Be Unapologetic About What you Desire

I joined Gabrielle Bernstein’s 21-Day Manifesting Challenge. Why not? Why not add to the list of ever expanding stuff I want to do? But seriously, I have at least two major projects on the front burner, not including music.

One of the things I can say with certainty is that I am a musician. And making music is something I had to reclaim for myself after a fourteen-year silence. While music was on hiatus, I focused on my other other interests – yoga, writing, art, mountain biking. And though I honed my skills as a teacher, a somatic explorer, and even to an extent – an athlete, I found art and writing didn’t hold much power or joy for me without music. I simply was unable to complete the creative trifecta with yoga or cycling.

Neptune’s artful fork holds no energy with a missing prong!

Music is the keystone to all my endeavors. It feeds everything. All the things I love to do are informed by music. Even riding my bike. I move through the world, take it in, with a cinematic imagination, and there is always a soundtrack (even if it’s breeze in the trees and birds singing). I have to interact with sound. I have to make sound.

I have always been a singer. I started singing and playing percussion with acoustic musicians for fun in 2018. The beginning of 2019, I joined the Lofi Sofias. Jessica Barnes sent me some of her songs, I sent her Halfbreeds videos. I was blown away by her songwriting. For a couple of months it was just Jessica and me playing together, harmonizing, finding other women to rock with. Before we knew it, we had a band. Toward the end of 2019, I picked up a few chords on the guitar so my band could be the Velvet Underground for a Halloween fundraiser gig called the Monster Mash. I was Lou Reed. From there, I never put the guitar down.

In recent months, I got a Telecaster and a Fender Twin Reverb amp – and – my guitar skills had a leap. Now I play guitar on almost all the songs my band performs – and – I am beginning to write songs on my own. I have always sang other people’s songs or written and arranged music based on what other people brought in (and that is happening, too) because I didn’t play an instrument. Now I have six-strings of power!

Here is my stream of consciousness response to Day One of the 21-Day Manifesting Challenge.

Be Unapologetic About What you Desire

My desire is to manifest real skill in guitar playing and songwriting.

In 21 days I would like to practice guitar for at least 21 hours and have written at least one song.

In what ways does my desire bring me joy?

I feel so much joy and power when I am making music. I’ve been a singer for 35 years, and playing guitar takes things to a new level – I can say what I want to say how I want to say it. I can write music for my voice. I can really let myself wail. I mean – wow – the power, the energy, when the music move through my body is electrifying – and to be able to accompany myself, to rock whenever I want, is so empowering. And then, of course, to rock with others, especially women, is really incredible.

I mean, wow! I finally get to REALLY ROCK. REALLY ROCK!

The beauty, the strength, the power is beyond any experience I have ever had — and I am just at the very beginning of having skill as a guitar player. Oh my God! Oh my God! The potential is pure, the potential is raw, the potential is potent. Making music is the most powerful meditation I know how to do. It is uplifting, immediate, and so joyful. so life-affirming. Even when the music is sad. Oh, my soul, my heart, my voice.When guitar becomes an extension of my expression, of my body, it feels like pure magic.

Yeah, I want that.

January 1, 2021
Flagstaff, AZ

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I'm a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I've been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime messengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, breath, and makin' stuff.

8 thoughts on “Be Unapologetic About What you Desire

  1. You will see a lot of improvement practicing one hour a day for 21 days. I wrote five new songs this week. I was hoping the finish recording the fifth song today, but other things got in the way. I wrote and recorded two songs last week. I was on a year-end roll. Rock & Roll.

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    1. woohoo! 5 songs – that’s great! I just practiced for 1.75 hours. I try to practice everyday, but the holidays – even without seeing anyone – threw me off! But I’m back – and just figured out some stuff too!

      Keep on rockin!! Happy New Year 🙂

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          1. I did a 10 day travel photo challenge that I started right after soltice. It worked out because I finished it yeaterday. I normally don’t do awards and challenges, because they are like silly midschool chain letters. After breaking the chain, I did get some old travel photos in.

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