Loolwa

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The Science behind Music as Medicine

Can music really heal the physical body? Leading scientific research says yes. Studies on the healing powers of music are documented in books like The Power of Music (by NY Times best-selling author Elena Mannes) and The Healing Power of Sound (by oncologist Mitchell Gaynor MD), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched three new studies on the healing [...]

By |2020-01-21T18:44:15+00:00January 21st, 2020|Mind-Body Connection|0 Comments

The Story behind the Song, “Cancer Is My Engine”

When Iraqis in Pajamas front woman Loolwa Khazzoom was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010, she was not simply offered the option of surgery; rather, she was bullied into choosing that option, with one of the doctors telling her, in so many words, that she would die if she did not get surgery, emphasizing, “You can’t [...]

By |2020-01-16T19:49:25+00:00January 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Grand Healing Adventure

I wrote this personal statement for the Lloyd Symington Foundation, as part of my application for a grant for my band, Iraqis in Pajamas, to produce the song, "Cancer Is My Engine." It puts my Cancer Healing Adventure in the context of a lifetime of choices I made in how to approach trauma and healing. My [...]

By |2020-01-14T23:08:50+00:00January 14th, 2020|Mind-Body Connection|0 Comments

Iraqis in Pajamas Releases New Single about Healing from Cancer through Song

Contact: Loolwa Khazzoom, Band Leader ‪(253) 466-4326‬ iraqisinpajamas@gmail.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Against the Backdrop of Scientific Studies Proving the Healing Power of Music, Seattle Band Releases Innovative Single about Healing from Cancer through Song On March 1, Iraqis in Pajamas releases, “Cancer Is My Engine,” whose production is being funded by the Lloyd Symington Foundation, which supports people living with and healing [...]

By |2020-01-16T20:46:32+00:00January 14th, 2020|Songs|0 Comments

Drug of Choice

You live in a Drug-encrusted fantasy About what you want to do And who you want to be Toking on pot Hiding behind a shroud of smoke That pushes you away from me As you indulge in self-pity Howling about abandonment While you fail to be there for me Postponing delaying The ways you promised [...]

By |2019-12-07T22:52:09+00:00December 7th, 2019|Songs|0 Comments

In the Splendor of Leaves Changing Color

I write songs As my way of communicating The depth of my feelings But I find that words Are silly inadequate To express the vastness of grief That I feel Without you here The omnipresent void That threatens to engulf me In a dark abyss My world is shattered I feel resentful That life carries [...]

By |2019-11-29T17:18:19+00:00November 29th, 2019|Songs|0 Comments

Your Orbit

Dear Daddy There is a brokenness in you That you wouldn’t/couldn’t fix That you were unwilling/unable To repair Effectively threatening to break me Anytime I neared your orbit Effectively repelling me From your life This family This community Forcing me to choose Between you and me And in doing so Pitting me against myself I [...]

By |2019-11-29T16:41:17+00:00November 29th, 2019|Songs|0 Comments

Finding our own place: Jews live in an increasingly Christian U.S.

This article was first published in The Jewish Independent, on March 17, 2006 San Francisco While visiting Southeast Asia for half a year, Ellen and David Newman were deeply moved by the religious diversity surrounding them. "We saw many practising Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims," David Newman recalled. "It led us to an even broader notion of many paths." [...]

By |2019-10-04T01:55:27+00:00October 4th, 2019|Published Articles|0 Comments