224- True Care

Hey guys, I don’t have much to post tonight, but one if my favorite artists of all time, James Vincent Mcmorrow, just dropped a new album! I’ve posted about his music a few times, and his music has gotten me through many tough times. There’s just something about his voice and what he does with music that is so amazing. I mean, it’s almost orgasmic. Listen for yourself and see what I’m talking about. His album is called True Care, and so is the first single off of it. 

Enjoy! See you on my next post!

145- Morning Talks

I’ve been up for a while now, and the sun’s rays are beaming through my blinds at this moment. I’m listening to “Surreal” by James Vincent Mcmorrow, and for once in many mornings, I’m not waking up with a knot in the pit of my stomach. As I lay here, though, memories start to fade in and out against the melody of the song. Many of them are cringey to say the least, but I remind myself to enjoy this moment. I remind myself that I’m not there anymore, I’m here. It sure does feel good to be right here. 

My favorite lines of this song are definitely “You have come and placed your palm on my wrist, dragged me into the light, now I’m hoping I will be enough.” 

I will definitely be posting more about James Vincent Mcmorrow’s music, because it has honestly always been a comfort for me. Check him out if you have a chance. Have a great morning guys. 

142- Girl, Put Your Records On

You guys guessed it, this is a song of the night post. I haven’t done one of these in a while, but this song popped into my head today, and I had to write about it.

It begins with a light guitar sound that ushers in a sweet, soulful melody that literally makes you feel like playing your favorite song and dancing around your room like no one is watching. The line that speaks to me the most is definitely”You’re gonna find yourself someway…somehow.” Not only is it hopeful, it shows me that I’m not the only person who feels lost, and who’s trying to find a way to “ge t[their] dreams,” as well as finding peace within. I mean, the video speaks volumes to how powerful and freeing it is just being outdoors. Rae says: “When you gonna realize that you don’t even have to try any longer? do what you want to,” which tells us that we don’t have to try so hard to be free, we are free.

I know that sometimes when we are in our own minds that it may not feel this way, but as long as we know this to be true, we will begin to live like we are soon enough.

That’s all I have for you guys tonight. Look out for another post sometime this week!

135- All You Must Hold Onto Is You: Anger and Resentment Part 3

Whenever I hear people say: “I’ll forgive, but I won’t forget,” I always feel like they might as well say that they don’t forgive. I mean, why hold on to the memory if you forgive the person? I understand that one can learn a lesson from certain experiences, but clinging to the memory doesn’t make us stronger, it just weakens us. I feel like my whole life has been about holding onto grudges, just so that I could feel like I was stronger than the person that wronged me. Honestly, it isn’t worth it. Not worth my physical health or my mental health, and it isn’t worth yours either.

Keep releasing the baggage. Don’t let it weigh you down. In the name of throwing away all of those burdens, I share with you, Erykah Badu’s “Bag Lady.” Just let it all go, guys.

 

 

Day 93

Song of the night: Gaya by Michael Brun ft. J. Perry and Lakou Mizik

This song is a Haitian song written and performed by Haitian artists. It falls under the racine genre of music, which literally means roots. If you listen to it, you can hear a mixture of drums, horns, hand claps, and more modern rhythms that Michael Brun is so great at bringing to life. The song talks about preserving Haitian culture, appreciating where we come from, and appreciating our cultural riches, rather than the literal poverty that pervades parts of the island. J. Perry specifically says: “Too rich to be poor,” which I believe to be the epitome of Haitian culture. 

This song is a great one. If you’re interested in Haitian culture, take a listen. If you’re interested in good music, please, take a listen.

Good night!

Day 85- My Peace of Mind: Lauryn Hill

Song of the Night: Peace of Mind by Lauryn Hill

She is one of my all time favorite artists. I listen to her music when I’m in tears, when I want to smile, when I want to relax, when I want to feel like a dope rapper. Today was not much of a good day for me, so this is definitely one of my go to songs for days like these. Aside from “I gotta find peace of mind,” my favorite line from this beautiful tune is “you make my desire pure.” I mean, for five words, this line packs a punch. Much like her body of work, lines like this are definitely quality over quantity. She also says: “You inspire me to be the higher me,” which makes me hope to, one day,  feel even remotely close to the same way about a man. I could honestly feel all of her emotions through each word, which is why I love listening to this jam. Right now, this song is on repeat as I try to find my own peace of mind, from my peace of mind: Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Good night.

Day 80

Listen to Follow You by The Outside Inn #np on #SoundCloud

Song of the morning: Follow You by The Outside Inn

I absolutely love this song. This is definitely a tune that you listen while doing some early morning chores or while sipping on a steaming cup of coffee. The song is a nice mixture of jazz, rock, and hip hop. It talks about young love, and, of course, the trials and tribulations that come with it. You will notice lines like “Throughout your bullshit, self-pity…reasons why you never dealt with yourself” followed by the chorus that says ” I follow you until my soul runs through.” Honestly, the song feels so real, but in a hazy kind of way, which is what I guess love and relationships can feel like at times. 

If you are into Kendrick Lamar at all, you’ll notice that the band samples some of his words from his song “Blow My High.” This song is definitely a must listen! One of my favorites! Check it out!

Have a great morning!

Day 76- Do Us Women Play Too Many “Gaims”?

Song of the night: Gaims by Kamau

This song begins with a lovely, fun beat where a smattering of lively hand claps can be heard over the initial beat. Once all the different sounds blend in together, it becomes very reminiscent of New Orleans Mardi Gras music. Kamau’s voice, of course, works hand in hand with the beat to give this song its great, fun, easy day at the park, vibe. As great as this song sounds, though, the uptempo rhythm is quite deceiving, much like the women that this young man sings about.

He says: ” You try to make me thirsty so when you call back you can be the smooth hydrator.” I mean, this guy is pretty frustrated. I honestly agree with him, because these dating games,or rules as they like to be called are just childish sometimes. I mean, sure, the song is a little one sided, because we all know that men love to do the same. As a woman, though, like he says throughout the whole song, I think we should just give it to guys straight. Let’s not reel them in whenever  we want just to cast the poor guys out like they have no feelings. 

However you feel about it, this song is really awesome to listen to at anytime of the day or night. Check it out!

Goodnight.

Day 63

Song of the night: Novacane by Frank ocean

First off, the beat is great. You could easily dance to it, or chill in bed, allowing for the sound to consume your mind. The line that sticks out to me the most is: “novacane, numb the pain.”All of us that have ever dealt with mental illness have thought these same words at one point or another. Numb the pain. Sometimes confronting our issues is more painful than the actual pain itself. For me, what has always helped me “numb the pain” is music. I have posted about it several times, but something that I have realized is that I can enjoy music more so now than when I was trying to escape. It honestly feels good to hear a song like this tonight, and know that I’m no longer in a place where I feel the need to be numb. But, reader, if you are still in that place, check this song out. I hope you enjoy it.

Good night.

2 Awesome Chicago Rappers I Discovered From Listening to Chance The Rapper

Noname Gypsy

I first heard her voice on Chance The Rapper’s mixtape Acid Rap. Her verse on the sensual “Lost” blew my mind. Noname’s bars are embedded in clever rhymes, and her relaxed delivery shows great control and confidence. Her calm demeanor as she raps is what keeps me coming back for more. Her soulful vibe also reminds me of the neo-soul artists of the 90’s and early 2000’s. She recently released her album Telefone, and my favorite song from it is titled “Yesterday.”

Saba

I’d heard his voice on Chance’s Acid Rap as well, but he didnt’t capture my attention until  Chance’s hit Coloring Book song, “Angels.” There was just something about how he sang the chorus that led me to look into more of his music. Upon finding more of his work, I fell in love. He attacks each verse with a raw and unfiltered attitude. His authenticity is what draws me in the most, honestly. Even though I can’t relate to his all of the stories that he recounts, I can feel his desire for success. I understand being young and constantly dreaming about, and working towards achieving long sought after goals. Saba does not disappoint, listen for yourself.

 

I have come across other great Chicago artists, and I can honestly say that Chi-town has some of the most talented up and coming rappers of our generation. So here’s a bonus suggestion if you like what you’ve heard above.