Chapter 5

Being Totally Alive


Being Totally Alive was created to inspire our hearts to sing with reckless abandon, to empower the child within and to embrace the magic and beauty of relationship, in love with the love that connects us all. The making of this CD allowed me to get deeply in touch with the tenderness of my heart and voice as well as explore the possibility of combining the musical genres that I love the most. Of course, the passion, beauty and outstanding musicianship that cellist Carter Dewberry, bassist Abe Laboriel and flute/saxophonist Katisse Buckingham contributed to this labor of love is simply beyond words.

Being Totally Alive by Caroline Waters

In the midst of the release of Being Totally Aiive, I got slammed with massive tendonites and was unable to play the piano for several months. I tried to heal myself, by seeing chiropractors and massage therapists and physical therapists and doing all the stuff they told me to do. Unfortunately, I neglected to listen to the most important message given to me, which was to stop trying to be Super Woman, take a real break from work and let myself recover.

At first, it was absolutely terrifying. I didn't know what to do with myself unless I was being productive in some way or another. But then, after I let myself rest up and surrender to the unknown, other doors opened. As I received an increasing number of requests to perform, I felt empowered to open to a new possibility.

Since the piano was out of the question for the time being, I picked up my guitar, which allowed me to play with greater ease. And as I sang the songs that were the most soothing and relaxing to me, songs that have helped me come through some of the hardest times of my life, I got the idea to record my next album.

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