Week 21 – MKE

Well, hello blog world. Here I am, late getting this out, and not having much to contribute this week. I’ve been super busy with music performances and traveling, and I am still very much in the flow of Giving and Receiving.

It’s been super snowy here this week, and I have been working on new music – writing charts, writing songs, rehearsing, performing. Sometimes, I have to travel quite far to a performance, and stay over night – extending my weekend to a trip into the city (Seattle). I have attended a few concerts this week as well. Music is me, and I am music – that what my friend says, “You are music!” There’s something very deep and beautiful about being music daily. My mornings begin with singing and dancing to an East Indian mantra.

When I sing for the public, I am always amazed by their response. There is so much giving and receiving in this exchange. Friends come to hear me, and I make new friends in the process of giving. Music touches people in so many different ways. It’s been very cold here, and the music I sing is warm and tropical – Caribbean, Brazilian and Latin Jazz. The audience and I have a reciprocal relationship, like the infinity sign – what you give comes back to you.

And then, there is music that I enjoy while listening to others. It stirs my soul, uplifts my mind and keeps me happy. I have had several opportunities to tap back into my Afro-Latin roots via Cuban music and dance, reminding me of my childhood, and my time as a young woman out on my own for the first time. I grew up listening to and dancing to Afro-Cuban music. When I was in my early 20s, I went to Latin night clubs every weekend, and danced salsa, merengue and samba. When I hear those rhythms and melodies again, I come alive! I feel connected to the roots of the music, it’s an inexplicable sensation.

I appreciate the connection of interacting with others through music, giving and receiving love in the public, seeing all as an expression of Supreme Love, and wishing everyone I meet the very best. Music adds another dimension to our lives, that would otherwise be dry without it. It reminds me of who I am, and what my place is in this world.

“I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy”.

Tiempo Libre – que rico!

Oh, and these guys – super funky!