Posted in art, Artist, Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Feelings, music, Singer

The Anniversary of my First Love

The Velvet Rope, Janet Jackson’s sixth studio album was released in 1997.

I fell hard and fast in love with music in 1995.

When the realization that I’ve been in love with music for this long left me feeling all sorts of things. Shocked, awed, appreciative, and loved are the main things running through my heart. Folks have come and gone, I now have a few regrets, some gray hair strands, and have begun to travel the world.

But the one constant in my life has been music. For over 20 years now!

Making it the longest relationship that I have ever been in to date.

Of course, I had to write about that, because I am proud of that fact. It tells folks so much about me, in a weird way. What I was like growing up, my political stance, my pride in being a woman,  my ‘sexually awaking’ moments, and how I like to be silly and dance half naked in my bedroom….

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And I flove how Janet Jackson is still apart of my life’s playlist. The first song I remember hearing from her is ‘Pleasure Principle’.  I remember being home alone and seeing that video of her just dancing and singing her heart out.  The feeling that I felt watching her was new to me and I didn’t know what to call it until much later. It was happiness.

I was fascinated with her then, and that fascination only grew when The Velvet Rope came out. The video ‘If‘ aired on MTV and I was glued to the screen! Then came ‘Together Again’, ‘Go Deep’, and ‘I Get Lonely’ and I was head over heels for Ms. Jackson then. There was no going back after I finally heard the full album that December!

Up until this point in my life (at the tender age of 13 or 14 – seriously, someone should have been monitoring what music I listened to back then! LOL), I had not seen many black women express themselves in such a way and it captivated me. Seeing her with her curly hair, septum, and natural roots style – I knew that would be my look when I grew up.

Even though I didn’t get my septum piercing until 2015 🙂

Other artists and songs have come along since, but Janet Jackson is still one of my all-time favorites. Her gentle voice, honest lyrics, and boldness in always experimenting and allowing herself to be as free as possible through her music are almost unrivaled to any other.

So, allow me to thank her and celebrate the anniversary of one of her best albums within this post. As I celebrate the beautiful anniversary of my first love –  music.

Thank you.

-Soprano Musings

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Posted in artists, Love, music, Networking, Writer

LYR’s Curiosity Bazaar

Come one, come all to the Curiosity Bazaar!

This event is the first of its kind in Fort Myers, FL, and I am happy to report that I will be hosting a workshop 🙂

Yeah – that’s right – ME! LOL

It will be an Introduction to eBooks, for all my newbies (like me) to the self publishing world. And I am so excited about doing this!

It allows me to share what I have learned so far about eBooks, self publishing, and writing. I also get to work on my ‘introvertness’ and networking skills too 🙂

So if you are a local, I hope that you can attend this event. There will be plenty of other awesome workshops and other insanely talented artists all around to delight your….curious senses (see what I did there? lol).

Click here for more info about the event on the Love Your Rebellion website!

Or let us know that you will be in attendance by clicking here.

Posted in artists, music, Poetry

Happy13irthdayEH

Today marks the 13th birthday of my first Kpop/hip hop group, Epik High.

I’ve listened to these guys for years now – lately I find myself putting their albums on repeat when I am working on a chapter in my book, when I have writers block, or just because my day was more than trying and my heart needs a bit of soothing peace.

A few months ago, during one of my writers’ funks I pulled out Remapping the Human Soul and got lost in the lyrics and flow of it all. When I put it on replay, I wrote the piece below. I wasn’t intending on ever sharing it, because I thought it was mad corny 🙂

But today, after watching Thank you, From Tablo…How could I NOT share it?

Happy anniversary guys. Thank you for sharing your craft with us all these years.

I hope to see ya’ll in concert someday!

 I look forward to more EPIK things from you guys in the years to come.

-Soprano Musings

My First Love was EPIK

One cool sound.

Is what drew me into their vibe.

Then I learned

The name of their mother tongue.

And wanted more…

Their overall flow left my head spinning.

Tukutz gave my ears the sweetest beats.

Tablo lyrics spoke softly to my feelings.

Mithra rhymed hard to my heart.

Each member sparking my creativity.

And now they all have a special place in my heart.

Always.

감사합니다.

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