HERE Single Release

HERE by Kela Parker   I wrote “Here” a few years ago, sitting on my roof watching the stars at night. Last August I recorded the song at Destination: Universe!, and then I had to dig into my thesis semester of grad school, so along with many other songs, it got set aside for a …

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Spring Things

**I wrote this post a few years ago, and reposted it for this spring.** Last year I decided I was finally going to learn how to grow a proper vegetable garden. I’m not new to either vegetables or to gardening—in fact, in my daily life I could be mistaken as somewhat of a “plant expert” …

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Learning How To Love Yourself No Matter What

A few years ago I wrote and recorded a song called “Wealth of Heart,” which was new territory for me both in songwriting and production. At the time I wrote it, I was in the midst of a songwriting cycle about some darker themes related to history, culture, and the “past” in general—and then one …

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The Yoga of Music: Making the Soup

Like most people, each day when I wake up, I charge into a stream of mental activity. No matter what’s happening, my mind is constantly working—strategizing, planning, coming up with solutions to problems, inventing new problems, rehearsing previous solutions. Often called “monkey mind” by meditation teachers, my monkey seems to want to lift weights, fly a …

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I found this rad photo lying on the street many years ago, and it's hung on the wall in every apartment or house I've lived in since.

MODERATION ITSELF: Coffee

Recently, against the comfort of routine, convenience, and a deep and abiding love of the bitter flavor, I finally listened to my body and took coffee out of my routine. I always knew I was sensitive to caffeine, but various work environments (including having lived and worked within walking distance from Stumptown Coffee for many years), meant I …

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Outsiders In: Can Portland Be Nicer To Its Newcomers?

  (The video above is a tune I wrote about Portland last year, “Song to my City.”)   Being both a long-time Portlander and a California transplant, I have mixed feelings about the rapidity with which Portland has been growing–especially over this past year. On one hand, I’m saddened that the Rose City’s sudden popularity has led …

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DEAR JONI

It is an understatement to say that I am a lifelong fan. Maybe devotee, reverent student. At twelve years old, I discovered “Blue” and “Song to a Seagull” in my mom’s box of old records, and ever since Joni Mitchell has been like a family member to me, the High Priestess presiding over my dawning musicianship …

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