With such a bold album title, you’d think the music would either suck or reek of bitterness but oh contrare. Babyface and Toni Braxton team up to deliver a selection of sultry songs. I can’t lie, I really enjoyed this album. Even the track where Toni wishes a venereal disease upon her man, lol. This album is the proper evolution of R&B.
Who would have thought coming up with something entertaining would be so difficult? Thanks a lot, Ford Fiesta. So I thought about what I said in my last post with me singing in the car and such…I decided not to bore you with a video of me singing. I made a playlist of some awesome groovy tunes that I wanted to share with you all. I hope you like!
- Makeda – Les Nubians
- Without – Sampha
- Middle of Things, Beautiful Wife – Sango
- Crime – Mayer Hawthorne (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
- I Want You – Erykah Badu
- Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk
- Lucky I Got What I Want – Jungle
- Space Cowboy – Jamiroquai
- Hustle – Verbatum Jones (feat. Faylin Johnson)
- Closer – Corinne Bailey Rae cover by Jessie Boykins III
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I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. You know I did. Lots of friends and family in town. Got me thinking about some things. Like time and how little of it we have. And how it’s such a waste spending it with people you don’t really want to when…you don’t have to. Or not saying and doing the things you want because of how you feel you’ll be perceived. And how love is such a beautiful and sometimes confusing thing.
I suppose I could elaborate on it all but that’d be too much for a Monday morning. Maybe Mondays are just meant for reflection and not deep analysis. Maybe we can just BE today. Let whatever is supposed to happen, happen. Be present. So rise and shine today.
With only an hour to spare, I purchased my discounted ticket to Atlanta’s annual One Music Fest. Last year, I saw A LOT of my favorite musical artists. This year, I passed on the opportunity to see some in the name of “saving” money. I regret it just a bit. I was going back and forth with whether I would attend OMF but being able to see Luke James and Amel Larrieux made all the difference. Except, Amel got sick and was replaced by none other than Erykah Badu. And who wouldn’t want to see Medulla Oblongata?
The parking situation was RIDICULOUS. My husband Luke James was scheduled to perform at 2pm. I entered the part at 2:39pm. I was told that his set [time] was over. I was devastated!! But as fate would have it, as I got closer to the stage, the host announced that he was about to perform. God is so so so good!
He started off with his shirt on. Mind you, he performed for all of fifteen minutes.
I absolutely did not want to get up for work this morning. I did not want to get dressed or brush my teeth. Or do my makeup. I did not want to make that one hour-long commute. Of course I begrudgingly did all of those things.
My weekend started last Wednesday. My friend Keila was in town and she mentioned going to a Emeli Sande concert. Now, I listened to her album a year ago and was unimpressed. But I do love the ‘Next To Me’ song they play on the radio so I gave her album another listen. I’m not sure what I didn’t hear the first time but by the fifth song, I was purchasing my ticket to the concert that night. Without a doubt, Emeli has a beautiful voice but it was her lyrics that won me over. She was singing my life! ‘Clown’, ‘Mountains’ and ‘River’ are definitely my favorite tunes by her.
I follow this pretty dope guy on Instagram named Darien Birks. From his pictures, I knew that he was a talented designer and had a fondness for classic tunes but I didn’t know that he actually produced music. After downloading one of his mixes a while ago, I was sold on his skills. A few days ago, he and Allan Cole (collaboratively called The Styvesants) released a project dubbed ‘Refined’. It consists of 25 songs and 25 cool covers.
Before the jazz festival this past weekend, I’d never heard of this woman. All of my friends were excited to see her perform and here I was embarrassed because I should have known who she is! I love jazz. So anyway, I’ve been listening to some of her music since then and I’m in love with her voice. Her sound is like a tranquil symphonic wonderland. Super smooth and tender. And what she does with her mouth (no homo)…
Now that I think about it, her voice reminds me of Amel Larrieux’s. If they did a duet…man!
Have you ever laid in bed at night wondering whether you would open your eyes the next morning? Scary, right? But for many of us, when our alarm blares, by the grace of God, we open our eyes again. I don’t know about you but sometimes I just want to exhale. Whew! I made it another day! I’m not sure why He saw fit for me to live but I’m sure glad He did. Being alive…it truly is a blessing.
I woke up in the morning feeling fresh to death
I’m so blessed, yes yes
I went to sleep stressed, woke up refreshed
I’m so blessed, yeah yes
Water in my face and everything is in its place
Peace of mind even my grace
I’m so blessed, yes yes yes
It was right before bed when I first heard Janelle Monae’s song, Q.U.E.E.N. I thought to myself, “what is this noise that I am I listening to right now?” By the second and third listen the next day, I finally realized how perfect it actually was. Oh yes, Miss Monae brought it with the funky beats and hip-hop slash gospel tones. But more than that, her lyrics spoke to the very thoughts I’ve been mulling over for quite some time. It was at that moment that I decided to reclaim my Queendom. I decided to reclaim the respect that I feel I’ve lost along my way.
“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.”