“There are no accidents, only blessings in disguise.”
Alicia Fall is a songwriter, lyricist, singer and musician who draws upon her rich cultural background—Eastern Band Cherokee, Danish, Cuban and Spanish—to capture the American experience. Alicia grew up in New York City where she collaborated with jazz greats such as Chico Freeman and Norman Hedman. In 1998, she worked with musician Jon Solomon to release her premier CD, Headed For Amsterdam. The CD, a mix of jazz, blues, and soft rock, addresses the heart-breaking reality of human relationships. Her latest CD, Hope Is What We Got, was released in December 2008, with proceeds going to global causes. Alicia is a powerful performer who evokes spiritual awakening and emotional resonance from her audiences.
Q: How did these experiences change you?
I recognize the perfection in—and purpose behind—every moment. For example, my car was rear-ended and I sustained tears in my shoulders. When the doctors did an MRI, they found a bone tumor embedded in my left shoulder. Had this car crash not happened, I might have discovered this tumor too late. There are no accidents, only blessings in disguise. We experience these divine interventions all the time but sometimes overlook them when they are not what we like or expect.
Q: Anything else?
A: When I was young, I stayed with different friends for six months while between apartments. One day, I complained about my bouncing from place to place to a friend who happened to be homeless. He replied, “Wow, you have a lot of friends!” This insight caused a permanent shift inside me. Life is all in how we look at it.
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