I woke up with the cheezy song "Your Kiss is on my List" by Hall and Oates in my head so I had to listen to it.
It's not one I've ever particularly liked, but upon hearing it I recognize that it's great pop music (something I've felt hostile towards because of its banality in the past but now embrace as part of an endeavour to embrace everything) and wow I still knew most of the words.
I used to watch MTV for 2 hours a day in the early 80s and sing along... this is perhaps not the best kind of music education for a child however I did learn to sing this way.
This spurred me to listen to my favourite 80s love songs again:
In Your Eyes
by Peter Gabriel
a gorgeous classic
by Pat Benetar
a beautiful song from someone who has been married to the same man for many years, I once heard her sing it acoustically with her husband and it was incredible
by Cyndi Lauper
this classic has been covered & featured in commercials, the original is still the best
Want a New Drug
by Huey Lewis
pure cheeze that is musically somewhat irritating however I think the lyrics are extremely romantic
I want a new drug
One that wont make me sick
One that wont make me crash my car
Or make me feel three feet thick
I want a new drug
One that wont hurt my head
One that wont make my mouth too dry
Or make my eyes too red
One that wont make me nervous
Wondering what to do
One that makes me feel like I feel when I'm with you
When I'm alone with you
My flute has been in need of TLC for some time now however the other night the loose spring finally gave way and it won't play anymore.
I will have to wait a bit before getting it fixed, which made me feel sad for several days, however now I realize that the blessing in this situation is that I've been reminded about the drums.
Today I did my first practice drills (for months now I've just been playing grooves I already know for fun for a few minutes here and there) and remembered that though I'm talented I am also novice and have quite a bit of work to do.
Upon working up a new pattern for my rhythmic vocabulary I felt grounding energy in my legs and for a brief moment or two slipped into liminal space.
With all the concerns around getting "my career" together I must heed my own advice, found in a two or three year old notebook: REMEMBER THE DRUMS.
Develop your passion into a competency. -- Steve Pavlina
may your holiday season be filled with the non-commercial kind of Joy
a willingness to share what you have (even in times of low flow)
moments of perfect Peace
drum jam @ "The Delitehouse" Gibsons, BC
focusing on living in the Now
and being present
there's a temptation to linger in daydreams of the imminent future
& the delicious improvements to come
as in, "it's all going to work out" or "I just have to get through this phase"
Now is sometimes really uncomfortable
being fully here for this process
is the Way
- to express Divinity in JOY through all that I do
I REMEMBER WHO I AM
- time & inspiration to develop my skills as a flautist, drummer, singer and electronic music producer
I NEED MUSIC, MUSIC NEEDS ME
- time & inspiration to develop my online, writing, video, and other creative projects
I MAKE THE TIME AND INSPIRATION FLOWS
- loving friends (chosen family)
I CELEBRATE THAT I HAVE THIS ALREADY AND THEY INCREASE IN NUMBER AS I BECOME MORE AND MORE HOLISTICALLY IN LOVE WITH LIFE
- a loving partner who enriches my life & me his (the right person at the right time)
I CELEBRATE THAT THIS IS ON ITS WAY IN PERFECT TIMING
- work that pays me well that I can do with calm ease & grace with a lot of scheduling flexibility (or a better way of manifesting money!)
I CELEBRATE THAT THERE IS ALWAYS ENOUGH NOW
I picked up the book How to Negotiate Like a Child: Unleash the Little Monster Within to Get EVERYTHING You Want from the library just to check it out. I was very turned off by the concept and think it's obnoxious to be darkly manipulative in business (and it always comes back to bite YOU in the end) however I wanted to give it a chance.
It's funny and has some good advice, especially around how to deal with others that use childish tactics. I found the advice in the "Just Cry" chapter helpful also, because sometimes I do cry and can't help it (though it's not something I could turn on on purpose just to manipulate!)
Here's a quote featuring the Donald, who may be wildly successful in dollar amount terms however he's also widely hated and someone I personally would not ever emulate. I somehow doubt he's among the happiest beings on Earth...
Try a Wild and Scary Threat
A variation on the tantrum theme is to employ a wild but scary threat. Both use extremes -- tantrums involve an extreme of sound and emotion; wild threats involve a large range of consequences. You know how kids threaten to hold their breath till they drop dead. Sometimes people will give in rather than wait to see how far the kid can go. That's the tactic Donald Trump used when he wanted to build the Trump Tower higher than permitted under New York City's zoning laws. He said if he didn't get the height exception he wanted, he'd build the ugliest building that he could possibly design, and site it in a way that would overshadow the historic, low-rise Tiffany's building below. He showed the city planners a hideous design. While they may not have been sure he'd really do it, they decided not to risk it and gave in.
Last night, I went to a holiday party with little games, including one where each person walked around with a piece of paper on their back and others anonymously wrote "postitive" things about that person there.
These are the words that were used to describe me:
I love the smell of a "real" Christmas tree, however it seems as it's time to make the tradition of every family cutting one down & throwing it away every December obsolete.
Here's a trend I predict we'll see catching on more & more in the years to come!
Living Christmas Trees
These trees are dug from a field with their roots encased in a soil ball, then wrapped in burlap and potted. After their brief stay inside for the holiday, they are transplanted outside to continue growing.
I used to feel that it was unhealthy that so many people now are constantly plugged into their Ipods (or other digital music players) however now that I have one myself (manifested free using Air Miles, yay!) I can see the appeal of being able to carry a sound/energy bubble around with me so easliy.
Of course, portable music is nothing new (remember the Walkman?) however the tiny size of these devices makes it easier than ever.
Realize that the sounds we expose ourselves to have a FAR stronger influence on our "vibrations" and well-being than most realize.
Visit my new music recommendations page for some of the exceptional sounds I consider it a Divine mission to promote to the world...
Everything is frequency.
The music we listen to affects our moods, body, emotions, and thoughts far more than most realize.
The intention of this page is to share recommendations to top quality music that I find resonates the human form in a positive way.
I encourage you to support these artists by paying for these sounds legally if you can. Many of the CD designs are works of art worth having. I have also included links to download where available.
I am involved with two major projects where I am one woman working with a group of men.
I have been encountering reflections from other women who feel that I am somehow being dominated or taken advantage of in these situations. While I appreciate my sisters' concern, I am going to continue on the path I am currently on (while keeping my eyes open for shifting tides.)
Upon reflection, I feel that at the core things are okay and that these ideas are a function of reflections around collective anger over "the patriarchy" in general that many women (including myself) carry.
I grew up with a feminist mother and see that while yes, male dominance is certainly a factor in our history & society there is also a great need for men and women to work together. In many ways I feel this is the naturally intended order of things for humanity.
Does this make me weak or submissive? No!
There are always going to be "power" issues in my work and personal relationships (with both men AND women) and I feel that I'm currently in the right place and doing the right thing.