Dear Viriditas Community,
I hope you have felt as embraced as I have this past month by the care and beauty of the Universe. As I told you last month one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get more rest this year. On that note, last week David and I took our 14 year old son Joshua and one of his buddies to the Mt Princeton Hot Springs for a few days. For those of you who are in Colorado, I highly recommend exploring this spot and giving yourself the gift of the nourishment of these hot springs, nestled in the midst of the Collegiate Peaks. There is something very relaxing about being away from our day to day lives. As I lay in the wonderful hot creek water on the night of our arrival, I found myself breathing in the crisp mountain air and soaking in the beauty of the starlit night. Ahhhhh…. And the next morning I slept until shortly after 9 AM, something I haven’t done in many years. I find myself breathing deeply now as I write this, remembering how relaxed and comfortable I felt at the Hot Springs. David and I will definitely be going back to this beautiful spot!
Speaking of beauty, if you haven’t already done so, do go by the First Congregational Church on Broadway and Pine some time in March and enjoy the magnificent Annual NoBo Art Exhibit. The exhibit is housed in the Faith Center of the church.
As I mentioned last month, one of my paintings of St. Hildegard’s Illumination, The Power Of Love, is part of the Exhibit. On the night of the opening reception on February 5th as I walked through the Exhibit, I marveled at how many powerful artists we have in North Boulder. It was a great joy to meet some of my fellow artists and to feel the synergy of all of our creative expression. This is the 6th time that the NoBo Art District has put together an Exhibit, but it was the first time that the organization had tap dancing at the opening reception! I still smile when I think about all the looks David and I got as we hauled our twelve tap tiles into the chapel and set up our floor. That night as we danced to the Cirque Du Soleil arrangement of some of Michael Jackson’s music, I could feel the incredible excitement of our audience as they got swept away by the joy and sparkle of tap dancing. When we struck our final pose, one person in the audience yelled out, “Do it again!” That night, David and I also shared some of our other gifts. David recited his poem: What Is Soul? As the poet in him took over and I watched the mesmerized faces of the audience, I was reminded of the beauty and power of David’s poetry. For those of you who are not familiar with it, check out his book I Am A Black Man, Who Are You? as well as the companion CD. (CLICK HERE to purchase the book.) (CLICK HERE to purchase the CD.)
The highlight of the evening for me was the opportunity to sing St. Hildegard’s, O Viridissima Virga. As the healing power of St. Hildegard’s music touched the audience, I once again felt the blessing of being connected to this powerful and loving lady. For those of you who have never heard me sing this song I invite you to purchase it on i-Tunes. (CLICK HERE to purchase.)
David and I want to especially thank those of you who came to the opening reception. It warmed our hearts to see so many of you there that night. We are blessed to have such loving and enthusiastic people in our lives.
Loving and enthusiastic people were also with us on February 14th. Words cannot adequately describe the care and beauty I experienced on Valentine’s Day this year as for the second time David and I performed Tap Into Love at the Viriditas Studio. This was the second year we did this performance. As we shared our latest music and choreography with our loving audience, I rejoiced knowing that my life is about doing what I love with the most creative and loving of partners. The studio looked gorgeous with the bouquets of pink and red roses as well as the stunning Valentine decorations. I experienced great delight putting together the food for the evening and watching as our audience enjoyed every bit of it. David and I wove the performance around four themes that we have found essential in helping us keep our love alive. The themes were: Joy, Commitment, Creativity and Transformation.
For those of you who missed the evening, I have two gifts for you. One is the opening song: Where Do You Find Joy? David and I played along on our marimba, tap danced and were also accompanied by our audience on all sorts of magical rhythmic instruments. To enjoy this uplifting song CLICK HERE then click Listen and Scroll down to the song, Where Do You Find Joy?
Finally, to give you a real taste of the sweetness of the evening, here is a section of the video we took that night for your listening and viewing pleasure. Yes, my friends, we closed with our Michael Jackson dance number! ENJOY! (CLICK HERE to view the video)
May the love and beauty of the Universe continue to embrace us!