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Girl in a Coma Singer Nina Díaz' Spiritual Makeover

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But even if it was a phase, Hare Krishna scripture tells her that would be an irrelevant fact.

“In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear,” says Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, the main book followed by Hindus and Vaishnavas (devotees of Vishnu or Krishna).

“Yeah, that’s very nice,” she said, “but I’ve spent too many years going back to those drugs, that alcohol, or that guy… I would be a fool to do that again.”

No matter what happens on Neela’s spiritual path, Nina, the rock singer, is not going anywhere, and her big test post-Krishna took place in May, when Girl in a Coma opened for Smashing Pumpkins in Houston, Dallas, and Corpus Cristi. In a normal situation, she would’ve been thrilled to be there.

Instead, at first she was hesitant and nervous. Then, it clicked.

“I realized [that] I’m doing this for [God] right now, I’m doing what [God] gave me,” she said. “And when I played, my heart opened up in a way I never felt before. It was like when you’re a child and you finally learn how to whistle or how to snap your fingers, and you’re like, ‘Oh this is what it sounds like.’”

Her newly sober life has influenced the way she writes too.

“There is a new Girl in a Coma song that’s like a [mantra],” she said, “and I’m anxious to see where it goes from now on. My newfound creativity is like a door that has always been there but I’ve been too afraid to actually open and walk into.”

Their S.A. show Saturday at Josabi’s comes after a successful mini-tour on the West Coast with Piñata Protest and a solo gig by Díaz in L.A. But wait… Did I say “successful?”

“Some people may think I’m successful because of the things I’ve done and the places I’ve been to,” Díaz told me. “I know what I’ve done and I’m real happy that I’ve done it and I’m really grateful. But the things I’m doing now and the things I’m doing today… Waking up, talking to you, being able to say the things I really feel and really mean them, that, to me, is more successful than playing any big stadium, doing any tour, or any dollar bill. And when it comes to music, the songs I’m writing and the way I feel when I perform now, it is the happiest I have been in my whole career. That, to me, is real success.”

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17200 HWY 16 N (Helotes)
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