Oh(m), Kate!

favorite places (c) Holly Troy 2015This summer has been full of change and twists and turns and hard work. I’ve been getting stronger as a rider while everything else feels like it’s either pressing in or slipping away. I’m finding comfort in movement, nature, art, and music.

So while I’m not writing as much, I am biking and painting and listening to music.

In case you didn’t know, I am a Kate Bush fan. In case you are, too, or are wondering why a person might adore Kate Bush – I’m sharing this BBC Documentary – The Kate Bush Story.

I am grateful for Kate Bush. She inspired me when I was a teenager, and she still inspires me today.

Eider Falls at Lake Tahoe is brilliant and stunning. This is from her latest album Fifty Words for Snow.

Lily

Always full of surprises.

 

 

Tom Thum Gets His Freak On

 

Tom Thum gets his freak on in the form of a human beatbox, and the results are fabulous! If you want to smile, I suggest checking out the Ted Video below. I fell in love with this kid!

So playful and happy!

Can you imagine what he’d be doing if he wasn’t doing this?

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Photo I took today while out cycling . . .

Above the trail (c) 2015 Holly TroyThere were quite a few people out, enjoying the trails. It’s a wonderful place! But, I had the intense need to be alone today, so I bypassed some of the singletrack by riding the road for a bit. Looking down through the aspen, I can see singletrack. When I ride the singletrack, I’m aware of the road occasionally in the background, but I never notice being that close to the road.

Wine in the Summertime

Psychedelic ASpen © Holly Troy 2015

I love Eric Burdon and War. Spill the Wine is a classic, great song – and these guys take it up some serious notches when playing live.

I thank my friend Patrick for sharing with me – and now I share with you (as I’ve been too busy to write lately).

Super Sonic Live Action with Trippy Backdrop

Psychedelic Studio Grooviness

Grooving to the Love Vibration and a Past Blast

Videos from my musical past are starting to surface. I knew they were out there – it’s just been a long time since I’ve played or seen any live stuff.

The Halfbreeds artwork insert from the first single. Artwork by Siobhan Meow.

The Halfbreeds artwork insert from the first single. Artwork by Siobhan Meow.

I tried to convince myself that it was ok that I didn’t have any videos from shows I’ve done – but I have to be honest – coming across this video has really tickled me!

I remember this show. It was put on by Ivy Vale and was a tribute to Roky Erickson, founder of the 13th Floor Elevators. Ivy created these events called the Mind’s Eye, and this was the last Mind’s Eye event that I am aware of. Super groovy cuddly party vibe! I think this show happened in April, 1995, at a club called The Lion’s Den.

I think there is a video of the entire set – this is the second song of the set. It’s called Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love In) by the Chocolate Watchband.

The Halfbreeds are:
Francis Cricket (Dr. Francis DiDonato)- Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jamey Evans – Drums, Backing Vocals
Kate St. Claire – Bass
S. Frog (Sanford Santacroche) – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Holly Troy – Vocals

Hallelujah

Flying, swooping, listening to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah sung by Jeff Buckley while riding in the forest.

sun through the forest (c) 5.2015 Holly Troy

The sunlight shining through the trees was stunning. Through the camera lens, the light took on an almost solid quality.

Light as entity.

Just as I was coming to this place I was here in the song:

. . . your faith was strong/but you needed proof/you saw her bathing on the roof/her beauty in the moonlight overthrew ya/she tied you to a kitchen chair/she broke your throne and she cut your hair/and from your lips she drew the halellujah . . .

I stopped to listen – and that’s when I saw the light.

Taurus New Moon and New Beginnings

The New Moon in Taurus is coming up on Monday, May 18th. I came across this article I wrote for Deer Spirit Reiki News back in 2009 and it still rings true – take some time out to set intentions, Taurus New Moon is fertile.

Springtime New Beginnings – Open Heart, Open Possibilities
by Holly Troy

Namaste ~

It’s the New Moon in Taurus and springtime in the northern hemisphere.Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, which is associated with love and beauty — and spring is a time of new beginnings, a reconnection with Mother Earth and green things, blossoming flowers, and flowing water. We want to be outside, to enjoy fresh air and the lengthening days, and to daydream.

Now is a wonderful time to connect with the heart center and with the planet. You may feel yourself coming to life after being dormant all winter.It’s a time to start moving and allowing your dreams to take physical shape.

Some good questions to ask yourself:

What have I been longing for?
What have I been putting off for a better time?
What do I dream about?

A great way to know the answers to these questions is to check in with your body. If they are true for you (not a “should” answer, but a real “personal truth”), then it will resonate with your heart, or your 4th chakra.

The 4th chakra is the core of our entire energy system. The French word for heart is coeur, Spanish is corazon – heart comes from the root for core. It is the fulcrum between the material world and the spiritual world. Its element is air, its principle is balance. In order to live, we need to breathe. When we take the time to pay attention to our breath, we invite our bodies to relax and our spirits to gently be known.

The heart is where we discover our emotional nature in relation to ourselves alone. (It is here where we also realize that we, ourselves alone, are really the whole world. As I inhale and exhale, I exchange the air with everything that inhales and exhales — you, animals, plants . . . it gets huge when you think about it) In the big picture, nature is always balancing itself. Bringing it back down to ourselves (knowing that we are connected to everything), we must at some point ask ourselves, “How do I achieve balance in my life?”

big clouds (c) 2014 Holly TroyThe heart takes the passion of the first three chakras and moves it to a place of compassion. It takes raw energy of the spirit and refines it, softens it, gives it an anchor.

Today is a day to make wishes. What would you like to see happen in your life in the next month? In the next year? 5 years? 10 years? It’s time to take stock and put some intentions out there.

While the moon is dark, as it begins to become bright, notice how your life is moving. I love the moon – although it is considered more of a “subconscious” planet, its phases help me to become more conscious and aware of the cycles of my own life, and, how I’d like to navigate those cycles.

When I set goals or intentions, I like to start out way down the road. What do I want in the next 5 or 10 years – no matter what state my life is like today? I like to dream BIG — the bigger the better. So, my dreams may seem impossible, but I have fun with it. Then, taking it to three years, what have I done to move toward that? then 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month – 1 week. What can I do today? What am I willing to let the universe take care of? I write it out as if everything I’ve ever wanted has already happened – and then, I let it go.

If you are in a place where you feel stuck and can only think of what you don’t want, then make a list of what you don’t want. Then, one by one, next to each item, write out the opposite of what you don’t want, and chances are you’ll be moving toward what you DO want. Check in with your heart — if it’s feeling lighter or larger or warmer or good, you are on the right track! Just by imagining something different for yourself, you’ll feel better.

If you want to make some wishes, hurray! Throw some tobacco in the wind, run and play in the springtime flowers, pour out love, bless everything you see. Give thanks as if you’ve already received everything you’ve ever wanted.

Feel good today and open yourself to feeling good tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow . . .

Blessings,
Holly

self-portrait with blue hat (c) 2015 Holly Troy

Are you really “just” fine?

I came across this TED Talk today by Mel Robbins called How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over. Mel Robbins is right on about getting what you want.

Paraphrasing Mel:

When you feel stuck or dissatisfied in your life it’s a signal that a basic need is not being met. That need? EXPLORATION

Anything that’s a break from your routine is going to require force.

Force yourself:
Out of your head
Past your feelings
Outside your comfort zone.

We are creative beings. Mel Robbins is right – it’s not that we don’t have ideas, it’s that we don’t act on them.

What do you want? What are you willing to do to get it?

Remember: You are fabulous!