Tomorrow is the official holiday in the Unites States honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. I have so many mixed feelings and not many words that feel necessary. I usually share the song I wrote in the summer of 2016 called Freedom is an Inside Job at this time.
It feels more right though to share this classic from Sam Cooke originally released in 1964.
Some songs feel sacred to me. This is one of them.
May sacred songs of love and truth and justice and peace and unity rise up for all of us as we continue to walk forward imagining a better future.
Madam Vice President Kamala Harris, thank you for being you.
May the Light of all Lights be upon you and all those you serve.
This time of year I usually share my song Be The Light. I love this song and this recording and the video I made in 2019. During this time of the shortest day here in North America, the idea of Being the Light really resonates for me. Many cultures have rituals this time of year that remind us of Light even in dark times – whether literal or figurative.
This year, however, I am hearing a new message: Be You.
And in Being You, we become a better Us.
How is this different from Be the Light? For me, it is the practice of holding the paradox. What if the amount of so-called darkness and light is exactly as it should be. What if no one or even the world needs me to “be the light?” What if what we all need and what the world needs is for each of us to take time to really KNOW ourselves and then practice being That with courage, clarity, love and joy.
What if we all spent less time trying to convince others of how they should be and really got to know ourselves on a deeper level. Through this we become more open to receiving new people in our lives that also know themselves more deeply and we open to co-creating NEW experiences, NEW systems, NEW villages and NEW moments that feel authentic, life-giving, inclusive and harmonious.
These are some of the things I have been thinking about as 2020 comes to a close. I will be chanting on Sunday (tomorrow) Dec 20, 2020 at 5pm on Zoom. I would love for you to join me.
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My prayer for myself and for all of us is that we take the time and have the courage to go deep deep inside right now allowing ourselves to know (yet again) who we truly are and how we may best share that vibration with others.
If you, like me, are feeling something new coming but not quite sure what it is, while also grieving for a sense of things lost – whether named or not, know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
All is Well.
I have lots of music that can support you, wherever you are on your journey. Walk your Way on Through from 12 Rebirth is always a favorite for times of transition.
Viv and I both have November 11th on our calendars as a day for deep meditation and contemplation as we tune into the possibilities of our journeys and that of the Collective. We invite you into our own flow through 11-11 in whichever ways feel best to you. Join us just for chanting or meditation, or join us for all three experiences! If you’re not able to attend live, the recordings of each session will be available for you to access later.
Here’s what 11-11 Flow with Viv and Alicia looks like on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020:
8:00 am ET Chanting live with Alicia via Zoom video, clearing our throat chakras and opening up our crown chakras (30 minutes)
11:11 am ET Guided Meditation live with Viv via phone (conference line), connecting in with Gaia / Earth and opening our heart chakras (20-30 minutes)
7:00 pm ET Chakra Activation live with Viv and Alicia via Zoom video, using sound and visualization to activate Flow in our energy chakras, allowing the community space to support the expansion of our individual capacity! It is going to be POWERFUL! (60-90 minutes)
It has been a powerful 6 months on planet earth and in the United States of America. very painful for many and also incredibly awakening for us all.
I am excited to be singing this Sunday at 1pm in my home village next to this beautiful mural recently commissioned to be painted on a local barn. (right across the street from Sturgis Library). It was painted by Joe Diggs and Jackie Reeves.
I remember growing up in Barnstable Village and going to Barnstable High School from 1984-1988 and knowing something was very wrong. I could tell how I got special treatment because I was a “good kid”. A good kid because my Dad was a doctor and I had white skin with blond hair. I watched as other students who were black or didn’t have a mom always on the PTA got treated differently. I didn’t have the language to talk about it – and not many adults did either – but I could feel it and it didn’t feel good.
That is why I wanted to get off Cape Cod as quickly as possible. I could tell I was different somehow (even though I had not yet come out as a lesbian) and wanted to find people who felt different like me and were working for equality and inclusion.
I have journeyed to lots of places in this world – 12 years in Brooklyn, NY, a couple years in the Middle East (Cairo & Lebanon), 8 years back on Cape Cod running Sounding Still Wellness and now I am currently living in Boston teaching at a private school in Weston.
The reality and pain of white privilege and colonization is everywhere, and we are in a time now with great opportunity to educate ourselves, so we can begin talking and acting in public, as well as privately, with more intention, awareness and transformational love.
I could not be more happy to sing and be among artists who are asking questions and creating conversations right here in my home village of Barnstable.
10 years ago I was flying to Lebanon to teach music at the American Community School in Beirut. It was 2010 and I am pretty sure the apartment I lived in during that time has been blown up. My heart is with the Lebanese people and all helping to support them in this moment. I remember singing Better Me at a school talent show and a student coming up to me and saying, why are you a teacher? Why are you not a famous singer? I left Beirut 3 months later and recommitted my life to why I am here. That led to the 2012 release of Isn’t it Amazing?
Now here I am in Boston, MA stepping into a new teaching position at The Meadowbrook School of Weston in the middle of a global pandemic and the cultural pandemic (and hopefully transformation and reparation) of systemic racism. Full circle for this little human being, I must admit.
If there is one thing I know now on the eve of my 49th birthday, I was born to be a teacher and my students are here to awaken me.
In September of 2001, I was living in Brooklyn, NY and was working on the 16th floor of Rockefeller Center as a temp when two planes hit the World Trade Center. This past March, as COVID took NYC by storm, I was in Boston, MA remembering that time vividly.
2020 has taught me time is a spiral, everything is energy and when in doubt, I choose love. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
I am so grateful for so much. I am healthy. I have a place to live. I meditate. I have many people in my life who love me, even if I am currently living alone and I have a bit of income that is somewhat stable.
I am beyond grateful that I sing and make music.
This is one of the things I am most grateful for, almost like my whole life has been lived for this moment right now.
Here are some of the daily practices I have been choosing during this time to keep myself well and balanced:
Be MORE gentle – with myself and others
Forgive – myself and others
Drink tons of water – more than I think necessary
Move my body – be creative in how to do this
Eat vegetables – along with all that ice cream and chips and bread
Call someone I can be my full self with and be honest about how I am feeling on every level.
Sing, create, trust, play
I am offering many services online from my own little corner of the world. Please consider reaching out in anyway I might serve.
Join me on Facebook where I am doing Family Music on Thursday mornings at 10am. There are also multiple videos from week 1-4 of both family music and chanting.
And if you missed A Prayer for the Earth, which my friend Vivienne Gerard and I released for free on youtube a year ago, NOW might be a great time to tune in. It was recorded spontaneously at Dreamland Studios, when I was recording 12 Rebirth and it feels right to remind folks of it today.
I will be releasing a NEW CHANT on Wednesday 4/22/2020. Stay Tuned!
Another December and I’m coming home, not like I’ve ever done before……
I wrote this song in December of 2009 (I think) and didn’t record it until my record in 2015. Below is a little blurb I wrote about the song in 2014.
The song for me is timeless. Enjoy it here on Youtube.
May your December be filled with LIGHT – inside and out
Reflections on “Be The Light” by Alicia Mathewson (written in 2014)
Growing up on Cape Cod, lighthouses have always been significant. Not until after my mother passed in 2007 though, did I begin to understand how we, as human beings, can be lighthouses. My mother did it without thinking; it was her great gift. She would light herself up from inside and help guide others simply by being who she was.
As a child I was incredibly fortunate. Christmas was always joyful – full of good music, good food, presents and warm company for all to enjoy. My mother was most definitely the center of this energy – that and our faith that came from generations of Irish Catholic women. I still have specific songs that when I hear them at the holidays, it’s like my mom is right next to me. One of those is Joan Baez’s “I wander as I wander.” What a gift that piece of music is to me and the connection it gives me to my memories as a child and of my mother. As a songwriter, this is my hope for the music I create – that, it too, become a connective energy between souls in meaningful and uplifting ways.
When we lose someone, especially someone as center as my mother was, the holidays can sometimes feel empty and painful. At the same time the rituals and passions we shared can comfort us – the decorations, music, connection with others. Even though it may feel painful or like “someone is missing”, we can always connect into our heart knowing that sometimes only when we allow ourselves to truly feel loss, can we also experience deep joy and happiness.
Now, over 7 years since my mom left the planet, I am finally becoming my own lighthouse at the holidays, truly lighting myself from within in service of all who may need guidance or inspiration. This process of creative awareness and becoming is my greatest passion and this time of year with all it’s natural darkness is a magical time to truly BE THE LIGHT. I wrote this song as a message to myself and it’ is my greatest happiness to share with you. May your heart and holiday be lit up from inside this year and may you serve others simply by being.
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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 4 I am the Ocean and Sweet September
ahhhhh, finally the song that this whole series is named after, Sweet September.
You can listen and/or watch the video I made around its release in 2012 filled with pictures of nature. My phone has been upgraded since I made this video, so I am tempted to make a new video with even better pics…..Let me know in the comments below if you would like that.
I wrote Sweet September in the fall of 2011 after I had sung 40 chants in 40 days. You may recognize the chant Ong Namo that opens it. I sang it in the style of Snatam Kaur as a way of honoring her vibration on the planet and being in Union with it.
It truly was a Sweet September for me that year, as it was the first September I had been on Cape Cod as an adult in a very long time and it was a coming home – literally and spiritually.
I had just moved through a difficult spiritual expansion and experienced both depression and anxiety as a result. I had let go of my life in NYC and recent teaching job in Beirut, Lebanon and knew I was creating a new life, but wasn’t exactly sure how and when it would all arrive. It was a time of deep meditation, contemplation and ultimately self-healing and trust.
This time I am in now is related to that time in 2011. Again, I have let go of a teaching job and other ways I had been living my life and I am birthing something new. I am so grateful to again be on Cape Cod, enjoying the extraordinary nature and ocean all around me, reminding me All is Well.
Here’s a picture of me from 1972 – my first summer on the Cape. As you can see the Ocean and I were friends right from the beginning.
I wrote I am the Ocean in December of 2018 in a beautiful coastal town in New Hampshire. I was there supporting and enjoying a friend who had recently lost her Dad. We were in between Christmas and New Years and it was unseasonably warm. The time at this ocean with my friend and her family was magical. I have learned that when a parent (or anyone passes), magic happens. To get to be present with the one who is passing or those who are watching their loved ones pass is one of the greatest gifts of being human.
This was the sunrise the morning after my friend’s father’s service and it felt like a direct blessing to all of us.
Right before I went into the studio to record 12 rebirth I first heard the Algonquin Water Song. It is a beautiful video of the Grandmothers passing the song down to the Granddaughters. I was so moved by this song I chose to open the track with it. This vibration holds the love and strength of a Spiritual Father with the wisdom and power of the Grandmothers.
You can also hear it in Our Prayer for the Earth that Vivienne Gerard and I recorded spontaneously at Dreamland. The joyful experience Viv and I had creating the Earth Prayer has led to the launch of a brand new Patreon page, where you are invited to support us, our work in the world and our vision for Gaia’s Love Festival.
What do you get? Peace, laughter, joy, music and inspiration for your unique journey as a Soul/Human, as well as an insider view to our creative process.