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Of New Music and Healing

Living in a radically new place, as I have been doing with my family this last year, has invited me to see things very differently.  Many previously automatic decisions have been replaced by new strategies. And so I have also decided to take a fresh look at how my music is being published. Instead of a whole album, I’m going to come out with music . . . one single at a time! This first single is titled:  HEALING. I am really excited to share it with you on 12 November, 2014! There were a few songs left in my heart from our Tucson days and somehow they still needed to be shared, even though I am physically far away from that place. This new single is one of those. So it’s a Tucson sound, sung by an Iranian-Austrian girl, who lives in China, produced by a Canadian guy and accompanied on the guitar by a guitarist from Cuba . . . It’s a small world indeed The melody was inspired by my sweet husband, who himself is a wonderful healer. He is also a dedicated fan of Country/Western music, pleading for years for me to write/sing something in his favorite style, so one day I thought to myself: it would have to be a healing song! To add to the whole picture, a beautiful artist friend, on her own healing path, gifted me her artwork to be used for the music cover. I feel so blessed to have her beautiful work as part of mine. As much as the musical style is particular, the content is universal and common to all of humanity. It is about the yearning to heal. It is about the yearning for wholeness and how that wholeness lies in our spiritual essence, our connection to the Divine! This piece is a dedication to all those who yearn for healing. Whether dedicated to our whole planet that is struggling on so many levels, or groups of people and individuals, this prayer was sung with the full conviction and passion that healing IS possible. I dedicate this song to the healing of all humanity from the illness of greed, violence and love for power; to all the children in the world whose hearts...

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OF TAXIS AND OTHER THINGS … FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF A NEW LIFE

 Since moving half way across the globe 8 months ago, from laid back, cacti-filled Tucson (of just barely 1 million people) to one of the most populous and complex cities of the world, BEIJING (with a population of over 21 million people), I find that I have more time to myself and yet . . . I’m busier than ever.   Every minute is used up – used to absorb the new, the unusual, the surprising, to digesting never-before-sensed images, sounds and smells and trying to make sense of them all. Every action and every interaction is new and different, and an opportunity to learn – all the while taking a tremendous amount of energy.   Here in Beijing, I sit in taxis a lot.  A lot. It’s called: da chu zu qi che.   In Tucson I used to teach people yoga and move gracefully through a yoga studio and even life it seemed Now I sit in taxis. Sitting in a taxi doesn’t require much energy, you would think?   TAXIS are now my new mode of transportation (remember my cute red car?), my new office (great views, but unfortunately not enough space for yoga or singing), as well as the place where I study and practice most of my Chinese. After months I can actually tell the driver where I really want to go and how to get there. Being able to say the right words with the right tones took weeks and months! And yet it seems that no taxi driver has ever heard of the street that we live on, in this city of 16 thousand square kilometers (6 thousand square miles). But 460-some taxi rides later, there have been 3 drivers who knew where to go. I cherished every moment of those 3 rides . . . not having to worry about the next turn and how to say it in Chinese, in the correct tones, without confusing or inadvertently insulting the driver, without stress to body and mind.   I could write pages about the TRAFFIC in this city. You have to see it to believe it, how fluidly these millions of differing vehicles (cars, buses, bicycles, tricycles and trucks of varying shapes and sizes) AND people...

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