Richard Bozung – ‘Singing Frog’
‘Singing Frog’ began designing new musical instruments around 1980. His ‘musical art’ has gained national attention and numerous awards and has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the US.
His unique folk art form combines colorful, inviting musical instruments with playing simplicity and versatility, particularly in an improvisational mode. His instruments seem to beckon us to touch them gently and they in turn always will respond by producing music in perfect harmony.
He applied for and was granted 3 musical instrument patents, and is the author of several short books on empowering everyone to make their own music. He is also the author of a childrens’ book on sustainable living.
In what seems like a previous lifetime, Dick Bozung (AKA ‘Singing Frog’) earned degrees with honors in Engineering and Business Administration from Purdue University, served as an aide to the Director of the Apollo Program during the first lunar landing, help found The Institute for Earth Education, won a landmark environmental lawsuit (Bozung vs. LAFCO) before the California Supreme Court, taught engineering management and sustainable living at the graduate level, and was elected to the City Council of Ventura, California.
He has extensive music therapy experience, worked as an organic grower, and during one phase of his 15 years of work in various Artist-in-Education Programs , focused on reconciling the differences between the peoples of the US and the Soviet Union through music.
In addition to his long standing foci of empowering others to make music and environmental education, he has more recently focused on exposing others to “secular humanism.”
Secular humanism is a philosophy that espouses reason, ethics, and justice (whilst specifically not accepting supernatural and religious dogma), as a basis of morality and decision-making. The ultimate goal is human flourishing; making life better for all humans, and as the most conscious species, also promoting concern for the welfare of other sentient beings and the planet as a whole. The focus is on doing good and living well in the here and now, and leaving the world a better place for those who come after (both humans and non-humans).
Question everything you have been taught. Is it necessary for you to believe (have faith in something not scientifically provable) in anything?