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What I Want for my Birthday by Misha Lyuve

Feb 15, 2013

My  birthday is coming up. Some of you might be wondering what I want for my birthday. A good friend that I am, I will make it easy for you and tell you exactly what it is:

to raise $1,000,000 for Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO)

through the sales of my album ARE WE READY and donations.

I feel your kindness every moment: with your sweet words about my music, videos and blog posts, your generous comments, likes and reposts on facebook, retweets, every dollar you gave for the cause – all this is the best fuel for my inspiration and when I am inspired anything is possible.

If you ever decide to give a dollar to charity, consider this: There is no more vulnerable and uncared for population in the world than orphans. Being one is like living in a natural disaster on a daily basis without knowing it. Orphans require nurturing and a community to become empowered members of their society. This is what WWO does – masterfully, courageously and committedly.

As my birthday gift I am asking for your partnership in raising $1,000,000. Here are some ideas:

Be outrageous: Buy a dozen of my albums. Give them away to your friends. Tell them about ARE WE READY and the $1,000,000 game. Have them do same.

If you are a business owner or work in an office – buy thirty of my CDs. I will give you an awesome flyer and WWO brochures. Your customers are bored when you talk about your business and the weather. They will be thrilled to hear from you about music and orphans, and will gladly support us. Trust me.

Be Fundraising Hero. Take on raising $500, $1,000, $10,000 or $100,000 – did you see the latest rewards on Razoo? Call people you know. Especially the ones for whom $1,000,000 is not a big deal. If it’s your or your child’s birthday, take donations as gifts. Or organize an event – I will sing there; if you don’t like my singing (I won’t hold this against you), let’s have someone else sing.

Connect me. With bloggers, journalists, TV and radio hosts, DJ’s and people of influence. And if you are the one with an audience that extends beyond your cat – interview me, write about the $1,000,000 game, invite me to your show. In other words, make Oprah jealous.

If you are a YES to one or more of these propositions, their variations or you have your own, TALK TO ME.

If you think that all this is a good idea, but too much trouble – I am making two promises. First: I will train you to talk about my music, Worldwide Orphans Foundation and the $1,000,000 game as effortlessly as you complain about the weather – but with much more impact. Second: Your life will be enriched. It will blossom. You will be blown away by human generosity. You will have profound unimaginable conversations. People will surprise you. Your life will not be the same. I promise. TALK TO ME.

If all of the above options fail, it’s easy: I love chocolate, the darker the better. Happy upcoming birthday to me!


Misha Lyuve: Are We Ready

Are We Ready - Misha Lyuve

A soundbite from my upcoming album by Misha Lyuve

Oct 21, 2012

I would like to share with you about the album of my songs that is coming out in January 2013. One of the things that I learned in the process is that in life there are dreams beyond dreams. Yet again I am allowed to see how something that hadn’t been even a thought a year ago, first turned into a seed of a possibility and now is slowly but surely becoming reality.

The album is called ARE WE READY. There are 11 songs. I wrote them. I wonder whether a more precise way of saying it is I wrote them down. When I listen to some of them, I often wonder – did I really write that?? I believe that my most important role in the process of song writing is being a scribe for whomever is actually doing the work. Thank you, Whomever, for choosing me as your scribe; I hope I am not screwing it up.

Some of the songs will make you laugh; others you will find intense; a few you might not understand – no worries, some of them remain a mystery to me too. And even though my songs might sound personal, when they come out of me, I feel that they talk for many many people, and maybe even you.

There is much more to be said about the process of the actual recording, all the people that have been participating in making this happen and, of course, the video of the song “Happiness” that is planned to be filmed next weekend in Montreal (there will be live updates on twitter) – this all will come. But for now, here is a soundbite from ARE WE READY:

“I am” by misha lyuve


An Enlightening Ride by Misha Lyuve

Mar 17, 2012

Every New Yorker knows how important it is for your cab driver to take the shortest and the quickest path to your destination.

So on my way from Washington Square to Upper West Side, my cabbie takes 6th avenue up – that would raise anyone’s eyebrows. But when he is starting to make a left turn on 47th street, I can’t help but scream out: “Are you really taking me through Times Square???”

As we are stumbling through traffic among other cabs, vans, ridiculousness (pardon my judgment) of stretched lemos and big eyes of overwhelmed visitors, I am fuming. “What was he thinking?”, “This is outrageous”, “How dare he be so disrespectful of my time” and even “How unprofessional of him” – the guy is about to get it from me.

…Suddenly my mind stops for a second, as if I get pulled out of my head into the space from which I can watch my cab, Times Square and my upset self from the outside. And I realize that I don’t know who this person taking me home is, how long he’s been driving in Manhattan and what kind of day he had. And I can also clearly see different paths in which my life can unfold from this moment on – like me giving him a passionately condescending speech and then being upset myself for the rest of the evening; or him throwing me out of the cab in the middle of Times Square; or me joking with him about the hurdles of New York City driving; or finding out where he is from; or just not saying a word.

When I land back into the back seat of the yellow cab, I’m no longer upset. There is nothing to do or to say, just to acknowledge that sometimes I can feel so much, at the moment it seems so true and wants to get expressed so fast – but it’s better to keep it to myself.

Thank you.

What I Am Grateful For by Misha Lyuve

Nov 24, 2011

Gratitude is one of the most joyful states of being. And when I manage to isolate the feeling of being grateful from the rest of the noise in my head, it is truly bliss-like.

This is what I am grateful for:

- that there is never a boring moment in my life

- that my life today was unimaginable a year before

- that I am soaked in love

- that miracles happen all the time

- that ideas come and come in abundance

- that the world is big enough to explore for a lifetime, or a few

- that opportunities to learn don’t ever give me a break

- that I have luck for kind strangers

- that special moments of love and intimacy flower on my tree

What are you being grateful for?

Remember? by Misha Lyuve

Sep 7, 2011
in memory of Neil Shastri

Remember New York after 9/11?

when you could find compassion in the eyes of a stranger

when there was togetherness in grieving for people we didn’t even know

when a regular person had an opportunity to become a hero

when it was normal for a business to care more about their employees and customers than their profits

when we were waking up to preciousness and fragility of our lives

when we rushed to say I love you to people that mattered to us

when we gave up excuses to do things that we had wanted to do.

Let’s not forget that bigger enemies than terrorism are sleepiness of our souls and resignation in our hearts, separateness of neighbors and fears that stop us.

And in the wake of the anniversary, why don’t you and I

give up a grudge against someone in our life

tell at least one person that we love him/her

do one things that we’re afraid of.

After all, there is no better way to honor the dead than by living. Are you up for it?

Why we don’t get tired of sunsets by Misha Lyuve

Jun 20, 2011


The shades of pink and orange, purple and blue, white and yellow – with patterns of torn clouds or some sky imperfections – over the surface of water, or above the mountains, or in between skyscrapers of a city: sunsets are like an infinite number of tunes created by a finite number of notes.

And with the music of sunsets come thoughts about miracle of nature and creation, questions of mortality and time, and sentimental feelings about unsaid or incomplete business… And as the sun is disappearing behind big objects or underneath the mythical line of horizon, there is a sparkle of hope, because tomorrow the sun will come up again giving us another chance, and there is a subtle sense that maybe something got clearer about these thoughts, questions and feelings or even that they will get resolved one day.

But in reality, the sun has hardly moved: it was the Earth moving (they should’ve called those Earth-turns really). And in reality, nothing changed inside us or, at most, we were left with another small insight.

Nevertheless, let us always be grateful for all reprieves from mundane, opportunities for retrospection and gifts of beauty.

When art gets personal by Misha Lyuve

May 19, 2011

There is nothing as effective in taking a career of an already successful artist to the next level as a sudden death or a suicide. One’s label can get selected for design of a royal wedding dress or get an exhibition in Metropolitan Museum of Art or even draw enough attention of a fool like me to buy their suit.

Yes, I own an Alexander McQueen’s suit.

We know art as something behind protective screens, shielded from daylight and flashlights of cameras or thoroughly wrapped from the touch of dirty fingers of movers.

But just because something can be worn every day, has to be adjusted to fit my size, and carries stains of my morning coffee, does it have to lose qualification of art? In fact, one thing is to have an experience in a museum or even see a painting hanging on the wall at home, but another to put an object on, having it envelope your body and touch your skin.

Is it the reason that I inadvertently avoid wearing my very artfully crafted suit, so that I don’t feel the weight of the dead body over my shoulders?

Has art got that personal with you?

Confessions of an asshole by Misha Lyuve

May 8, 2011

I wish I would always be balanced, kind and compassionate. But in reality, sometimes I can be an asshole. I offend people. I can be selfish, inconsiderate and ungrateful. Big news? – nah.

And of course I get to chastise myself for everything I’m not and everything I should be.  And as I leave little room for my own humanity, I do little for others’. Just upset me, say something to me I don’t like or do something I consider wrong – I will quickly get righteous, judgmental and unforgiving – yup, more of an asshole. Sounds familiar? – dah.

Just for illustration purposes: here is an asshole-ness – un-forgiveness vicious cycle.

Vicious cycle

This vicious cycle causes and perpetuates wars between friends and countries, it can divide a family and a nation, it leaves scars of arguments and wars for a lifetime.

So let me tell you, as an asshole to an asshole: let’s FORGIVE! We can start today forgiving one person; and maybe this person is you yourself.

tranformation cycle

I owe you an explanation by Misha Lyuve

Mar 31, 2011

“a life unexamined is not worth living” — Socrates

I like when things move fast. So when on December 29th I was walking through Central Park and had an idea to start ART BEAUTY LIFE blog, next day I published my first posting. I took 200 emails of my friends and acquaintances and made them my audience. And now, three months into writing the blog, I can finally explain what is behind it and extend you an invitation on a journey.

Let’s start with three thoughts:

My life is great, with a harmonious marriage and a loving family, a successful career in one of ”best to work for” companies and excitement of living in New York city, travels, hobbies…  

It doesn’t matter what a brilliant gift I’m given – in time I will turn it into something mundane, unexciting and unattractive. (By the way, are you any different?)

A small consistent effort on my part to be present in my daily activities goes long way in keeping depth, freshness and excitement of my experience.

Listen, I’m no expert in anything and there are plenty experts out there already. ART BEAUTY LIFE blog is a means to stay conscious about life and its surroundings, make art more accessible and relevant to life, and allow art and beauty into every moment. 

And this is the journey that I’m on.

And I am inviting you to join me.

Art beauty life blog

The year of dancing monks by Misha Lyuve

Jan 2, 2011

I know how to start a new year setting up goals and building out plans; and those quickly lead to a busy life with lots to do and likely many accomplishments.

A few months back traveling in Bhutan, I got to witness and even a little taste of a different kind of life. Bhutan is considered one of the least developed countries in the world, but don’t be fooled: those people are incredible advanced. You can see it in how they design their homes and villages; and a very low crime rate; and no beggars (mind it is just an hour flight from Delhi); but there are hospitals and schools in every urban center we passed (I even got a treatment for my back and at no charge).

And there are endless mountain peaks, and a very windy road (for the most part one-lane, but with very very gracious drivers), and little children running around till late (with no concern for safety), and our guide’s passion for his country and orchids, and very old and very new buddhist monasteries sometimes off the beaten track. And there are dancing monks…

And there was a moment during the trip when I knew harmony in a new way. Harmony as a value of life; a value that precedes goals, plans and accomplishments.

Hello 2011: the year of dancing monks.