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Live from NYC

Posted: January 25, 2012 in getting personal, Music, NYC
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Music’s tie to memories is something that intrigues me. I was dating this guy once upon a time and the music we enjoyed together was never the same alone. I’m totally over this guy, but the song “Darlin'” by The Beatles still reminds me of him and the woods in North Carolina. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman undoubtedly brings me back to a childhood memory of being in the passenger’s seat of my mom’s car while “Jumpin’ Jumpin'” by Destiny’s Child reminds me of my sweet 16th birthday, in which my friends and I performed a dance in my living room.. 

There’s no stopping music being tied to memories. I’ve gone a year without listening to whole albums because they were attached to memories I was trying to forget. The memories are still there and so is the music. Actually, there have been studies with Alzheimer’s patients or people with brain damage and memory loss who become transported in time through music. In an otherwise confusing world, through music these people become lucid within that memory. (The movie ‘The Music Never Stopped’ is a nice portrayal of this phenomenon. Warning: It’s a tear-jerker.)

I thought my last post while living in NYC discussing my own music and NYC memories would be fitting.

Empire State of Mind- Jay Z

Boy, was I lucky! I just moved to NYC and the biggest song on the radio was all about it. “Concrete jungle where dreams are made. There’s nothing you can’t do.” This song captured my exact mentality at the time. I was living in Harlem tutoring and mentoring underprivileged youth. It was their song. It was my song. I heard it pretty much every day–in the bodega, from a car blasting it through rolled down windows on 125th. It was inspiring and hopeful. Listening to it now takes me back to that sweaty summer in Harlem, to those kids I became close to, and to the idea that it’s all going to be okay.

Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty- Big Boi

My second summer in NYC, I had this album on repeat. I was proud to have discovered this release myself and to have shown it to a couple important/close people to me who ended up loving it. It’s really a great album. It’s rare that I find several songs on one album that I enjoy. It reminds me of being confident. I finally felt at ease in NYC–like I was a New Yorker. I was giving people directions, meeting new people, starting new jobs, and I felt on top of the world. On the contrary, this album reminds me of 2 people whom I don’t really speak to anymore. In that respect, the album has become tainted. 



Yeah, I know…a little late on this, but I only just started listening to Nirvana in NYC. I developed a minor crush on Kurt Cobain while in this city. Luckily, for me, that crush wont lead to anything dramatic like my obsession with Johnny Depp and the resulting Johnny Depp scrap book crafted by yours truly. RIP. Anyway, Kurt and Nirvana never fail to get me through my aggravated episodes where I’d like to jump on my bed like an angsty teen if my bed wasn’t abut to break just by sitting on it. (i.e bad day at work, upset with how my life is going, guy problems, friend problems, etc.)Image



Watch The Throne

Posted: August 11, 2011 in Music
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I haven’t seen this joke made so far, but I’m going to say it because Kanye is just so cocky, and I can do whatever I want.
The Kanye/Jay-Z collaborative album dropped earlier this week titled Watch The Throne. Their album cover is gilded in gold and created by Givenchy’s, Riccardo Tisci.

Some people call the toilet the throne, as in “I’m going to go sit on the throne.” So, their album art could have looked like this:

By the way, that is a solid gold toilet and as soon as Kanye sees it, he’ll probably order one.

If you don’t have time to listen to the whole Watch The Throne album, these are my picks of watch [typo] you should hear:

Gotta Have It (“turn ya headphones up. louder.” I wish instead of the “Hello, hello, hello, white America” it was “LOLOLO, white America” that makes more sense to me.)
No Church in the Wild (underlying rock melody, monkies/lions, circus melody near end)
Otis (can’t go wrong with Otis Redding, plus Otis is an awesome name you don’t hear. “Sounds so soulful. Don’t you agree”?)
Welcome to the Jungle (shoulder shimmy time/listen to the beginning of this song and then “All About the Benjamins” by P.Diddy,Biggie and Lil Kim)
That’s My Bitch (featuring Elly Jackson of La Roux who would never title her song like this)
Murder to Excellence (kids chorus adds to sad murder vibe)
Primetime (“turn the music up” and prepare yourself for #s)
Why I Love You (featuring this guy, Mr. Hudson pale comparison)
Niggas in Paris (how can you not groove to this song?)