What My World's Like

what my world sounds like: james blake

Oct
15

blissfully immerse yourself in the hazy, emotive world of james blake. while listening, there is no other way. his voice is so full of texture and feeling, words aren’t even required, but the music engages on so many levels. however, fortunately for the world, he’s been honing his songwriting skills and this second album is a solid follow-up showcasing his personal and musical growth.



“retrograde” from overgrown
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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.

What My World Sounds Like: “Eyes Wide Open”

Nov
02

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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What My World Sounds Like: “I’m Beaming”

Apr
29

“I get my energy from my inner G
I be in outer space, but I got inner peace
So tell my enemies that they can’t injure me
I know that irritates, you have my sympathies
Well, you should protest, yeah you should picket me
I’m on a losing strike, I’m on a winning streak”

– Lupe Fiasco

What My World Sounds Like: new (to me)

Apr
25

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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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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What My World Sounds Like: Bilal Salaam

Feb
24

I just took the time to listen to Bilal Salaam. It was a good idea.

Here’s “Razor Tongue” off of his Langue De Rasoir (animated by TMelchishua), reminding us to be careful of the words we choose to use with others. The idea can be extended to how we talk to ourselves. Our words can create, build, destroy, hurt, and heal. Let’s be mindful.

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Happiness and self-love

Feb
17

happiness

Last week, I served as a facilitator for an all-girl middle school retreat and presented a workshop on joy. It was such an awesome experience that really lightened my heart. I felt like I was doing what I was supposed to be doing.

Considering my audience, I decided to create a workshop on happiness. Middle school was one of the most hellish phases of my life, with far-reaching ramifications that extended far beyond the secondary education phase. Well, it turns out middle school just might be hellish for a lot of folks. I wanted to share some of what I’ve learned with them in hopes of it being impactful, sticking, and prevent some of the self-esteem battering so many of us experience at that age.

Middle schoolers aren’t the only ones struggling to be happy, though, so I figured I’d post something about it.

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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]