Don Dotta

May 1, 2012


Love me some Emeli Sandé, a 24-year old Scottish r&b/soul vocalist & songwriter, who’s killin’ it with her latest tune, “My Kind of Love”. That voice infused with a backdrop of smooth piano and hip hop makes for a perfect track & happens to be my new fave song! Even more, the meaning and message behind this song is very dear;  it’s the idea of  non-superficial/authentic/deep love, support & friendship, that has no limit. LOVE IT!

New Common: “Windows”

December 20, 2011

Though It doesn’t take much to love anything that comes from Common’s mouth, I’m especially loving track #10, “windows”, from his latest album, “The Dream/The Believer”. This song has a soulful r&b piece to it, accompanied by a meaningful set of lyrics.

This past year, the idea of the soul being constant and having all the answers has become a focal point in my spiritual journey. Lately I’ve been trying to look at everyone as a pure soul: an equal soul who is just like me. This is why I love the hook (by, James Fauntleroy) in this song, “In your eyes I can see your soul staring back into mine”; there’s a beautiful feeling of hope, comfort and connecting of souls in the entire chorus and especially in that line.

As we move on to Common’s lyrics, “Shhh, to your soul just listen,” it really shines on the idea of listening to your intuition and ignoring all of the noise. I think this song has a couple of components to it which all come together for a similar theme: faith. He talks about a woman who has been scarred from past relationships and struggles to have faith in finding love again. He then goes on to encourage her to start over again: “Even when the door closes, there goes a new one”. In the second verse, he talks about his daughter who he wants to guide in the right direction to ensure that she doesn’t lose faith, like so many of us do. It’s a sweet song with such a positive message.

What I’ve always loved about common is that he really understands women on a spiritual level; he continuously writes tracks about respecting women, a woman’s struggles, and a woman’s needs.  He really puts himself in our shoes and  guides us. His lyrics are empowering to women. Overall, common has so much soul in all of his songs and its very apparent. Check out this Okay Player Exclusive Interview on “windows” for more on his intent with this song.

So far I’m only feeling “Headlines” and this one on my fave boyfriend’s new album, “Take Care”.


A Real Man

October 10, 2011

What I watch when I need a small reminder that there are still a few real men out there:

On a similar note, yesterday at the Natural Living Expo, I met a poet – a sweet Jamaican man. As he overheard me talking about love & relationships to an old mentor of mine, he made a point to interrupt me and said to me “an empress like you should never have their heart broken”. Though he was just speaking in his usual poetic way, he didn’t realize that at that very moment, he made me feel so special and made me feel like a woman – like a goddess. I believe in signs and I do believe that this young man was meant to walk by me, overhear me and remind me what it feels like to be treated like a queen. You see, women are meant to feel like goddesses. We forget that! We, so often, settle for “boys” instead of real men. Common helps me remember that men can love spiritually, passionately and purely. Also, want to give a big shout out to one of my favorite people, Sugath (another true representation of a real man who loves purely and treats women like queens)! They do exist.