The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: Book Review

He realized: If I can learn to understand this language without words, I can learn to understand the world (Coelho 44).

I have kept this book with me for years, but never had the time, energy, and comfort to pick up a book and finish it til its last page. It wasn’t until a couple months ago when I first started the book, in hopes of finding inspiration of some sort in regards to my journey as an ‘entrepreneur & singer’. I just would like to say that this book hit home for me and contained gems that one cannot overlook. This book helped to relight a small fire I had burning in me. To provide a general summary, the book entails the journey of a shepherd boy who is sent out by the old king to meet the Alchemist in hopes of discovering treasure miles and miles away from his home. Along the way, he meets people, a sign and omen, who encourage him to never give up. The message of the book truly resonated with me as sometimes it is easy to feel discouraged and disheartened when things don’t go as planned, or when fear overtakes ambition & passion. But this book reminds you to follow you Personal Legend in spite of your fears, because in the end you will regret not pursuing your dreams more than failing. When you put your heart, soul, and tears towards your dreams, nature communicates with you in return by attracting positive things to your life to guide you in your journey. And as someone who is fighting for my dreams as well, I can relate to the boy in the story as I have felt the spirit & presence of those guiding me to achieve my dreams– for the purpose of serving the greater good. I don’t think there is a lesson more powerful than that. If you are someone who is starting out or simply find yourself looking for inspiration in your own journey, I recommend you took give this book a read. I took note of some of my favorite quotes early in the book that I would like to share with you.

The Soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy. To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one.. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it” (Coelho 22).

“In alchemy, it’s called the Soul of the World. When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force” (Coelho 78).

For those who are looking for a short but powerful read, especially during this quarantine, I would recommend ya’ll to check this book out. Promise you won’t regret it.

(click here to purchase The Alchemist on Amazon)



#NewMusicMonday

Hi guys,

As I promised ya’ll, I have a new piece I just cooked up. I have yet to record it, but just jotting thoughts and ideas down was a huge step for me. And one I have been looking forward to sharing with ya’ll. Though not huge, it definitely helped to get my creative juices flowing again. This particular piece is a message for those heads are always above the clouds, but their feet always grounded. Life can be full of distractions when one isn’t focused on their goals and ambitions. And life is short one could potentially get carried away and before they know it, the void that they try to fill with trivial things is still very much there. For me at least this was my case, I can’t speak for everybody. Music for me truly helps to fill some of that void. This is for those who live everyday fighting for their dreams, keeping that fire alive and believing in themselves to make it happen.

instrumental beat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSzsb8cpIVk

♪ sittin’ here, watchin’ the sun go down
went through your phone, saw shit I shouldn’t have found
listen, I know it’s all a game and
I ain’t about to lose
I’m only getting started 
we both know I ain’t no fool

tell me what I want to hear
got any hope, any dreams, your fears
none of that crap that don’t mean a thing
like that superficial shit that only end in a fling

look can’t let nobody fuck with my ways
for me, there’s so much to lose so much in stake
I know I ain’t no accident
I was born with a purpose
something the anxiety over take me
then I just gotta wake up & focus

this music thing suppose to be a reminder
I was born for something great
I don’t listen to the doubt
never paid attention to the hate

I pay respect to the legends— the cream of the crop
gotta stay winning, gotta make it to the top
wherever I go, I leave my mark
bout to show them the light.. gotta free ’em from the dark

Music frees me, & that’s all I know.
Thanks for reading ya’ll.

Lo.

Oh, How the World Works in Mysterious Ways

So something happened the other day and thought it was worth sharing with ya’ll here. I was leaving my job at KJazz after speaking with the DJ Host, Bubba Jackson, shortly before leaving– who BTW is such a kind, warm-hearted guy. I was with the radio production operator not too long before, who was showing me around the studios, and eventually bringing me into Bubba’s studio where we had a brief talk. When I left, I remember feeling a mixture of emotions– both excitement, nervousness, and just pure anticipation and couldn’t really explain it. I was on my way home from work (about 40 minutes later), contemplating, sitting pensively in silence when a car pulled up next to me as we waited at a red light. I had my windows rolled down at the time and before I knew it, I heard what sounded like Bubba’s voice playing in radio station next to me. I switched to 88.1FM and realized it was Bubba’s voice and that it was Bubba on the air. I was already almost at home at this point and I wanted to say so badly that I was just acquainted with the guy! but before I can say anything the light turned green and he drove off. It was such an intimate moment for me, knowing that I had just spoken with him at his studio where he was airing live at the time. Can’t believe in a million years I would ever be in a place to say something like this. I’m glad that people do tune into this relatively unknown station these days, as it reminds me that there is no expiration date on good music! Though this moment may seem minor to some, it was a big moment for me. Just a reminder that God does work miracles and that the world truly works in mysterious works. Always humbled, always thankful, always grateful.

If ya’ll are curious to learn more about Bubba Jackson, you could watch his facebook video here where he talks about his truest passion & appreciation for jazz and its importance in the music industry today:

Ya’ll won’t regret it!

Peace&Love,

Lo.