Full Moon and Magical Moments…

I recently decided I was going to write a blog post once a week. Only I hadn’t taken into account that we aren’t wired for being creative ALL the time. I thus found it strange that the stories didn’t just pour out of me, given I’ve had so many sweet and memorable experiences over the past few weeks. Then I realized that it’s night of full moon and my missing creativity suddenly makes sense – I seem to get quite emotionally and physically distraught by the full moon. A full moon meditation, reminding me that I’m a magical being, as well as setting an intention to put this magic into writing, cleared out the mind clutter and I’m now ready to share some pretty cool New Orleans stories with you….

As any memorable experience largely is the result of the connections we make with the people we’re with, let me introduce you to some of the magical people I’ve met over the past couple of weeks in this equally magical city of New Orleans

Ester, still wearing high heels at 94

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I met Ester (first photo) at Unitarian Universalist Community Church at a bird talk/concert performed by mutual friends. Ester and I were both sitting in the front row immensely enjoying the show, when she noticed my high heels and said in excitement: “You look great! You just don’t see anyone wearing high heels around here”. I probably grew a couple of inches taller from that remark… She, herself, wore high heels every day, at 94 of age! Not only did she have a great posture, she had a great spirit about her too. I hope to see her again someday (which I probably will, since New Orleans is a small city) – meeting elderly folks who keep their youth about them is so inspiring to me, as I’m sure hearing some of her life stories would be too.

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I’ve Had The Time Of My Life…at Esplanade Studios!

Yesterday and today I had the time of my life. And, really, that’s probably not a coincident given that my producer here in New Orleans, Donny Markowitz, actually wrote that song. For which he won an Oscar BTW, and yes, it’s this one… Donny told me that he never actually lifted up the statuette himself, but that he figured that everyone who’d since touched it has left a bit of their good energy in it. I like to think that I belong to that group.

Posing with my buddy, Oscar :)

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Donny just has a really great energy about him! When I arrived to New Orleans on March 6th with a suitcase full of songs and a dream, he welcomed me with a lot of warmth and heart. The dream was to make my very first EP of my own songs come to life, songs I’ve written in New Orleans during the six years I’ve lived in the city since my first supposedly short-term visit in 2002. I had contacted Donny a couple of months prior to my arrival asking if he would produce the record. We had met before at songwriting session, but I had no idea how much good stuff I was in for.

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NOLA and MUSIC getting close…

As I’m writing this, in eight short days I’ll be on my way to New Orleans, a place that’s been a home to me for over six years and to which I keep getting pulled back. The city has that sort of magical spell on you, as many people have expressed an agreement with to me. It seeps in and leaves you affected for life. Indeed, I’ve felt this exact effect, as I’ve ridden up and down the streets of the French Quarter on my cruiser bike greeting new, of which you make at least one a day, and old friends, while smelling the moist, warm air in between yummy restaurant odors and being overwhelmed by the explosion of colors and shapes of the charming surroundings.

This time is no different. I’m intensely longing back to FEEL the city – and thus MYSELF again and I simply can’t wait to let my teeth sink into the first powdered sugarcoated beignet as I take a sip of the most delicious coffee in the world at indeed the world café, Café du Monde to get my late night snack before a stroll around the Quarter with a good friend, looking up if we’re seeing it all for the first time…

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