Monday, April 8, 2013

Coincidence?

There's a saying that there are never any coincidences when it comes to the flute.  But I also think that synchronicity can occur at any time with any one - it's just a matter of being open to the universe and all that it has to offer.


So tonight at work - when a customer came in - and I found out she lived on the same road that my best friend from high school had lived - it was just as much as a surprise to her as it was to me - as I now live 3,000 miles from my childhood home and she was here visiting her family and doing some business as well. My best friend had died from cancer back in 2004 and her husband died just last year. This woman who came into my workplace knew of the couple and while I thought this was pretty amazing - it became even more amazing when I asked what she did for a living and was told she worked for a woodworking magazine - and as luck (providence??) would have it I was looking for info on a certain woodworking tool as I plan to make a few instruments for some friends.  She told me what I needed to know - and I am constantly amazed at how the universe works. So the next time you are somewhere and happen to "run into" a "stranger" - don't be afraid to strike up a conversation - you may find some common ground as well as some long awaited info you were searching for.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

MANY PATHS wins BEST NATIVE AMERICAN ALBUM for 2011

So grateful that MANY PATHS has been voted 

BEST NATIVE AMERICAN ALBUM for 2011 at Zone Music Reporter.com!

                          http://www.zonemusicreporter.com/admin/award_finalists.asp

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I've been playing the Native American Flute since 1996 - and never imagined that I would ever win an award - let alone for a music CD ! My deep gratitude for the accompanying artists on MANY PATHS including Fiona Joy Hawkins, Rod Ibieta and Susan Rivers - their contributions to the music make this CD very special - and they are my heroes !

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

MANY PATHS qualifies for FOUR Awards!

MANY PATHS is up for four possible awards from Zone Music Reporter - including Album of the Year, Best Relaxation/Meditation Album, Best Cover Art and Best Native American Album. I am just so thrilled and honored!


Zone Music Reporter 2011 Qualifiers

This good news is tempered by news of the loss of one of my very close friends, Chip. Chip's wife Bobbi was my best friend in high school and Bobbi died a few years ago from complications of cancer - and now - Chip is gone too. To get both this good news and bad news on the same day is quite intense - and a reminder that life is all about balancing the good and the bad. My heart goes out to Chip and Bobbi's daughters and their families.

From MANY PATHS here is CELESTIAL SEAS - with the lovely work of Australian pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins and the beautiful writing of gifted Native American author Gabriel Horn.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

MANY PATHS - Lorrie Sarafin and Rod Ibieta

MANY PATHS is the title track to my latest CD released in November of 2010.  It has just made the Top 10 for February 2011 at ZoneMusicReporter.com


February 2011 Top 10


All of the images in the video here were taken by me and run through a creative filter - the transitions between images were achieved with SONY VEGAS Pro.
The music is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com
Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sunset at Half Dome

The Summer of 2010 I took a road trip - the main stop was Yosemite National Park.
There is so much beauty there - and watching the sunset at Half Dome is something we all should do at least once in our hectic lives. I recorded myself at Glacier Point - and the following video is for those seeking a respite from the stress of LIFE. Enjoy - and please share with your friends!







Monday, June 21, 2010

The Future of America's Gulf Coast

We are mesmerized by watching the amount of oil gushing into our Gulf Coast waters. Every day brings a new revelation on how much oil is actually flowing - and we wonder if indeed these are the days preceding the 2012 Mayan Prophecies of the End of The World.
While human nature is mired in the negativity of blame and revenge - now more than ever we need to come together (as the Beatles so brilliantly sang) and work cooperatively to become the stewards of this planet that we ought to be.
While BP has pledged 20 billion for compensatory damages and clean-up - the plan is flawed in that it is over a 4 year period (5 billion per year) - and for what my opinion is worth - BP has garnered so much bad publicity here that I doubt very much they can continue as on oil company per se. And in the scheme of things - $20 billion is not enough.
My soul aches for all the innocent victims slaughtered by greed - for the 11 souls who lost their lives on the Deepwater Horizon - for the millions of ocean life forms who have died and will continue to die for years.
If not stopped - this "mother lode" of an oil reservoir could gush into our oceans for years and years (best estimates at this point - 5 years or more!) Should this unthinkable happen - our oceans worldwide would be affected - and could very well herald the end of our civilization. The Hopi say one of the signs of the end times is that the oceans will turn black.
It is quite clear the way of life of our Gulf Coast will never come back. Those who have fished all their lives no longer will have that option - but despite the loss of these ways of life - there is hope. I can visualize the Gulf Coast becoming a shining beacon of a new way of life. I say the Gulf Coast is ripe for development of alternative energies - of developing ways to clean the Gulf Waters of the oil - in short - to rise from the ashes much like the legendary fiery Phoenix bird. Imagine the Gulf Coast revitalized in this way - a shining example of the best of human ingenuity.


I call on the federal government to give tax breaks to those wanting to start green companies...and local governments to do the same.
I call on the scientists and engineers of the world - our best minds - to design new green technologies. If someone like Keven Costner can do it - then surely our best scientific minds can also.
I call on ALL the oil companies to take their profits and plow them into safer alternative energies starting now.
I call on ALL stockholders to give up their dividends now in order to help place these changes into effect.
I call on the Citizens of Planet Earth to cut down on oil usage - stop driving one day a week - change all your light bulbs to compact fluorescents - cut down on buying anything plastic - stop buying polyester - or any clothing made with petrochemicals - buy a hybrid car next time around or an electric vehicle - promote recycling in your community - and buy locally when you can.
If BP wants to survive as a company - then they should get new management and lead the way to safer alternative energies.


Humanity is at a critical crossroads now. We either continue on - status quo as if nothing has happened - or we dig deep down into ourselves and our souls and make the necessary changes to get off oil and move to greener, safer alternatives. Time is of the essence here - we have deeply wounded our Mother Earth - and the time for healing is NOW.