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2 years ago today he passed. It was just a few days after I’d uploaded my first YouTube video, Hold On I’m Comin’, and not too long after that my CD project was conceived. Isaac is one of the reasons I love to sing. I came of age with all his Sam & Dave hits and never stopped singing them. Those records, probably more than any others, helped define my “rocnsol” attitude. Now with the CD almost completed, I’m ready to start skate-dance performing too, so yesterday my hubby & I “designed” our stage (the bathroom) and once again to an Isaac tune, I tested the waters to a rough version of “I Thank You.” You’d think I could lip-sync to my own stuff but apparently not while skating! Practice, practice, practice.

I uploaded the video last night and had not consciously realized it was the anniversary of his death today so once again I pay homage. Isaac, I thank you.

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So how deep can I go? That’s the question I feel and don’t have to ask everyday. How deeply can I go without damaging the parts? Physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually. Proceed with caution? Yes. Proceed with abandon? Yes. Proceed with energy? Yes. Proceed with fervor? Yes. Proceed with determination? Yes. Go DEEP and don’t let go until you have to and then let go gracefully, just let go. And go slowly, thoughtfully, respectfully, beautifully. Don’t damage the parts… mine, yours, ours, theirs. Amen. Awomen.


Tom Thumb & The Hitchikers… Respect _ Hold On I’m Comin’… had to skate with my old MP3 player today and hadn’t heard the tunes in eons. Couldn’t stop smiling. “Live at SeaWorld”… DJ, what was the year? We sang & played our hearts out. It was a beautiful day in San Diego and the sound engineer had some great recording equipment. We had no idea at the time we’d have an album from the gig. Sweet. Love and thanks again to DJ & the guys for 9½ fabulous, fun rocnsol years!

On another note, my performance of Hold On I’m Comin’ at the Hollywood Beach Theatre was the inspiration for the new CD where we have a very cool new skool track, soon to be revealed!

DEEP/SLOW… A Poem?

Posted: August 2, 2010 in Healthy Stuff, Life, Skate-dancing
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How deep can I do? How slow can I go?
How deeply can I do? How slowly can I go?
How much deeper can I do? How much slower can I go?
How much more deeply can I do? How much more slowly can I go?
What’s the deepest I can do? What’s the slowest I can go?
Pick 2, any 2’ll do.


It happened 2 days ago after a visit to my fabulous chiropractor.  I was feeling strong & excited about the week and skating in the parking lot outside my building. I’d cleared the terrain of debris, or so I thought, and skating backwards, hit a big chunk o’ somethin’, and up & down I go so fast that there wasn’t even a hint of tuck & roll involved.  Now it’s really not good to fall at any time but particularly at my tender age.  I’ve gotten fairly adept at falling well & very infrequently but this was hard & nasty, bad, bad, bad.  However, if ever there was a really good bad fall, that was the one.  I’m pretty lean these days but the butt’s got what it takes to take it, apparently & especially the right cheek.  Thank you God.

Today my chiro said, “You’re very lucky.”  Yeah, luck had something to do with it, but here’s what I did after and maybe it’ll help you if…

I got up immediately (thank you, BladeMarc), skated it out for another 15 minutes, ate 2 Immunocal when I got home, drank a cup of coffee within the hour, popped an anti-inflammatory and iced, iced baby.  And in between took an Epsom salt bath.  I didn’t skate yesterday and after an hour skate today, went back to the doc.  I feel amazing.  My doc’s business is called Amazing Touch Chiropractic.  I go once a week.  I eat Immunocal everyday.  Maybe those 2 things are not for you but hopefully some of this will resonate when your body’s screaming for help for whatever reason.  Coffee, as I’ve come to discover in the last couple of years, is a very special tonic.  It can help with workout pain and recovery.

Philosophically, skating parallels life in innumerable ways for me and perhaps that’s another day’s blog.  Today it’s about recovery and how quickly & gracefully we can if we have some basic tools & work with them, no matter how hard we fall.

Moderation Addendum

Posted: July 20, 2010 in Healthy Stuff, Skate-dancing
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Everything in moderation, even moderation.  I think I’m paraphrasing something I read last year.  After skating last night for an hour & a half and until I could hardly move but it all being incredibly productive, I remembered.  Clearly the concept’s beautiful.


When I skate, I often ruminate… about something & everything that seems to need my attention… and much is usually revealed.  I regularly have conversations with Ellen and Oprah.  It’s a very comfortable hang and their input is always inspirational, and I always seem to understand a little more about myself.  I guess any really good conversation is like that but oh those 2 gals…  can’t wait to meet them.

Didn’t chat with them on my skate last night but was reflecting on my CD and career, and this has been a VERY good meeting and planning week so far with more to come.  The snail may be leaving the building.

We’re recording HIT SONGS  (the thought hit me pretty hard upside the head this time).  Will they be hit records again?