anitalorrainemoore

Musician devoted to Justice, Creativity, and Courage


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TuesDayNewsDay Vol.2 Issue 12, September 3, 2019

TuesDayNewsDay Vol.2 Issue 12, September 3, 2019

#WeeklySongSeries video tonight 7-9 – Live from Imbibe in Chapel Hill, NC – Songwriters Night hosted by Neville’s Quarter with Tim Smith!

Dedication: Today is for my brother Skippo and for my adopted Alexander family who all miss him every day.

Quote: “I wish that I knew what I know now… when I was younger.” – Oh La La , by The Faces

Song: Oh La La , by The Faces https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELQOnEgzt-I

Dear Humans,

Today is my adopted brother Skip’s birthday; he would have been 43. It’s a sacred day for me. The quote and song today are from his favorite movie, Rushmore. Skip passed into the next life in June, 2013. I think of him every day. I miss him. He called me Stinkie. He introduced me to Twin Peaks, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and J.R.R. Tolkien. He was the ultimate nerd. I called him whenever I couldn’t remember a movie title. He taught me about tequila and bananas. He and I were the owls of our clan. He hated limes. He loved sushi, specifically yellow tail. He taught me about the atmosphere squiggles at the horizon sitting in the driveway one night staring at the stars. We wrestled and I never won. We played online Scrabble while I was away at college and I never won. He wasn’t the kind of guy to let you win just because he loved you. He was the smartest and most interesting person I’ve ever known. He was obsessed with and baffled by love. I looked up to him. He always protected me and stood up for me. He will always be with me and looks after me to this day. Today is dedicated to him. I’ll be singing for him tonight.

Miss you Skippo.

Much love everyone – be sure you always tell your people you love them – you never know what they’re going through and it sucks to feel alone.

Tune in tonight 7-9 for the livestream.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES 

  • TONIGHT: Songwriters Night @ Imbibe in Chapel Hill w/Tim Smith! September 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • EMCEE Blue Bear Fest in Todd, NC (outside of Boone) September 6, 2019 – September 7, 2019
  • Opening for Rickolus @ The Cave! September 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
  • JByrd’s Tribute Show by the GiddyUp Cowgirls @ The Kraken September 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • 12-1pm Furry Friends Show September 14, 2019 at 12-1 pm
  • 6pm – Carrboro Music Festival w/the band! Bruce Horvath (guitar and mandolin) & Robert Cantrell (drum badassery) – Steel String Brewery in Carrboro!

This week in pictures:

Skippo and his mischievous smile. ❤


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TuesDayNewsDay Vol.2 Issue 11, August 27, 2019

TuesDayNewsDay Vol.2 Issue 11, August 27, 2019

#WeeklySongSeries video tonight!

Quote: “Man is not essentially a rational being, merely one capable of rationality.” – Reuven Bar-Levav (psychologist I quoted in my Critical Thinking class this week.)

Song: “Urge For Going” by Joni Mitchell …I’m rushing in the Autumn https://youtu.be/Z3EofN3Flag

Dear Humans,

Last week, teaching three classes began for the Fall semester at Alamance Community College and I began working with Democracy Matters for the 10th year! Needless to say, by the end of the day on Tuesday, I felt not like making videos or writing at all. This week I’m getting into the swing of things, but not without the sacrifices of health – all of which I am noticing and bringing into perspective and priority. Tomorrow I will be going into the studio for a few hours and will start going to at least one yoga class a week. If that sticks, I’ll hopefully get into some sort of self-care regime where I can do all the things I love: music, teaching, organizing, tarot, sewing, walking, and now healing this ankle without creating tired eye twitches and light-headed weakness… I actually love this healing ankle thing, although, like a dear friend stated so clearly, “Non-linear healing can be very frustrating.” Remembering ice, rest, elevation and getting enough sleep are key to doing all these things. Physical therapy and counseling and Al-Anon are all up in that mix and now that the semester has begun, RECORDING is going to be happening less (when I can fit it in). ..that makes me sad.

Tonight, I will be making the Tuesday video song the Joni Mitchell song of the week. It’s been careening through my mind since the wind blew so noticeably through the trees two days ago. Perhaps my desire for the seasons to change is permeating through my perpetual inner song reel… The humidity has dropped and I couldn’t be more thankful.

Soak it up y’all. Also, wish me luck, I’m learning an amazing couple of Jonathan Byrd covers for the Cowgirl show in a few weeks. I’m so excited, his guitar skills are stretching my skills pretty far! Challenges!!

Much love everyone, tune in tonight at 9pm. ❤

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES 

  • Songwriters Night @ Imbibe in Chapel Hill w/Tim Smith! September 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • EMCEE Blue Bear Fest in Todd, NC (outside of Boone) September 6, 2019 – September 7, 2019
  • Opening for Rickolus @ The Cave! September 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
  • JByrd’s Tribute Show by the GiddyUp Cowgirls @ The Kraken September 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • 11am-12pm Furry Friends Show September 14, 2019 at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • 6pm – Carrboro Music Festival w/the band! Bruce Horvath, Robert Cantrell, and Mark Simonsen – Steel String Brewery in Carrboro!

This week in pictures:


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The Perfect Breeze into the Season to Come

In my waking, I did the usual things

The human things

The coffee things

The animal things

The candle things

The medicine things

The dressing things

The makeup things

The breakfast things…

Upon going outside these things drift away with that magnificent breeze. Just as last night, with those righteous cicadas, the hum drum fades into the recesses of my brain. Something else takes over.

Leaves kissing each other. Promises of Autumn. Sun resting on the green, effortless in his urging to get us going.

“I get the urge for going” Joni said, in my streaming mind of song. Until the geese begin to fly Southward, I wonder just how long…


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TuesDay NewsDay Vol. 2 Issue 10, August 6, 2019

TuesDay NewsDay Vol. 2 Issue 10, August 6, 2019

#WeeklySongSeries video:
Facebook Weekly Song Series Video!

Quote: Heaven is appreciation of what we realize we could’ve lost, but didn’t.

I said this the other day in reverence to the fact that I was walking again – hadn’t gone for a walk in 10 weeks, since May 16th. A real walk. It truly is magnificent and sacred to walk again. I’ve learned so many lessons through the healing of my ankle since this surgery. Namely, how active I really am and how hard it is to ask for help. Embracing both and getting out there again! I never really did sit that still… but now I have to learn how to cook for myself again. Falling out of that habit needs to be remedied! (Maybe I’ll get a multi-pot of my own!)

Song: Catch the Wind – Donovan Catch the Wind by Donovan
How it feels to be the wind.

Dedication: This installment is dedicated to all of the amazing humans who’ve supported my music over the past few months while I make Tuesday videos of the songs on my album! Thank you to Ransom, Bruce, Christine, Robert, the Tuesday night jazz crew, Jeff, Cindy, Austin, Andy, Crystal, Tim, Spencer, Eric, and Mark!

Dear Humans, Well, I’m sitting here above the Haw River in my favorite spot at Cup 22 coffee shop. It’s been quite some time since I have written a newsletter! So much has happened since May 29th! So many shows, events, happenings, and opportunities! There is so much, I am so grateful for all I’ve been able to accomplish and do while this healing journey has been going on! (Still healing, but moving with much less pain, more discomfort than anything.) Busy beaver status is as follows:

  • May 16th surgery
  • Last full newsletter May 29th
  • Weekly Al-Anon and Sponsor meetings
  • I celebrated 1 year of my name change, Anita Lorraine MOORE in the house!
  • I taught a Summer course with ACC – it was an online course, I had 27 students and most of them did very well
  • At Otter and Elk, the new gift/general sundries store in Saxapahaw, I’ve been doing two-hour tarot reading sessions, even doing couples readings!
    Sewing has come into my life as a way to also earn money for the album! I’ve been hemming curtains, pants, dresses, making pillow shams… the list is ever growing!
    The Tuesday #SurrenderingToTheSacred weekly video series has come to an end and I am going to be compiling all of them and putting them together on YouTube, hopefully, a little video concert!
    Recording in the studio with Mark has transformed my attitude about recording. While we have had to work around our schedules, the songs we’ve finished so far are absolutely magical. I’ve added three-part harmonies to several songs; we’ve added some la la las and oooos to some. There are some haunting sounds, some happy, some ethereal and some heartbreaking sounds coming out of our work together. I had no idea the potential for my songs and will take this into consideration in my future (and current) song writing.
  • We’ve reached over half-way to the fundraising goal! Check out the fundraiser here, where you can read the story about how Surrendering To The Sacred came to be born:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/anitalorrainemooresacredalbumrecording

      • I truly can’t thank all of you enough for your generous donations and your support of this amazing project. When this album is finished, I can’t wait to share it with you!
  • Physical therapy has been an ongoing, weekly endeavor after the doctor okayed my healing process. Brad and Margaret at Kernodle Clinic in Burlington (in fact, the whole crew over there of physical therapists) have been wonderful and I enjoy going. The process of working an ankle after micro fracture surgery has been fascinating.
  • We moved! Next door! My roommate and I moved to the house next door in Saxapahaw and are super happy with the new set-up. Pepita the cat likes it too!
  • Counseling sessions have been few and far between since my therapist has been on vacation. Luckily she’s back and I am grateful to have been able to go see her last week. Living life is better for me knowing I have someone objective and confidential I can speak with about what’s going on in my life, heart, and mind. I think everyone should have a counselor. Mental health is the most important thing in our lives aside from our physical health. Through my therapy, I have learned to prioritize my self-care and to exercise boundaries in a healthy and honoring way with myself and with others. I have also learned that I have come a long way and with the help of the Sacred Spirit within me, resilience and that it is good to feel proud of my accomplishments (when I can remember them.) *yay*
  • This fall, I will be officiating at least one, if not two weddings. I LOVE marrying people. When a dear friend asked me to become an officiant to marry him and his wife, I was reluctant, mostly because of my tenuous relationship with “God”. Now, I am filled with gratitude to have agreed to his request. The Sacredness of Union is so beautiful. I’m honored to be a part of people’s matrimony, it’s a priceless joy to me.
  • Next week, I start my 10th year with Democracy Matters. I’ll have 14-15 interns to train in professional rabble-rousing on their campuses. This year I will be working with students at SUNY Purchase, Univ Georgia Athens, North Carolina Central University, University of Florida – Gainesville, Guilford College, NC State, New College of Florida, Gettysburg College, George Washington University, Roanoke College, Simmons University, and Ramapo College.
  • The following week, I begin teaching my 3rd semester at Alamance Community College teaching Critical Thinking. I will have up to four classes (depending on which ones fill up).
  • Next week I go for my 12th week checkup with the doctor to check on my ankle! I’m looking forward to checking in and showing him how far I’ve come and to see if I’m on the right track. I still can’t jump or take off running or kick (no swimming) or do all the yoga poses… My range of motion has greatly improved, but it’s not yet at 100%. SOON!!

So that’s it for the crazy updates! I look forward to writing and sharing with y’all on Tuesdays again! Upcoming shows are listed below!

  • August 18th – Opening for Paperhand Puppet Theatre! – 6:10pm @ Forest Theater, Chapel Hill
  • Songwriter Showcase w/Tim Smith @ Imbibe, Chapel Hill, NC
  • EmCeeing Blue Bear Music Festival, Todd, NC
  • September 10th – Opening for Rickolus (all the way from sunny Jacksonville, Florida touring with his new album “Archways”!) – @ The Cave, Chapel Hill
  • September 14th – Playing for the Furry Friends Benefit (details TBA)

LOVE YALL

#LivingQueryOfTheWeek – Have you read any of Toni Morrison’s books?


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“Darlene” – final song release tonight ♥️

“Darlene” (link to FB video here)~ last (15th) song on my upcoming album: #SurrenderingToTheSacred ~ This one is the most difficult to sing, but necessary for my growth and for this album to be complete. I thank my grandparents for being my safety when there was none elsewhere. I thank my sister for her brave soul. I thank the Sacred Spirit within me for shining when nothing else was lit.

Please consider donating to my album, 5% of all donations go to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country.)

To donate, visit:

gofundme.com/anitalorrainemooresacredalbumrecording

#WeeklySongSeries

Thank you ALL for your support of this music, it means the world to me.

$40 = 1 hour in the studio! $5 = gas back and forth to the studio! It all helps!

Drink water, be peaceful, be grateful.

Lucky timing today. 11:11

My amazing grandparents at lunch yesterday. I am so thankful for them, in so many countless and deep ways.

Me as a small-sized.

Learning to fly.

Embracing my inner/outer goddess. Artwork by world-renowned body painters, Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco. ♥️


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Forgotten to Remember: A Poem at Dusk

I have forgotten to tell you my name
You may have seen me through the window
The shop windows after the shop has closed
dreaming of outside from where you’re looking in
the dreams of my childhood are kept in the back
behind a secret latch,
a secret doorway
Through which would I let wrong ones in and keep right ones out

There’s an old man playing a pedal steel to the sound of my tears
There’s a farmer growing the crops with the wetness of my tears
There’s a child painting the forest chasms of my green eyes with my tears
There’s a sleeping ancestor dreaming of waking in the caves dripping with my tears

I have forgotten to remember my name before I was me
You may have searched the stars for to understand my longing
Coming in from the cold, I wrap inside my soft sweater, stoke the fire within, and capture the memories of smoke in my hair