What My World's Like

what my world sounds like: “limit to your love”

Aug
16

this guy’s voice. it just touches me. the simplicity of the song is quite refreshing and heightens sonic engagement. maybe you’ll enjoy it like i do.

James Blake – Limit To Your Love from James Blake on Vimeo.

i have to thank the amazing penelope for introducing me to him. this year has been pretty extraordinary thanks to travel. it hasn’t always been fun, easy, or happy, but it has been amazing. i’ve crossed paths with some really wonderful people who have enriched me and my growth process and i’m just feeling really grateful for that. music is a great connector. she mentioned being “kind of obsessed” with his music and it’s so different for me right now, i gather the same might happen to me too. that’s cool.

life’s lessons…

Sep
13

I’ve been listening to myself lately — honoring my own wisdom, listening to its whispers, feeling its tugs and trying to heed its advice. This is what I’m learning…

  • On music: It’s amazing. It’s awesome. It’s super powerful. It’s healing… It’s distracting. Sometimes. When I disconnect and listen to vocal-less music, I’m connected to myself and insights on life. It relaxes me and makes life a bit more otherworldly. Ambrose Akinmusire‘s When the Heart Emerges Glistening and Robert Glasper‘s Double Booked are soothing my spirit right now.
  • On desire: We’re not supposed to have everything we think we want. Or when we want it.
  • On life: Talents are our gifts — to us and to others. Burying them only shortchanges us and minimizes our contribution. Follow your bliss.
  • Practice love. Be loving. Don’t let pain, and subsequent anger, blind you to your love. You love because you are love and expressing it is the highest joy. So express it. Live it. Be love in motion.

What My World Sounds Like: Adele

Mar
09

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: Mulatu Astatke

Mar
02

‘Jazzy’ is probably the best term to describe my sonic climate right now. It started some time ago, but began to overtake other genres when I started really listening to Robert Glasper. Since then, it’s been ‘Robert Glasper Radio’ on Pandora all day long. Just recently, I was hipped to Mulatu Astatke (also Astatqé) of Ethiopia. Father of Ethio-jazz, a combination of jazz and Latin music influences with traditional Ethiopian music.

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SPOTLIGHT: Nneka

Jan
10

I could barely contain myself as songstress Nneka (pronounced neck-ah) introduced this live performance of “Heartbeat” at the World Cafe in Philadelphia. The authenticity of her musicianship and the sincerity of its messages are immediately evident. Confrontational and political, yet humane, Nneka’s music forces you to feel. Perhaps she embodies Bob Marley’s message of being able to cure hate and anger with music. Perhaps…

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What My World Sounds Like: Machine Dreams

Aug
11

litle dragon 'machine dreams' album cover

Music is my lifeblood. Since May of last year, the Swedish quartet Little Dragon has been in constant rotation. Their album could be found on two of my iPods and every computer I frequently used–all four of them. Wherever I was, they weren’t far. Well after a year, I still get excited about hearing their debut album.

Imagine the width of the smile plastered to my face as I listened to their latest release, Machine Dreams.

“The title Machine Dreams seems obvious. These days, humans seem more and more like machines, and as technology evolves, machines feel more human and it becomes fuzzy and beautiful and science fiction-ish. We feel dependent on our machines to create and live, and their sounds reflect us”. – Yukimi Nagano

For your listening pleasure…
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What My World Sounds Like: Michael Jackson

Jul
02

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Yeah, yeah, I know. For some, it’s overload. For me, it’s just begin. It’s my world. 😉

“Ain’t No Sunshine”
[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/aintnosunshinemj.mp3]

“The Lady in My Life”
[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/theladyinmylife.mp3]

“Liberian Girl”
[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/liberiangirl.mp3]

“Dirty Diana”
[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/dirtydiana.mp3]

What My World Sounds Like: “Get Up”

Jun
05

What My World Sounds Like: Dela & Liza Garza

May
07

dela 'changes of atmosphere

Amazing. That describes Liza Garza’s work to me. Her words here are hypnotic. I’ve played this song over and over again and my desire to hear it is never quite satisfied. At all.

Dela ft. Liza Garza – “Changes of Atmosphere Intro”
[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/changesofatmosphere.mp3]

What My World Sounds Like – “Digging a Ditch” & “I love you”

Apr
07

For the past few weeks, I’ve been neglecting doing some necessary “releasing.” I’ve learned that in order to find the good, obviously, we have to let go of the perceived “bad”, i.e. regrets from the past, anxious worries about the future, self-imposed limitations, etc.

On my way home from the gym, I turned to Dave’s Busted Stuff. In addition to the lyrics and the mood of this song, I absolutely adore the saxophone played by the late LeRoi Moore.

Dave Matthews Band – “Digging a Ditch”
[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/diggingaditch.mp3]

Run to your dreaming
When you’re alone
Unplug the TV, turn off your phone
Get heavy on with digging your ditch

Cause I’m digging a ditch where madness gives a bit
Digging a ditch where silence lives
Digging a ditch for when I’m old
Digging this ditch my story’s told

Where all these troubles
That weigh down on me will rise
Run to your dreaming
When you’re alone
Where all these questions
Spinnin’ around my head
Will die, will die, will die…

Run to your dreaming
When you’re alone
Unplug the TV, turn off your phone
Get heavy on with digging your ditch

Cause I’m digging a ditch where madness gives a bit
Digging a ditch where silence lives
Digging a ditch when I am through
Digging this ditch I’ll dig in for you
Where all these worries
Weigh it down on me will rise
Where all these habits
Pull heavy at my heart
will die

Run to your dreaming
When you’re alone
Not what you should be or what you’ve become
Just get heavy on with digging your ditch

Cause I’m digging a ditch where madness gives a bit
Digging a ditch where silence lives
Where all these dissapointments, grow angry out of me
Will rise…
Will die…
Will die…
Will die…

Run to your dreaming
When you’re alone
Unplug the TV
And turn off your phone
Get heavy on with digging your ditch

As a bonus, enjoy the lovely sound of Esthero. This woman’s voice is amazing. If we were around each other and she decided to sing all day, I’d let her. She’s that good. Kudos to her for the line, “There might have been a face before, but it was never as beautiful as yours.”

Esthero – “I Love You”
[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/mymusic/tunes/iloveyou.mp3]