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Feelings, Fastfood, Sweets & Beats

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Tension is so high you can cut it like a knife through hot butter.
At this point you might know I am closing BETHKAYA down the first week of February for a health hiatus.  I am getting to the “resigned” place I need to be but will miss this day to day.  I realize it won’t be forever and I know that coming back refreshed, with new perspective will be a blessing. Recovering from surgery and my family is super important to focus on.

The process of getting to this stage has taken a toll. It’s brought a lot of feelings to the surface. A chronic condition teaches you a lot. There’s no replacing these lessons but I’ve coped with those feelings in different ways.

At first I felt so determined to heal myself and broke up with everything that everyone says is bad for you. Food, People, Habits – then I went on a crazy juice cleanse that spurred a lot of healthy choices. It was too polarizing perhaps because it crashed hard into a spiral of Klondike bar abuse. The balance is always hard to strike, the climb is always happening at the same time.

"For the benefit of the flowers, we water the thorns too."

“For the benefit of the flowers, we water the thorns too.”

 

SELF CARE is a constant concept that is floating around because I see a lot of BROKEN people walking around trying to break other people. We all need to take care of ourselves, we can lean on supports, ask for supports but the crux of everything comes back to whether or not you are taking care of yourself. After my fascist diet crashed I found myself eating sweets constantly. Pie, Cake, Ice cream and even EVEN fast food! What happened to my resolve?

The thing about fast food is that there is a particular flavor you know. Perhaps since from childhood, and it’s something comforting & familiar. You’re getting exactly (hopefully) what you set out to. It’s rare in life to be able to nurse that need, or have that control. I know it’s really important to be aware of when this needs to come into balance but also to live a little too.

It’s saying to yourself I can be healthy and also indulge sometimes. For me I know a piece of pie here and there is ok. The next couple days leading up to the surgery I will be mindful of my diet because I know that will be a key component to feeling well in the days after surgery. But for one night, it will be belligerently about burning calories (dancing) while having desserts too!

Next FRIDAY 2/3/17 I am hosting this party:

Flier By Chris Rockwell

Flier By Chris Rockwell

 

I am looking forward to this so much and am very thankful to the friends who are helping to put this together! Also I will be making A HUGE announcement about the future of BethKaya. If you come use hashtag #SWEETSNBEATS so I can see your event media online!

Also I would like to wish my dear friend and Self Care Cafe partner Michelle Russo a Happy Birthday! FEEL FREE to shower her with those sentiments at the party!

A little more about the event –

This started as a house party concept but I realized…

… I didn’t want people in my house before surgery! 😀 So this concept came on strong and I am flowing with it. There are a lot of amazing, talented people in the community and they also happen to support the BETHKAYA label. Thank You for that!

In historic Lakewood NJ’s beautiful STRAND THEATER, we will come together over a massive dessert bar,  music, dancing, entertainment, raffle prizes and of course some BETHKAYA merch!

RSVP BETHKAYA@GMAIL.COM

Entertainers!

Jason Portizo – http://www.djjthomas.com/ – DJ, Sound Engineer

Matt Raspanti  – https://www.facebook.com/mattmattbobatt – Musician

LEX REX – https://www.facebook.com/lexrexandthedragons/ @lexrexandthedragons – Musician

Chris Rockwell – https://www.facebook.com/chris.rockwell.owns @Mrchrisrockwell  – Musician

Marielle Cannon  – @mariella_elise – Belly Dance /Performance Artist

If you would like to RSVP (preferred but not required) or be added to the private event page, email me at BETHKAYA@gmail.com

I hope to see you there!

Also – till next friday I am running a 20% Special in the ETSY shop on orders over $25 – Use Code: CLOSINGPURGE20  at checkout!

www.bethkaya.etsy.com

p.s. I hope to become a better blogger – there’s so much more to talk about!

Beth

 

Inspired Interview – Lex

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As mentioned in my last blog – I am going to be rolling out some new projects. One of those projects is a life study of sorts. I free flowed with some interview questions, inspired by questions I’ve been asked myself in interviews. These are also questions I feel frame the voice of what information I want to showcase from the individuals I’m blogging about. The protein. All of these individuals, are just that, individual. They are inspired, living their truth and sharing it with the world. Like me. Sometimes everyone feels like it’s an uphill battle, and sometimes feel alone. The fellowship is there that helps light the path for dreams. We can be inspired by real people, heroes in every day life. These same questions are going to be the root of this project, and the participants – the leaves of a beautiful growth. I’m not editing their words either – this is the freedom in the flow of affirming this stuff.  I’d love to start this project with Alexis Pellegrino, local musician, dance technician and swagger magician.
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Tell me about yourself in a few sentences.
I consider myself to be an appreciator, curator, and mostly….a creator of art. I don’t like to limit myself to a certain medium or style. I make music one day, paint another day, embellish a jacket in the morning, conduct a dance class at night for young adults, design graphics, design clothes. I am ALWAYS trying to learn and appreciate new things. I am inspired by everything. Currently, I’m working on my solo project, “Lex Rex and the Dragons”. 
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What is the “why” behind your magic?

I’m not sure I know how to express myself any other way. I think I have an addiction to expressing myself. 
 
Much like many people who express themselves through creative outlets, I had a pretty interesting childhood. I was terrorized in school. I like to skate and surf. As a kid I was ranked in the Eastern Surfing Association. I used to paddle out during the winter months and if you know anything about a full suit….you know having long hair is a pain. So, I chopped my hair off. Short cut, and I was absolutely a “tom boy”. I used to get made fun of for being “gay” and a “dyke”. Then my hair grew out, and I was made fun of for being expressive. I always dressed quirky. I’d paint my pants, paint my shoes, make t-shirts…..I guess I was pretty DIY punk at a young age…but I didn’t even know what that was at that age. I was just being me, really. 
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How has your past influenced where you are now with your career?
Honestly, my past has both negative and positive influences on my career….but I am a firm believer of believing in the universe. I was very nervous to start making and doing music. It is the only thing safe to me. Gets me the highest. I was nervous to put it out in the atmosphere for some time. It was/is sacred to me and I didn’t want to be put down like I was in school. 
 
In college I used to have night terrors, that I would never actually start making and doing music. So I said “Fuck it” I am going to do this, even if it is a slow process. I started playing the keys and doing some covers. posting them online. I was in a hair metal cover band for some time, then I decided I wasn’t being fulfilled by that. I started posting some covers more covers on Facebook and was getting really into the “scene” in Asbury. I started doing some small acoustic shows and here we are. 
 
Every time I do a show, I do it and “pour some out” for the people who said I was nothing…..Thank you. 
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What are two major things that you can’t be without on your day to day operations?
Well, in 2016 I would be absolutely lying if I said my phone wasn’t a big deal. I am inspired a lot by photographs online as well as daily things I come across in life. I am always taking pictures with my phone, as well as listening to music. I also really love to stay in contact with my friends and family. They are very supportive of me and I am always showing them love as well. 
 
The other Major thing would be my backpack. I keep my journal in there, my dinosaur figurine Parizzz and my dragon figurine Rex Jr., My polaroid Camera, A plethora of headphones, pens, USB drives, my computer……it’s basically my life kit. 
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What is something that you learned only after you went for your goal, that you want to share with anyone shooting for theirs?

STAY TRUE TO WHAT YOU WANT, AND DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT FITTING IN OR BEING LAME. 
 
For SOOOO LONG, I tried to fit into the local scene. The rock that the local scene is doing isn’t exactly what fits me best. I grew up listening to Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Pop. That is where my music is focused now. That is me. Always be YOU!
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Where is the rush in this passion for you? 
The rush isn’t exactly the finished product. It’s the foreplay. It’s the mental vision, the inspiration, the soul, the guts and glitter behind
what I am trying to convey. The finished product is usually never EXACTLY how you envision it….if you are lucky and work with the right people…..it’ll be better. But like I said, it’s about the process. The process is the sexiest part. 
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What are the pitfalls?
The pitfalls are definitely just life in general…you know…the saying “Life Happens”. Your life happens, my life happens, the people you work with…their life happens. You have to trust the process though. We aren’t Interscope, we aren’t robots…..we are humans trying to make art, while living. Shit happens. In saying that, I am definitely what I call OD and absolutely OCD. I am always trying to make myself and the people around me challenge themselves and let the “babies” we make inspire them. 
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How do you manifest things into reality? 
Didn’t you see the Barbie Jeep I rolled in on? For real, I have one….her name is BJ. 
 
Reality is a big thing for me. I understand every artist has an ego of sorts. I see some people in the scene with some REALLY BIG egos. I don’t ever want to take anything for granted, I don’t want to take people for granted, I don’t want to be a monster and treat people like shit. I believe in being firm…I don’t believe in being a dictator. I work with kids everyday. if you don’t humble yourself, they will humble you….and sometimes even if you humble yourself, they will still humble you. haha
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Where are you hoping to head next?
I am currently in the studio, looking to have a single drop for my project “Lex Rex and the Dragons” before November. I am also having an EP in the works as well as some videos happening. Super stoked for that. I am excited to just live in the process. 
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Currently listening to? 
I am absolutely a playlist kind of girl. I’ll rattle off some artists on my current playlist.
 
Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie, Frank Ocean, M.I.A., Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, Gorillaz, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rae Sremmurd, The Weeknd. 
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Some one or a quote that inspires you:
My dad is my biggest inspiration. He is arguably the reason I am a creative. He is a phenomenal Jazz musician. He still hustles teaching children and playing gigs. If i can be half the person my dad is, I’d be the happiest person. 
 
Both of my parents are my best friends. I literally and figuratively wouldn’t be here without their love and support. 
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What drew you to work with BethKaya? 
 
I love to work with passionate people. Beth is a passionate person. I am always supporting her endeavors and cheering her on via social media. It is so refreshing to see someone who makes quality art, who is also the most positive, supportive, and absolutely energetic person. I am also super inspired by her accomplishments thus far as well as her work ethic and drive. She is building an empire. HOMEGIRL is NOT MESSIN ROUND. #womancrush. 
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BethKaya Harmony Cards are In!

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Be sure to check out that TAB on my site brand new up in the navigation drop down on BethKaya Boutique! Tweaks all over!
If you find the cards in your order or purchase and post them on social media use hashtag #BethKayaHarmonyCards so I can see!

Harmony Card Project

Also this album tho –
I mean – I can’t say anything else, this is just, life right now!

Enjoy!

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It’s Snowing, So Ecto Lounge – Playlist Alert – DJBK

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Here is a little playlist to keep you warm and shuffling that stuff.

Also a heads up my Etsy Shop is LIVE once more. Customs are still closed but tons of inventory to dabble from! Check out the Shop Tab!

 

Enjoy :

 

 

BethKaya Returns to SOUPERGROOVE Music Festival!

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BethKaya-SupoerGroove-2015-5x7TICKETS & FULL LINE UP – DAY PASSES AVAILABLE!

http://soupergroove.com/

Join me once again crystal children for a special installment once again! Incredible music, family vibe and awakenings await! Special thank you to Turtle Soup, Dolla Jill, Priscilla Mahajan, Susan Drubinski, Shanna Szuba,  Connie Wiebe Nogas (Autumn Sun Originals) and Matthew Mayer!

Let’s Explore Some Space!

Love BethKaya

Singed Summer – Musical Love For Solstice Air By BethKaya

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Rose Quartz Point Wand From Brazil and Chive Flowers 💎🌿💐

Queue Olaf singing ” In suuuuummmmmeerrrr!”
You should know who Olaf is by now and if you don’t you cannot be helped!

Anywho Tis the season for the garden, the beach, later nights and slower mornings. Bare with me as I take a few more hours to respond to messages and also an extra day or two on order shipments. I try to enjoy the time with my little one and husband when we can. Life is so short. I’ve learned this one a few times over recently with the passing of two friends from back home.

Both of them had serious demons, addiction, depression… I mean we all have demons. Can’t we talk about that for a moment? We ALL have them.
We aren’t so different from one another. There are a LOT of healing modalities. I am a big proponent for alternative channels of healing, clearly.

You don’t have to be this guru with anything to do this either. A mandala coloring books is a great start but you know what really helps me almost all the time? Music.

So in honor Of Steve and KC – here is 11 Hours of Music – “SINGED SUMMER”

As compiled by me, BethKaya. See you in space kids. XOBK

CLICK HERE 

This lovely gentleman Mthakthi played last night at the Murray grove retreat center in Lanoka Harbor NJ. I’ve had the pleasure of setting up and hosting my work there the last few months. What a treasure this place is and this performance was. He has lived in South Africa for a long time and brings this arsenal of tribal instruments, gorgeous drums and thumb pianos. Lacing them with loop technology he sets up mystical african landscapes and fuzes them with folk rock. Incredible. I really needed it. I hope my local friends will join me next month! #world #music #tribal #mthakathi

This lovely gentleman Mthakthi played last night at the Murray grove retreat center in Lanoka Harbor NJ. I've had the pleasure of setting up and hosting my work there the last few months. What a treasure this place is and this performance was. He has lived in South Africa for a long time and brings this arsenal of tribal instruments, gorgeous drums and thumb pianos. Lacing them with loop technology he sets up mystical african landscapes and fuzes them with folk rock. Incredible. I really needed it. I hope my local friends will join me next month! #world #music #tribal #mthakathi
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Hold Up, Caturday Night! Playlist Time!

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Everything has been crazy hectic. Everyone I KNOW is going through turbulence. Sometimes when everything is a dang ass mess (one of my fav things to say these days) you need to crank up some tunes, make a lil cocktail and shake that azz like you don’t give a F&*K!

Enjoy – 11 Hours of Dance

 

“Stay Gold” First Aid Kit – Review By Meredeth Harvey

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Alright folkers this one’s for you.

First Aid Kits third full album, “Stay Gold”, is a folk filled, haunting journey that will leave you happily nostalgic.  This is their first album with Columbia Records and it shows a lot of potential.  It’s full of melodic harmonies, matter of fact lyrics and it has a 13 piece orchestra to boot.

Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg began composing at a very young age.  They released their first home recorded single “tangerine” and quickly began getting airplay in Sweden.  They were eventually noticed by Jack White who invited them to record a single in his studio which got the ball rolling for the American circuit.  They became friends with Conner Oberst who brought them on stage to collaborate with Bright Eyes which led them to Mike Mogis of Saddle Creek Records. He produced their second album “The Lions Roar” which hit the Billboard Charts but never got much recognition aside from the single “EmmyLou”.

Third album, “Stay Gold”, is an eclectic mix that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of sound.  There are a lot of parallels in with this album and the Bright Eyes album “First Day of My Life”.  It’s obvious that Oberst has influenced these sisters in all the right ways.  The album starts with “My silver lining” which is about moving forward and being empowered and it ends with “A long time ago” which makes you stop, hang your head, and relive heart break. This is the kind of album you blast with the windows down on a pretty day when you need to sing your guts out.

I’m not certain these girls have honed in on their own personal sound but I foresee good things for them in the folk market and as long as they continue to grow their sound I would imagine they will have a long and lucrative career.

You can catch them on tour in the U.S. this fall or at:

 http://www.thisisfirstaidkit.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfglZXexLvE