“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Waldo Emerson
We’re so honored to be here with you and to share some deeply personal songs and stories. Our intention with sharing our songs and stories is to uplift all of us here, to shift into gratitude and appreciation for life, to realize that no matter what we go through, no matter how tough it might get at times, we’re all so lucky to be alive, to be on this journey together. 💖😍🌈🎤🎸🎵⚡🎹🌎
On the deepest level the misfortunes we experience serve us, if we allow them to. There are beautiful gifts borne out of our suffering. Not to minimize how painful things can feel sometimes. But at some point during or after the shock of suffering, we most always have a choice, to feel victimized and righteous about it OR to trust that any difficult struggle will lead to some unpredictable good.
Anything devastating, heartbreaking, painful, frightening can lead to love, joy and appreciation for life. So we hope you’ll join us for a show and take a journey into the heart, through misfortune into fortune. Through grief into love. Through our wounds and burdens into gratitude.
Noah Bears R.
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Mouth Trumpet, possessed by higher love at times
I started playing guitar when I was a kid. A friend showed me some chords and from there I taught myself to play. For years I was probably better at air guitar than I was at actually playing 🙂 Thankfully, I got better over time and had the chance to play in some great bands over the years. I love playing songs and how it puts me in an altered state, gives me goosebumps and leaves me feeling totally uplifted and connected.
Although I started writing songs in my teens, I didn’t have the courage or confidence as a kid to make music my profession. I had a pretty difficult childhood that left me feeling worthless and unwanted. Looking back now, I had to face the darkness first. Everything I’d been through in my childhood, the abandonment I experienced, the worthlessness I took on, it was all essential. All of it led toward learning to love myself, to open my heart, and to know how to care for the hearts of others. read more about my story.
Lead Vocals, Keyboards, walking between realms, unicorn status, mama to Lady Bug
Raised in a musical family, I grew up singing and my mother taught me to play piano. I lived in San Francisco for nearly a decade singing and playing keyboard/synth in various bands and music projects, playing live shows at local venues and livin’ it up! Music styles ranged from indie-rock and singer/songwriter to electro-dance. Simultaneously, I was on an inner journey of growth, spiritual connection and self-awareness. Music projects and jam sessions continued during the two years I lived in Maui, Hawaii, where I began to combine my vocal chant ceremony singing with my songwriting style. I followed my heart to Olympia to be with my love, Noah, where our mutual love of music naturally entwined into our current music project, and I look forward to exploring this new singing expression in songs I write with Waking Bear. read more about my story.
Lead Guitar, Transmitting magical uplifting solos of glorious rainbows
Born in Ithaca NY 1988, I started learning guitar at the age of 17 and got serious at 21. Influenced by gospel, traditional country guitar, soul and blues as well as folk and contemporary rock.
So much joy to write and perform with Waking Bear, we love to amplify good vibes and raise the vibrational frequency. I like adventures, mind-blowing concepts, and breakfast. Read more about story
Drums, riding a wave called rhythm and having a f*#^ing blast doing it.
Playing drums, feeling the groove – is like being in the pulse, aligning with the frequency of life itself. It’s as good as it gets. I love drumming. My attempt towards any degree of mastery with this amazing instrument is like climbing a mountain with no top, often pausing to appreciate the current view; knowing the climb must continue. This magical climb, my journey on a drum throne that I enjoy so much, continues now, as a drummer with Waking Bear. I feel truly blessed. Time to give it my all! Read more about my story.
Bassist, Teacher, Perpetual Learner and Rootsy Groove Master
I was a listener before I was a player. I was a player before I heard my own voice. I heard my own voice before I emerged from hibernation. And my voice softly exclaimed, “Dude, it’s time to wake UP!” Like “Waking Bear”, I learned to listen to the vibrations of the world, of nature, of song, and to sing out at a young age. I surrounded myself with music. Headphones attached to amplifiers attached to turntables, spinning vinyl, were my escape and my joy. As I moved through school, I picked up the trumpet in Concert Band, Bass guitar in Jazz, Snare in Marching Band and Double Bass in the Orchestra. The Bass Guitar was always my calling, though. Rad more about my story.
Poe & Fin
Pretty much ruling the roost and doing whatever we want
I’m Poe. Finn’s my little cousin, he’s in the spirit world already. We still play together. I’m a super loving cat, but I can’t help hunting all night and sleeping most of the day. It’s just in my nature. It’s what I do. I’m cool with it because I know that, on the soul level, all of us are okay, even the birds, mice, rabbits and squirrels that I catch.
Roaming the neighborhood and hanging out with any family that feeds him
Yeah, I was a puppy in this pic, but I’m almost 5 years old now! I’m pretty much Lady Bug’s big brother (see next bio). She tries to lick my face all the time and follows me everywhere. My dad, Noah, even called lady bug my mini-me. So annoying! Anyway, I love to fetch balls and play tug-of-war. Other than that, I’m pretty much all about eating and snuggling.
Playing, Eating, Sleeping, Pooping
I don’t really know how I got into this band. I don’t even play an instrument. But I am pretty fucking cute and the ladies seem to love me.