Swaha!'s Swaha! News


April 11, 2017

Staring, i wonder what people think, why, why do i care, why can’t i just ignore them all, i find myself assessing why they do what they do, why they say the things they say, why they’re friends with their friends. I assess their emotional stability, why they have to dress like be like, hate like, say like, everyone else, what is this need to band wagon everything, why can’t we all be completely crazy, wear exactly what we think, say what we want, talk like we want. Instead you like a shirt because everyone posts about it, you need these shoes because everyone has them. I want to be different, but im not, i want to be special, i want to be unique, but one in 7 billion, one in the US, one in Oregon, do you think i’ll get anywhere, cause to me it isn’t clear if i ever want to leave, or is the thought of escaping my own self the only reason i want to leave, i want to grow, and come back stronger than ever, i want to be greater, great, better. But every second i lose hope,...


March 25, 2017

I sat, on the edge of the railing, the cars passing by, i contemplated running to the middle of the way when no cars were passing, i contemplated having an emotional breakthrough, i contemplated having a melt down, a realization, a single tear, any emotion at all. Nothing. Every emotion was put on hold, all i felt was the song, the melody flying over and through me, i asked myself if i needed help. Yes. i do, more than anything, but when i open my mouth to ask, i feel throat get heavier, my eyes blur, i heat up and sink down to my core, when no words come out. No matter how many times i opened my mouth to speak, my heart caught on fire, the reactions and questions ran through my brain, my logical explanations suddenly left me all alone, wondering why i need to ask, why i need to say a word, asking why i need help, asking why i am the way i am, asking why i just cannot speak. I do not feel safe. I do not feel trusted or trustworthy. I do not feel i need to ask, because the second i...


March 20, 2017

Music is different than sound, music has the purpose that it craves, it contains rhythm, melody, and an everlasting live beat, continuously changing, it expresses the feelings of any person who has ever interpreted it, who has added to the lyrics, or the vocal expression of the interpretation, why change it so many times, why make it ever changing, diversity, we can’t listen to the same pattern, we have to recognize the expression, the slight change of beat, instrument, or lyric, can, and will change every aspect of the song, every aspect of its effect on the listeners, or readers. Listen, ignore the lyrics, close your eyes, is it more beautiful? Is it worth it to have written anything? Or is the music screaming the message across louder than anything the lyrics could say? Listen, interpret. Express.


March 20, 2017

Why, why do i like the things that i do, take pictures of things that i like, why do i look the way i look, i don’t know the answers, i feel i don’t know anything, but that’s what faith is for right? God, gods, books written 3,000 years ago, those stories that we memorize, the passages we are forced to think, and the way we beg or plead for life and death, for simplicity and a better life. How does anyone get by if they don’t believe in something bigger, if they don’t believe that something out there, close or far, is bigger than them, is bigger than life, is more intelligent and wise than anyone you’ll ever be. Everyday we look at everything, we face down, and look to our sides, but do we realize what’s there?, or what is passed the sky, space calls few, but those few, they see a whole new world, something much bigger than anything, but at the same time; it’s nothing. I pity the people who call celebrities ‘stars’ because, true stars, real, true stars,...

What Does Swaha! REALLY Mean?

March 2, 2017

Most translations of "Swaha" indicate it means "So Be It." And, at its simplest, that will suffice. But there are about as many different translations of every word out there as there are people, so I have learned that I must develop my own, personal relationship to words...especially the ones that I hold closest to my heart. And the word "Swaha!" lives just as close to my heart as Love, Gratitude, and Acceptance. And yes, it resides there permanently with its very own exclamation point. :)So to me, "Swaha!" stands for a vibration, a way of being, a FEELING. No, not a feeling, THE feeling we get when we have truly given our all to something, our love, our mind, our sweat, our tears, our sleepless nights and our deepest longing, and are ready to let it go so that it may become what it is to become with the help of something greater than us alone. It is a simultaneous release, surrender, and acknowledgement that there is more than meets the eye and that the very Creative...

a life of legacies;

February 23, 2017

Do you ‘have life’, is it something you can grasp, or something to learn, or something to live. When you sit in your “perfect” environment, do you think of it as perfect, do you laugh with your friends and think “this is the perfect moment”, does that make it irrelevant, and imperfect, a grey moment in your memory, a sad song, but, can you truly know that you feel happy, can you say it, can you smile it. Is happiness an illusion? A journey creates a legacy, people who made mistakes, big or small, life changing or death defying. Their mistakes aren’t what they leave behind, they leave memories that make the illusion of happiness, they leave a hero, a child, a loved one, to tell their journey. The picture of them leave their faces to tell stories, the memories you think of to a melody, or to a simple piece of writing. The little bits they leave behind, their legacy is the people they left a mark on, good or bad, we still feel something, anything, for them, with them,...

kendra carpenter; chapter two

February 16, 2017

lovely isn't it? in Portland it rains, but she's still excited, happy, and a bursting bubble of sunshine. Though music is her obsession; happiness is her calling, while several feel inspired whether they're a they, she, he or unknown to anyone, they're inspired. trust me. thought she is inspired most of the time, her being inspired, inspires you itself, confusing? no, because for one hour every other week, i get to talk about everything perfect in life, everything i love, and the moments that make me wanna scream; because not only is she living breathing music but she's listening, all the time, her thought whether not though out or thought out, are the perfect answer, never has she never listened, and created the perfect answer. Because that's what she does, she creates, she loses herself in music, but remains the brightest being in the room at all times. She's like the most educated music teacher ever while being the personification of the sweetest candy ever.

kendra Carpenter; chapter one

February 16, 2017

Did you ever watch that one disney movie, where the emotions come to life? Kendra Carpenter stands with a gleaming smile just like joy. Yoga pants, flowy shirts, and some sort of exotic tea in her hand she’s expressive more than ever, she can talk about inspiration for hours. She has no idea what ‘us kids are into these days’ but somehow she knows exactly what you’re feeling. She knows how to brighten up your day by pointing out the littlest different detail. Everytime she gets excited she has the tiniest little voice crack, like a mini squeal, but you don’t laugh it makes you smile even harder. She inspires everyone including little girls, she makes you feel like one little cool thing you do defines your entire personality,with a habit of singing her words she stands proud of her travels, proud to live in Portland, proud to be a singer, dancer,violinist,guitarist, cello player, and all around musical genius.

Swaha! Summer 2016 Offerings.

June 11, 2016

HAPPY SUMMER TO YOU ALL!!!I love love LOVE this warm, bright, beautiful, flip-flop-filled time of the year. I love hearing about all your upcoming vacations and planning my own. And before summer gets in full swing, I want to make sure you get some fun Musical offerings so you can keep Music alive all summer long.  My main goal in these summer sessions is that they are as convenient and fun as going to the pool, and that you leave wondering how you could ever live without Music in your daily life. :)So here you are...pick and choose the offerings that light you up, get you curious, and maybe even stretch you a bit...and email me your choices, and best days and times so we can get you on the calendar. I will be in Alaska July 18-31st, so other than that, I'm here and ready to play play play!Private Sessions (weekly)Choose 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes for your usual, personal, one-on-one music instruction, including technique, theory, improvisation, and songwriting on cello, piano,...

Swaha! Mission, Vision, Values and Culture

December 7, 2015

The mission of Swaha! is to offer individuals, families, teams, corporations, groups, and the world the possibility of experiencing and cultivating peace of mind, body and soul through music. The vision of Swaha! is that humans experience the power of their true own nature, the vastness of their infinite connection to others and their complete relationship to the entire cosmos. The guiding values of Swaha! are: - Oneness, wholeness - Love - Possibility - Clarity - Acceptance - Gratitude        - Peace The culture of Swaha! has these attributes: - Heart guided - Empowered        - Relaxed - Playful - Creative - Free Within Frameworks - Students of Music and Life - Everything is "figureoutable"        - Respectful        - Curious        - Safe        - Expansive