Dear Friends, Fans & Family....
News about upcoming events: We invite you to join us June 6 and 7 at Unity of Omaha for a weekend of musical endorphins (see Calendar for details). The rest of the summer we will mostly be in Colorado, except for the first 2 weeks of July when we head to Scotland for daughter Becky’s wedding. Please let us know if you have any personal recommendations about where to go, what to eat (forget the haggis) or what to listen to.
And, as spring turns to summer in the mountains, we are extending a special discount to all of you, to celebrate the fact that it has (almost) quit snowing and raining here. From now through June, we are offering 20% off all products on our website. Discount will be given automatically at checkout. Click here for our Music Store.
Why this surge of generosity? Because both JD and I are grateful for your continuing support of us and the music, and this is our way of saying thanks.
And also because I have a personal relationship with the 20% discount.
1. A word about shopping. I love it. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but there it is. For some reason I have been gifted with special angels who often lead me straight to lucky purchases and deep discounts. It’s the thrill of the Sale, and the giddy good fortune of being in the right place at the right time. (I’m sorry to say this talent does not extend to the stock market or horse racing.) Still, in general, just the thought of a 20% discount can pretty much make my day, whether I buy anything or not. This leads me directly to the subject of….
2. Birthdays: Both JD and I are May babies. For the most part we keep a fairly healthy sense of humor about it all, and we glide through our birthdays easily, maybe hosting a nice outdoor party with good friends, great food, and music. (I personally don’t find it essential to focus in too much on the actual number of years we are celebrating, because that can lead to anxiety and cognitive dissonance.)
Most people will report that on the inside they don’t really feel like they age. The one looking through our eyes, after all, is timeless and eternal. That is very comforting and sane to remember as time goes by. We know ourselves intimately from the inside out, and hopefully as we get older we naturally gravitate to more gratitude and appreciation for everyone and everything, and for the outrageous gift of simply being alive.
But there is the physical reality to contend with. On a good day I feel like I’m maybe 35, faster than a speeding bullet, still able to leap tall buildings with a single bound. But then by chance, I might catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, and I go What Happened?? Fortunately, Mother Nature, in her vast wisdom, makes us increasingly far-sighted as we get older, so that when we look closely what we mostly see is a friendly impressionistic blur, which is not all that daunting.
We have a good friend whose Aunt Audrey used to tell people she was 5 years older than she really was. They would invariably gush, “Omigod, you look amazing!”
Another way to deal with advancing birthdays is to play a simple mental trick on yourself. This is a harmless flip of perspectives, to lift your spirits and override cultural judgments. You simply give yourself a 20% discount. (You don’t need to advertise it. This can just be your own little private joke.) Here’s how it works: For example if you’re 50, you just subtract 10 years, which makes you instantly 40 in your own mind. Then for some ridiculous reason, you tend to ACT like a younger version of yourself, and you feel happier and more in tune with your aliveness, which is secretly amusing, and a gift you weren’t expecting. Happy birthday!
So please enjoy our 20% discount for the next month. And come see us in Omaha June 6 and 7 if you have a chance. Thanks, as always, for staying tuned.
Love from Jan & JD
Click here for details of these and all coming events
• June 6
Singing Workshop at Unity of Omaha
• June 7
Music & Message at Unity of Omaha
• July 4
Our daughter Becky is getting married. In Scotland! In a Castle!!
(JD will not be wearing a kilt.) Stay tuned for photos.
• August 30
Music & Message at Unity of Portland
• September 6
Music & Message at Unity of Kent