On stage and on the mat
BY FELICIA MARIE TOMASKO, RN
Michael Franti embodies the connection between
Yoga and music in many ways, through the messages
and melodies in his upbeat songs, his collaborations
with yogis like Seane Corn, and his avid personal pursuit of the practice.
His newest album is The Sound of Sunshine, and he
says this about music and the album: Music is sunshine.
“Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can in-
stantly and almost chemically change your entire mood.
Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of pur-
pose. Music is something you can’t hold in your hands,
smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming
together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our
eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most
difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights.” He
wrote many of the songs after a harrowing experience
of severe illness after his appendix burst on tour – an
experience that would remind any of us of how much we
love sunshine (in this interview, he refers to a memorable
get-well card he received then). While on the road, he
took the time to speak to LA Yoga.
Felicia Marie Tomasko: What is meaningful for you
about attending and playing at festivals?
Michael Franti: At a festival, I go first as a fan and second as a performer. I walk around, do all the fun things,
eat food, see a band that I’ve never seen before, and say
hello to people. Wanderlust (in Vermont) was the last