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Ariel Thiermann

mauic LYLBArielThiermannIt's a safe bet that Ariel Thiermann will have butterflies in her stomach when she takes the stage at Kuumbwa Jazz this Friday, and not because it will be her first major concert in four years. Thiermann says she always feels a great sense of anticipation and excitement before performing—she likes it that way.

It is all a part of the catharsis of singing. "Music is such a moving tool," Thiermann explains. "It has such an undeniable effect on our bodies, and our hearts, and our emotions." Thiermann grew up in a "very artistic" family. Her brother is a professional surfer and her mother is a professional children's folk singer, who regularly pulled Ariel out of school to accompany her on cross-country tours. She began singing at age 5 and started her own a cappella trio, Mayim, at 14. As she grew older, she began writing tunes like "Climb to You," a charmingly mysterious number where Thiermann channels Tori Amos, as an eastern rhythm propels the track forward, while her voice moves fluidly, from deeper registers into falsetto, then back again. Recently, while she was taking a break from gigging to work on a master's degree in psychology, Thiermann never abandoned her love of singing. Instead she incorporated it into her studies. She now works with individuals, couples and groups, conducting what is known as "expressive arts therapy." In her practice, called "Get Vocal," Thiermann encourages people to work through personal and interpersonal issues by singing and writing songs. Just as she breaks free of her butterflies before every performance, Thiermann has helped even hard-shelled individuals break free of their baggage with music. "It's a way to support people in any kind of growth they want in their life," Thiermann says. "Singing helps them clarify their purpose by tapping into themselves."


INFO: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $17/door. For tickets, call
421-9200.

 

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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