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!