“don’t lose who you are in the blur of the stars.”

March 7, 2011 | filed under inspiring, listen | Leave a Comment 

I loved this video of Jessie J singing in the Times Square train station. So far, I like the messages in her music.



“Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”

February 18, 2011 | filed under inspiring, listen, moment of truth, pay attention | 2 Comments 

Originally written in 1997 by Chicago Tribune columnist, Mary Schmich, under the title “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young”, Baz Luhrmann set it to music and released “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” in 1999.

There’s some great advice in here, such as:

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind.
You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded.
But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now
how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts.
Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

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What My World Sounds Like: Essential Esperanza

February 15, 2011 | filed under listen, what my world sounds like | 2 Comments 

Essentialesperanza by Alvinthethird on Mixcloud

Sunday night, bassist, composer and singer Esperanza Spalding became the first jazz artist to win a Grammy for Best New Artist. It’s kind of a big deal. I’ve been intending to listen to her music for a while and the opportunity knocked me upside the head yesterday when my friend, artist/designer/deejay/conversationalist extraordinaire, Alvin Black III, decided to repost his Essential Esperanza mix he compiled back in December to celebrate her Grammy win.

It’s a really nice introduction to her work. So much so that I’m already making plans to buy a concert ticket. Budget? What budget? 😉 I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



master love…or die trying.

February 6, 2011 | filed under consider this, inspiring, listen, moment of truth | 2 Comments 

Love, forgiveness, and relationships have been occupying most of my mental space recently, which is why the last few posts have been about that. It’s the running theme of my life right now, and you can expect more inquiry and exploration in that department. I think it’s helpful for everyone.

On that note, I’m revisiting Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship. The third and seventh chapters, titled “The Man Who Didn’t Believe in Love” and “The Dream Master”, both struck a chord with me. I hope they offer something valuable to you as well. Click the links for transcripts of each chapter.

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Don Miguel Ruiz’s Mastery of Love, chapter 3: “The Man Who Didn’t Believe in Love”, 9:23

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Don Miguel Ruiz’s Mastery of Love, chapter 7: “The Dream Master”, 4:19



What My World Sounds Like: Mingus Big Band – “Moanin'”

January 2, 2011 | filed under listen, what my world sounds like | 2 Comments 

I’ve been a fan of jazz composer, bassist, and pianist Charles Mingus for some time now, but I’ve just discovered a new song via the Mingus Big Band, a group of New York musicians who specialize in Mingus’ compositions.

“Moanin'” is from the 1993 Nostalgia in Times Square. Listen to this song! It enraptures you. Jazz requires attention. Quintessential cool.



Be inspired: just do it.

September 24, 2010 | filed under inspiring, listen, watch this, what my world sounds like | 2 Comments 

Last night, I had the great pleasure to be present at the John Legend and The Roots perform songs from their new album, Wake Up! I was inspired by so much and for so many reasons. One of which was, for me, the highlight of the show, when Mrs. Jennifer Hudson strolled on stage and covered the gospel song, “Be Grateful”. It was beautiful. You’ll see. 🙂

Also touching was John Legend and The Roots covering Bill Withers’ “I Can’t Write Left Handed.” All kinds of awesome. Watch below and enjoy.

I realized my follow-through is what’s holding me back, or the lack thereof, more accurately. There’s a tune in your heart. May not be music. May simply be any call, feeling, urge to do something, express something, share, heal, love. Follow that call. Just do it. (I’m talking to us.)

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What My World Sounds Like: “Is This Love?”

September 18, 2010 | filed under listen, what my world sounds like | Leave a Comment 

The incredibly talented Bilal covers Bob Marley’s “Is This Love?” and does a tremendous job with his version. If the video doesn’t work for some reason, click on the link for the full screen version and it will open a new window.

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The Sounds of VTech / bilal_isthislove_web   



What My World Sounds Like: “Devil In A New Dress”

September 4, 2010 | filed under listen, what my world sounds like | 1 Comment 

The Kanye West I learned to love and respect released this amazing album called College Dropout in 2004. I can’t say I was an early adopter; he had to win me over. But that he did. Actually, I began to like him and his music so much because he’d earned my respect–I didn’t just give it to him. What I didn’t know about Ye was that his work ethic was sickening. That he would get better. He would grow as a person, and subsequently, he would grow as an artist and a musician.

He’s slated to release his fifth album this fall. In the meantime, he’s having a jolly old time being creative again and I’m enjoying it. He just released “Devil In a New Dress” at midnight. Apparently, I’ve played it 70 times since then. It reminds me of all the reasons I fell in love with hip hop. This song is a late night conversation with a good friend about something that you’re kind of down about, but feel better talking about it to someone you love. It’s a long embrace before saying goodbye. Quite simply, it’s amazing.

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What My World Sounds Like: Simply Red

May 29, 2010 | filed under inspiring, listen, moment of truth, what my world sounds like | 1 Comment 

Simply Red – “Your Mirror”

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What My World Sounds Like: new (to me)

April 25, 2010 | filed under listen, what my world sounds like | Leave a Comment 

Just a few words. Really, names. Osunlade. Damien Yazz. B.o.B.

Osunlade almost always feels good, if not great.  “The Day We Met for Coffee” was one of the first draws. I had to have listened to that song on repeat for 2 hours that day.

Then I heard this…

Osunlade – “Flow”

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