It seems I prefer to run in the winter. There's something about the cool air and shorter days that compels me to put on my running shoes and run. As a part of my cool-down process I always stop by my neighborhood park. My favorite thing to do is to take some time and breaths at this musical installation and play. Sometimes the local folks gather to watch and listen. Sometimes it draws in children to explore this instrument themselves. Yet, most times the park is mostly empty and I get to enjoy playing this instrument all by myself. Here is a little glimpse into my post-run musical cool down. #happysaturday
David Jones better known as David Bowie has gracefully returned to the eternal cosmic dance on Sunday, January 10th, 2016. An 18 month long battle with cancer would claim his life at age 69, just 2 days after his birthday. He was surrounded by loved ones in his home in Manhattan, New York City, NY. David Bowie's work is remarkable, and his career transcends many of his peers in that his ability to innovate, create, re-create, and re-define not only his looks, but also his music is what makes his work timeless and propels his work to live on. Unbeknownst to me as a child I knew many of his popular songs, like "Let's Dance," "Little China Girl," and more. Yet, I was first enamored with Mr. Bowie in his leading role as Jareth, "The Goblin King," in Jim Hensen's "Labyrinth." I was memorized by his voice, presence, style, and eyes, but more specifically he stole my heart with the following scene:
Once I learned the lyrics as a child they have never left my mind or heart. Farewell, Mr. David "Bowie" Jones. Thank you for being a legend, an inspiration, and for the gift of your life and creatively artistic talents. The world loves you, and so do I.
It is the first Monday of 2016. While most folks went back to work, or perhaps school, normal life resumed. The holidays are officially over. Personally, I am dancing with job insecurity, and financial instability, and yet my belief and practice in trusting that the Universe will continue to provide for me gives me more free time than most folks. I accept. It is in this free time or on these free days that I can tune into life, tune into the day, and let life flow and unfold.
Originally, I was supposed to wake up early and go hiking. My friend rescheduled; I went back to bed. When I awoke and got out of bed at 10 AM with my phone still on silent but in hand I saw that to my surprise I had an incoming call from one of my male best friends. This man is and always has been an integral inspirational person in my life. I call him Obi-1, because in 2010 he mentored me on and off the mountain for snowboarding, and also in life. After we hung up my soul flames were lit and I started to burn with the day. Our friendship is enhancing for us on many levels. He is Aries, I am Leo, we share fire. Fire is important during this time. It is important to keep that inner fire lit because it is winter. We each need to be seen, to be supported, and to be heard. Sometimes a phone call is all it takes. Like lighter fluid, a good friend can light up your flame.
Let us welcome and embrace this time of winter in whatever way we can. For me, some days I do nothing, or I rest a lot. Today, I spent my day doing some dancing and moving, some yoga and breathing. I prepared some food for the day. At one point I found myself singing, as I do a lot, and a song came out. Also, I could "hear" the accompanying drum as I was singing. So I picked up the drum, set my intention, and played from the heart. Powerful vibrations. Then, I decided to share this medicine and my energy by capturing it because maybe there are souls ready to receive it. Love, peace, forgiveness, and tenderness are woven into this intentional, freestyle piece. Lots of love. Enjoy. <3
I am a former (what I deem) "concert junkie." I have witnessed well over 500 different artists, performers, bands, ensembles, and groups live in concert in my 33 years of living. My first concert was probably around the age of 6 when my mother took my sibling(s?) and I to see "Mint Condition" live at Magic Mountain, California.
After some R&B goodness I would move onto Suicidal Tendencies live at the Santa Monica Civic Center in December of 1994. It was the first time I had understood my real, true age and the severity and maturity of the activities I was partaking in. I knew my place as I was walking into the venue. So many faces looked at me with expressions saying, "little girl, you don't belong here." So I kept quite, observant, and cool. I was 12 years old at the time. Next, I would work to earn money to buy concert tickets. I would learn that you cannot always rely on others to go "see" something. I was willing to go solo, and I did many times. I learned to be front row on the barricade rail. My all time low was buying concert tickets instead of paying my car note... yeah, it almost got repossessed. My all time claim to fame is having witnessed 25 shows in a period of 9 months in the year 2003. I was 23. Now, I am 33 years old. In my time I can say that the best live performance I have ever witnessed was the entire evening's performance of Dead Can Dance at the Gibson Amphitheater along with David Kuckhermann and Miranda Rondeau. One word: marvelous. The voices and musicianship of each individual was remarkable, captivating, exquisite, and alluring. Bravo.
Another really great performance act is Tool. Being a drummer myself, Danny Carey is one that I highly esteem. Here is he is with VOLTO! live at The Mint in Los Angeles, California. I had a great time at this show to say the least.
Maybe I was having a bit too much fun... I may or may not be the one singing and hollering. <3
It is summer time and it is hot here in Southern California (even though we have been experiencing an unusually mild summer). Summer days always make me miss the snow. I love snowboarding season.
Here is the final edit for my 2015 snowboarding season (January to March). Thanks to everyone I rode with and shared the mountains with this past season. Thanks to all the resorts, staff, workers, resort towns, and people in between that make snowboarding possible. *Think SNOW*
Yes, I like laying on the floor to de-stress.
About a week ago my frame drum teacher Miranda Rondeau posted a video of her "Dance Challenge - Day 2" in our private Facebook group. I accepted the challenge wholeheartedly. Here is the first of five offerings to come.*
*I decided to be bold on the first day and take the challenge one step further by also making it a "body challenge" in that the attire I wore and specifically chose was an never-before-worn outfit that I would not normally allow myself to wear. This is my attempt at accepting and embracing my body for how it is now, trying to love it just the way it is, and further step into sexy, Goddess femininity. Thus, this is also a practice in vulnerability. <3
At the time of this writing I am currently enrolled in a frame drumming class with Miranda Rondeau for a 6-week, all-female frame drumming course. Miranda is a Goddess of voice and drum. My life has forever been altered, and has returned to source, because of my exposure to her. I have been playing the frame drum for two years now. It is my meditation; my connection to source. It has been my intention to record offerings and offer them to the world however they may be interpreted or felt. Here is tonight's offering of many to come; free downloads via Soundcloud. I am aware the timing is off, but no worries.
Here is my first frame drum recording from 2013. The crickets were out.
Another recording of the same year around the same time as above.
I'm an emotional Virgo. My moon is in Virgo. The rest is pretty much Leo, and a whole bunch of other signs. I have just been doing some clearing out and rearranging of the Facebook photos and albums. You see, I am finally coming to terms with the break-up of my my long-time partner (a Virgo), my first Love of what could have been 5 years next month. I've thrown out the toothbrush. Earlier today while at work I had set an intention to download and filter through the specific album "...captured moments of our journey together" and delete it. I loved this man hard. He was my first true love. In hindsight, I am a bit frustrated because I know I was done wrong by him in character. Not in a victim type way, but in a taken for granted type sense. So, I am frustrated at myself. Our time together was beautiful. But no more. Going through the photos , downloading the ones of "us" while moving the others to other Facebook albums was freeing. You know, moving on. Naturally, all of this lead to my archives of old videos. I have finally made some "Public," because, well, why not?
So once upon a time I learned how to play the drums, studied a bit of music for three years, and later became a drum instructor for Parks & Recreation for the City of Los Angeles. There was a piano in the Panorama, CA location I taught at. During all of this time I discovered my love for piano (not keyboard), because a real piano is percussive, vibrational. At the time of this recording I was single and living on my own; loving the life I created for myself.
So here's me, posted on March 7th. 2009 via Facebook. I am coming around again... single, independent, capable, able, independent, living by myself and loving it, and damn proud I am still embracing, making, and creating music. We all know that #heartbreak makes for good material. Stay tuned for new tunes. <3
I can remember singing spontaneously since I was about three or four years old. I've always had an expressive way with words, most of it being poetic, lyrical, or in rhyming style. This is a gift I do not force or try to do, it just comes out and my only job is to pay attention and capture/record whatever material presents itself. Here's a recent spontaneous piece that came out after having found my phone. The song explains itself. Free download if you enjoy it. Much love. **ADULT CONTENT - NOT SUITABLE FOR MINORS**
Mary Ann Martinez
Writings of a restless soul.