Celebrate Solstice with XR & a new SFC Single!

Hello from a sunlit room in the not-quite-frozen-actually-unseasonably-warm-northern-Illinois.  I’m currently visiting family in northern IL for our Xmas festivities including lots of group singing <3   I’m personally reveling in the fact that we have made it to the other fulcrum of the seasonal teeter-totter, y’all – HAPPY SOLSTICE!

Also (after a day of slight technical difficulties), my new single is now available on CDBaby!  Check it: Lullaby for a Nihilist

You can simultaneously give me and yourself a Solstice gift by purchasing this new track for just a single simple dollar.  If you want to give me an even greater gift, please share my song around on some form of social media 🙂

Thanks again to Anna Martel for the album art!

In case you’re looking for some way to engage in musical activist community this eve, my Petting Kazoo bandmate Rafael Natan will be playing with Eleanor Elektra at the Seeds of Light concert this very evening in Harvard Sq at 7pm, organized by Extinction Rebellion Mass. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Aaaand in case you were wondering, here are my more current responses to my younger shadow side:

1)  If ignorance is bliss & suffering is pointless, how do we know anything at all?

Ignorance may seem like bliss at times, but increasing awareness can also increase total joy once we learn to wield it.  Suffering may be unnecessary most of the time, but some forms of it can bring opportunities to increase empathy.  And so, many of us learn as much as we possibly can, attempting increase both our empathy and our understanding of the intricacies of this world.

2) If everything that ends is only a beginning, how can we feel anything at all?

Since everything that ends is indeed a beginning, and in fact everything does end, it is all too easy to sit in numbness. This past year I had a personal experience of awakening into an understanding of impermanence that left me often in tears, my heart feeling quite raw but more in touch with the shivering aliveness and tangled love in every interaction. Thanks to Pema Chodron for your wise words in how to breathe thru the times When Things Fall Apart. And thanks to my family and friends who were there for me during many tender days.

3) If there’s nothing new to say and silence is courageous, how can we say anything at all?

My answer remains the same: “If you speak your mind, the words will not ring false – though we know full well how smart we think we are”.  We think we need to say something totally novel all the time, but even the same conclusions filtered through your unique consciousness need only be full of authenticity and it will hit whatever point of cultural acupuncture we are meant to find.

May your days be filled with the promise of the return of the sun. Light is Returning!

~ Nora

Surefire Cure Newsletter ~A New Single~

Hello friends, colleagues, family, frozen northerly companions, the time has come to revive the Surefire Cure mailing list!My website is live again, thanks to the efforts of Michael Vermette, with shiny new art from Anna Martel, a member of a Somerville Arts Coop called the Ministry of Bad Decisions, which currently houses my teaching collective, the WholeTone Music Academy.  Wrap your brain around all those tasty names, eh?  If you’d like to hear more about what I’m up to, be sure to follow my Instagram, surefirecure, since that’s the first place I go to announce gigs, projects, and meditative musings.  There are also throwbacks to sweet summer moments like a solo from the Choralies festival in France and highlights from tour in Germany & France with Rafael Natan & Anais Azul.

However! I have an important announcement and some equally important questions for you.  Time is of the essence here.  You see, I’ll be releasing a new recording ~tomorrow~ of my original song documenting dialogue between some of my lighter and darker selves, “Lullaby for a Nihilist”

In these days nearing the apex of seasonal darktimes, nigh even to the end of an entire decade, I ask you to turn towards your shadow side for a few spacious moments and ask yourself how you bounce between honoring contrasting slivers of self.

These three questions in particular sat heavily with me a couple years ago:

1) If ignorance is bliss & suffering is pointless, how do we know anything at all?
2) If everything that ends is only a beginning, how can we feel anything at all?
3) If there’s nothing new to say and silence is courageous, how can we say anything at all?

Not to keep you in suspense for too long; I will be sending you a response in song-form in just about 24hrs.

How would you, dear reader, respond to a voice that asked you such things??

I am awfully curious to know…

Thanks so incredibly much to Natan Wythe for recording all the layers of these songs. I could not have possibly recorded them with any other engineer friend, I’m quite convinced.  Also there are more to come, trickling into your inbox every month or two this coming year 🙂  Or if you’d prefer not to hear from me in this digital format, just let me know and I’ll remove you from my list.

May your joy bucket never be empty,