“It started because a group of high school students came to me concerned about different kinds of things, such as poaching in the national parks. Or why wasn’t somebody doing something about the street children with nowhere to go? Why was there cruelty to animals in the market and stray dogs and cats? Didn’t anybodyContinue reading “Born On This Day: Jane Goodall”
Are there words to describe Chaka Khan except superlatives? Like, magnificent; force of nature; the one and only; Empress of Funk; life-altering experience? Chaka has expressed many times that her voice is a gift from Creator. The love for music is so obvious in every note she sings. Love in every form is healing. LoveContinue reading “Born On This Day: Chaka Khan”
“I pray to all the forces of nature that I remain as innocent as a baby and as pliable as a blade of grass, so that as all the aggression of a hostile world deals with me, I am able to rise with greater experience but equally as innocent as before. I have always beenContinue reading “Happy Birthday To Eddy Grant”
I need to write a longer writing of thanks to this Lady Of Creativity, whose work has been a companion to me since her first book ‘The Artist’s Way’. I have given The Artist Way to so many creative friends in the 1990s, who back in the day did not really know what to doContinue reading “Happy Birthday To Julia Cameron.”
On this day, Karen Carpenter, Rory Gallagher, Lou Reed, Kurt Weill and B. Smetana were born. Let the music play! 2 March 2015
What is not to love about this large-hearted lady in music? Long before the term “fusion” was coined, Buffy wrote and performed it. She helped Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell to become household names. Buffy Sainte-Marie was the first indigenous musician to win an Oscar — for her song “Up Where We Belong” — , the first visible indigenousContinue reading “Happy Birthday To Buffy Sainte-Marie.”
Randy Crawford grew up with five siblings who all sang at home, at church and at events, encouraged by music loving parents. In conversation, she revealed that she inherited her exquisite voice from her mother, who wanted her daughter to have a shot at a career in music. So Randy started to sing in nightContinue reading “Happy Birthday To Randy Crawford.”
The spunky singer and fond New Orleanian celebrates her 80th birthday today. Her contribution to music is enormous. How someone can be so magnanimous and so approachable is a mystery to me that I want to know more about. My hunch is that Irma is a deeply spiritual person. As a teenage waitress, Irma gotContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Irma Thomas.”
Sergio Mendes celebrates his 80th (!) birthday today. Over the years and decades, he collaborated with so many artists all over the world. Always offering a scrumptious experience to our ears and legs, he is one of the most appreciated and relevant composers and musicians of our era.. and of the eras before us too.Continue reading “Happy Round Birthday To Sergio Mendes!”
The friendly music enthusiast, music nerd and elegant singer celebrates her 84th birthday today. A year ago, Ann Powers wrote an intuitive and enjoyable piece about Roberta’s contribution and legacy to American music. “The Virtuoso – Roberta Flack’s career demands a new way of thinking about the word genius”: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/10/804370981/roberta-flack-the-virtuoso
as Michael Pollan communicated in so many ways. Here is another 20 min long talk meant for everyone. Take the time for it! “I decided that the best way to encourage people to cook is to remind them what a beautiful, miraculous work it is, practice it is. And that we have been, I wouldContinue reading “Food Connects Us To the World”
The singer songwriter released a wonderful “quarantine” album in 2020. Melody Gardot gives hope to all who have survived accidents (or the results of extremely bad choices that are quite like accidents too) and whose will to heal was so strong that it opened a path. She is a musician today mainly because of thatContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Melody Gardot”
For everyone interested, here is a 2015 presentation with Charlene Spretnak, Mariannne Williamson, Barbara King and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati about change making women, holistic leadership and the necessary cultural transformation that will be championed by women – from the ground up (not from the top down). It is a bit over an hour. Enjoy.
It is too bad that there are so few excerpts of her presentations, talks and interviews online, and I have shared almost everything at this point. (Not on my blog, but in my healing groups. Still…) So I will share an anecdote about her that amused me a great deal and still makes me chuckleContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Charlene Spretnak!”
Mike Patton celebrates his birthday today. Among all the concerts I have been to when I was coming of age, he remains in my memory as a performer of very high energy and cuteness. Most girls I knew had a crush on him. It was easy to succumb to his charm: while with Faith NoContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Mike Patton!”
Sean Johnson, the voice of the marvelous Wild Lotus Band from New Orleans, is celebrating his birthday. I thank his and their music and the recognition coming their way in the coming decade.
Raphael Sotomayor who plays hang with TAOF, his band, and with Kate Stone is celebrating his birthday today. Enjoy the tunes.
Here is a recent interview with Aloe. I mentioned him in my piece Projecting Into the Future: The Image of Success In Western Society – A Transformation From Charlie Sheen To Aloe Blacc https://nandajurela.com/2020/06/25/projecting-into-the-future-the-image-of-success-in-western-society-a-transformation-from-charlie-sheen-to-aloe-blacc/ I also feel that his 2020 album All Love Everything was the Album of the Year. Much appreciation to Aloe. Happy birthday,Continue reading “Born On This Day: Aloe Blacc”
You can listen to a new interview with the guitar legend at or to his music. I recommend it.
I listen to the drums to heat up a place, to “flush out” energies and thoughts that I don’t want to keep, to repair myself after disappointments, sadness and upsets, to come back to me, to feel myself again, to find my groove again. The unfriendlier the events, the more percussion I play at home.Continue reading “12/12: A Master Drummers’ Birthday”