This is a song written by Mindy Jostyn and Jacob Brackman, based on a poem by David Bates, used by permission. Music from the Serum Gradual, 1527. I knew Mindy. She was best friends with Carly Simon, and Jacob, her husband wrote music for Carly for many years. Mindy passed away in 2005. It was a great loss to many. Carly Simon posted it on the front of her website.
Mindy’s website is still up if anyone wants to visit it. mindyjostyn.com. Thanks Mindy for being an inspiration to me.
“Speak gently, it is better far
To rule by love, not fear
Speak gently, let no harsh word harm
The good we may do here
Speak gently to the bitter ones
Forgive and comfort them
Someone’s unkindness made them cruel
O win them back again
Speak gently, it’s a little thing
Dropped down the heart’s deep well
And still, the good it may yet bring
Eternity will tell
Speak gently, it is better far
To rule by love, not fear”
Mindy Jostyn: piano, vocals
Simply Melt Into Life’s Eternity
May we stop constantly judging ourselves and others, and really appreciate the gift of life. As the Moody Blues ( a great inspired band from the late 60’s) said, “Face miles of trials with smiles. It riles them to believe that we perceive the web they weave. Keep on being free. Set your dial to smile a while! Aloha!
” Re-examine all you have been told-dismiss what insults your soul.” Walt Whitman
And of how Princess WOW! and I, Lady Violette, became friends and how she became the princess she is today….
I have known Mindy Fradkin-Mousaa for nearly 20 years. We met in NYC when we were both giving trunk shows at Henri Bendel.
Hello, Smile Revolution! I am Princes Wow’s longtime friend Lady Violette. I just wrote the charming story of how Princess Wow and her husband Roland, met to post on my blog and inspire my readers! It is a sweet love story I’d also like to share with you all…
I wrote about hats creating interactions and connections between people in my last blog. And I wrote about how my hat designer friend, Mindy Fradkin, who is now Mindy Fradkin Mousaa! And it is all because of a hat! She met her artist/musician/ promotor husband, (that’s Mr. Mousaa!) because she was waiting in a line to be seated in a restaurant with friends wearing a marvelous hat of her own design. He was with children who loved her hat, but were too shy to say anything. But he was brave enough to talk to her in line! This man could not help but to come over and tell her he admired her hat! And thusly introduce himself! They met because she was wearing a hat and he just had to know more! Isn’t that romantic?
“Let your hearts be filled with happiness, enjoy your lives to the fullest, for this is the best medicine for sickness.”
On Saturday, January 29th from 1-4pm, we had an amazing concert in Greenwich Village, New York at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street.
I, Princess WOW!, was the main producer(and host), with help from my husband, Roland aka Prince POW WOW!, and Richard Barone( The Bongos). Maureen Shames, publicist to Sid Bernstein, legendary promoter who brought The Beatles to America, was a big help with promoting this inspired concert with a mission of raising awareness to the healing power of a genuine smile. Princess WOW! and The Smile Revolution Band played The Smile Revolution Song, Outer Child Band(10-11 yrs NEW), Roland Mousaa( Pete Seeger), Constance Hauman(world famous opera singer who sings pop songs now too), Deni Bonet( REM, Cyndi Lauper), Lisa Lowell (Bruce Springsteen and The Seeger Sessions and more), Miss Vickie, Mary Poppiins, Daniel Goodman, Jann Klose( Rosanne Cash, Pete Seeger etc), James Cannings, Thomas Wesley Stern( a new band from NYC), Such As Us and Candy John Carr( Donavon). Richard Barone could not perform due to a family emergency.
Joe Franklin, well known radio personality, was a big help in promoting our concert.
Princess WOW!’s costume was a gift from Lady Violette, fashion designer/writer.
Big hugs to all of you. Thanks to Phillip Seltzer for photography. Big hugs to Good News Broadcasting for covering it for their online tv show which will be shown in its entirety in about a month. The songs were all joyful and gave others hope!