“Great Artist Suffer For the People” – Marvin Gaye

don’t think this song can be anymore relevant than it is now.
At times, I have my doubt & insecurities about my decision of pursuing music and becoming some sort of a recognized singer. But it’s times like these that make me feel the pursuit, struggle, and hurt is all worth it. hope ya’ll find as much inspiration in this song as I do. at the end of the day, it is good music that truly moves the soul. much love. x Lo

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)



Music Mondays

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

well, it’s been a cool minute since I’ve posted any of my songwriting/ poetry.
It might actually be almost a whole year since I posted my last #musicmonday pieces (though I’ve been doing plenty behind the scenes).. so I thought today is the day to do so. I have a journal of them & have been writing a lot more for my voisey too which you can follow me @lorrainebau.. can’t wait to share the rest of them with you every week! These are a couple short ones I pulled out, let me know if you’d like me to post more of my pieces

ps: I will posting new covers/snippets more frequently soon which you can find either on my Youtube or Instagram
Thank you again all for sticking around much love x Lo

didn’t know a pain like this
can make me feel estranged like this
watched as life passed by, is there anything I missed?
don’t mean to contradict
just got some issues I wanna fix
I aint got no other wish
but to be the baddest in the mix.. ♪

♪ looked out my window
not a plain soul in sight [noo]
kills me that I won’t be
goin nowhere tonight
feel so lonely
grab my voice
and I cave in
what do I do
stuck in my room
starin’ the moon
watching the news
plottin’ my move
aint ready to lose [ya, ya] 2x ♪



Self Update: covid, art, blogging, journaling, numerology

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve given ya’ll an update so I thought it was the perfect time to do so. so here it is, the update no one asked for :*. Lately, as I’m with sure with others, I have been diving deep into my own during these rough times. And by that I mean contemplating & reflecting on my life & what my purpose here is on earth & how to get more in touch with that side of me. And odd to say, I have felt support from ‘above’ which has fueled my motivation and drive during these tough times for me.. I know, I know it might sound crazy but I guess this is what it comes to.. I found it has come specifically in the form of triple numbers such as 333, 444, and 555. And though it may sound absurd to a common person, that is all the message I need to keep going. Needless to say, I have never felt this protected & safe in my life.

Anyhow, I’ve been channeling my creativity & energy into my passions/ interests– and that is the arts, books, films, music, and simple content creation. And it has been a while since I have felt that reenergized & rejuvenated emotionally & mentally. As you can probably tell from my earlier posts I have spent a lot of time thinking & exploring & doing music (which I will expand more upon another post). I have pulled out a couple journals for me to write on daily, which I am also excited to share with you guys. And of course, exploring my imagination with new books. Although I do have to admit that I have my moments of unexplained sadness & despair.. I know my lows do give way to the highs I experience as well. I have been spending this time in figuring out my values & what are the most important to me in this time of my life by delving into my passions & using external sources & such. For those interested in personal development, I would totally recommend you guys to check out this site called Numerology. And no, this is not sponsored at all! I found this site on my own & was a bit skeptical for using it, but it was entirely free to try so why not (lol). And I was astonished by the results that were for the most part accurate & insightful into my personality, character, lifestyle, and even predictions. Numerology, like Astrology you can say, is based on a number system dated back 4000 years ago to find hidden patterns & messages that can influence you to make positive choices in your life. If you’d like, you can read more about numerology here. While others may argue it is complete bogus, for me personally, it is largely dictated by where you place your belief. And that really holds true for anything in life. As Ms. Oprah Winfrey once said, “You don’t become what you are, you become what you believe”.

For others listening or might this fall on deaf ears, I think the takeaway of this post is imply to follow your heart, gut & intuition. As you develop it, it is the one thing people can not take away from you.

And for those interested in, while it may sound silly, I think it’s worth a shot for those interested. What’s there to lose? If you guys choose to try it, I’d love to know your input & if it works for you!

Much love,
x Lo

Amazon Affiliate Program & A Big Thank You

aah, it’s crazy what hard work & pure passion can get you.

When I started this blog in 2016, I initially wanted to create content & simply spread my love for music. And that is very much still the goal and has not changed since. Fast forward 4 years later, and I’ve dreamed of making my blog a full time job so that I can be here to offer you joy & happiness through the discovery of new music, arts, & simply inspiration.

Though I do not intend to be a sell out, I would love to in some way monetize my blog any way I can to pursue making this a full-time thing for you guys. So that I can continue doing what I love and that is, simply creating. Whether that means creating content, music, art, photography, promoting a happy/ healthy lifestyle. that’s what I truly want to do. And so, I have signed up with Amazon Affiliate.

For those not familiar, that means I would have to reach a quota every month to stay on the program & monetize my blog. And so I am asking if you guys would contribute by making purchases through my blog posts. I am asking if you guys make purchases only on the items that serve you and bring you joy, because that’s only what I ever want to offer on my blog here. If there is any music download, equipment, material, book, etc. whatever it is that may make a small difference in your life and somehow inspire change in your life through my blog posts, I please ask if you can make your purchase on the links provided on my posts. (They will be in parenthesis & bolded so difficult to miss as so). As a shopper myself, I ensure to find the best prices for you guys with the best deals. I only hope I get to the stage where I can provided discounts for you guys, because I don’t ever want to feel as though I am scamming or skimping you out, and I think that’s what you all deserve.

Anyhow, know that I am fully & entirely grateful for the outpour of support & loyalty shown to me on this blog that I’ve received from you all. I know I always say this, but I do mean it. My blog wouldn’t be where it is without you guys. I only felt I needed to make an proper post for this because it will be a new practice of mine on my blog. Thank you again love ya’ll & much much love!

I have left amazon links on a few my previous if you get a chance to check them out.
‘Til next time.

x Lo

Jazz Singer: Dinah Washington

So I’ve decided that because I love sharing my knowledge of music that comes from my passion of music, I thought I would start somewhat of a new ‘series’ where I will be sharing with you guys a new Jazz artist I’ve learned about every week. I have a whole list that I’ve made to hear new music & styles from these Jazz artists posted on my To-Do lists, just starting at me, waiting to be shared & passed on.

Dinah Washington

Today is going to be about Dinah Washington. Washington’s birth name was Ruth Lee Jones and she was born August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963. She was an American singer and pianist, who has been cited as “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s”. Some of her popular music include “What A Diff’rence A Day Made” (1959) & “Mad About The Boy” (1952) which I will share audio down below. Not sure about you, but it’s refreshing to hear new music especially when it comes from the older days. Great way to appreciate good music nowadays.

(click here to purchase The Best of Dinah Washington – 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection)

Anyhow, be sure to check em out below.

Local Music Shops: Los Angeles

I thought this would be a worthwhile post even though we are essentially in the middle of pandemic, and all non essential businesses are shut down. For what it is though this list might be something you can refer back to anytime in the future.
If you are a born LA native, you might or might not already be familiar with these stores.
For those who are new to the area or simply would like new places to explore, you might find a few on the list that you can add to your next visit. These stores range from selling musical instruments to vinyl & CD’s. While these are only a few from the mix, they might be something to consider for your next visit if interested.
For all music lovers out there, I’ve made a list of shops where you can browse or shop:

Sam Ash Music Stores in Torrance
Guitar Center in Hollywood
Amoeba Music (relocating to  6200 Hollywood Blvd in FAll due to COV-19)
Choice Music in Koreatown

TimeWarp Records in Santa Monica


* Due to the current circumstances created by COVID-19, all businesses deemed non essential including music retail, are subject to change locations or hopefully not, close down entirely. Please be sure to check out stores’ website for further updates before visit.

Songwriting

It’s currently 3am, and I find myself pulling out my journal & pen again. I find that my best ideas come around this time.
I have been anticipating the release of my new music, but I also know I have a long ways to go in getting my single & my EP just right.
I want it to embody everything I am as both a struggling & growing artist in my own right.
If you scroll way back into the early posts of my blog, you’ll find some poetry pieces I’ve written throughout the year(s).

For as long as I’ve remember, I’ve always had a liking to poetry.I wrote my first ‘real’ poem when I was 8, which was then hand picked by my teacher for me to recite in class. This poem (though I do not remember verbatim) was about a star & how bright it shines. Fast forward to high school, and I submitted a poem for my theology class in which my professor (a Yale graduate) had referred to me as ‘gifted’. And I didn’t quite understand. Years later, and I found myself sitting in a poetry class in college. Some had praised me for my musicality in my poetry.. And since then was when I decided to hone in on my poetry skills. And not to say, I love music as well. Combine the both, and you’re in the world of songwriting. Moral of the story?

This is not to brag or boast but to spread the message of never giving up on something that brings you joy, regardless of the doubt & uncertainty. Follow your heart & trust yourself. You’ll only become as good as the what you give & feed into the process. If you’re good at it and/ or it’s your passion even if your work receives not response or even criticism, keep doing it. Chances are you’ll only get better and spread this inspiration to others too.

Anyhow, as you can probably tell by the batches of posts I’ve been posted, I have had my creative juices flowing.
I also have been putting my energy & love into my songwriting. Drafting, editing, revising, just to do it all over again, so it has the sound I envision. It’s so important I get it right and it mirrors who I am as an ‘artist’, regardless of the numbers it reach. I will definitely keep you updated on further progression in my EP journey. so much more to do, but so much to be excited for too.

How about you guys? What brings you immense joy & you would love to get better at, but don’t feel it may be entirely recognized?
I would love to hear from you guys below!

Much love,

x Lo


For All Lambilys

I think it might be safe to say Mariah is living legend. Though 2020 Mariah may not sound like 90’s Mariah Carey, no one could deny her international/ commercial success as a one of the greatest vocalists who has made a name for herself in an industry that many artists like to call cold and dark. While her gift (of many including songwriting) has perked the ears of many, softened the hearts of others, and opened the gates of heaven, her unique ambition is truly what set her apart. Carey had a vision that forever changed the game of the industry, setting the bar high for those who truly cared for and wanted to create music. And as someone who absolutely loves music and deeply idolizes her, I could hear it clearly in her artistry & music. You guys know, as an aspiring singer and musician, she will forever be a hero, not only to many others out there, but also for myself. She has yet to receive the respect she has worked for and rightfully deserves. Only five grammy’s in span of 30 years of her career? Ha, her son, Moroccan, said it best, “The Grammy’s are bo-ing”.

New Account on Pinterest

As you know sole objective behind my site is spread my love and knowledge for arts & the music– which is what in part led me to create a Pinterest account!

I know for me, and as many others do too, I used to think Pinterest was a way to solely find aesthetic/ cute pictures to browse (which it’s fantastic for) but it didn’t occur to me that I could also use it as a platform to attract more audience to my site, and in effect, inspire may art/ music fanatics out there (woo hoo). It’s crazy how much opportunity there are out there with a simple touch on your mouse pad. I feel more than ready to really put myself out there & create a brand that I have always dreamt of creating. (And again, I thank you each of you for your support & encouragement to allow me to do so)

Anyhow, on my account, I created boards which are organized into an array of genres including: pop, country, soul, jazz, rock, etc. And within those genres, I have divided them into era’s which I think will make it that much easier for viewer to consume & also provide all visitors with a timeline behind the music & artists– as history is important in learning, conceptualizing, and understanding the evolution of music world today.

I am so excited by what I have come up with so far & only hoped it has inspired you. Whether that means searching up a music video on Youtube just to relisten to it, researching a song out of curiosity, or maybe bringing you back in a time or place in your life that evokes some feeling. My Pinterest account will act as extension of to my site, and am stoked for you guys to check it out!

You can find me on Pinterest here.

Netflix Documentary: Homecoming (2019) Review

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so ya’ll might not be surprised about this one.. I mean, how can I run a music blog but not talk about Beyonce right?

As you can tell from the title, along with my other Netflix binges, I watched Homecoming not too long ago. For those of you not familiar, and I quote, “the film finds the artist getting candid about her journey to her historic Coachella set. Beyoncé’s headlining set at Coachella in 2018 was a master class in pop performance: an instantly iconic celebration of blackness, HBCUs and her own historic 22-year career” (Rollingstone.com). Now, I don’t think anyone can truly get tired of Beyonce. I mean she might not be a-so-called-“legend”, but she has paved a way for many artists in this generation and has done so in an iconic fashion. She is talented & very hard working.. and how can you give criticism to someone like that?

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But that is not to say (and im sorry to say & beehives don’t come for me– or do) that I exactly identify as a Beyonce Stan. Because quite frankly, at one point, I considered her quite overrated. I just didn’t exactly understand the hype of Beyonce throughout my high school years when her career was in her prime circa 2012-2014. While she is a great vocalist, I think the over-sexualization of her image kinda offsets me, which is sad to say because I do admire her as a vocalist. And to me, for the amount of fame and glory she got.. something was lacking and wasn’t hitting right in her music for me. I guess she didn’t exactly possess quite the same charisma & poise (& perhaps technicality?) that the late great Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey had/ have, which might be why they had to up sell her image? might sound odd, not entirely sure. Or maybe it was because I simply didn’t want to identify with the homogenous opinion & wanted to go against the grain? Is that what truly great artists force people to do? Idk what to think honestly. All I feel I can say is, coming from a musical stand point, Beyonce does not compare or even come close to these legends (regardless of how much fame & public praise she attains). This might upset a lot of Bees out there, but it’s only my personal opinion, though an unpopular one, that I’ve only had the courage to share.

But all tangents aside, the documentary was entertaining while informative, as it dips into the empowerment of the black culture– which I am entirely in for (I graduated with a b.a in sociology. so go figure.) while using Beyonce as the “face” or representation of black culture. But I do have to point out my observation, and call me a critic, in that while she does identify as African American, I don’t think she is entirely accurate representation or exactly the most epitomic figure of the movement only because (and wait for it) she is considered the lighter of African Americans. As we may all infer and I think it is fair & safe to say, much the same way colored people do than white, African American women of darker color do experience much more discrimination and injustice. While she may speak for African American, she cannot necessarily represent the very true population/ culture/ story of the black community; she would be, in a lack of better words, the privileged of the minority. I mean do we have to talk Destiny’s Child? Can we even relate her strive to stardom with the historical struggle of an entire oppressed generation of people? But I guess this is a discussion we might have to save that for another topic as I don’t want to delve into that here.

All in all, the film was not entirely a disappointment. I noticed how the film did refer to the Great Miss Nina Simone and her profound message of BLACK power– which you can read here. If you have been following my blog for quite some time now, you’d know that the very first post I made was dedicated to the High Priestess of Soul. I admire her for her intellect, genius, grit, & her musical gift. They also quoted W.E.B DuBois, a sociologist who coined the notion of “double consciousness” (I can go more into this on another post as well if interested). The film showcases what hard work (and a little bit of luck) can bring you all the while celebrating the beauty of black culture in all its glory. And who wouldn’t want to experience that?

Be sure to add Homecoming on watchlist, and let me know your thoughts below!

we did it: we hit 200

wow, what can I say..
it’s honestly been such a long time coming guys.

I literally gave birthed the idea of creating blog back in 2016. my love for the music, arts, vlogging, and writing led me here. that was four years ago! four years ago. (& counting of course) but sheesh! And she’s only growing! & just recently, very quickly!
I know I could have spent much more time only my blog all these years, but know that this blog has always always been on the back of my mind. I found it really difficult to make the time & be in the right creative space to produce for you guys (in the midst of school, working 3 jobs, and others problems, etc). but I am glad I am back on track. I am only finding my niche, sound, & style as an artist and am only continuing to develop over time. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.
I always put in the energy that I can when working on my blog. For those who are new, thank you for joining me on this journey. You are bound to find something on here that will pique your interest.

My blog/ site is like my baby and I’m only here to nature here & watch her grow!
For those who follow, leave a like/ comment, or simply visit.. Thank you! For those who have been with me since day 1, you guys are everything! I really don’t know where my blog would be if wasn’t for you guys!

There’s always much, much more coming on the arisen so, as always, stay tuned!

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Aretha Franklin “What you See Is What you Sweat”

Ya’ll if this song doesn’t get you up & moving, stirring your soul.. oof! child!
I don’t know what will! So, so, so grateful to have grown up with such legendary artists to bless my soul & ears

He’s sweatin’, he’s got to conquer, he’s sweatin’ by the hour
He’s sweatin’, he’s got the taste, still sweatin’ on the flower
He’s sweatin’, he can’t stand it
He’s makin’ moves that’s how he planned it
He’s not satisfied with the best, he’ got to check out all the rest

The Dramatics “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get”

Who else loves stumbling across great music? I know I do!

In the midst of editing my first youtube video (which you guys should check out! & pls cut me some slack I was kinda nervous if you couldn’t tell LOL), I came across just the right song I needed for an reference in my video. If ya’ll been following me for a while, you would know how much I love old-school classic soul music, which is what I found. I couldn’t wait to present it in my Saturday Shazam Series (where I collect all the greatest songs I’ve found & share em all with you here) so I thought I’d make a separate one here.

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Okay, enough of my rambling it is Thee Dramatics “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get”. Never heard it in my life but so glad I came across them! Feel free to groove to it and check it out here.

much love,

x Lo