Friday, December 31, 2010

A strange arrangement: 2010 & Resolutions


Around this time last year, I sat down with a good friend with a bottle of baileys and the scarface DVD, and my sketchbook. I can't really remember why we chose Baileys but I think it's because it reminded me of Krémas, we chose scarface because we both never seen it lol, and my sketchbook to write my new years resolution. Prior to that day, I had never written down my goals for this year, and so I did. and here's what my list consited of:

- Taking Chances
- Manage my money more efficiently
- Social life (since 2009, was highly deficient in that department lol)
- Getting Involved in the community
- Physically do something (aka, less talk more action)
- Tutor a kid (once a week)/"Big Sister"/Mentoring
- License
- Be more vocal (aka voice my concerns/be more honest with myself and with people when things bother me) [sadly this one ended up costing me a friendship]
- Apply for jobs
- Apply for Internships
- Let Go and Let God [could've been better]
- Be more active in my faith
- Lauryn Hill (I wrote it down, in a "YouNeverKnow" feel about the whole thing, and guess who bought her ticket to see her on the 22nd?? YOURS TRULY SAAAAN'!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Star ft. Rachel Claudio - 20syl Rmx by Sly Johnson

It wasn't until I was going through this list again, that I realized that I had accomplished 90% of what I had sought out to do this year. It was sort of a cool realization, that I did all of this subconsciously. When I talked to my sister about it, she said that meant that I was an "effective person" and realizing this I think is sort of cool. I feel blessed to have the drive that I have to BE, and to Do what's in my heart.


Yesterday was one of the best days of 2010, simply because I felt like I was living in the moment in the simplest form. I didn't do much, had a meeting with a few great young people who will be contributing to a newspaper article at York. I decided that I was going to be part of it, for a challenge for myself, and as a creative outlet. Then I went for a walk around downtown after buying art supplies for my music project. I was walking around with a smile on my face. I swear if someone saw me they would've thought I was crazy, I kept trying to stop myself. I kept wondering if people born in this city really realize how beautiful this city is, and how blessed they are. For instance hours prior to my walk à la solo-dolo, I was on the bus, with the beautiful people I met at the meeting, and we were just discussing making change, and creating/starting initiatives and there was a white older man that was eavesdropping on our conversation, as we were getting off the bus, he made sure to tell us, that what we were talking about was the truth, and that it was extremely positive and that we should keep doing it. I was in awe. I think that if this conversation was happening in Calgary, it would've gone a completely DIFFERENT WAY!!

Supalover feat. 20syl and David of Hocus Pocus by Ovall

Yesterday, was also an awesome hair day! lol.. Considering the fact that my family was spraying some haterade on me and my hair over the holidays, by referring me to a female version of bob Marley, it was a nice change. I took off my braids not because of their comments, but because it was time lol. ( I had several braid patches that had begun a dance on their own in unison, and dreading out of furry, every time I washed it. I was super nervous/concerned!) I took a few pics of it all, I think my sister will feature me on her blog: CoiledCreole tumblr ... *raises the roof* yaay!



This year I'm going to create a vision board from scratch. I mean, charcoal, sketchbook, eraser, paint everything my heart will almost literally be splattered all over this board. :) ... I hope for it to remind me everyday of my search to actualize myself, to realize my goals, and to simply be the best me, and bring a smile to my creator. .... so 2011's goals will go as follows:


[Physical]
- Big Chop! :) (... so excited for this!!)
- Be more active/Step up my fitness/health habits (for the last few months, I've been developping really unhealthy eating habits, because I'm so consumed doing the work that I do and I'm not impressed with myself)
- Blog about what I'm doing physically? (exercises? skin and hair stuff? ...?)

[Spiritual]
- Let Go and Let God x5 (With my graduation and a big unknown question mark for what is to follow this goal, has become that much more critical!)

[Love]
- Love every inch of myself, morning faces, awkward gas from lactose, coiled kinks, random body hairs and ALL! & shine
- Find my 'thing', believe in my many gifts, and actualize what's in my heart
- Be more willing to be more vulnerable
- step up my dull 'dating/relationship' life lol ... (not sure how yet though)

... (sidebar: I have more goals, but these are the ones I'm sharing on this 'thing')

Happy New Year fellow readers :) ... Happy New Year to this blog!
Strange Fruit

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I got a feeling...



Blu - So Perfect (prod. Exile) by mmmikeyt

The other day, I woke up and I can't remember what I had to do that day but I remember walking out of the house feeling beautiful. Everything about my hair, my skin, what I managed to accomplish with my clothes, was just good. I walked outside feeling simple, not at all conceited but feeling blessed that God gave me the spirit and the body wrapped up into what is me. I felt confident in how and who I was. It was random but it was kind of cool. That feeling was like a high that lasted a couple of hours, and then it faded into the background of my being. lol...


I tried to figure out the reason behind this random feeling. Funny thing is that I don't think transitioning is the reason for it. I think I always had those moments but I just never thought about these moments, until I started to think about being. (makes sense?). It's almost like I'm looking at myself outside of myself. Strange Fruit of the week.

John Legend & The Roots "SHINE" (Re-imagined by Ahmed Sirour) by Ahmed S.




While I'm at it, I guess I could give an update on my hair: My braids are dreading. lol.. I think it's that time where it needs to come off. But I've solved the scalp situation I had going on, and my hair seems to have improved dramatically, and so has my routine. Pretty happy with it, I'm just praying that I can actually undo the dreading action that's going on under there. For some reason I have this feeling that I may be frustrated enough to just big chop before new years or something drastic and random like that, but we'll see lol.

Hocus Pocus - Mr tout le monde by Manuel Orkestar



I finally finished the 1st draft of my project. The easy fun part is coming now, and I get to enjoy my break! I found a DOPE 100 best Native Tongues songs from Complex mag! I found out Lauryn Hill is coming to Toronto a few days before my birthday!

Ran into the trailer for this movie feat. Liya Kebede, which I NEED to watch as soon as it comes out.

Desert Flower (Wüstenblume) - Trailer English from MajesticFilm on Vimeo.


And here's a mini-short film I just ran into. It's the story of a man who started his own suit company in NY. It's kinda cool.

Lessons from a Tailor. Directed by Galen Summer from Ed David on Vimeo.

Friday, December 17, 2010



This is me, after 192 hours of writting my music journal. That's a week straight of waking up, going on my computer listening to songs over and over again, analyzing it, researching it, thinking about it, reacting to it, and writting it. When I go hard on my work, I go hard, ask anyone.



I managed to reached up to 140 songs. The minimum for this project is 150 songs. And I had the fortunate realization when I got to my 80th song, that a few of my previous analyses were not very solid, so I gotta go back and fix it before I leave for Ottawa. So let's just say I have a few more days to go on this until it's over.

On a lighter note...Today for the first time in those 192 hours, I went outside. I walked outside... and I smelt fresh air, and felt the ground. I felt the snowflakes fall on my head, my nose, and my eyelashes. I don't think I ever appreciated the feeling of just being outside in the cold as much as I did just then. ....... it was glorious

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

'tis the joy of consumerism



Christmas in Harlem by The Beat Juice

The song is dedicated to the joys of consumerism. I will admit this song is a guilty pleasure. But this morning I went on a spree on a lot of articles about Haiti. I read this one article that discussed how since the earthquake, the dependency on rice has risen by approximately 80%. In other words, 90% of the rice that is being consumed by Haitians, (especially after the earthquake) is coming from this ONE area in the states. The earthquake = business as usual.



When I was younger living in Haiti, for as long as I can remember, I've always liked to receive gifts on Christmas, not from people, but just from my parents. One year when we moved to Canada, things were a little bit different, and things were a bit harder, and I remember when I was in grade 1 in a school in Montreal, I was introduced to this concept of Santa Claus. I remember leaving school that day feeling somewhat annoyed and confused, because there were no chimneys in Haiti. So this idea of this fat old man giving gifts to everyone around the world in one single night by dropping down the chimney was absolutely absurd. So I went home discussed it with my sisters and brothers and of course we all couldn't make sense of it had a laugh and dismissed the theory. I was 7 years old. lol



I'm almost 22 years old. I've had the opportunity and the blessing to learn a lot not only from people around me, but in University, in hearing people's stories, in reading them and in some cases simply seeing them unfold before my eyes. The point of this post is not say that I figured it out faster than all these kids but to acknowledge the power of privilege, and the blessing of perspectives.




Who You Are by Xesxpress

I think the most valuable thing I've learned so far in my life. Is the value you get from perspectives. There is one thing that stayed constant regardless of these perspectives, is the feeling of being with family. The food, the jokes, the sharing, the endless nights of dominoes, and more food. Though there are a few things I would like to have this holiday season like (i.e. Groceries! socks! CDs!!) I know I have more than enough. But to be honest if I could have one thing for christmas it wouldn't be for me, it would be for the thousands and thousands of people who are still in those tents, still under the rubble. It makes my heart hurt. I know enough to know that I can't have that. But I will keep praying for change. (I can't believe that it's almost going to be a year since this earthquake).



So for the first time in more than 10 years I will spend Christmas in the east coast. I hope I'll finish this project soon, so I could enjoy this break. There is power in the perspective I'm getting for being where I'm at. There are things money can't buy, and I call those blessings. lol. So cheers... Thank you Toronto for Everything. Thank you for your awesomeness. I've consumed all the joys and all the experiences of your corners with the little I have. You robbed me through your means of transport (TTC), and yet I found myself smiling. It's cold now and I haven't seen you in like a month because of school... So I'm not smiling like I used to, but I am always reminded that it could be worse (see Edmonton & Calgary). So thank you.


1loveTO


Who wakes up to George Clinton's Atomic Dog and Michelle Branch feat. Carlos Santana's the game of love. I do.. I swear this music journal has consumed me. :-/ ... (I know the Michelle branch & Carlos Santana have nothing to do with anything, just felt nostalgic listening to it, and had to bring it back, if it wasn't for my roomates all being asleep I would've probably blasted out of my speakers instead of my headphones) ... *shrug*
but I digress.

Melaniegone by grapejuicy

Anyway, just ran into this new video from India Arie, sort of like a promo thing to let fans know that she's coming out with a new material in the spring of 2011. It's featuring Idan Raichel, an Israeli singer/songwriter. Check it out







I've been replaying this video, over and over again. Adele is amazing!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Art of Sampling



Since I started going hard at this project, here are a few gems I've discovered

Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man by levan pavlenishvili

This is one of my favourite tracks from Herbie Hancock. I have a thing for the scatts, and the runs, and almost teases from the sax and the trumpet. lol.. don't ask questions just accept it. I love it.

Herbie Hancock ''Fat Mama'' (Re-Edit) by JP Set

Though the title of this one, kinda doesn't make sense lol.. but I can only assume it's a musician-insider-jargon. ... these tracks are making me wish I took up piano lessons instead of figuring it out by ear. ...lol. *shrug*


Since I'm on the Herbie Hancock tip, I just found out that his song: Hang up your hang ups was FULLY and 100% sampled by Janet Jackson, in her track don't stop.
... I was in awe. The more I keep digging back doing this assignment, the more I'm realizing that this sampling thing runs deep. lol




John Coltrane's In a Sentimental Mood was sampled, by Asheru in Mood Swing, and Hocus Pocus, in one of their tracks, I can't remember the name.

Duke & Coltrane - In a Sentimental Mood by dafnesampaio

I think If ever I'm given the opportunity to learn what goes on behind the scenes of creating music, I will probably take it.

Monday, December 13, 2010



I've been working on my music project, and it's taking forever, but at least I'm actually enjoying going through it. A part of me can't understand how come this is homework, yet another part of me completely gets it (it can be a little tedious). But still ... I'm loving it.






ViolinGreen - apple juice kid - miles remixes by killingenelneima

Just ran into this video of a lecture that was given by Professor Micheal Erick Dyson and Lupe. They are talking about the future of Hip-Hop... thought it was cool :)

The Future of Hip-Hop ft. Lupe Fiasco from Entertainment U. on Vimeo.



On another tip, this morning I revisted one of my favorite albums: Timeless by Sergio Mendes. There's something about his tracks that I love, even if for the most part, since I don't speak portuguese, I don't understand, but I love it! :) ... here's the french version

Les Eaux de Mars (Waters of March) Sergio Mendes feat. Zap Mama by Flávio Assub

I think I'm going to post some more sergio mendes

Friday, December 10, 2010

to tumblr or not to tumblr ?



Lately I've considering getting a tumblr ... and also have this, because there are times when I don't want to write much... and just post things. lol. What do you guys think? ... *shrug*

Xmas Time- Dj Jazzy Jeff & Ayah by rhythmhub

So Most of my academic madness is over! The only thing I have ahead of me is my music project. Which is going to consume my innermost being for the next few days because it's so loaded!!... and it didn't really hit me that christmas is roughly 2 weeks away... until I put this track on my ipod, and watched people at the subways station with all their massive shopping bags and slight anxiety on their faces lol. smh



Anywho, I had a plan to dance outside and do kartweels and everything, as soon as I would be done everything on friday, instead I stayed at home, and just chilled. lol..(let's face it, I haven't done a kartwheel since I was 7)..The next day I went to this fashion/HIV & AIDS fundraiser with a friend, then went to a small get-together christmas thing. It was nice :)

Chiddy Bang - The Good Life (Prod By The Neptunes) by drewboat

Hopefully during the break, I'll be able to work on some art, writing, and catching up with people I haven't had a chance too in MONTHS!



(I don't usually post pics of myself on this thing... thought I would for once lol)

Peace and LOVE.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fear fooled me in Haiku



Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson - Reblogged from MopTopMaven


Jay Electronica - Jazzmatazz (Ft. Tone Treasure) by Jay Redd

"Fear fooled me in Haiku"


random thought that just crossed my mind.... not sure what it means exactly. lol... I get random word sequences like these, and most of the time I'm not sure what to do with them. So I scribble them down. ... when I understand what it means, I'll let you know. lol... until then, thanks for taking it in.

Live, Work, Create... Repeat


Regret.
A lot has gone down for the past month and a half. To sum it up, it was simply a series of me doing a lot of working hard, and then reaping the fruits of my labour. All of which were both sweet and salty. It can get exhausting sometimes (emotionally and physically) to work really hard to build up exactly what you have in your head, and then have the results of all that work be a straight up failure. When things like that happen, I feel like its a simple quiet reminder that no matter how much we try, there are certain things we are not and cannot be in control of.

Regrets... I have some. But I try not to have them. I've been going back and replaying the many things I could've done differently to make my work better... then right after thinking that, I realize how futile it is to stress about it, what is done is done. Move on. ... well at least do more than try to move on.

...
Chiddy Bang - Slow Down by Jay Redd

I've also been thinking about identities. I think identities, or moreso, people's identities are fluid. No one stays the same. I think for as long as time exists people will always change and that's cool... lol... People should accept it. To contain someone with your definition of them is denying them the gift of time. I'm not saying to be ready to accept a full 360 from someone out of nowhere... but damn. ... it can also be suffocating to feel forced to act how people expect you to, when it's not you any more. I've been on both sides of the story the person unwilling to accept change, and the one who's changed.



To recognize the gift of time, is to recognize blessings. So I try. ...I try to live, work, create... then repeat.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Say Joy



The United Black Students Conference at Ryerson was probably one of the most inspiring weekends I've experienced all year. I've been trying to sketch out this blog in a way that will give justice to the vibe of the conference, and it's been taking hours. I realized that you had to be there to fully understand the magic that went down. The ideas, and discussions that were shared was cool.


[Originally a track from The Beatles]
Nina Simone - Here comes the sun by nu-ka

Someone at the conference said that the conference reminded him that he's actually sane. And I would have to agree, especially because sometimes when you think of possibilities of change, to end legacies of struggle, is deeply complicated, but somehow, when I find myself attached to the reality of that possibility, yet I also experience the reality of it all, I feel like I'm going crazy.



I dunno, it kinda sucks, because all the things that were going through my head at the time, but its been a month since the event and I can't recall the details of my excitement. :( ... I do however recall feeling accomplished. Blessed. Humbled by the whole thing. I don't know, it was odd to actually SEE the fruits of this long months of planning. It was odd to be so involved. Maybe odd isn't the right word...

John Regan Ft. Marsha Ambrosius - All I Got To Give (Prod. By YZ) by YouthfulKinfolk

Maybe Accomplished? ...Blessed? ...I remember feeling soooooooooo thankful to have been surrounded with sooo many beautiful people. Some like minded, some not too too like-minded... but somehow under the common understanding that we are a people. A people fighting for community. I remember feeling thankful that God had placed me there. I even got a call from my parents asking me how it went. I could feel my dad grinning from ear to ear because of how proud he was, and to be honest, I can't remember the last time he ever vocalized how proud he was of me. ...it's been a LONG WHILE. ...so yes. I was in awe.



I was also sooo soo sooo proud of my team. my friends for making it happen... :)
... the sleepless nights, the effects on our grades (well at least mine lol), the jokes, the serious discussions, the ridiculously (sometimes unecessary LONG meetings), more meetings... everything. I'm thankful for every moment I got to spend with each one of them.

Marsha Ambrosius - "Far Away" by TheWaitingRoom

UUGGHHHHHHHH !!!

"Say JOOOOYYYY.... let me hear you say JOY" - IK


Joy is what I felt... at least I think it was, what else could it be? I differentiate joy from happiness in that Joy lasts longer and affects the soul and happiness is fleeting. It was a weird sense of peace of mind, peace of calmness... and just straight up. PEACE. ...Blessed!!!



Say Joy.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Say it ain't so



I realized last night that I STRONGLY STRONGLY Dislike Group projects. I've had a rough week. why? you ask... I've had to start and complete 5 essays within the span of 3 days. I had a group project that I basically did by myself because everyone else was really 'too busy' to submit their part. .......... UUUGGGHHHHH!! SMH

Too Busy?!?!... I'm BUSY too!!! :-/ ... (sigh) ... I didn't even procrastinate for any of these assignments! :( They were all given within a short time span. I swear alot my profs this semester seem to think that their class is my only priority :(



School + Dying = Studying ...
so right now, no words, just pics, and sounds...
no content. ...lol

Lupe Fiasco - Never Forget You feat John Legend by lacnyl



^^^ I feel like this child above lol ^^^^
....



... it's almost over. it's almost over. ... But as much as I want this week to be over, I need more time... I need more time..

Cee Lo Green - "Please" Feat. Selah Sue by Some Kind of Awesome

BLACK STUDENT CONFERENCE is tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OMG OMG OMG.......
I'm excited... Nervous... and Stressed.. equally mixed into one beautiful ball of goodness.. uuuuggghhh... say it ain't so!!



In the words of Barney Stinson it's going to be.... ....wait for it... wait for it.... LEGENDARY



oh yeah... and today I'm selling my iphone... and will officially be a BB user. I would feel bad except that I've been through hell and back with my iphone. Though I had some good times... (well ish lol..) NO REGRETS. I just hope I figure out this bbm/ blackberry business fast.. lol.. I'm not one to be quick to adapt to these technological changes.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

when words fail... music speaks



I am aware of the Manchild. A boy trapped inside the body of a man. ...and I am also aware of the Womanchild... and I will admit, sometimes I feel like one. I would echo the lyric: "I'm not a girl not yet a woman" ..but I just cringed, by typing these words (oh britney lol ..smh), but it's part of my reality so *shrug*.... it's called growth.. and I'm dealing with it.

I just ran into this video from Amanada Diva... and it's pure love :) ... I haven't heard anything from her since the track ManWomanBoogie on Q-tip's last album. She's coming out with new EP soon, I'm pretty excited. Something about this track reminded me of Lauryn Hill... :)(not comparing her to her, but just saying I miss L-boogie)



Anywho...



Face the Sky (Daft Punk vs. Kanye West Ft. Lupe Fiasco) by DJ Dain




Questions - asa
Asa - Questions by djdemonangel

I just ran into Adele's new single! Her debut album 19 is still playing on my ipod, and so YES, I'm excited for 21!... set to be released early 2011.



... I need to learn how to manage my time, and my stress properly.
When words fail... music speaks.
and for that I'm thankful... this is a week that only music, time and God's favour can fix.

STRESSED

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Tipping Point




"I'm trying to phonetically sound out these thoughts but I can't decipher words... these words that will effectively cohere together to project enough imagery to convey a vision and enough sound to project direction" - Me (Nov.27th.2009 @ 1:20 am)


... it's been almost a year since I last wrote this in my sketchbook. Funny how nothing's changed.

Sara Bareilles - Gravity by marimarister

So right now my schedule is pure Chaos. Funny how this time last year I was praying for something to have on my schedule other than school, and now that I have it, it's not as sweet as gravy as I thought.

David Banner & 9th Wonder featuring Ludacris & Marsha Ambrosius - Be With You by Hypetrak

On February 7th, 2010 at 4:05pm I scribbled the following:

I think I'm afraid to shine. I'm tall. 5'9, with the heels I like to wear sometimes, I'm easily at least 5'11 amost 6'0 feet tall. Growing up, my height was my insecurity, so I never walked tall. Always leaning in to take pictures to adjust to other people's heights... lol I think it's almost like it was a metaphor for how I came to be. Trying to please people... But I always LOVED heels. I remember some instances where everything in me wanted to wear heels but I didn't want to be the giant... the awkward giant. The other thing that didn't help with my self-esteem was my severe acne problem.
But years have passed since then. Most of these insecurities have passed. But every once in a while, it creeps back, and I slump... and don't walk tall. I like to be comfortable with any and everything I wear (including heels). "Modeling" for the few times I've been granted the opportunity to, taught me that even if you don't have the confidence, then just fake it... and eventually it'll grow on you. Maybe they're right. I wish I didn't have to think about walking tall... and just DID... just did without thinking.
I feel most myself when I'm being silly, crack jokes, make fun of myself, dress down or up in the company of loved ones. ...and by loved ones I mean people with whom, int he comfort of time I managed to get less tense around and I eventually felt enough comfort to just BE.








I feel a lot more at peace with myself these days... I AM. I guess when I think about it, that means I'm growing :) .... so I'm blessed. and find comfort in knowing that I am highly favored.

The Floacist presents Floetic Soul by djbigdose

So I've decided to be a movement.
I may not have the words to formulate where I'm going. ... my vision my be blurry, but it's there. I'm aiming to be an influencer."brands are established by doing great things... by being consistent". If I am my own brand.. then I'm going to keep being consistent... whatever I'm going to do, I'm going to do it carefully, and with love. The gift of life, is the gift of choice... the ability to be in charge of creating myself and my brand. ...and I think so far...what God has allowed me to create is beautiful.

INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION (FR) from R+I creative on Vimeo.



With that being said... 100th post .. blog makeover ... inspiration for you... inspiration for me. I know without a shadow of a doubt that what I'm doing right now is the right thing, when I'm comfortable in it. ...No matter how much I can't answer the question of my direction, when I express myself in a variety of different things, whether it's in what I wear, or what I listen to, what I say, the projects I'm involved in.

"The tipping point is the biography of an idea... and the idea is very simple.. ideas and products, messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do.... "


100 posts + an array of ideas, feelings and concerns + and life ... has lead to this tipping point.

Strange Fruit.

Friday, November 5, 2010

it's been a while... pt.2



It's been a year since I started this blog. ... almost reaching my 100th post.
I wanted something cool to celebrate this fact but as it turns out I'm waaaay too busy for that lol.



I'm lost. I just realized that there's 25 days school days left until Christmas break... and I have NO IDEA what I'm going to do next year. I'm torn between wanting to pursue grad school, and wanting to work for a year. I just realized that I missed the deadline to a student gov. job that I was supposed to apply to. and now the next time the program will be it'll be for jobs that start in August or late july.

Cee Lo Green - Cry Baby by This Is The Way

I'm afraid to make the wrong decision, because I'm realizing that after I'll be done my undergrad... whatever I choose to do next could and will change everything. I have a mountain-load of debt hanging on my back, and I have my family and friends looking at me with eyes full of love asking me what's next.

What's next? right now is a VERY daunting question.

I feel like I'm under a lot of pressure. I'm torn between what I think I want to do, and what my family wants me to do, and what my gut is telling me to do. All of which are different and similar in many ways.

So right now I'm searching for something. I want to be inspired. I want to find answers... and so I am. I won't stop until I find these answers.
... that simple.

Quincy Jones feat. Ludacris Naturally 7 Rudy Currence - Soul Bossa Nostra by WHAT2FUCK

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lately..



Lately I have had the strangest feeling. (yes, stevie)... no I mean lately I've been on this strange awesome tip. a jazz, french, hip-hop, SOUL (reallll gritty soul), and tea...tip. It's pretty awesome. I love it.


I just found this video... reminds me of how much I loved Saturday morning cartoons, and late nights of watching shows like dragon ball Z, Naruto, Boy meets world, old school batman and superman on teletoon after 11 pm. on fridays, and wake up to the sound of my little cousin playing Zelda. ...I felt nostalgic. ..thought it was awesome.

Life of a Lover exclusive BLU verse from Theophilus London on Vimeo.



Oh and I just found out that Aloe Blacc is coming to Toronto in 2 weeks... but he`s coming on a tuesday. And me being the epic nerd, and low income that I am, lol.. I'm not going. ...the only thing I DO know.. is that I'm going to get his album as soon as I can. I found this video, of him and a bunch of people in a café in Paris, just randomnly chillin' and performing. Thought it was awesome! ... :D

Aloe Blacc | I Need A Dollar | A Take Away Show - Part 1 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.



... I want to go to Paris. ...Really really bad. lol
...
On another tip, I saw this short photography film...

DARK SIDE OF THE LENS from Astray Films on Vimeo.



This re-affirms 3 things. 1) I need to learn how to swim asap lol... 2) I want to travel 3) Beauty is everywhere!.. at least I try to find it everywhere. Maybe I have selective eyesight?


... I find Fall to be beautiful, and one of the best seasons out of the 4. I'm not one to love the cold. But I remember being in awe watching the colours of the leaves of the trees that passed past my window on my way to Ottawa a few weeks ago. I remember wanting to take a picture.

Voyage Immobile // Hocus Pocus by Élodie Rama

AAAHHH I love Hocus Pocus!!! ... I can't believe they've been around since the 90s! but I glad I found them. and now I want every single one of their albums, and everything they've ever done. 2 days ago I found out they performed on stage with J. Medeiros, and the procussions and Ben L'Oncle Soul. ...YES! ALL on ONE stage. ... so yes. I need to go to France.

Midnight Sun feat. Élodie Rama (Jeremy Sole's Moonstomp Remix) by Élodie Rama

J'suis dans le procesus d'écrire up p'tit quelque chose de spoken word en français... mais on vera comment ça s'passe. C'est très propable que ça soit un epic fail. Mais au moin j'essaye. :)


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Bon bref, c'est la première fois que j'décide de dire un p'tit quelque chose en français dans ce blog étrange... Ça s'peut que c'est à cause du cours de Français que j'ai décidé de suivre ce semestre. Donc, we'll see how long this lasts lol.



Timbre Étrange...non?
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