May 2012

Hello Dear Ones,

You may be wondering why it’s been SOOOO long since I’ve performed in your area, and why I haven’t released a new CD in a while.

As many of you know, over the past two years I have immersed myself in the practice and teaching of yoga. In 2010 I took a month-long 200 hr Yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center in the Berkshires, and since then have been steadily working on an advanced 500-hour certification. Spirit willing, I will graduate from that program in August.
My love of yoga is not new—I took my first class back in 1975, at the tender age of 18, and it transformed my life. That transformation has been an ongoing journey (albeit a convoluted one at times!) that has been a wild and wonderful unfolding.

I used to be a teacher of young children. In my classroom I had a dress-up corner, where kids could put on various costumes and pretend to be mothers, fathers, doctors, firefighters, and superheroes. My life has kind of been like that, as well, as I’ve played teacher, mother, wife, singer-songwriter, interfaith minister, yoga instructor, leader of devotional chant, and many other characters. It’s fun to wear all those hats, but even more juicy to explore who I am underneath all those roles. Once I think I AM any of those characters, then I’m in trouble. If I know it’s a play, and I wear the costume lightly, then I can have fun with whoever I’m being at the time.

For the past two years or so, I’ve put my singer-songwriter hat on the hook and have been playing other characters. It had become clear to me that I needed to explore some other parts of myself and delve into those more deeply. I’ve stepped way back from solo performing, but have been touring with my band, ONE LOVE, leading global ecstatic chanting at festivals, retreat centers, churches and yoga studios. I’ve been teaching yoga classes and leading interfaith services, all of which are infused with singing music that I love.

But, all the while, these past two years have been for me an incubation period. I am gestating a new version of myself as a songwriter and performer. And, I love being in this place of mystery, not knowing exactly what she’s going to look like or exactly when she will burst forth.
In the meantime, I’m designing a brand-new website which will be launched this summer, writing some new material, and playing with lots of ideas as to how to get new music out into the world in a more sustainable and accessible way. That means less time in a car for me, and an easy click of a mouse for you!

With that said, I do step out occasionally and do a solo performance, and my next one will be at the Ithaca Festival on June 2nd! Check out my calendar page for details.

In other news, my song “Many Hands” was included in a book and CD set released last year from Parallax Press, a non-profit company that publishes books on engaged Buddhism and mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh and other authors. The book is entitled Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children, and it’s a beautiful collection of activities and teachings for parents and teachers to use with young ones. I’m honored to have my song as part of the curriculum, and love to see all the ways the music ripples outward!

So stay tuned, my friends, for the unveiling of the new website, and thanks for your patience and loving energy!

Many Blessings and Deep Peace,

Jody


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