I’m beyond stoked to announce, L.Y.L.A.S., an anthem for Soul Sisters, is now available to stream + download worldwide!
Spotify, Apple, Tidal, Deezer, YouTube Music, name your price download at BandCamp and more!
Want to know the story behind the track? Check out my recent post.
What are you waiting for?! Click on the image above to start listening now, add it to your playlists, and share with your friends.
Huge thanks to Amanda, for over 30 years of friendship, and for inspiring this song. And thanks to all my friends and family, who’ve encouraged and supported me to share my musical passion with the world. I’m now forever immortalized in the interwebs, and it feels so damn good!
We all have friends that feel like family. Amanda, my bestie since age 5, is that lifelong ride or die Sister for me, so when her Birthday rolled around, August 22nd, I knew what I wanted to do…write her a song, of course! And thus, LYLAS, an anthem for Soul Sisters everywhere, was born.
Written, played, sung, recorded, produced and released by yours truly, LYLAS will be my first single, recorded in my brand new home studio, to hit all major streaming outlets! Happy Birthday, Manda! Love you like a Sister forever!
I’ll be back with a link as soon as it drops, so be sure to sign up via email for all the latest updates. Till then, keep doing YOU, staying true and enjoying the view!
Yesterday, hubby and I enjoyed a precious, Soul-quenching day, just the two of us. Late afternoon, we stepped out our back door to make music together and discovered a praying mantis floating in our newfie’s water bowl. Being the first out the door, Jon immediately rescued him, placing him tenderly on the wisteria vine in hopes of drying out his drowning body and recovering the use of his limbs.
As I began to sing a gentle song of love and wellness to sacred mantis, he looked away to the leaf just passed his head. There I discovered a tiny perfectly shaped heart eaten out of the leaf. I felt his returning love and gratitude, and he turned his head to look right at me as I continued to sing and connect with his Spirit. I knew our encounter was no accident, that there was a message, a meaning.
Hubby and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset, playing and singing together, and as we entered back into our abode, we saw the mantis had fully recovered. Mantis’ message was divinely timed, as Spirit always is, and was perfect confirmation of my recent embrace of hibernation and reflection for creative Soul renewal.
“Usually the Praying Mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us. Taking a step back and some simple meditation would be in order here because the external din we’ve created needs to be quieted so that we can come back to our own truth. The Praying Mantis always comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. […] Even within this calm and serene environment you are capable of quick and decisive action when opportunity presents itself.” (http://spirit-animals.com/praying-mantis)
In the past, it has been difficult for me to allow myself to rest, to let go of the pull to always be productive and creating, working toward some desired goal. This year, I embrace my resting cycle without guilt, and in doing so, I see that the seeds I sewed during my natural times of energetic action, now blossom at my doorstep as I rest…a phenomenon I always believed possible but never truly made space for until now.
The past two years, the bear has visited my dreams. Last year, they were trying to eat me…a clear sign of the need to learn to honor my resting cycle. This year, from my space of acceptance and allowing, the bear returns — this time, following me around like a puppy dog…a sign of lesson learned and confirmation of my growth.
I am truly enjoying this time of less activity and more rest ~ less productivity and more play ~ less seeking and more finding ~ less projection and more reflection ~ more receiving ~ more blissful connection with those who mean the most. I’m all aglow with this new season in life, in the moment, relaxed and open for whatever and wherever the great mystery leads me.
I emerge from my cocoon with courageous and capable wings. Where will they carry me? That’s the beauty of the journey…the excitement of mystery. Of one thing I am now certain. I trust that wherever the winds of change blow, it will follow the direction of my heart’s true yearning, and for that, I am infinitely grateful.
To sing we must breathe fully. Deep, full breaths cleanse and refresh the entire central channel and energetic field. Singing with a vision and intention creates a whole new world within and without. Even if it’s just a hum, sing, sing each day to your wellness, to your fullness, to create the life you desire.
New song, new seeds, new moon, Chinese new year, new Spring emerging (Imbolc/Brigid’s Day, Feb 1st). Here’s to all the deep sacred seeds we’ve planted this winter, and the fresh new beginnings soon to sprout! ~ Jess Bray ♥