Posts Categorized: Notes

Inspired wisdom: Let the Seasons Shape your Life

Coco in the leaves

As the darkness sets in, let yourself slowly dissolve into the natural rhythms, your natural state. Cocoon yourself in cozy blankets, stare at the flames of a fire or candle. Eat cooked vegetables and sip on warm broth or calming teas. As the sun goes down early in the day, take a moment to meditate,… Read more »

Flaunting my Inner Flamingo

I’m about to leave on a four-month national tour of festivals West to East and everywhere in between. There’s one thing I was hoping to leave behind, a habit. Ever since I started singing and playing while standing, I have a tendency to lift one leg as the energy builds. Even though I’ve tried to… Read more »

Surrendering to the Internal Soundscapes of Life


Last month I was driving home in rush hour near my neighborhood in Portland. I don’t remember a crash, but witnesses tell me I was slammed by a driver who made an illegal left turn into me, causing a head-on collision and a concussion. I’m gradually absorbing lessons about the kindness of airbags, wonderful helpers, and… Read more »

Come Share in the Living Heartbeat

Blessings, Beloveds ~ It’s been a busy (and abundant) time. A few weeks ago I returned from singing my heart out at Bhakti Fest. Since then I’ve been preparing for a full-on tour of the West Coast, which just might mean that I’ll be in your community soon. It’s kind of a fall harvest tour for me since I’ll… Read more »


We just made it to the finish line with my heart’s project, my first CD of kirtan music, Heart Beats One. The album—a collection of soulful interpretations of sacred chants from the traditions of yoga— took way longer than I first anticipated. As it took shape, four things happened: I deepened my practice of meditation through music,… Read more »

Taking a Moment to Breathe

For more than a year I’ve been giving most of my attention to Heart Beats One, the kirtan CD we’ll be releasing in September. But every once in a while something reminds me that my music can take on a life of its own. That happened last week when I discovered a YouTube video of Singing Out performing Free to Decide (Breathe) at a Toronto pride concert last June.

I’ve never met any of these people, but I’m deeply grateful to them for creating such a beautiful rendition of my song. The timing of my discovery couldn’t be more appropriate, and I’m ever-so-proud.

The Joy of Creation

It’s been a over a year now since I began recording a CD of original kirtan music. Little did I know, when I began, what it would take. For one thing, this process keeps driving me deeper into my practice of chanting and yoga. I can’t imagine how I could have been here without the… Read more »

Back to the Future with Girish

Hi, All! It has been a while since I posted a blog, but it’s time. I’ve got big news. But first, some background. Flash back to five years ago. I’m on a mini-tour with Lyris, my best friend and bassist. It’s a rough time for both of us, but especially for her—she’s experiencing PTSD from… Read more »

On the Edge of a Divine Year

2014 was a busy year for Johanna. Before the dust could settle on the newly-launched CD The Edge of Divine and the companion web site (this one), Johanna and company launched a new recording project—her first kirtan CD. We convinced ourselves that it would be much easier to record than the singer/songwriter CDs she’d done before. “How… Read more »