May this New Year bring you peace, surrender, serenity, and a few breathtaking insights. May you want for nothing, because you already have everything. May the intentions you set this day be felt against the sides of mountains, ring into the ether with an ear-warming reverberation, and settle in the bones of those not as fortunate as you. And may those intentions keep us all connected like a mighty woven net of love that always catches us when we fall. Happy New Year, one and all!
As a working musician, the very last thing I do in the very last moments of every year is sing.
“… as it has been since forever ago and auld lang syne. I am a New Year baby; it is in my DNA to usher out an old, usher in a new. To ritualize the idea of rebirth, renewal, and restoration; to chant, to pray, to dance, to give auspiciousness to new beginnings and rites of passage, to participate in burning bowl rituals and labyrinth walks, to summon the rains and the gods, to howl at the moon, to burn sage, to close my eyes, shut off the valve and listen. Listen to the wind in the trees tell me what I need to know next, what I need to do next, how I need to sing next. And then I sing.” ——— (Excerpt from my poem “Lost & Found” from the collection BONES)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!