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Fool’s Paradise

I absolutely love finding new songs. My friend shared this song with me a week ago and I love the old school vibe. Lemme know what you think!

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Witch Bus

My game plan was to take the bus from my apartment to the metaphysical store Terra Blue, and back. This was meant to be the perfect cultural experience. I would get to explore a bit of Greensboro, I would be able to figure out the bus system- a skill that would come in handy for off-campus clinical placements- and I would be exposed to a new culture.

I had everything planned and on Saturday, a little after noon, I made my way to the bus stop. I proudly boarded the bus after waiting ten minutes and watched the street signs attentively so I wouldn’t miss my stop. I came off the bus at my stop, and walked the remainder of the way to Terra Blue.

After getting lost only once, I confidently stepped into the store, where I was greeted by three cats and Sarah, the store’s effervescent owner.  I asked if she practiced Wicca and she told me she was actually a Witch. She explained that Witches practice magick by using spellwork and energies to change themselves or the world while Wicca was a religion. I asked her to recommend an item from her store for me to take with me as a souvenir and she advised that I walk around and whatever caught my eye was probably what I needed. Her rationale was, our souls know what they want but our minds get in the way.

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This sign was all over the store.

I followed her advice and explored her store. I passed daggers, pendants, pendulums, charms, herbs, incense, semi-precious stones, crystals, candles, quills, parchment and potions. I couldn’t help but be amazed that her store had much of the Witch paraphernalia I always saw on tv. I left her store with an amethyst stone for peace, an apetite stone for creativity, an opalite stone for smooth transitions and a selenite desert rose stone for strengthened mental abilities. I can’t wait to see if my soul really knew best.

I left Terra Blue and made my way to the bus stop. I spotted a man in the distance engaged in an animated conversation with either himself or a tree. Mi neva plan fi stop an ask him. I concluded that if I walked confidently and avoided eye contact then he would not see me. It did not work.

“Hello! I’m talking to you!” he yelled. Yes Jah-Jah, a suh it aguh end yah now! My heart kicked into high gear and I glanced around for the nearest escape route. He asked me for money but I told him I didn’t have any cash on me and continued walking. I survived!

When I got to the bus stop, I looked around, realized I was the only person on the street and decided to find another bus stop in a more populated area. I walked the long way around because if I ran into Mr. Tree-man I may not have been so lucky the second time ’round. I eventually found one, checked my bus tracker app and saw that the bus wouldn’t arrive for another hour.

I waited patiently in the sun and one hour and eight minutes later, I watched as my bus drove right by me. I was at the wrong bus stop. I tried to google a number for a cab and my highspeed data conveniently ran out. I was flustered. I walked to the nearest store, asked the clerk for the number of a cab company. My cab arrived in five minutes, I was home in two minutes and I went straight to bed. I was not made for this much drama in one day.

This was my most stressful adventure to date. Mastering the bus system would make me more independent as I would be able to navigate the Greensboro area more freely, but I need time to recover.

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Truths & Rights

Protoje had been hinting that new music was coming our way for a while and this week he finally fulfilled his promise. On Tuesday, he tweeted that he would make a link to his new song available on Soundcloud until midnight. Unfortunately, I didn’t see his tweet until the next morning. Mi seh mi did vex! My anger was short-lived though because on Wednesday evening, Diggy went live on Instagram and mi did deh-deh pon mi yiylash. Following the live stream, his new song “Truths & Rights” was made available on Soundcloud. Check it out!

The song was produced by Winta James and is on a riddim that one can’t help but skyank to. At first, it seems simple, but there are so many things happening that each time I listen to it, I hear something new. For example, it wasn’t until my 20th time listening that I noticed a group of people having a discussion in the background of the intro. Mi nuh know a how mi did miss dat! Then there is the trumpet solo at the end that seal di message while adding nice flare to the song. Time and time again Winta manages to find the sweet spot between the riddim and the lyrics as through it all,  he makes it clear that the lyrics are the main focus . Big up yuhself every time Winta!

You remember how every time Katz from Courage the Cowardly Dog appeared in the series, he had his own theme song? Well, every time I see Protoje now, I’m going to hear the “Truths & Rights” dub playing in my head. Why? Because the song embodies the musician’s mission. Protoje has been promoting new and young creatives from photographers, to artists, to musicians , to bloggers for as long as I can remember; this song was just his way of letting his fans know that he didn’t plan on stopping any time soon. He will continue to give a voice to those who have the most to say but are constantly overlooked “until the day that his soul takes flight.” Diggy, we hear you loud and clear!

Yes, we know from long time seh Protoje a big bad awtiste, so right now I want to bring some attention to Mortimer.  I first heard him in “Protection” on Ancient Future where he more than proved his vocal abilities with a chilling chorus. In “Truths & Rights” he sings the chorus and parts of the second verse and every time I listen to it, I find myself looking forward to hearing him.  Unnu hear how di man voice sound sweet? Mortimer’s voice is smooth like honey with an underlying hint of raspiness that gives the song an added edge. I’m looking forward to hearing more solo projects from him. Him get di Lexxi Stamp of Approval, him a guh far! 

Well, that’s all for now friends, but hopefully you won’t have to wait long for the next review. That’s right! Protoje says new music from Lila Ike and Sevana will be coming soon and you can rest assured that as dem drop, mahguh let you know weh mi think.

 

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Royal Flush

Before I posted this poem, I sent it to a few of my friends and they all thought I was throwing shade at someone. I laughed and told them that was not the case. I’m still not sure they believe me. However I now feel compelled to share with you the honest origin of this poem.

I was scrolling through Instagram and found a user by the name of “Let me fix my crown”. I thought it was a brilliant name and as I was walking to class the first few lines of the poem wrote themselves. I took on the persona of an angry woman tired of degrading pick up lines, played with rhymes and had a little too much fun. This is the end result. Enjoy !


 

Excuse me?
Let me fix my crown real quick.
Mr. Suave, Mr. Slick, Mr. Boombastic.
With Jokers in abundance,
you can take your pick.
Go fetch!
Never mind, you can keep that stick.
‘Cause you must be a dog,
or a frog or a hog,
to be talking to me with that dialogue.
Hold on!
What is the matter with you?
Biting off more than you could possibly chew.
Sweetheart, just how old are you?
Because you must be under the age of two.
Before I get too upset
and say something that I’ll regret
I have an important lesson for you
my pet.
I think it’s time you learned
that respect is earned
because you’re playing with fire
and you will get burned!

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Recharge

Hey friends!

Just a reminder that sometimes we need to say “to hell with this to-do-list”. That’s right, I said it! We never put self-careesque activities on our to-do-lists and if you’re anything like me, if it’s not on the list then it’s not getting done. I dare you to go do something fun tonight!

That’s all for now folks! I’m gonna go read a book *squeals with glee*

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Mr. Edward Christopher Sheeran Pt. 2

Remember when I said part 2 was coming soon… I guess I lied but it’s finally here! It would seem I was waiting for a sign and while I was walking along minding my own business, di sign gimme a rahtid lick. When I caught my breath, di sign drop kick mi!

First I got this notification on Twitter:

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Although it’s not really him, friends, mi hawt cudn’ tek it! Then today as I was walking to class, I walked by a very good looking red-headed fellow and I knew today was the day I’d write Pt. 2


I wouldn’t say I’m overly superstitious but sometimes you come across just the sign you’d been looking for and you can’t do anything but jump at it. Well, the week before my birthday my classmate mentioned how Ed Sheeran was coming to Charlotte in two weeks and James Blunt, whom she fancies, would be his opening act. She was upset she couldn’t buy the tickets yet because her daughter might have a football(soccer) game that same day. Without skipping I beat, I told her to buy me a ticket when she bought hers. This opportunity was not to be missed.

Just like that, I was going to see Ed! It didn’t feel real. It still doesn’t feel real.

On September 3, my classmate, her two daughters and myself drove for two hours blasting Ed Sheeran and James Blunt tunes from Greensboro to the Spectrum Center. Once there I joined the lengthy souvenir line. Of course I had to get a shirt… and an armband.

I missed half of Jame’s Blunt’s set, but of what I caught he’s gotten himself another fan. Check this song out.

Once James Blunt left the stage there was an everlasting break to take his band of the stage and replace them with… A LOOP PEDAL! *squeals!*

Yuh eva smile suh haad yuh lip split? A me dat. I had watched this chubby red-head perform my favorite songs on my computer screen so many times and now here he was in front of me in person. I can’t find the words to describe how magical the moment was.

Pree dis! After his first song, Ed had a heart to heart with us. He told us how he’s been to concerts before where he felt like he had to hold back because he didn’t want anyone to judge him. Then he told us to look at the person beside us and said we’d never see them again so we were to sing as loudly and as off-key as we wanted to because we paid to have a good time.

I didn’t need to be told twice! Mi seh, mi gwaan bad ussi. I swear it’s like he knew I was in there. During his performance of “Don’t” he teased a sample of “New Man”, one of my favourite songs from Divide (because Ed speaks in patois <3).  A little later in the set he says

“I’m going to play what I think is one of the best love songs I’ve ever written. I don’t normally play this one but it’s Labor Day tomorrow so why not.”

Then he started playing “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here”, my absolute favourite song on the album. Did I cry? I can neither confirm nor deny.

He played songs from all of his albums but the highlight of my night had to have been hearing him say “They say I’m up and coming like I’m fxxking in an elevator” live. Monumental! Stupendous! Amazing! Teddilicious! Sheerantastic!

Alright, I’m done fangirling. The whole show was phenomenal, but I don’t think I’ve met my Ed Sheeran quota. I need to see him live a few more times. I really can’t believe this happened. To this day, I occasionally stumble upon a video or recording from the concert and my heart skips several beats. I was there. I saw him. I must see him again.

(Fun-Fact, YouTube’s autoplay just started playing Ed Sheeran’s “Tenerife Sea”, weh mi tell yuh bout sign?)

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