My stage name and design label, Princess WOW, which was given to me many years ago, is smile inducing.(Ok, dear readers, my other name is Mindy Fradkin, I will tell you one day how Princess WOW came to me)
was a man in San Francisco who wanted to commit suicide, and said if
one person smiles are me, I will not jump off the bridge. That is the
power of a simple smile.
My blog started in 2006, I had a radio
show on 1490 am in Kingston, New York to promote The Smile Revolution
from 2006-2008 with luminaries such as Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, David
Amram, Arlo Guthrie, Buffy St. Marie, Neale Donald
Walsch, Tom Pacheco, & Roland Mousaa, who brought many of them on
board. I want to especially thank Roland who has helped so much in this
movement. Music IS joy, and I wanted to create music and promote
uplifting lyrics, so Roland and I started writing and singing smile
songs, and produced two Smile Concerts, one with Pete Seeger, and
friends, and one if Greenwich Village at Le Poisson Rouge with the
legendary late Sid Bernstein, Richard Barone, Roland, Deni Bonet, Daniel
Goodman, Constance Hauman, and many more amazing musicians.
When people ask me how I am? I usually say, I am blessed and so are you, because so often people tend to complain and focus on what is not good. It helps to be able to smile when you are focused on the good.
We have had many supporters who know who they are, and I want to thank them, and we have had detractors as well. It’s the cynical thought that is pervasive in our society, and happiness and joy seem to be something not to be desired. People are often suspicious of smiles, and yes, there are fake ones out there too! But, it’s starting to change, and the new Happiness music video, by Pharrell Williams, has had over 250 million views recently! Yeah!
There is too much violence, hatred, and animosity in our country, as we all know. How can we all help further this cause and really witness a True Smile Revolution while we walk in our times….It’s a spiritual revolution…materialism IS waning. The New Era is appearing. We need more awakened souls to love one another and let us learn to forgive. Yes, it’s HARD, but it’s the only way that works for yourself and others.
The idea for this movement started on my Dad’s deathbed in 2005. He rarely smiled since he had a terrible tragedy as a child and never really got over it. It affected me as well, and I had a difficult time smiling, and learning to be happy. The last time I saw him conscious, he gave me a big grin, and that smile changed my life for the better. A few days later, I was performing my one woman Hat Happening show for an independent film, and out of my mouth came, “We need a Smile Revolution in the world!”
When asked, “What is the most important question one can raise concerning the future of the human