Uke Fest, Subscribe to MEEEEE, Replacements Tribute, Supporting NPR Tiny Desk Winner Gaelynn Lea: October Newsletter

Hey there music lover!

And how blissful it is to love music!  I’ve been digging in deep,  running with it,  crying with it,  feeling elated by it.  It’s been awhile since I’ve been so excited by listening to music.  Weird,  huh?  I feel like all my senses are hyper lately and the world is fresh and new,  my ears are PERKED.  I hope yours too!

Lots of stuff going on, as usual.  I went to some conferences,   am launching a subscription fanclub thing so you can get hot-of-the-press exclusive song demos and things,  and have some really rad solo shows coming up to round out this CRAZY ASS YEAR.  Read on if you wanna!  xoxoxox
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Quality over Quantity

In 2015 I played 90+ shows.  In the Midwest, on the west coast, in the south.  This is nothing compared to the more seasoned full time musicians,  non-stop touring,  living in their vans & buses,  300+ shows a year.  However for me,  doing my own booking and promoting and holding down rent and some yoga teaching in Duluth at the time — it was quite a lot.  I have so many great memories (and alas,  some not so great!) and especially love the travel aspect and connecting with new and old friends.  This country is incredible and huge and its inhabitants vast and varied.

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Tuning into your sixth sense with the Ajna Chakra

Your hair is standing on end. You KNEW you shouldn’t have but you did anyway.  You had this feeling in your gut that something was just a little off but you brushed it aside and went ahead.  Your dream last night told you to change your mind but it was just a dream … Something was fishy.  Your head hurt,  your legs were twitchy,  you got chills,  you got butterflies (not the fun kind).  And then,  even though you thought through it and used all of your logic and blasted forth with your plan,  it ALL fell apart.  Maybe you lost some money.  Maybe all of your techie gadgets crashed.  Or worse,  maybe someone betrayed you or an accident befell you.  But you KNEW if you had only listened to that tiny voice or feeling in the background that ALL of this could have been avoided …

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Have a heart! [Heart chakra, that is …]

“My heart is twisted,  feels like it’s pounding right out of my chest.  Fried up and crispy; she’s got it wrapped up in beeswax.” – MB “Beeswax” (listen above)

Oooooh,  the heart.  We’ve all got one.  It’s in there pounding away,  pumping blood to the nether regions,  all the way down to our fingertips and toes.  This blog has been by far the most challenging for me to write for some reason.  I’ve been writing a weekly series on the seven major Chakras.  Chakras are energy centers in our body,  and have been cited in Hindu,  Qi Gong, Buddhist and New Age practices.  These energy centers or “wheels” have different emotional characteristics and correlate to physical organs,  cerebral processes and spiritual aspirations.  New Age-y stuff might make you cringe and all week long I’ve been saying “take it or leave it,” but if you are into self reflection (and many of you are artsy types so you probably are into delving into the depths of your fabulous soul),  my hope is to send you away with a few things you can focus on this week to balance your heart.

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Solar Plexus Chakra – Transformation, fire & personal power

 

Greetings!  Welcome to week three of my exploration of the chakras from a yoga and artist perspective.  Chakras are,  according to yogic belief (take it or leave it),  centers of energy throughout our bodies that have specific themes in our lives – physical,  emotional,  spiritual – and can be worked with to bring balance,  awareness and personal growth.  WOO HOO!

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The Root Chakra: how it relates to you & your music

In my other life, I am a yoga instructor.  It balances out the late nights,  the wild times,  the unpredictability of the music business. Plus, it helps to keep me sane.

In my class on Tuesday night (I teach a handful of community therapists at their workplace),  a dear student asked if I would be interested in incorporating chakra teachings into my classes.  I jumped at it and wove it into my class design for the night.  I love requests and I love challenges – and this one seemed very pertinent.  In the next series of blog posts, I’m gonna delve into some simple things you can do at home with your  breath, body and music and how they relate to our chakra system.

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Thoughts on success, failure & non-attachment

 

I woke up Monday morning after the “super moon” the previous night and couldn’t stop thinking about the roller-coaster that is attachment:  Expectation,  getting hopes up,  elation,  disappointment,  and over and over again.  This is the human condition and a huge cause for suffering.  How do we figure out how to gracefully ride the turbulent emotions?  Do we remain forever pessimistic,  making a practice of NOT getting our hopes up and thus never get disappointed?

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