Posts Tagged ‘skate-dancing’


2012 was a year of a whole lotta “Really,” “Oh man,” “WTF!” and always “Thank you, God.”  Or perhaps better known to my psyche as, “Well, f**k me and the horse I rode in on.” My friends who find me to be a bit Pollyanna may be shocked that I’m actually writing this, but my year was as challenging emotionally, spiritually & physically as any I can remember.

But I made it through and so I must testify. Have I grown?  “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” certainly resonates. I know I have a biological gift… more serotonin production than most even on a difficult day.  And of course my regular skate-dancing is responsible for more endorphins than any other exercise regimen I’ve ever experienced.  So once again and every day I’m grateful.

I finished & released my very first solo CD, “Peace of My Heart,” which brought me the kind of professional satisfaction/happiness that’s almost indescribable.  I spent weeks in my hometown, Newport, RI with my Shves and was a musician again.  I finally saw my Cali bro & nephews for the first time in over 2 years.  After 4 fab Gsons our first beautiful granddaughter was born this year. In a Los Angeles 30 year reunion I partied like it was 1999 with the Red Onion gang & my gorgeous niece. The gifts & blessings were joyous.  The trials & tribulations were monumental.  Gospel music became a powerful source of inspiration, comfort & soul soothing in my skate-dancing.  The first half of the year Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile” was my anthem (the links are to YouTube) and Paul Porter’s “I Made It Through” was my celebratory chant in the second half.  I’m not a Christian although I’m guessing had I lived back in the day & place, Jesus surely would have been my rabbi.  Whatever you call God… He, She, Lord, Allah… and this will not be a dissertation on my beliefs… the passion, vibrancy, power & joy of gospel music is undeniable.  And I was lifted & expressing gratitude daily.

My family & friends have been challenged in profound ways this past year.  But we’re strong stock and most of us made it through. I Thank You, God.

My dad, Robbie Robin, might’ve said, “It’s gonna be keen in 2013” or maybe serene.  I hope & pray for those things & more for us all.  And I wish you a very happy, healthy freakin’ new year!  With all my love ~

Caryn

Peace out.


It’s been a while since I’ve blogged a ramble, dear friends, and this is just a quickie. The link below is a video that I’d forgotten about from our first bathroom skate-dance shoot but found today and posted on YouTube & Facebook. I’m not lip-syncing to one of my tunes, just dancing to one of my all time favorites, the Boyz II Men version of the Isley Brothers classic. No matter the artist, it always grooves me into a little piece of heaven… for the love of you.


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.


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!


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?