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 12 Born Free and Wise Innocence

I am grateful fo have arrived at Day 12 of this series. It has been so fun to share these songs with you and enlightening to remember and tell some stories I hadn’t thought of for a while.

Wise Innocence was recorded in 2015 at Brick Hill Studios in Orleans, produced by Jon Evans. It was a leap for me at the time to work with Jon and I am so grateful for that experience and recording that many have heard and use often in their meditation or yoga practice.

I was also blessed to make an official video for this track and so enjoyed the process with Kevin Lasit directing.

I partner this song with Born Free because they both have a kind of rock out vibe and include the chord Bm – which is one of my all time favorite chords.

Both Born Free and Wise Innocence are about reflecting on one’s childhood from the wiser perspective of the adult now. They also encourage each of us to remember our purest and truest essence.

There is great joy and healing in both songs and I invite you to sit back, roll your windows down and soak in all the vibration.

Thanks again for tuning into my 12 Days of Sweet September. If you have a certain day or song you really enjoy, I encourage you to share it vie email or social media.

And be sure to check out Creative Play with Viv and Alicia. I will be sharing a full moon chant this Saturday recorded at Creacon Wellness Retreat.

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.

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 10 Sanctity and I am that I am

I am writing Day 10 from Creacon Wellness Retreat in Ireland. I just completed a day of traveling and feel blessed to have landed here and now. These two songs could not be more perfect for my arrival here.

Sanctity was one of the last songs I wrote for 12 Rebirth and it was partly inspired by Richard Rudd’s book The Gene Keys. If you have never heard of this book, I encourage you to check it out.

Both Sanctity and I am that I am are what we might call anthems and both have mantras of sound and energy in them. They are both about my relationship with my Highest Self or Source.

Both songs reference Christian scripture and the vibration of what I understand as Christ’s Love. The difference between these songs and your average Christian song is that I do not believe Christ is the only way. I trust all Beings and all Souls to find their own unique way to Love and Unity.

I was blessed to be raised in a Catholic family that embodied the energy of a Loving Christ – one that welcomes all and loves all. Although, my awareness has expanded out beyond any one religion, the Teachings of Jesus are still at the center of a lot of my prayer and way of being. And sometimes when I am writing songs, a scripture or mantra from Jesus will come through.

The good news is that when it comes to music, it doesn’t really matter what I think or why I wrote something, it only matters what vibration ends up in the song and how you feel it. So, I encourage you to spend some time with these tracks and see what opens for you.

I am going to rest now and drink some tea.

Thanks again for tuning in and I will see you tomorrow for Day 11.

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 9 Love Again and Highest Good

Day 9 has arrived and it also happens to be Sept. 9th.

Day 9 on 9/9. LOVE that alignment. What does the number 9 mean to you? For me, it has always meant completion. Something is completing for me, individually and collectively.

A completion doesn’t have to mean a dramatic end, it could be a very subtle internal shift. The great thing about life, consciousness and meaning is that we get to create it for ourselves. That’s right.

We are the creator of our own reality.

It’s amazing to me that on this day of completion, I am sharing two songs that are about love and how to remember love even in the face of loss or change or completion. Both of these songs were inspired by beautiful women that I loved. Both relationships changed and “ended” in the form they had been, however both these beings are forever in my heart and have forever changed me for the better.

In Love Again, I explore my whole experience with loss, not just romantic love but that early loss we may feel as children when we offer our heart in its purest form and someone else just doesn’t get it. Some of us are more sensitive than others and so this early experience can be marked deeply in our psyche even if the moment wasn’t really that big a deal in another’s reality.

And so, it really becomes our responsibility to love ourselves, acknowledge the truth of our experience and remember how to love again. Love bigger, love better, love with joy and risk even knowing that love can sometimes lead to loss.

In Highest Good, which I wrote in 2008 and recorded on Winds of Sinai, I was very inspired by the music of India Arie. (If you have never listened to her music, I recommend I Am Light)

A relationship that I thought was deeply spiritual and absolutely “meant to be” ended. The writing of this song was my practice of letting it go and allowing a bigger picture to be made known to me.

Since writing that song, my understanding of love and connection has matured greatly and I now truly believe that all relationships are reflections of our relationship with our self and that the end of any relationship is never a failure but rather an opportunity to go inside and reflect on who we are and what we are attracting into our lives.

I fly off to Ireland tonight to be at my spiritual home, Creacon Wellness Retreat and I am beyond grateful that I will be completing this 12 part essay series in that amazing vortex.

Thanks for tuning in and remember wherever you are, whatever you are experiencing, All is Well.

Nothing is here to hurt is.

Everything is here to awaken us to more of who we truly are.

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 7 Be Creative and Be The Light

Day 7 is all about Being. What is the difference between doing and being? Perhaps you have heard that witty quip, “We are human beings not human doings.” I have spent a lot of the last 15 years unlearning many patterns of mind, so that I might BE more and do less. This is an ongoing process and the writing of songs is a crucial part of my growth and healing.

In my creative process, I often write poems or channeled words that have no music. Sometimes I write in my journal. Sometimes I record directly into my phone.

“Be Creative” I wrote first and then recorded it as a spoken word, which led to some editing. I included it in some sound files that I shared with my producer just so she would have a sense of my overall vision for the project and I had no intention of including it as a track on 12 Rebirth.

Allison, my producer loved the track and actually wanted me to do more spoken word. It has surprised me how much people have responded to this this piece, letting me know it really moved or inspired them. I purposely placed it right in the middle of the experience of the album, as the journey through the songs shifts here and starts to deepen even further.

I do believe that it is creativity and my willingness to express it through music and writing that helps keep me happy, healthy, evolving and thriving.

Enjoy!

I wrote Be the Light in December of 2008. Wow that seems like a long time ago!

I had just left Brooklyn, NY after almost 12 years in the city and was staying on Cape Cod, curious about what was next. I did not record the song until 2015 and made it the title track of that album. I love playing it around the holidays in the sacred month of December and have a few fans that want to hear it no matter what month it is.

I am loving this process of sharing with you through these blogs. Whether you have been reading all of them or are just tuning into this one, I would love to hear any feedback you may have.

Do you have a favorite song from the ones I am sharing? Has it been fun hearing some of the back story to my process? Feel free to respond below.

Also, be sure to check out the Patreon Page. I will be uploading the full moon chant a week from today and it will be recorded at my spiritual home Creacon Wellness Retreat in Ireland.

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 6 Resurrection and Now is My Time

Whew! Day 6 – Half way through. This process of writing each day has been so rich for me and also has required a lot of focus, love and discipline. It’s been fun and illuminating to revisit my process both as a songwriter and a recording artist/producer.

By the way, are you aware of Queen City Records and the vision I am birthing? 12 Rebirth was its first project and in October I will be in Nashville participating in a week-long workshop called “Empowering Women in Audio.” I am super excited to hang in Nashville for the first time (WHAT?) and develop my skills as a recording artist and producer.

On to the songs…….

I wrote Resurrection in July of 2018. It was actually more like a channeled rant/rap into my iphone at a moment when I was really struggling emotionally. I knew I had to make some big changes in my life and I wasn’t totally sure how I was going to do it or how it would end up. The energy of this song came through almost like a rallying cry from my soul. It was in the creation of this song that I recommitted again to being musical, being in my body and being the best that I could be. It would be almost 6 months before I really fleshed the song out fully and had the awesome experience of recording it with a great band.

The true joy of this song for me is that I finally made a track you can dance to. Wouldn’t a remix be fun? Enjoy!

I chose to partner this song with Now is My Time from my 2015 album Wise Innocence. It was written in June of 2014 after singing at a friend of mine’s summer solstice yoga retreat. I visited with my Aunt and Uncle Nina and Jason Bacon in New Haven VT, soaked in all that healing green and again wrote a song about emerging from darkness and depression into an energy of hope and possibility.

I am often inspired by nature and traveling and this song was a result of that trip in Vermont and a particular glorious stretch of driving along Rte 7 between Burlington and Middlebury, VT.

What I love about this song a few years later is that it feels timeless to me in the sense that we are always living in the now. And so, Now is ALWAYS our time.

Enjoy!

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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 5 Thy Will Be Done and 11 Years Later

Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

That’s me taking a deep sigh.

It truly feels like September this morning and I was awake at 5:55am and saw this amazing sunrise.

It couldn’t have been more perfect for this particular day of writing.

As I write this sharing, I can feel the energy of my mother with me.

Both of these songs are deep, personal expressions of my connection to my mother, my experience of her living, dying and the energy she holds for me now.

Mother love is an amazing thing and it is something we all share as human beings. Regardless of how we were born and how that journey with our mother as a human unfolds, we all have a mother. Another human being birthed us onto this planet through her body.

Take a moment to really take that in.

Imagine if our societal systems were based on this sacred miracle of birth. Imagine the health care system? Imagine the education system?

What would it be like if we slowed down enough to sit in the energy of when a child is born. All that possibility. All that Grace.

For some to remember our birth or our relationship with our mother, may feel like trauma. It may have been a traumatic birth or childhood or we may have been adopted or lost our mom young or had a mom who was addicted. 

For others it may have felt joyful and abundant. We may have chosen to be born into a loving and financially strong family that could support us to become all that we are with kindness, love and strength.

For most of us, it’s somewhere in between.

That’s the human journey: A messy, fabulously flawed miraculous ride. So, how do we allow ourselves to thrive – as spiritual beings in human bodies NOW?

A lot of my songs are asking these kinds of questions or reflecting on what I have learned through my unique journey.

I wrote 11 Years Later in January of 2018. May 17 of that year was the 11 year anniversary of my mom’s death and I remember waking up that first day of 2018 and feeling a wave of grief come over me. It felt almost like the first or second year after my mom had died. It shocked me and yet I knew it was an opportunity for a powerful quantum leap in my own journey here and now.

As a creative and spiritual person, I knew enough to practice not judging myself and simple feel the feelings. In that process I wrote 11 years later. It was this song that was part of the inspiration for the title 12 Rebirth and the releasing of it on May 17, the 12 year anniversary of my mom Ellen’s passing.

When I perform this song live, many have responded emotionally – almost like the naming of my love and loss and the power my mother held and keeps holding in my life and awareness, gives permission to others to also honor those they have lost. I am grateful to share this energy in a way that serves others.

The actual year my mom died, I remember returning to my apartment in Brooklyn a few days after her services. I arrived somewhat relieved to be back in my own space and yet also with a restlessness I had never experienced before. Now what do I do? I heard and felt a voice inside of me say “Sit down and write a song”. Thy Will Be Done is what came through – very fast and with very few edits.

I rarely perform it live because it feels so raw to me, but I am grateful I allowed it to come through and recorded it so it may serve others that perhaps are experiencing a similar moment.

In my experience, a lot of our culture is not fluent in the language of grief or has a whole lot of practice holding grief gently within themselves or for others. We often want to fix it or quickly move on out of fear that we may be taken over by our strong emotions.

I have found that Grief has a twin sister named Joy and that the deeper I am willing to truly experience and name my grief, the deeper levels of authentic joy can arise in my daily life, often in surprising ways. This may sound counter-intuitive to some, but I have found it to be true for me.

When I am strong enough to allow myself to be supported as I am truly present with my scariest and darkest emotions, a kind of relief, joy, maturity and strength emerges that helps serve me and everyone around with much more play, authenticity, confidence and joy.

It is my intention that these songs and all my music help people listen deeply within, open up, relax, and allow themselves to be seen, known and loved. Through this deep allowing, transformation can take place in their body and in their life.

Life is temporary. We will lose people.

Life is also amazingly beautiful and we are here to love fully even in the face of what we can not control. What a gift!

This is a picture of me and my mom on the Beara Pennisula in Ireland in 2006. One of my favorite selfie’s of all time.

As my mom would say, Rejoice Regardless!