Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring updates 2018

April 2018
Happy SPRING!  I mean, I think it’s spring. I am actually sitting on our tour bus in Warrendale, PA looking at 3 inches of snow on the ground, so apparently, spring is taking its own sweet time getting to this part of the country! LoL

I’m in the middle of a 3 week East Coast tour with the amazing Christopher Cross and his fabulous band.  After this we go home for 4 days and then fly to Japan for our annual shows at Billboard Live in Osaka and Tokyo.  Although it’s a l-o-n-g flight to Japan, it’s always a super fun trip. I adore Japan and the Japanese people. It’s always a trip I look forward to! 

For all the info on where the CC gang will be playing this year, go to: www.christophercross.com/concerts  

Also, I’m starting to book some shows of my own to help promote my newest project, "Abba's Child" — Hopefully, I’ll be able to announce those soon. 
 If you haven't checked out "Abba's Child" yet, please give it a listen.  It's my first Faith-based project and I couldn't be more proud of it.  My husband, Mike Waldron did an amazing job producing this CD. It's got a wide range of musical styles, but he somehow managed to make it all work together!  (I married a genius!).  Lyrically, it's basically the story of my faith. Beginning with my early days in the church, losing my way a bit, and then coming back around.  Hopefully, you'll find something you can relate to in my journey and feel hopeful after you travel this road with me. It truly IS a story about HOPE -- which we all need a little more of these days!  :-) 
  



In other news: As many of you know, Reba McEntire has a double CD that was released on Feb. 3rd, 2017 and one of my songs, “God and My Girlfriends” is on it! (It is also on "Abba's Child" as well!) We were SO PLEASED that her CD, "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope" recently won a GRAMMY for "Best Roots/Gospel Album"!  GO REBA! 


I wrote “GAMG” with my friends Lisa Hentrich and Patricia Conroy and we immediately felt like it was perfect for Reba and pitched it to her.  Apparently she loved it too, because she quickly put it on “hold”.  Well…that was 8 years ago!   LoL   So yeah, Reba took her time, but in her own time (or maybe in God’s perfect time!), she finally recorded the song and did a beautiful job!  We are happy and very proud to have this song finally coming out!  Although the song isn't a "single" (yet, she hopefully types!), I have heard from many of you that it is getting a lot of radio airplay around the country, and there is a hashtag #GodAndMyGirlfriends, with women posting pictures and videos on social media with their girlfriends.  Some of them made me cry!  It’s so sweet ya'll!  Truly!  I love that the song is empowering women to bond together because THAT is a beautiful thing!  Ya'll go download the CD!  

Speaking of empowering women.... all you LADIES in the Nashville area, please mark your calendars for a special event that I'm co-hosting on May 20th!  We will be having our very first "God and My Girlfriends Gathering" and I'M SO EXCITED!  God recently planted a seed in my heart to start a women's event that would help encourage, inspire, and empower women - learning to lean on our friends and our faith to help us follow our dreams.  I reached out to a few of my friends recently and told them my vision.  They said, "LET'S DO IT!"... so we ARE!  I will be sending out ALL the details very soon, so keep an eye out on my social media!  But just so you can mark your calendars, here are the basics:

"God and My Girlfriends Gathering"
WHEN: Sunday, May 20th  from 4:00 - 6:00pm
WHERE: World Music Nashville 
             Bellevue Valley Plaza
             7069 US-70S, Nashville, TN 37221

We are getting a great line-up for this event, so I promise, you will NOT want to miss this!  I'M PUMPED!  :-) 


That’s about it for now.  I truly hope to see some of you at upcoming shows.  That is one great thing about doing so much travel is getting to run into old friends and meet new ones!  I am looking forward to an exciting 2018 for us all!

Ya'll be good to each other and check www.marciaramirez.com now and then for more updates!

Love, Peace and Blessings,





Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Book of Joy

I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face as I close the last chapter of this book. Seriously guys, I can't tell you how amazing this book is!  Author Douglas Abrams sits down with these two great spiritual leaders and over the course of a week he interviews them about life, love, happiness, sorrows... and JOY.  They talk about the obstacles to finding true joy. They also outline the eight pillars of joy-- four pillars of the mind and four pillars of the heart. You get pulled into sweet, intimate moments between these two friends who both are so truly grateful to get a whole week in each other's company. A rare and possibly last opportunity for them to sit side by side, laughing, loving and sharing wisdom. Wisdom hard-earned by lives full of oppression and injustice. 


I'll admit, I didn't know much about either of these great men before reading this book. I had no idea the hardships they both had gone through in their lives, and continue to deal with on many levels. The Dalai Lama still lives in exile. They both have limited choices in how they live their lives, where they go and who they can be with. 

"Their joy is clearly not easy or superficial but one burnished by the fire of adversity, oppression, and struggle." - "The Book of Joy"

To see them rise above their difficult journeys and choose to live their lives with open hearts and giving spirits is inspiring to say the least. If THEY can choose love over hate, forgiveness over grudges, acceptance over judgement, contentment over bitterness, then I pray I can too. 

One of the things that really struck me as I read their words, and became privy to the deep love and affection they have for one another, was how they didn't allow their differences become barriers in their relationship.   I recently heard a podcast with Glennon Doyle where she observed:

 "Group identity is leading our culture right now. This is our group and this is what we believe and you're either in or you're out. We have lost our value in diversity."

PREACH GIRL.  People truly put more value into "fitting in" these days than on working to become exactly who God created them to be. When we start idolizing certain people and wanting to become in their "tribe" so badly that we change who we are to be included, well THAT is where we really can get ourselves in deep trouble. 

But back to the book. When you find two spiritual leaders setting an example of love and inclusiveness, I think we all would be well served to sit up and lean in for a good listen. These men have both been through incredibly difficult days, yet they are shining examples of how to find joy and purpose in life, even in turbulent times. 

I have a feeling this will be one of those books I will read and re-read again and again. I hope you guys will put this on your "to-read" list. I think you will be changed from it. It truly touched me, inspired me and encouraged me on my walk towards godliness with contentment. Because you know, as the apostle Paul says in 1 Timothy: "godliness with contentment is great gain."  :-) 

Love you guys,
M

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Veganism, Instant Pot, Yoga, and Terra Greens



I have had a lot of questions this week about our journey into Vegan eating and the Instant Pot.... so I decided it was time for a "Friday Favorites" episode. Excuse the pj's and no makeup. It's a SNOW DAY PEOPLE! GRACE!! I had to be real y'all. :-)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Friday Favs with/Marcia Ep5

Hey friends!

I recently started doing a video each Friday on my Facebook page. I call it "Friday Favorites", and I share some of my personal favorite things that I'm loving these days. Other people chime in with their own "Friday Fav's" and it's been so cool to use social media as a tool to learn from one another rather than to argue about politics.  (Not that I would engage in that behavior.... lol).   Anyway, this is keeping me busy on a more positive note!

I decided to start sharing them here on my blog as well, for those of you who aren't connected with me on Facebook.  Please excuse the no-make up/pajama thing.  It was "pajama day" for me and NOTHING and NO ONE gets in the way of my pajama day!

I hope you guys are having a beautiful holiday season...

Lots of love,
M


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Roby Duke - Bridge Divine




I first heard this song about two months ago, sitting in my dressing room before one of the last Christopher Cross shows on our Australian tour.  My dear friend Andy Suzuki had been telling me about Roby's music for awhile, as Andy had had the privilege of doing some touring and recording with Roby back in the 90's. We were killing some time before a show and Andy brought this to me with some headphones and said, "Hey, check out this tune. I think you'll dig it."

The tears started flowing as soon as I heard the first line of this amazing song. I was immediately captured and captivated by Roby's soulful voice, haunting melody and rhythmic guitar playing.  When Andy's beautiful flute and saxophone playing entered the track it took it to a whole new level.  I was truly a sobbing mess by the end of the tune.  I read where another blogger described this song as "the perfect picture of the heart of a believer as they ponder their own passing and the fate of a lost world."  I couldn't agree with that description more. 

There is live video of Roby performing this song on Dec.23rd, 2007.  No one could have possibly known that he would be crossing the BRIDGE DIVINE only 3 days later.  Why God called this talented and beautiful soul home so early I won't know this side of heaven.  It seems so unfair. We need more Roby's in this world. But God never promised life would be "fair". And at least we have the legacy of Roby's music to help soothe us while we navigate our own journeys.

So sit down in front of some great sounding speakers, or put on a good pair of headphones. Close your eyes. Listen to this masterpiece. It SLAYS me.  I believe you will be blessed by it today too. 

Thank you Roby Duke.... you are a treasure.

Oh....... and thank you Andy Suzuki.  :-) 

BRIDGE DIVINE:
When the roll — is called up yonder
I believe — that I’ll be there
Though I am the same
With the same need as always

So they say — the soul is free to
Choose a path — to each his own
Living in the same world
Under the same pale moon
Together

CH:  And some change will do us all some good
It’s good for one to find
That there is no stairway to heaven
Only a bridge divine

They tell me change — change is needed
To keep the world — from growing old
And we all have the same dreams
For our children — as always

He hung the earth — up on nothing
Said to a storm — Peace Be Still
What more could we give them
Something that would keep them safe
Forever… and ever 

CHORUS

They tell me hearts — are torn asunder
By the pain of moving on
We’re riding on the same rails
Upon a train that’s bound for forever

I hope you know
You’re still my good friend
But when the saints go marching in
I would like to turn and — see your face

So be there…..

CHORUS