X, Chamomile & Deadlines

What ever happened to Midterm breaks being the time to lounge? Gone are the days when teachers gave homework, and you’d never do it, then go to school the next week praying they forgot about it. Then it was fun, there was never really any consequences – well apart from detention, and maybe being a bit slower than those who did it. University is a different ball game, if you don’t do the work…you won’t get the grade, and even if you do do the work, you might not get the grade you think you deserve. Sigh.

Ed Sheeran keeps me on track though, as well as the calming effects of Chamomile tea. Which brings me to the title of this post. X, I can’t get enough of this album. I’ve literally had it on replay for more than two weeks. EVERY song on the album is a hit…to me anyway.

A little tip: get a head start on the workload as soon as possible, so they don’t pile up (easier said than done, but doable)

Below are some of my fave songs from the album.

MOTIVATION: The Enemy within

Often times than not we doubt ourselves, for various reasons.

WE get in  the mindset of self-deprecation/sabotage, a feeling of not being “good enough”. What exactly is good enough? Good enough, to whose standards?

If for whatever reason your path in life isn’t good enough for you, then by all means please aspire to be better, rise above the odds, but do it for you, and in doing so, remember to release negative thoughts, do your best and let God do the rest.

Be happy and enjoy life – if for nothing, for the fact that you slept yesterday, opened your eyes today and are reading this right now.

Believe me it’s easier said than done, even those we consider the best struggle with this, but it helps to think positively and compliment yourself for the good enough things in your life.

 

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– Peace & Love 

MUSIC: Kelela

Until a few days ago, I didn’t know there was an artist by the name of Kelela, but luckily I found her IG page on one of my never ending Instagram cruises, and as cliché as this sounds, I think she’s a breath of fresh air, her voice filled with an emotion, and a calmness that makes you want to leave whatever it is you’re doing, take a seat, and chill. Listen to her latest track – “A Message” & stay tuned on the Video, the Visuals are pretty cool and be sure to check her out on SoundClound.

MUSIC: A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest
Checkout Q-Tip looking all kinds of fine hehe

Allow me entertain you with my definition of Hip Hop. I wish I could say Quest was one of my favourite groups back in the 90s, but that would be a lie. I wasn’t even mature enough to understand their lyrics, talk less of understanding their message, sure I might have bopped my head here and there to the beats of the 90s (thanks to my Aunt) but I don’t really remember loving it for it, but rather because I liked everything my Aunt did (this is a good thing btw).

I do however, remember walking home from school under the heat of Nigeria’s Sun in the early 2000s and hearing Diddy’s “I need a Girl” blasting through Car Stereos and also on the weekends when my Aunt and I had mini cleaning parties where we’d dance to Kool & the Gang‘s “Get down on it”, or lip sync to Shaggy‘s “It Wasn’t Me”.

Span 15 years later, I appreciate Hip Hop for what it was with the raw talents of artists like Quest, though they’ve now disbanded, their music is still tight. Up until recently I wasn’t feeling their sound, perhaps it was their lack of over powering beats, or maybe it was the fact that they actually made me think of something other than how many “bars” they had –no, that’s not it. I think it was their constant portrayal of their reality without the need to embellish that threw me off, but now I know better. Hip Hop need not be plastered with arrogant and self-righteous lyrics about how many females the Emcee penetrates per night or the labels on their collar, because realistically speaking too much money ain’t enough many and no matter how many females you bag, there’s more to life/music than that.

Their Low End Theory album did it for me – lyrical excellence. Where facts of life, culture and reality aren’t embellished, but appreciated for what it is and put into context to spark conversation and provoke thoughts. Artists like Tribe, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Eminem, Ice Cube, TLC, Naughty by Nature, and many others portrayed this genre of music in a way that exceeds Gang culture.

Let’s for one sec. forget what music channels and popular “Hip Hop/Rap” artists today perpetuate as “Real”, and hop on YouTube, and get on that old skool vibe with Tribe.

This post is not to discredit the hard work and dedication of our Hip Hop artists of today, but rather to appreciate some of the pioneers of the Genre.

– Peace & Love –

POETRY: Ode to the Fathers of Our World.

Happy Father’s Day to Fathers in our World.
A little something I wrote for the Fathers who matter, who stand and do for theirs. Also for the ones who aspire to be better.

Love

Blossoming from childhood to adolescent,
growth evident in his stature, awareness and mental being.
He is a man, with a zeal for life,
a mission to provide, and an aspiration to be better.
Life is for his taken,
he finds his muse,
pays his dues,
makes an honest woman out of her,
and plants his seed.

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Don’t think, just write!

Cristian Mihai

Benjamin Franklin once wrote that we should either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. I believe that we all aspire for greatness, one way or another.

I also believe that sometimes all we need is a little bit of confidence. We can be better, smarter or faster.

A century ago, people were dreaming of flying, trying and failing, falling on the ground. But why do people fall? Why do they continue to fight when all hope seems to be lost? I believe it is because it is in our nature to fight, to try to find something in the darkness of the things we do not understand, in the chaos that surrounds us.

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LIFE: Ode to a Woman of Substance

Maya Angelou

I am extremely saddened by the loss of this literary powerhouse, I just had to make a post to express my condolences to her family, friends and fans like myself, but before I do, allow me apologize deeply for having neglected my blogging duties to my followers and readers, It’s been a while. Continue reading “LIFE: Ode to a Woman of Substance”

MUSIC: Joss Stone

joss-stone

I don’t know what rock I’ve hiding under, to not have known an artist by the name of Joss Stone. I mean , she’s amazing and thanks to Spotify, I now know who she is. Her voice is very big and soulful, full of emotion, sultry and raw all at the same time.

Jocelyn Eve Stoker better known as Joss Stone is an English soul singer, she also writes, and is an actress (haven’t seen her acting yet but will do) Her voice and style reminds me of artists like Chaka Khan or is it just me? *shrugs* Check her out though, and if you already know/knew her stuff, what are some of your favourite songs by her? Lemme know! These are some of mine.  Continue reading “MUSIC: Joss Stone”