Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Music: Q-Tip and Norah Jones - Life is Better...

I love this tune because it's sweet, breezy and just lovely.
Q-tip and Norah should do a whole album together...pronto.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Music: DJ Jazzy Jeff - For Da Luv of Da Game

I can't think of a better way to live life than as the above title suggests...

Martin Luther King once said to a group of students in 1967:  

"...When you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don't just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn't do it any better.

"If it falls on your lot to be a streetsweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great streetsweeper who swept his job well. If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.

"Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are."

So yeah, like Jazzy Jeff says... "Love what you do and do what you love"...

Life: Good wrapped up

I'm learning that the grievous times/the bad things/good things that come to an end all have lessons wrapped up in them.

Those situations are like the most complex but annoying multiple layers of wrapping paper (Ever played Pass the Parcel? Exactly! Thank you.) harbouring the gift you're itching to get to.

You've got to unwrap that annoying paper i.e. experience the bad things/grief etc. before you see your gift in its full glory.

For example, if: being in a not-so-great relationship and then exiting it painfully or breaking away from a well-paid but hated job brings out inner strength, becoming your own best friend, loving and valuing yourself more each day, realising how ignorant you are and have been about life and coming to the realisation that emotions are often NOT NECESSARILY YOUR BEST FRIEND, then so be it.

What lessons have you learnt lately? Do let me know, below...

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Music: Aaliyah - More than a Woman

She would have been 32 today.

Did you know: Mark Ronson's in this - as the DJ, obviously...