6/14/20 BLM Protests in LA & Music Inspo for Social Change

Today is the big day. Protests are occurring all throughout the Los Angeles area in Long Beach, Inglewood, DTLA, Hollywood, etc. to address the racial inequalities and injustices that black community struggle with a daily basis. While I feel almost guilty for not attending, I also know that I can show my support in other ways that I could identify and resonate most with.. and that’s music. It was the year 2017 when I realized the true impact music has on people to become inspired and to inspire others. It was also the same year when I picked up my pen again and began to hone in on my song writing skills. That was when I realized I could put my love for writing and music together in order to create music that express the deep emotions I felt when learning about the corruption and darkness that pervaded the world while attending my sociology courses in college. Though I may not experience racism as overtly as in the same way as the black community, I have and currently experience micro aggression that, in hindsight fortunately, has left me feeling almost lonely & outcast (which may also be contributed to my introverted & artistic tendencies). However, I was keen of the different nuances of human interaction & treatment that existed in our hierarchical society today. And while I felt the sadness of the world, it left me feeling almost powerless and overwhelmed myself. And I think the realization was a pivotal moment for me, because it led to me to resort back to music as a way of escapism but also on the same token, a way to create social change. Almost 4 years later, and my disposition has not changed. Here is to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement of 2020. Hope at least one of these songs incite or invoke some feeling and desire of change within yourselves and consequently, to the real world. Comment your favorite below!

much love x Lo


Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone (1968)
I am no better and neither are you
We are the same whatever we do
You love me you hate me you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag I’m in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah


A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke (1963)
It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die
‘Cause I don’t know what’s up there above the sky
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change’s gonna come, oh, yes, it will


(click here to purchase A Change Is Gonna Come on Amazon)

Preach by John Legend (2019)
I can’t sit and hope, I
Can’t just sit and pray, that
I can find a love, when
All I see is pain
Falling to my knees
And though I do believe
I can’t just preach, baby, preach
Whoa, oh
I can’t just preach, baby, preach


(click here to purchase Preach on Amazon)



Where Is The Love? by The Black Eyed Peas (2003)
People killin’ people dyin’
Children hurtin’, I hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preachin’?
Would you turn the other cheek again?
Mama, mama, mama, tell us what the hell is goin’ on
Can’t we all just get along?
Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questioning
(Where’s the love)


(click here to purchase Where Is The Love? on Amazon)



There’s Got To Be A Way by Mariah Carey (1990)
There’s got to be a way
To connect this world today
Come together to relieve the pain
There’s got to be a way


(click here to purchase There’s Got to Be a Way on Amazon)

Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson (1988)
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change


(click here to purchase Man in the Mirror on Amazon)

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.

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

2.9.20 Local Bar Performance

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Had the opportunity to sing my heart out a bar in Los Angeles. I performed “Whipped Cream” by Ari Lennox, one of my favorites at the moment. The club was filled with good vibes and so many talented artists that night. Though I waited nearly three hours to finally perform with a little alcohol in my system and almost no water.. I did the best I can vocally in spite of all the nervous. I know this is only the beginning for me and can’t wait for what else God has in store for me. So cliche, but if you truly put your mind to something you’re passionate about.. God will make miracles for you. Feel free to check out a clip of my performance here and my singing instagram here.

Much Love,

x Lo

 

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New Series: Shazam Saturday

Hi thought I’d start this new series where I share my playlist with ya’ll. Every so often, I’ll come across a song playing at my restaurant work, grocery store, clothing store that catches my attention and end up identifying it through the Shazam app. This app is probably the best thing ever invented and truly is a life saver. Because I find this happens often, I thought I’d share more of my musical taste with you guys as many of you have shown it hasn’t disappointed. Here’s to great music and living your best life!

I’m Ready by Tevin Campell

Going in Circles (The Ltj Soul Invention Remix)

Grease by Frankie Valli 

It’s A Love Thing by The Whispers

 

♫ “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” by Maxwell ♫

Discovered this song when it played at work the other day. The best part of being an aspiring artist is researching & discovering great songs such as this. I stumble across other similar yet-to-be discovered songs thanks to Spotify and get to play them in the restaurant at work while customers listen as they enjoy both their food and the music. Plan for my future music to incorporate the elements of jazz, soul, and blues. Nothing else truly hits home for me like it does. This one definitely makes it on my playlist, and hopefully in my demo list — which I plan to announce soon.

Enjoy.

♫ So shouldn’t I realize
You’re the highest of the high
If you don’t know, then I’ll say it
So don’t ever wonder (don’t ever wonder) ♫

Song Title/ Artist: "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" by Maxwell
Album Title: Urban Hang Suite
Release Date: 1996 
Record Label: Columbia Records

Happy Birthday to Bobby Caldwell ♛

Bobby Caldwell was likely destined to be an entertainer. The son of Bob and R.H. Caldwell, longtime singers and dancers who were also the hosts of an early TV variety show, Suppertime, he was raised in a world surrounded by great entertainers and classic music. Exposed by his parents to opera, jazz, swing, blues, folk and other popular forms of music, he developed an early appreciation for the different architectures of various types of music — an appreciation that would later help him to move from soul to adult contemporary to smooth jazz to big band sounds during his career.

 

Singing Group, The Walls Group

The Walls Group is a singing group who, to my knowledge, have been in the game for a while (almost a decade) and I have mad respect for their hustle, grind, and gift. Ya’ll know how much I love soul music, and lately I’ve getting into gospel music. I love the idea of singing/ serving God through music and being able to touch others or get through to others through the gift of singing. In their interview with Terrell in his show Song Association On The Blue Wall, he asks the group “How do you know if God is real?” and his response that “Just the fact you have breathe in your lungs, that’s God; God is life” really struck a chord for me. As a little girl, I remember I always being fond of church choir that their new found presence within the music industry feels almost like nostalgia for me. The Walls Group, take a moment to check em out if you can and let me know what ya’ll thoughts are.

Peace & love.

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Happy Belated Birthday Prince ♕

Just a few days late, but thought this was worth a post. Happy birthday to the Prince, Prince! One of my classic idols who showed me the beauty of music. ♕

“I don’t really care so much what people say about me because it usually is a reflection of who they are” – Prince

“Sometimes it takes years for a person to become an overnight success” – Prince

Feel free to purchase song here:
When Doves Cry by Prince

Preach by John Legend

Yet another song with great melody and message.
In the video, it appears that he addresses the social injustices
that we see happening with the law in relation to society today.
Word means nothing with no action.
Legend will always have my heart.

♪ I can’t sit and hope, I
Can’t just sit and pray, that
I can find a love, when
All I see is pain
Falling to my knees
And though I do believe
I can’t just preach, baby, preach
Whoa, oh
I can’t just preach, baby, preach ♪

Song Title: Preach
Artist: John Legend 
Release Date: February 15,2019
Record Label: N/A

You could also purchase the original single here:
Preach