Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ena Vie on Tour....Updates from the road #3


The last blog entry i left off on our way heading north from CA's
bay area towards our gigs in ashland and bend, oregon. we had spent a few days with our beloved friends in soquel, ca, in a redwood grove, where we had been given some time to regroup, release our RV, lighten our load a bit more...and spend some time with the redwoods, near a beautiful creek running through the gentle land of soquel, with some furry friends who round it all out with their love and medicine...and, our beloved friends who feel like family. we feel so blessed to spend time in a restful and loving environment where we can support one another to remember who we really are. and...they have a 3 year old son who has adopted me as his 'other mama'...my heart is now his!

by the time we got all our gear together...we didn't leave the south bay area until late afternoon...and we were headed to ashland, which was going to be about a 7 hour drive or so. packed solidly into our volvo, i offered to drive the leg up north, as howard had just spent a cool 36 hours in so. cal...delivering our RV, unpacking the last of our stuff from a uhaul truck into our storage and driving back up north again...just two days before...so he was ready for some rest.

i enjoy driving, it brings me back to my childhood family
vacations...i have many memories of driving out on the open road to arizona, yosemite, the grand canyon, wyoming, colorado and lake mead, nevada or lake havasu, arizona where we spent many summer weekends water skiing and camping out under the stars. we would drive late on friday nights, so my dad could go after work, in the station wagon, and return late sunday evenings so my dad could go back to work on monday. i remember my mom and brother would often fall asleep in the back of the wagon while i would stay up, sitting in the front seat with my dad, while he drove. i would stare out into the dark night sky which was often filled with stars - there were no street lights or other cars as far as the eye could see.

so the thursday night drive was like a night i had lived many times from my childhood...just now with different characters. howard was sleeping in the front seat, and
sweetums, our white shepherd/wolf was passed out in the back with all our music gear and clothes piled around her. once we ventured north of san francisco, it was a quiet drive...dark and still. eventually, we came across mt. shasta...quiet, ominous, beautiful, powerfully rooted in the earth, shining in the moonlight and draped in snow. we drove through the town of mt. shasta around midnight, we wanted to stop and stay for the night, but we decided to continue on to our destination...knowing we would take some time to visit on our way back down.

we arrived in ashland (or ashlandia...as a friend from LA who has recently transplanted there calls it) around 2 in the morning, we were tired and welcomed sleep. we had been offered a room to stay in town for thurs. and fri., and we were so grateful to have a place to lay our heads...yet...the moment we lay down...the bedsprings were poking into our bodies and the squeaking bed sounded off just looking at it! for someone who is very sensitive to sounds and environment, this was not going to work for two nights! (since we released our RV, howard and i have been envisioning the right vehicle for us where we can sleep and store our gear...is it a hybrid SUV? a flat bed truck with a camper? a travel trailer??) this bed was giving us the opportunity to get even more clear about what we need for sleeping and traveling on the road.

we woke up early, tired and laughing at our adventures in sleeping, packed up our things, silently whispered 'thank you' to the home and homeowner who we hadn't met and headed off to Jackson Wellsprings early to grab a soak in the tubs before our show that night. after our sound check with the percussionist whom we had met for the first time that afternoon, we went and took a soak in the warm, healing, sulfuric waters. we were offered a place to stay that evening at the Wellsprings...it was a sweet place called 'neptune's garden', which was built and painted by the musician, scott huckabay who lived in it for 8 years. What a beautiful sanctuary and rest stop for us, now the tired musicians blazing across states and through many towns. i took a nap after soaking, and woke up to this scene (photo on the left)....i felt as if i was swimming in the ocean waters with dolphins, seaweed, and other sea creatures that welcomed us from the road and into their cosmic waters.


the crew at jackson wellsprings had been working hard all week to get the space prepared for
our show, which was the first to kick off the summer shows in ashland. we played that night under the casbah tent in the dry, high desert air, and shared our music with new friends while a fire burned, chai simmered on the kitchen stove and guests soaked their bodies - defrosting from a cold winter. it was a beautiful evening...sharing prayer, intention, music and our passion. what a gift to be doing what we love and offering our music and our lives as our 'life work'...we are blessed! we met some new friends, some played with us...like david kai (who opened for us! thanks david!) and ken becker who brought his sweet sounds of harmonica to one of our newest songs. kerry shakerman shared his percussive talents to the night...we have made a new friend..thanks kerry for showing up and playing with us sans rehearsal!

after the show, a man came up to me and started sharing his experience of the night...how touched he was by our music, how it really spoke to his heart and that he has traveled with many musicians...seen many acts...and he really believes in what we are doing. then he said,
"i have a van, that has been converted, sorta like a limo van, you can stand up inside it, you can sleep in it, store all your gear, have room for sweetums (who had been keeping watch over us during the show by sleeping next to the stage) and it is a great traveling/touring vehicle. many people have asked me if they can buy the van, and since i have been in town, i have turned down a few people, knowing that they are not the right owners for this particular van. upon hearing your music and what you are about, i want you guys to come check it out and see if this is for you...i think it will be perfect for what you are looking for."

howard and i had just been envisioning the night before what kind of vehicle would be best for us...knowing that the volvo wagon would not be a long term solution...so here was spirit at work again...masterfully aligning the right things at the right time.

the night ended and after talking story with more friends and locals...we packed up the car with our gear and crawled into our sweet little bed in neptune's garden and slept the sleep of a newborn. the next morning, a man by the name of david lovere handed us a cd with some photos he took of our show in exchange for admission...little did we know what a talent he is; we were given some beautiful shots of our evening under the casbah tent. thank you david for sharing your gifts with us...you made the evening even more special!

by early afternoon we were headed towards bend, oregon for our show that was scheduled that evening at the Community Grange Center. we checked out the van with our new friend from the night before, and decided we would connect back in with him the following week...we were still 4 hours away from our next destination...no percussionists yet...and we were tired from the night before, the week before, the month before, the year before!! we needed to hit the road!

so much has been unfolding for us, and on this particular drive to bend, we were feeling the push on our bodies from the build up of all the transitioning that has been/is occurring. the road to bend from ashland is one straight, long highway lined with pine trees all the way from start to finish. at one point, we crossed a beautiful river...the rogue? the mountains surrounding and holding us, as we drove across a bridge with a blue sky and clouds above. i looked at howard and said, "this is our life...right now...we are creating this adventure...we live in our car and take our music out to the people, with a few clothes, gear and our mission/vision as our only belongings...!!!" it sort of hit me, and howard, suddenly...like a light switch had just been turned on. we smiled and sat in silence as we steadily moved towards our destination.

we arrived at our friend's home with only 1 hour before we needed to get to our show location and start time, which would give us enough time to grab some clothes, get our gear and drive to the spot.

our friend jennifer had secured this really sweet community center in town, and had loved it up with candles, plants, statues, thangkas...it was so beautiful. she organized, promoted and set up the whole event for us! we quickly unloaded our gear, met the percussionists who were booked that same day...never hearing our music, showing up anyway to support our music and our Earth Prayer Project. it was another beautiful night...the music unfolded beautifully...we shared our songs, our prayers, our love and our joy, while meeting new friends, new tribe and new fans. i am finding on this adventure, more times than not, that i am meeting and connecting with people and it seems as if i have known them for a long time. when i left santa monica, i told my friends and community, "we are not moving away, we are taking you with us in our hearts and expanding the community"...and this is unfolding in front of us at every show. new friends feel like old tribe members... another confirmation that we are walking on the path of our truth and joy.

after the show ended, we returned to our friend jennifer's house, who has a daughter that we had met up with in peru when we were visiting down there two years ago. her name is teresa schroeder and she is staying with jennifer while transitioning from her return from peru to her next residence...which looks like it will be in santa fe, new mexico. she is quite the inspirational woman who sustained a spinal cord injury while snowboarding at the age of 21. Fracturing her 3rd through 5th cervical vertebrae she was immediately paralyzed from the neck down, and has been on an adventure of recovery, self - discovery and realization that has been an extraordinary journey...read more about her life, mission, artwork and to show your support - go here: www.teresitastudio.com

to speak of teresa, her work in this world, her tenacity, courage, patience, meditation, persistence, creativity and passion...is to just scratch the surface of how she lives everyday...along with extraordinary pain, a mission to walk again, dependence upon many for her every day care, support and guidance along with a vision to continue to journey inward and upward...this is her life, her destiny. since her physical crisis that happened over 5 years ago...teresa has managed to visit and work with shamans in the amazonian jungle, working with plant medicines, yoga therapy, Native American ceremonies, Vipassana meditation and beyond. She has learned that our bodies are designed to talk to us. both teresa and her mother jennifer, are adventurers of life...learning from the realms of healing, pain, love, transformation and renewal...i send my love and prayers to you both...as well as all those who walk with you.

howard and i decided to stay the week in bend and spend time with teresa, jennifer, and the crew of light workers who assist teresa everyday
with her life's work of healing, breathing and remembering. we also decided to offer our sound healing ceremonies to the community...and this has been a joy for us to bring our deeper work of
to new friends and tribe.

this past week in bend has been a bit of relaxation, reorganization, re-visioning of where we are going, revisiting what we have just completed and dove into while remembering that all is well and nothing is as it seems! today, the sun is shining, the river is flowing, the flowers are blooming and we are filled with gratitude, knowing that although we don't always know how the road will unwind, we are always provided for and shown exactly what we need, when we need it, not a moment too soon or too late.

next month - June - we are heading to Hawaii...the Big Island and possibly Maui - to share our
MUSIC | MEDICINE | MANTRA with Pele and Kiawahine...and the locals. what a joy and a blessing this adventure is bringing us...

festival season is also arriving...and we are now booked for Mystic Garden Gathering, Wanderlust, Burning
Man (sacred spaces villages) in July & August and much more to come....info, photos and updates will continue to be posted, so stay tuned here, on facebook or on our website.

thank you for your love and support and for keeping up with us on our adventures. don't forget to drop us a line whenever you feel inspired...and you can always have the blog posts delivered to your email by clicking on the follow sign which is on the right column on the front page of the blog.




love to all...
peace to all ~
life to all!
ena



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ena Vie on Tour....Updates from the road #2

since the last post i wrote, the days have been full of rich encounters...the more we let go and surrender to the moment, the more the present spreads out into an infinite landscape...one week feels like one month or one year!

i wrote the last blog entry from the open fields of inverness in north marin county.
those hills have spoken to me for years, and tamales bay has been a retreat for my mind and soul in ways i feel i cannot always describe. each time i go out to the bay, my body takes an exhale and i sink into the rich, golden grasses underneath the bright blue skies and rolling clouds. the spirit of this land is palpable to me, and the time i spend in this part of california is always full of deep rest and expansive dreams.

last thursday morning, we left inverness, and headed towards sausalito...to play music for a yoga class with kelly farr. sweetums, our white shepherd (wolf) came into the studio and became the guard for the duration of the class and Howard and i played our music for the lunchtime yogis...what a beautiful way to share our practice while others were practicing.

we had made some plans to possibly meet up with our dear friend, yogi & musician - denise kaufman for lunch or grab a hug after our class in sausalito...but i realized she had called while we were in our class and so we thought we had missed her...we decided to eat some soup from the local market looking out over the bay, with a view of alcatraz and downtown san francisco. i looked over at howard and said, "this is what we get to do with our life...eat our lunch, outside in the sunshine, with a view of the city...not bad, right?" we left our lunch spot and headed south to santa cruz...for our next gig friday night. on the way over the golden gate bridge, we get a phone call from denise saying she just crossed over the bridge and we realized we were only minutes from each other. she gave us directions to get off the 101 and suddenly we were facing each other in person, giving hugs and love and celebrating how incredibly synchronistic life can be when you step into the flow of the river. my heart was full by seeing her...a sweet reminder of home in the middle of letting go of our own. a postal worker just
"happened to be standing right next to us" and we asked her to snap a photo...then we were all off to our next adventures! (denise was going up north to film a documentary for her band from the '70's - Ace of Cups - for a birthday celebration for wavy gravy!)

howard and i needed to find a bank of america...and we were trying to find it with our very confusing GPS...we are not so familiar with san francisco...so we decided to find one in santa cruz. we arrived in capitola, a town right next to santa cruz, and we drove into the parking of the B of A. howard says to me, "that license plate says 'inner light' " and i look up and there is Rev. Deborah Johnson, the rev. of 'inner light' walking in front of our car...at the same moment i stick my head out the door and say..."are you Deborah Johnson?" and she said, 'yes i am'....i said...'i am ena vie and we are sharing our music at your service this sunday morning' and she replied..'we are looking forward to having you with us'...and walked towards the bank. i looked over at howard and said...of all the banks in this area, of all the banks in the bay area...we could have stopped at any location, we could have had lunch longer, or needed gas for the car..or a million other things...and yet, in this moment, we connected with this woman from a place we are playing music for in a few days! synchronicity at work again!! the flow is alive and well ~ i am remembering to wake up to this more and more.

we played the next evening at divinitree yoga...a small and fairly new yoga studio in santa cruz. we played with a percussionist who we had just met and the night was magical and a long, sweet prayer...it seemed that many beings came to join us in song...both seen and unseen.

the next morning...we soaked our bodies in hot tubs at the tea house spa in santa cruz...bamboo shoots next to redwoods and private rooms looking out between shoji doors, wood floors and stones being splashed with water...a good way to prepare for our show in san rafael at the open secret bookstore.




feeling revived, rested and fully soaked, we headed up north. we took the 101 instead of the 280, which landed us in downtown san francisco on a saturday night! traffic, not knowing the city, and winding up and down the streets caused us to be a little late for our sound check and set up and we could not go to our RV to get fresh clothes and other things we needed for our show. some frustration was building within me, as i was feeling into more of what it means to lose control of how i think it is supposed to be or look like...accepting what is...c'est pas evident (as the french so eloquently put it!) we had left our RV in fairfax so we could be more mobile in santa cruz, but i only had two changes of clothes from two days in cruz town...and now we only had time to set up, do sound check. no time to go up the RV and get more things, and i only had clothes on me from the night before to wear for the night...and then i realized i was singing in a bookstore, where they had jewelry ...so i asked the woman at the counter if i could borrow some earrings and a necklace.

it ended up being the most beautiful silver-pearl mala necklace that matched what i was wearing, and at the end of the night, i felt like cinderella...at the stroke of midnight i returned the jewelry, however, unlike cinderella, i knew that i was being provided for at every step, and that returning these gifts was putting the energy back into the flow of the river. we are being shown that accumulating more stuff right now is not what we are choosing.

the show was incredible...we had an awesome band...ben leinbach on percussion and tom finch on electric guitar. one of the memorable moments for me was when we played 'ashes to ashes' and the song went into a trance version of itself...people were dancing and laughing and i saw into that moment...while i was singing about impermanence, and our bodies turning to ash and dust...that the awareness of death gives us more reason to celebrate LIFE!! it seemed as if all the beings...present and not, were celebrating the life/death/life cycle with joy and enthusiasm...what a gift!

after the show, we went up to where our RV was parked to grab some more things for our show the next morning, and the RV battery was out. what to do? we eventually got it started and realized we needed to bring it with us to santa cruz...so at 3 in the morning, we arrived in santa cruz with our RV, our volvo, our dog and all our belongings...wake up time was 8 for our offering to Inner Light in soquel at 9. the whole way down i was chanting...'this is so easy! i can't believe how easy this is! this is the easiest thing we have ever done...it is all easily coming together...' etc...and you know what? saying this over and over again, my mind stepped right into this river of being..and it really was/is easy!!

i don't know how to describe the morning at inner light, except to say that it was a miracle of beauty, awakening, spirit moving deeply and our music flowing out into the hearts and bodies of those who were there. it was probably one of the highlights of my music career so far, in that it seemed that we all were in it together...that we were all singing...praying, dancing, moving, crying, loving...together...and this is our mission, our vision, our passion to share our music in a way that confirms connectedness and not separation...what a joy!!! we found a new family on the road, and we look forward to going back there again and again! thank you valeriejoi, rev. deborah johnson, laura helgren and all the angels who helped us from start to finish. we love you!

as we pulled out of inner light sunday morning, howard and i both looked at each other and said, 'we need to lighten our load! we need to return the RV!!!' so the next day, howard drove the RV back to LA, finished unloading our last uhaul truck of stuff into our storage, and brought our recording gear back with him THE NEXT DAY! we know that we need to be recording the amazing music that is coming through us right now! i can't wait for you to hear some of the new stuff!

we are now preparing for our gigs this weekend in oregon...jacksonwellsprings in ashland, and the high desert community grange in bend...what an incredible journey it is to surrender, to let go of all that i don't need and only walk with that which brings me the greatest joy! we are stripping away all that no longer serves us, and realizing that we really don't need that much stuff - some musical instruments, clothes, a car to get us to and from, our wolf dog sweetums and the love of being alive in every moment! that's about it! check back next week....you may find we need less than that!

thank you for your love and support...drop us a line anytime and let us know how you are doing...and we can't wait to see you at our next show...come travel with us....we love you so much!

ena vie


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ena Vie on Tour....Updates from the road #1

it has been 5 days since we left LA...only 5!! and already so much has transpired in our lives and hearts!

the few weeks leading up to leaving were packed full of gigs (Earth Day/Earth Prayer Event at Exhale in Venice was awesome!!) playing for yoga classes, finishing up loose ends with jobs and other clients for Axis Mundi Entertainment/Studio...and MOVING!! this all started around the beginning of february...when we were asked to bring our song Earth Prayer up to the 1000 Hummingbirds All Nations Gathering event to help bring awareness and support water projects world-wide. this event was so powerful for us to participate in...there were fancy dancers and medicine drummers from a few different first nations tribes...and this set the stage for energy of the event and for us to share our song. Earth Prayer was an invitation to bring the healing power of the Hawaiian Ho'oponopono prayer - I'm sorry | forgive me | i love you | thank you - to the hearts of all those who were present. it was a moment for the 1000 Hummingbirds...and it was a moment for Earth Prayer...as we launched our song, our project - Earth Prayer Project...to the people! There were tears, hugs, joy and passion and this was the prayer and intention of Earth Prayer and Earth Prayer Project.

so we returned to LA and we began to organize more shows in california and beyond.the morning after the earthquake in Japan, and the onset of a possible tsunami warning...my partner in all things creative, business, relational etc. etc. and i were suddenly shaken to the reality of making this grouping of shows a full time TOUR. the guidance was clear...take the music out the PEOPLE!! this was March 11th, the day Uranus moved into Aries. According to the stars lining up at that time...and this time in general:

The first Mercury retrograde of the year (March 30 - April 23) provides the opportunity to adjust our thoughts, attitudes and decisions about our issues and adjust our new direction as we move through 2011. The changes will be dynamic as the Aries floodgates will have been opened. The whirling changes will begin in January 22, 2011 and ramp up to a higher speed and intensity of change on March 11, 2011. The situations of trading places and experiencing major transitions occur and become a major course correction beginning with the Mercury Retrograde on March 30th and continue through April 23, 2011.

so- in alignment with the stars and the cosmos...the Ena Vie TOUR began.

we had so much to do in so little time...and in less than a month, we packed up our home, had a sending off party with all our beloved friends and tribe and headed up north...

well...not that easily...i must share with you what transpired the last week and even day of our time in santa monica.
as many of you may know....moving can be so exhausting, draining and disruptive to all that seems in place in life. i believe that moving rates up there in the top ten stressors of life. the

whole week leading up to our final move we didn't get more than 10 or 15 hours of sleep. there was so much to pack up from our home and recording studio as well as prepare our tour for an unknown about of time.
monday...howard (my fiance and music partner/collaborator/engineer/mixer/producer - you get the idea!) called a friend of his and asked him if he knew of an RV that we might be able to use while we were traveling. not only did he know of one...it was his! he said he had been living in it for the past year and that he would look for an apartment soon since he was wanting to move into one any way. tuesday rolls around...and he found an apartment!! by wednesday he had it cleaned out...and thursday at 10 pm...he rolled into santa monica and voila! we had ourselves an RV!


the funny thing was...with all our friends assisting us with the move, and our boxes and recording equipment and furniture etc...they were all wondering what were we going to do if an RV had not shown up?? we had never made a plan B!


that thursday night was a night i will never forget! we had 6 men helping us move...mostly because we needed the HELP! and...we have a 600 pound ganesha statue that is about 5 feet tall and cannot be moved without at least 4-6 strong men.
this statue was once in a temple i am sure...because why would anyone want to move this thing...ever?? while we were trying to figure out how we were going to move him, and where

we were going to put him...a thought occurred to me...'ganesh...remover of obstacles...is becoming the obstacle of our move!'

sweat, tears, man power, prayers, a lot of chiefs and many attempts later...we finally got Ganesh out of the house and into a safe resting place for the time being.


Ganesh is known for many things...remover of obstacles, creator of beginnings, director of arts and sciences, deva of intellect and wisdom...ganesh is not a deity for me...nor something i worship or bow to. ganesh is a reflection of all these aspects of LIFE, of the Creator of all things...that we have access to at any time when we need it. ganesh is a reminder that for all things that begin, many things must end...and there will be challenges along the way...and we were first hand witnesses to this!!

the next day, Friday was surreal...and i mean this literally...(how can something surreal be literal??) well...it was both...surreal and literal....we were watching our home, our life, our creative pursuits be packed up and boxed...our furniture sold or given away, people walking through what once was a sanctuary and sacred space now made empty and vacuous, and all that once had meaning and perhaps even some identity attached to it (?) be taken down, placed in a storage unit or discarded. it was an ego death of sorts...we were losing all sense of 'control' of our environment, stepping out into the unknown and leaving all that is familiar to go where we did not know anyone, or how it was all going to look or be...and yet we knew that this was exactly where we were called to go...and yet...there was still the tendency to want to hold on to the past, the photos, the letters, the memories...the idea of who we are when we are in this place, with these people, in these clothes, doing this or that on this day...yet somehow, as i was watching this all unfold, like a play before me, i couldn't help but think back to my days at UCLA as an English major...and Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor..."familiarity breeds contempt." it was time to move out the troops!

friday night was full on...we had packed the house...we were on a mission to move our recording gear into a friend's place in Silverlake...but when we arrived, the driveway would not support the Uhaul truck...and the space was too small to hold all our belongings...(was mercury still directing itself?? yes...we are still in the shadow of mercury going direct until may 12th) well...we were feeling all kinds of obstacles.

we got to the final storage unit and realized we had too many things to unpack in a space that could not hold our stuff...so we decided at midnight that we would leave our truck for a week, put our stuff in the storage space at another time...and get on the road.

we left our house sat. morning at 2:30 am...cleaned, empty and ready for the next tenants. it was so late, we were so tired, that i really couldn't fathom what we had just done, with the help of our friends and community...that we were ready to head out on the road. with an overloaded RV a furry dog...and our hearts on our sleeves...we drove out of LA on a wing and a prayer...steadily heading for our first gig in sebastopol.

we were so tired...that we needed to sleep a few hours...so we pulled on the side of the road (at carl's jr.s!! 'rv's welcome here'....what paradigm have we just stepped into??) slept next to the 5 freeway - a river of trucks and cars - and woke up a few hours later to keep heading north.

we arrived in san anselmo at 4 in the afternoon...took a shower after not having one for 4

days...got our instruments together, and continued driving north to sebastopol. we arrived at 6:30 pm to devi yoga center...met our percussionist Kim Atkinson (with whom we had never rehearsed!) and started our show at 7:30...!!!! Kim stepped in like he had always played with us, adding percussive textures and layers to our music that sounded like our studio album...he is truly a master.


the music flowed through our bones and bodies like it always had in the past...but this time it was different...there was a vibration of sound that spoke beyond our time/space reality...it was as if all the angels and ancestors showed up to conspire with us...to support this major leap into LIFE that we had just taken ~

the response of the crowd was palpable...people were crying, singing, dancing, journeying...it was an answer to a prayer of lifetimes.


i would like to say - thank you to all beings...seen and unseen...who are supporting this journey...we are so grateful to be sharing our passion, our hearts and our mission to bring healing music to you...the people...this music is for all who desire to listen...including the insects, animals, birds and beings of the ocean.

more posts to come...please drop us a note anytime as we appreciate your reflections...

we love you and look forward to seeing you at one of our shows soon!!


Monday, May 2, 2011

Ena Vie & the Caravan is now officially on Tour! Check website 4 dates www.enavie.com this wknd santa Cruz&San Rafael's open secret bkstore