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Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Crooner Break: Elizabeth Gilbert and Big Magic

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Aloha gang!

It’s time for another Crooner Break!  This time I’m checking in from the street after watching the always lovely and eloquent Elizabeth Gilbert at a taping of the Dr. Oz Show. Liz was there to talk about her book Big Magic as well as share some of her tools for living a creative life.

After receiving an advance copy of the book a few months ago, I’ve read it several times and highlighted the heck outta my copy. I keep it within arm’s reach while working at my desk. I’ve even downloaded the Kindle version so that I can take it with me everywhere I go.

It’s probably one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read.

My favorite part about the book? It’s a mix of magic and pragmatism, both of which you need (in abundance!) while pursuing a creative life.  She writes about ideas and how she believes them to be something that seeks out the individual who will help bring them into being. But then she writes about “working like a farmer” at whatever creative task/project is consuming you at the moment and sticking with the work until it’s done. (As Pops says, “We work until it’s pau. That’s how.”)

AND… she writes about how she went from being a “scaredy cat” kid to the person she is today, one who has a healthy respect for and relationship with fear–without letting it rule her life.

(I know, right?  Each time I’ve read it, I’ve asked myself, “Do you know me, Liz Gilbert? Did you write this book for me?”)

Because I’m always working on Project Natalie and new songs, I know I’ll keep this book close to me for a long, long time.

Please check out the video above.  And please check out her amazing book by clicking HERE! (You won’t regret it!)

Right on.

With warm Aloha


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Monday, February 16, 2015

an icy draft blew across my face

as i opened my eyes this morning

checking the temperature–

a frigid 3-degrees

i wanted to close my eyes

go back inside the warm world of sleepy dreams


turning on the computer

i was  slammed with news

of death and destruction

i wanted to close my eyes

and snuggle back into the security blanket of ignorance


today i want to close myself off

close my eyes


but i hear pops’ voice in my head

“aloha i kekahi i kekahi”

love one another

and i open


we must share the aloha

we must share the warmth





Getting lost

Sunday, February 15, 2015

jason poole, accidental hawaiian crooner, molokai, project natalie, anakala pilipo, pilipo solatorio, halawa valley, writing, getting lost

When I first started working on The Big Project

I didn’t understand how

at times

I would get lost

in the mists of “I remember…”

Sitting at my desk or in a coffee shop,

I would lose track of days, hours, seasons.

It’s a good thing to go outside

even when the thermometer reads 12-degrees

to remember that I am here


that it’s winter in NYC

And after a brief walk around the block

it’s good to return to my desk

and nice hot cuppa coffee

a snoring cat

and a notebook, hungry for stories.

I remember…


jason poole, accidental hawaiian crooner, molokai, chicago, zlmc, halau i ka pono, zentangle

Aloha gang!  Happy Aloha Friday!

I’m heading to Chicago today for a jam-packed weekend of my favorite things: Hawaiian Music, Hula & Creative Play!

Thanks to my good buddies at Zen Life & Meditation Center and Hālau i Ka Pono, I’ll be sharing workshops and a concert–with the dancers of Hālau I Ka Pono sharing some hula!  Right on!

The schedule is as follows:

Zen Writing Workshop

Friday, Feb. 6th (7:00-8:3o pm) and Saturday, Feb. 7th (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Join me for a day of creative writing play!

You’ll generate rich material in your notebooks that can be used for stories, essays, poetry and songs.  We’ll write together in a supportive community –  in companionable silence – and the have time for sharing.  And we’ll have brief periods of meditation interspersed throughout the day to refresh and renew.

Writing practice has been a beacon of light in my life.  It’s meeting your mind on the page.

Weʻll have fun with other like-minded people on the writing path.

The Warmth of Hawaiian Mele and Hula (Song and Dance)

Saturday, Feb. 7th (7:00-8:30 pm)

If you’re finding yourself going a little stir-crazy with winter weather, come and join me along with Hālau i Ka Pono – the Hula School of Chicago – for a warm and exceptional evening of Hawaiian fun and beauty.  And there will be a group participation dance, too!

z e n t a n g l e ® Workshop

Sunday, Feb. 8th (1:00-4:00 pm)

I’m excited to be returning to offer another Zentangle Workshop in Chicago!  This easy-to-learn meditative art form consists of simple strokes of the pen, drawing structured patterns and creating beautiful and unique works of art.

People all over the world are tangling!  Here’s you chance to learn more about the Zentangle Method and spend some relaxed time making one of a kind art together.

**For more information and to purchase tickets, please click on the link HERE.**



Liquid Inspiration

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Springtime in NYC means we get a lot of rain.  

And we all know what April showers bring, right? Well…

Earlier this week, I was sitting in a coffeehouse in Chelsea, one of my favorite places to do a little writing. Their coffee is strong and their music is groovy.  The place and its vibe boost to my creativity.  I wanted to stay there all day.

Especially because it was a one of those dreary, rainy days.  Not a torrential downpour, but just enough rain to make one’s clothes damp–and STAY damp for hours.

But there were appointments to keep, so off I went.

And you know what happened?

While I walked, a snippet of a new melody started to play in my mind.  How can I describe it?  It’s like when I get something stuck between my teeth–I couldn’t leave it alone.  It demanded my attention.

As this new little song began to take shape in my mind, I played with lyrics, writing (and rewriting) them to match the tone/color and rhythm of tune.

And by the time I’d reached my next destination, I had the chorus of the new song!

(And my clothes were totally soaked from the rainy drizzle.)

Why is it that some of my most creative moments happen in or near the water?

I often do some of my best brainstorming while taking a shower.  Or while walking over a bridge. (Surprisingly, I do this quite a bit in order to visit a favorite not-too-far-away-but-still-across-the-water store.  Ah… life on this concrete isle.) Or while walking in the rain.

I’ve heard that I’m not alone in my “watery inspiration.”  I’ve read loads of stories about writers and composers who fled to the seashore in order to create.  Or painters who needed to sit by the water to feel inspired.

There must be some connection, right?

What is about the water that inspires some folks?

The fluidity?  The feeling of wanting to turn inward?  The rhythm?

What do YOU think?

Oh!  And yes… I’ll be sharing this new song as soon as she’s finished.  It looks like we’ve got a run of (at least partly) sunny days here, so I won’t be inspired by the rain.  I guess I’ll need to go and sit by the river for a while.

Right on.


Telling stories with grace.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Molokai, Hawaiian music, songwriting, Pete Seeger, Pilipo Solatorio

I haven’t written a lot on the blog lately.

But I’ve been writing my face off!  In coffeehouses all over NYC, I’ve been working away, writing down some of the stories and working on new songs to share with you all.

Today I’ve had the music of Uncle Pete Seeger playing in the background while I work.  He didn’t have Hawaiian blood.  Neither do I.  But as a Hawaiian musician, I am learning so much from him.

He knew how to tell a story with a song.

And he did it with such grace.

Right on, Uncle Pete.  Mahalo for that.

*What have YOU been listening to today?