Musical Mommy

Helping kids move through the world

On Confidence and Self Esteem: an Artist’s Conundrum

“My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live” — Kanye West Wow, right?  I wish I had one twentieth of that kind of sentiment, however misguided. I’ve been told for a lot of my life that I have low self-esteem.  Somewhat recently, while I was feeling...

Musician • Yogini • Mommy

Parenting isn’t easy, everyone tells us that.  Now add that to being a (semi) professional musician and you have a really fascinating challenge. I started my musical career in my 20’s.  My ska punk band Agent 99 landed in the “almost famous” category.  My bands Brave New Girl and Dubistry have won global critical acclaim and we’re...

Every Day is Like a Holiday

The end of the Gregorian calendar brings a lot of the world into a celebration and contemplation. What did we do well? What will we do well? Each day is technically the beginning of a new year, so why wait? Reinvent yourself every day.

Rastas and Sadhus

I was three years old when my mother introduced me to yoga.  She was taking classes in school and brought her practice home both to improve on her own asanas and to calm the three little energy pockets that made every day a new and exciting challenge.  My brothers and I took to different aspects...

My friend Ari – this one goes out to you

When I first met Ari Up, she had just begun her return to power. It was the turn of the century. My husband, Aram and I were at Wetlands backstage at a ska show, featuring my frenemies the Slackers. Surrounded by graffiti and stickers from every band who played there, including my own, Marq Lyn...

Kid Behavior and Homeopathy

Since my son started going to school at age 3, he was known as the very bright active energetic kid that had to be watched.  In one ear, the teachers would say something negative to me every day about his behavior and in the other ear friends and family would say, “He’s a boy, he’s...