Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Release Day!!! It's so exciting

Happy Holidays!!

Pardon me, but the festivities have already begun. Today the Cincinnati Enquirer is running a story about my producer Peas and his new chillout holiday CD, the one I posted about a few weeks ago. Cincinnati is his hometown. How nice that must be to have a positive story about yourself in the old hometown paper. Congrats Peas! You deserve it.

As I went to write this post my friend Diane emailed to firm up plans to pick me up from the train station in San Diego on Thanksgiving. The funny thing about this is that amongst my friends down there, a theme song for my visits has emerged over the years. Sung to the tune of “Dirty Old Time,” “Elizabeth’s In Town” is our chorus and it has had many a cheerful rendition, not all in a state of sobriety. Still, it’s great to have your own theme song amongst friends, and all the better that it’s to the tune of a famous Irish drinking song. Anyway, as I opened Diane’s email, the version of “Dirty Old Town” that randomly came on my iTunes player was by my friends Culann’s Hounds. This is an Irish band from San Francisco with whom I worked for a little while, about this time of the year two years ago. I was with them when they played San Diego and a small show at Camp Pendleton. That was way cool to be involved w a show for our Marines. Anyway, it’s funny how serendipitous things are at times.

So, with the Cincinnati Enquire story about my producer (did I write “my” enough? lol), one of my best friends in the world heading to the train station to greet me for the holiday, and a happy tune by other friends running through my head, I wish everyone who is reading this many blessings and a really happy holiday. Too cute, my favorite pub in Coronado is Mc P's, get it? It's clearly a Peas thing today.

And if you are looking for some hip, sweet holiday music, do check out Peas’ new CD “A Christmas Chill,” which went on sale this morning. To hear some of the music, check just click here. You can also make friends with and listen to the CD at Myspace and follow us on Twitter. Let’s rock this Yule tide!

Peas - A Christmas Chill (feat. Rachel Leslie)

With love,

Ps: Did I mention that I just LOVE Spaces, a program on my new iMac? This thing is so bleeping awesome!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Sun into Sag - It’s About Optimism

It’s a friendly, enthusiastic and visionary fire sign.  It’s ruled by generous expansive Jupiter.  It’s symbol is the archer’s arrow, urging us to take aim at our dreams.  It’s the sign Walt Disney was born under.  And best of all, it’s finally here again!  This year’s journey of the Sun through the sign of the gypsy, the student and the philosopher will see Pluto move into Capricorn, Uranus go direct and what is likely to be the most lively full moon of the entire year.  

At 5:03 P.M. PST on November 26th Pluto goes into Capricorn where it will be until March 23, 2023.  Pluto represents our core beliefs and ambitious Capricorn is all about pragmatic, down-to-earth problem solving.  This is the beginning of a cycle in which we are nearly guaranteed sweeping and monumental reform in government, business and our other institutions.  And “change” after all is what America just avidly voted for.  While no one can completely predict exactly what these major and fundamental changes will look like, I can tell you what won’t fly anymore. This past week top executives from America’s 3 largest automakers went to Washington to ask the public to pay for a $25 billion bailout.  The problem was that these captains of industry showed up with no specific plan nor any details as to how they intended to spend all of that taxpayer money.  And to add insult to injury, or as I see it, to beg the Universe to slap them, they flew in separately to make their joint plea for the public funding on their individual companies’ private corporate jets.  They didn’t even have the decency to air-pool.  Congress adjourned without so much as voting on the matter.  

     Pluto in Capricorn finds an American public in no mood for such outrages, much like it found the American psyche back 1762, the last time Pluto began its journey through Capricorn.  Three years into that cycle, the British government enacted the Stamp Act which many historians cite as the origin of the American War for Independence.  By the end of that Pluto in Capricorn cycle in 1778, that war was won and a nation was born.  It’s sweetly fitting that this time the journey begins as many Americans pay homage to the vision and fortitude of our nation’s founders with a Thanksgiving meal. 

And on Thanksgiving Day, the 27th, in the morning we have a new Sagittarius moon within a few minutes of Uranus going direct.  Back in late June, as the Sun went through the sign of Cancer, innovative and unconventional Uranus was the last of four large outer planets to turn retrograde.  I recommended that we all just go with the backward flow for a little while until more favorable aspects were on hand to assist us with bigger picture plans. In early September Jupiter and Pluto went direct, on November 1st Neptune went direct and now Uranus turns direct.  In the summer I mentioned that as these outer planets went direct, we would see a gradual building of momentum and progress with the more significant aspects of our lives.  So now we have it, at least until December 31st when Saturn goes retrograde, all of the major outer planets moving forward.  To have these huge cosmic winds at our back during the enchanted cycle of adventurous and convivial Sagittarius is yet another one of its gifts.  We can dare to dream, and we can dare to dream big!  Where do you want to aim your archer’s bow?

But before venturing too far into the Sagitarian realms of fairy tales and unicorns. there is one week I want to point out.  It is that of the full Gemini moon on Dec 12th. According to astrology expert Mark Husson, it’s not the full moon that will be stirring things up, although some planets will be squaring (off) on that day, it’s feisty, lusty Mars who will be instigating much of the fuss with challenging aspects on the 11th and 15th. On his Soul’s Journey Radio show “Love Scopes” which airs on Sunday nights at 7 P.M. PST, Mark will walk us through the events leading up to this ruckus full moon and explain why its getting so much attention.  As some clients have already called me to express concern about this mighty moon due to Susan Miller’s writing, I want to gently remind everyone that astrology is a map, one that helps us see what’s ahead so that we can plan accordingly.  So let’s listen in Sunday evening, because Mark’s greatest teaching, and gift in my view, is fearlessness.  It’s not so much where the planets are, but what we choose to do with their influences. As this Sagittarius cycle dawns, I choose optimism, expansion and magic. It's time to believe again.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cracking the Code

and cracking up about the ways my boss and I enjoy spending a Saturday night. Wait, that sounds weird. He's
Mark Husson and I work for him over at 12Listen and 12Angel. Practically since the time I began working for him 20 months ago we've been trying to figure out how to put our availability buttons on all of these other sites we're on. Oh, it's a long story, that would bore most people to tears. But tonight, he did it! Behold:

I see these springing up all over the web in the very near future.

Aside from that I'm pooped, taking the rest of the night off due to my state of tiredness and our local wildfires. LA smells like a forest fire at the moment and the addition to our normal pollution levels is definitely bad. Sending Love and Light to all of my neighbors who are evacuating and especially those who have lost all of their possessions during this day.

In Light,

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Veteran's Day

While out doing my part to sustain our capitalist empire today, I had many an observation that I thought I’d share. Not that anyone could possibly want to know this much about me; I just feel like writing. The mission was to go to Off Broadway Shoes, one of our local discount shoe warehouse type stores. I like these because they are the size of a football field, the prices are good and they are self-service. That last part is a marvelous contrast to sitting shoeless helplessly confined to a Nordstrom’s chair awaiting the return of an over burdened shoe sales person who is waiting on too many other people. The part of today’s adventure that I took the greatest pride in was that I had to buy new workout sneakers. That means I have been going to the gym with so much regularity that I have in fact warn out my old pair. To celebrate, I stopped at the In and Out Burger joint next to the shoe store. Never mind that I had loaded up my cabinets, freezer and frig via a Trader Joe’s run only yesterday. Am I the only one who feels pressured to eat the fresh veggies shortly after spending the money on them? The bag of baby spinach and the two highly ripened tomatoes beckoned to me from the crisper, but they were no match for the Double Double Cheeseburger on the In and Out menu. My rationalization was that it’s nearly that time of the month, and of course the warn out gym sneakers. After my meal, a sign appeared in the ladies room clearly affirming my decision: “All In and Out Associates must wash their hands before returning to work.”

On to the matter at hand, I went right to the sneaker section where I was temporarily blinded by shelf loads of shoes from K Swiss or some such brand. Their shoes were a striking shade of pure white shoe polish. It was as if someone had been up on a crack bender shining all of them. The whole section of them created a bad Pat Boone sort of reminiscence. Really, is there any such thing as a good Pat Boone reminiscence? So I found a pair of black Sketchers. Sketchers knows its customers well. These had no shoe laces. Glancing over to the old beat up pair of sneakers I had walked in wearing that were strewn on the floor, the inescapable truth that I am lazy was in evidence by their tied laces. I accepted this realization and moved on to the handbag department, black Sketchers in tow.

So there’s this prayer I have been petitioning the Fashion Angels about for the past several years. It’s the one that goes, “Would you please ask purse manufacturers to stop making handbags that double as carryon luggage and diaper bags?” Who needs to carry that much stuff? Doesn’t it get heavy? It’s for their laptops I’ve been reckoning, as if none of us could possibly be away from our computers for more than a few hours. Low and behold, it seems that Steve Jobs has heard and answered my prayers with Apple’s iTouch/iPhone. You can browse the net, have your shopping lists, calendar and address book handy, and answer your email, and it fits in your hand. The fashion world needs to catch up. And while they are downsizing our bags, I hope that they also take all of the gaudy, 60's flashback, and completely useless decorations off of these things. I found exactly one elegant, rich genuine leather, black bag with ample, but not too much room. But it only reminded me of the other reason I don’t purchase too many purses: at the “discount” store it’s price was $269. Have people lost their minds? Do you know how many self-help books you could buy with that kind of money? Read a few, and you will no longer need to carry the word coach with you in order to enter public life. I concluded that the economists are correct, the banks have been handing out far too much loose credit, and I headed for that most comforting of all wardrobe pieces, socks.

I am not a frivolous sock shopper either. Off Broadway had a generous assortment of multipacks of socks, many with a variety of colors in each pack. Tempting as attractive arrays of colors are, I have this theory about odd socks. I suspect that they are hiding out with a multitude of pens that I’ve left by the phone, laughing. So I buy several packs of the exact same socks. Maybe when I’m a home owner and have the sanctity of my own personal washer and dryer, I’ll get a little wilder with sock purchases. For now, I’m untroubled by the renegades in the bunch. I did make a happy discovery, the sport dress sock. As Fall dictates the wearing of closed dress shoes, unless you’re blond and 20-something in which case flip flops never go out of style, I was looking for dark dress socks. But I’ve always hated that terribly artificial material most are made of, nylon I think it is. It’s thin, doesn’t absorb moisture and feels so unnatural. Finally someone besides Steve Jobs thought of me as these looked seasonally appropriate and tasteful enough and were plush and soft. I bought a few pair of these, yes all black, and will let you know how they work out.

As we’re heading toward Veteran’s Day, much love to those individuals and their families who do so much more than shop for their country. I am ever grateful for their service and sacrifice.

With love,

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Wedding Song

This morning has been an emotional roller coaster, and something intensely sweet, uncomfortable and powerful is afoot. First I woke from an awful dream at 6:40 in which a man with whom I had hoped, beyond reason, that things would work out (are you w me ladies?), was rejecting me b/c of the anger I carry from unresolved issues. I felt so hurt, and well angry, when I woke up. But I started calling in the Angels to help me to forgive him, to forgive myself for my less than stellar moments with him, and mostly to help me to not give my day and power to the negativity. Then when I got up for good, resolved to process the grief all of my memories brought up and to make the best of the day that I could, there were 4 emails from clients thanking me for work I've done w them, recently and months ago. While I'm used to a kind and thankful email every now and then, seeing a bunch on this, the day after this historic election, was astonishing.

At work I hold the space for my clients to crash, to be angry, to be hurt, to fall apart, to confess, to express what they're going through uncensored. And by the grace of spirit, I am able to do that with total love and support for them. One letter thanked me for this in particular. Its author mirrors me in many ways, so her words of gratitude were especially appreciated and touching. Anyway, I don't know where I'm going with all of this, but all of these emotions have inspired me to post the lyric to my newest song, the one Peas and I will begin recording on Friday.

A Wedding Song

In a moment a life is changed
Light is lost to dark
Everything that was anything
completely comes apart
The pain is strong
And the spirit low
There is no tenderness
There is no way home

In a moment a life is changed
Love finally finds a way
And the heart that had given up
gives way to grace
It sings a song
of the strength of soul
There is untold tenderness
There is always a way home

This moment is everything
We exchange our vows
The miles of uncertainty
are one Path now
Through summer fields
and winter snows
Love’s voice will sing to us
Love is all we need to know
Love’s voice is in everything
Love is all we need to know

Saturday, November 1, 2008

To Peas & Lori!

Can I just tell you how happy I am? This week has simply been awesome. That doesn't mean that it hasn't been without its challenges. On Monday we found out that my apartment has a massive termite infestation which has caused me to move my harp far, far away from the party crashers. The exterminator used the "tent" word. With only five more months on my 2-year lease, I'm blessing the little guys, accepting whatever happens and trusting that it's all for the highest good. Maybe I'll get to move out sooner than I had hoped to - Denver, Austin, Sedona - possibilities exist. Anyway, the week's good news came in on two major fronts, like a sweet reminder from the Universe that we always can choose where to put our thoughts and energy; termites, legal battles and moving or Lori, Peas and success.

On Thursday I learned that Lori Andrews, the harpist who graces my recordings has a CD that has made it into the 30 finalists in her category for a possible Grammy nomination. We'll know if it will be one of the five official nominees in about a month. I am just THRILLED for her! She's talented and innovative, a solid player who has been polishing her craft for years, but most of all, she's a genuinely good person. My experience has unfortunately been that you don't find so many of them in this town. That something this good is happening for someone who is kind and a consummate pro affirms all that I want to believe about life and the Universe.

And then there's Peas!!! I met producer Peter "Peas" McEvilley five years ago when he first arrived in Hollywood. His talent immediately landed him work on the "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" soundtrack. Instantly recognizing his considerable abilities and grounded presence, I asked him to work on my first single, "Hey Dublin." He graciously accepted and whipped the song into shape, and we have been working together ever since. He's also one of the nicest people you'll ever meet in this town. This week we began a PR campaign for his forthcoming CD "A Christmas Chill." I heard it about a month ago and my heart chakra just blew open. For one reason or another I was having a bad day or moment and the Angelic voice and harmonies of featured vocalist Rachel Leslie, whose has toured as a backup vocalist for J-Lo, coupled with Peas beat-driven ethereal sonic bliss nearly made me cry. That the songs are in praise of Jesus/the Divine made the music all the more powerful. Right out of the box, AOL Music has offered to stream tracks from this CD for an entire month as part of its holiday programming. Honest, ethical and sincere, I cannot think of a more deserving guy for the success and I wish all good things for Peas and this gorgeous collection of holiday music. If you'd like to hear some of the music, check this out.

On November 25th everyone can buy it at iTunes or on CD at Quango. Until then, come follow "A Christmas Chill" at Twitter and make friends with us at Myspace. Additionally this week, many of my work mates just launched a metaphsyical internet radio network called Souls Journey Radio and my friend Betsy Jordan whose very first book just came out. My copy arrived on Monday. My boss likes to say that when one of us wins, we all win. Here's to success!

With love,