“There are so many reasons to be happy. There are so many reasons to give thanks. There are so many reasons to be happy, to give praise.” ~Breathing
The sun is shining through my window, reflecting sparkly light on the snow-covered earth. This Michigan winter has humbled me, and brought me back to a place of gratitude for the simple joys of life, like my ability to breathe and smile (and be warm) in this moment.
I am excited to share this video of my song Breathing with you, from my Greyhound Bus Tour album. The smiles and community represented in it are gentle reminders for me that when I slow down and pay attention to my breath, I become fully present with those around me and I am able to live and act from a place of love and strength. I hope that this video may also water positive seeds in you; of hope, happiness, and confidence in your path.
The video was filmed and produced by visual artist Nathan Meadows. He and his camera accompanied me on many travels and performances; from the D. Blair Theatre in Detroit, to the Earthwork Farm in Lake City, Michigan, to the rocky shores of Muir Beach, California. I am grateful for the skills and energy he has shared to give this song its new visual dimension.
There are so many reasons to be happy in this moment! I invite you to take a 7-minute pause from your day, breathe, smile, and take refuge in your capacity to love.
At least it will give you a nice reminder of what summer weather looks like!
Breathing with you,
Its been snowing again here in our Michigan winter wonderland. Snow falling gently from the heavens into our ordered chaos. Tiny ice fairies gracefully bringing blessings of peace and serenity from above into our human world. Slowing us all down. Reminding us of our sacred connection to all life, of our vulnerabilities and of our interdependence.
For some reason I felt compelled to make the trip north through the snow last month from metro Detroit to Traverse City, during one of our many recent snowstorms. The normally 4-hour trip turned into a 6-hour adventurous journey due to the snowfall. I slowed down, stayed in the right lane, and said many prayers along the way.
Prayers of gratitude, prayers for protection, prayers to help those whose cars had wound up in the ditches along side of the road. The prayers guided me safely to Traverse City where I was welcomed into a cozy venue called the Circuit. I was greeted by my friends who run the Human Nature School, a wilderness awareness and environmental education program to helps kids enjoy the outdoors in all seasons. A wonderful group of families came out to support the school’s scholarship fund and to enjoy some singing and dancing. We decomposed, we flapped our wings, we moved like water, and of course we fell gently like snow. What a gift!
After staying the night with generous friends in the north country, I awoke to more snow and the prospect of making the drive all over again in the opposite direction. I continued slowly, and was protected by many angels along the way, including one driving a salt truck several cars ahead of me on M-72. He slowed everyone down and made way for a safe passage. I waved in gratitude when he stopped to turn around and I continued on to I-75. I stayed in the slow lane, breathing and singing and praying all the way home.
It is a journey of the heart, this sharing of music, traveling and performing. Sometimes it is exhilarating. Often it pushes and stretches me to the point where I have no choice but to put my full faith and trust in the hands of the Great Spirit, to breathe and smile and pay attention to the angels in our midst. I am grateful to the snow for bringing me back to the slow lane, for reflecting light in such beautiful ways, and for reminding me of the many helpers who are always available to me in each moment.
So much new life awaits us beneath this snowy blanket! 2013 was full of so many blessings and 2014 promises to be just as rich and abundant. Stay tuned for a brand new video of my song Breathing directed by videographer Nathan Meadows and featuring scenes from Detroit and Lake City Michigan, and Oakland and Muir Beach, California.
I am honored and excited that my most recent album, Greyhound Bus Tour (Earthwork Music, 2013), has been nominated for Album of the Year in the 2013 Jammies by independent radio station WYCE in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can cast your vote in support of myself and so many other wonderfully talented artists online here. Scroll down to the Listeners Choice Award link. Voting deadline is February 1st. Thanks for your support!
I’ll see you in the slow lane friends.
Letting it snow, taking it slow,
Orange leaves appear glowing and pink in the fall sunlight, reminding me of the impermanent nature of life, and of the cycle of the seasons. The earth teaches us that we are on a creative journey of spirit, and that this journey is both sacred and beautiful. This season encourages me to be fearless in the face of change, to let go of my leaves and embrace the compost, trusting in the wisdom of the forest.
I am grateful to be part of a musical forest, a collective of musicians dedicated to using their art to empower and inspire others. It is with this Earthwork Music Collective that I have the privilege of touring the lower peninsula of Michigan this November, celebrating the season with music and community. I hope you will be able to join us, to take refuge in the forest, and to enjoy the transitions of autumn.
Earthwork Musicians Take Their Vision on the Michigan Roads
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond. This November, several Earthwork artists will share this vision with audiences throughout Michigan’s lower peninsula on a 5-city tour. Starting with a concert at the Ark in Ann Arbor on Wednesday November 6th at 8pm, the tour will continue with stops in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Traverse City.
The tour will feature performances from Seth and May, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, darlenYa, Dede and the Dreamers, Strawberry Heritage, Joe Reilly, and Sam Cooper. Each concert will showcase these talented artists in their prime, and will also feature the power of spontaneous combustion through collaboration, some rehearsed, and some improvised. Each show is certain to inspire audiences to dig deep, open their hearts, smile, sing, dance, and celebrate the power of community.
Tour Info: www.earthworkmusic.com