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A few days before Kyoti King passed away, on April 22, 2003, I spoke with him on the phone, just after he'd gone home from the hospital. He had kindly filled in when I had to cancel an appearance at the first Joshua Tree Music Festival, due to a miscommunication where I booked time at Capitol Records to master "Help Wanted," thinking I wasn't on the line-up. Kyoti always called to remind me when he had a show and this time he was saying thanks for helping arrange the gig at the new festival in town, even though he went into the hospital with heart trouble just a couple days later. I wished him well and he said these words to me, "We only get so many heartbeats in this life, and I've used up a lot of them." I didn't know that would be the last time we would speak. Some years later, I heard a story on the radio which backed up his thesis. Scientists had determined that all aniamls, from the smallest flea to the greatest elephant, had an average, finite number of heartbeats in a given lifetime. As humans, we can only hope to use them half as well as Kyoti King used his.

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from Deserted Sessions - Rancho de la Luna - 1995​-​2004, released April 25, 2018
Only So Many Heartbeats - Originally released on the album, "Dog Years" (2006)

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Teddy Quinn Joshua Tree, California

Ted aka Teddy Quinn, a singer, songwriter, artist, activist, journalist in Joshua Tree, California, helped foster the burgeoning Hi Desert Music community at places like Beatnik Cafe, Joshua Tree Saloon, Pappy & Harriets, Radio Free Joshua Tree & Rancho de la Luna, since the early 90s, helping to define the sound associated with this Bohemian outpost in the Mojave. TBA: An autobiodocart film! ... more

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