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Hear My Voice
         Photo by Katia Pershin

Photo by Katia Pershin

So, today is a big day for me. Not only is it my birthday, but it is also the official launch day for my music website. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m a musician, but haven’t actually demonstrated that to many of you The Y Variable readers, so…here goes!

www.yaahemaa.com is now live!

My tracks can also be found at soundcloud.com/yaahemaa.

The following can be found on my “About” page, but I thought I’d also share here what music means to me:

I have a lot of ideas and stories swirling around in my head. When you’re that kind of person you have no choice but to let those mental impressions out somehow. For me, that release comes through writing and through playing music.

We often overuse the word “love”, but it’s truly how I feel about music. I absolutely, wholeheartedly love it.  I love what music does for all of us – its ability to inspire change, alter moods, set a romantic scene, or conjure love in a person who has given up on its beauty.

I also love how I feel when I sing or when I play the piano. I’m at my best when I perform. It’s when I feel most calm, serene, confident and powerful. When I write, when I sing, it’s from the truest place within me. My lyrics, my melodies, that’s  me unrestrained. My music, that’s the most honest , most real part of myself. 

Signing off,

Y.

Feelin’ Good

DIGITAL CAMERAThis has been a particularly good week for me coming out of my first solo show. The show went better than I could have imagined and, to be frank, I was almost overcome with the love and support that came my way. As ridiculous as it might sound, I was overwhelmed, it was almost too much to process!

For several years, I had placed almost all of my focus and concentration on my career, my 9 to 5, and gave up, in essence, a lot of the pursuits that had defined me for so long – my writing and especially my music. It’s not to say that I haven’t been myself in this period, or that I’ve fabricated an alternate personality, but, given the reaction I received from others after the show, and the level of shock and surprise that came from exhibiting what I knew was inside, I obviously wasn’t being my full self.

Going into the show,  several people informed me that I was taking a big risk. In their eyes, it was a significant leap, particularly by someone who was characteristically quiet and reserved, and confined to living her life very often within set boundaries that didn’t include being a performer – and possibly, someone who could, if the mood hit her, and when in her artistic groove, be charismatic and funny, and diva-esque and sassy.

yaa-heema

I feel good, not just because I’m pleased with how I executed a show that had been in my mind’s eye for a couple of months, but because there’s something incredibly glorious about feeling like you’re in full bloom and are utilizing your strengths in such a way that it almost feels like you’re flying, soaring in fact. It’s been some time since I felt like I was very much in my zone.

It was a full house -oversold in fact – and I feel so thankful to have had the tremendous support of friends, family, and strangers too. It feels so good, so incredible to be fully embraced when you show people who you really are. There’s nothing like it.

Signing off.

Y.

The High Priestess

I’ll be performing in my first solo show in two weeks, partly out of a personal quest to do things that might scare me and push me beyond my boundaries à la the famous Eleanor Roosevelt quote, “Do one thing every day that scares you”. I’m stepping out from the choirs and crowds of people that have protected and sheltered me for some time and will venture to go it alone – well perhaps not entirely alone as I will have one security blanket, a piano.

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