2017 has been an amazing year and I am thankful for the people in my life who have made it that way! Wishing all of you Happy Holidays and an amazing New Year 2018!
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One of the highlights for me this holiday season has been being part of the Cancer Kids & Christmas event back in my hometown. This big fundraising event was all organized by Travis Sparks who, himself, was threatened by cancer, and was then inspired to help others affected by this horrible disease, especially during the holiday season. Being in this hometown atmosphere and seeing people come together to help each other was so uplifting, and a reminder of how we all should strive to help others year-round! It was a humbling experience, and I am thankful.
Two events coming up for this weekend! Saturday I'll be in Mount Holly, NJ for an evening show at Robin's Nest Crow Bar and Sunday I'll be in North Brunswick, NJ for a Dog Walk-a-Thon and Adoption Event hosted by the North Brunswick Humane Association.
Thanks to Allison Johnelle Boron for her second writeup about songs from upcoming album "Whimsical Romance". (She also did a piece on "This Kiss".) I totally LOVE her take on the video! :)
I am THRILLED to announce the HIGHLY ANTICIPATED (at least by me!) FIRST SINGLE of the upcoming album is now set for release! The single AND music video "This Kiss" is now set for release for August 11. It will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, my website, and all major digital distributors. Pictured is a "sneak peek" at the music video! XOXO
Thank you to Baltimore's Fox45 WBFF and Tony Pagnotti for having me on your Morning News show!
Today honoring all activists standing up for justice and civil rights, but especially Martin Luther King, Jr.! Wow, what an impact this one person has made, inspiring each of us to continue the fight for what's right!
I wanted to repost this message-song-video that I did a while back named "Tolerance" as I've needed some reflection time to even better understand what I was trying to say! When I first posted it, someone questioned me on the title because 'to tolerate' means to put up with something or someone that you may not really like. Thank you, because this made me research the definition and think. Because really, we would love for all things to start with LOVE rather than just having to 'tolerate'. But as we all know, this is just not reality in many cases, when people are not showing love, sometimes we must move forward with justice and civility, attaining this through peaceful demonstration, and hope that mutual love will eventually show itself. But it may not, and it is certainly not the role of our government to control who we must love; however, it is the role of our government to enforce equal rights for all of us.
I remember being in Mrs. Clark’s class in 4th Grade when we were studying about slavery. I stood up to put my arm next to the boy’s arm in front of me. Although he would be classified as ‘white’, his skin was darker/redder than my own and I thought, well even here in this classroom we all look so different. As a child, after learning in school about these injustices, I remember wondering where was the line that people were drawing to be prejudice? Exactly what shade did you have to be in order to receive the effects of racism and why? And what if, one day, somebody decided that I was the wrong shade of skin? Something totally beyond my control! My hair was dark, what if that was a problem to somebody along the way?! It sounds silly perhaps, but this has all happened time and time again, people discriminated against by the way they look, where they were born, their ancestors, etc. And who knows at what point that it may be my own ‘look’ that is on the wrong side of history.
When people are different from us-whether in physical appearance, race, religion, culture, language- and we may find that love does not come naturally, perhaps it is the TOLERANCE and RESPECT that must at least come first. Open minds and hearts are so difficult when we are comfortable in our own ways, maybe fearful of change, and I honestly find it very challenging to understand people sometimes- even from small town to big city in America can create a great cultural divide- and I have lived these experiences first-hand! Maybe it's a self-defense mechanism, or maybe it is pure hate for some people, but I do think we sometimes have to force ourselves to be tolerant and respectful, hopefully planting the seeds of love in each other’s hearts. So, all I'm trying to say is, go for love first, if it's not coming easy, try tolerance and respect, I bet love will soon follow.
I am so very very excited! If you know me, you know that I LOVE great food and drinks, and I think about them allot! If you know me, you also know that I have been a lifelong (well since age 4) vegetarian. And so, I've decided to bring some of my passions together to add this section to my website called 'iHeartVeggie'. I'll be exploring veggie food, recipes, products, etc...hopefully discovering some great new tastes and yummy ways to enjoy life! I started it off with an AMAZING recipe concoction of 'Gingerbread White Hot Chocolate' hot and sweet on these cold wintry days....hope you enjoy!!!! I did!!!
I just wanted to send out a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/New Year message to you! I sang 'O Holy Night' last night at a Christmas Eve Service and realized that this one message should sum it up for all of us:
"Truly, he taught us to love one another. His law is love and his gospel is peace. Chains shall he break for the slave is our brother, and in his name all oppression shall cease."
Regardless of our faiths or any difference as all, peace and love to you today and every day. All of us, brothers and sisters of humanity, have more in common than not, just by being on this Earth together at the same time and experiencing the same human joys and struggles.
Back to some music...
Here are links to a couple songs/videos I recorded from my 'Christmas Studio' this year!
"Away in a Manger"
"Little Drummer Boy"
Enjoy the rest of 2016 and get ready for a time of new starts, new goals, new beginnings, or just continued awesomeness in 2017!