Can you imagine? I am still someone who when meeting friends or whomever for a coffee chat or meal that I actually look and have conversation with that person instead of looking at my phone. That person is the most important person at that moment so why would I allow myself to get distracted by my phone. As I look around that is a very very rare scene nowadays.
Newest reading material material from Thich Nhat Hanh
It is a crucial time in our world to share and give love to each person we encounter. If it is a smile that smile may mean worlds to someone. If it is a kind word that could mean a thousand kind words to someone. It is time to rethink what we were taught to be "important" and to know the real truth of our value as humanity. It is time to rethink about what true "value" means. When your outside world looks in chaos, go within and discover what is going on in your own heart and your own mind. That is where you start. Start deciding that the world within you is where you will start the love. That love will triple, quadruple, etc. out into your external world. From Bright Eyes No time to fear we know life's a gamble Bright eyes I"m here you know we can handle a life surprise the time is now TIME IS NOW and we're living, loving like we SHOULD baby, don't it feel so good? Let's make most of our situation
Wow! I just heard the first mix of a track I worked on for Morgen Wurde's newest ambient project. Out of this world and so cool. There will be new and familiar musicians also contributing on other tracks. Very exciting. Looking forward to that. I also recorded some tracks on Medsound's new project also with with some fresh and fantastic new grooves. More info to come in the near future! Keep your mind focused on the positive in 2019!
Why didn't we learn just as much in school about Nikola Tesla as we did Thomas Edison? GIve the man credit where credit is due. If I could time travel, I would love to have a lunch date with Nikola Tesla just to hear him talk about his inventions and get a glimpse of how his mind works.
Wake Up! You Are Unconscious If people took a moment to take a look around them they would realize that life as we know it isn't what we thought it was. People get distracted from what is inherently important and matters. If people could lift their heads up from their smartphones while they're walking maybe they would see the bright sunshine that made us so happy as children. If people took a second to ask themselves "Why am I doing this?" before doing something, maybe they wouldn't hurt themselves and others unconsciously. If people realized that doing things to make other people believe they are a certain way is all "fakery" maybe they would truly question their motives in everything they do. Fake lashes, fake brands, fake numbers, fake popularity, fake plays, fake names, fake words, fake actions. How can one live a fake existence for the rest of one's life? Wouldn't they just get tired of pretending? Wouldn't they just get tired of trying to remember what they are trying to pretend to be? At some point, you get tired of pretending. At some point you come to the realization that you're not even sure why you're pretending. Maybe then you will start to discover who you truly are. Maybe then you will look in the mirror and see your true face.
Little Dragon is a good band with good songs. "Constant Surprises" is a fun song. Check out this live version.
I listen to music with a sense of exploration. I was at the gym today and I heard a song on the speakers. There was a beginning piano part and automatically thought "oh that's the song by Adele." But it turned it wasn't. It was a different song entirely. But I thought why would they play that same exact piano part in the beginning just like the Adele song? Couldn't the songwriters have played a slightly different part? It was a good song, but clearly a copy cat of that piano part. I heard another song, a dance song. I had never heard this song before but as I was listening I knew in the next few bars I would hear a drum build. It was a drum fill, but with a straight beat. I've heard it done in quite a few more mainstream dance tracks heard on the radio off the type of my head like from David Guetta. That fill has been done waaayy too many times and predictable to put in as a transitional filler with an 8 count crescendo. It's like hearing your favorite rock band and in each and everyone of their songs the drummer plays that same 8 count crescendo drum beat as his solo. You know you'd say "c'mon think of another fill!" Mainstream radio has become a cloning factory playing song after song of the same as before, same as the last track heard, same voice as the last song, same beat and mumble as the last. As independent music makers, we have all got the ability to evolve and create new new new. If you've used the same 8 beat crescendo build up in more than one of your songs or used the same template songwriting formula, it might just be time to think of FRESHnew parts.
Elon Musk Interview Very eye opening interview with Elon Musk. Thought provoking. Must see.
Lucky Man lucky man they kept on missing the lucky man now he's swimming desert vs. sand rolling around smile on his face laughing free feeling the breeze such a lucky man is he he's running as fast as he can lucky man's trippin' lucky man's dreaming lucky man is he he's running as fast as he can they'l find him they'll find him surely they'll find him as fast as they can
The best television writing. Hilarious! I love Moss the best!
Creative Work When I started songwriting again after a very long break I was excited (and still am) about making music with other collaborators, sharing our music with the world, and getting my work out there again. For that I am very thankful. I would say 99% of my collaborative work has been an amazingly wonderful experience with absolutely fabulous people I am honored to create music with. Unfortunately, I have also encountered some instances when some parties (producers and labels alike) were not completely honest and fair with their dealings and interactions. I won't go into detail. It's disheartening in many ways because as an artist I truly put my heart into all my creative pieces and to see these things going on as I have is not cool. Not cool at all. I have understood it and experienced it and made my decision to be extremely selective now with whom I work with in the future. It's all about trust and honesty and keeping good relationships. It's about seeing everyone involved in the creative process as a fair contributor in all aspects. It's about acknowledging each and every person's SHARE in the collaboration. It's about being a professional and transparent to your artist roster and to your fellow artist collaborators. It's about keeping your WORD. Anyway, the truth always comes out in the end. AND IT WILL. As I've written in a previous post, you reap what you sow. And for the other 99% of the music that I have released, I'm so grateful to have collaborators and labels who are on the up and up. I give my utmost RESPECT to their musicianship and professionalism. We're all playing a game in this crazy business. We just gotta play the game fair.
New books I'm diggin' Since pretty much everything on television and movies has pretty much gone downhill, I have been fully absorbed catching up on topics with authors and researchers such as Jim Marrs, David Yallop, Jonathan Gray, and G. Edward Griffin. Harlequin Romance novels they are not, but man talk about going down a rabbit hole. Right now I am reading David Yallop's In God's Name An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I.
When one door closes... Gonna be seeing a new view of Las Vegas Gonna see the mountains right outside my doorstep Peaceful and quiet enjoy a cup of coffee dreaming every night Graduations, changes When one door closes, always another door opens
Community Here's a thought: Instead of going out to a generic chain restaurant, how about supporting a small local restaurant in your area? Instead of ordering something from a billion dollar company, why not purchase your product through a site from a small growing business? Instead of seeing a blockbuster action movie, why not check out a local independent film or how about reading a book? When there's a song playing on your radio that you just can't understand how it gets airplay, turn the station quickly. Make your own playlist of music that you like. Buy music that you like. Tell people about music that you like instead of having the music being DICTATED to you on larger broadbands. How about you being the DECISION MAKER? Those actions count towards bringing back your own sovereignty.
It is never to be expected in a revolution that every man is to change his opinion at the same moment. There never yet was any truth or any principle so irresistibly obvious that all men believed it at once. Time and reason must cooperate with each other to the final establishment of any principle; and therefore those who may happen to be first convinced have not a right to persecute others, on whom conviction operates more slowly. The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy. Thomas Paine
Message on the Wall Dig deep. Discover the truth. See the truth. Open your eyes to the message on the wall. What is real? What is truth? What is a dream? All the things you've been told in the past, is THAT the truth? It is up to you to discover. "I see the message on the wall. A trail of broken love will fall."
"Never Say" on Spotify playlists I wanted to give a huge thanks to all the curators who have added my collaboration with Medsound "Never Say" along with my other collaborations on their playlists. You are all very important to spreading the music that can shift the narrative to a world where we are ALL living in good times and where music makes us feel good overall. It's about time, don't you think? Spread the good vibes! Make sure you check out Beach Lounge Records to find more tracks for your playlists.
Elusive I absolutely love this song by British singer songwriter Scott Matthews. Singer Lianne La Havas also covered the song wonderfully. The key of the song is a good to sing to especially when your voice is just warming up and needs a little stretching as well as when it's freezing cold out.
INSIDE Sometimes I get a track where I automatically know it was meant for me. I was still living in Baltimore at the time. Around that time, I was in transition to move to the West Coast. Boxes were packed and I left my recording gear out and leave it to pack till moving day. The time I wrote the chorus melody and lyrics for "Inside" for sure it was night time. I like to record with very minimal light depending on the mood of the track (computer screen light is enough). I remember sitting with microphone in hand to record some ideas and then again like a flow of inspiration came the chorus: "Ohh used to be someday who used to love you..." It fit perfectly. I built on that idea and full chorus was done. I was really happy with it. I had a verse part also recorded at that time, but I wasn't completely sure if I wanted to use that. I wanted to tell a story about this relationship and how what you think might be so "perfect" may not necessarily be so "right" or may not even work out in the long run. The next day I was still pondering the beginning verses. I kinda was forcing myself to make a decision on whether I was finished or not. Soon I would have to pack up all my gear and have to put it on hold until I was completely settled after the move. It wouldn completely kill the momentum. To refresh my mind I took a quick shower. Funny enough as I'm in the shower I started singing these lines: "you were my fantasy, my angel in disguise..." The rest of the song was done. I quickly jumped out of the shower and recorded what I just sang which would become the finished product. It's all about flow. letting go and allowing that creativity to happen naturally. Writing "Inside" was a beautiful experience. Somewhat autobiographical in nature and also so many people can relate to the lyrics and sentiment. The song has a sweet spot in my heart.
Sedona, Arizona Took a quick couple of days out in Sedona, Arizona. Unimaginable beauty everywhere.
New music 2019 In the upcoming months I hope to release a few tracks that are quite different from each other. Most of them I wrote last year with producers known for their own unique style. It's almost like getting a cake box and opening it up with a whole unique design each time. I've said in previous posts that I don't want to repeat myself. Gotta keep moving forward challenging my creative skills, vocal skills, and hopefully keeping the audience guessing and pleased with each and every new track. Just like with music, experiment with sounds, beats, do something you've never done before. Change it up. Challenge your mind and see what you can discover. For example, if you usually do this with the drums, then the next track, change your time signature, syncopate, whatever. For me writing melody is part keeping it conventional but adding nuances so I don't get bored singing the same way all the time. People have got their own opinion about Radiohead, but when I heard National Anthem for the first time, I was completely blown away. I thought, "What the F...is this?" The bass, drums, vocals. Holy shite! My mind completely did a 360. And they perform this LIVE. Are you kidding me!!! Then the horn section busts out and I lost it. Wow! It's about evolution and bringing in elements of surprise. That's what I intend to bring to you this year with the newest collaborations. Nothing like "National Anthem" of course, but I try. Cheers!
Loving my headphones Late last year I replaced by old crackly headphones. The left side was literally dropping off my ear while I was recording. Yep, definitely time to get a replacement. Thanks to the advice of the headphone specialist at Guitar Center in Las Vegas I wound up with the Beyerdynamic DT 990PRO. Soft padding around the ears is an added bonus. Levels sound really good and balanced. Not what you want to use if you want to listen to heavy bass in your tracks. Just an overall clean sound to make the vocals stand out enough amongst the rest of the instruments. In fact, I used these headphones along with the AKG D5 microphone to record my vocals for "Never Say." I was quite happy with the results. Looking forward to experimenting with new equipment this year and seeing how other microphones compare for future recordings.
Besame Mucho Growing up, my house was filled from corner to corner with music. It was like a radio dial turned on to all genres. While my brothers listened to classic rock, right in the next room my dad was listening to instrumentals with Spanish guitar. I would be in my room probably listening to some dance songs. "Besame mucho" was another classic tune in the house and my mama's fave. Enjoy! (more original music coming soon. Stay tuned! : )
Solar Eclipse Last night I stepped out to view the eclipse (January 21, 2019). Fascinating to see. It is a time for new perspectives, new visions, new insights, and a better life for EVERYBODY on our beautiful planet Earth. We should be living the way we were "meant to be." I wrote the lyrics to my latest track "Bright Eyes" as a format for me to find perspective and use it as a way to uplift someone who might be feeling down. Sometimes it just takes a few simple words to get someone to feel better for just a second or for them to get a smile on their face. Sometimes it's all about a simple connection to let someone know it's going to be alright and good days are coming. BRIGHT EYES, GOOD DAYS ARE COMING! ; )
BRIGHT EYES A few months ago I heard a song on a 70s & 80s station in a cafe. The song I heard was "Spinning" which was a duet with Valerie Carter and performed and written by Christopher Cross. Valerie sang backup for a lot of well known artists in her time and had her own solo recording career as well. I was so impressed with how clean her voice style was. It wasn't gritty or over the top. Her vocal delivery was unpretentious and made you feel she was singing to you very sweetly. It was all about the sincerity of the words and vocal delivery, no tricks or flashiness. I really wanted to play around with that concept on a project. Fortunately, the perfect opportunity came when the producer Collioure with whom I've worked with several times on very sleek productions approached me with a fantastic track he produced. This was it! We would make an original song and the final product became the song "Bright Eyes." The mission was to keep the vocals clean and let the melody stand out without singing too much. The EP has the Collioure-style original as well as three eclectic and amazing mixes by Medsound, Eventual Groove, and Kanedo displaying their own eclectic interpretations. I'm so pleased with the way the EP came out: top level professional quality and creativity all around. It's a little funkiness, a little jazz fusion, nu disco, and chill out grooves. It's a beautiful release all around. "Bright Eyes" will be available on Beach Lounge Records January 21st, 2019.
You know when you said "I would never go there" and then you do. You know when you said "I would never 'fill in the blank' " and then you do. You know when something leaves and comes back...and you realize you were better off without... You know when someone tells "You'll never be this or that" or "You'll never go here or there" or "You'll never become whatever it is you intend to BECOME"... That's what this song is about. Be careful. Never say never 'cause you might be called out. (Wink wink)
Experimenting on Vocals I'm working on a track right now that again allows me not use lyrical language but instead more rhythmic tones and guttural sounds. Really fun to find out how one can use their human vocal instrument to shape tones cohesively. It is quite a creative challenge. Not sure when the track will be out. More details to come. Here is a nice video explaining throat singing.
"Heaven" written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance This has got to be one of my favorite songs of modern music. It's a classic that will transcend space and time for centuries to come. What beautiful lyrics and chords. Whenever I try to sing it I always get choked up at that bridge section and want to start balling. It's crazy what music can do to you. I found out it was inspired by Journey's "Faithfully" when Bryan Adams was on tour with them. Regardless, what an incredibly powerful song. I didn't cry this time and recorded it but barely making it through to the end. Sorry, I messed up the lyrics. Oh well.
Happy New Year!~ Welcome 2019 Whatever that means. Feels like yesterday to me. : ) Here is to a new year of new musical relationships, collaborations, and creative ideas to uplift and inspire. I intend to present our listeners fresh cool music. You know I found out the other day that an "artist" or perhaps a better word I should use is a "performer" that I had been listening to throughout the years had pretty much not written the majority of songs on their albums. This performer had ghostwriters and plenty of them. I think on average for every album this performer released there were 4-6 ghostwriters on each track and most of them did not include the performer. To add to that, the performer didn't even sing the majority of the song (backup singers were used to sing choruses and/or demo recordings of a different vocalist was used in the official recording. Don't forget their use of good ol' autotune to save the day. ) It really changed my perception of course and although this is a known thing in the so called music industry one would hope for a little authenticity. This is why it's so important to support your local and independent artists, the ones that you don't necessarily hear on mainstream radio. You kind of have to dig for these artists and discover them on your own. I am really grateful for all the listeners out there who support my projects and spread the word. It means so much to me and the producers I work with that we have a good solid foundation of listeners who respect our craft. There are days when I'm working on a new track and I've got some vocal ideas to play with and my voice is just not at its best. Maybe it's because of not enough sleep or something crappy I ate. Who knows? But I re-record it so that it's the best take that I can give for the moment. I was trained to use my body and mind to interpret songs and not rely on technology to make me sound perfect. My voice isn't perfect. It's real. Some days , sure, it's on perfectly. Some days it's off and needs major rest. That's being human. In the end, it's my true original voice and my true original words and inflections on that track you're listening to, flaws and all. 6 other songwriters didn't help me write my words and melodies. It's the magic between my producer's music and me to bring out a real product just for you. True artistry and creativity will prevail in the long run.
2019 will bring about some new releases that I'm really excited about! As an artist I have never ending flowing ideas in my mind and the producers that I've worked with for the next set of creative evolution I have entrusted with those ideas to make them shine. I hope that our audiences enjoy this musical journey as well!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I very much fancy Indian and Ethiopian cuisine. Just prepped my masala dabba for some upcoming dishes. Spices are beautiful to look at especially when in the mood for cooking.
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12/12/18 Highly recommend watching the new documentary about Bob Lazar. This is a 30+ year storyline. It's way beyond due time this physicist gets vindication.
December 2018 Inspirations & Aspirations: The Beauty of a Film Soundtrack There are a few things I'd aspired to accomplish when I was a little girl. One thing was I wanted to be Wonder Woman with the whole boots and nerdy glasses thing going on. Wonder Woman was the coolest of the cool. Anyway, that's a different topic. I also aspired to be a playwright (although I must say I do not really care for punctuation rules). I wrote a script in the 4th grade and my school officially asked me to put it on stage for the other grades. I also directed the whole thing and had my friends to come my house for rehearsals. We also practiced in the school yard. Not too shabby for a 4th grader.
Then once I got to see more cinema I was captivated by film soundtracks. My all-time favorite is the soundtrack for Cinema Paradiso by the great Ennio Morricone. It brought me to tears even without seeing what was on screen. And with that I had the aspiration to one day be involved in beautiful productions with other musicians to create soundtrack-like music that would be perfect for film. That is why I love working on ambient type music as it allows me a lot of flexibility and challenge. How do I use my voice to create visions? How would I use my voice to create feelings without words? It is challenging but very fulfilling to know that the listener was able to connect on another level beyond language of words. Check out the piece I attached above that I worked on with Morgen Wurde on his Assassinous Act album entitled "Forgiveness." I recorded these vocals in a short time span after watching two movies: Room & The Passion of the Christ. It was the escape scene from "Room" that inspired and brought me to tears. I watched the scenes leading to the crucifixion in "Passion." Those scenes took me to a place that allowed me fully share my human emotion and record it wholeheartedly vulnerabilities and all. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I just remembered an incident when I was in the 5th grade. I went to a small private school in New Jersey. My Social Studies teacher was always writing notes and more notes on the board. It seemed like all the class pretty much was about note writing and the notes outline even branched out even further. It looked like some geometric pattern. A. 1. a. 1a etc... One day we had more note writing about caste systems. We just wrote notes of the how the caste systems were broken down. No one ever asked questions. No one in the class ever considered asking a question when all we needed to do was write notes. That day I decided to be "the one" to ask a QUESTION. The teacher's back was turned to us and I was sitting right up in front. She saw me and asked what I wanted. I asked, "Why do we always learn the same thing (meaning caste system)? Why is all of this important?" I guess why I asked this question is we kept learning about caste systems but we never discussed the reasons of importance or the details of how the people from each division of the caste system felt about this division. We never talked about how if we lived that way how we, as a people, would feel. I wanted my teacher to explain to me the importance as to how it would relate to my life as a child, how it would relate for my parents, how by learning this it would somehow allow us to use the past mistakes or inequities to make our futures as adults better to become more highly evolved. I wanted her to help me understand and how I could be a better person by learning this. What eventually I got similar to my question I got through LIFE EXPERIENCE. What one learns of most importance is learned as you live life fully and not in this little plastic bubble of shelter. In the deepness of the eyes you will see wisdom for it is in those eyes one lived for many without being officially labeled with honors or letters following their name. What they earned was a life truly lived with vulnerabilities and strengths to live with fear and to live fully as much as possible anyway. That is the true lesson. ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` The world is changing. Some places more slowly and some quicker than ever anticipated. When there is an unjust balance, it is law that things must return to Equilibrium. These are transformative times. From "Electric," my collaboration with Katodik (released 2017) Everybody's talking Everybody's changing When we're alone we are electric. Everybody's changing. Everybody's talking. There's no doubt in my mind We are electric. Not a doubt in my mind We are electric. We are electric. We are electric.
Neon Lights of Las Vegas When I arrived in Las Vegas early this year it was a return to the city as an adult. My first time in Las Vegas was as a child. I was unaware of the allure of the bright lights. Treasure Island and the arcade room was my version of Las Vegas. There is more to Las Vegas than just the Las Vegas strip. I appreciate the space and desert even more so because I have lived in many congested cities. However, it is the allure of the lights of the LV Strip at night from afar that thrills me. It is the majestic beauty of the mountains that I see all around me that stops me in my tracks. It is the quiet of the desert heat and the buzz of the wind storms and and power of the dust storms that inspire me. How powerful of an experience all these are to my senses. When I do take a drive to the Las Vegas Strip (though quite infrequently) I appreciate more those times when it has a low intensity thrill. It is the beauty when there are just a "few" (relative term) people around. I look at the ominous buildings and hypnotizing lights and just enjoy the slow drive down the boulevard when it's calm. There is beauty in that stillness and low grade intensity. So when you hear the "Neon Lights" track, picture that stillness in your mind and breath in all the magic of the neon lights. This is my expression of where I call home now. Grab your copy today.
November 2018 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Question everything. Know your own truth, not what is fed to you.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HEY DJ: "With great power comes great responsibility"
I'm sure you've heard this saying before. It comes to mind when I was writing lyrics to Thomas Tonfeld's song "Some Love."He asked me to write something that was inspiring and feel good. As I listened to his instrumental track, I just thought of a time when people listened to music to soothe their minds and escape from their humdrum everyday hardships (similar to today's time but on a much deeper level without all the other distractions on social media, etc). It was just us and the music. Of course, pivotal to this was the person who introduced the music whether it was a DJ or whomever helped pick the track. DJs have such a great role in how to put you in the right mood. He/she can feel the audience and knows which tracks fits the moment. When the evening needs some revving, they play a track to get people up and about. When the atmosphere is chill, they know to play the same style of music to keep you feeling chill. They see the instant result of their decisions right in front of them in the people's mood. Are they smiling? Are they moving their bodies? Or do they look bored as heck? The DJ has great power to change the vibe literally with that song choice. Choice is a power. With that said, I wrote these lyrics to say "thanks DJ" for your work. Not everyone has the intuition to know how to lift up the people and you've been put in that role . As big or as small as that role you think is, it is a role indeed. Use your power wisely.
"Some Love" from Thomas Tonfeld's Disclosure album I wanna feel the summer breeze I wanna see the sun set in the sky We can make sweet memories Make our dreams come true Hey, DJ, C'mon and play our song again Give some love to this heart of mine Lift me up, hey dj, lift me up Let's make this world alright Some Love Give and get some love Hey, DJ, C'mon and play our song again make this love last forever can you feel the love? can you feel the love? make this last forever we all need some love It's gonna be alright
````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` This weekend I watched the original "Planet of the Apes" for the first time. For some reason, these last few weeks, I had this yearning to watch this film. I didn't realize that Rod Serling was partial collaborator of the script. Rod Serling's contributions never stop to amaze me. I appreciated the desert scenery now that I am surrounded by desert land myself. I did a little bit of research and found that the writers and director did change storyline quite a bit from the story presented originally in Pierre Boulle's novel mainly due to budget constraints. Luckily my local library has a paperback so I can do a more in depth read into the original social commentary presented in the original. Dialogue was real and direction was brilliant and tasteful. Make-up work was exceptional and acting was top notch. Details about the film can easily be researched online. (A peculiar coincidence occurred as I watched this film. I'll let you in on it hopefully in a few weeks.) The original 1968 "Planet of the Apes" is a one of a kind film and truly deserves the recognition.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sometimes lyrics are more powerful when you see them in their most honest form. Here are some original lyrics I wrote for a track: You were just waiting for a second chance just when you thought love passed you by. Just for a moment you felt all alone living a life of circumstance. It would be so nice if I got to know you 'cause I believe in love. I believe in dreams. Wouldn't it be nice if I got to know you, really got to know you. 'Cause I believe in love I believe in dreams. I believe in you. You were just waiting for a second chance at love just when you thought love passed you by. Wouldn't it be nice if I got to know you, really got to know you. It would be so nice. 'Cause I believe in love I believe in dreams. I believe in you.
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``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` I just finished up my newest project with a producer from Spain. It's our first time working together. The track is futuristic and intense and fusion of musical tastes. Really got my creative juices flowing. Will share more details with you soon and any other release information hopefully. ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Next set of reading: Books by G. Edward Griffin. ````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` I was watching the free 80s Video Channel last night and saw this blurry video of Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend." Such an awesome song. Musicianship, driving guitar riff, vocal, melodies, lyrics, harmonies. Keyboard work outstanding. Fun song. ````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` I absolutely love watching content of videos like this about bicycling. I'm not a cyclist for sport, but for everyday commuting here and there if the lanes allow where I live (unfortunately bike friendly lanes are not ubiquitous around me) so I do my best to be aware of my surroundings. I have a hyrid/cruiser bike in addition to my quad roller skates : ) Would love the opportunity to see how these cities operate in person one day. See you soon, Oslo!
``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Wanna again say thank you thank you to all the listeners out there playing, mixing, djing the music I create with my fellow collaborators. It means the world to me. Spread the music made with pure intent to share beautiful art. Just finished up a new track with a bit of soul and feel good vibes. It's coming along well and hope to share with you in the near future. Got another track coming out in December. More details to come. Hope to present to you more fresh and classy, electrifying, unique, magical tracks!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have been reading "The Second Book of the Tao" by Stephen Mitchell as part of my Philosophy Studies and Ancient Texts. During my research came up the quote "You Reap What You Sow." I did a search for it and came upon this on Urban Dictionary of all places. TOP DEFINITION You Reap What You Sow THE DEFINITIONS: 1. Everything that you do has repercussions. It comes back to you one way or another. 2. You cannot escape the consequences of your actions. What you do comes back to you. 3. You will see the long-term effects of your actions. 4. KARMA - The total effect of a person's actions and conduct during the successive phases of the person's existence, regarded as determining the person's destiny, especially, in his next incarnation. 5. What goes around comes around. 6. Your actions all have consequences. Don't ever be fooled into thinking that your actions don't have consequences. Don't think you can get away with bad choices even if you don't seem to get caught.
Indeed, profound words to live by. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BEAUTIFUL CONCEPT MUSIC VIDEO - Mondo Grosso I absolutely love this music video. It is such a well thought out beautiful piece of film. The lighting at night is vibrant and the colors stand out even more so. It's a work of art putting music to images. Everything compliments each other: dancer, dancing, costumes, lighting, background setting, music. It all works well together creating a UNIQUE work of art. Kudos to such outstanding video music filming . Work of art indeed.
October 2018 Music is an "art form." Words are chosen carefully to reflect the emotion of intent. Images and images of motion are thought forms of reflection. I choose carefully every lyric and melody and to match the intention overall in its purest form. The more I see how it is translated by other's eyes, the more I understand that my creative form should also evolve and my decisions should evolve into new realms of creativity, new versions of art closer to my vision. Choose a path, a different path that is more in line with my VISION. As an artist, choose your path carefully, slowly. Are the words and music placed on a "billboard" of sorts true reflections of your original idea or was it delivered into something completely out of of focus of intent? Has the listener listened to the music and words or were they distracted by images of motion? Have the images of motion complimented or distracted from the message? Are one's eyes so distracted that they fail to interpret the message transmitted through their ears? Has one lost sight of thoughtful reflection that music is supposed to bring about? Has it been transmuted to touch upon one dimensional aspects of the mind (head out of the gutter)? Music and sound are more than one dimensional. It can positively invigorate and purify or numb on multi-levels. That is how powerful music is. Artist, decide your path. Artists, decide with whom you walk this path. Artist, decide and be clear of your message through your art form. Artist, validate the power in your art.
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I arrived at the hotel at 6 a.m. from Istanbul, a 2-hour flight. After showering and sleeping for a few hours, I descended for HASANKEYF, the town with a mysterious name. Beauty and splendor, I was told, was waiting for me in that ancient town 30 minutes from Batman. Soon the Turkish government would construct a dam in this area and transfer the ruins to another. I had to see the magnificence of this place in its original setting before I left Turkey.
At 9 a.m. I headed out from my hotel. As my feet touched the steps outside my hotel’s front door, I felt the enormous sun opening its arms in wide embrace and generously giving away its loving rays. I wanted to be free from it, but it would capture me as I tried to hide. Batman was busy. It was an ambitious city which, at first glance, disguised itself as small town. It danced around to its favorite song like a bustling boomtown. I looked at the locals strutting around as if it were any ordinary day. Of course, to them it was another ordinary day. To me, the solo traveler in their neck of the woods, it was more than extraordinary. I was star struck looking at ordinary people.My eyes followed them while I waited to cross the street. Tea cafes were packed as if crowds of men were on holiday. They sat comfortably outside the cafés under old, dusty terrace covers. They were enjoying their cigarettes; they drank tea; and engaged in lively conversations. I heard layers of conversations cohesively orchestrated. The clinking sound of tea glasses as the men stirred sugar mixed well with their deep voices. The temperamental sun and its powerful rays were accessories in the same way that tea and sugar were to the culture. Batman had a buzz. Slowly I followed the shaded path the tall buildings provided. In this heat, a minute seemed like an hour. Across the street next to the Turkish style mini-mart, I spotted a dolmus, a little van that transported people to select destinations throughout the day. It was cheap too: 6 lira (about $3.00) to travel 30 minutes in an air conditioned vehicle. On the back of the van in big letters were the words BATMAN HASANKEYF. I hurriedly crossed the street thinking I would hop on and go. I peeked inside and saw a boy about 10 years old sitting near the window. He was alone. I asked him if this was the van going to Hasankeyf. He confirmed in Turkish like a salesman in training. The boy jumped out of the van and stood outside soliciting potential passengers walking on the sidewalk. The dolmus was like a carpool service running almost constantly. The problem was that you had to wait until all seats were filled.
I went inside the air-conditioned mini-mart and bought myself a survival pack: a bottle of water and an even bigger bottle of Ayran, a yogurt, water, and salt combo. It’s a national Turkish drink said to help tolerate the heat. I killed a lot of time looking through the Turkish-brand candy and snack section. I glanced outside and noticed the dolmus started to fill up: grandmothers in their long dresses with their grandchildren; couples; old men; different generations of families; newborn babies; and then, me. Loads of bags with goods, vegetables, and fruits piled up in the back. I grabbed a seat in the rear. Sitting next to me was a well-dressed man in a pink shirt, white shorts, and sunglasses. He looked at his iphone incessantly. There was a middle-aged couple sitting to the far left. The woman’s hair was beautifully wrapped in a headscarf and her eyes dark with black eyeliner. She was chatting with her husband I assumed. He barely looked at her, but was nodding his head constantly.
We sat side by side packed corner to corner. The driver, dapper in his newly bleached-looking white shirt and salt and pepper hair, stood outside smoking one of his many Marlboro Classic cigarettes. Apparently, one passenger was urging him to wait. His friend, his Arkaday, would arrive shortly. Drivers followed their own time table and, unless under major scrutiny, would be the one to decide to stay or go.
I began to hear comments being thrown around by irritated passengers. Some had been waiting for more than 30 minutes. Most people spoke Kurdish which was the prevalent language in this part of the country. I spewed out some of my own but only in my head and in English, just as potent nevertheless. A minute or so went by when a man carrying a large checkered tote bag was seen running wildly towards the van. He climbed in and wiped off his forehead with a handkerchief.
Our driver turned on the gas and pumped up the air conditioner. The air barely touched me. I worried that I would have to breathe in hot air throughout the trip. The window to my right was opened a crack. I couldn’t open it much more. Off we went.
The iphone man talked softly on his phone. Some quickly fell asleep. I hoped I wouldn’t get claustrophobic. 20 people were packed in the dolmus. Some sat on stool-like chairs, some on people’s laps. Some remained standing. A few sat on wooden boxes covered with a thin pillow and sat directly facing the other passengers. There was one young boy on a box directly in my view. He was traveling with his mother and baby brother. I could see his innocent face with the most serious expression like a dutiful son enduring the road bumps as his mother tenderly carried his brother. At times he wrinkled his forehead and squinted when dust blew through the window into his eyes.
The wind blew though that tiny window space and caressed my face. On numerous instances, I felt traces of cool air from the air conditioner, along with dry air as we sped by cars, heat from the tires below my seat, mixed with my body heat. I watched the colors-- mostly brown and green-- flash by. It was an incredible space of land and mountains. They were endless. At some point, I couldn’t tell the difference when one rugged mountain started and when one ended. It was as if a painter was using sand to build the mountains and the sand smoothly blended together. I asked the man next to me to let me know when Hasankeyf was nearing. Would I see a sign that read: “HOS GELDINIZ! WELCOME TO HASANKEYF!" What I did notice was that I started to feel the landscape changing. The land became more alive and vibrant as we drove on the long, dusty road. Images would magically appear. I closed my eyes to squeeze in a one-minute nap and opened them to see a long stream of water. This was the Tigris River. I followed its path never taking my eyes off it. Its sharp, shapely, discolored beauty never aged one moment. Land and mountains seemed to whisper to follow the water. I would find what I was looking for. The bus drove over a small bridge and to its right and left appeared ancient dwellings, caves, towers, and historic monuments. I lost my place. This was not Istanbul and certainly not my hometown.
I looked in wonder at these ancient works of art that blew away any skyscraper that marveled in any modern city and stunned any city dweller. How small we were, I thought, and how spectacular a gift the ancient people and Mother Earth left behind. The van stopped and unloaded passengers. The iphone man stopped talking on his phone, smiled at me and pointed. This was Hasankeyf. I stood there. My eyes saw a jewel.
For that moment I did not feel that it was likely 110 degrees. Not 30 minutes ago I was walking, sitting, waiting, enduring so-called unbearable conditions and minor irritations. We deal with those moments on a daily basis most of our lives. Those minute and what some consider insignificant moments in the beginning of the journey are there to get you where you’re supposed to go. To live through them and arrive in the middle is all part of the journey. And even on that extremely scorching July day, as soon as I arrived in that glorious place, I knew it was time to play and explore the even more extreme splendor. THE END ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` The tiniest of dogs bark Loud and incessant it is the sound of judgement. the loudest bark has enormous guilt muted or heard, sometimes seen. projection an extension of themselves afraid of attention this aspect of who they are so they point in the other direction anywhere and as far far away from themselves as possible bark bark away sound waves bounce right back to the conduit electromagnetic waves designed to reflect current state of mind for one's own introspection
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2019 will be a new time. It will be the beginning of beginnings. As I've always said I don't want to do the same thing twice this applies most importantly creatively and artistically. My mind looks for new equations to fill and that means new music to aspire to create. It is boring to do the same work every day, dancing the same beat, playing the same rhythm, and even just as boring to do the same play. Expand the canvas and bring new stories to light. It is a fresh new day beyond yesterday. Say thank you and good-bye to the ways of the past. They will last in my mind if I want to. But I choose to move forward breathing new air and fresher greener grass. As an artist I give and show respect to my fellow musicians, collaborators and everyone else involved in the sharing in the power of sound and music. I am thankful for their strong and positive work ethic. I am very very adamant about work ethic, honesty and genuine fairness and justice of sharing of work and reward. When that has not been exemplified, it is a strong indicator of CHARACTER. There is no room for that in my world. So I choose to move forward breathing new air and fresher greener grass.
What a great interview with Rod Serling, the prolific writer of one of the greatest tv programs of all time. Such an articulate, intelligent creative man who held the highest of value for the quality and integrity of his art. Brilliant man. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When I was a little girl, my family and I would often go to garage sales. I must have been 7 or 8 years old and one day we went to a garage sale on a sunny Saturday. There was a small box on the corner with old paperbacks for sale. I rummaged through and found two books that interested me. One that I was so happy to see was a book about UFOs. It actually had pictures and I was so excited. The writing of the book was too complicated for me to read and understand so I just cared about the pictures. At that young age,I would think that why would I care really but somehow I knew that UFOs existed even though I barely knew what a UFO was. I just knew that was something out there beyond us. I'm so glad I found that book and lucky my brother bought them for me. Mind you, at that age I didn't care for Sci-FI movies or books. Nothing of the sort. I had no interest in the mainstream version of ETs. I just knew in my core that UFOs were real and finding that book at the garage sale with pictures was proof. Funny how today FINALLY it is being disclosed slowly through mainstream (without being looked at as being coo-coo for cocoa puffs that we are beyond what we think we are.) We get a lot of lights in the skies here in Nevada. Some are planes and helicopters and some are definitely NOT. They appear like Christmas lights and disappear in a blink of an eye. I like to film them sometimes if I can capture it. I don't watch movies about ETs or alien invasions. It's so Hollywood and so inaccurate in my opinion. Can't there be more friendly ETs portrayed on the big screen? Like humans some are one way and some are the other. But back to my point that it's pretty cool that we are finding out more about our galaxy and our place in it. It's just the beginning of our discovery.
a) DON'T ENTERTAIN THE ENEMY THE ENEMY WILL in all ways LOSE THEY LOSE BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY CHOOSE RUN AWAY, ONE WITHOUT SPINE You take what's yours You take what's mine HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN SORROW WILL FOLLOW YOU Have you forgotten One day it will corner you And ask in a quiet little voice "WHAT have you done, MY SON" "WHY are you so afraid?" Still you will wonder why You've been led to this place
CAUGHT UP IN A CHARADE LOSING SIGHT OF WHAT’S GOOD AND TRUE DON’T FORGET COMMON SENSE FORGE ON, PAINT THE PICTURE DON’T BE DECEIVED BY THE ENEMY HUSTLERS WILL ALWAYS BE HUSTLERS DON’T BE DECEIVED BY FOOLS WITH MINDLESS INTERPRETATIONS. Remember: WARRIORS OF THE HEART NEVER LOSE
b) Living off the grid neighbors miles away miss the smile of a stranger moon keeps me company been drinking fossil water that took a thousand years living on fossil water golden age is near climbing up the hill looking at tumbleweeds only thing i hear is the air that I breathe old coyote looks so hungry Is home for you near? this life is funny living off the grid this life is lonely living off the grid only thing I miss is the smile of a stranger
c) Ask yourself: What is the "good life"? Is it the plastic face? Famous actor said they''ll turn you into consumer drones Magic phones that keep you alone lure with private jets and private yachts everything you wished you'd got Is that the "good life" when you have to pay the price? What is the price? Ask your heart, not your mind for you'll be surprised at what you'll find when you're promised the "good life" Whilst in the 3d world best to ask who is offering you the "good life" and how they're defining the "good life" just might astound you