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Rockin the Cradle

Singing and dancing are two of my favorite things to do.  So I was very excited when my friend Megan Leiss recruited me and Tim Wells to perform with her at a fundraising concert for our church, The Episcopal Church of the Advocate.  The church is in the middle of raising money for its new building; I’m happy to say that the benefit was a great success (raising $4,000!) — and it was an awesome good time, to boot.

Here’s some video that my sweetie shot of Tim Wells & Friends performing “Who’ll Rock the Cradle?”  Thank you to Elia and Allyn for kicking it up a notch with their dancing!

…and now for some awesome gospel harmonies, harmonica, and washboard! Continue reading

Tippin on the Tightrope

A perfect song about the creative process, “Tightrope” caught my ear when it came out in 2010, and hasn’t really let it go since.  Based in a funky alternate reality in which the musicians are inmates in an insane asylum (now there’s some symbolism!), the song talks about how you have to keep on keeping on — and keep on making your art — no matter “whether you’re high or low,” or if people are criticizing you, or you’re on top of the world, or whatever.  As an artist who struggles with keeping upbeat on dreary “down” kind of days, I find this song totally inspiring.  Not to mention totally fun!  Janelle Monáe sings it right on.  Take a listen:

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Fear is the lock, and laughter the key

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Flying blue bird, by cat2owl

Fear is the lock / And laughter the key to your heart

How beautiful is that?  And how applicable to the artist’s journey.  To any journey, actually.  I’m thinking I may write this one down and post in a place where I’ll see it regularly.

Those lines have been playing through my head since last night, when I watched The Music Never Stopped, a fascinating movie about a guy with a brain tumor who can’t form new memories — except when he’s listening to the music he grew up with in the ’60s.  It’s based on “The Last Hippie,” an essay by Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and writer famous for his books about (among other things) memory and music. Continue reading

A Pearl on the Ocean Floor

A Pearl in the Sea

Last week, this Rumi poem inspired me to make some photographs (like this one, left; more below the poem) with a scarf, a pearl, and a very small whale.

This poem comes from The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks.

Where Everything is Music 

Don’t worry about saving these songs!

And if one of our instruments breaks,
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