On a recent Saturday night at the performance space Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn, the singer Bette Smith moved effortlessly across the stage wearing a tight holographic vinyl dress and five-inch-heeled thigh-high boots, strutting like Tina Turner. Since her start at age 5 singing in church, Ms. Smith has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and toured Europe multiple times. She is currently on tour in Spain. But when Ms. Smith is in New York, she spends her Sundays meditating, volunteering and taking hot yoga classes. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her Australian Labradoodle, Jeremiah.
SECRET MANTRA I get up at 6 and I meditate for about 20 minutes. I have a secret mantra, which I use to zone in and get into a rounded state of being. It helps my concentration, memory and overall well-being. I study Transcendental Meditation. Oprah does it. Ellen DeGeneres does it. Stevie Wonder wrote a song about it. The Beatles did it. My mentor says I’m hyper, so after I meditate for 20 minutes, I then take another 10 minutes to just come back into my body.
DOG RUN Jeremiah and I jog up to Prospect Park, where there’s an off-leash session. I take him there from 7 to 9. There are hundreds of dogs in a five-mile radius. It’s very nice and refreshing. If you’re afraid of dogs, it’s not the best place for you. The dogs are well behaved, but they roughhouse with each other; it’s like going to the zoo. It’s one of the best parts of my Sunday.
HOLD THE COFFEE There’s a cafe called Dizzy’s, and I have an egg sandwich. They have outside seating, and you can tie your dog right next to the seats. I’m a tea person. For meditation, they suggest you don’t drink coffee because you need to know how to wind down, and when I drink coffee, I get really manic. I’m big on green tea.
SLOW DOWN We’re getting back home around 11 these days because it’s a lot of walking and the dog smells the trees and other dogs. I used to rush, but he taught me how to stop and smell the flowers. I’ll try and count the petals on a flower, which is very hard sometimes because there are so many. I’ll look at the pine needles and pine cones that fall off the trees. It’s called a walking meditation in nature. It’s good for me because I’m a hyper, high-strung New Yorker who grew up in Bed-Stuy, which was very violent back in the day, and it really helps me chill out.
GIVING BACK I volunteer at God’s Love We Deliver. It’s kind of a soup kitchen, but they do more than soup. They cook complete nourishing meals and deliver to all five boroughs. I do prepping and meal-kit assembly from 1 to 4:30. You have a good clean feeling when you leave there. The kitchens are beautiful; it’s bright, well lit. It’s like “Top Chef” — big knives, big carving boards. Joan Rivers used to do it a lot before she passed.
SOME LIKE IT HOT I go down to Modo Yoga, which is Bikram yoga. It’s a heated room that’s basically like a sauna. It’s very addictive because there’s no pressure. You can go in there and lie down and fall asleep. No one is going to bother you. Or you can be an Olympian. The people there are high vibrational; they’re very dedicated. There are a lot of singers, dancers and Broadway actors there. As an artist, I like to be around other artists; it gives me inspiration to keep going.
THE THEATER I usually take in a movie or a play. I either see an Off Broadway or Broadway play. I’m also really big on movies. I like to go to the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Angelika. They’re my favorite movie houses. I like the more quaint ones.
FUSION COOKING I come home and cook dinner. I graduated about three or four years ago from Le Cordon Bleu French cooking school. I’m a big foodie. I make some French food or West Indian fusion like jerk chicken or brown stew chicken. My family is from Trinidad, so I fuse my heritage of Trinidadian cooking with the French cooking I learned in school. I would say by the time I get to eating it’s between 8 and 9. I usually drink red wine, but I’m trying to lose weight for my tour, so I’ll just have a diet soda.
THE VEHICLE I’ve been taking guitar lessons for a while now. It’s the vehicle by which I do my songwriting. I bought a vintage guitar from Richie’s. He sells guitars and fixes them in the East Village. I’ll get on my couch, and I’ll just sing a song that I wrote or am writing. That will lull me to sleep.
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