I had an incredible time traveling for about 3 and half weeks through the midwest, Nashville, and more midwest. So fun! And all in service of the ongoing evolution of Queen City Records and vision I have for my own music and career.
There are many, many stories to tell, but before all that I wanted to let you know about some cool events happening in the next couple weeks that include my music:
Sunday November 10 9am-5pm HOW to Just Be retreat with Terry Walsh, Tammy Smith and Pernille Register
Monday November 11 4pm-9pm Energy Activation & Sound Healing with Vivienne Gerard and Laurinda Raquel Harwich Cultural Center Register
YES, after two years of 11/11 events in Cincinnati, Vivienne Gerard is coming to Cape Cod. Along with the energy of Laurinda and her bowls, this is going to be truly special. Register now!
And if you can’t make 11/11 or even if you can, be sure to check out this cool collaboration with my friend and yoga teacher Dana Cox at
Saturday November 16 1pm-3pm Gratitude Workshop with Dana Cox Power Yoga of Cape Cod Dennisport Register
Join me on Patreon!!
We are having so much fun on this new platform and there is TONS OF CONTENT. I have already posted a couple new songs in process.
To celebrate my favorite time of year on Cape Cod, I have decided to create Sweet September: 12 Days of 12 Rebirth.
In this series I will be sharing a track from my recent Album 12 Rebirth, talking about its creation and also linking it to an earlier song of mine. Read more about why I am doing this at Day 1.
Day 11 of 12 Walk Your Way on Through and Winds of Sinai
It feels amazing to be writing this blog on 9/11 – the 18 year anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center inside the loving and peaceful vortex that is Creacon Wellness Retreat. I was living in Brooklyn on 9/11/01 and was temping on a top floor of Rockefeller Center when the attack actually happened. It was a powerful experience to be in Manhattan at that moment and living in Brooklyn for the months that followed.
18 years later. Wow. That is hard for me to fully believe and reminds me of my song 11 years later that I wrote for 12 Rebirth.
1 + 8 = 9. Completion. It is my prayer that the most quantum healing that is possible for each being hurt by that experience come into full awakening and completion. And that we as a collective Humanity begin awakening more and more, so less and less unnecessary suffering must happen.
The other thing I am contemplating right now is that the two twin towers when standing made an 11 and how I have come to resonate with the energy of 11:11. What I have learned over the last 18 years in a very real way is that suffering is real and all humans will experience it, no matter where they live or how much money they make. And in that human reality, there is great spiritual possibility for joy, love, healing, celebration and collective change that can help eliminate a lot of unnecessary suffering.
It is time for all of us to awaken out of material greed and conditioned fear and come into Unity, Trust, Cooperation, Connection and Love.
These two songs help support this process in me individually and in our collective. I wrote Winds of Sinai in October of 2006 when I went to Egypt for the first time and did a two week pilgrimage with a group of extraordinary people. I was 35, my head was shaved and my mom was still alive (though she would die within the year). What a blessing those two weeks were!
I wrote the lyrics of this song in the Sinai desert. As a part of the pilgrimage, we spent 2 days in the desert, riding camels in between the two evenings of our camping. We travelled and ate with the local Bedouin and ultimately dropped into total silence. It was a beautiful experience and the lyrics came to me during that time. I wrote the music a few days later in a hotel in Luxor.
To this day, when I sing this song, I feel an amazing vibration move through me.
While in the Sinai desert I felt the connection between the three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. I felt how the human stories of each of these traditions are rooted in the same land. Winds of Sinai is about Unity – finding peace within ourselves and building peace in our communities, nations and world. What a perfect intention on the 18 year anniversary of 9/11.
Walk Your Way on Through has become one of the favorites from 12 Rebirth. Different people are experiencing it in different ways, which I love as a songwriter. For me it is connected to Winds of Sinai because in a way it feels like a song about initiation and inviting myself and others into a higher version of who we are.
When I went to Egypt later in my journey in 2009 and lived there, I had many challenges. Those challenges continued as I taught music in Beirut, Lebanon the following year. Even though I had received many high vibrational teachings and healings, I was still struggling to fully inetrgrate it all in this one human body known as Alicia. This struggle would often manifest as anxiety or depression or conflict in relationships.
This song reminds us all that we must keep walking our way on through no matter what is in front of us. Keep walking forward. Keep walking and trust. What I have truly learned over these last 18 years is that even when we feel we are alone, we are not.
I wish you all a beautiful Sweet September day! Thanks again for reading and listening. If you are interested in more play and joy check out my new Patreon Page. I will be uploading an exclusive chant this weekend for the full moon.
I will leave you with one of my favorite sayings through this picture taken today.
I am writing from Cincinnati, having settled in here for about a week. After all the traveling, it has been nice to land. Preperations are under way for the first ever Gaia’s Love Festival and I am beyond grateful to be here offering my music and supporting the vision of my friend Vivienne Gerard, There are still some tickets left, so if you resonate with the energy, be sure to register HERE.
Before I got to Cincinnati, I completed my journey through Canada, came over the border at Detroit, had a brief stop in Ann Arbor before arriving in Cincy. So let’s rewind a little.
Last place I mentioned was Brittania Beach in Ottawa, Ontario. What a cool spot. I met some wonderful sound and yoga practitioners and they have invited me back to play at their Bhakti in the Woods Celebration – maybe August of 2020. That would be fun. Here is a picture of Rebecca’s apartment and all her Gongs. No matter where I travel, the Universal Energies always make sure I am give the opportunity to retune myself as much as I like. I am so grateful for the many Beings on this planet using Sound to awaken and balance themselves and others. What a gift to be one who creates Conscious Sound.
From Brittania Beach, I made my way to the Algonquin National Park, stayed at an air BnB in in Whitney, ON just at the edge of the east entrance to the park, hiked and swam my way through the park and then landed at my Friday Jim Grant’s home for a couple days. What a gift this time was. I joked I was going to write a blog called “How mosquitoes are enlightening me”, but will save that for another time.
For now here are some pics of the beautiful land I was blessed to experience. I sang the Algonquin Water Song often. You can hear it at the beginning of my song I am the Ocean. Or watch this extraordinary video of the Grandmothers. listen to the sound as you look at the pictures.
Being with Jim and Betz and fellow friends Ellen and her family was truly nourishing and inspiring. From fresh baked breads (check out The Oxtongue Baker), to ice cold micro brew on the dock, to beautiful deep conversations about why we are here and how best we can become our truest and most peaceful selves.
Thank you Jim and Betz and all at Chape Inn. I hope to be back soon.
From there I made my way to Toronto for a night. It was incredibly hot that day – remember that crazy heat wave that was everywhere, so I mostly walked around a lot drenched in sweat. I did have a wonderful conversation with a local bartender, originally from Hawaii, who wanted to buy me a shot because he was so enjoying our conversation. He told me our time together helped him feel much better about Americans. I am happy to serve. 😉
From there I drove through some beautiful farmland of Canada, spent a couple days in the Niagara-On-the-Lake area, mostly resting and staying cool. This place made me a little home sick for the Cape, I must admit. Around this time I was really longing for magical swim in Barnstable Harbor.
And then off into the absolutely sweltering heat of the tunnel from Windsor, ON to Detroit Michigan. What an experience!
There was a LOT of traffic and I was asked many many questions as I re-entered the US. I realized after the fact, that the nice man just couldn’t quiet understand why I was driving so much and travelling by myself as a woman. sigh.
He literally said to me, “Next time you should bring a friend.” I told him I had my music.
After that somewhat annoying journey through the tunnel and over the border, I arrived at a most magical air BnB in Ann Arbor Michigan. The funny thing is when I arrived there was no power in much of the city. Remember that crazy weather….
The good news was I had a grand piano just steps from where I was sleeping. What a treat! I even wrote a few tunes. I had forgotten how inspiring it was to write on a grand piano. so fun!
My final leg landed me in Cincinnati on Sunday night staying with my friend Tera for a few days, then another friend Alice in Northern Kentucky, and then eventually landing at Viv’s on Thursday. We all enjoyed a super fun house concert on Friday, celebrating the Galactic New Year and completing the celebrations of my new album 12 Rebirth.
While I was with Tera, we made a trip to see Serpent Mound. Very cool.
It has been wonderful reconnecting and hanging by the pool with Viv and her family, allowing myself to recharge and move a little slower after all that driving and traveling. And I had another wonderful experience with gongs, not soon after I arrived, again feeling the grace and gratitude for how healing sound is always present in my vicinity, kind of like Magic.
Now, I am enjoying the energy build to Saturday and performing at Gaia’s Love Festival. To learn more about this festival and how it evolved from Viv’s book One Day Gaia’s Gifts, visit her website.
While driving around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, there are many bridges. It seems no matter where I go, I end up on some highway and crossing some part of the river somewhere. This had me thinking about bridges this morning.
Right now, I feel like I am halfway across a bridge. I can still see where I came from – the known place I had been living in and being me, as well as the place I am going – a little less known and unclear. What is it like to be half way across a bridge? How do we trust we can keep going and not turn back towards what is familiar?
Imagine if the bridge wasn’t solid. Like in that scene from A Wrinkle in Time, where the staircase only appears when she takes a step into what looks like nothing.
This is where we are now. At least that’s what if feels like to me.
Tomorrow is a new moon and mercury goes direct.. Then we head into what is known as the Lion’s Gate energetically.
There have been many moments in which I half found myself throughout my human journey halfway across a bridge. The last time I felt this much excitement and unknown at the same time was the summer of 2009, before I moved to Egypt.
In past moments, I have not always had the courage to take the full leap into the unknown and see what happens. This time, however, I have never felt so ready or so joyful to keep walking step by step allowing the bridge – the LIGHT BRIDGE – to appear moment by moment.
Wow. Another full moon in August has come and gone. I don’t know about you but this past weekend on Cape Cod was just perfect. Full Moon. Hot Sun. Cool air. Beach time. Live music. Family and Friends. As Mark Erelli writes in his song August, “A fool would ask for more” (ps. check out his new upcoming release Milltowns on Sept. 9)
This time last summer I can’t say I felt as good as I do now. In fact, I had just finished 30 days of antibiotics for Lyme Disease and was not feeling very inspired in general. Isn’t it amazing how our lives go through cycles. The longer I live and practice spiritual teachings I have received, the more I allow this to happen with ease and grace.
Want to open yourself to some of these teachings, not to mention connection, community, fun, and BLISS? JOIN US this weekend at Love Yoga Fest. I will be opening the day on Saturday at 7am with a chanting of the Gayatri Mantra, among other chants and then signing again on the Main Stage at 5:00pm. I will also be at a healing table with Kristen O’toole offering the Prema Agni & Rising Star Energy Healings Systems. This energy was taught to us by Derek O’Neill, who will be in Boston on Nov. 9. Stop by, learn more, and FEEL THE LOVE.
This weekend, right in Aselton Park Hyannis yoga teachers from all over the Cape and New England will be offering their joy, wisdom, experience, and fun for you to play, frolic, explore, and awaken. What a gift to Cape Cod!! I remember just a couple years ago we were doing yoga on the Green and now here we are!! Thank you Love Live Local Ladies and Annika for birthing this dream I had imagined way back then. May All Beings in All the Worlds be Happy and may CAPE COD lead the way.
I am so filled with gratitude and love from the recent Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon. WOW! thanks to all who participated and took amazing pictures. here is one from Tamar Melen.
So what am I doing flying to Sacramento, CA??? Especially when the weather just got so perfect on Cape Cod. I will be leading a womens retreat with my good friend Andrea Spacek, as well as doing my first ever gig in Sacramento at The Coffee Garden on MONDAY MAY 6 at 8pm. And to get warmed up (in every way) I will join Ryan Bailey’s yoga class on Monday morning May 6 and to provide some live musical love at East Wind Yoga in Auburn, CA. What a gift to be oooommmmming coast to coast!
Thank you for all your support. hope to chant with you soon! Save the Date for May 17 in Brewster. It will be wonderful!
Isn’t it amazing what can happen in a year? This time last year I was in full on production mode working to get my CD 2012: Isn’t it Amazing? done in time for all the parties. March 22, 2012 was such a special night for me and all that attended. It was my intention to use that event at the Cape Cod Chat House (as well as events in NY and LA) to not only launch the new CD and celebrate but also to help birth a new vibration of love, peace, truth, right-conduct, & non-violence in myself and for all.
THANK YOU to all of you who have bought the CD, gave it away, and bought more. I have heard so many stories of people using the CD in powerful ways. If you have not yet shared your story or are willing to share it again, please do by commenting below.
I have now sung “May I be at Peace” in many different settings: yoga classes, coffeehouses, healing centers, school gyms, churches, next to the bed of a passing soul, at Creacon Lodge in Ireland, and for women retreats on both coasts. What a gift to be doing what I love with such generous listeners.
To celebrate this one year mark, I have lots of March happenings. Please come out and raise a glass or a voice to honor a truly AMAZING year. And if you know someone who might enjoy the CD, why not buy another copy or download it and spread the love. THANK YOU again for your support and love. Because of you, the songs keep expanding!!
That oscars show was a little weird, don’t you think? I mean I love musicals – I used to write them, but that felt more like the tony’s than the oscars. just sayin. Jennifer Hudson and Adele rocked it though. and congrats to Ben Affleck. Thanks for that true piece of wisdom: “It’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about getting up” or something like that….
It’s a full moon day. ENJOY it. and come to meditation tonight at 7pm. I was just with my Teacher Derek O’Neill and look forward to sharing the wisdom, love, and awakening I experienced with all of you. If we have time and it flows, I plan to remind us all how to draw the Prema Agni.
This sacred symbol which you can trace in the air or on someone’s back translates as the “Fire of Divine love”. Join us TONIGHT at Sounding Still Wellness for our full moon meditation and learn about in person.
The Rising Star is a powerful self-healing system. It is “self” because all healing is self-healing. The practitioner is trained to hold the energy and create the space for you to heal on whatever level you are ready for.
What you will experience:
Rising Star Training Overview:
Learn the origin of the Rising Star and its lineage
Receive full instruction on how to perform a Rising Star healing – in person and remotely
Learn how to do a Rising Star self-healing
Master the So Hum meditation to strengthen your healing practice
Practicum – doing Rising Star Healing Sessions with classmates
Receive Initiation into the Rising Star Healing System
Rising Star Healing System Technique Best Practices
Rising Star Healing Session Experiences
Healing Technique & Session Questions and Answers
This healing systems is a highly effective tool that assists humanity in moving forward toward health and enlightenment.
Upon receiving these powerful initiations and certifications, your vibration will increase and you will move forward on your spiritual path, healing yourself and releasing more of the negative ego that keeps you stuck in old patterns. In this way, you become a clearer channel through which these healing energies can flow to assist others on their journey. Even if you do not plan to offer sessions or classes to others, once the energy of the Rising Star and Prema Birthing are within your aura, that healing energy will benefit all who come into your energy field. Becoming a practitioner or teacher of the Rising Star and Prema Birthing will enable you to be in greater service to yourself, others and the Divine.
You are also invited to become a member of SQ Wellness in support of your practice.
Call to learn more or register: 646-345-5484
Other Upcoming Dates:
Friday March 15 House Concert 7pm
Phoenix, AZ Call Tara Flynn to reserve a spot
Sat March 16 Concert & chanting workshop 3:30pm B Well Center, Scottsdale, AZ