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The Sound of the Dove-Music Review

  “If you could combine the compelling voices of fellow Canadians Sarah McLachlan and Loreena McKennitt, with the soaring throat notes of kirtan singer; best known as Madonna’s back up singer, Donna DeLory, you would have a sense of the magnificent tonings […]

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Songs Beyond The Traffic-Music Review

  I met Susan Herrick back in the 1980’s when this music therapist turned singer songwriter was beginning what has been a twenty some year musical journey. A multi-instrumentalist and sacred sound healer, she has a 2  1/2 octave vocal range […]

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No Matter How The Heart Lives

Last night, I was in the presence of a musical legend. In the Doylestown Book Shop, located in the Philly suburb of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, surrounded by over 100-some singing souls, we were led in tuneful fun by one Peter Yarrow […]

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Would You Change?

“If you knew that you would die today. If you saw the face of God and love, would you change?  How bad, how good does it need to get?”-Tracy Chapman Every time I hear these lyrics, I am abundantly reminded […]

I Stand For Love

I am proud to proclaim that I am a heart forward love-monger. I grew up in a touchy feely, mushy gushy family in which verbal and physical affection flowed like water from a fountain. No one left the house without […]

That’s What Makes You Strong

  Another soul passed into the Light yesterday to join the celestial choir. I first heard Jesse Winchester’s music in the 80’s. As a consummate singer songwriter, he had  a gift for vivid imagery that took the listener along for […]

God’s Instrument

  My friend Lew Doty is an uber-talented musician. His songs are nothing short of spiritual sustenance that make my heart dance. I was introduced to him back in the early 2000’s perhaps and have been hooked ever since. He is kind […]

Sparkle, Shirley!

  Woke up to find that one of my childhood influences had  died at the age of 85 after a long and multi-faceted career that brought this dimple-cheeked, adorable tot center stage in into the hearts of people worldwide. Shirley […]

Play the Sunset

  Last night I was watching one of my favorite movies, Mr. Holland’s Opus, starring Richard Dreyfus. For those who have never seen it, it is the story of a professional musician and composer who takes a job as a high […]

To Everything

  I awoke this morning to discover that one of my favorite singer songwriters; a timeless icon who some might say, had his heyday in the 1960’s had passed. Joining his wife, Toshi who died last year, Pete Seeger. who […]

O Holy Night

  My talented spiritual singer songwriter friend Annabella Wood has a way with words and blending them with music in such a way that it delights and tickles souls. Today was no exception as  at our interfaith community Circle of […]

Always With You

  What happens when a “quantum physics musing, singing, songwriting, Work of Byron Katie facilitating, handywoman, minister, Truck Driving Mama” picks up a guitar, takes a deep breath and allows Spirit to use her to vocalize words of inspiration? The sophomore CD […]

Eternal Love

  I was blessed to have had parents who adored each other. ‘Eternal sweethearts’ is the way I perceive them 5 1/2 years after my father’s passing in April of 2008 and  3 years last week since my mother joined […]

A Cup Of Kindness

  The first festive notes of  the holiday classic Deck The Halls has a calypso sway as it opens the wreath decorated door into the latest release by multi-instrumentalist Justin Solonynka. A Cup of Kindness re-imagines holiday favorites that warm […]

Love Is All

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed watching videos by a collective of musicians that form Playing For Change which aims to bring about transformation  one note at a time.  A roving film crew travels the world over and records […]

Living Legacy-Zach Sobiech

There are some moments  when the petty, day to day annoyances melt away in the face of the fireball sun realization that life is fleeting, experiences are transient and people are on loan to us. Last night, when I watched […]

Magdalene

As I listened to the sophomore release (her first CD  which debuted in 2010 is called Red Dress)  of New York City by way of Baltimore singer songwriter Karyn Oliver, I thought of it  as ‘the many moods of KO’ , […]

Livin’ In A World

Living in two seemingly disparate worlds, Philly local musician Ron Chelsvig is both a physical therapist and singer songwriter. Each provide benefit to the people he  serves.  His musical gifts are evident in the 2005 release Livin’ In A World. The […]

Here Right Now

  One of my favorite genres of music is known as singer-songwriter in which the one who pens the words and vocalizes is also a consummate story teller. The mark of a talented artist is the ability to open doors […]

New World

  From the first words “We are embarking on a sacred journey. Walk beside me. Walk beside your true Self. Walk beside your guides. Walk beside your angels. Walk with God into the realm of waking dreams,”,  classically trained Soprano […]

This

As joyful as the image on the cover, “This” is the newest creation by Mantra-Pop Artist Robin Renee. With four previous CD’s to her credit, her style is alt-rock-pop-celtic-folk-kirtan. Her voice is both deep and soaring, stretching the sound spectrum. An Eastern […]

Responding To The Call

Lately the line has been ringing off the hook with calls from the Universe that send tingles down my spine, buzzing in my ears, rattling in my bones (in a good way), hair standing on end, and  goosebumps on my […]

Creative Intelligence

I remember seeing a question on line recently about creativity; wondering whether we are born creative or if it is something that can be learned and honed. I tend to think that it is a bit of both. Since we […]

XPoNentially Xstatic!

Thousands of sun-baked people filled the lawns of Wiggins Park, which was the Camden, New Jersey site of the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival. It  is hosted each year by my favorite commercial free/member supported radio station WXPN which  is based at the University of […]

Stars

  You know that when a CD is dedicated to the child of the artists, then it is a double blessing, a true ‘labor of love’.  Stars is an offering to the world as well as to the angelic Tulsi […]

Godspell

When Godspell debuted in  the 1970’s, the theme was ancient, but the production was of its time….with a colorful cast of hippie-esque singers and dancers in celebration around Jesus. Quite ‘Woodstock era’  in costume and make-up with the central character […]

Sharon Katz and The Peace Train

                                                                                                                         I have known Sharon Katz, for likely the last decade and am re-energized whenever I am in her presence. She of the fire-y red hair and the passionate persona, for music that speaks from the heart and to the […]

Monkey Mind Meditation

When I first saw this cartoon, I laughed with knowing awareness, since it is how I and many who meditate, find the practice to go. The truth is, meditation is ‘not what you think’. My initial foray into that realm […]

Hey Hey

For those of a certain age, this will put a smile on your face. When I told this story at work last week, some of my younger co-workers looked at me like I was from another planet. They had no […]

Where You Look

  Singer songwriters are my heroes. They take thought and inspiration and turn them into magic moments. As a writer and poet, I am fascinated with the process they go through, but have not yet immersed myself in the songwriting […]

Divine Lunacy

  As I am writing this entry, I am surrounded by sonic sweetness, offered up by a group of musicians singing in a language that is not native to them or their country of origin, but is clearly one that […]

Angels In Our Midst

                                     When you hear the word ‘angel’, what image comes to mind?  Likely that of a glowing, winged being, adrift on a cloud, playing a heavenly harp or singing in a celestial choir. Not quite ‘real’, nebulous, the stuff of […]

Wonderful

  Music feeds my soul, as I have said here many times. It’s a delicious combination of rhythm and rhyme, harmony and lyrics that reach inner nooks and crannies and send my soul soaring. One of the best places to listen […]

Live From The Heart

With a voice that is reminscent of early Jim Morrison, chiropractor turned musician, ( or is it musician turned chiropractor?), Flagstaff, Arizona based David Milgram offers music-medicine in the form of his debut CD Live From The Heart. I initially […]

Light of Seven Mornings

After years of penning and performing her divinely inspired songs for her family and friends,  as well as at local concert venues in the Philadelphia area, Deva Troy has expanded her musical reach and now offers it as a gift […]

Attention

Because I was paying attention, this message came through to me through sleepy eyes this morning. A Facebook friend named Don Robertson was the messenger who delivered it to my heart. “Attention is a tangible measure of love. Whatever receives […]

Musitarian

I met Barry Goldstein at what for me was a paradigm changing event called Celebrate Your Life. His music reached out to me, as did his welcoming smile and open heart. I attended a morning workshop that had us chanting […]

Message Music

  Music is soul nourishing and the month of November offers a reminder that there is a huge buffet of  delicious, yummy, delectable, fat, calorie and cholesterol free  musical options. It is deemed  Positive Music Month by an organization call  […]

Are You Happy?

  What does happiness mean to you?  In my mind and heart, it is a sense of contentment even when ‘all’s ‘ not feeling right in the world. It’s about finding my way through the maze of emotions that sometimes […]

Door to the Divine

“This moment is the door to the divine.”- Osho     Writing this blog entry at a time when I would normally be asleep, but at the moment, am resonating with accoustically induced ‘ananda’ . (Sanskrit for bliss…obviously one of my favorite […]

Playing For Change Day

I initially heard about Playing For Change a few years ago, when, with delight, I listened to the Bob Marley song “One Love” and Ben E. King’s classic, “Stand By Me”,  that were performed, patchwork quilt style by gifted musicians […]

Michael Jackson Tribute

                                                                    Michael Jackson came into my life when as an adorable young’un, he was belting out songs with his brothers as part of the Jackson Five. Here was someone my own age dancing and singing his heart out, paving […]

Calling Alex

                                                                         As a music lover in the 80’s, I sang along to, bopped along to, danced along to the iconic song with the memorable telephone number 867-5309 /Jenny (no area code..hmmmm) and only last week did I learn […]

That I Would Be Good

                                                                             Even the most confident among us sometimes gaze into the mirror of our souls or the reflective glass and are harshly critical of the one who peers back at us. As much as I know I am perfectly imperfect or imperfectly perfect, (just […]

XPoNential Bliss

                                           Baked by the sun, immersed in rhythm, rhyme and harmony, surrounded by the sounds, sights and smells of summer; I spent the weekend in musical heaven at an annual event hosted by NPR member supported University of Pennsylvania based […]

Do You Believe In Faeries?

                                                                      I met Elaine (a.k.a Faerie Elaine) Silver in the 1980’s if memory serves; but I can’t recall who the matchmaker was that brought us together. I was drawn to the music and the magic that seemed to flow […]

Creating Powerful Exuberance

                                                                   I first encountered  Deremiah *CPE; this whirwlind of wonder a few years ago through the Inspire Me Today website and although we have not met in person, it is easy to feel the warmth and love that he exudes. […]

Savor This Experience

                                                                        Today’s Bliss Blog entry was inspired by a piece written by Cynthia Greenfield of Asheville, North Carolina. It jumped out at me from the pages of her husband Blaine’s newsletter called Blaine’s World. Full of all kinds of newsy […]

Peace Out and In

                                                                            May 30 is recognized as Memorial Day in the U.S.; a day that honors those who have served in the military, as well as their families whose support has allowed them to do so. While I certainly hold them in my heart, I […]

I Would Love

                                                                              The marvels of modern technology meets the simplicity of guitar and voice of Lee Coulter, a young man whose origins are as eclectic as his musical tastes. According to his website, he was influenced by Ray Charles, The Beatles, […]

Meet Me At Your Heart

                                                                         Sitting in my car en route to the gym last night, I was carried, not just by a Jeep, to my destination, but on waves of sound offered from the heart, soul and voice of Steven Groff.  His newly […]

Whispering Echoes

                                                                              A new friend named Bobi Watson; a yoga teacher and swimming instructor from Wildood Crest, New Jersey posted this bit of wisdom on facebook and I knew it was going to be fodder for a Bliss Blog entry. “A compilation of whispering echos […]

Mantra Pop

     Robin Renee is a merging of sound and soul, East and West, earthly and ethereal, just like her music. I have attended kirtans at which she has made offerings to the Divine in the form of chanting and percussive infusions […]

Come Out To Play

                                                                   I was perusing Facebook this afternoon and a friend had downloaded a video by Canadian singer songwriter Justin Hines. Having never heard this young man’s lyric-driven Country sound, I was taken on a musical and visual ride as images […]

Sir Vent

  I met Daniel Brouse a few years ago and found him to be a creative kindred spirit whose interests in drumming, music making and nature mirror my own. We have spent many hours in drumming circles, immersed in sound and rhythm. […]

What Must Be Done

  Have you ever wondered what your purpose is? That is a question that gives life meaning. In my full time job as a social worker, I encounter people daily who feel lost and as if they are spinning their […]

Be The Change

                                                       The world calls out each day for those I think of as “Spiritual Warriors” to respond with implements of healing, rather than weapons of war.  In my mind, that would be someone who, to paraphrase Mother Teresa is willing […]

Tapestry

                                                                                                                   On a sun streaming in through my window Saturday morning, before typing this blog, I asked for a bit of inspiration, since there are so many fascinating things about which to write. I was listening to my favorite radio station […]

The Field

Michael London is a singer-songwriter and performer, living in the 21st century who has a unique relationship with a 13th century ecstatic Sufi poet. I think of Rumi’s words as ‘love poems to God’. Michael takes modern day translations and merges […]

If I Were Brave

Jana Stanfield is an ebullient-effervescent, sonic spiritweaver whose music has been heard on Oprah, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, among others. Her tunes have been covered by numerous artists, including Andy Williams, Suzy Bogguss. Karen Taylor-Good and Megan McDonough. […]

In God’s Name

Likely every person reading this entry was raised in a particular faith tradition. Each contains the wisdom and the wonder of Divine creation, an explanation for how things came to be and the ways in which they are sustained.  If used […]

Om Is Oneness

Take a moment to breathe in the day; drinking in all of the sensations that surround you. Breath is essential and without it, life would cease to exist. As you exhale, chant the word ‘om’.  I like the idea that some […]

People You Love

  Take a moment in the stillness of your mind and the fullness of your heart to recall those you love who are no longer in body. Whatever your spiritual belief tells you about where they are or what they might […]

Gracefully Aging Hippie

I was born in 1958, an autumnal arriving mid-October Libra child whose passion is collaboration. My husband  Michael (who is now in Spirit) used to refer to me as a ‘second generation hippie’, since I was 11 when Woodstock graced the […]

Love Flavors Everything

This past Sunday, I was attending services at Circle of Miracles, an interfaith community in Doylestown, PA.  There I was surrounded by loving kindred spirits as we listened with rapt attention to my friend David Young share his sparks of […]

The Sway Machinery

I was listening to my local NPR station (WHYY in Philadelphia) this evening and heard a remarkable interview with Jeremiah Lockwood who fronts the band The Sway Machinery. Based in Brooklyn, New York, it takes traditional Jewish cantorial music (chanted in […]

Spirit Singer

I’m not sure when New Thought singer-songwriter Lew Doty entered my life since it seems I have always known him.  His music inspires me to live in ‘God consciousness’. It accompanies me in the car and in my office; soothing […]

God Is In

Eternally ageless, singer songwriter, repercussionist whose music comes from his heart, voice and found objects, Billy Jonas offers his take on all the ways and places God exists. I first heard his music on WXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia .This song resonated so […]

Ordinary Miracles

As much as I live in miracle-consciousness, there are times during which I develop ‘spiritual amnesia’ and forget how extraordinary life is.  At this moment of writing the entry you are reading, I am experiencing too many to count.  I will […]

Healing Harmonics

Imagine, if you will, what music would be like if it was comprised of melody and harmony that transported you beyond the mundane into the sound celestial. Close your eyes and visualize a place so serene that you might never want to leave […]

Love Is My Religion

I grew up in a Conservative Jewish home…to clarify, not politically conservative, but rather a middle ground between Orthodox and Reform Judaism.  Synagogue on Friday nights as a family, holidays celebrated in the home, our Passover Seder table included friends […]

A Blessing For Your Home

The roof that is suspended over our heads, the walls that   surround us and the floor that supports us, provide a   sense of security. None of that compares to the serenity of   knowing that the Master Builder […]

God’s Promise

What do you imagine is promised by God?  One of my favorite responses to that question is a beautiful blending of the lyrics of heritage artist Woody Guthrie and the music of contemporary singer songwriter Ellis Paul.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL8ExXN4Ec4   […]

You Are Not Alone

There are times when our problems feel unique and we imagine that no one will ever understand the depth of our pain.This human incarnation brings with it both challenges and opportunities and as Buddhism offers, the concept of 10,000 joys […]

One Love

  People come into our lives at the perfect time, so says my experience. In 1999, I walked into a store called Eleventh Step Books in Westmont, NJ and almost immediately my eyes were drawn to a counter on which […]

Rainbow Rabbi

Rabbi Rayzel Raphael is a gloriously vibrant work of art; as colorful as the painted-on -silk tallit she designs in rainbow array.  A true Renaissance Woman, Rayzel teaches, leads services, runs an organization, records and performs music.   How do […]

Musical Merging

One of the things that so charms me about music is how permeable it is and allows for merging of style and genre.  Two artists that immediately leap to mind for me are M.C. Yogi and Matisyahu. A bit of […]

A Thanksgiving Feast

What does Thanksgiving mean to you? For many people, it is about gathering together with loved ones around a table, filled to overflowing with all manner of delectable food. Perhaps it brings to mind the onset of the holiday hustle […]

Heaven’s Here On Earth

How many of us go in search of Heaven, having been taught that it is some distance ‘place’ we go to when we die and only if we adhere to a certain set of regulations and rules?  In no way […]

Illuminate Your Path

Within you there is a wondrous light that came as part of your standard equipment at birth. Its purpose is to shine out and enable you to connect with all others who contain that glow (that would be everyone). Together […]

Unwritten

Doing some reminsicing lately. Thinking back to a time a few years ago, when I received a message from a sweet voiced woman who identified herself as Florence Simons. She asked if I did clowning. I figured she was interested in […]

Gratitude Is Heaven

  “Gratitude is heaven itself.”-William Blake Ponder gratitude.  Enter into each day with an attitude of gratitude that spills over into every interaction you have.  Do a gratitude dance. What would that look like? I imagine it starting with a wee […]

Positive Music Month

November is Positive Music Month; an opportunity to celebrate and use the power of melody and harmony  to enliven and heal our bodies, minds and spirits.  According to The Positive Music Association (PMA), it is  “about using popular music to […]

Enchanted Makeovers

Generosity of the heart is free as the wind.  One wise woman and her merry band of volunteers have hearts that overflow with the spirit of givng and love. Terry Grahl is the founder of a remarkable organization called Enchanted Makeovers. Her […]

In The Light of Love

Music has the power to move me in ways that go beyond notes on a page or sound that come from instrument or vocal chords.  There is an essence that accompanies it and when it reaches deep into my soul, […]

Music As Medicine

  I grew up in home in which music was ever-present. My mother had been in a choir in high school and would often burst into song…silly, sublime, sweet…it mattered not. She just enjoyed the ability to vocalize. About my […]

Let Your Love Flow

  Let your love flow. Imagine yourself to be a clear running stream. Then allow yourself to overflow your banks, nourishing the flowers and grass that lace the edge. In every encounter you have with another person, the healing energy […]

The Inner Guru-Sharon Silverstein And The Peace Project

 A few weeks ago, I sat in the presence of a woman I had met back in May when she performed at The Kindred Spirits Festival at the heaven-on-earth Mt. Eden Retreat in Washington, NJ. Her voice, which reminds me […]

Peace Prevails

  “If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.” -Peter McWilliams Peace world wide starts from inside. We are so accustomed to considering peace an absence of war between countries, when […]

Feel Frequently Fascinated

Boredom is a state of mind. Take a look around you. An entire Universe was created for your delight. Kneel down in the grass and witness what is going on in that hidden realm. Gaze up at the star sparkled […]

A Sonic Smooch

Music seeps into my soul like nearly nothing else. A friend introduced me to this song that gathered me up in its enthusiastic ‘aural arms’ and carried me into a place of serenity. Appropriately entitled “Follow Your Bliss“, by the […]

Wednesday-Following Their Bliss: Lori Cotler and Glen Velez

  What happens when you blend the talents of a four time Grammy winning Master Drummer and composer with a Rhythm Vocalist whose youtube video entitled What Is Lori Cotler Singing? has become a sensation? Partners in music and in life, […]

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The peeking in sun woke me up before my intended arising time. Clearly, the day had other ideas for how I should be spending its first few hours. I so wanted to tumble back into slumber, but it wasn't gonna happen. Rolled over, turned on the ...

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