If you missed Taja on SiriusXM Radio, catch the archive of her interview on Chris Cuomo’s show on SiriusXM! She is promoting her new book “From The Root”, and discussing with Chris ways to bring our world into balance and heal from the root! Tune in to learn how we can recapture and reallocate trillions of dollars of wasted capital, and more!
New Release! Taja’s new single, I’m Still Here, is from her forthcoming full-length CD.
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QZB2I8Zyw4
“I wrote this song about my Father, who has dementia. In this song, I seek to give a voice to his experience. It is meant to convey what it is like from the perspective of having one’s memory and brain functions decline bit by bit, and how difficult and heartbreaking it is…
I intentionally wrote the 2nd verse in French to give listeners who do not speak French an idea of what it’s like to hear words and not be able to respond to them the way you want to—or perhaps not even understand them any longer.
The producer of my first and second CDs when I was first signed to Prince, Chico Bennett, played the bass and drums, produced, mixed, and mastered the song. Another brilliant string player, Kiara Ana played the violin and viola on this song, with some foundational strings parts and embellishments, and she also performed solo parts within the song. Grammy winning producer, D-Moet, whom I have worked with extensively through the years, co-produced my vocal parts with me and contributed to the mastering of the YouTube version. Dylan Kilbride is featured playing the violin in a specially crafted Reprise and flourishes within the song. In the full-length CD version, Dylan is also featured playing a violin solo in a special prelude.
It has been heartbreaking to watch my Father slip into another world. I hope this song brings a sense of dedication, love, and legacy to him, as well as a better understanding for others who may gain some insight into the terrifying and heart wrenching experience of dementia, alzheimer’s and other forms of loss. Dedicated to my Father, his Brothers, my Grandfather, and to Jan Spoerri, Gary LeMel (Jazz singer and former head of the soundtrack division of Warner Brothers Pictures) , the Legendary Tony Bennett, Beverly Goodman (Nile Rodgers’ Mother), Sid Dauman, and anyone who has suffered loss of any kind, especially during the challenges of 2020, during which so many have lost businesses, and their lives as they once knew them…”
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I’m Still Here
Written by Margie Hauser and Taja Sevelle ©2020
He said, “I’m still here…please don’t forget me.
These days I just can’t get my words out, the right way, the way I hear them inside of me…
And trying to tell my feelings is like piecing puzzles in the wind…
Days of strangers, and all the things I knew have changed,
one by one they fade away, and time has come undone
just like the fallen leaves, from trees,
my life rides with the breeze…(but I’m Still Here)
il a dit “je suis toujours là, S’il te plait ne m’oublie pas.
Ces jours-ci, je ne peux juste pas sortir mes mots De la bonne manière,
De la façon dont je les entends à l’intérieur de moi
En essayant de dire mes sentiments c’est comme faire des puzzles dans le vent… ‘
Days of strangers, and all the things I knew have changed,
one by one they fade away, and time has come undone
just like the brand new leaves, on trees,
I’m Still Here in the breeze…Don’t forget me”
All vocals: Taja Sevelle / Piano: Margie Hauser / Bass: Chico Bennett / Drums: Chico Bennett
Violin and viola performances: Kiara Ana
Introducing additional solo violin performances: Dylan Kilbride
Executive Producer: Taja Sevelle / Associate Producer: Margie Hauser
Producer: Chico Bennett Vocal Producer: Taja Sevelle and D-Moet
Online Store Versions Mastered by: Chico Bennett
YouTube Version Mastered by: Chico Bennett and D-Moet
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The Fox 2 News/Urban Farming Garden was first installed by Urban Farming in 2006, and since then, it has produced approximately 5 tons of food for Forgotten Harvest and Gleaners, food assistance programs. The Fox 2 News family has been generous and kind to Urban Farming, helping us to spread our messages of the Urban Farming Healthy Principles, events, and food donations.
This interview covers the topics of the importance of Growing Your Own Food, the critical need for Healthy Communication in our world right now, as well as my book, From The Root, A Memoir and Philosophy for Balance in Our World, and my contribution of a private lunch with Prince in Erica Heller’s new book, One Last Lunch (Abrams Books). Watch Now
Photo Credit: Teun Voeten, Wardrobe: Ralph Lauren, Location: Largest Urban Farming Community Garden in Detroit, in the Fall.
Max and Friends: This interview which occurs during the second half of Max Tucci’s, “Max and Friends,” is an upbeat, fun interview that delves into what Taja Sevelle has been doing with Urban Farming during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping families to grow their own food, as well as Taja’s advice for keeping our heads up during this time.
Max Tucci graciously donated, live on-air, to Urban Farming during the interview, to kick-off a fundraiser to help more families grow their own food! Thank you Max! Taja and Max also discuss Taja’s new music and her contribution of a lunch with Prince, in Erica Heller’s One Last Lunch (Abrams books). Listen Now
Taja and her husband, Les at a PRN Alumni Foundation Fundraiser Event, after Taja spoke about Prince and his philanthropic work. Capri Theater, Minneapolis, MN.
Check out Florence Fabricant’s NEW YORK TIMES review of One Last Lunch, by Erica Heller. Author and recording artist, Taja Sevelle has contributed a moving piece about a lunch with the iconic music artist, Prince, in Erica Heller’s One Last Lunch.
“One Last Lunch is a powerful, surprise-filled read that is as charming and funny as it is moving.” —Helen Mirren
Taja Sevelle’s lunch with Prince takes place in the Beverly Hills Hotel in California, and gives the reader a window into a heartwarming relationship between the two close friends.
Charming and uplifting, the fabled lunch is peppered with Taja’s selections of real-life shared moments with Prince, revealing humor, social awareness, and of course, menu proclivities.
One Last Lunch: A Final Meal with Those Who Meant So Much to Us (Abrams Press; May 12, 2020; U.S $25.00; Hardcover.) Available also on Amazon:
Who wouldn’t love the opportunity to sit down, break bread, and just talk? Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to ask those unasked questions, or share those unvoiced feelings? In One Last Lunch, Heller, an acclaimed memoirist herself, has asked friends and family of authors, artists, musicians, comedians, actors, and others, to recount one such fantastic repast. Kirk Douglas asks his father what he thought of him becoming an actor. Taja Sevelle asks Prince piercing questions. Sara Moulton dines with her friend Julia Child. Richard Lewis has lunch with Jonathan Winters. These richly imagined stories are endlessly revealing, about the subject, the writer, the passage of time, regret, gratitude, and the power of enduring love.
Conversations in the book include:
- Daniel Bellow (son) and Saul Bellow
- Carinthia West (friend, collaborator) and David Bowie
- Lee Clow (collaborator, friend) and Steve Jobs
- Elizabeth Mailer (daughter) and Norman Mailer
- Taja Sevelle (protégé, close friend) and Prince
- Rain Pryor (daughter) and Richard Pryor
- Cameron West (acquaintance) and Robin Williams
- Richard Lewis (close comedy pal) and Jonathan Winters
- Erica Heller (daughter) and Joseph Heller (Author of Catch 22.)
About the Author
Erica Heller is the author of the memoir Yossarian Slept Here; a novel, Splinters; and 300 Ways to Say No to a Man, a humor book illustrated by Seymour Chwast. She has contributed to the New York Observer, Huffington Post, and other publications.
Taja Sevelle is the founder of Urban Farming www.urbanfarming.org and the organization is working hard to empower people to grow their own food. During this difficult time, food has become the number one priority for many families. This year, in lieu of their annual events, workshops, and activities, Urban Farming has found creative ways to continue to provide necessary gardening resources to individuals and families.
Urban Farming has already sent out 2,000 packs of seeds to 500 families so that they may grow their own food. The organization has also sent out 1,500 educational handouts to 500 families and individuals, and 30 copies of the Urban Farming gardening book Digging It. In the next month, Urban Farming will provide 1,200 more packs of seeds and 5,000 vegetable plants to help 600 additional families, as well as 1,800 educational handouts, gardening tools and resources for community residents, and funding for community gardens in Detroit and Los Angeles.
Urban Farming has been empowering individuals and families to grow their own food since 2005, and the organization also helps to support numerous community gardens. There are over 66,000 gardens around the world that are a part of the Urban Farming Global Food Chain®.
If you wish to contribute to Urban Farming to help them provide more seeds, plants, and gardening resources to empower families to grow their own food supply, please visit: https://www.urbanfarming.org/donate.html
I have encountered both positive and negative people in the contexts of my creativity and projects. I do my best to divorce myself from negativity and drama. Sometimes it is not easy. But I persistently draw boundaries with the spirit of love and forgiveness. I’ve learned that it’s helpful to determine whether my beliefs, or the beliefs of others, are coming from a place of fear or of love.
When the chips are down and the goal is big, it is imperative to stay away from fear-based influences. Allowing a “hater” or a naysayer around you can result in the destruction of a dream. Buzz kills, joy kills, and dream killers are all products of fear-based thinking. Many people who carry these attributes have sadness and pain within themselves. Perhaps their dreams didn’t pan out, or the thought of someone else’s success evokes jealousy. Keep a clear perspective of your own inner greatness and of the inner greatness that each of us carries.
If you notice that you have created a group of people around you that frames things always with the “glass half empty,” do your best to create a different group of people around you who focus on the “glass half full.” And it’s not just groups that are in your immediate circle- there are entire cities that have been cited as “unhappy cities.” Those cities can be fraught with imbalance, which reaps pain, struggle, anger, and…naysayers.
Sometimes, we can become our own naysayer. The old saying “Misery loves company” provides insight into this condition. Complaining about problems with friends or fellow downers is a recipe for continued problems.
For more on this subject, check out my new book available on Amazon–From The Root, A Memoir and A Philosophy for Balance in Our World, pp 70.
I hope this helps!
My goal is to contribute to #HealingOurWorldFromTheRoot
Join us! Do what you can today to nurture yourself and to nurture others. A smile, a kind word, keep your thoughts in an uplifted place, eat well today, do some stretching and something to work out your body…all of these things each day really help to Heal Our World From The Root!
When I consider all the brutal and graceful incidents that have created the overall story of humankind, I cannot ignore the effect all that brutality has had on our collective emotional state. These roots have led us to have many unhealthy, inaccurate thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and one another. Just like plants that can develop what is called “root rot” (which kills the plant), we can create the same condition for ourselves and our societies. Unhealthy thought processes are bred on any ground where we are not showing love to ourselves and others. Incidentally, Prince’s charity was called Love 4 One Another. He knew the critical importance of that simple title and profound act…
…As an artist, I have a distinct need to learn and absorb as much as I can about myself and others. The more I learn, the more deeply I can feel, which leads to more meaningful content in my songs as well as deeper emotion in my vocal delivery. It also leads to a more meaningful understanding of self and others. —From The Root, A Memoir and A Philosophy for Balance in Our World, pp 65
When we have a deeper, empathetic understanding of ourselves and others, we naturally begin to heal. This is the first step towards Healing Our World From The Root.
What steps can you take to begin healing painful experiences and emotions in your life? What steps are you ready to take to begin healing broken relationships in your life?
When I have healed broken relationships, the results had similarities and differences. What do I mean by that? Well, some relationships were restored completely. Some were restored partially. Some were never restored, but the peace within me was restored, and I was still able to forgive and find love for the other person, even though I may never “hang out” with them again.
The main similarity came from the peace that I acquired within—that was the constant—the factor that always resulted from the healing…From The Root.
I hope this information has been helpful!
Peace and love,