Oakland’s Spring and Robert Raushenberg at the SF MOMA

Perfect for spring; blooms in Oakland and inspiration from the SF MOMA…large and memorable, the Robert Raushenberg retrospecitive.

Happy Spring Everyone!!

Here is what’s ‘growing on’ in the garden.

I know, some of you may be rolling your eyes, fed up with the blustery winds, sleet, and snow of this week where you live. But allow me just a few photos of the Northern Pacific Coast to cheer you up; this is what is soon coming your way: warmth, Sun, and color!!

And ever so spring-like, I’m happy to say that inspiration is also coming round to my studio lately, especially for writing and poetry (which is always the precursor, the sister Muse to my musical inspirations. Whew!)  I do have projects to finish this Spring. I think I alluded to the lull earlier; family stuff last year kind of drove things quiet for a bit. I’m not one to to make art in times of intensity or drama. Not for public consumption anyway. So hopefully my Muses will honor me with some quality time this month.

But I’m excited by one major spark to my world lately- seeing the art  retrospective of Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules at the San Francisco MOMA last month. It roused my artistic doldrums with curiosity about other art mediums, got me dusting off pens and ink wells, and has me journaling lots of late. Woo Hoo!

If you are close to San Fran, you must go see Raushenberg’s work: It’s wonderful! Big color, wild textures, giant works and small zippered pieces, a feast of artistic styles, photography, and sculpture.  I just love it when a museum is filled wing after wing, room to room with the chapters of an artist’s life. Those are always the most powerful exhibits.

Artwork image, Robert Rauschenberg, Port of Entry

In the MOMA’s words “From the 1940s until his passing in 2008, Rauschenberg worked with everything from photography to items scavenged from New York City streets to vats of bubbling mud. More than 150 of Rauschenberg’s artworks, including prints, sculptures, paintings, and Combines (works that incorporate painting and sculpture),” are on exhibit. And he was a rule-breaker of sorts. He “broke down boundaries between disciplines, anticipated many of the defining cultural and social issues of our time, and redefined what art could be…”   Exhibit details.

And give yourself a couple of days to enjoy it all; this really is one of those exhibitions where multiple visits benefit; the shear magnitude of offerings is huge. I know I’ll catch things I missed the next time I see it.

Happiest of Holidays! Andra Day-Stevie Wonder Video

Happy Holidays Everyone!! Hoping this finds you all truly happy, relaxing, and enjoying your life, loved ones, and the season. Whether loud or quiet 😉 Happy Christmas!!

This version of ‘Someday at Christmas’ makes me all warm & fuzzy. Love, love, LOVE Stevie Wonder & Andra Day !!!

 

 

 

 

Accordion Babes Pinup Calendar & CD-2017!

Thank god for accordion babes. And women who keep writing music; the world is going to be a better place for it. This is unquestionably the best holiday gift I’ve given family and friends;  practical and fun, they love me more for it each year.  R.D.- Alaska

2017accordionbabescalendarGive the gift that keeps on Squeezing!!

Yes- after an eventful year off, traveling states and Provinces, evading authorities, accepting marriage proposals, recording and touring the world- the Accordion Babes are BACK with accordions in tow!

Now in its 8th year, this underground 2017 Accordion Babes Calendar and CD  of 12 female-led bands featuring at least one “babe” playing accordion- is now a global tradition!  This new 2017 Calendar/CD features Accordionistas from the Bay Area to Brazil, from Louisiana to France, all doing what they do best: taking the accordion into NEW territory while squeezing their way into hearts and homes around the world!

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Showcasing the talented, fun, sensual, often underground, and ALWAYS entertaining Accordion Babes, the Calendar includes a pro-compilation music CD- with one original new song that each of us has written and recorded the previous year. You’ll hear everything from Cumbias, French rock, Celtic-tinged madness, to sea shanty torch, Plus!

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Thank you!~ For supporting women musicians and our newest, lively and original musical creations. Always made with Love.  Get your calendar here!

Photos featured are from previous years calendars. Here is one of me mailing from the road; the Elvis Elves and I are all caught up with orders.

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Oakland Drummer- I

We hear him first

two blocks away, past Grand Avenue

the din of a parallel freeway, his bass and back up.

Loud, small, young, maybe 14       he plays     alone,

nested in a 5-pc kit, on a throne, sidewalk street corner 

while hundreds run, tightrope-walk-balance, drive

play soccer around him.

 

Hard hitting and lush

his tempos tame time in waves that roll 

connecting our smiles from inside out before moving 

across the Lake      into open windows and back through

the Farmer’s market and up      on beyond blue where

hungry stars and planets await this little gift

of rhythm.

 © Tara Linda 2016

 

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New Music! Fistful of Stars (Tara Linda/Rafael Herrera)

It has been a fruitful song-writing summer; new lyrics and songs for project~Fistful of Stars. This is a first-time collaboration with long-time drummer/guitarist/song-writer, Rafael Herrera, (who has played drums in all of my bands for the last 12 years!)

TL-Rafa-4_8437 (2)We call our style-vibe; Wild West Border Acoustic. It all reflects our love of early Cali-Mex and Tex-Mex influences, with our favorite contemporary influences; pop cumbias, barbed wire blues, southern bayou ballads and others.

FistfulOfStars-TaraLindaThe new CD, Fistful of Stars features guitar (Rafael), accordion (Taralinda), bi-lingual lyrics, and Rafa’s GORGEOUS voice in the lead for several songs.  And THIS was indeed my favorite part: to share the vocal spotlight with Rafael…Aaaah! The world needs to hear Rafael Herrera’s voice; his soulful, heart-gushing, lead crooning and always perfect harmonies!  So far, folks are saying things like “its about time!”, “very visual…poetic, emotive.”  Which is all nice to hear.

Eclectic as always, our new 8-song CD, Fistful of Stars, is more stripped down in style and presentation than my usual work with full bands. Rafa and I doubled up on instruments, and took it all way down. It feels intimate to me; vulnerable at times, real always. I discovered each step, how simplicity creates intimacy. And if you’ve been following me since Tortilla Western Serenade (2010), you will recognized a few similarities; I put not 1 but 2 teaser songs on this CD for my next Tortilla Western Serenade project ;).

Fistful of Stars was written while moonlighting in our other projects. Rafa and I wrote these songs over six months, and recorded the CD Stars in 3 days in Northern California. We dropped the CD on tour in Germany this Summer. (There is a reason for this that I’ll talk about in my next music post.)

Listen and Download! For a limited time, you can Download Fistful of Stars at any Name-Your-Price amount.  Thank you ALL for supporting me over the years! Your support motivates me to write, and put out MORE music each year.

Music from My Heart to Yours,  XOX,

Tara

Stellar Birth, Cosmic Wind

“Understanding ourselves as multidimensional beings is expressed through the Wind. The movement of the Wind…” Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo

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Source: NASA, Yellow Balls in W33

“Understanding ourselves as multidimensional beings is expressed through the Wind. The movement of the Wind–up, down, or across– expresses how potential takes form and how our minds are part of a dynamic dance with the atmosphere and the stars above. The internal, external, and even the cosmic Winds that can be perceived as a turning cross at a black hole, are a reminder of an ongoing process from whence even the most minute expression is inseparable. These winds are a spiraling pathway through which life’s potential arises as form.”
Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, The Seven Winds

NASA Photo “Explanation: Infrared wavelengths of 3.6, 8.0, and 24.0 microns observed by the Spitzer Space Telescope are mapped into visible colors red, green, and blue in this striking image. The cosmic cloud of gas and dust is W33, a massive starforming complex some 13,000 light-years distant, near the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. Click on the NASA source to find out what causes the yellow ball bursts.

Happy Hallows and All Souls! Days of the Dead~Art & Altars

It’s not too late to create your Day of the Dead altar; a warm place to welcome traveling souls who return to visit when the veil between worlds is thinnest.

We’ve enjoyed our first day of real rain here, even pouring over San Francisco’s World Series Parade this morning ;).
And I’ve particularly enjoyed the creative rush that first rains bring; new song Muses and a few teasers for more new jewelry (coming this weekend).  I just hope the clouds linger, stay all weekend long. For now, some newly discovered Day of the Dead Art favs…

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And a little Deviant Moon Tarot imagery for All Hallows. Check out the new deck that Sir Patrick is cooking up ( TRIONFI della LUNA).

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And one of my all time favorite Day of the Dead Tarot decks, Tarot of the Dead by Monica Knighton.

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And it’s not too late to create your Day of the Dead altar; a warm place to welcome traveling souls who return to visit when the veil between worlds is thinnest.

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I usually keep my altar up for a couple of weeks into November, or longer, in case some souls decide to take the scenic route home ;). In Oaxaca, altars are most commonly built on October 30th and October 31st in the homes of the Oaxacan people.  Be sure to have something for visiting souls to eat and drink!

“It is an old belief that the dead, after their long pilgrimage from the other life, arrive on earth tired and thirsty. Because of this belief, a gourd or glass filled with water is placed on the altar for them, as well as the other food offerings. The dead are welcome and expected to bask in the essence of this splendid fervor.” Mocadventures.com

Check out this  great article on putting your Day of the Dead altar together, with descriptions of the most traditional items, and ways to include family in commemorating loved ones who have passed- by Etsy Artisan Yreina Flores Ortiz.

I hope to visit the community ofrendas/altars that our Oakland Museum sponsors this weekend.  So check back.

Meantime, here are some fun Day of the Dead links to enjoy from other sources:

Celebrating Days of the Dead: Traditions, coloring books, baking bread

Celebrations 2014 in Oaxaco, Mexico

Myths about Day of the Dead : Previously posted to this blog.

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Poet Rescues Song: Abducts Musician

I’m writing lyrics now for at least 5 of our new songs, and wasn’t quiet finished with 3 of them by last night. This is ONE fun thing about writing poetry (and one great thing about writing more often in April): As a poet, you get into the habit of seeing poetry everywhere…

Last night, I did something fun.  I played a small show, our first in Oakland, with new project “Fistful of Stars”.  We’ve played radio spots, making ready.  We go on tour next month to Europe- so it’s all coming together fast.

I’m writing lyrics now for at least 5 of our new songs, and wasn’t quiet finished with 3 of them by last night.  This is ONE fun thing about writing poetry (and one great thing about writing more often in April): As a poet, you get into the habit of seeing poetry everywhere; in couples drinking coffee, overheard conversation, positing scenarios from across the room, and just plain imagining things. And if you don’t have that gene for remembering lyrics (I don’t), or you haven’t quite finished the words-no worries: Poet-in-You will deliver, often taking you utterly over, hijacking your body, setting sail in your soul, borrowing  your lips to say things you never dreamed before ;). This is pure bliss, of course.

Last night, for one amazing song written by guitarist Rafael- that I didn’t quite finish lyrics to- I called it Mesa Song, and strung together all of the poem pieces for my one poem called “Unravel”. I read/talked the words as a single poem over the verses instead of singing. For the choruses, I sang (moaned) like the wind. Yes, Unravel– the poem pieces I haven’t yet posted all here, beyond the first because I didn’t think they were finished enough. 😉  Surprisingly, friends said that Mesa Song was their favorite of the night: it had a story they said, some mystery, and they got lost in the poem. Yay!  I promise to post another piece of Unravel for my next  poem post. Not tomorrow though- off to a Pow-wow.

So- I usually do a wrap-up post for NaPoWriMo.  I have to say, this year, I wasn’t as engaged in publicly participating as in past years. In fact, if there was one word to sum things up for me this year, it would be a verb:

 

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 This time, I was loathe to do anything on cue. And I didn’t want to follow anyone’s prompts. Hahaha!  But I still wrote lots. AND best of all, I don’t want to stop!! And so I won’t. Yet another good rule to break.

 

You held us last night-

soft woods, laughter,

warm arms that offered sweet

champagne and love.  We drank it all

down, and from across the room

 I gave you a poem 

like a kiss.

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Shedding Light, Getting Ready~ NaPoWriMo

So, the last photo I posted apparently wasn’t such a mystery; Laura guessed it within seconds of posting; Pacific Abalone, the green spp. Although she is a CA girl, with perhaps an unfair familiarity ;), she wins. And since she already has all 4 of my CDs, I gave her another gift, besides music. The last post, and this photo- hints of what has been keeping me busy lately, beyond musica.

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And here is another~

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The great Southwest.  NV with sagebrush in the foreground and as far as the eye can see; Desert Sage. This was also a common plant and scent of much of my Arizona childhood.  It’s hard to explain, but I came home from the last tour across the Southwest, from California, Arizona, New Mexico, to Colorado– a little heartsick. I don’t know why, but it feels strangely, as if… I left my heart behind on the last tour, somewhere between Durango, CO and Joshua Tree, CA.  So I will try to explain in the next few posts, to come close in poems, starting tomorrow; shed light. All in time for April’s National Poetry Month; a poem a day, every day for 30 days. + MicroPoems on Twitter.

I’ll still be posting musings, New Inspirations, and Artist Crushes, but poems and poetic prompts will be mixed in. It’s always great to connect with the Poetry community this time of year. This always motivates me to post more. If you are  posting poems in April, leave a comment on any post this month, with a link back to your site so we can all visit/comment. It feels good to feel poets hard at work writing daily all across the globe! Great also to stop by each others sites and say ‘Hey keep on going!’    😉