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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Northwest Passage

This must be a season for spontaneity---my brother Joe just phoned from his cell as he drove through Bakersfield CA from the San Bernardino Mountains where he lives en route to Northern Cal, where I once lived. I wish him enough excitement to keep him happy and enough boredom to keep him safe. He'll be back in July, he says---what an adventure.

Elyse again today

Posted at 10:21 pm by EMarie

Wild Wild Web

So I admit it--I live on the web. All spare time in between work and eats and sleep, I get down to it online. You name it, I URL it-- boundaries of course.   This wild web is to me a new frontier community and we all really do have our own little cyber bubbles to travel beyond walls, over oceans, hills and tundra.  

And while my music is out there--ITunes, Rhapsody, Germany, France, England even Australia, I see a whole new world and my literate fingertips reel on the keyboard so fast, so excited, feeling so CONNECTED!!!

And there's more to tell here:

I stopped teaching two years ago. Now, I work at my music and companion an 87 year old, recently quoted in the New York Times, this octogenarian is soooooooooooooo with it in so many UNEXPECTED ways... and at dinner recently with this senior we all had a back to the past moment by opening some wine bottled in 1949. I was barely a twinkle in my airplane mechanic father's eyes then---right, Phil?

Speaking of Phil, my brother, his son and my nephew, Matt is getting married soon to his long time girlfriend, Andrea. And my niece, Amanda, I hear, is expecting a new arrival, in the wake of the autumnal winds, a small and wonderful and beautiful being.

                                              So Much to Celebrate. 

Then again, grandpa Phil, with Daisuke here in Boston, the Yankees are finding less and less to celebrate.  Ah, but the week is young and what did you say?
The "Real Rocket" Clemens is on the way and Fenway park breathes in anticipation.

From my brother and his sons among others, by the way, I have discovered that Yankees fans never lose faith.  Point in case, en route to the North Shore to sing this morning I heard local Yankees Fans in the Boston area (and no doubt beyond) defying the sports talk show host.  And what did the Boston dj say??? I thought I heard---Click, click , click. (The privilege of the host city????)
Then more calls from Yankees fans and Click, click, click, one out, two, three.....OUT!!!  In between clicks, of course, there were some pretty choice arguments from Yankees fans. 

I'm so glad we have Daisuke.  

Moving along here....

Thank you Jack Borden of www.forspaciousskies.com for these links: www.cloudappreciationsociety.org http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070417/NEWS/704170387/1003/SUBURBS

And thanks to Derek Sivers for the Boston Meetup last week---you give so much.

Thanks also to my friend Michael in Germany this week for the marvelous
haircut--I've been getting all the compliments for you.

Grateful words also to Joan M.  for the beets and the main course and the mother's day visit;

and to Tomo
for great Japanese company and food------mmmmmmmmmmm hmmmmmm....hope your  flight went by quickly...

And to www.CedzaDlamini.com, the fall will be here before you know it...

And prayers for Anne Williams and also for Michael and wife now living in Venezuela and coping with all that....all dealing with the more serious sacred moments of life. 

And Gregory Stuart??? What is your new email address??

And as for listening?  I recommend Mike Strickland, pianist;
                                                       www.marlenetholl.com, my dear friend
                                                       Barton at cdbaby, great student, coach, musician
                                                       Jonathan Coulton at CDbaby.com
                                                       Strunz and Farrah's Stringweave and Fantaseo
                                                       David Cullen, guitarist

Finally, to those who listen to my music, thank you for stopping by and for
fulfilling my wish for more happy ears, for more good vibe-experiences. 

We all work hard, so
also getting back to work is,

Elyse O'C

Posted at 06:03 pm by EMarie

Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The Wisdom of the Heart

A couple of years ago, I made a journal entry with some concepts I created from my own experiences--- Use them to your heart's content. Elyse

To listen to the wisdom of the heart is to:

acknowledge and nurture generosity of spirit in myself and in others;

be sensitive to and appreciative of unspoken boundaries;

be serious, deliberate, joyful, and spontaneous in expressing my compassion for myself and others;

engage in empathic action;

 develop and encourage social artistry;

listen and be heard;

be courageous, honest, fair, balanced, persistent and thorough in my self observation;

temper my self expression in consideration of the rights and feelings of others;

invoke loving consideration where there once was none;

give joyfully, without expecting to get back exactly as given, not giving penny for penny, ounce for ounce of miserly giving;

have faith that God and the Universe will provide;

value all life and all experience as potential for wisdom and healing;

put the welfare of others ahead of my own where appropriate and vice versa;

experience self worth beyond separation;

engage in life more fully;

stretch beyond where I fear to go and not to risk unnecessary caution or carelessness;

humble myself before God and acknowledge my ego's trespass;

notice when my manipulations distort reality;

speak and act into the space that is;

notice the terrible two's in me that surface when I feel bored, alone or threatened;

notice that abuse has no gender, no age, no limits, no place in heaven;

participate fully in healing and stopping abuse;

prepare one's inner sanctuary for the inevitable;

come together with others in a sacred space for celebration of community;

risk telling the truth when a lie would be injurious;

take my blinders off when doing the cosmic dance;

notice where I've been, where I am, and where I am going from time to time;

notice where I am always;

nurture my body, the temple of my soul;

give myself and others the benefit of my doubts and suspicions when I can;

balance negativity with the truth;

acknowledge the harm that I have done to others as well as the harm that has been done to me;

love myself and others, for to love oneself is the first and most essential step in loving others;

gently push aside the curtain behind which the "Wizard" sits and say: The real Wizard has no curtain;

teach myself so that I can teach others

be honest with myself so that I deceive and injure others less;

beware the unexamined life, and as Socrates said  "The unexamined life is not worth living;

remember that someone who is unwilling to reflect fairly on their own behavior will eventually do needless harm to others

Posted at 01:33 pm by EMarie

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One of the driving forces for artistic expression is an inclination to spend one's time creating from a source deep within oneself, as if at play, and amusing oneself for hours and days upon end with the satisfaction of creating beautiful sounds and images. In between, an ordinary existence evolves and artists must deal with the same basic survival skills as those whose talents are not so much in the arts. Creation takes on a new context and the artist in the world at large must also create his/her life, yet another work of art, but as well a life reflecting the current social order. Thus, we writers and composers reflect on situations both personal and public and give voice to our concerns.  Most grateful for her listeners is, Elyse O'Connor, Singer, poet, artist, person in the world.

Posted at 01:20 pm by EMarie

Thursday, March 01, 2007
Last Summer Fell to Winter, and Now Spring's Ahead

Check out my new website design, the artistry of my webmaster/mistress Jane Murphy, making www.elyseoconnor.com a new place to visit, complete with changing lighting at different times of the day: 5-7 a.m. and p.m. sunrise and sunset--daytime sky--evening sky. Brava Jane and Thank you Thank you Thank you for your technical skill and creativity. Still working on the newest album, title not yet decided. Six new tracks from the studio soon to be enhanced with more instruments and goal for release is this late spring into summer. Received more grants awards for more musical visits to seniors this year, together with Duane Sullivan and Todd Theriault via the Massachusetts Cultural Council in some of greater Boston towns and cities. Also just completed another round of MUSE, Inc. musical visits for their Paul Wiggin Gift of Song award. AND!!! I'm working on laying a track of my newest original, "Gabriel" and practicing the techniques I learned in the new film "The Secret." My vision: 5,000,000 songs and albums sold very soon!!! Blessings, Elyse

Posted at 11:22 am by EMarie

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Summer's Ending

Returned from the west coast the first week of this month, want to move there now, but can't seem to forget that there are rattlers, snakes, bear, mountain lions, forest fires, and earthquakes. In fact, a black bear cub punctuated my San Bernardino Mountains trip with a visit to my brother's backyard. However, I imagine those people who do live in CA, including my brother Joe, don't consume their time thinking about such phenomena. In the meantime, I'm breaking out of a box I've recently identified, and having a summer cold that just wouldn't quit has helped me to renew my committment to taking care of physical needs, among them being the goal of getting back in the recording studio. Anyone wanting to contribute to the evoution and/or development of that project, just let me know. Blessings, Elyse

Posted at 11:54 pm by EMarie

Thursday, November 24, 2005
Holiday Greetings

New link to check out: http://www.weed-files.com/news/2005/11/w-episode-1-cj-sorg-martin-cornel.asp The first ever episode of W, The Weed Files' very own podcast, is now available for download and includes, together with four other artist tracks, Elyse O'Connor's version of Gershwin's "Summertime."

Posted at 10:34 pm by EMarie

Monday, September 26, 2005
September Fades

This week will be a light week for singing, good time for voice rest. Last week I connected with a remarkable flute player---versatile, creative, and skillful. Check out his website at www.tapperandbridges.com. I'm looking forward to $$$ conditions allowing me to return to the studio to work on my "Just Love" project, and when I do, I'll ask Steve Tapper join me for flute tracks. And the price of gas will go up once more--I think oil companies need a good injection of generosity of spirit. More critical is the lesson that Katrina and Rita have brought: are we going to seek and promote more alternative energy sources in the future? End any dangerous overdependence on petro chemical products? I keep thinking about the tobacco industry and how they have pressed on, in spite of the obvious hazards of smoking. When a corporation feels it must continue to earn profits, in spite of the obvious danger of its products, then society is forced to protest. Elyse

Posted at 01:46 am by EMarie

Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Holiday Concerts Coming Up

Elyse in Concert: Cranberries, Carols, and Christmas Stew December 21, 2005 at 1 p.m. Riddell Road Community Center 5 Riddell Road E. Bridgewater, MA USA Admission Free: Event Sponsored by the E. Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Program: A collection of holiday music, including Elyse's arrangement of Un Flambeau, Jeanette Isabelle, Santa Baby, Il Est Ne le Divin Enfant, Silent Night (including German version), Gesu Bambino, and Elyse's new vocalise, Gabriel. Elyse's Angel Story, a true Story: I have an angel story to share: In February of 1988 I had a dream about an angel I recognized and called "Gabriel" in my dream. Immediately, Gabriel sent a stream of light, like a bolt, in my direction. I sat up in bed, awake, feeling a strong and wonderful tingling sensation throughout my body. After a few moments, I lay my head down to go back to sleep, and the minute my head hit the pillow, I was back in the same place in my dream, but the angel had gone. In times of difficulty, I remember that dream, and now, years later, I see it as an important even in my life. In fact, a year after the incident itself, I was singing at a Jewish Community Center and a 90 year old man came up to me and said, "You know, there is a legend about the Angel Gabriel that says he touches/kisses the lips of those who are born to sing." When praying to God to help people in the world, I now remember to ask Gabriel for his blessing. After a couple of days praying during the Katrina disaster, I heard a TV news announcer say: "And the little girl Gabriella was united with her parents..." I keep thinking I was meant to hear that. To read more about angels, surf on over to my friend Ethel Pontsler's website, www.angelady.net In the wake of Rita's onslaught upon the Gulf Coast, my prayers and best wishes go out to all who must evacuate, including my cousins Kerrie and Lee Hendricks in Baytown, Texas. Elyse 9/21/05

Posted at 11:55 pm by EMarie

Saturday, September 03, 2005
Red Cross Donations

CDBaby.com now has listed albums of artists donating 100% profit for their songs/cd sales to the RED CROSS to aid those most affected by Hurricane Katrina. Elyse O'Connor's albums "Alleluia 2001" and "Just Love" are listed for sale at www.cdbaby.com with all profits donated to the Red Cross. Generosity of Spirit is a blessing in every event.

Posted at 08:21 pm by EMarie

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