Luminous Muse


Massachusetts, USA
September 20
Retired composer, music publisher and producer. Writer.
Manchester Music Library
My memoir "Escaping the Giant" and my thriller "You Can't Write About Me" are both finished and with an agent. If he can't sell them I will self-publish, so one way or another they will be available soon. This blog and my memoir have enjoyed a vibrant relationship: I've repurposed bits of the memoir, which have then found their way into later drafts of the book. I didn't plan it that way, but it's a nice way to work.


FEBRUARY 24, 2011 2:07PM

Lunch with Linda - Love on Haight Street

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The Grateful Dead playing for free on Haight Street. 

 As promised, Mrs. Muse and I shared lunch with Linda Seccaspina at Magnolia Pub on Haight Street.  She has already offered her lovely account.  Due to my nature, mine is more prosaic. Ah well.

 The food was great. The company was better. 

 I have been privileged from time to time to meet people whose work I admire.  They fall into two camps. In the first are artists who are a letdown to meet. Whatever spark in their work has opened my eyes, ears or heart is nowhere in sight once I meet them. They seem cold, closed, uptight. Maybe they are just shy in public. But I wonder if it isn’t something else – that it’s only through their art that they can allow a part of themselves to flower. 

 In the second camp are artists whose work is a natural extension of their lives.  Meeting these people I watch what was just notes, colors or words blossom into a life.  It feels good.

 Linda falls firmly in the second camp. We recognized her across Haight Street (her hair is very red!) standing in front of the Magnolia Pub. She smiled and we ran across the street and Linda who loves to “rate with hugs” gave us big non-virtual hugs. 

 Linda gets right to the point with her writing – that point being to express emotion. Not to vent, or to whine, but to make us feel what she clearly feels so strongly – joy, anger, sadness.  She minces no words in nailing those who deserve to be nailed and praising where praise is deserved. And she’s funny as hell.

 Behind all of those feelings she expresses her anchor feeling. LOVE. 

 She sat before us and I watched all those words I’d read transform into the person who radiated that love.

 We had much in common – two sons, nasty exes followed by the miracle of current keepers. Less than perfect parents.  Linda has been dealt a lot of junk from the bottom of the deck, dealt with her share of jokers. But she’s made a fine hand of it. 

 Linda told us of someone she knows who’s very religious who likes to tell Linda she’s not going to make it to heaven.  Linda refers to this artfully as “going to the beach.”  As far as I can tell she’s already there, as much as any of us get.

 She surprised me with gifts, saying she liked the bottles. I like them too, which is why I post them here:



 I’m sure they will be even more enjoyable once we uncork them. 

 I first came to Haight Street the summer of 1970.  Mrs. Muse got there earlier, though she can’t remember the year (!)  We both had the same experience – of looking on every corner for something that wasn’t there, that had gone, or never been there in the first place.

 What were we seeking? Little things. Joy. Peace. Enlightenment.  Above all, LOVE.

 We finally found it in each other.  And we found it yesterday, finally, on Haight Street.

 Linda wore a great big heart:



Not as big as the one inside.










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Am I the first one here too? What a wonderful meet up. I'm so envious - in the good way. Thank you Muse.
Am I the first one here too? What a wonderful meet up. I'm so envious - in the good way. Thank you Muse.
Hey, no face shots. How are the rest of us going to recognize you?

Nice post.
You are so right about Linda's heart.

I think I was also right about the Magnolia being in the old Drogstore Cafe building on Haight & Masonic.

Rading Lind's post was living history for me as, I lived there THEN.

I also have read your Dad and, as a former corpsman, I deeply respected him for what he did and where he went in WWII.
I have no inkling of the relationship between your Dad and you, nor is it any of my business. What I will say is that I think you were lucky to have him.

You're also a lucky brat to live where you
Will you please insert this "e" into "Rading"?
Thank you
OS meetup! yea! love 'em.
Fusana, I have a feeling you fall in the second camp of writers as well.

Myriad -you can find pictures of me if you dig in old posts. Mrs. prefers to remain anon.

XJS - Yes, it's on Masonic. Thank you for that bit of archetectural history. You needn't be entirely green - we don't LIVE here (yet.) Just here to escape the snows in Mass.
Wonderful account. Enjoyed it. Would have loved to have met you all. If I hitch hiked, I could get there in 2012. R.
This is a wonderful account! You and Linda both seem so inspired by the good vibrations that happened at your meet-up. It's wonderful that you guys both seem to be truly like the writers we know and love here on OS. Rated with hugs, in homage to Linda - and with lots of jealousy, too!
This was so fun to read. Sounds like a wonderful time!! I think Mrs. Muse missed the "Summer of Love" by about 3 years!
It sounds like you all had a lovely time and I'm so envious. -R-
Awwww. Group hug, cheers and whatever the tokers' signal is. Rated with bong-hits, chimes and incense.
Jealous of the meet up. Loved both of your accounts. And feel the same way about Linda. r
I get the same vibes about Linda that you expressed here. She seems like a person with a good heart.
This is plenty prosaic, especially the last sentence. Thank you for this. It is always nice to see kindred spirits connect, even if it is just seeing it through the vicarious medium online.
Wonderful, sounds like a beautiful meet-up. I was just in Magnolia Pub to celebrate Strong Beer Week in San Francisco. Great food, great beer, I have enjoyed myself every time I go there. I highly suggest the cheese samplers with a beer or two.
Ahhh.. I just got home from a long 5 hour walk and this made me smile.
You meet people sometimes that you feel like you have know forever and that is how I felt meeting you and Mrs Muse.

Nothing but peace, love and happiness and rated with virtual hugs this time.
and thank you so much.
Such a JOYOUS narration of a wonderful day! It sounds to me like chatter, friendship and love flowed freely and beautifully.

And those are some SERIOUS bottles! : )
- sounds like loads of fun to meet. Thanks for the photos!
Delightful, Muse. Wish I could have been there with you guys.
A meet-up made in OS Heaven? The beach? Love will always conquer Haight. Loved both your accounts, thank you!
what a meeting!!! Love abounds.
Sounds terrific! I'm so glad you had this opportunity and appreciate your reflection on the meetup! very nice!
How joyous! Thank you for sharing about your meetup! xox
So wonderful, both of you, and lucky for all of us that we benefit from your presence here.
an excellent account of what sounds like a lovely lunch. lucky you guys, and on haight, no less!
Glad you had a wonderful time.
I'm jealous. Meeting Linda is on my bucket list.
Another wonderful post, beautiful memories of home, now touched by the thought of you three together. I'm so glad you both shared a different view of this with us.
Isn't the Internet an amazing thing...on one hand, it's impersonal and cold, full of information - much of it wrong. It's helping and stunting at the same time. But look what it can do. OS is a haven to find those like- minded and like-hearted and because of the exchange of information, whamo! Instant recognition and friendship. How nice to get impressions from each of you.
Hey, lucky you two. I'd love to meet more of my OS pals in person. Lovely account.
Dang these long hours 'deadline' days before I can get to Open Salon. I knew of your meeting and thought about you guys in H-A today. Hope your ears perked up.

Lovely, luminescent prose here for a lovely lady. Magnolia Pub -- I've been there. Enjoy that Benefactor bottle! Great that you guys met. I had one of those Seccaspina hugs too. Say "high" to the Ms. Luminous as well.
I knew she would be special and I wish I could have been there to meet you and the wife and Linda. I was last at Haight Ashbury in 73' and like you say, I never found what I was looking for either!
Love those OS meet-ups... looks like you had a great day.~r
You and Seccaspina in Gorizia maybe
best regards,
"To be anymore than all I am would be a lie" Marty Balin - now that's Linda!
I made a pilgrimage to "the Haight" back in 1968 and disappointed, I hitchhiked to Esalen in Big Sur where I was no less disillusioned by the people, though somewhat restored by the natural environs.

Were it not for Frank Zappa, Ed Sanders, Alan Watts, and Lenny Bruce, the sixties would've been lost on me.
Sounds like something wonderful happened in The Haight yesterday. I would have loved to be there with you.

As Mr. Linda, I wish I had been there...she raved about what a wonderful time you all had.
Looks like you and Linda have made everyone envious Luminous. As for Mrs. Muse, she sounds authentic in the "if you can remember the 60s you weren't there" sense.
oh, how lovely and what a great way to describe the meetup. Linda is her own glorious truth, absolutely.
What a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing. R
Yeah I think Linda is going to Heaven too. Thanks for sharing your lunch date details with us.