..... Feel my spirit is lifted... ..... My muse- that bitch is gifted... ..... She strums me like a guitar... ..... Every chord so important... ..... ..... I often talk about my muse in my music, because whenever an idea that I'm genuinely excited about comes to mind, I wonder where it came from. So whenever someone tells me like something I wrote, I usually don't really take credit for it like a writer normally would- it's as if I'm admiring what my muse gave me, rather than having an ego about my writing skills.
I needed to give a nod back to the last show I saw @ladygaga at, because- as with all of her shows- it was super different from the last tour, and she of course melted our brains with her incredible performance! ..... This song- Edge of Glory- is particularly special to me because it first came on the radio soon after an uncle of mine had passed away and it was the first time I lost someone really important to me. My middle name is his... ..... The comment she made on the @sternshow - aside from her phenomenal performance of the song, again- was really how she described that "We may never reach that glorious moment until we die. So live life on he edge, half way between heaven and hell, and let's dance in the middle- in purgatory." ..... She is truly a one-of-a-kind spirit, performer, and human being, and the type of person/performer I really aspire to being. ..... This was the Joanne Tour and it was fucking excellent!
Change is important and necessary... ..... I not only sense a major change on the horizon of my own life, but one for the world... ..... Before the year had turned, a very strong feeling about what was to come surged though me, unlike anything I'd felt in years... ..... Although it may be a lot longer in comparison, the changes I see happening around the world are beginning- women coming into power and standing up for their own rights, people within the LGBTQ community are more and more protected and supported, and consideration for animals and the planet are getting stronger by the day... ..... It's time for a beautiful transformation!
So one of my favourite artists ever was recently indicted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame- @missymisdemeanorelliott and I couldn't be more happy for her! ..... She has long been considered one of the greatest minds of our time. ..... With such a unique style and the most humble attitude someone of her magnitude could have, she caught my attention around highschool. I thought she was the coolest person I'd ever seen! ..... I have always been so inspired by her and hope that one day, we will work together on some incredible new music. ..... Who do you Stan?
***Disclaimer: This video contains strong adult language!!*** ..... Not too long ago, I thought it would be fun to run through the process of learning and filming a new song cover, and the frustrations that go with it... ..... This video is a compilation of just some of the things a musician will go through, in an effort to bring you the finished performance you will appreciate... ..... Full video is on my @youtube channel!
@nodoubt was my favourite band, growing up, because they'd always inspired me to be my own unique self... ..... @gwenstefani was so different from all of the music artists I'd seen, and it was impossible to ever compare her to anyone... ..... @adrianyoungnd was such a wacky guy, and as a teen I kept finding myself thinking "Oh wow, guys can do that too??" Because being a teen boy can be eternally confusing- what you're supposed/allowed to be/do never seemed to align with how I personally saw things... ..... @tonykanal seemed to offer a cool, laid back approach to most things and he always have a super smart vibe off. I really respect him for how he's carried himself... ..... @tomdumontnd was the quiet dude who didn't say much, but when he did it was either deeply insightful or funny. Plus, man could really wail on the guitar.!! ..... These four did a lot to show me what a person could do and be, but also that gender stereotypes are irrelevant to who I want to be. But the biggest thing that I loved the most about them was that they didn't have some grand message or agenda- they just did their thing and had a fun time with it... ..... You can find the full video on my YouTube Channel!
So in the spirit of the new year, I wanted to mention some new music that I'm really excited about... ..... I've heard murmurs that @badgalriri is finally gracing us with an album, after spending a lot of her time building @fentybeauty which continues to grow as an impressive force in beauty... ..... @sza was apparently going to put out something before the end of last year, but didn't, so I'm assuming that means we're definitely getting something in 2019! ..... I'm going to be honest and say that I was never a fan of @arianagrande but I was impressed by ThankUNext and Imagine. The former really feels honest and is so dreamy- I'm obsessed, but really. Imagine is such a breath of fresh air. Before this decade, that song could not be a single. It's low key, understated and beautifully simple. Again, obsessed. I'm really intrigued by Sweetener and I feel like she's really coming into a style all her own. Let's see what she does this year... ..... It looks like March is going to see @lanadelrey releasing an album- which I'm actually excited for. I wasn't a huge fan of her last one, but I'm in endless love with her first two... ..... I don't think I need new @madonna but if she can produce something super different from what she has done over the years- and it NEEDS to not be following the younger generation or copying formulas from newer artists- then I welcome her back to a place of being the unique artist she used to be... ..... Kanye West, @saintrecords and @tpain are also slated to give us something new, and given that these three are such dynamic, game-changing artists, I'm verrrrry curious to see what their next chapters are going to be... ..... Well that's all I've got for now! Is there anyone I didn't mention that you're waiting on pins and needles for?
It's a new year and time for a new life!!! ..... I am so ready to tackle 2019 like a raging bull (full of love). I have big plans for my music, changes I want to make in a lot of aspects and I'm ready to try &clean new things... ..... I love approaching the year change like a fresh start- like I'm beginning from square one again- only with all of the previous knowledge of years past... ...... Do you have a clear goal in mind this year, which you know in your heart that you're going to finally accomplish? For me it's going to be my first 100,000 streams on Spotify.
Learning this song felt surprisingly easy, and I think it's because I was so into it. At the time, I was trying to decide which song to cover next, and once I turned this one on, I decide that I had to do it... ..... As I mention in the video, LSD- comprised of @labrinth@siamusic and @diplo - is my favourite new supergroup! They're so dynamic and bring such a creative & fresh energy to the music industry... ..... Check out the full video of this song cover on my YouTube channel!
This is one of my proudest moments in covering a song. I really went free with it and I didn't look up chords or YouTube videos to learn it- just figured it out by listening and playing by ear... ..... I liked this song from the start, but it wasn't until I covered it that I realized what it was really talking about- that's when I really loved it... ..... It's a really smart song that talks about global warming, the ramifications of what humanity is doing, and the depression that sets in when we aren't doing what needs to be done to fix it... ..... This will remain one of the most important songs- to me- of 2018, because @childishgambino used his platform in a really smart and meaningful way. I plan to use my art in a similar fashion, once I get to his level.
Music has always been my savior... ..... No mater what I've gone through in life, writing and singing were my therapy and processing tools... ..... In a world where I see a lot of people making music for the purpose of being famous or rich, it is something I really need- like breathing... ..... I don't know where I would be if I didn't have music and more specifically hiphop... ..... Hiphop is the place where I feel the most free and inspired. Although I will write for any genre, hiphop is where I'm at my best. I believe that it is the most versatile genre, which can do a lot of things other genres couldn't pull off... ..... I'm glad that I finally listened to my heart and decided to pursue music with every fiber of my being- I've never felt more fulfilled than I did late 2017, and really kicked my own ass to do what I'd always wanted to, but didn't have the confidence in myself to see through.
This year has been crazy, dynamic- really a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences for me and virtually everyone I'm connected to... ..... I went well beyond my first two goals in @spotify streams, and built connections with a whole lot of new, amazing and super talented people... ..... I'm glad we all got through our various obstacles and still going strong- here's to crushing 2019, like a cracker over soup "MMMmmm thank you, that's delicious!"
"Celebration" is the first single, and first track off of my upcoming album... ..... This song talks about celebrating doing what you love most, which is why I spend a lot of it talking about how exciting it is to write music! ..... It's also about celebrating yourself, and your victories in life- whether big or small. Reaching body goals, work goals, or any life goals, it's all worth getting excited for... ..... You can stream Celebration on @Spotify and @iTunes