Switzerland Travel Happy Dance Edition to Monday Moving & Grooving

A few months ago I started writing about dance as an inspiration to healing from an accident.  Since then, I have shared a few Monday Moving & Grooving videos that make me want to dance, and I have slowly and carefully been returning to dance myself.  It’s been a great way to get me moving, improving my range of motion, and keeping myself in a positive head space.  I still have to be careful not to overdo it, and there is still no dipping (or pole dancing) for me.  And yes, it can still put me into pain, but it has been so positive for my psyche, and while I recover, dealing with pain is part and parcel to that.

So up until now, I have just been sharing the dances of others, but today I am changing that, as Switzerland with its healing nature inspired me to do a bit of moving and grooving of my own (with the help of Erica and the Roamancing Red Boot Stomp).

 

 

This trip, #SwissRoamancing, really reminded me how healing and therapeutic both dance and travel can be, especially for the psyche.  As a result, we are now calling the Roamancing Red Boot Stomp our Travel Happy Dance.

If you happen to have a Travel Happy Dance of your own, I’d love to see it, and if you share it online with the #TravelHappyDance hashtag, I will be sure to give it some social media love!

Kisses,

Emme xoxo

 

Happy Edition to Monday Moving & Grooving

The last few months as I’ve been recovering and trying to put the dance back in my step, I have begun to play with the underlying theme of happiness and what it means to me … in a good part thanks to Realwheels’ #WheelVoices Happiness Campaign.

On one level the answer to that question is simple for me.  Happiness is dancing!  On another level, as I have not always been able to dance the way I am use to these past few months, and still can’t in totality, I have been dissecting what happiness is beyond that, along with what makes me want to dance.  Certainly the music, but also freedom, love (in it’s many forms), creativity, adventure, hugs and kisses, magical moments (like that with the wild horses in Florida)  … to name a few!

 

Conga at Fighting Chance Production's 80's Prom.

Rob Jones, Lori Yearwood and Nina Kumar strutting up their happiness at Fighting Chance Production’s 80′s Prom!

 

For all those reasons and many more, this song, Happy by Pharrell Williams, made me smile and want to do exactly that … dance!

 

 

Even cooler, check out Pharrell Williams’ #24HoursOfHappy! Total awesomesauce!

Kisses,

Emme  xoxo

 

Strong Feelings for Doug Paisley

For those of you sexy cats that have been kind enough to have joined me on my journey these past few years, you’ll know that I have a passion for the indie arts scene, especially here at home in Canada.  And that I tend, when a musician touches my soul or makes me smile, to go on streaks of sharing their music.  But most of all I beam with pride and shout it to the world, when I happen to know one of those musicians that touches my soul or makes me smile.  Especially if I love and adore them as people. For a few of you that have been reading here or on Roamancing for awhile, you’ll be familiar with this quirk of mine with musicians such as Ross Neilsen, Chris Blake, and Jesse Roper. Some of you might even remember me writing about a fellow by the name of Doug Paisley.

 

Doug Paisley, Strong Feelings

 

It is Doug Paisley who I want to stand on the rooftops and shout about today! Have known and adored Doug since birth, but as often happens with childhood friends, you lose touch with what has become of each other.  When I finally rediscovered Doug, it was through his music, and I could hardly believe that this talent who sings with the likes of Lesley Feist, was my childhood friend who I always use to get into trouble with.

Then a couple of weeks ago, there was Doug on one of my favourite CBC Radio Shows, the Q with Jian Ghomeshi!  I was giddy with excitement, shouting out my pride to the dog, the cats, and anyone that would listen on my social media feeds!  Here is a clip from the Show:

 

 

Proud to share that Doug’s third album, Strong Feelings, was released this past week!

 

 

Can hardly wait to get my paws on it!  Or for the road trips that I am sure it will join me on, singing along with Doug as I drive!  Purring at the thought!

Kisses,

Emme    xoxo

Don’t Be Your Own Obstacle to Happiness!

We have recently been enjoying some clever interviews that are being collected on the OneStory App. Together with the Realwheels Theatre Group, they are running a campaign around the idea of ‘What Makes You Happy?’  They have set out to prove that happiness is a feeling universally sought out, yet what makes a person happy together with obstacles standing in the way, are what makes our identities unique.

The video we watched most recently, that has us feeling inspired is this one by Adam Snow, filmed by Deborah Esseltine. After you watch it you will understand the challenge we are about to lay down for you!

 

 

We would like to challenge you to brave something you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t yet because you’re afraid of ‘getting your feet wet.’  In fact, why not start with this campaign and accept our challenge to put yourself on video to add your story to the collection! Open up about your passions and what gets in the way. We dare you to! Our own conspirator, Erica Hargreave, did and even rocked it in her PJs!

Visit the What Makes You Happy Campaign Page to view the growing vault of interviews.  From here you can easily add your own, but you can also interview your friends on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch using the OneStory App. Instructions to get you started, if you need them, are here on the Ahimsa Media site.

Make us proud, make YOURSELF proud! Share your stories and your accomplishments, and follow along with others using #WheelVoices and #DisabilityArts.

 

Play Along With Our #musiclove2ear Campaign!

Everyone has music they love to listen to, a song that gets stuck in your head, or a personal theme song fueling their actions.  Let’s share them and get the world singing along!

For me, it’s the singing along part that poses a problem.  I am an absolute sucker for songs with brilliant harmony. I could listen to them over and over and they often move me to tears, but mostly I’m blown away by people’s ability to do it.  I can’t even join in a harmonized version of Happy Birthday! To the people who are able to rearrange songs and make them sound completely new and incredible … you are truly blessed! This couple’s audition for the X-Factor hands down nails it all.  Not only are they the hands down cutest couple who are madly in love, but they bust out a super sultry slowed down uber harmonized song.  They are my current heroes and my #musiclove2ear.

 

 

In an effort to try and help myself improve, I found these two guys trying to give a lesson on how to sing harmony.  There were many other videos of very professional people trying to teach me with piano keys and fancy octave words, but these guys hit my ability level on the mark.  I think they sound more like I do too and that cracks me up, but actually gives me something to work with!

 

 

Join in with us on your feeds with the hashtag #musiclove2ear and share your music mojo.