The late George Harrison once described being a Beatle
as wearing a jacket called ‘Beatle.”
It was something he did but it was not him.
We are all souls wearing many jackets of experience.
They give us our color, our depth, our character.
Who is Vimala?
She is a soul passing through, just like the rest of us.
Here are a few of the many jackets she wears...
Claire "Vimala" Anderson is a creative artist manifesting most of her work in the fields of photography, painting, and as a singer-songwriter folk musician. Her works are both an expression and an exploration of the Spirit that her life experiences have unearthed within her. After living most of her life in western Pennsylvania, Vimala has found a second home in the southwest, spending time in both Tucson, AZ and the Pittsburgh [PA] area. Calling herself a late bloomer, Vimala has recently been inspired to 'hang up her shingle' and offer her many gifts to the world. Look around and feel free to tell us what you think...
[Scroll down or click the links on the right "Blog Archive (January 2016)" for the whole scoop! Hit the back button to return to this page.]
Having launched her solo career in November 2007, Vimala takes you on a musical journey through the acoustic folk, pop, and blues heartland of the 60’s, 70’s and more. Her repertoire includes her own vintage-style pop/folk creations and tunes from such noted acoustic icons as Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas & Papas, & Joan Baez; plus dozens more. Her list of acoustic covers and originals continues to grow.
"My first recollection of music was singing ‘Climb, Climb Up Sunshine Mountain’ as a 3-year-old in church." A native of Erie, PA, Vimala’s music career continued for years in the context of religious music, though her infatuation with the Beatles and other classic rock icons is unmistakable. After joining the band MOSES in 1999 her musical range and abilities grew and expanded as the bands support vocalist and bass player.
Today, blessed with an earthy, expressive vocal and relaxed finger-picking guitar style, Vimala's solo efforts blend folk, pop, and a hint of the blues. Reflecting her own life's journey, Vimala has developed a spiritual depth that brings a refreshing aura to her music. You will want to experience her powerful gift; something that until now, only close friends have been privy to.
EARLY PRAISE FOR ACOUSTIC VIMALA:
“I’m going to tell you what I told Carole King before she started singing. ‘You’ve got what it takes…use it!’ She had everyone else singing her songs. ‘You don’t need any of them,’ I told her. ‘You’ve got it. Use it.’”
–Al Aronowitz to Vimala (in September 2004) NY Post Journalist and personal friend of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and Carole King
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Acoustic Vimala with Ocotillo Geo Treo
play "The Returning Song" at the Tucson Folk Festival 2009
[video courtesy of Geo Melville]
Vimala sings: The Swan
[video courtesy of Myra Lesser]
TEARS: Vimala puts her words, music and photos together
in this moving tribute to her mom.
For a complete song list
and/or booking information contact:
C. Anderson E-MAIL
VIMALA'S CLOSET--- A closet is a place to store things. A mind serves the same purpose. It's all there to select and mix and match, or if desired, to IGNORE. This closet contains the things I think. It is by sheer vanity and obsession that I share some of it. Look quick, cause I throw alot of this stuff away. The closet is the only constant and I'm not even sure about THAT. Anyways, welcome and I hope you enjoy your visit. ---Vim
You will find all of my thoughtful wisdom and stories at this LINK!!!! CLICK HERE!!!
* 1 to 2 hours of photography time [flexible]
* Unlimited amount of photographs taken
* Digital editing and color adjustments [extra]
* DVD/CD of high-resolution files for you to print as you like
* Location of your choice up to 50 miles of zip code 16057...
Don't come to me, I'll come to you! Price includes $60 sitting fee [due up front] plus cost of your unedited disc. Editing, adjusting and/or printing your photos will cost extra. Think about it and let me know!!!
Gift certificates also available upon request!
Text or leave message... I'll call you back... 724.421.7478 or EMAIL
About weddings: For now, I am only doing informal weddings where other photographers are present and shooting. Will let you know when this changes.
P.S. Though it is a bit unusual, I photograph funerals and memorial services also, giving you a photographic record of flowers, people, and other factors that may pass your notice while you are dealing with the initial loss.
A new 'jacket' for her wardrobe... Songs of the Spirits is the latest creative venture Vimala has taken on. The inaugural workshop was presented in summer of 2014 at Lily Dale Assembly in Lily Dale, NY, and explores the phenomenon of spirit communication through music. In this workshop she shares insights from her encounters with the spirits in her musical process and explores the musical spirit connection that is there for us all.
Safely Through the Fire: A Story of Love, Loss, and Rebirth
"Life's Most Difficult Lessons..."
"A poignant yet thoughtful story of a sister's grief...paints a realistic portrait of isolation, emotional and spiritaul upheaval, and the eventual resolution of a brother's untimely death..."
"Life's most difficult lessons never seem to wait until you are ready for them. Anna thought that they did until one dreaded Labor Day, when the sky fell, the sun grew dark, and she embarked upon a journey from which she would emerge completely altered (STF-- Chapter One)." Anna's faith is no match for the inconceivable news that her brother Billy, the most stable presence in her young life, is dying of AIDS.
Author Claire "Vimala" Anderson, whose own brother died in 1992, draws upon personal experience to build a poignant, yet thoughtful story of a young woman's reluctant initiation into the world of loss and grief. With her brother gone, and her faith utterly destroyed, a miraculous message from beyond the grave sets her on a path of self-discovery that leads her into a gradual rebirth of hope and faith.
"This is the book I longed for when I first learned that my brother had AIDS. I wanted someone who had already weathered the storm to send back a word of hope." This story is for the multitudes who have been left behind..."
--Claire "Vimala" Anderson
Writer's Club Press
...also available as eBook [pending]...
FOREWORD: "Should this work endure into an age when understanding, acceptance and compassion are the rule of the day, I want the reader to know that there was a time in the history of mankind when it was not so. Against the dark social backdrop of fear, superstition, and intolerance, some souls shown as brilliant stars, reminding us that there was indeed a better way. My brother was such a Star. Within these pages, I have offered the reader an opportunity to gaze upon the night sky of the disease called AIDS, and to discover that contrary to public opinion, it is ablaze with the welcoming light of love, peace, and hope..."
"...A candid glimpse into the world of AIDS-related bereavement..."
--Erie Gay News
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--Paul Brown, "Probe" WQLN-FM, Erie, PA
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"...A book of hope and of life in the face of a death and a cruel dying."
--Jerry Trambley, Erie Times-News
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LISTEN! Author interview ["PROBE" with Paul Brown, WQLN Erie, PA 25 April 1998]
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BOOK AN AUTHOR EVENT: Having experienced the traumatic loss of her oldest brother Billy to AIDS in 1992, author Claire "Vimala" Anderson has written a fictionalized account of her grief journey. She is available to share her story and insights with interested individuals, groups, and audiences who so request. To sponsor a talk or event: EMAIL
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For your enjoyment - a musical tribute to her brother, by the author... or, this book put to song:
These acrylic on paper paintings are the result of an intuitive creative process. All matters, from the color selection to choice of technique are decided by impression and the end result is often surprising. When you commission one of these intuitive paintings we will coordinate with you and your spirit guides and the painting will 'come forth.' You do not need to be present. When you receive your painting, it will be accompanied by a written report of psychic impressions received during the creation of the piece. The patterns and energies in your painting are uniquely for you and will support you on your spiritual journey in the times to come...
Regular Price: $85
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Paintings are unframed, acrylic on paper paintings and fit a standard 8"x10" frame.
Quantity discounts are available if mailed to one address.
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SPIRIT ART Artist Statement
It is time to go nameless
A name brings limitation edges that aren’t really there.
It is time to go formless
Formless spirit art is what I do
No edges… No definitions…
Nothing to keep your heart from seeing, launching, soaring.