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Super Exciting News!!!

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Greetings everyone!  Its been a great week here with lots going on!


My first piece of news is:  I now have an Etsy store!  Yay!


While I was away in Peru this summer, I decided to bring back some of the lovely things I found abroad and make them available to a wider community.   Textiles, bags, unique scarves, a sweater, wantana wraps, pouches and even more to come. 


The mestana cloths and carry all bags are woven energy used to wrap medicine stones and other sacred items, to swaddle them so the energy can be focused and used. The Q’ero cloths are weaved with energy symbols, which in turn bring energy to the medicine stones. Traditionally used as birthing cloths for the babies, they then help us to birth ourselves along our Spirit path. Made of pure100% alpaca fiber. Hand woven by the Q’ero women in Chinchero outside of Cusco, these items radiate life with their bright colors and strong patterns of energy.  The colors are 100% natural plant dyes.  The whole process is done by hand in the ancient ways of the Inca.  Washing the wool, spinning it, dying it, and finally weaving. 


See a video Here


All the items are handmade with the love and sweetness of the beautiful women of the High Andes. I will be adding things as I go, but I’m excited to finally have the store stocked.  Please stop by and have a look around!!  Your purchase of these fair trade textiles allows entire villages to maintain the life, culture and dignity of their ancestral homes.


Vito and I are working on the “next” tune in the line up for the album, slated for release next Spring.  I came across THIS fun ‘demo’ version produced and arranged by the super talented Daniel Mengesha a couple years back.  Its a feel good, danceable vibe, harking back to my hood in Compton/Long Beach where I grew up.  Let me know what you think!  Meanwhile, I have been doing some major rewrites on it.  A “new” version will be forthcoming on the album. 

See a “Behind the Scenes” in the studio video HERE

….AND, – get this!  Next week, I am taking a one week writing sabbatical at a friend’s empty house in Atascadero (THANK YOU BRIAN HAYNES FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!  AND MISS JANIE GRAVES FOR DONATING YOUR BEAUTIFUL HOME IN THE WOODS).  I have a lot of writing to accomplish for this album, and doing it between dinner and laundry isn’t working out so well LOL!  So, I will be totally ALONE for the first time in over 10 years for 5 whole days.  Writing and creating.  Wow!  What an amazing blessing.  Again, thank you, Brian, for making it possible.  



We Have Begun! Yipeee!

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Hello again my wonderful supporters!!! 

Here it is October already!!!  And, as planned and promised, my producer, Vito, and I have begun work on the album Light of My Soul!

The first couple weeks were about getting all our ducks in order after having to wait out the summer while I was on 24/7 kid duty.  Of course, the summer was action packed with fun stuff for the family, but I have been super eager to get on with Light of My Soul!

During the mandatory time away, Brian and the kids and I took a trip to San Francisco for Brian’s annual check up with his melanoma surgeon.  The news is all good!  Brian is doing great!

The kids and I flew east to stay with family for a couple weeks in Pennsylvania.  We had so much fun with the cousins and the boys got to ride their bikes and boards up and down the streets of their lovely family community.  The really had a blast.  Thank you Keri for hosting the whole gang of us!

Finally, at the end of the break, I took my first working trip to South America with Richard Grossman and 10 members of our community. It was amazing and wonderful and we are looking forward to another trip next summer. I learned so much and came back super inspired! Now, I’m ready to batten down the hatches and bring all that inspiration into the studio and beyond!

While in Peru, I was inspsired to bring back some handmade, beautiful traditional treasures and start an Etsy store.  I’m still working on getting it up and running, though.  You can find it here:

Here’s the first studio picture with my new Dulcimer! A birthday present from a very special friend 😉

I’ll be sending updates on a regular basis to keep you all in the loop.

Shana Tova! May the year be sweet!