granada and back (see SPAIN 2014 – 18 CITIES IN 7 DAYS – IN 100 SECONDS –

And so with this as a preamble, here’s just an audio “appetizer” of the first 2:40 minutes of “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” (Memories of the Alhambra) I recorded this afternoon.  As you will hear, I modernized the music using the Latin ballad rhythm (and I cried again while recording it this evening!) 😦

But since I cannot do the guitar tremolos on my Clavinova, I played in on a mandolin instead. Enjoy!

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Meanwhile, until I perfect “my Alhambra” and make it into a proper music video, here’s also a “best” (I concur) Youtube recording of the whole piece.

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And now, within 24 hours of conception to creation, recording and production, here’s my latest music video. It will transport you on the wings of music from Granada, Spain 500 years ago to Maui, Hawaii and back again – all within 5 minutes.

I have even thrown in a brief stopover in Germany to visit with a wonderful young guitarist Ana Vidovic. 🙂 And a flute variation of this wonderful Francisco Tarrega tune – for the Memories of Anahata.

Enjoy your musical time travel journey! I know where I’ll be going in my dreamtime tonight…

TWO PEARLS SET IN TWO EMERALDS – oceans and millennia apart, connected by music

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Direct link to Youtube:
For the full story, see…
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Is a trip to Granada next in the cards for me? Why not? After all, it was music that guided me to visit El Escorial and Aranjuez in 2014.

As I said after recording this piece of music…

TWO PEARLS SET IN TWO EMERALDS – oceans and millennia apart, connected by music

Direct link to Youtube:

For the full story, see…

… “don’t be surprised if you see me in Granada at some point in the future. Yes, such as is the power and love of music. It can move people to do strange things.”

If that were to happen, it would not be the first time. Back in 2009, I similarly received a download of “Concierto de Aranjuez” music. Which I recorded in March 2009 on my rickety old piano (that I was very proud of at the time) – 🙂

In November 2013, I recorded a much better version of it on my Clavinova – CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ, SECOND EDITION –

And in May 2014, Elizabeth and I got to visit both El Escorial and Aranjuez during our Tour of Spain. For me, those two were the highlights of an amazing journey.

Which eventually led me to revelations of my lifetime as King Philip II who built the Palace of Aranjuez (see EL ESCORIAL: GRAND FINALE OF A MAGICAL DAY and RECONNECTING WITH LISZT IN MADRID, PHILIP II IN ARANJUEZ).

For more, see…









When I woke up this morning, I thought I would drive up to Sedona, meet with my longtime friend, a fellow-Inca shaman who actually helped steer me on that path many years ago, and then go out for an adventurous hike in the Red Rock country.

Well, “the best laid plans of mice and men…” Just as I was about to leave my Scottsdale home, I got a text from my friend saying the temperature in Sedona was 28F, and that it was cloudy with gusty winds. In other words, not exactly your ideal hiking weather.

So even for two people who had hiked in the High Andes at altitudes of 15,000 feet or higher, it just didn’t make sense that we should expose ourselves to such hardships when we didn’t have to. So we canceled our plans and agreed to do it again in the spring.


That was the end of one, and also a start of another adventure. At my request, my Sedona friend contacted (spiritually) the Santa Tierras (land spirits, the fairies, if you prefer) of my Maui property – the Rainbow Shower – to see what it would take to release me from physical bondage to that land.

Back in October, when my friend and I got together in Sedona, she had discerned from the Rainbow Shower fairies that my music is like food to them. So they don’t want to give it up. Which is why my property had not sold during the summer.

Ever since, I have been doing daily ceremonies for the Rainbow Shower fairies, trying to assure them that I would continue to play my music for them no matter where on this planet I may be. And to that end, I have just created a Musical Love Despacho for them – Mozart’s Romanze Andante – from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik:

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Anyway, this morning, my Sedona shaman-friend told me that the fairies wanted me to create a Music Despacho consisting of multi-colored stones, which I am to activate (with my music) and bury under a particular tree when I get back to Maui next week. And then they would release me.

Because that – the collection of stone, or “kullas” as we call them in the Inca shamanic tradition – would become the beacon through which they would receive my music as I travel around the world. (The latter is my interpretation of their request).

So instead of hiking in the Red Rock country, I went hunting for stones in Carefree and Cave Creek, Arizona.

And this is was the result…. a magnificent 12-stone Despacho, each depicting a different music note and healing qualities, and a centerpiece of a crystal which ties it all together and acts as the beacon.


And now, here are the spiritual properties of each stone I selected today. As my Sedona shaman friend said upon seeing this picture, “it’s already a symphony.” 🙂

As I do everything else in my life, I did it without thinking. Just following my intuition. All these revelations about their properties came later, after I had done some research about each stone.

And now, you can als see what this was all about.


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UPDATE DEC 3, 2016


When I was hunting for the crystals with which to create my Rainbow Shower (Maui) Music Love Despacho Transceivers, I also bought a set of small crystals for no apparent reason. At least it was not apparent to me.

“Because they were there,” was probably the most accurate explanation. And they were not very expensive.


Eventually, I used three of those stones for the Maui Music Despacho Transceivers.

But today, during my morning meditation and incantations, I had revelation. I am to use those crystals the same way as my Maui one – activate them with my music, holy smoke and holy water, and bury them under an old Mesquite tree in my back yard, next to my Arizona altar (sacred fireplace) oracle, which I use every day for spirit guidance.

And so that’s what I did this morning. I placed both sets of Music Despacho transceivers sitting on my Clavinova, initialized them using the sage holy smoke and the holy water from Peru. Then I played live the full suite of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (12:20 minutes), which includes my Music Love Despacho – 2nd movement, Romanze Andante.

Finally, I repeated the charge by playing to my Music Despacho Transceivers the same full suite of Mozart’s music from a recording I made on Nov 30.

I plan to keep both sets on my Clavinova so they can also absorb other music I play every day. And then the day before I leave next week back to Maui, I will do a ceremony to bury the Arizona transceivers under the Mesquite tree. And then I will do the same at the Rainbow Shower in Maui, probably next weekend.

And that, hopefully, will make my beloved Santa Tierras happy, the land spirits, the fairies that live at both of my homes.

UPDATE DEC 7, 2016 – Crystals Music Despacho Activation #1


Today, I performed the final step of the activation of the Arizona music despacho crystal transceivers. After engendering again the Holy Smoke and the H0ly Fire in then, I buried them under the Mesquite tree next to my sacred place – the Eagle’s Nest Oracle.

Eagle's Nest Oracle Planetarium 2013-2016

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UPDATE DEC 11, 2016 – Crystals Music Despacho Activation #2


Fascinating Revelations about the Meaning of Brazilian Kyanite Stone I Received During My Desert Quest 2013 in Arizona

Today, Sunday, Dec 11, I woke up feeling this is the right day to complete the activation and burial of my Maui Music Crystal Transceivers. Two days before I left Arizona, on Dec 7, I did the same at Eagle’s Nest with my Arizona Music Crystal Transceivers (see

Little did I know that I would get a lot more than that; that almost the entire day will be spent in new revelations that took me well beyond just the intended crystal activation.

Kyanite Crystal from Desert Quest 2013

Even before I left Arizona, I was guided to include into the Maui Music Crystal Despacho when I get back to the Rainbow Shower. It was a very unique stone that I understood I was given for two reasons.altzar-la-amulet

First, because it looked like the letter “A” – for ALTZAR (right image). Second, because Kyanite is a crystal that goes with my future job in the spirit realm as Chogan of the First Ray, the Ray of Love, Will and Grace (see an excerpt from a June 45, 2013 channeling session about that).

But it was not until this morning that it dawned on me that this special amulet that I received 3.5 years ago actually shows a stylized “LA” symbol. The “L” for Lord (title of a Chohan) and Love (the first attribute of first ray souls), and the “A” for ALTZAR. Not until after I had sawed off the left line of the letter A to include it in the Maui music Crystal Despacho. I knew I had to keep the “A” but not why and what it meant.

 It was only after I had already completed the Maui Music Crystal activation and burial ceremony down at the gulch that all these revelations welled up in me, connecting the lines and events from March 2012 to Spring 2013 to December 2016.

Basically, Kyanite is a healing crystal that helps open up and balance the chakras. It also aids in development of spiritual and psychic gifts. And Kyanite calms the mind and allows one to go deep into the restful and relaxing state required for a totally relaxed meditative experience. All of which has been true in my case during the last 3.5 years even though I did not read about Kyanite spiritual properties until today.

 That is why I was guided today to make my Kyanite into an amulet and wear it on my body at all times for chakra balancing and protection against evil, danger or disease. This is  both for me and for my loved ones and friends. Like you, if you are reading these lines.

The fact that it is pictured here with the old Royal Hawaiian flag which I was wearing today is a “coincidence.” Of course, we all know that there are no coincidences.

This amulet is also an aid in “opening up pathways for others to follow to get to Shamballah,” as I was told in that June 5, 2013 channeling. And will also keep me connected to its severed part which is now buried within the Music Crystal Despacho at the sacred place of the Rainbow Shower in Maui.

Fascinating stuff, wouldn’t you say?

Maui Music Crystal Activation

Okay, so back to where we started this morning – the music crystal activation. It was lovely and emotional ceremony. As I had done in Arizona, I placed the crystals on my Clavinova and played some sweet tunes for the Santa Tierras of the Rainbow Shower (land spirits, the fairies).  It was mostly various Mozart pieces, like Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Turkish March and Symphony #40, plus my latest creation – Memories of the Alhambra and Anahata (see

The idea is that the crystals will act as fairy transceivers and will recognize my music from now on no matter where in the world I may play it.

Then I repeated the same thing on my Steinway concert grand. Not the same music, of course. Just the process of embedding it into the crystals.

At the end, I wrapped up the crystals in beautiful rainbow color Mestana (shaman’s sacred cloth in Quechua, the Inca language), and then trundled off down to the gulch, spade in hand, to bury them under the Christmas Berry tree which sits between the Anahata-Huaca-Ahu sacred place, the Rainbow Shower creek, and the footbridge which I built some 6 years ago.

And that was that. More later on some other things I discovered while I was down in the gulch.




Plus an early birthday dinner at our favorite Honolulu restaurant

Our 2015/2016 opera season started in Santa Fe with “Salome.” It ended this weekend in Honolulu with Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” (Troubadour). In between, we had also attended performances of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” in Honolulu (, and of “Carmen –,” “Don Giovanni” and “Falstaff” in Phoenix. So this was probably our richest opera-filled season ever.

But first, when we left home to go to the airport on Saturday morning, it was raining at the Rainbow Shower.  And a lovely double rainbow wished us a “bon voyage.” When we got to the airport, bright sunshine.  So I took this picture from the terminal building which illustrates the typical Yin and Yang climates on our island of Maui.

On Saturday night, Elizabeth and I had an early birthday dinner for me at our favorite Honolulu restaurant – HY’s on Kuhio Ave. As regular patrons, they gave us a complimentary birthday dessert treat, along with a complimentary photo to mark the occasion (the largest shot below).

Afterwards, we went out for a leisurely stroll along the Waikiki beach where we caught this lovely sunset.

The only thing we had on the agenda for Sunday, May 22, was the matinee performance of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” opera. On our way in, a lady who runs marketing and promotion for the Hawaiian Symphony recognized us.

“Oh, so you are back from Arizona,” she remarked.

I told her how surprised and pleased I was that she recognized us in such a big crowd. Small world…

And now, here’s a composite shot of us with our wind-blown hair over that Waikiki sunset…


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Garland Waltz from Sleeping Beauty – the latest musical challenge I received from the Spirit realm

For the last four years, my spirit guides have been giving me musical assignments which I was to turn into birthday songs. This year, it was the Garland Waltz from the “Sleeping Beauty” ballet by Tchaikovsky.

My earlier musical challenges from the Divine – which I was to turn into my birthday musical gifts – came from Brahms and Liszt (Gypsy Suite: Dance of the Planets, 2010),  Ghost Riders in the Sky (2011), Liszt again (La Campanella, 2012), Strauss (Blue Danube, 2013), Rachmaninoff (Rhapsody on a Paganini Theme, 2014), Mozart (Symphony #40, The “Roo Symphony”, 2015), and now – Tchaikovsky (Garland Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty, 2016) .

The recording I am about to share with you, made last night with Elizabeth working one of the cameras, has been over four months in gestation. There is a story to follow in which I will explain what happened during that time. For now, here’s a preview…

GARLAND WALTZ FROM “SLEEPING BEAUTY” (Tchaikovsky) – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded in its entirety on a Clavinova on May 17, 2016

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Garland Waltz from Sleeping Beauty – Birthing the Birthday Song of 2016

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This year’s birthday song – Garland Waltz – had a gestation period of over four months. Unusually long for me, but only half the time Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky took to write the score for the entire Sleeping Beauty ballet (see Creation and Premiere in 1890 below).

The inspiration for this music came on February 12 in Phoenix. That’s the night Elizabeth and I saw a performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Sleeping Beauty” at the Phoenix Symphony Hall. Of course, I’d heard the music before. But this was the first time I got to see the “Sleeping Beauty” live.

The famous line from the Chorus Line – “everything is beautiful at the ballet” – might as well have originated from the Garland Waltz of the Sleeping Beauty.

Everything was beautiful at the ballet that evening of Feb 12. It was a night of magic and enchantment. I savored it for several days. And then I forgot all about it. Until two months later.

The Sleeping Beauty came to me in dreamtime on April 10. More specifically, the Garland Waltz did. I was just about to return to Maui from Arizona and did not have time to do much about it except to research various scores. But I knew I had to study the score, learn it, and record my own version of it.

Working on the Music at the Rainbow Shower

Back at the Rainbow Shower, I started working on this piece a little bit at a time. The Sleeping Beauty score is a work of overwhelming beauty and depth. Tchaikovsky himself thought it some of his best work. Its complexity and richness challenged the dancers and the musicians to greater heights, wrote one reviewer.

I quickly started to understand why. Nearly every bar represents a change of key.  And I had to discern them all by ear. As for the orchestration… wow, that was one of the most challenging things I have ever worked on.

That’s when I understood why I got this assignment from the spirit realm for this year’s birthday song.  They are guiding me up the musical ascension scale, evolving from technically challenging pieces (e.g. Rachmaninoff) to harmonically more sophisticated ones (Mozart, Tchaikovsky).

By the time Elizabeth returned home a month later, the Sleeping Beauty Garland Waltz was still sort of “raw.” But I kept at it every day. And then it all jelled in the last week or so. I stopped using the sheet music except for the most complex passages and playing it all by heart. And then not at all in the last three to four days.

“I feel pretty close to being able to record it,” I told Elizabeth three days ago.

And then last night, right after sunset, I did it, with Elizabeth working one of the cameras.


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Escape to a World of Dreams and Magic: “Everything Is Beautiful at the Ballet”

Apart from the harmonic and orchestration complexity, I wondered WHY did my spirit guides give me this particular piece of music as my 2016 birthday song assignment?

I think it was because the Sleeping Beauty storyline, and the Garland Waltz in particular, offer a way out of the ugliness and harshness of everyday life. With so much greed, deception and bloodshed in the world, we need a safe place to escape to, a place of beauty, magic and unlimited imagination. And that’s what the Sleeping Beauty is.

If “everything is beautiful at the ballet,” it does not get much more beautiful than the Garland Waltz of the Sleeping Beauty. And flower dances are universal, practiced in many cultures around the world.

Here in Hawaii, for example, we call a garland a “haku lei” (a head lei). You can even see yours truly wearing one as a “Hawaiian Kokopelli” – part of my 2011 Halloween costume.

To me, the Garland Waltz is a flight from harsh reality to flowering fancy. Both the dance and the music are as poetic as can be. A young princess is coming of age. She is in the spring of her life.

The Garland Waltz from the Sleeping Beauty is a reminder that there is a better world available to all of us. All we need to do is unleash our imagination and dream the way we used to when we were children. Which in and of itself is liberating.

That, I think, was the key spirit message woven into my birthday song of 2016. And why they wanted me to share this music with you all.

As is the case with all of my music, this interpretation of the Garland Waltz from the Sleeping Beauty does not exactly match up with what Tchaikovsky wrote. I have made little changes here and there to make the music come out the way I hear it in my Third Ear.

GARLAND WALTZ FROM “SLEEPING BEAUTY” (Tchaikovsky) – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded in its entirety on a Clavinova on May 17, 2016

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In Act I of The Sleeping Beauty the Garland Waltz takes place as part of the celebrations of Princess Aurora’s birthday. The corps de ballet dance with hoops and garlands of flowers to create elegant, evolving shapes, and also bring a bucolic and charmingly youthful quality to the party. 

The famous line from the Chorus Line – “everything is beautiful at the ballet” – might as well have originated from the Garland Waltz of the Sleeping Beauty.

Tchaikovsky composed The Sleeping Beauty, his second of three ballets, over the course of about eight months, but devoted only 49 days in all to the work. He was busy with other projects as well: during this time he composed his Fifth Symphony, the overture for Hamlet, and Six French Songs (Opus 65), and he also conducted numerous concerts. 

When he finished the orchestration for the ballet in August 1889 he wrote, “a whole mountain has fallen off my shoulders.”

In a note to a benefactor he wrote, “. . .the subject is so poetic, so inspirational to composition, that I am captivated by it.” The composer and choreographer collaborated closely, with Petipa (choreographer) supplying detailed instructions about what style and tempo of music were needed where. 

Tchaikovsky was famous for over-doing it: for the “Garland Waltz” in the Prologue, Petipa requested 166 bars and Tchaikovsky gave him 297! 

The Sleeping Beauty score is a work of overwhelming beauty and depth. Tchaikovsky himself thought it some of his best work. Its complexity and richness challenged the dancers—and Petipa (French-born choreographer) himself—to greater heights. 

Ballet historian Jennifer Homans credits Tchaikovsky with the ballet’s enduring appeal, a result of the way his music “works on the human body and spirit.”*

Tchaikovsky had the overture, prologue and outlines of Acts 1 and 2 completed in three weeks. Rehearsals began in August of 1889 and the ballet premiered on January 15, 1890. 

The Sleeping Beauty captivated the hearts and minds of its audiences. By 1892, it had been performed an astonishing 50 times. The dancers marked the occasion by presenting Tchaikovsky with a crown on stage.

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2013 – STRAUSS

SOUNDS FROM THE DESERT QUEST (Blue Danube, May 27, 2013) –

Also see…


“‘Blue Danube’ – is actually an ancient shamanic dream or transept” (Ancient Egyptian spirit, June 5, 2013) “You are coaxing more out … Continue reading… –



Evolution of My Birthday Song of 2014 – Variations 1 and 18 – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic –

2015 – MOZART


MOZART SYMPHONY #40 (“ROO SYMPHONY”) – RETURNS AS MY BIRTHDAY SONG THIS YEAR A few days ago, a birthday card … Continue reading… –


GARLAND WALTZ FROM “SLEEPING BEAUTY” (Tchaikovsky) – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded in its entirety on a Clavinova on May 17, 2016



Lunar Rainbow voice recording: 



May 15, 2016

Let me say at the outset, if you’re not a creative artist, chances are the story I am about to share with you might result in a shrug.

“Not my problem,” you might say. 

Well, maybe it is. I’ll explain why at the end.

So what’s the story?

From time to time, I have been getting copyright notices from Youtube (Google) according to which some corporation somewhere around the world claimed a copyright for some of the music I had recorded.  Here’s, for example, one such message I got on May 13:

Copyright owner using Content ID claimed some material in your video.

This is just a heads up

Don’t worry. You’re not in trouble and your account standing is not affected by this.

There are either ads running on your video, with the revenue going to the copyright owner, or the copyright owner is receiving stats about your video’s views.

What’s next?

If there are no problems, you don’t need to take any action. You don’t need to delete your video.

Since the Youtube/Google said there are no problems, I have been mostly ignoring these messages. Until now.

Something made me dig a little deeper into one particular claim. It was about my June 2009 recording of a tune from “Chorus Line,” the musical –  I am the only performing artist, playing my own rendition of this song without any sheet music, on my own piano, and filming it using my own camera.

“How can somebody claim a copyright on a recording like that?” I wondered.  “A recording cannot be any more original than that.”

And then the penny dropped. My research turned up three companies that had the gall to do that.  They evidently want to be able to sell their ads under my music video and thus make money off of it. 

“So it’s all about greed,” I concluded. “These companies want to steal my art, slap a fraudulent copyright, and try to cash in on my creative gifts.”


That made me angry.

The whole point of my creating and sharing things with people is their spiritual enlightenment. That’s why they are FREE. That’s why I have never tried to make money off my musical or other creative gifts. BECAUSE WE CO-CREATE IT WITH SPIRIT, AND THUS WE SHOULD NOT OWN IT OUTRIGHT. Unless we first pay royalties into some Divine bank. 🙂

And yet here are these shysters trying to do it instead. And worse, Google is siding with them.

“Of course, Google is a corporation,” I thought. And birds of a feather flock together.

So I got my dander up and filed a counterclaim. I appealed Youtube/Google’s decision to honor such a fraudulent claim, and accused them of collusion with these three corporate fraudsters (see the image – left).

I got a reply from Youtube/Google within 24 hours. 

After reviewing your dispute, Kobalt Music Publishing has decided that their copyright claim is still valid,” they wrote.

Who the hell is Kobalt Musik, I wondered? So I looked them up. It turns out they are a British company  based in London. “Chorus Line” is a Marvin Hamlisch musical which became a hit on Broadway in the 1970s. In other words, it has nothing to do with any Kobalt Music or any other British company.

Their copyright claim was plain FRAUD for the sake of GREED. And by siding with them, Youtube/Google became an accomplice to it. As if wanting to confirm that conclusion, today, I got another notice from Youtube. Same thing. Only this time it was my Mozart concert honoring the great composer on the 222nd anniversary of his death.

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“Our society is getting rotten to the core,” I told Elizabeth today over breakfast, as I explained to her what had happened. “It just sickens me that everything seems to revolve around money.”

“And you know what,” I continued. “Mozart and Beethoven would also be sickened to see this.”

The great composers freely collaborated with each other and would have never dreamed of charging for their art, beyond the concert ticket or sheet music sales. They mostly depended on sponsorship by appreciative fans, typically well-heeled aristocrats. 

Composers in Europe were generally supported by wealthy patrons…  It was not until the 1886 Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works that an international agreement on copyright was made. Originally, 9 countries signed the text created at the Berne Convention. Since then, the text has been amended six times and has now been signed by over 130 countries.

As for myself, like Mozart, Beethoven and others, I feel that my gift of music is not mine to own, only to share with others. Its origin is Divine. So how could I copyright something that doesn’t fully belong to me?

Well, evidently some can. If you are a fraudster and have Youtube/Google in your corner.


And now, why does that matter to you, the audience?

Because if Greed is allowed to prevail and rule the world of art, creative artists may stop providing their work for free, and limit or stop uploading their creations to Youtube/Google. 

And that would be a sad day for the world of music – that you have to BUY music to enjoy it. 

Shame on you, Google, for choosing fraud over creative arts.

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