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30 Days of Happy Songs

Because why the fuck not.

I’ve been working on my write-up about this year’s Faerieworlds Festival, and just feeling pretty glowing and good after a fun weekend of camping and frolicking.
I want to keep the good vibes going, but also help deflect some outside negative energy I’m being exposed to right now, which can be exhausting. So a happiness challenge seems like a good motivator to keep positive and dance in my kitchen more.

I’m familiar with the 100 Happy Days thing that’s been going around, and that’s lovely. I’d like to tailor the concept to a shorter period of time and make the focus something that inspires, like music.

So for the next 30 days, I will be posting a happy song to my twitter feed every day, and I’ll do song round-ups on here every one or two weeks.

If you’d like to join in a post your favorite up-beat songs, please do! Or, you can just listen and smile (and shake your head at my sometimes odd taste in music).

Find my tweets: #30DaysofHappySongs

And my twitter—> @cypressmatrix

And here is the first song, inspired by a camping trip by the ocean with my mom and boyfriend the other week…


San Diego on Fire

San Diego, and the surrounding areas, are having a rash of wildfires again, due to lack of rain and obscene temperatures. I grew-up in San Diego and moved away twice, once for 5 years, and then again a few years ago.

One of the big reasons I moved away was that I didn’t think the city was a sustainable human settlement. All of Southern California is an over-populated desert that has it’s water piped in from up north, and it’s people are obsessed with an oostentatious over-consumption of resources. With climate change on top of that. I think it’s safety is precarious. Case in point, these fires, again.

They happened in an even bigger magnitude in 2003, when I was living there. Luckily, I lived just east of downtown, so we weren’t evacuated, but it was still terrifying when the smoke filled our lives for a few days.

Here’s a little snippit of memory from back then,


Ring of Fire

I was sitting in front of a computer screen, talking into the mic with a pink handkerchief covering my nose and mouth.  We’d recently moved the DJ booth into the covered patio, so I was surrounded by windows. Some of the 1930s glass panes were broken, and the smoke was trickling in the room.

The sky was a thick, ominous reddish orange. The sun was a fuzzy dark disc behind the smoke. Was this the beginning of our apocalypse? Were we close to donning Mad Max style accouterments and resorting to pillaging and mayhem?

Our city was surrounded by flames. The cheesy graphics on the nightly news illustrated the wildfires in all directions. We were “safe”, for now, but situated in the center of a crescent moon of 13 fires, one of which was the largest in California history. We only had the ocean to escape to on one side. Our huge sports arena was filled with evacuees.

Being a DJ, I felt it was my duty to be in the booth, reporting back on the latest news and entertaining anyone stuck in their house who might be listening. Being an independent DJ, I also felt it was my duty to be a tad ridiculous while doing so.
Instead of playing the usual music, I went with the fire theme. This included “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash, “Burning down the House” by Talking Heads, “It’s the End of the World as we Know it (and I Feel Fine)” by REM, and “Beds are Burning” by Midnight Oil.

San Diego survived that time around. So here’s to all my friends in family down there, I hope you stay safe.

Dance Updates – Shimmy Till Ya Drop

So I have been a busy dancing bee the last few weeks.

I have two big performances coming-up later this month. The first is with the band I recently joined as a dancer, Black Magdalene.
I really love love love this band’s music, it’s right up my alley, and perfect to belly dance to. So go check out their songs. And my co-dancer, the fabulous Ruby McConnell, is incredibly talented, it’s so lovely to dance with her!
We’ve been rehearsing weekly to try to get me at least a little up to speed with their choreography. Whew! It’s a lot to absorb, but such a great time. The dance style incorporates various belly dance styles, from ITS to tribal fusion to modern dance.
I’m also working on a redesign of some of the dance costumes. I’ll post about that soon. Think lovely lace and velvet and sparkly things, oh my!

The second performance is at Cues and Tattoos. It’ll be my first time performing (or even attending) this iconic belly dance festival, and I’m EXCITED. I’m performing with Ruby’s student troupe, and taking a class with the amazing Gypsy Fire Bellydance. This is at the end of the month, and I’ll be writing a whole big juicy post about it.

Aside from these two projects I’ve been dancing quite a bit on my own too, and doing much needed strength-training exercises.  I’m trying to get my chops up so I can last for Black Magdalene’s long sets!

In addition, (YES, MOAR DANCING)I’m thinking about adding some performances to April as well … stay tuned.