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Songline Running

BBG_YES_webYou’re a creative type? Love the buzz of that busy mind bursting forth new ideas? Of course! There’s only one little hiccup; a bug in the cranial software. It’s called ‘conscience’.

This little pest insists on telling you you should be exercising (just when you thought you’d mastered the fabulously healthy skill of dismissing all ‘shoulds’).  It gnaws at you with the ‘exercise’ message, ensuring you faintly recall a virtuous feeling you had when you did some years ago. But a huge groan keeps pace with conscience, fuelling an ongoing battle for songwriters like me, who are notorious for not exercising anything other than the mind. Until now.

Today,  a new sport, Songline Running, invented itself. And it’s not the regular sport of running with headphones on.  It goes like this:

You take up Songline Running, (having a name for something always helps).  In your first session, totally new, (and, you tell yourself, ‘vastly better’), songlines run through your mind as you run – (and, you tell yourself, this is the only way they come in at this level). Even miniature runs yield this quality of creative occurrences.  I call my miniature runs ‘shuffles’ …

Then follows the best bit. You treat yourself with the well deserved REWARD – (you might need to picture the reward before you begin, to get you out the door in the first place). And the reward is? Vastly better songlines of course, (or poetry if you’re a poet, novel ideas if you’re a novelist, and so on). You get to slam all that breakthrough, higher level brilliance into your songwriting software the moment you get home. Athletes call this a ‘warm down’ – you see them stretching in all sorts of gangly poses after the run. But for we ‘arteests’ the best ‘warm down’ is to ‘get it down’ … I’ve just completed my first Songline Run and I couldn’t wait to tell you!  I’m FULL of world-shattering new ideas.

Next time I post a song, you’ll be so impressed you’ll immediately take up the sport yourself, (that is, unless you’re already impressed with this triumphant little article, in which case, you’ll take up the sport now). OK. I’ve warmed down getting this all down. And I’ve popped those gorgeous new lines into my songwriting software, which I reckon is thanking me. Now it’s time for brekkies.

Have I convinced you? Then please let me know how you go!

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A New Woman on the Honours List

Aunty-Phylis No. It’s not me. But I do know her: she inspired this new song I completed on New Year’s Eve. It might be you! I first wrote this song in 1979, so she was around then … If you want to get an idea of what she looks like, download the song lyric sheet under this article.

Meanwhile, we all want to know what woman YOU are nominating for our new Honours award, The Honey & the Star – no doubt you have several in mind. Write their names below via the ‘comments’ section, and tell us a little about those special women – we can’t wait to read about them!

The Honey & the Star

Do ya wanna hear a picture of a walking inspiration?
She’s an open invitation to a heart that needs to love
She makes you sing and smile. She’s a honey, free and wild
She’s the warmest lady, aunty, grandma, mother, loyal friend

She’s all around the country – her home is everywhere
She has a place for everyone. Everyone has a place for her
She wraps her arms around you, you never want to leave
As her laughter is so relaxed and life is a breeze

Yes, lovely lady, I’m talking about you
Singing your praises – the country should too
They never will, so here’s a medal – shows how wonderful you are
In our honours list you’ve won The Honey & The Star

You may not have a classy style – you’re sort of ‘universal’, and
I know when you’re around because I feel you everywhere
Friends, I cannot put my finger on what it is about her
It’s a privilege to know her – it’s a buzz to have her near
Yes, lovely lady …

You have so much to teach me that I cannot find in writing
And I feel you are inviting me to a yummy afternoon tea
You’re clear & quite uncluttered – though your list is overflowing
That reminds me, time is going. It’s another new year’s eve

Well if this song is pretty it is just a spark of the beauty
Of this special kind of woman and the warmth her heart abounds
Her love will shine forever. Take a moment to remember
To express a little thank you – she won’t always be around

The Honey & the Star – Free Download Song Lyrics

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A Happy Ending

Quotes! The world is full of them. Facebook, Twitter, your email inbox, probably chokka … sometimes it’s all a bit tooooo inspiring!

But once or twice in a lifetime there’s something so powerful about a quote it stops you in your tracks. The words turn in your mind for ages, arriving at a perfect juncture – a gift  from someone you’ll probably never meet. Here’s one that changed me recently …

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning. But anyone can start today and make a new ending’ – Maria Robinson.

Maria! There will be people creating new endings all over the place! Who knows what will happen? A new ending is opening up for me already! A new home in a new town. Fantastic soil in which to grow organic veges. New friends to make. New songs to write and musos to jam with… A life-changing, happy ending every day.

Have you come across a ‘life-changing’ quote? If so, click on ‘Comment’ and tell us how it changed your life – and yes, include the quote! 🙂  Meanwhile, enjoy the song …

A Happy Ending
(c) 2012 Radha Sahar

Someone wrote a quote on the wall in the mall café
Says, ‘You can’t go back and make a new beginning
But anyone can start today – and make a new ending’
“That’s it!” you smile at me and say

Here we are. Here and now
Everything will fall into place somehow
Lucky star, brand new ground
Here’s to starting a happy ending now!

New direction, gift in the moment, every day, I’m
Over the same old same old, embracing the unknown way
In a snap decision every minute
I’ll smile at you and say “Here we are …

With the typical affliction of the human condition, tried to
Weatherproof the future from the storm clouds of the past
Kinda absent to the present. I’m a spiritual peasant!
Gonna reset my mindset to an unset mode, lotsa
Sunset moments flowin’ in a joyous ride

Thanks, whoever wrote that quote originally
Never met you, but you changed my life. Surely you must be
The source of wisdom, a force, a fountain
Giving out to all and all for free!

Here we are. Here and now
Everything will fall into place somehow
Lucky star, brand new ground
Gonna live happily ever after, bliss or blues, tears or laughter
And this song’s starting a happy ending now!

 

Happy Ending – Free Download Lyrics

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Mr Tambourine Man on Video!

So – you’ve been sowing a bit of ‘Good Bob Dylan Karma? (after reading my post below). Then it’s time to reap! Just click your fingers – (particularly on the mouse), and sit back for some magic on video!

Baby Boomer Girl is feeling somewhat akin to a proud grandmother, having co-produced the Kids Sing Bob Dylan album, along with engineer and producer, David Antony Clark.

Just imagine how the kids’ parents must feel – the kids are really impressive. One viewer, keen to whet your appetite, commented, “That is simply incredible. I’m a lifetime Dylan fan, and I’ve never heard a better lead vocal of Tambourine Man than that little girl is doing. She is a truly great singer.”   Yes. At only 9 years old, Jessie has already won several world singing competitions … Then there’s Sarah, Ben, Roisin and  Jessica – they’re all fantastic! Pop into the UCA Music website and take a listen to the sample audio clips: make sure you scroll right down (on the thin red line), to hear them take Forever Young, and many other tracks, into new realms.

Make their day boosting their viewing numbers, leaving a comment, and spreading the word.

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Yummy Food Avatar Style and Losing Weight!

Free Food ImageApologies for the looooooooong silence: it has taken me a year to find out how to really attain a ‘Body Like an Avatar Alien’. (see x2 past posts on this all-engrossing topic 🙂 ). I’m well on the way now, having discovered the secret I’d been searching for this past 12 months. It was right in front of my eyes: Plants! Plant-based Wholefood nutrition is the key. I’ve shed 8 kilos without trying, and I’m singing like a million dollars. When I’m down another 3 or 4, I’ll post a skite pic and a new song to go with it …

Meanwhile,  let’s journey back to Pandora, and see exactly how those Navi Aliens maintain perfect health and their slim, blue waists.

What is Plant-based Wholefood Nutrition?
It is eating a balanced diet of plants and unprocessed, plant-based foods: that’s all they eat there on Pandora. And it’s what our human ancestors ate way back in our primate days.

Meeting up with all those gorgeous Aliens munching vegetation, I asked them “You’re not Vegan are you?”
They told me that, in common with vegans on Planet Earth, they don’t eat animal foods. Like vegans they eat plant foods. But they are horrified at what can constitute ‘plant foods’ here on Earth: highly processed foods such as white flour, sugar and oil. The Navi won’t touch those, as they are not whole foods.  Like vegans they have compassion for animals and so don’t eat them. But the Navi Plant-based heritage is centred primarily on health.

Why don’t they eat Oils?
The Navi tell me that ‘healthy oils’ are the oils inherent in whole foods themselves. There is no need to eat that refined oil stuff we have on Earth: it is far healthier to not eat it. While oil is essential to their health, all the oil they need can be adequately sourced from plants – even the omegas. That goes for we humans too, they said.

Do the Aliens only eat Raw Foods?
So far they seemed to have no particular emphasis on raw, though they eat lots of it!  But they eat cooked too.  They told me that this enables them to get more balanced nutrition, and better protein levels. The foods they cook are mainly those either not healthy or not easy to eat raw – e.g. potatoes, soy, dhal & beans, grains (yes, they love those foods up there on Pandora too!). Together with greens, these provide the Navi with complete protein, and billions of micro nutrients. They prefer including legumes & grains to the high intake of nuts & seeds, dried fruit and rare superfoods needed in a dedicated raw food regime.

Did this Way of Eating Originate on Planet Pandora?
It did. but it also did on Planet Earth at the same time – amazing eh!  With their extra-terrestrial powers, the Navi have been able to watch us down here on planet Earth. They were happy that plant-based wholefood nutrition formed the predominant content of the human diet for millennia. They knew that peoples such as the Inuit, the Tibetans, and others in cold climates evolved to eat animals; – they had no other choice – not many plants grew there!). Humans have always eaten some form of animal food, which would’ve been necessary to get Vit B12. But aside from the wealthy elite, they ate much smaller quantities than we do today. The Navi are so evolved they even synthesize their own B12 – they reckon we’ll evolve to that too!

Well, thanks guys! I’m sold. I’ve been vegetarian for forty years, all the time struggling somewhat with my weight. Hey – I wasn’t gross, but I did need to get into that good BMI level. The secret for me was taking those extra few steps – cutting out animal foods, oil, sugar and processed food. I have never felt better!  Charles & I will be giving a presentation on it on Tuesday (23rd Aug), via the Transition Town movement. Venue: Alicetown Community Centre, Victoria St, Lower Hutt. Time: 7.30pm. Gold coin donation on the door.
Meanwhile , the following  ‘Earthly’ credits are due …

The contemporary plant-based whole-food movement, where no animal protein is eaten, grew from research done by several American nutritionists, doctors and scientists. At the core are Dr T Colin Campbell, (Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry & Nutrition, Cornell University), Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, (heart surgeon, Cleveland Clinic), Drs Dean Ornish & John McDougall, John Robbins. (see the bios in the last section of the Presentation Folder).  Find out more on the T Colin Campbell Foundation website.

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Ta da!!! Anouncing the Baby Boomer Girl Band!

Band Image.
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Baby Boomer Girl
is expanding,  ( “… hopefully not around the hips”), gathering a gorgeous bevy of talented musicians around her to fatten up the sound. Introducing  Baby Boomer Girl, the band …

From Left, Bernard Wells, electric guitar, Radha Sahar, acoustic guitar, Evan Williams, drums, and Matt Parlane, bass,  set to launch the band on Saturday 12th June.

All their material is new, written by Radha, who has previously won several international awards for her music. Many of the songs have a theatrical flavour and wacky humour.

Core band members, Radha Sahar, alias the notorious Baby Boomer Girl herself, and Bernard Wells, are already delighting audiences in ever expanding circles, starting at the Masterton Club in the Wairarapa. Baby Boomer Girl also recently had a hoot of a time strutting her stuff at the infamous Musicians Club in Whanganui.

The songs, touching both heart & funny bone, are likely to sweep you off your rocker – (especially those with rocking chairs)  –  so mark your diary for

Sat 12th June, 7.30pm
Pukerua Bay School Hall
Rawhiti Road, Pukerua Bay
$15 at the door

Baby Boomer Girl & the crew look forward to meeting you there.
Since it is mid winter, you may wish to bring a small throw of some kind to warm up your chair … Tee shirts and EPs will be available to purchase on the night, and there’ll be a comp glass of wine waiting for you to warm you up.

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A Body Like an Avatar Alien, part 2

Here it is!!! – my new Avatar body – not bad eh!

Now before you elaborate on the finer differences between me and the Navi Babe in part 1, realise we are on another planet. Here on Pandora there is no way you would learn about food in terms of slimming; that is such an unheard of idea!

Here on Pandora your body is simply a result of an attitude of gratitude for what little un-poisonous food there is around. Food does not come neatly processed and stacked on supermarket shelves. You have to hunt and gather.

You skip through the forest collecting ripe treats here and there. It’s tempting to graze but you learn that food is actually precious. The protocol is gathering and hunting for the whole family – none of this individual indulgence stuff. You will get what you need and no more – no private pigging out! Anorexia? Bulimia? Obesity? – such diseases of ‘civilisation’ do not occur here.  Meanwhile, your morning hunt has taken all morning; what happened to breakfast?

Panic. Everyone on Earth insisted on eating breakfast. Will you die if you skip it? There’s plenty of pure water, and the Avatar Tea in your hunting pouch sports a little milk; just enough protein to keep you going. By midday you experience a new feeling – hunger!!! You realise what you used to call hunger was just your stomach rumbling around in digestion mode. Real hunger feels different – primal and healthy. It only occurs in waves every four to six daylight hours. The Navi explain that they still observe the ancient ways; the ancestors ate according to the sparse cycle of hunger –  if there was food to go around.

So much for all the slimming tips and recipes you had secretly hoped to pick up during your training! Evidently the apex of your induction has just been reached. You aimed, you fired and you’re on target. You now have the knowledge you need to get a body like an Avatar Alien:  be active & eat healthy food in small amounts when you’re genuinely hungry, period. Back to Earth … Galump!

Oh well, there are zillions of books on what foods are healthy, whole plant foods topping the list, so ignorance won’t be a problem.  Gratitude, healthy choices and sharing look like being the big lessons; not taking more than we need is easier said than done. As mother used to say “Give thanks”, “Eat your greens” and “Think of all the starving children.” Indeed.

All your extra indulgences now go into the food bank trolley at the supermarket – lots of struggling families now, what with the recession and all … You tune into the old body, or the young body, whatever you happen to be blessed with, and find you’re gradually turning a rather triumphant shade of blue …

🙂 Thank you, readers, in anticipation!

Supporting each other to reach ‘the goal’, I think we’re going to need a good number of comments below. What tips do you have on taking only enough of the foods that keep you healthy and fit?


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