The New

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These last few months have been all about The New–new challenges, new experiences, new opportunities, new connections. It’s been fun to look up and find myself in a radically different place, doing things I couldn’t have imagined this time last year or even six months ago. Life is sooo interesting. My world keeps expanding. Funny what happens when I lift my head, leave myself open, take a chance. 

Yesterday, I spent the day with Christine, Frederic, and Mili–all fabulously creative people with a sense of adventure and a real appetite for life. Passionate people who dream big and have the balls to pursue their vision.

While I can’t reveal the specifics of the project just yet, I can say I had a great time. Collaboration, discovery, inspiration. All because I said “Yes. Let’s do it. What the hell?”

Click here to check out Frederic’s work, and here to watch videos of some of his projects.

Music Monday

Hey y’all!  Monday is here again and I’m excited to share another song.  I first heard DJ Drez’s “Come Together” in my yoga class a few weeks ago and love, love, loved it. My teacher wrote down the album on a little slip of paper which I misplaced until this morning.  This song makes me happy, so I figured I’d spread the love.  Have a great week!

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Music Monday

On the radio last week I heard a guy say our music taste stops evolving after we turn 30. The older we get, the less willing we are check out new artists, finding comfort, instead, in songs that remind us of the past. I get that.  Yesterday I heard Billy Paul’s hit, “Me And Mrs. Jones.” Just like that it was 1973, and I was a kid again, playing ball in the street on a summer evening.

Even though I never really learned to play an instrument, something I regret to this day, music has always been a part of who I am. There was a time (before kids and school tuition) when I bought new music every month. We’d go to the Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard and after an hour of browsing, we’d stack a dozen CDs by the register.  Jazz, Blues, Soul, Classical, Reggae…  We built quite a collection, most of which we still have today.

I’d like to think I’ll always keep growing, that I’ll always be open to new artists, new bands, new sounds.  With that in mind, I’d like to share this week’s pick. A song called “Molasses” from an Australian band called Hiatus Kaiyote. I love their soulful groove and intricate rhythms which change completely from one measure to the next.  I only have an audio recording here, but if you poke around on the internet, you can find a video of their live performance.

Music Monday

Hey y’all,

Life’s been pretty busy these past few weeks with lots of new projects in the hopper.  It’s Monday, though, and that’s a great excuse to share some music. The group is The Hics, the song is “Tangle”. I came across them a few months ago and they’ve become part of my weekly playlist. It’s perfect music for a Saturday afternoon drive or hanging out at home. The video is cool, but if you find it a little distracting, close your eyes. Either way, it’s worth a listen.

Inspiration

In my junior year of college, Toni Morrison published her novel, Beloved, and gave a reading on campus. I joined hundreds of other students in a packed Wheeler Auditorium to listen to her talk about books and writing writing. She explained that she didn’t see the types of books she wanted to read on bookstore shelves so she decided to write them.  By the time I left Wheeler Auditorium, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. And though it took more than a decade for me to declare my intention publicly, and another decade for me to write my first novel, I carried Toni Morrison’s words with me. She was my guiding light, my inspiration.

If I can be even half the writer that Toni Morrison is; if my books can be half as grand, half as meaningful, I will be satisfied. In the meantime, I’m glad to know she continues to share her work and her vision with the world.

Click below to watch the video.

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