Stellar Birth, Cosmic Wind

“Understanding ourselves as multidimensional beings is expressed through the Wind. The movement of the Wind…” Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo

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Source: NASA, Yellow Balls in W33

“Understanding ourselves as multidimensional beings is expressed through the Wind. The movement of the Wind–up, down, or across– expresses how potential takes form and how our minds are part of a dynamic dance with the atmosphere and the stars above. The internal, external, and even the cosmic Winds that can be perceived as a turning cross at a black hole, are a reminder of an ongoing process from whence even the most minute expression is inseparable. These winds are a spiraling pathway through which life’s potential arises as form.”
Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, The Seven Winds

NASA Photo “Explanation: Infrared wavelengths of 3.6, 8.0, and 24.0 microns observed by the Spitzer Space Telescope are mapped into visible colors red, green, and blue in this striking image. The cosmic cloud of gas and dust is W33, a massive starforming complex some 13,000 light-years distant, near the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. Click on the NASA source to find out what causes the yellow ball bursts.

Fleeting: Fireflies~ Time-Lapsed Photos

What is life?
It is a flash of a firefly in the night.
It is a breath of a buffalo in the winter time….”

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What is life?

It is a flash of a firefly in the night.

It is a breath of a buffalo in the winter time.

It is as the little shadow that runs across the grass

and loses itself in the sunset.

Crowfoot, Blackfoot Tribal Chief

All images are time-lapsed photos of fireflies by  Tsuneaki  Hiramatsu

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FireflyHirimatsu3-mAnd my favorites-

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Inspired in Oakland: Bloomin’ Beauty

“True beauty is a ray
That springs from the sacred depths of the soul,
and illuminates the body, just as life
springs from the kernel of a stone and
gives colour and scent to a flower.”
― Rumi

Things are beginning to settle now with the flurry of musical tasks almost done; band & I have been working hard on some new tunes, getting ready for my CD release at Yoshi’s next week. I have some radio left to do, some tour details, and then a short break.  Whew!!  This Banksy bird (in SF) sums up what I feel; it’s time to stop the town crier and save my voice now 😉

Meanwhile, Spring has been everywhere exploding these last weeks.

We have a tiny tree in our front yard. Until it bloomed, we didn’t know what it was. Dogwood, we think. 😉

I am not usually a rose grrl, but since we have a community rose garden not far away- it has been fun to see them a little closer. There are hundreds of them!

“True beauty is a ray
That springs from the sacred depths of the soul,
and illuminates the body, just as life
springs from the kernel of a stone and
gives colour and scent to a flower.”
Rumi

New Torch and Sass CD~ Available

New Music!!

“The artist is nothing without the gift,

and the gift is nothing without work.” — Emile Zola

This is a quote that artist Anne Choi engraved on a new silver bead.

She says “I’ve heard people speak reverently about talent, as though it’s the only thing an artist needs. I think that for an artist, having a talent is just a beginning. Without persistence, exploration and appreciation, a talent withers and is lost.”

I understand the persistence part, and the exploration.  But never thought much about the appreciation.  I think I would need to make music whether I performed it or not.  But nothing motivates more than a room full of people wanting to celebrate.  I’m reminded of my early days, playing bars, a TV in the corner with playoffs,  soundscape punctuated by wild shouts of joy with sudden scores.  Ah, the old days 😉

Appreciation is a motivator. But I play my heart out these days, regardless.  In part I think because my band & I have so much fun playing together.

So I’ve done a terrible job of the daily poetry post!  ;(.  But I think I’m doing a great job w/ new videos, booking the tour, and getting our music out into the world!!  Crazy busy now.

So my new CD Torch and Sass hits the streets next month.  And Yoshi’s- Oakland has invited us back for our CD release party!!!!  Eeee!  AND I’m thrilled to have on hand advanced copies of Torch and Sass (CD or MP3) that you can be the first to order anytime before the official May 23th release date- by ordering through my website (Bandcamp)/Paypal.  You can listen to songs before you buy  here.

100% of every purchase supports getting my band on the road for tour dates both here in the US and Europe.  I’m working on the Southern states (Sept.) and the East coast (Oct.) now.  What cities should we play??    (Thank you in advance…!  🙂

This is a painting of Mae West in the murals of Coit Tower San Francisco. I’ve just started covering Mae West’s “Mr. Deep Blue Sea.”  I just love her nobody’s-fool attitude on screen.

Day 12: Endless Rain

Rain poem/lyrics

“It is impossible to live
without poetry and color and love.”
Antoine St. Exupery

I miss the South for its dramatic storms. When the sky opens up with a deluge of pelting drops or giant hail, and it’s “hellfire & brimstone” in the skies.  And then it’s over.  We’re having a storm now, with a long slow rain.  And true to west coast ways, the lightning & thunder are slow rolling and taking their sweet time.  Two hours later and still a gentle storm.  😉      More lyrics…

You wake me up at 4 o’clock
saying, why stay asleep when we could talk
seems your head is full of dreams, it seems.

Open your eyes & the sky turns gray 
begin to speak down my window pain
first a mist and then a steady pour.

Rain rain, are you here to stay?
Seems you got a lot to say
so I’ll listen to you, all night/
all day…