Erupting Through the Cynical Crust of Complacency

It has been awhile since poetry on the airwaves left Julia and I breathless. Listening to the spoken word artist, Kate Tempest, recite her poem, People’s Faces on the New Yorker Radio Hour, was what James Joyce would have called an aesthetic arrest. I began downloading her new album, ‘The Book of Traps and Lessons,’ produced by the infamous Rick Rubin, before the interview was over. Reading that she had one engagement in New York, we didn’t hesitate but bought our tickets and headed to Brooklyn to see her.

Kate Tempest on the New Yorker Radio Hour: Against Numbness


The Value of Being Face to Face.

July saw my wife Julia and I taking to the highway in support of our new album, Caravan of Dawn, our latest sonic child which carries on The Levins’ family name. The release has had a successful radio emergence on Folk and Root’s Charts, (Top 10 album/Top 3 Song), yet it is vital to complete the circuit of going into new communities and playing live. We are planning to go up to Maine (8/19) and down to South Carolina (1/20) but this last month we took I-80 as far as Colorado. We made…


The Value of Being Face to Face.

July saw Julia and I taking to the highway in support of our new album, Caravan of Dawn, our latest sonic child which carries on The Levins’ family name. The release has had a successful radio emergence on Folk and Root’s Charts, (Top 10 album/Top 3 Song), yet it is vital to complete the circuit of going into new communities and playing live. We are planning to go up to Maine (8/19) and down to South Carolina (1/20) but this last month we took I-80 as far as Colorado. We made it a…


The Radical Love of Bev Grant

Bev Grant at her exhibition, © Darcey Pittman, 2018

The first time I saw Bev Grant, she was playing guitar and singing an Ida Cox song on the streets of Nyack, New York. With an inviting illustrious grin, she sang out, “Wild women don’t worry….Wild women don’t have the blues.”

The glimmer in Bev’s eye was so earnest and her delivery so full, it gave me hope as an artist that we could indeed reach one another on an intrinsic level with gusto.

We ended up singing in similar circles, so I’ve had the pleasure of befriending her and getting to hear her sing on many occasions. What became…


The Greenheart of James Dean Conklin

James Dean Conklin

James Dean Conklin is a beautiful human being who cares about the Earth and all of us crazy creatures on it. I have met many activists but few who make each breath consciously count as much as James does. James uses his music, art, film and video -making skills to advance the health and the sanity of life on the planet.

My wife, Julia, and I met James at an outdoor festival along the banks of the Hudson River. His group Solar Punch was not only performing, but also provided the PA amplification for the instruments and microphones at the…


The Whirling Worlds of Gregangelo Herrera and Velocity Arts and Entertainment

Gregangelo Herrera

Life is filled with grand characters who whirl by us and sometimes with us. Last month, I had the great pleasure of working with and befriending Gregangelo Herrera, an empire of creativity- a man, a circus, a museum and a sweet advocate for internal liberation through collaboration.


My Friend Hafiz

How a Gift Turned My Life Into A Circus

Sweet Can Productions and The Levins present My Friend Hafiz at the Dance Mission Theater in SF, CA

“Write them all down, all your worries and your fears. Even from a thousand years, I will lean in to today and the flame inside my heart, will burn them all away.”

Hafiz of Shiraz as rendered by Daniel Ladinsky and adapted by The Levins

The journey of the heart takes us to places of greater beauty than we could allow for with just pure intellect. Almost like a Mid-Winter Night’s Dream, our production of My Friend Hafiz at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco has gone into the ethers. …


A Star Trek Reality at Interfaith Convention

With the fires raging in California, a city-wide Yahrzeit for eleven funerals in Pittsburg, and the country seething over an abyss just before midterm elections, my wife Julia and I crossed the border into Canada to present and perform for the 2018 Parliament of World Religions. Entering the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where the Parliament was held felt like entering a Star Trek reality.

The people walking the halls together were not from other planets (that we were aware of) but they represented almost every nation and culture, adorned in turbans, yamakas, headdresses, collars, beads, medallions, and robes that spanned…


A Lighter Perspective On The Haunted Holiday

Photo by Raw Pixel courtesy of Unsplash

For many people Halloween is their favorite holiday, hands down. Is it the candy, the costumes, the pumpkins, the atmosphere, the abandon, the synchronicity of all of these, or something else unseen but felt?

Beyond the annoyance of the commercial emergence of spooky lawn and door decorations in August, when October comes in properly with the leaves turning and a nip in the air, Halloween presents itself as a promise. There is a spaciousness, an invitation to explore what you might become.

Surely, demons, ghost and ghouls seem to hold sway, but the ‘no holds bar’ approach to All Hallows…


How Our Interconnectivity Brings Our Vulnerability into Love

It’s a very special time of year. “The big shift” as my wife calls it. The school year starts, nature begins preparation for change and the windows get a chance to be open for days at a time. The inspiration, motivation and rejuvenating energy makes this season exhilarating for Julia and I. This moment becomes even more pointed as we find ourselves in the interim between two Jewish High Holidays. One celebrates the birthday of the world and the other offers an opportunity to take internal inventory of our moral fiber as well as making amends with those around us…

Ira Scott Levin

Author of Stream of Light Blog- reflections spotlighting those making the world a brighter place through their dedicated benevolence and creative caring.

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