What My World Sounds Like: “Beautiful People”

April 25, 2011 | filed under what my world sounds like | 3 Comments 

It’s your life. It’s your life.
Your beauty’s deep inside. Inside you.
Don’t let ’em bring you down, no.
Your beauty is inside of you.
Don’t let ’em bring you down, no.

“Beautiful People” feels good. The music makes me want to move. The words make me smile. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Pardon me as I excuse myself to dance around the bedroom.



Spotlight: Lupe Fiasco

March 20, 2011 | filed under listen, spotlight, watch this, what my world sounds like | Leave a Comment 

It’s highly likely you’ve heard of Lupe Fiasco, so it might seem odd that I’m spotlighting him after he released his third album, five years after his debut. Watching this interview on the Tavis Smiley show reminded me of how much I like him and why. What’s remarkable about the release of his latest album, LASERS, is that fans orchestrated a protest to force Atlantic Records, to give LASERS a release date, which the label was planning to shelve. Here, Lupe discusses the depression and suicidal thoughts he faced during this period, how he came out of it, as well as the creativity/business battle. It’s a really good interview.

[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/beautifullasers.mp3]
Lupe Fiasco – “Beautiful Lasers (2 ways)”

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What My World Sounds Like: Adele

March 9, 2011 | filed under what my world sounds like | Leave a Comment 

I remember it clearly. It was 2008. I was living in Philly, but visiting New York. Standing in a Sony Music office talking to a former co-worker, I heard this amazing music playing in the other room. Bluesy. Touching. Heartfelt. Powerful.

I was distracted. So much so that I walked away from my conversation into a stranger’s office, apologized for interrupting and emphatically, almost pleadingly, asked, “Who is this?”

Her name was Adele. The album was 19. And with that information, in an instant, I became a fan.

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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.



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.



What My World Sounds Like: “Could You Be Loved”

November 21, 2010 | filed under what my world sounds like | Leave a Comment 



What My World Sounds Like: “Eyes Wide Open”

November 2, 2010 | filed under what my world sounds like | Leave a Comment 

Cheers to Gotye’s new single! New album coming out next year. After hearing “Hearts A Mess” from his 2006 Like Drawing Blood, I sought out the album, wasn’t disappointed and became a fan. I hope you enjoy.

Gotye – Eyes Wide Open

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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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