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A 3x5 index card with the words: "Rumi and Gil Evans: together again"; a notated melodic motif from 'Open Secret (Paris)' and notes about the Tibetan word "drala" which relates to the magic in the unmediated simplicity of nature. "A simple raindrop of a melody" is written underneath. This opened the door to seeing that simple melody as if it were some natural phenomenon, no apologies required. Dra means "enemy" and la means "above". So "drala" literally means "beyond the enemy." My note in the margin: "Cultural Alchemy!—'maarifa' (Arabic) + 'drala' (Tibetan)".