On this Solstice and Father’s Day, and time of great change, let us see each other without all of the grievances and differences.  Let us see each other through an open heart and willingness to love, to forgive and to be essentially happy.

11/30/19 –
Open your heart and receive
Open your mind and believe
Open your soul and let leave
All the dark that would deceive

Open your heart and let leave
All the parts full of grief
Call the egos bluff
And believe you are enough

Raise up your aim
Let go of fear and shame
Experience your worth
Share your light on this earth

Come to know the grace of your path
Follow soul’s pace and laugh

We are each unique in how we live and speak
The world not so lonely and bleak
When we allow ourselves to drink
The radiance of life and not shrink or sink

Then we allow ourselves to blink
And see a world where we’re all linked
Interconnected instead of dissected
Respected instead of rejected

Stand under this great, big sun
And know the light touches everyone
We’re all rooted to this planet earth
Know that we all have equal worth

Review and Renew

“Our goal while on this earth is to transcend our illusions and discover the innate power of spirit.  We are responsible for what we create, and we must therefore learn to act and think with love and wisdom and to live in service to others and all of life.”

Anatomy of Spirit by Caroline Myss

I’ve been typing out my journals of poetry and musings for a few years now, more often now than when I began this process.  I feel a momentum to it now and am enjoying the process.  I have large storage bin full of journals that I’m sifting through (in no particular order) as I create a manuscript that will eventually be books or volumes of poetry to publish.  This is part of why I started this blog, a place to organize some of it and tip toe into the world of sharing.  Somehow it feels more risky than what I do when I write a song and sing it.  That is part of why I’m reluctant in posting poems more often; that and just the quantity to choose from can be daunting (same goes for choosing photos).

Throughout my journals over the years, I’ve written down many quotes that were especially important to me at the time, or that I related to, or related to what I was going through.  I find that the quotes still inspire and move me, and often times I read them at just the right moment (again).

I opened a new (old) journal to begin typing today, and the very first thing written in this journal (from November 2004!), was today’s quote at the top of this post.  And it is exactly what I needed to read today!  Caroline Myss is an incredible author and teacher, and her books always nudge me toward growth.  Ten years go by, and we change and grow, we review and renew, and yet remain ourselves.  Fascinating, this life.   Thank you for sharing and participating in the journey.  Be well and safe travels!

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NCIS: New Orleans

Hello and happy Spring!

I’ll start by saying that it’s not often I’ll re-post and/or mix this blog and my band page.  But the news that follows, well it just had to be shared, because it feels like such a milestone for us.

At the start of this year, my husband and I began our 6th year as Sweet Jones, and it’s now been 8 years that we have been playing music together.  Piece by piece, with lots of patience, practice, perseverance, and gratitude, we shape and shift and build upon this musical dream.  The creative life takes time, and yet there is never really a set ‘place’ in the ‘future’ that we’re looking to land.  For us, it’s always been about the work, and enjoying that work together, one day at a time.  And with that work, we find rewards big and small along the way.
Well this week happens to be one of the bigger rewards we’ve found along this musical journey together.

We are immensely thrilled to let you know about some very exciting news!!!  Sweet Jones has been selected to be one of the local featured musical acts on the very first episode of NCIS: New Orleans.  The talented and funny Rachel Hsieh joins us on cello for this particular song.  We had a blast working with her and the set/sound crew for the show.  We look forward to more adventures like this in the future!  The show will be a two-part pilot to start.
Tune in to CBS on Tuesday, March 25th (7pm CST) for episode 1 and watch until the end, as we are in the French Market scene toward the end.  Yay!!!
Here’s a little article from USA Today about the show.

This was not our official wardrobe on the set, but one of the ‘sample’ looks we sent in for ideas.  You might say we like hats.  Maybe it keeps the good ideas from evaporating, and prevents the bad ideas from infiltrating.

Big, big thanks to Rachel for sharing her talents, and to our friend Kyle, who believed we were the right fit for the scene.

As for upcoming shows, quiet for the very moment (EXCEPT FOR TV SHOW!), but look to mid/late April for spring-time fun and Jazz Fest week shows 🙂  In case you haven’t seen the line up for Jazz Fest, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton are among the headliners.  Wow, it’s going to be a big crowd this year.  Hopefully, the rains ease up and the mud dries in time 🙂

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  May Spring come soon, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

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