16 Jan
"Stripped of all make up, no need for fancy clothes 
No cover ups, push ups 
With him, I don't have to put on a show 
He loves every freckle, every curve, every inch of my skin 
Fulfilling me entirely, taking all of me in 
He's real,he's honest, he's loving me for me 
Yeah"

Weekly Sound Bite: Kendrick Lamar

16 Jan

Kendrick Lamar just serves as another musician representing the vast array of talent emerging from the underground music scene out of California.This artist represents what he calls “Human Music” that only real people with real lives can come to appreciate.

Kendrick Lamar, formerly known as K.Dot has been on the music scene for years, alongside Jay Rock and Top Dawg Entertainment. This rapper has a common Cali flow, similar to Dom Kennedy however they vary lyrically. He is no J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, or Big Sean–he has created a sound of his own–he fits perfectly into anyones iTunes amongst the list of other male rappers. . bring a different sound, something every much his–guess it truly is “human music.”

“We hurt people that love us, love people that love us–Im inspired, so get inspired. . ” Is this not real life?

This is only a small fracture of the reality in his music, in human being can relate to this simple line—he crosses social boundaries. .

Take a bite, enjoy:

She Needs Me, Official Video

Opposites Attract

Is this Love? ( My personal favorite)

DOWNLOAD HIS NEWEST MIXTAPE:

http://www.datpiff.com/Kendrick_Lamar_Overly_Dedicated.m152921.html

 

Live. Love. Listen

“In the Morning” J.Cole. Live.

16 Jan

Thought this would be appropriate, considering the title of the following post. . . indulge. .

Baby you summertime fine, I let you get on top–I’ll be the underline, Im tryna get beside you like the number 9 dime.”

“Baby you winter time cold. . “

Summertime fine, gave me the Winter Cold.

16 Jan
There is always a reason behind most emotional changes. Fear. Doubt Curiosity.

Can emotions change like seasons do?

As you make the choice to pull back and do what you think you are supposed to do, or try to find out–you may be missing out on what was destined for you to posses–you could miss out on the love that was in your hand and around your neck, just because you thought about your feelings WAY to much

My summer was warm. It made me smile like sunshine, made me feel like all those women and young girls in the fairytale fantasy movie scence. I felt like I was floating on a magic carpet, watching the sun set next to my aladdin, or sitting in a field full of daisies just laying there staring and the sky  .  . . but  I was not alone.

Summer fell, just like the leave off the trees. It changed as a seasons do. Flowers turned to leaves. Leaves turned all shades of red and orange . .. and they soon fell with such delicacy, hitting the grown softly-unlike the Great Wall of the bridge in London. Although they fell slowly and quietly, the impact was much of the same. Autumn, Fall–the changing of seasons, the great transition .  . . my summer changed.  2 people. 2 places. Summer embraced our spirits. . it was easy going and made our 2 separate lives easy and smooth, merged them together into one. Heat, created fire. . . or enhanced a flame that had been burning and made it hotter than ever. summer allows ppl to be their creative and carefree selves. It was hot, each day we added color and vibrance to a picture full of texter—as fall approached the picture was and still is not a masterpiece and its incomplete, but the reminance of what was created is still there colors and life in all of its brightness.

Autumn changed things, but the fire still burned, with a few hot days and weekends appearing amongst the cold october and november months. The days felts like weeks. They brought back a piece of summer, and made the longing for the comfort that comes with warmth–the longing for open happiness and the passion and fire that burns inside back. It was undeniable, the love for summer was not only seen deep within but simply through gesture and quick looks and smiles. Summer was a friend, who became a love, who slowly became a distant friendbut never to become a stranger

Then came the Winter time cold.


It was freezing, icy, subarctic. . and there seemed to be NO sign of a de-frost in sight. . Winter brought about a lot of thought, a lot of questions. . it wasnt as free as summer. . it was bogged down. . heavy. It had  me bundled upp,  but evenstill I was cold. .

Winter was an introvert. . closed in and didnt communicate much. . my winter was an icebox, sitting on the left side of the chest. . in place of the heart.

Seemed like summer would never come back around. . . i longed for warmth.

Winter was cold, yet as I sat in it. .. I realized that it wasnt going anywhere. . so I may as well embrace the cold. . maybe that would speed up time. .

After dark days of winter. . I decided that I would make winter mine, it would become a friend, not a foe–there was a piece of summer left somewhere beneath the ice. .

it became cool and crisp. . there was no longer snow. . I was no longer frostbitten. . once I accepted the cold, I found it to be, different but fufilling. .

If i couldnt have my summer back, in the same exact way it came to me, then id enjoy winter. . for once I became comfortable with this season, I realized that much of it was the same as summer, it was just another side. . like a twin brother with a few minor differences. .

Initially the winter cold burned. . it hurt. . and i never thought my summertime fine would reveal.i never thought he would show himself again. . but i realized that I could experience the wonderful things of summer, in the winter. . just a different climate and a different capacity. .a different sensuality.

People change, just as seasons do. . This isnt neccessarily a negative thing. . its what you make it. .

My summertime fine gave me the winter cold. .



VISION BOARDS: Layout YOUR Vision for 2011.

16 Jan

(info via christinekane.com)

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board (also called a Treasure Map or a Visual Explorer or Creativity Collage) is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that you’ve torn out from various magazines. It’s simple.

The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.

For instance, before I ever started performing music and I had no idea how I’d ever get a gig, write enough songs, or assemble a press kit, I drew a picture of myself in a bar with people watching me perform (I’m a terrible visual artist, so I actually had to label the people “people!”). And though it wasn’t the only factor in making it happen, I had a calendar full of bar and coffeehouse gigs by the next year.

My drawing was a kind of a vision board. Vision boards do the same thing as my drawing did. They add clarity to your desires, and feeling to your visions. For instance, at the time I did my drawing, I knew I wanted to play in bars and coffeehouses. (I have since left the that circuit, and I’m performing in theatres and at conferences. But in my early twenties, I wanted to play in bars and coffeehouses. I was pretty clear about that!) Taking the time to draw it out, even poorly, made it indelible in my mind.

There are several methods you can use for creating your vision board. I’ve written about each one below. You can choose which one works best for you, depending on where you find yourself on this path of creating your life.

Supplies you’ll need for creating a Vision Board:

– Poster board. (Target sells a really nice matte finish board. I highly recommend it.)

– A big stack of different magazines. (You can get them at libraries, hair salons, dentist offices, the YMCA.) Make sure you find lots of different types. If you limit your options, you’ll lose interest after a while. When I facilitate my women’s retreats, I always make sure we have plenty of Oprah, Real Simple, Natural Home, Yoga Journal, Dwell, Ode, Parenting, Money, Utne, and an assortment of nature magazines.

– Glue. Not Elmers. (It makes the pages ripple.) I like using Yes! Glue or Rubber cement. Glue sticks are my second choice because they don’t last.

Before you begin your vision board:

No matter which method you’re choosing, have a little ritual before you begin your vision board. Sit quietly and set the intent. With lots of kindness and openness, ask yourself what it is you want.Maybe one word will be the answer. Maybe images will come into your head. Just take a moment to be with that. This process makes it a deeper experience. It gives a chance for your ego to step aside just a little, so that you can more clearly create your vision.

The Five Steps of Creating a Vision Board:

Step 1: Go through your magazines and tear the images from them. No gluing yet! Just let yourself have lots of fun looking through magazines and pulling out pictures or words or headlines that strike your fancy. Have fun with it. Make a big pile of images and phrases and words.

Step 2: Go through the images and begin to lay your favorites on the board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out. For instance, you might assign a theme to each corner of the board. Health, Job, Spirituality, Relationships, for instance. Or it may just be that the images want to go all over the place. Or you might want to fold the board into a book that tells a story. At my retreats, I’ve seen women come up with wildly creative ways to present a vision board.

Step 3: Glue everything onto the board. Add writing if you want. You can paint on it, or write words with markers.

Step 4: (optional, but powerful) Leave space in the very center of the vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look radiant and happy. Paste yourself in the center of your board.

Step 5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often.

Three Types of Vision Boards:

1 – The “I Know Exactly What I Want” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

– You’re very clear about your desires.
– You want to change your environment or surroundings.
– There is a specific thing you want to manifest in your life. (i.e. a new home, or starting a business.)

How to create this vision board:

With your clear desire in mind, set out looking for the exact pictures which portray your vision. If you want a house by the water, then get out the Dwell magazine and start there. If you want to start your own business, find images that capture that idea for you. If you want to learn guitar, then find that picture. I remember at the last retreat, one woman yelled out, “If anyone finds a picture of a little girl with red hair who looks happy, give it to me!” And someone else yelled out, “I’m looking for a Cadillac!” Pretty soon, a lively trading session began. Following the five steps above, create your vision board out of these images.

2 – The “Opening and Allowing” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

– You’re not sure what exactly you want
– You’ve been in a period of depression or grief
– You have a vision of what you want, but are uncertain about it in some way.
– You know you want change but don’t know how it’s possible.

How to create this vision board:

Go through each magazine. Tear out images that delight you. Don’t ask why. Just keep going through the magazines. If it’s a picture of a teddy bear that makes you smile, then pull it out. If it’s a cottage in a misty countryside, then rip it out. Just have fun and be open to whatever calls to you. Then, as you go through Step 2 above, hold that same openness, but ask yourself what this picture might mean. What is it telling you about you? Does it mean you need to take more naps? Does it mean you want to get a dog, or stop hanging out with a particular person who drains you? Most likely you’ll know the answer. If you don’t, but you still love the image, then put it on your vision board anyway. It will have an answer for you soon enough. Some women at my retreats had NO idea what their board was about, and it wasn’t until two months later that they understood. The Opening and Allowing Vision Board can be a powerful guide for you. I like it better than the first model because sometimes our egos think they know what we want, and lots of times those desires aren’t in alignment with who we really are. This goes deeper than just getting what you want. It can speak to you and teach you a little bit about yourself and your passion.

3 – The “Theme” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

– It’s your birthday or New Years Eve or some significant event that starts a new cycle.
– If you are working with one particular area of your life. For instance, Work & Career.

How to create this vision board:

The only difference between this vision board and the others is that this one has clear parameters and intent. Before you begin the vision board, take a moment to hold the intent and the theme in mind. When you choose pictures, they will be in alignment with the theme. You can do the Theme Vision Board on smaller pages, like a page in your journal.

Some things to remember about vision boards:

– You can use a combination of all three types of vision boards as you create. Sometimes you might start out doing one kind, and then your intuition takes over and shifts into a whole different mode. That’s called creativity. Just roll with it.

– Your vision board might change as you are making it. I was just talking with a friend of mine who said that she had been making a vision board for the new year. The theme was all about what she wanted in this year. Then, as she pulled pictures and began to lay them out, the theme changed into a simpler one about her everyday life and the moments in each day. It surprised and delighted her to experience that evolution. You might find that you have little epiphanies from making a vision board.

Face book, Changing Generations One Friend Request at a Time

12 Jan

Are you one of the people who spend over 700 billion minutes on Face book per month? If not, then maybe you are one of the 200 million users who access Face book from their mobile phones. When first developed, Face book was a website created as a hobby for high school and college students in order to keep them connected. As the website and brand expanded it has not only become the second largest social networking site behind MySpace, but also a site not merely just for teens and young adults but also children. Researchers say that a growing number of children are flouting age requirements on social networking sites and creating accounts. Everyone look out– let the friend request begin.

Teens and young adults are no longer the only one’s taking on Face book as a hobby and enjoying daily status updates, photo-tagging, and wall post; their kids and siblings are too. Many college students log on to Face book in free time only to find that their younger brother or sister has written on their wall or commented on their status and for many of them this “universal” Face book is not something they are happy about.

“When I was 10 I didn’t have a Face book and neither should my sister,” said avid Face book user Michael Hamilton. “ I have 57 friend request just sitting for a reason. My younger siblings friends, people from church, my parents friends. It’s not just a problem of children but adults as well; both have the ability to browse my page and get in my business.”

Although many adults don’t see the purpose of children and adolescents having Face book profiles, many of them are using it to do what they would do anyway—play games and send messages to their friends.

“I have a Face book so I can talk and connect to people,” said middle school student CJ Jones. “I like to get in touch with my friends from elementary school that I have not talked to in a while. My entire class has a Face book, we chat and play games.”

A concern by scientist and therapist is that pre-adolescent use of Face book could lead to Internet addiction in the future and be damaging to their relationships and their brains. On, the contrary some scientist disagree stating that children today have spent their entire lives on computers, their brains are better adapted than those of adults to integrate online activities with their offline lives.  With updates and new advancements of technology and the interaction of young people and computers, social networking sites seem to be something that will only grow and become more attainable for all ages.

Many teens and young adults of Generation X were born with the creation of the Internet. This generations opportunities to explore social networks were far and few in comparison to what is now offered.  While the “universal” Face book may be an inconvenience for them, it is something that researchers say may inevitably be beneficial and make youngsters more sociable in the future. As children and adolescents continue to join the masses of the Face book’s 500 active users, there is not much to do but to put them on Face book’s “limited profile” or embrace it.

From DC to NYC: Ashton Travis. The Preview.

12 Jan

On Janurary 11, 2011 new artist Ashton Travis premiered his first video, “If You Didnt Know. ”

Weekly Sound Bite & Interview on Ashton, coming soon. In the mean time, open your mind and indulge your ears.