Susan’s Playlist March 31-April 5, 2014 ~ Brave

brave india arieThanks to everyone who danced Brave with me this week (literally or through our cyber connection).  This is a routine that I’ve been getting ready to teach for years.  As India Arie sings, “This is a true confession / of a life learned lesson / I was sent here to share with y’all.”   It has been a scary joy to share it this week.

One of the gifts I’ve received from this routine has been hanging out with this music.  Every song was carefully chosen for its energy and its poetry and every one is about standing up for ourselves and for each other.  After listening to it for two months, I feel like I’ve got 14 friends in my head reminding me that I am worthy and beautiful and amazing.  So here is the playlist.  Go download it and see how it feels to let this music soak into you.


Video – 4:10 – India.Arie
Beautiful (Radio Mix) – 3:54 – Audio Adrenaline
Shame (Feat. Eve And The A Group) – 3:34 – Jill Scott
Just the Way You Are – 3:41 – Bruno Mars
May all Beings – 6:27 – EarthRise SoundSystem (omitted Weds 4/2 for shorter class)
Complicated – 4:07 – Yonder Mountain String Band
Born This Way – 4:20 – Lady Gaga
Shake It (Feat. Lady Saw) (Wizzigrime Dancehall Remix – 4:16 – Michael Franti & Spearhead
Cirrus – 5:49 – Bonobo
Brave – 3:40 – Sara Bareilles
Terrapin – 4:31 – Bonobo
Let It Go – Africanized Cover (feat. One Voice Childrens Choir) – 3:01 – Alex Boyé
Winter – 5:43 – Tori Amos
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla – 3:19  Pedro Aznar

Even if you don’t have the time or inclination to get the whole playlist, below are some selected lyrics to zing your strings. Check them out and let them in.

Some other potentially string-zinging things:
–          Bev Wann is offering her powerful good Movement & Meditation class in a five-session series at acac downtown on Thursday evenings 7-815pm starting on April 10.  I recommend this work highly – it has made a difference in my life.  You can register or get more information at acac member services or by calling 434.984.3800.
–          Nia Blue Belt, Jennifer Myer is playing in a grand performance of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, April 6 at 3pm at the University of Richmond.  Admission is free.  You can get more information here.
–          If you haven’t seen the video of Sara Bareillis’ Brave, the title track of our routine, it’s worth a watch and this behind the scenes vid is pretty cool, too.
–         One of the bravest things I’ve done lately is send my writing to broader sites for publication. I felt a little naked when this one came out — for good reason, I guess. To see my article that was published on Elephant Journal this week, click here. 

Finally, if you’re interested in more information about Nia, and want to learn more about this rich system of learning,   everything Nia is at…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice?  Check out the Nia White Belt Training.  There is one coming up in Richmond the week of May 17 and lots of other places, too.

Okay okay, enough, Susan.  Here are some lyrics!

Dance on.  Shine on.
Susan sig

From Video by India.Arie

I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally,
Because I am a queen

When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it’s suppose to be
And I know my creator didn’t make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my Lips, my eyes, I’m loving what I see

From Beautiful by Audio Adrenaline

Just the sound of Your name is a beautiful thing
And I love You, I love You, I love You

From Shame by Jill Scott

It’s a shame!
You’re missin’ out on me.
And it’s a shame.
You don’t even know my name.

From Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

I know, I know
When I compliment her she won’t believe me
And it’s so, it’s so
Sad to think that she don’t see what I see

If perfect’s what you’re searching for
Then just stay the same
So don’t even bother asking if you look okay
You know I’ll say,

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are

From Complicated by Yonder Mountain String Band

It’s a frame of mind
It’s a surfacing you notice
from the corner of your eye
You can see for miles
With an inner light that’s guiding you home

From Born This Way by Lady Gaga

I’m beautiful in my way,
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret,
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

From Shake It by Michael Franti & Spearhead

You got a little broken nail, hair outta place, a little bit of extra middle right around the waist.
But all of them things I never ever hesitate, because the thing about you baby is the smile on your face.

From Brave by Sarah Bareillis

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up

Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

From Let It Go by Alex Boye

Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand in the light of day
Let the storm rage on

From Winter by Tori Amos

When you gonna make up your mind
When you gonna love you as much as I do
When you gonna make up your mind
Cause things are gonna change so fast
All the white horses have gone ahead
I tell you that I’ll always want you near
You say that things change
My dear

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