An interview with John
John Hernandez is a New Warrior and a
Collaborating with his big-time music partners
Steve Roseman and Ed Ulibarri, he has created a
visionary rock opera entitled No Nation.
I did as John suggested to me and found a quiet
place to center myself. I listened to the music and
words from beginning to end.
Its a masterpiece!
I heard many musical influences including,
Celtic, American Indian, Eastern Indian, Rock, and
some Moody Blues.
The music is lively, as well as bittersweet. The
lyrics are inviting of a culture where
all religions that have helped humans, over the
ages, in their search to know and experience the
The production quality of this CD is superb. The
message of this effort is explicit:
This opera is a prayer that current and
future generations will actualize the truth that we
are all family in Gods eyes and learn to
treat each other with love and live in peace.
From the No Nation website www.nonationmusic.com
An echo of the context presentation on an NWTA
is heard in these words:
The true nature of all matter, including
humankind, is that we are all connected and the
illusion of separateness is a distortion of
reality. Spiritual evolution will hopefully lead us
to understand that only our perceptions keep us
from knowing the truth that love and light unify
everything, and heaven on earth is in the knowledge
that we are one.
The story of the album: A messenger comes to
earth seven times, once every millennium, starting
five thousand years ago. Each song portrays one of
the seven visits representing a part of the ongoing
saga of humanitys search of God and
Gods attempt to reveal truth. (Ironically, it
took seven years to produce this CD.)
John Hernandez is a percussionist who has
performed with many noteworthy bands, including
Journey, Yes, Peter Gabriel, Abraxes, Neal Schons,
Suzzane Ciani, and Angel Romero.
I spoke with Hernandez by phone at his residence
in the Bay Area. He currently works for a music
company and does his own creative stuff as
Hernandez was initiated in 2002 in the Northern
California community. Jim Mitchell led his weekend.
The musician is currently a regional I-Group
representative working with Mitchells new
I-Group protocol trainings.
MKP became involved in the No Nation project
through Rich Tosi. Hernandez and his wife work on
staff with Rich and Chars couples
I broached the idea of doing a win/win
profit sharing venture with our CD and MKP,
Hernandez related. Were donating a
portion of the proceeds to the Project.
to purchase the CD Theyre only $9.95! Or, if
you are a big fan, you can get an autographed copy
Robert Moores work has had a strong
influence on the theoretical ideas within the
The creators of this opera believed that
there was something greater than ourselves,
Hernandez stated. That greater
other, as Moore talks about, helped us
start the project and finish it. We had so many
curve balls thrown at us that could have ended it,
but didnt. Spiritually speaking, I come from
a Catholic background, but Im not a current
practitioner. Im a big believer in Joseph
Campbell and those kinds of human unconscious
collectives in Jungian kinds of beliefs. I believe
the human spirit is connected to universal things.
Like Ed said, it is an illusion that we are
disconnected. "We prove it ourselves: we each come
from a different spiritual background, and decided
to take a deep breath and evolve past the dogma and
to celebrate the human spirit".
Hernandez returned often to mentioning his
life-changing experience with MKP.
I believe MKP is struggling and succeeding
with the same message of inclusivity. Its
great to be on a weekend and see theres a
staff and initiates - all with different
backgrounds. Were all there for one reason:
to change the world one man at a time. We are all
brothers, all the same. We focus on coming into
masculinity and how to become that New
The musician said his mission is to
heal the world through music and
Doing this CD is fulfilling my mission. I
wanted the message to be spread through music. I
took a risk with this album. Some of the reviews
weve gotten have considered it a religious
record. Thats fine. Some people will think
its another form of dogma and some will get
Id love to have these guys perform at an
I invite men to listen to our CD and then
have a discussion, he continued. This
is another way of embracing the idea of a safe
place where we can do some true multi-cultural
work. I ask you men: Whats at risk for
listening to the message the way it is? Can you
hear it without attaching dogma? Let down the walls
and let the truth come in. Were all connected
one planet, one sun, one heaven, one life.
We are mothers, we are daughters, we are fathers,
we are sons.
The New Warrior Training Adventure gave
Hernandez the energy to persevere until the CD was
accomplished, he noted.
Now I want to give back to that community,
not only monetarily, but with a message from Robert
what today needs is a new myth.
Were helping with that new myth. -
© 2006, Reid Baer
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The fame you earn has a different taste from the
fame that is forced upon you. - Gloria
Reid Baer, an
award-winning playwright for A Lyons
Tale is also a newspaper journalist, a poet
with more than 100 poems in magazines world wide,
and a novelist with his first book released this
month entitled Kill
The Story. Baer has been
a member of The ManKind Project since 1995 and
currently edits The New Warrior Journal for
The ManKind Project www.mkp.org
He resides in Reidsville, N.C. with his wife
Patricia. He can be reached at E-Mail.
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