I know some of you hate this Quarantine, but just chill for a second. This thing has created some phenomenal music moments. Admit it!
Who didn’t check out Jill Scott and Erykah Badu? That was amazing.And so many people on my timeline were into it. I remember at one point they had 625K
And now all these artists are trying to do the same thing. We are living through some of the greatest music moments. Artists are trying to find new ways to connect with their audiences and it is FYAH.
I am a big fan of Club Quarantine with DJ D-Nice. This man’s love for music is so contagious it can capture me for hours. D-Nice spins on Instagram drawing such an interesting collection of audience members who often become part of the show throughout the evening. His regulars include celebrities like Halle Berry and Donnie Wahlberg, but also regular folks who follow him too. Every session is a new adventure.
Since the Quarantine, I have listened to all kinds of artists do live performances on the internet from James Taylor to BoyzIIMen to Amy Grant to Yo-Yo Ma. There have been fun YouTube edited shows that have stretched my mind about their performances. This pandemic was the best thing to happen to them and me.
So, sit and chill and listen to some of the best music you are ever going to hear. Your favorites are doing it big. Sit. Listen. Love it.
This week I celebrate graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Master of Arts degree in Journalism. I am sitting back and relishing what a life poured out to God can do.
So let me be honest. This was not on my five or ten year plan. I never dreamed it was possible, but has truly brought the verse to life that all things are possible with Him.
I will celebrate this victory each day this week. I will remember how God has been faithful in guiding me through this program in a city where I have not family or friend support. I truly trusted in Him.
Today I had ice cream. It was nice to savor the flavors of each and remember what I like about them. I mean like each of them on their own, but together it is really good.
Our lives are like one flavor of ice cream. We have plans and ideas of what we like to do. But when we give it to God and trust Him with it, He takes it to an entirely different level.
I am excited to see where I go from here.
I will spend the rest of the year explaining how African American beauty has been marginalized and how we need to appreciate our history. I am creating some art images on the subject and will have several exhibitions this year. Here is one I am working on.
It is the subject of my thesis and I have learned knowing you are beautiful is powerful. I will spend the rest of 2020 looking at different aspects of it. You can see a short video here.
It evokes something in you that nothing else will. There are some songs that are attached to memories you can not shake nor do you want to. For as many people who have sung the Midnight Train to Georgia, my favorite will always be Gladys Knight and the Pips.
I love the story of loyalty, a woman sticking it out with her man, through ups and downs. Going where he goes. I don’t think I would do that but I love the story. Knight’s voice sounds authentic in the storytelling.
As I have grown older this music has built memory on top of memory. Even though I never saw him perform live, Frank Sinatra is a king in my book. There is something about his voice that sends me to another era. It wasn’t the one where he became a great performer, it was more like the one he created with his performances. He invited the audience to Come Fly With Me.
I chose LPs this week because they too are classic. My memory of LPs goes longer and farther than any other way of delivering music to people. I still own some.
Music is powerful and magical in that it can lift a mood or torture a soul. I was on the train the other day. A young girl enjoying her music offered me her headphones. It was so good she wanted to share.
Make music do that for you. Make your music so good, you can’t keep it to yourself. Let it lighten your steps and rock your world.
What are two of the most popular songs to listen to when you hit the road?
Prince’s 1999 and Springsteen’s Born to Run were at the top of many lists of recommended songs to listen to while on a road trip. I remember when music came out on 8 Track Tapes. People had them in their cars and home. They had stacks of tapes. It was another way to listen to music.
Born to Run was released by Bruce Springsteeen in 1975 on Columbia Records. It sold more than six million copies.
1999 was released by Prince in 1982 on Warner Bros. It has sold over 4 million copies.
My favorite part of going to a Texas Rangers baseball game was the walk up music. Each player had a song that they chose to have playing when they walked up to bat. The right song could get the crowd going. It was fun.
After that experience I decided I needed a walk up song. But there are so many to choose from it is hard to pick.
But when I am on the road, I have many songs that I listen to. Music will make or break your mood. Choose very carefully the things you listen to when you are on the way to somewhere, especially if that somewhere is important.
This month is gonna be about the road music. I have looked through several list of what are the songs most people listen to on a roadtrip. Where the Streets Have No Name by U2 is at the top of the list. Joshua Tree is a good album, but Rattle and Hum is my favorite U2.
I drew a CD because that is a form music came in. We will look at different forms music came in, and this is the first one I will mention. I still have CDs and a CD player.
Make sure you watch the official video on YouTube. It captured a moment. And that is what music does. It captures a moment. Make good moments this month.