Deb’s House Concerts
Nathan Pacheco at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.Nathan Pacheco Sings for Prince Charles at the British Embassy
Disney Artist Sings for Prince Charles
Deb’s House Concerts
Award-winning, Activist Songwriters
Tulsa, February 2011
Saturday, February 5th
Fellowship Congregational Church
2900 S. Harvard Ave.
7pm: Benefit Concert for Open Table UCC in Owasso
$18 in advance/$20 at the door
2pm: Non-Violent Advocacy Discusssion
Free and open to the public
Advance concert tickets at
Rev. Melinda Foster at
“Following the wave of suicides of young people who have been bullied and the links between hate speech and the tragic Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, an Owasso church dedicated to social justice and peace is teaming with an internationally-known folk music group to work on solutions.
Emma’s Revolution members Pat Humphries and Sandy O bring a sense of humor and hope to their music. They are inspired by Pete Seeger and others as they continue the legacy of music for social change. The award-winning folksingers from the Washington, DC area have toured internationally. The concert is a benefit for Open Table UCC in Owasso, a new open and affirming community of faith.
Pat Humphries and Sandy O use the power of music to promote peace and justice, the environment, human rights, and women’s and LGBTQ issues. They will lead a discussion and workshop on how to advocate for change without resorting to violence. Tulsa area experts from the following organizations will join them to describe their efforts to work for change in such areas as bullying prevention, local food insecurity and community development in North Tulsa:
A Third Place Community Foundation
Children’s Consortium of Tulsa
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Community of Hope United Church of Christ
Fellowship Congregational Church
Oklahomans for Equality
Open Table United Church of Christ
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays-Tulsa
United Campus Ministries at the University of Tulsa.”
about emma’s revolution
Smart, funny and informative. Like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars.
With hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful acoustic instrumentals that deliver the energy and strength of their convictions, emma’s revolution creates new standards in the art of social justice. Their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and recorded by Holly Near.
emma’s revolution is the duo of activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Based in the Washington DC area, the duo won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for
“If I Give Your Name”, “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” is sung around the world and has been called the “anthem of the anti-war movement.” emma’s revolution’s music has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Pacifica’s “Democracy Now!”
In the spirit of Emma Goldman’s famous attribution, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” emma’s revolution brings their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of healthy irreverence to concerts and peace & justice, labor, human rights, environmental, LGBT and women’s rights events around the world. Touring over 200 days a year, emma’s revolution has performed at hundreds of events from Canada, Chile, Korea, Scotland, England, Israel/Palestine, Nicaragua, Cuba and throughout the US spreading their message of peace and justice. emma’s revolution consistently delivers performances that are an uprising of hope and harmony so powerful audiences leap to their feet.
I look at the stats for this site, and very often there will be a search for “RuPaul As A Man”. I think that’s funny. RuPaul IS a man. He does not have to dress up in order to pretend to be a man.
We, television viewers, know RuPaul as a woman, or at least as a drag queen. The first time I ever heard of RuPaul, he was on some late night show. Maybe he had his own show. It seems like it was ten or fifteen years ago. He was a tall, blonde, glamorous drag queen. He was really going against the grain then. But now, his drag queen persona hardly raises an eyebrow.
RuPaul is a gay man, and does not try to hide it. He’s bold and beautiful when he is dressed as a woman, but is not a woman. Nor, is he a transgendered person in transition. He is a gay man who performs as a drag queen.
I’ve written about this before. RuPaul was not personally ‘ex-gay’, but he played an ‘ex-gay’ counselor in a campy movie that exposes the lies and manipulation of the ‘ex-gay’ movement in a comedy that plays on every stereotype (just like the ex-gay movement does). He plays a man in that movie, But, I’m A Cheerleader, a gay man trying hard to be ‘ex-gay’ while trying to teach young gay men how to be ‘ex-gay’.
I’ve not seen RuPaul’s Drag Race, so I can’t comment on it. But, I like his larger than life drag queen persona. I like that he is not afraid to live out loud and draw attention to himself. I don’t know what effect he has on young gay people, but I hope what he does for them is to give them the courage to be themselves and love themselves as they are.
I hope you’re having happy, happy day.
Singer brings new life to Yanni’s music (interview with Nathan Pacheco, June 2009) Nathan Pacheco on MySpace DISNEY PARKS CHRISTMAS DAY PARADE (12/25/2009) Celebrating the ‘Season of Giving,’ 26th Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Broadcasts from Both Coasts, Airing on ABC-TV December 25 (earthtimes.org) http://kathychicago.wordpress.com/ PHOTOS from the day they filmed the Christmas Day Speical
Yanni and Yanni Voices will be the featured artists on Disney’s Christmas Special airing December 25th on ABC.
Yanni will bring his Yanni Voices to perform a reverent arrangement of “O Holy Night” featuring Nathan Pacheco. Watch Nathan, Chloe, Ender and Leslie perform with Yanni during this very special event.
Please check your local listings for channel information and broadcast times.
How cool is this!?!? I am really excited about this.
I heard it through the grapevine that Nathan would be singing at the Latin Grammys! Woohoo!
This is so great! Now the Spanish-speaking people of the world will know Nathan Pacheco and his amazing voice and his magnificent presentation.
See the Latin Grammys tonight on your local Univision channel.
Mas artistas a celebrar “De Fiesta con Juan Gabriel,” Bienvenidos JAS DEVAEL, NATHAN PACHECO y LAURA PAUSINI!9:18 AM Oct 29th from web
Latin GRAMMYs is less than a week away! If you can’t make it to Las Vegas watch it on your local Univision chan, Nov 5, 8pm ET/PT, 7pm CT/MT10:11 AM Oct 30th from web.
I don’t have access to Univision, so I won’t get to see him perform. If anyone has information about where the performance is posted online (after the show), please leave comments with directions. Thanks!
I want to say something about Patrick Swayze. He seemed like such a nice guy, genuine, with a good heart. That impression may have begun with his character in Dirty Dancing and continued with his character in Ghost. But, his decades-long love with his wife added the real-life component to his image.
Mary Travers was part of a threesome that provided part of the acoustic soundtrack for the baby boom generation. Their performing years ended long ago, but the grandchildren of baby boomers still sing their songs in their elementary school classrooms.
Both Patrick Swayze and Mary Travers left this world this week. Patrick Swayze died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Mary Travers died after a battle with leukemia. Their physical lives here have ended, but their artistic contributions will live on and continue to influence people for good in the years to come.
I wanted to write about Susan Boyle when she first blasted to fame in her overnight stardom that began with her performance on Britian’s Got Talent. I waited, because it seemed like everyone was writing about her. I’m glad she survived those first few weeks and things are going well for her. It looks like she has adjusted well to her complete change in lifestyle, and she is thriving again. She performed Wild Horses on America’s Got Talent final on 16th September, 2009.
You decide. I just wonder why it is that someone would question someone’s entire life’s work and ministry. If people in some churches want to question the truth that Ray Boltz has spoken aloud, maybe they should question the teachings of the church that cause people to hide from who they are for fear of condemnation (by God, church, family and society). Those teachings are not from Jesus in the New Testament. They are not teachings from God who walked and talked and loved and accepted people as they are.
The music Ray Boltz wrote, performed and recorded for about twenty years is the same music now that it was when people couldn’t get enough of it. The music did not change. Ray only changed by learning to accept himself as God made him. If the music changed for you, it is because you changed in your perception of the music. If it meant something to you in the past, let it mean the same thing to you today.
Here are links to a few videos of Ray Boltz songs on YouTube.
While I was working on my second comment, trying to make sure I’d corrected all the typos, I looked at the information about who writes for that site.
I had to laugh at the irony. I discovered that I was leaving comments on a site that is authored by a minister in a Christian denomination to which I used to belong. It (the denomination) has since been hijacked (by deliberate design and careful planning and implementation) by people who believe that women should not be allowed to hold positions of authority in church and that wives should be submissive to their husbands. Of course they think that gay people cannot possibly be Christians.
I’ve returned after sleeping, and I see there were a few typos in my long comment. My apologies for that. The biggest typo was in paragraph two. It should have read:
Homosexuality is about having one’s primary orientation for a loving relationship be towards someone of the same sex. Heterosexuality is about having one’s primary orientation for a loving relationship be towards someone of the opposite sex. Same-sex attraction is the same as opposite-sex attraction, only it is for a person of the same sex.
The others typos are things I should have spell-checked for.
I have to disagree with you about discipleship. I might agree that it was not adequate, but for a reason entirely different from your own. If I understood you correctly, you believe that Ray is not really a Christian, you question his entire Christian life, and you believe that “homosexual attraction” is something for which a person should be “held accountable” by the people in his church.
I believe the church has done a great disservice to Christians who do not fit the expectation that the only acceptable relationship is a marriage between a man and a woman. By teaching that “homosexual attraction” is a temptation to sin, rather than part of who a person is, many Christian people (those who have “homosexual attractions”) are trained to believe that what they feel is unnatural, sinful and certainly not something that came from God (as part of how they were created by God in the image of God).
If you use the WWJD model, the “What Would Jesus Do?” model, I believe He would welcome and embrace all loving couples: traditional male-female couples (the majority of couples), male-male couples and female-female couples. What we are in God’s eyes are God’s children. If your attraction and desire for relationship is with someone of the opposite sex, you are fortunate, for you will not experience the condemnation of people who claim to know that you are wicked and evil and God hates you, people who also want you to believe those untruths.
I happen to believe that God created all people, those who desire a loving and committed relationship with someone of the opposite sex, and those who desire a loving and committed relationship with someone of the same sex.
We are all created by God and all loved by God. What is unnatural is for people to force a person to believe that he or she is utterly despicable for being who he or she is. There are untold thousands of people who have been harmed by teaching that somehow lets heterosexual Christians believe they are the real Christians and that the Christians whose loved ones are of the same sex are not really Christians at all and need to repent and return to God.
I believe many churches have done great harm to those who are not heterosexual with lifelong teaching that is designed to induce self-hatred and shame. I do not believe that is what Jesus would do. I believe Jesus would be a joyful guest at the marriages of every loving couple. Indeed, if we believe Jesus is with us as Christians, it follows that Jesus IS indeed a joyful guest at the marriage of every loving couple.
Ray Boltz’s decision to openly share his personal story with the world was one that has resulted in many people (influenced by church leaders and radio station owners?) turning their backs on him and his musical contribution to the lives of millions of people. I don’t understand that. I don’t understand the obsession that many Christian people have with the personal lives, and imagined sexual activity, of other people. Again, I don’t see this speculation as something Jesus would do.
Ray Boltz has lived his life in service to God and ministry to others with his music. He and his wife brought four children into the world and brought them up to be the fine people they are. Ray and Carol also are people any thoughtful and aware Christian would be pleased to know. The lives of countless Christians are better because of these people and their contribution to Christian music and worship.
I understand how easy it is to be an armchair quarterback and second guess the motives and inner lives of others. I’m probably doing that a little bit here as I say how wrong I think it is for people to question the integrity and faith of Ray and Carol Boltz. What we should all be doing is thanking God for all that they have given to our lives and to this world over the years through their lives and Ray’s music and his ministry.
If we open our eyes, we can see that Ray and Carol Boltz are still showing the love of God through their lives and their open hearts. They are showing the acceptance of God for those children of God who are rejected by some parts of the church. The discipleship that may not have been present in the past is what they now are able to offer others: respect and acceptance of people as they are, without the artificial judgments people tend to place on each other.
I believe the answer to WWJD is that Jesus would be, and is, present at every Ray Boltz concert, and Jesus is present in the love and support that Carol Boltz offers to couples who are unequally yoked (my choice of words) where one member of the couple is homosexual and one member of the couple is heterosexual. It’s difficult to be the straight spouse with a gay partner, and it’s difficult to be the gay spouse of a straight partner. Carol speaks from the heart on her web page, and she offers her support and her open heart to those who are hurting. Ray Boltz speaks truth in his music. Carol Boltz speaks truth on her web page. Listen to them both and hear God in what they have to say. http://myheartgoesout-carol.blogspot.com/
WordPress is such a great platform for so many thousands of people who write and post their thoughts online. It’s free, and it’s easy to use. One of the features I use is the Stats page on Dashboard. It shows a graph of the changing numbers of visitors each day, and it shows referrers, search terms, posts visited and links clicked.
On my referrers list at the start of this month, there was a link to a search engine page with a search for ‘Carol Boltz’. I looked at the results on that page, and found a post someone wrote last September. In that post, the writer made statements about the much-loved, much-praised Christian singer Ray Boltz. That post was written after Ray Boltz’s interview in the Washington Blade, and it criticized his faith and his integrity.
Often I read stories online and I take a deep breath, maybe sigh a deep sigh, and I close the page, sure that it’s better for me not to get involved. Other times, more often, I save the links to stories I feel like I want to comment on. Then, most often, I do not have the opportunity to follow through by writing a post about the story.
I was looking at all the links returned by a search for Carol Boltz. The search engine had referred someone to my page. I wanted to see where else they sent people. That was how I stumbled upon the post that questioned Ray Boltz’s faith and his integrity. I began writing a comment, and before long, it was longer than some of my posts. So, I decided to turn it into a post.
What I see here is that you (author and most commenters) view homosexuality as being only about sex, and as sin, rather than as the way a person is. It appears that you do not believe in the existence of homosexuality as being about who someone is and who someone loves.
Homosexuality is about having one’s primary orientation for a loving relationship be towards someone of the same sex. Heterosexuality is about having one’s primary orientation for a loving relationship be towards someone of the same sex. Same-sex attraction is the same as opposite-sex attraction, only it is for a person of the same sex.
I feel certain that any of you would not say that your loving relationship is only about sex. You talk, you cook meals, you clean, you take care of the children, you pay bills, you go places together, to do projects, you go to work, you pay taxes, you go to church, you take vacations. Sometimes you have sex, but it is not the only thing you share. It is the same for people whose desire for a loving relationship is for someone of the same sex.
Jesus never said a single word against homosexuals. He did, however, say much about heterosexuals who are divorced. I do not see churches insisting that heterosexual people who are divorced never again enter into a relationship that involves love and emotional and sexual intimacy.
This is not about love the sinner hate the sin. This is about “judge not that ye be not judged.” This is about taking the log out of your own eye before you try to pull the splinter out of someone else’s.
Until divorced people never remarry and never again have sex, no one in the church has any business cherry-picking scripture to try to say homosexuals cannot be in loving relationships and be loved by and accepted by God at the same time.
For those who insist on believing that there is no such thing as a same-sex sexual orientation, and that attraction to to a person of the same sex is nothing more than a heterosexual person having sinful thoughts, think again. If you are attracted to people who are your same sex, you are most likely homosexual or bisexual. Your desire is not a sexual addiction or a temptation for sexual sin that is attacking you as a heterosexual person. It is something that is a part of you.
If you are attracted to persons who are your same sex, and you are living in a heterosexual marriage in order to try to cure yourself of those thoughts, you are living a lie. You are the one who is living the lie and behaving in an unnatural way. Ray Boltz’s ex-wife Carol has chosen to open her heart to those who are in this situation, both the gay married partners and the straight partners of the gay husbands or wive.
Carol Boltz is a wonderful, open, loving Christian woman who loves God and loves people. If you want to believe anyone, believe Carol. She knows that homosexuality is not about being a straight man with attractions to other men. She knows it is not something a person chooses to feel. She knows that a person’s sexual orientation is a part of who that person is. Read her blog and find the information and the support and encouragement you need. http://myheartgoesout-carol.blogspot.com/
+ My typos are addressed in the second comment I left on that post.
This woman is funny. Watch The Mom Song video.
Here is her website: AnitaRenfro.com
More Mom Song Links:‘William Tell’ Mom
After years of parenting, comedian Anita Renfroe put her semantics to song and the result is an Internet phenomenon. She sits down with Hannah Storm to talk about her comic brainchild.The Mom Song with lyrics (lyrics on screen)
Posted in Art and Music, Creative Souls, Health, International, Music, Nathan Pacheco, Peace, Justice and Equality, Performance, Quotable Quotes, tagged Enchantment, Nathan Pacheco, Voices, Yanni, Yanni Voices on July 14, 2009 | 7 Comments »
The light of the stars shimmers on the sea,
And, similar to my love,
Follows the wake until it rests on you.
The strength of the tide pulls me to you,
And I’m made prisoner to your beauty.
I lose myself drowning between your arms
As if I were a wave disappearing into the sea.
I abandon myself inside of you,
And find within you my universe and my only love.
Two brilliant eyes, profound as the sea
– that enchant me like sirens –
Have bewitched my heart so that it wants you and you only.
You are my shining moon
And you will forever light the seas that I follow.
For I am prisoner to your beauty.
I lose myself,
Drowning within your arms
As if I were a wave returning to the sea.
I sink into you,
And find in you my universe
And my only love.
Nathan Pacheco 2007
Adagio in C Minor
Nothing compares to spring after a cold and bitter winter –
The earth waits for the kiss of the sun to bring life back again.
And my love, you are the sun and the light that shines for me.
I kiss you and live,
And learn that there is no life without you.
I could say you’re the sun, the moon, the most beautiful star;
My world spins together with you.
You are the dawn, the light that shines in the morning; the perfect melody for me.
I try to explain myself to you,
But I can’t find the words to describe this love.
You are the sun, the moon, the most beautiful star.
My world spins together with you.
You are the dawn, the light that shines in the morning; the perfect melody for me.
Do you realize how much I love you?
I can’t be without you.
Stay with me – forever with me.
Because I am always going to love you.
Nathan Pacheco 2006
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 9:02:33 AM
Hi Nathan: If this note is really getting to you… I was so taken by hearing you in the YANNI concert in Reading, PA this past Sunday. You are an incredible performer and your music is just beautiful. Keep recording – your songs from the Yanni Voices CD have been stuck in my head. In fact, I do a lot of running and I hear them without the use of an ipod!
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May 7th was the day the number of hits on the Meth post equaled the number of people stopping by to look at the flowers. (sigh) I’ve loved having my post with photos of flowers from my yard as the all-time most visited post on this blog.
Reality is this, I posted the flowers in the summer of 2007. I posted the meth post in January 2008. So, the gladiolas and purple flowers and baby bird had a 6 or 7 month lead. Over the past year, both posts have been my top posts on most days, but the meth post has usually had just a few more visits, and it has slowly crept up to a position where it is about to choke the flowers.
No, I don’t take all this as seriously as it sounds, but it has been gratifying to see that people enjoy my flower photos. And, it has made me wonder about the huge interest in meth.I hope that interest is from a hands-off perspective.
I’ve seen users whose lives are no longer functional. The woman I mentioned in the post lost everything. She was probably a really nice person at the start. Nice people do get caught up in drugs. Chemicals can change lives in ways we can’t control.
I do know a couple of people who I met years after they stopped using. (They were the lucky ones. They were able to stop.) One is a wonderful person who lost a career because of it. The other is a wonderful person who has ongoing health issues that may or may not have come from meth use, but it is an unknown.
A few months ago, I talked with a law enforcement officer from a rural area. He was very diplomatic in the way he described the kind of crime they had, but I guessed what he was talking about. “Meth?” I asked. He said yes. Low population and wide open spaces. That used to be a good thing. Live out in the country, breathe fresh air, work hard.
When I took EMS classes, I learned that meth labs can kill. You don’t have to wait to use the drugs. The process of creating the drug is so toxic that rescue people have died when walking into the room. Don’t try to turn off the stove. Get out. It can explode and kill you. And, the fumes can kill you.
One really hard part of the job for rescue workers is knowing that people have their children right there in the middle of all that poison. When children are removed from meth labs, they not only lose their home, their parents and their pets. They lose their clothes and their toys. The fumes are so toxic, they take everything from the children and wrap them up in a clean blanket to transport them to the hospital. I don’t know how it is done here, but that’s what I learned a few years ago. Some ambulances and police cars have small stuffed animals to give children when they are removed from bad situations, a toy that is small and cuddly and soft to provide some comfort in a bad situation.
One of the terrible stories I heard in my first EMS class was of an infant in a bouncy seat, the ones that allow them to walk before they’re able to walk. The parents had been using meth, and they’d been up for days. When all the speedy effects ended, they crashed for hours and hours and hours of sleep. It was winter. The baby was unattended, seated in the bouncy chair. The chair was stuck over an in-floor heat grate. The heat was on. By the time the adults woke up, the baby was horribly burned.
Well, I am happy to report (as I have done before) that people are discovering a new source of joy in the midst of all the difficulties of life. I believe that some music can heal and calm and inspire. Listening to certain music can bring joy and hope where it was previously missing.
I love Nathan Pacheco and the gift he brings to the world. Nathan sings and wounded, sad and lonely hearts are soothed and comforted. Nathan sings and joy leaps in the hearts of those who hear him. Every time he sings, people are touched by the beauty of his voice, his music, his words and his passion.
I’ve only been writing about Nathan Pacheco and his beautiful voice for about a year now (May 2008), a year later than the post about my flowers (July 2007) and five months later than the post about the dangers of meth (January 2008). In spite of that, people are searching for Nathan Pacheco, and the initial post about him is rising quickly.
The people who spend the most time on this blog are usually reading one of these three posts. The people who click other links, often started on one of these three posts. I am happy when I look at the stats for ‘clicks’ and see that people are going to the Yanni Voices page and to youtube pages with recordings of Nathan’s music.
I know that not every person loves a classically trained voice. But, I do believe that most people love to hear a beautiful voice. And, most people love to hear an instrument with a beautiful sound played beautifully. That’s Nathan Pacheco. No matter what your musical preference, take a moment some day and listen to Nathan sing. It’s even better if you can see his face while he is singing. You will see the joy in his music while you hear it.
Put it on the back burner, if you must, but keep it as a possible future plan. Some day, make it a point to see Nathan Pacheco perform live. You will feel the joy. You will be inspired. You will remember it forever.
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