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Waving hello 

How are you? So many people around me are swirling in big shifts/little crises. Frankly these Piscean waters can feel like a giant toilet flushing. And yet… I guess that’s necessary?

Though it's still colder and wetter than ideal for a romp at the beach or even down the block, stepping outside is so helpful for letting these energies move through us. (At the very least Mama Earth provides more appealing metaphors!) Right now it's cold and rainy (relatively) and I'm tempted to stayed curled up with my hot water bottle all day but as soon as I hit "send" I'm getting out there because I know I always feel better when I do. When I'm outside I remember that nature is change and I am nature, so I'm more connected to myself and less afraid of my own nature. Or something. It just feels good. 

Other people count as nature, too! We’re all little crumbs of this Earth pie. Tastier together. That’s one of the many things I love about live music so much - the coming together of these pieces. The shared experience of human connection. It’s what’s missing for me on the internet - I’ve experimented with online concerts and videos but I've realized that approach doesn’t feel good to me because the essential pieces are missing: you. It’s just me and a screen, and while I suppose a screen is also a crumb, it’s really not the same. 

So, hello. This grain of sand is thinking of you. And if we’re all grains on the same beach I recognize that we’re always connected and any illusion of separation is just that - illusion. But I’m not enlightened yet (so annoying) and to return to the first metaphor (sorry) some days feel like a shit storm. But it is - we are - changing.

As for live music - I’m excited to play a couple of shows in the Santa Cruz/San Jose area this week!

Mar 11 Byington, Los Gatos, CA, 2pm
Mar 13 Davenport Roadhouse, Davenport, CA 6pm

These will be my last “local” shows for an indefinite period of time so please come. Sunday will be outdoors and my screen tells me it will be a gorgeous sunny day. 

To the vast majority of you who cannot make it, I’m working hard on taking it easy and letting the new sounds come. As you’ve seen I’m craving the road bigtime but I know good things are worth waiting for.

In the meantime this is a great album to help connect with your own nature spirit-morsel. I’ll be listening to it tonight at 8:30PM Pacific if you'd like to join me. When I listen to "Devi Prayer" I often have flashbacks to Oandu, Estonia. Sometimes I can even smell the forest. 

Lots of love!

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Just a lil note to send a lil love <3

Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap for being a "Hallmark holiday" (what holiday isn't?) but I love it because I love love. It comes in so many flavors! Friendly, familial, romantic… sweet, salty, nutty, dark. Oh wait - that’s chocolate. 

A couple weeks ago I unpacked my car for the first time in five years. Dead pens, city maps, pumpkin seeds, jumper cables - lots of interesting finds. However the treasure chest was in my overhead visor: 

Yeah, it’s been a challenge to wear my hair in a bun, but for 100,000 miles I’ve had the love of these angels hovering over me. That’s powerful! I share this not to boast about wonderful friends (friends are wonderful, though, aren’t they?) but to inspire you to scribble a lil love note. It doesn’t have to be fancy or profound to brighten someone’s day. And I promise it will brighten someone’s day. I mean, it’s February, things are shaky, and it’s tax season. A splash of hearts can do us good. 

Emails can be sweet, too - a quick, “hi, thinking of you” lights up the inbox. But in this digital world it feels extra special for our digits to receive something from another human's digits. In my early twenties I used to send letters of encouragement to my future self. Receiving them from my past self broadened my perspective when the present wasn’t so comfortable. 

When I was in middle school one of my classmate’s dad’s used to pack her lunch and write a note on her banana peel every day. I thought that was just about the coolest thing ever. Bathroom mirror notes are fun, too! Along with assorted wedding photos, birth announcements, and holiday cards I've treasured three post-it notes, a piece of an envelope, and several origami swans for the better part of a decade. Just holding them I feel the love from the sender. 

I’m superstitious about unpacking because it seems that as soon as I take my clothes out of a suitcase it’s pretty much guaranteed I’m going to be putting them back in very soon. So I usually keep them in a suitcase. But I took them out. And now…

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