The Year of Covid

My last post is dated Sept 16, 2020, but that is a typo, I believe, because it seems like I would have said that Sept. 16, 2017, instead.  Awe, so many things have changed and transmuted since 2017.  I can't even begin to list them all, except to say that in 2020 alone I have experienced divorcing my wife of 30 years, resigning as director, president and lead pastor of the spiritual healing center I started and co-lead with my former wife; moving 3 times; losing all my income with the covid shut down; experiencing an identity crisis; extreme highs and extreme lows; major shadow healings; starting a new relationship; adjusting, adjusting, and more adjusting.

I'm now part of a The New Center, Inc. in Cottonwood, AZ, which is similar to the Center of Universal Light except that it is going deeper and rising higher and I'm working and playing music now with Kaleah LaRoche.  

I'll get better at staying in touch and keeping up to date about my events.  

Blessings everyone and Happy Thanksgiving (what are you most thankful for?)

Arvel Bird

7 comments

  • Dianne moody
    Dianne moody Pittsfield mass 01201
    Hello , first I want to express my feelings for all your tough times you are going through , so sorry 🥲. I live in Massachusetts trying to get ahold of you , I want to get all your cds up till now. My cds are getting old scratched need new ones , I have no luck with internet. Can you please call me ? Dianne moody 14 Kent ave 1b Pittsfield Massachusetts 01201 413 335 3781. I tryed to order them with no luck . We are all going through hardships at this time , I miss seeing you in concert , your music is healing to me , I know you are busy , but if you have a minute can you call me , it would be nice to hear from you, and I want to buy all your cds up till now , and keep in contact ! I would like to see you in concert again when all is clear to do so. I am a great grandmother raising one grandson 9 years old , stressed out , I’m 67 years old , praying everyday to keep strong, the POW wows we had here in the berkshires stopped, the sponsors left the area , so it leave a big hole in my heart ❤️ not to be able to go anymore , I looked forward to it every year , it’s the only thing I did , for the year to look forward to , I plan to find out a POW wow that is close to me so I can go again , It was a blessing to me , to have seen you so meny times here , you came here , even though it was such a small pow wow , so meny times. Thank you for that 🙏🏿Even though me and my grandson can’t see you , right Now, having your music 🎶 is lovely to hear , so I will wait for your call , and I will keep trying to order the cds on line , it’s so frustrating cause I can’t get through , anything I try. Well I hope you are safe , and hope to hear from you soon . Thank you 🙏🏿 Dianne

    Hello , first I want to express my feelings for all your tough times you are going through , so sorry 🥲. I live in Massachusetts trying to get ahold of you , I want to get all your cds up till now. My cds are getting old scratched need new ones , I have no luck with internet. Can you please call me ? Dianne moody 14 Kent ave 1b Pittsfield Massachusetts 01201 413 335 3781. I tryed to order them with no luck . We are all going through hardships at this time , I miss seeing you in concert , your music is healing to me , I know you are busy , but if you have a minute can you call me , it would be nice to hear from you, and I want to buy all your cds up till now , and keep in contact ! I would like to see you in concert again when all is clear to do so. I am a great grandmother raising one grandson 9 years old , stressed out , I’m 67 years old , praying everyday to keep strong, the POW wows we had here in the berkshires stopped, the sponsors left the area , so it leave a big hole in my heart ❤️ not to be able to go anymore , I looked forward to it every year , it’s the only thing I did , for the year to look forward to , I plan to find out a POW wow that is close to me so I can go again , It was a blessing to me , to have seen you so meny times here , you came here , even though it was such a small pow wow , so meny times. Thank you for that 🙏🏿Even though me and my grandson can’t see you , right Now, having your music 🎶 is lovely to hear , so I will wait for your call , and I will keep trying to order the cds on line , it’s so frustrating cause I can’t get through , anything I try. Well I hope you are safe , and hope to hear from you soon . Thank you 🙏🏿 Dianne

  • Ray Sabatello
    Ray Sabatello Coram, NY
    Hi Arvel, I looked you up to see what you are up to these days. I am sorry to hear about all the life challenges you’ve been through. I can truly relate since I’m a recently divorced man myself. Plus COVID has been a disaster for touring musicians and theater people. I became aware of your music when I got involved with recording a audition demo for Butch Covouto to join your band. In the process I played on the recordings and wrote 4 songs for him to showcase his drumming in the Native American tradition. Shortly after that, I had the pleasure of hearing you play live at the Shinnecock Pow Wow in Southampton, NY. I was very impressed with your music and talent. Hopefully, you’ll be around Long Island again soon. I would love to hear you perform again. Best - Ray Sabatello

    Hi Arvel, I looked you up to see what you are up to these days. I am sorry to hear about all the life challenges you’ve been through. I can truly relate since I’m a recently divorced man myself. Plus COVID has been a disaster for touring musicians and theater people.

    I became aware of your music when I got involved with recording a audition demo for Butch Covouto to join your band. In the process I played on the recordings and wrote 4 songs for him to showcase his drumming in the Native American tradition. Shortly after that, I had the pleasure of hearing you play live at the Shinnecock Pow Wow in Southampton, NY. I was very impressed with your music and talent. Hopefully, you’ll be around Long Island again soon. I would love to hear you perform again. Best - Ray Sabatello

  • Paul David Edelson
    Paul David Edelson Parker, Colorado (80134)
    Arvel, IDK if you'd remember me but I was the one who purchased all your art suplies (deer antlers, skins, horns, etc; plus all your jewelry, flute, and 3 CDs). I then visited with you in your RV and enjoyed your Pink Floyd and historic remembrances about the Battle ofLittle Bighorn basis for one of the CDs I bought. I see you haven't updated this website since the Pandemic. I pray you are well. I made a number of cool art with the antlers and rabbit skins and learned to play my flute just for fun. My main thing is still designing jewelry mostly Diné style I must admit. Please let me know how you're doing and I'd love to see you when the Pandemic is over. I'm already vaccinated I hope are or will soon. Sincerely, Paul David Edelson. Musicjammer.paul@gmail.com

    Arvel, IDK if you'd remember me but I was the one who purchased all your art suplies (deer antlers, skins, horns, etc; plus all your jewelry, flute, and 3 CDs). I then visited with you in your RV and enjoyed your Pink Floyd and historic remembrances about the Battle ofLittle Bighorn basis for one of the CDs I bought. I see you haven't updated this website since the Pandemic. I pray you are well. I made a number of cool art with the antlers and rabbit skins and learned to play my flute just for fun. My main thing is still designing jewelry mostly Diné style I must admit. Please let me know how you're doing and I'd love to see you when the Pandemic is over. I'm already vaccinated I hope are or will soon.
    Sincerely, Paul David Edelson. Musicjammer.paul@gmail.com

  • Donna Gafforio
    Donna Gafforio Santa Cruz CA
    Hi Arvil. I checked in because I haven't seen anything from you and I know the pandemic has affected everyone in many different ways and on many different levels. From what I read it sounds like you've experienced quite a bit of both. I'm glad your spirit connections are helping you get through this. I can't even imagine what it is like for people that don't have deep spiritual connections. When things get intense and chaotic and unravel there is a quote from Congressman Eliza Cummings that I always to remember... " When something happens, instead of asking why did this happen TO me ask why did this happen FOR me ". It not only helps ground me but it also helps me move into a feeling of gratitude. In this world of intense fear it takes a lot of courage to let go and continue on one's spiritual path. May you continue on your path and stay connected to the unconditional, nurturing, healing love that is always there for you, and for all of us. With love and gratitude, Donna

    Hi Arvil.
    I checked in because I haven't seen anything from you and I know the pandemic has affected everyone in many different ways and on many different levels. From what I read it sounds like you've experienced quite a bit of both. I'm glad your spirit connections are helping you get through this. I can't even imagine what it is like for people that don't have deep spiritual connections.
    When things get intense and chaotic and unravel there is a quote from Congressman Eliza Cummings that I always to remember... " When something happens, instead of asking why did this happen TO me ask why did this happen FOR me ". It not only helps ground me but it also helps me move into a feeling of gratitude.
    In this world of intense fear it takes a lot of courage to let go and continue on one's spiritual path. May you continue on your path and stay connected to the unconditional, nurturing, healing love that is always there for you, and for all of us.
    With love and gratitude,
    Donna

  • Donna Gafforio
    Donna Gafforio Santa Cruz CA
    Hi Arvil. I sent you a post about a 1/2 an hour ago and forgot to give you my contact info. I should be on your mailing list but just in case I'm not my email address is turtles3@hotmail.com

    Hi Arvil.
    I sent you a post about a 1/2 an hour ago and forgot to give you my contact info. I should be on your mailing list but just in case I'm not my email address is turtles3@hotmail.com

  • Howard Bateman
    Howard Bateman Belleville, Illinois
    Arvel: Sorry about all your problems. 2020 was not a good year fo Jan and I. Lost my cousin who was like a brother to me., my best friend who stood up with me when I married Jan nigh on to 64 years ago, and Jan's youngest sister passed away. Do you remember signing the contract with "One Nation" in the basement of my house? Stay healthy my friend. Howard Bateman MSGT USF Retired

    Arvel: Sorry about all your problems. 2020 was not a good year fo Jan and I. Lost my cousin who was like a brother to me., my best friend who stood up with me when I married Jan nigh on to 64 years ago, and Jan's youngest sister passed away.
    Do you remember signing the contract with "One Nation" in the basement of my house?

    Stay healthy my friend.

    Howard Bateman
    MSGT USF Retired

  • Chris Kennedy
    Chris Kennedy Gainesville, Ga.
    Arvel I have not spoken with you in several years. I would like to change that and learn more about your current activities and music. I was wondering if you are still Nashville based or now in Arizona?

    Arvel I have not spoken with you in several years. I would like to change that and learn more about your current activities and music. I was wondering if you are still Nashville based or now in Arizona?

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