In december 2012 it was five years ago that John Gorka made his first (and only) "`Top 10" , which was published in "Minneapolis Star Tribune" on December 29, 2007. I liked that top 30 a lot and for me was it the first time I heard about Antje Duvekot, Rose Cousins and Meg Hutchinson. I asked John to make a new Top 10 after five years and this is the list he published on his home page on December 31, 2012. On this page you can read the list withmany hyperlinks.

John Gorka's General Philosophy and 2012 Top Ten
in no particular order


1   World did not end on December 21.  
An ancient Maya text has emerged from the jungles of Guatemala confirming the so-called "end date" of the Maya calendar, Dec. 21, 2012
2   Safe landing of Mars rover “Curiosity”.  
Curiosity Self-Portrait
3   Returned to Lithuania for the Tai-Asch Festival’s 10th anniversary.  
4   Returned to the Netherlands and played in new places including Rotterdam and Joosland.  
John Gorka (with his G# Guitar) in Nw.- en St Joosland (Zeeland, the Netherlands)
5   Traveled with the G# guitar and got first tube amp, a 1970 Fender Bronco.  
6   Multiple shows with Red Horse, Antje Duvekot, Rose Cousins, Lynn Miles and Michael Johnson.  
7   Judy Collins’ memoir “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes”.  
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is the deeply personal, honest, and revealing memoir of folk legend and relentlessly creative spirit Judy Collins.
8   Learned that sitting is the worst position for your health — (so I’m writing this lying down).  
Research shows that 60-80 percent of all of us will experience lower back pain at some point in our lives.
9   Learned that none of us is alone, having trillions of microbes inside and out.  
Trillions of bacteria live within you.
10   The gospel music documentary “Rejoice and Shout”.  
11   25th anniversary of my first record “I Know”.  
12   Started working once again with Rob Genadek on my 12th record.  
13   A venue used someone else’s photo on a John Gorka show poster.  

14   People keep coming to the shows and I keep having fun.  

15   Probable discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle.  
The Higgs boson-like particle whose discovery was announced on 4 July looks significantly more certain to exist.
16   Other habitable planets may be closer than we thought and hoping Earth remains one.  

“European researchers said on Monday they discovered a batch of three “super-Earths” orbiting a nearby star, and two other solar systems with small planets as well. They said their findings, presented at a conference in France, suggest that Earth-like planets may be very common."



General Philosophy

  High Standards, Low Overhead and Realistic Expectations

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