Rain Lilly

rainflower8152Lilly-8144m lilly8158-L-tall-S lilly8137-M rainlilly8136-mHappy Spring everyone!  El Niño rains have brought us early blooms and thriving gardens here in Northern Cali. Except for a little unexpected flooding of basements and such, excess rains have been the greatest gift.

These happy lilies were transplanted from San Fran to Oakland some 30+ years ago. Taken in early morning light between storms.

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California’s Spring is looking very orange right now…

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So much going on right now with music and creative projects- I don’t know how

to talk about it, or where to start. It’s as if I am in a fixed state of hyperventilation.

Or one giant slow motion hold-your-breath as the world spins crazy by.
In short- we are playing lots of gigs, morphing new sounds in between, jamming out

the wine country on weekends (yay!), all while my creative urges are morphing (exploding)

in new directions as I experiment with new things- media, materials, techniques all

hours of the night. It feels good! Studio is aMess. 😉 (that should be a word).

I could spend time writing…or making…

Taking a breath to look around…here is a mural down the street from us near the Native Indian center-
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and northern California’s Spring is looking very orange right now~

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Creative updates Next…

Fresh Alchemy- Why Each Show is Different

…This is the scary cool fun of it all. There really is that slow motion point in the very beginning of a show, that terrifying second when you walk out, look out at an audience, and know that you have absolutely no control over the next 90 minutes. Despite all the prep work or a full house. HA!

We just had our biggest show of the year, (so far ;)), last week at world premier Yoshi’s jazz club.  And a great turn out (Thank you friends for celebrating Spring with us. And dancing…!!).

yoshi's 2013 collage

I always welcome a mental break after these; all the extra energy leading up; getting music ready, planning a live act, promoting, stressing (what if no one shows?!)- and then, going with whatever happens on stage that day.

This is the scary cool fun of it all. There really is that slow motion point in the very beginning of a show, that terrifying second when you walk out, look out at an audience, and know that you have absolutely no control over the next 90 minutes. Despite all the prep work or a full house.  HA!

Band

organism of six

apex display onstage-

your mood, your skills, chemistry

of today, could be alchemy    Who knows

how your heart will settle    behind drums, your

fingers on strings, wind moving over reeds, tapping

or muting sweet a trumpet   All inspiring a voice to follow

or Lead    Who knows?

¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨    Tara Linda

This is what makes each show so different from the last.  We feel it as both as musicians and performers. Last week’s show felt more raw, and all the more special for it. We tried new things. And though we may attempt to prepare for everything, the uncertainty plus the freshness of each second = spontaneity. Thankfully, I haven’t had to sing my songs 1000’s of times. Yet 😉  But even if they weren’t fresh, I think I would have to make up new words each show. Or change up the rhythms, something! I couldn’t go through motions, not with something I love so much.

Next up: writing/recording new music for clients. Mentally, even that wants a break. Must fight the inertia…studio calls!  Poetry and Music Muses…hover closer…!

This is actually a cool ad: how we never see ourselves as others see us.  Just Beautiful.

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Only When we Tarry – Macro and Rilke

“We set the pace
But this press of time–
take it as a little thing
next to what endures.

All this hurrying
soon will be over.
Only when we tarry do we touch the holy.
…………………….
See how all things are at rest–
darkness and morning light,
blossom and book.”

Part One. XXII- Sonnets to Orpheus, Rainer Maria Rilke. (In Praise of Mortality, translated by Anita Barrows & Joanna Macy)

This book is an awesome combined translation of Rilke’s Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus. Not sure why, but these delicate, poetic reminders of impermanence are really comforting now. Maybe with Fall and changing seasons…thoughts of what matters…the little things.  Always nice to be reminded to “tarry”, linger and loiter.

Clink the pink flower to check out other cool Macro shots.