Turn your lights down low

February 27, 2011

Just one of those feel good songs that you want to go back and listen to every once in a while to remind you of love. This song makes you feel authentic and think about what’s real in your life. It has a comforting beat & set of vocals that allow you to just feel the love around you and live in it. More than anything, this song helps me envision true love with another person: easy, real, non-judgmental love. It’s that love that makes you look at the other person and tell them how much you appreciate them for all that they are. And then of course, Lauryn kills it with her lyrics, as always!

What a romantic song; one of those songs I can never really get enough of. This song creates a beautiful vision. It takes me away for a little bit. It makes me envision walking down a not-so-crowded cobblestone alley, locking hands with my sweetheart (the nonexistent one) on a beautiful Spring morning in Paris. I tend to love songs, that by merely listening to them, can take me to another place; I think it is pretty impressive when a song can have that much of an impact on one’s imagination. Take a listen! See where it takes you.

Nouvelle Vague, consisting of two musicians (Marc Collin & Olivier Libaux) and various singers, is a French band that respectfully recreates their own covers of various punk, bluegrass and new wave songs. I love their style because it is very artistic, relaxing and imagination-evoking. If you like this song, you may also enjoy the following:

  1. “love will tear us a apart”
  2. “Dance with me”
  3. “Marian”

A Valentine’s Day Quote

February 13, 2011

photo courtesy of thelineofbestfit.com

“I used to want to find the love of my life,
Now I’m trying to live a life of love”

-Shad

Wagwan, D.C. dancehall heads? Watchu know about Patty Boom Boom?

D.C. just got a little more amazing with its new addition of Patty Boom Boom: a reggae nightclub/Jamaican carryout restaurant. It’s def. my new fave spot. The second you walk into this place, you can’t help but bob your head & get a great big smile on your face (esp. when you walk in to the sounds of Gregory Isaac’s “night nurse”). Was itching to get on the dance floor before I got into the door (had some reggae gold playing in my car on the way there) and stayed on the dance floor the entire night. The music is on point.  They def. held it down playing some big tunes such as, Buju Banton’s “Boom Bye Bye” or Red Rat’s “Tight Up Skirt”. Lot of love in the room, as well. Everyone has a red stripe in their hands just wine’n to the music. This is a place you want to go to with people who are really into reggae/dancehall or people who are open-minded about music.

One in a million

February 12, 2011

Aaliyah was another artist that influenced me greatly, growing up. There is so much to say about Aaliyah. She was such a talented singer, dancer, and overall entertainer. It was obvious that she was beautiful inside and out. She was strong and independent but classy and graceful at the same time.  She was so good at everything she did, yet was so humble about it. She definitely grew as an artist throughout the years but what I loved about her most was that she maintained her own unique style. I personally feel so fortunate to have had an artist and female figure like her to look up to while I was growing up.

From 2nd grade onwards I would make it my mission to be like Aaliyah. I would collect all of her posters from the “Word up!” magazines and arrange them all over my wall. I especially remember her one poster, from a Tommy Hilfiger shoot (the one below), that I kept forever. Remember this one?

When we moved homes in 1997, I brought this poster with me and made it the center point of my poster arrangement. That picture influenced me during most of my childhood years: I dressed like a tomboy, I wore my hair straight and parted it to the side to cover one eye and did a million crunches so that I would have flat abs. I would practice singing  songs like “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number“, “Back and Fourth” and “Choosey Lover” in my room. I would practice her dance moves in videos like “One in a Million” and “Four Page Letter”.  In fact, it was those videos that sparked my first interest in hip hop dancing. Throughout middle school, high school and college I continued dancing and it has been one of my main passion-all thanks to her. My favorite songs by Aaliyah would have to be, “One in a Million”“If Your Girl Only New”, and “Four Page Letter”.

In general,  I just loved her style. I loved the crew she collaborated with: Missy, Ginuwine, Timbaland, Magoo and the whole fam. What’s interesting is that I never stopped listening to Aaliyah because she never stopped making great music. Up until the day she had to leave us, she was still making top hits. Aaliyah was something else; she is truly is irreplaceable. Aaliyah is one in a million. She will never be forgotten.

What a bum

February 12, 2011

Just a random post of one of my fave dancehall tunes: