Thursday, May 21, 2020

Bliss (I Am the Light of My Soul) - Harmonium Lead Sheet



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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Inspired Artist Podcast (Video Version): Harnam & Jiwan Devi - "The C Word"


Joining me on the podcast today are Jiwan Devit & Harnam. We are chatting about a few things...

- shelter in place
- the health benefits of connecting with other humans
- what it's like running a small business as an independent musician
- touring during this time
- moving towards online portals for yoga/wellness/music
- how awful gong sounds on zoom
- our responsibility for our own health
- the inequity taking place right now as some are "sheltering" while others are very much working

And so much more...

To support Jiwan Devi and Harnam you can leave them a virutal tip through Paypal (https://www.paypal.me/harnamtonyzatzick) or Venmo (@Harnam-TonyZatzick)

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Podcast with Nadine Stellavoto Brown: Dealing the Fallout from 3HO (Video Version)




In this episode of the podcast, I am speaking with Nadine Stellavato Brown, a  graphic designer living in Washington state. Nadine grew up in 3HO, a community created by Yogi Bhajan and his followers. She speaks about the trauma she experienced being sent away from her parents at 2 years of age, being underfed and abused in India, being groped by Yogi Bhajan as a young woman, and her eventual decision to "take off her turban" and leave the organization. I am so honored to have her share her story on the podcast, and lend her voice to a chorus of truth coming forth from this community. 


Nadine's Written Testimonial:
"I’m Nadine (Hari Kaur) the daughter of Richard Lasser (MSS Baba Singh) and Andrea Opalenik (SS Krishan Kaur).

This is my story.

At two years old my parents became Sikhs. The same year I was sent to live in the D.C. Ashram. I lived in various Ashrams and was part of the first kids sent to India from ages 2-16. This alone is riddled with so much anguish and grief in my life and yet was not the worst.

At 16 I insisted I move home - and attended a western school.

In 1990 I graduated high school and was asked by the Yogi Ji (SSS) to take a year off to work at the Secretariat.

All I really wanted at the time was to go to college, to spread my wings. I knew at a young age Sikhism was not for me. Yet, I dutifully listened to the master my parents picked.

I was told to work under MSS Nirinjan Kaur, one of his secretaries. She immediately starts to “groom” me. She would frequently ask, “If SSS asked you to work full time as a secretary, would you consider not going to college?”

One of my many duties was to “clean his room” and set it up for sleeping. They were clear with me who took care of him at night with the implication I could be called to do the same soon.

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Many nights I would be with SSS and his “Entourage” at Dr Allen’s house. One night he called my father and me into the back room. He started to yell at me, that I was a slut, was I even a virgin? He said that a kid I grew up with, told him I was a flirt. And yogi did not believe my answers. I was devastated.

A second time, again at Dr. Allen’s house, the yogi again called my father and me into the back room. This time to compliment a certain dress I had on. He told me the dress was “sexy” and I was to only wear that style from then on, he proceeded to push money into my hand to buy more.

Finally, in the late fall of 1990, I was at Dr. Allen’s cleaning SSSs room. He came across me. He made me stand up, asked me to twirl around, then he proceeded to put both of his hand on my breast, he squeezed them. He turned me around and did the same to my butt. I was scared, we were alone. I was mortified. He said, “You are almost ready, and turning out very nicely.”

As soon as I could I ran home.

I told my dad what happened. That I would never go back. Because he had been in the room the previous two encounters, he believed me.

But it did not end there.

When the SSS found out I would not got back, he asked my parents to disown me. He harassed me, he harassed my parents. He got kids I grew up with to call me, ask me not to go.

In December of 1990 we all took off our turbans.

You have to understand my dad was the first student to put on a turban. He was devoted he and the community never thought this would happen. Now everyone knows, he stood by his daughter.

And.... I was lucky, I still had my family. I not only had my mother and father, but I also had and still have my lovely god-parents Sat Shakti Singh and Andrea Khalsa (Sat Shakti Kaur) and Akasha Richmond, who was and still is my saving grace. There are so many who never had that support.

I believe all the stories, I respect all those who share and those who cannot. The pain and shame are real."

This is the video version of this podcast. You can listen to the audio version of INSPIRED ARTIST PODCAST on all podcast platforms. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

INSPIRED ARTIST PODCAST with Emily Quandt - SELF PRESERVATION & PARENTING






Today's conversation is all about PARENTING! This is such an important conversation to be having and really brainstorming about right now in the time of quarantine, where we are probably spending a lot more time with our kids than we are used to. Emily Quandt is leads a community called FREE TO LEARN, where she empowers children and teens through natural learning. As a child Emily was privileged to spend the majority of her time practicing what the Alliance for Self-Directed Education calls the six pillars of self-directed education: her social strata expected that she was responsible for her own education; she was given almost completely unlimited time to play, explore and pursue her own interests; she had the opportunity to play with the tools of her culture; she had access to a variety of caring adults who were helpers, not judges; regular free age-mixing between children, and adolescents; and she was immersed in a stable, supportive, respectful community. More info on FREE TO LEARN COMMUNITY: http://freetolearncommunity.com/

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INSPIRED ARTIST PODCAST EPISODE #71: Genevieve Solomon

I met Genevieve first as a client, then as a teacher, and now as a guest...  Cute example of the malleable roles we take on for one another,...

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