Editor’s note: This article was corrected to show that an 8-month-old was struck by a car in a neighborhood next to Hoeksema’s when she lived in Los Angeles.
When Heather Hoeksema was living in Los Angeles working as an architect, she didn’t feel right.
On a quiet afternoon, she walked outside her home, located on the corner of an intersection, and saw a homeless woman walking down the street. That person turned to Hoeksema and asked, “Do you know what’s going on?”
Her answer — ”No, I don’t.”
That was the moment she realized the place around her was becoming bizarre, that the average person walking down the street has to wonder where they are going and what’s going on.
“I was experiencing these things a lot where people seemed really lost and disconnected; not only to place but to each other,” Hoeksema said.
She then had another experience on her street. People began using the Waze app, which directs to the route of least resistance. People began detouring off highways and onto side streets. Hoeksema’s street went from seeing a couple hundred of cars a day to a couple thousand.
Hoeksema said the vibrations, noise and pollution from the cars were penetrating into her front yard, and she could feel it all. An 8-month-old was even struck and killed while being strolled in a nearby neighborhood. The place was a mess, she said, and no one seemed to care. That was the rude awakening.
Hoeksema said the disconnect was getting to dangerous levels — people behaving in a hostile way as well as there being physical ramifications.
Prior to her rude awakening, she started writing her book, “Singular Butterfly” which looks at the cross connection between natural environmental health and holistic human health on a level smaller than the molecular level and connecting it to her architecture — how human environments are shared. This was one reason she was able to see this situation in a different light and not assimilate to her surroundings.
A year and a half before she left Los Angeles, she began studying harmonics and learning about frequencies.
The international standard for modern tuning in music, determined by the British, is 440 hertz, she said. Hoeksema tunes her guitar to 432 hertz.
“Because the 432 frequency has these direct relationships, these mathematical relationships, that are seen in nature, it starts to shape an environment that literally is more adaptive, that’s more fluid and that calibrates more seamlessly than artificial environments,” Hoeksema said.
That vibe and vibrations at the 432 frequency harbor a more healthy connection to other people and to nature, she says. This is also the way in which nature maintains its balance and flow, she said. When people can’t connect, they can express their feelings in a hostile ways.
“My whole premise for my work is about how humans can return to that instead of going off the deep end,” Hoeksema said.
Because she was looking at things at a molecular level, she saw that everything was connected on that level by resonance which is determined by harmonics. Hoeksema all the while was writing short stories about female archetypes. She soon wrote her demos which became her CD, “Rode Show,” in the lower tune.
“Singular Butterfly” is theoretical book which laid the foundation for how she approached her music. She attempted to write songs on a keyboard that would only tune to a frequency of 440 hertz, but she had difficulties with her voice.
“So a lot of people would suggest that the human voice naturally, and i.e. the human body, naturally aligns with the frequency as well,” Hoeksema said.
She soon left Los Angeles and went out into nature to build her strength, get fresh air and run through the woods, she said. Hoeksema felt like she had to recalibrate and started traveling.
About a year ago she finished her short stories, in her book, “Flash Light: 9 Girls’ Stories for Grown Ups.” These stories written in child-book genre, but is just for adults.
In the second edition of her book, she included the essay “Singular Archetype.”
The essay highlighted evolution, adaptation, natural frequency, how humans may have connected naturally in the beginning and how it relates to the feminine. Hoeksema realized the short stories cross-connect with her album.
Hoeksema held a book reading and discussion of her second book Friday night at Maggie’s Books, 345 E. Main St., Montrose. On Monday, she will join Melissa Lowe, of Yoga House, in A Night of Mindfulness + Indie Folk Music from 7-10 p.m. at Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, 68 S. Grand Ave., Montrose.
The upcoming event is an all-reserved event. Advance main gallery reserved seating is $35 and studio gallery reserved seating is $25 when purchased at Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery. Advance online purchase is $37 and $27 ($2 service charge included). After show meet and greet with artists is included. Admission is $2 more Day of Event (if available).
Lowe will give a presentation. Hoeksema will play her music. She may also touch on the relationship between vibration, how humans sing and how music affects the vibration of our bodies and that will connect to the idea of architecture of the body and yoga. The cross-link will be chanting and the sounds made in relationship to the breathing during yoga practice.
“I’ll probably focus on the idea of breath (and how it pretty much relates to everything) and the movement of air flow and how this relates to this idea of harmonic and Melissa is going to talk about those and that in relationship with her skydiving and her yoga practice,” Hoeksema said.
Monica Garcia is the news editor at the Montrose Daily Press.