Fixation = understatement, when it comes to “Withdraw” by 22-year-old singer & songwriter, Kimbra Johnson. Just as I can’t keep this song out of my head, I can’t resist sharing my obsession with it any longer!

I haven’t seen a performance this moving and passion-filled in a long time. She simply pours her heart and soul out while fully exposing her ground-shaking vocals. This is raw emotion; raw expression with no limit. While it’s apparent just how incredibly talented this New Zealand-born vocalist is, she fascinates me even further with her unique style. She doesn’t quite fit in any single genre, opts instead for a blend of jazz, old school r&b and soul groove with an indie-pop finish – AKA best combination ever! It’s like all my worlds colliding into one perfect one. Think: Maxwell meets Sia.

Great song, amazing performance. Back to repeat, for now 🙂

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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!

One of my all-time faves by the Amel Larriuex. Perfect song to start off the New Year! This year and from now on, I want to live a life of possibility. Everyday is a new opportunity to start over again. Everyday is a new chance to make things right. Everyday is a new opening to start doing. I wish everyone infinite possibilities, endless love and inner peace. Don’t forget to laugh! Happy 2012!

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.