TLC recently released a song featuring Snoop Dogg titled "Way Back." The music video is cool, and gives you that cookout, family barbecue, kickback vibe! They make a good point about having their new music being played on Hip-Hop/R&B stations, instead of the "old school" stations. They're still making great music, and it deserves to be heard! Their new album is going to be released at the end of the month, on June 30th!
If you're a songwriter, you definitely should watch this interview! It was so inspiring and eye opening. I knew The Dream was a good songwriter, but I didn't know he wrote sooo many hits that I love today! Lately, I've been spending quite a bit of time studying lyrics, and just try and understand the songwriter's though process, rhyme patterns, etc. Hearing the process directly form the songwriter is very inspiring.
If you really love music, people can tell if you love music. You have to just stick with it.
Pursuing any dream could be difficult. No matter what you choose, you really have to stick with it if you want to see your hard work pay off. Patience is key.
When music is crashing around us, when you hear the same five songs on the radio that aren't really saying much, we can always go back to great music. Great music always lives on.
I am a fan of radio and mainstream music, but I also understand that music is just a small portion of all the really great compositions out there. I enjoy timeless music. I like a lot of different genres, and listen to them regularly. It's always good to expose yourself to new sounds.
This weekend was Atlanta's annual Jazz Festival! I was so hype to be able to go again, because it's truly a memorable event. The event is free and it's right in Downtown Atlanta. I didn't know Robert Glasper was performing, but when I walked up and saw his name, I just had to stay til the end of the night. I've recently gotten hip to his music, and literally played his Black Radio album almost everyday for two weeks. I even was inspired by his arrangement of "Cherish the Day" by Sade that Lalah Hathaway sang on, and did a cover video on YouTube.
Needless to say, the concert was epic and one I will never forget. Honestly, it was so inspiring. The band started with "Cherish the Day" and morphed into so many different songs, using samples and all. The band was so smooth and funky. At times it felt like all the musicians were playing to their own groove, but it meshed! Robert Glasper is a funny character. He was absolutely hilarious, and he even sang a song! He made a disclaimer: "If I'm good cheer, if I'm not cheer." He clearly knew he wasn't a vocalist, but the song he shared was great. I also really enjoyed the lead singer, Casey Benjamin, with his vocoder.
I don't regret any decisions I've made in my life.
I believe that everything happens for a reason, so I really don't regret anything. Even when situations are bad, I tend to find the good in them and focus on that. Everything is a learning experience and will somehow teach you something you need to know later in life.
My life is a song still being written...watch my lyrics evolve.