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Ballroom Tales: Dancing Our Love Story

Posted on April 1, 2017

You could say that Joseph and I fell in love over a video cable. This lifetime, anyway. That was back in the 80s, when video cameras still needed cables and had to be pushed around on heavy tripods. Sometimes we were so busy chatting away behind those big cameras, we didn’t hear what shots the director was ordering. Oops.

We haven’t done much video work since then, but now we’ve plunged ahead on a Ballroom Tales project that’s very close to our hearts. We’re producing a short dance film, our own love story, many lifetimes long, told through music and movement. If all goes well, this may become a trailer for my new book, Past Life Lovers, Friends, and Enemies (coming soon).

Foxtrot, Anyone?

Okay, maybe we’re fictionalizing our story a little here and exaggerating a little there. Like the real-life stories in my book, ours is a tale of many lifetimes. To tell it through dance and fulfill our vision means that first, we have to conquer the ballroom moves required!!! That’s, um, only six dance styles (so far).

So we’ve hired actor/choreographer John Selby, who helped choreograph a routine for Lance Bass when the former *NSYNC member appeared on Dancing with the Stars. John has also won many impressive awards as a professional dance competitor. He’s a terrific teacher.

For fun, Joseph and I started our dance habit in 2000 with some old-school salsa classes. We moved on through other Latin dances, Argentine tango, and then ballroom. Typically, we learned a lot of bad habits, had a lot of fights, and suffered too many injuries from poor technique. John has been sorting us out and we’re excited to be working with him!

And What About That Concrete?

Neither are we sure how to solve all the production dilemmas yet, considering that it’s going to happen outdoors in a public setting. We might have to pillage the local community college to find some talented crew who’ll volunteer for the fun and experience.

Still, we’re having way more fun than going the usual competition route (which is what most ballroom students do). We are creating a moving painting. We are making Art with our movement, locations, costumes, music, and story. No words, simply dancing! Quite frankly, I think we’ve watched too many Bollywood movies, but we’re committed now.

Here’s a clip of John at work. Every great adventure begins with the first steps, right? Follow me on Instagram for more behind-the-glamour posts in the coming weeks.

Reincarnation Songs: Loved You For a Thousand Years

Posted on April 4, 2014

Apparently, Joseph and I are being prepared in many ways by our Cosmic CoAuthors for the next book we’re going to write. This time, the two of us will co-author it. Yay!

Every time I turn on the satellite radio in our little electric Fiat, someone is singing, “Come to me, my sweetest friend.” I made Joseph listen to the song one day, when of course, it played again when I flipped the car stereo from our thumb drive to radio.

“Why do you think I keep hearing this song?”

“It’s about reincarnation! ‘We’ll go home and start again.'”

Doh! He’s right! That’s what we all do: go home to the higher worlds for a while, then come back and start again. I liked the song very much but only heard it during these rare radio ventures.

So this morning, after the second night in which I was visiting with my mother in her after-Earth experiences (this time we were sharing a vacation cabin and it snowed in the middle of summer and we were laughing about it), I woke up with this love song in my head. It was clearly planted there, because I didn’t think I knew it well enough to bring it back.*



Joseph, meanwhile, woke up this morning with the other ubiquitous love song in his head. It’s also about reincarnation (or vampires ;-). “Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years; I’ll love you for a thousand more.”



It’s going to be a beautiful book!

UPDATE Saturday, April 5: Okay, now they’ve got me. They know I’m paying attention, so it was time to step things up! Joseph and I were lying abed talking this morning and out of the blue, the melody of the following song dropped into my head. I couldn’t hear the words, but I thought it might have been in a movie.

After a little while, my teasing CoAuthors dropped another hint: Working Girl. While we got up, got dressed, did some Energy Medicine, I tried to sing the tune to Joseph (tch, I’m not a singer!). I told him, “No worries; after a while the lyrics usually surface.” Sure enough, an hour later a few words started to come in, enough for Joseph to finally recognize the song and add another line. Google got it right away. Enjoy!

Oh, and you can probably guess why my Cosmic CoAuthors wanted us to hear these particular lyrics, which I’ll append fyi. As Joseph pointed out, we weren’t talking about anything related; we don’t own this song; we hadn’t heard it anywhere in oh, I don’t know, years?? (But that is certainly one of the all-time great movies.) This is a call to all Violet Life Colors! In fact, the whole rainbow! Don’t lose heart!

LET THE RIVER RUN by Carly Simon

We’re coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

Let the river run,
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation.
Come, the New Jerusalem.

Silver cities rise,
The morning lights
The streets that meet them,
And sirens call them on
With a song.

It’s asking for the taking.
Trembling, shaking.
Oh, my heart is aching.

We’re coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

We the great and small
Stand on a star
And blaze a trail of desire
Through the dark’ning dawn.

It’s asking for the taking.
Come run with me now,
The sky is the color of blue
You’ve never even seen
In the eyes of your lover.

Oh, my heart is aching.
We’re coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

* In Speed Your Evolution: Become the Star Being You Are Meant to Be, I talk about how often this happens to me and how you, too, should pay attention to what arises during this fertile “hypcognic” state. These morning songs often contain very important information, or maybe a jolt of Infinite Love to smooth your day.