In 2010 I encourage you to love 100% more than you think you possibly can. Love your brothers, love your sisters......god damn......love your hater's and your enemies too. Let's kill them with love in 2010.........
Saturday, August 29, 2009
There are days when we just need to hear a song with a very powerful and positive message to keep us going on the sometimes rough road of life. This song speaks volumes on staying focused in life, having self confidence,living honestly and proudly and not feeding into the negativity around us.
Everton Blender is a Reggae Artist that always produces songs that help us to deal with the challenges of life.
Whatever our challenges are, it is important for us to keep the big picture in mind and not get distracted by the difficulties that life throws on us every now and then. Things work out for the best in the end most times........ And when they don't? Well we still have to keep strong and keep going to overcome the next obstacle that's waiting for us down the road.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
So Usain Bolt has done it again and shattered the world record for the mens 100m and 200m track and feild event in Berlin. He ran the 100m race on Sunday and today four days later I found a song about him on youtube.......
I love how our reggae artists promote our athletes and how athletes influence reggae/ dancehall music and dancing. This song is by Vybes Kartel, one of the biggest dancehall artists in Jamaica right now.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Wonderful quote, this fella sure knew what he was talking about. I hope that as you read this quote, you will remember all the goals that you have set for yourself in life and keep on working on them. If we can dream we can achieve. Sometimes it just takes extra hard work and more dedication than the next person to make our dreams a reality. Keep dreaming......and remember......
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Basically the article stated that women need three things to stay happy in a relationship: Appreciation, Attention and Affection. Sounds simple but its true. Women need to feel apprecitated, we want to be with some one who is attentive to our wants, needs and feelings. Most importantly, we need emotional and physical closeness and affection. Pressure hits on the subject in this beautiful song.....
Ladies when you met that next guy that's struggling to figure out exactly what it is that you want him to give you. Play him this song.....
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Beautiful song indeed. As long as you live in this world you are an African.......
I have a feeling President Obama would appreciate this song. We all need to get the message out there that despite our differences were are all one people.
I can just imagine the excitement of the people of Ghana. It is truly a wonderful thing to be a part of history as the first African country to be visited by the first Black US President.
I hope President Obama visits Jamaica sometime in the future...... I can definitely promise that Jamaica would throw a party of epic proportions to celebrate his visit. Jamaicans LOVE President Obama and they are very passionate people! You would not believe just how many reggae songs there about President Obama. I'll be sure to post a few sometime in the future......
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
- Only calls you when they are in need. This is a big one. Light bulb! If you only get called when things are bad you are not even a friend at all.
- Was nowhere to be found last time you were in need. If they didn't have your back last time, chances are next time time you are in need they wont be there for you either.
- Only seems to be happy when you are not, (they tend to be the ones that always have something negative to say, are never supportive of you and seem to spend all their time bringing you down so they can feel better about themselves).
- Refuses to see what you and everyone else sees about the current love of their live. Sometimes love really is blind and the best thing you can do is stand by and wait for the destructive relationship to self explodes.
- Needs to borrow some cash again, just hold over until payday despite all your good advice on how to budget and spend their own money wiser.
I'm telling you this might seem harsh but there comes a time in life when some friends need to be avoided. Furthermore, if someone in your life fits more than one of the above criteria you should just get rid of them. With friendships it should always be quality over quantity. As Confucius once said:
“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”- Confucius
Please share all other instances that friends in need should be avoided. Lets share the word and help each other break bad friendships.......
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I have been listening to a lot of uplifting reggae songs lately to keep my spirits high and remain optimistic. This one of my favorite uplifting reggae songs.
You Can Get It If You really want by Jimmy Cliff always makes me feel better after listening to it. It is a simple song with simple lyrics but the message is very strong.I hope everyone who listens to this song remembers it whenever they are going through a difficult time cause.......YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT.........lol.......whatever "it" is for you.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
All the stories of courageous Iraqi females who have been standing up for their rights and defending democracy in their country these pass few days made me think of this clip. The movie is called Persepolis and in this clip the heroine Marjane decides to come out of her depression and finally take control of her life. The song says the rest..........
We all want to be like Marjane. Strong, confident, ready to take on the world and stand up for what we believe in. My heart goes out to all the female demonstrators in Iran and all over the world who have the courage to stand up for Equal Rights and Justice.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Remember that Jah Jah’s by your side,
For I was a soul who was lost And my life was in dismay,
For among evil forces in which I played yeah
Guns and ammunition were my chosen way of life,
With God's fearing people I chose to strive,
For all of the lives that are taken, they can never be replaced,
But still Jah Jah chose to remember my face
Monday, June 8, 2009
Check Duane Stephenson out on youtube....... His latest album is called August own. It is one of those rare ones where every song is actually very good. One that you should definitely purchase.Album of hits!Check him out on myspace. Add Him as a friend to see when he will be performing in your area.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Anyways back to the music. Bad Boys is one of those reggae songs you probably heard before and might have not known that it was a reggae song. The song was first released in Jamaica in the 1980's and then re-released in the early 90's in the US.
Inner Circle - Bad Boys
If you like the video and want to know more about Inner Circle check out their website for more samples of their music, pictures, videos and a terrific bio about the group.
My all time favorite song from this group is a very fun, upbeat pop sounding song. every time I watch the video I just want to be partying in Jamaica Spring Break style (beautiful beach, beautiful weather, great music and some sweet rum punch). Here is the link to the video on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kfTuNdku3A
Monday, May 25, 2009
So this song is very hot. Everyone loves it and the video is great.
Well it is a reggae cover. The original version, "Tide Is High" was written by John Holt and performed by The Paragons with John Holt as lead singer in 1967. This is one of those songs that perfectly illustrates the universal appeal that reggae music has on people. Its been decades since the first release and the lyrics are still relevant to us today. How many songs can we say that about? This recent cover by Kardinal is not the first for this song. It has been covered many times over the years. Chances are that you heard the 1980 cover by Blondie or the pop version by Atomic Kitten in 2002.
Well check out the original version. Couldn't find actual live footage, but I will definitely add a live video later if I find one. This song is reggae in its early years. More specifically called Rock Steady.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
It seems that I along with the rest of the world disagree with Buju's statement.
Enough is apparently not enough. Everywhere I go people equate reggae music with Bob Marley. He has been dead for over twenty years and still has the top selling reggae album worldwide. His song 'One Love' was declared song of the century by the BBC and Time magazine called 'Exodus' album of the millennium.
Well established. Bob Marley is the king of reggae. As for Buju Banton, well he is a talented artist who produces tons of great music. I love his stuff. Here's one of my favourites 'Destiny'. Check him out on youtube.
Monday, May 11, 2009
As one of the many twenty somethings out there stuck in the not so great job and making a less than desirable salary, I have had to buckle down and get financially savvy. I educated myself and got my personal finances in order ( paid down the credit cards/debt, started saving for a brighter future, drastically cut my spending and now live on a budget).
With the summer season fast approaching I now have the difficult task of trying to keep the budget intact without sacrificing my lifestyle. Summer is the season of great reggae concerts in New York City. I love live music and I love reggae, put those two together and what you have is a concert I can't miss. If I go to all the concerts on my list it will cost me more that $350 for the summer. Huge amount, I know...but I have no desire to cut back on what I love the most. Where to go from here?
What's your budget buster and how do you make it work? Please let me know people. Reggae in the city for me kicks off on the 26th with Gregory Isaacs at B.B Kings Blues Club.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Ok so they are only talking about legalizing medical marijuana. The money the government would make would come strictly from taxes collected from businesses that sell the stuff. This got me thinking about what you people thought about marijuana.........
Personally my stance on marijuana is pretty simple. ' Legalize it'!
I'm a 'Ganja baby'. ( Ganja- Jamaican term for marijuana). I basically grew up in a culture that was very open to and accepting of weed. My grandpa was a ganja farmer and I was his little helper. I spent years of my childhood helping to plant, care for, harvesting and preparing the crop for sale.
That being said, I do not smoke pot. Never have and never will. I however think this is a personal choice that everyone is entitled to.
Marijuana is not as dangerous as we are led to believe. Its all about a balance like everything else in life. It is true that pot like so many things out there can be addicting.That however does not give cause to demonize marijuana. Cigarettes and alcohol are just as addicting if not more. I mean alcohol is perfectly legal and great in moderation but we all know how many lives are destroyed by alcohol each day (Vehicular deaths, child abuse and domestic abuse etc....). Why aren't our politicians and law makers fighting the cause for those victims more? I know all the controversy surrounding marijuana but I believe that the most of the negative consequences ( money laundering, guns etc.....) are not an effect of the marijuana itself but of it being illegal. Why not legalize it and tax the hell out of it like they do with cigarettes?
The video is Peter Tosh "legalize it". Peter Tosh is Reggae great. Please check out his music on youtube......
Sunday, May 3, 2009
· Never procrastinate. You can never get back precious time lost.
· Don’t worry so much about all the things in life that you can’t change. Just go out there and change what you can one step at a time.
· Spend way less time calculating all the odds and take a gamble every now and then.
· If she/he is not into you just let it go, ladies I highly recommend you read “He Is Just Not That Into You”. It is really great book so please listen to what the authors say, they know what they are talking about.
Friendships should be more about quality than quantity. The ones that always bring the drama, whine about everything and are always broke can go.
· It is not always about who is wrong or right. No fight is worth losing a good friend over.