We are very pleased and excited to welcome our special guests Davana Brown & Bobbi Bernstein to Chicago for our Fall Sahavas on September 23-25th, at our Hillside Center. Please mark your calendars now and stay tuned for registration details in the coming weeks. Please see Davana & Bobbi’s biographical information below, beautifully illustrating their love and dedication in sharing & serving Meher Baba’s Love for many years. We look forward to an exciting and rewarding Sahavas! (Please share this email with your groups – thank you!)
Davana Brown: For the past thirty-five years Davana has lived in India as a spiritual trainee under the auspices of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust. She describes her life as “the impossible become possible by His grace”. During those years, she has been blessed to try and be of service to Baba’s Meherazad men and women mandali in whatever ways were possible; helping Dr. Goher in the Meher Free Dispensary, trying to be of help to Mehera and the women mandali in Baba’s household, and for the last eighteen years of Eruch’s life until he passed away on 31st August 2001, helping him in whatever ways he wished and needed. Davana’s life of love and service stands in testimony to Baba’s promise to us all that God hears the longings of our hearts.
Bobbi Bernstein is a musician, singer, songwriter and former librarian, living in North Myrtle Beach, SC since 1985. She has performed and jammed at the Meher Spiritual Center, Meherabad and Meherazad, and at other Baba places and gatherings since the early 1970’s. Her Baba connection began in Albany, NY through Ken Lux, and Darwin and Jeanne Shaw in Schenectady, NY. One evening, Jeanne asked her to set a Rabindranath Tagore poem to music, and that began her songwriting adventure. Darwin’s sublime Discourse meetings directly inspired her first original piece, “Just Love You”. Since then she has written “That Extra Mile, ”The Real Thing Calypso,” “Meherabad Meherazad,” “Dress Your Soul With Baba,” “Baba’s Adele,” and many more songs for the Beloved.
Bobbi grew up in Union, NJ, just 20 miles from the Big Apple and Broadway. Her parents loved show music and their favorite song was “Begin the Beguine”. Bobbi has always included the Great American Songbook in her repertoire, by songwriters and lyricists such as Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as more recent songs that also reflect Meher Baba’s love and humor. A percussionist as well as a piano and keyboard player, Bobbi has written an eclectic mix of songs with jazz, blues, Latin, rock, pop and classical influences. While living in Nyack, NY, she had the great opportunity of meeting Big Chief Moore, a trombonist who played with Louis Armstrong in the 1950’s. Performing with Big Chief in his retirement years, she learned many New Orleans jazz songs. Bobbi’s earliest musical influence however, was her mother, who from age four was able to play piano “by ear.” Her style was stride piano, and she and Bobbi enjoyed playing duets together.
The Chicago Sahavas will be a homecoming for her, since Bobbi was an informal guest of the group many years ago. Some of the people who were there at that time were Cookie Schefris, Ellis Pines, Michael Kovitz, Richie Goldman, Judy Gregory, and “the Kleiner”. She even got to hear piano man David Miotke playing in a small club. She remembers enjoying an unusually warm June in the Windy City, and riding in an open convertible with some of the group, while singing the praises of Chicago. She says that it will be a great joy to sing the praises of Meher Baba and Chicago this coming September.
To hear sample tracks of Bobbi’s music, please visit the Sheriar Bookstore link below: