June 9, 2010

Singing in the Rain

As much as I complain, I really do love the cool green dampness of the Pacific Northwest. Good thing too, because last week was a record-breaker in the rain de […]

 
June 1, 2010

Rites Of Spring

Springtime in Oregon is a warmer extension of winter, and the rain has been unrelenting this year.  But the garden awaits, and so does the planting a red climb […]

 
May 4, 2010

Mouldy Oldies

Kirtan is by definition old, but the set this week was dictated by my need to sing some kirtan that fit like an old shoe.  These are a few of the songs our k […]

 
April 27, 2010

Prayers

In kirtan I think there are subtle distinctions between prayers, invocations and mantras — but I was in a praying mood this week, and these were the chant […]

 
April 20, 2010

Spring!

Mother Nature is serving up some glorious stuff these days.  I highly recommend walking outside with kirtan, you can read about my experiences with it here. […]

 
April 6, 2010

Spirit Voices

In my spiritual practice of singing kirtan there are vocalists I resonate with–their voices open my heart.  When I hear them sing their glorious songs, s […]

 
March 30, 2010

The People Of Love

Sunday night my husband, son & I went to see Snatam Kaur sing kirtan.  What a light she is, standing in her faith so strongly that it’s impossible […]

 
March 23, 2010

The HCR Set

While we were singing this set on Sunday night, the US House was voting on health care reform.  The vote was important to me for many reasons, and so was direc […]

 
February 16, 2010

Thou Art The Lover

This week’s podcast is a special edition for Valentine’s Day.  It has some surprises–when you devote something to Divine Love you can never b […]

 
December 28, 2009

Happy Birthday New World Kirtan!

The New World Kirtan podcast is one year old, and it has been downloaded over 73 thousand times!  That number just knocks my socks off.  This podcast started […]

 
December 15, 2009

Guardians Of Being

In the podcast this week I mention a book that I loved reading in the last week, and one I would recommend to any animal lover.  It’s called “Guard […]

December 8, 2009

Songs For Sid

Last week our beloved black Lab Sid left us, and it was both a terrible & beautiful experience. His last gift to our family was his death and the healing i […]

 
November 24, 2009

Thanks A Lot

The chants in this week’s podcast are some of my favorites from the new kirtan CDs I’ve listened to over the last several weeks.  It’s a podc […]

 
November 17, 2009

Getting To Real

One of my all-time favorite books is “The Velveteen Rabbit”, and getting to “real” has been a personal & professional goal.    So […]

 
November 10, 2009

Warming Up With Mantra

If you’re a podcast listener, you know that I work as a voiceover actress.  I like to sing to warm up my voice before I start work, and this week I&#8217 […]

 
November 3, 2009

An Observation

My morning routine usually starts with a cup of something hot & the New York Times.  When I started producing the podcast I added kirtan listening to this […]

 
October 27, 2009

Mantras For Precarious Times

Last week I mentioned a new CD I found by Deva Premal called “Mantras for Precarious Times”.  It’s a selection of seven mantras chosen specifical […]

 
October 20, 2009

The Secret One Inside

I’ve always loved the imagery in the song “There Is A Secret One Inside”.  Based on a poem by Kabir, it helps me to remember there is someone […]

 
October 13, 2009

Dancing In The Street

It’s a great new day–I’ve started a kirtan band and life is good.  The band has two guitar players, several different kinds  of percussion, […]

 
October 6, 2009

No Place Like Home

After a wonderful trip to the East coast (my second home) it feels very good to be back in Oregon where we are having an amazing Indian summer.  This is my fav […]

 
September 21, 2009

Inside

It’s time for me to take a little break, my friends.  It has been an emotional several weeks, and it’s time for me to ground out for awhile on the […]

 
September 15, 2009

Back To The Front

Every once & awhile a chant will follow me around for weeks, and sometimes it suggests a theme for the podcast.  The chant haunting me lately is “Amm […]

 
September 8, 2009

Joyride!

I’m talking Dave Stringer’s new CD, and what a joyride it is.  It hasn’t been released yet, but we have a preview in this week’s podcas […]

 
September 1, 2009

Breathe In The Quiet Center

Summer is ending–there are changes coming & I’m feeling pensive.  Change is a constant–in the weather, in our bodies, in life.  As sweet […]

 
August 25, 2009

Sing!

Our satsang group met Sunday evening for the first time in two weeks, and it felt so good to sing!  There weren’t many of us–it seems the whole to […]

 
August 19, 2009

Sinking Into The Presence

I don’t know about you, but I’m a God-a-phobic.  I was raised a strict Catholic, and in that worldview God isn’t someone you could ever think […]

 
August 11, 2009

The Moment

I’ve mentioned before that often during my day a chant will start playing itself in my brain, much like pop music did when I was listening to FM radio.  […]

 
August 4, 2009

Changin’

Lately I’ve had the classic R&B channel on in the background. It’s great–it plays all the funk & soul music I listened to growing up i […]

 
July 14, 2009

Living Spiritual In A Material World

I don’t know if Mother Meera is exactly my guru, but I go to see her whenever she comes to town & I read her books.  She explains the world in a way […]