Music Monday: An Ultimate Love Song For You

Atlanta, GA native, Jamie Grace

Atlanta, GA native, Jamie Grace

Lately I’ve been consumed with all things pertaining to love. I’ve even convinced myself to believe that Spring is really the cuffing season of the year (sorry, Winter). Love is in the air, and everyone is basking in it, so it seems. This month’s music discovery fits the scenario wonderfully.

When I listened to “To Love You Back” by Jamie Grace the first couple of times, I cried like a baby. Meditating on the lyrics, I reflected on how God loves me despite my imperfections, my sins, and how I don’t have to feel guilty when I focus on His undying love for me. Then I started thinking of how wonderful it is to have someone to love me in the same capacity; that was when the tears really started to overflow.

Jamie sings about the kind of love I believe we all long for deep down. A love from someone who has a selfless heart. wpid-phpthumb-1.jpegWouldn’t that be the greatest thing of all much like the commandment itself? I strongly believe that this kind of love (agape love) is the love God intended for us to have in our significant relationships but only so many fail to reach.

There’s nothing more I can say but only to suggest for you to take a listen to the lyrics and imagine having such a love where your significant other loves you just as God loves you. You’ll likely not want anything short of it again.

(Either the day of or the night of our wedding, I don’t care. This song will be played.)

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Jamie Grace – To Love You Back (Official Lyrics Video)

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Crush Groovin’: The Series Finale

Oh my goodness! Has it really been a year since I’ve jumped into the blogasphere? It’s hard to believe I started Skinny Girl in a Curvy World last April! I’m surprised myself for committing to blogging for this long.

Here’s the thing: I dedicate most of my writing time to completing a story I’ve been working on for almost a year now that I don’t have time to write about thought-provoking topics. My thinking cap is too occupied with an imaginative world where people I create actually live. But blogging does have its perks even if it’s not my preferable thing to do as far as writing goes. (My strength and comfort zone is in writing fiction.) Ah, who am I kidding? Enough with the excuses. Let’s get on with the final entry for Crush Groovin’.

In the past, I’ve praised women who I thought were sexy and/or talented beyond measure. Women I thought possessed the qualities men want and the physical beauty that most women desire to have. Women like:

1. Esperanza Spalding: the talented jazz musician
2. DJ Havana Brown: the stylish Aussie D.J.
3. BoA: the Korean queen of K-Pop
4. Tracee Ellis Ross: the risible actress (with a home-grown derrière worth mentioning here)
5. Aaliyah: the beautiful angel gone too soon.
6. Tami Chynn: the Jamaican dance-hall prima donna
7. Tessanne: the powerhouse voice who actually won “The Voice”
8. Chrisette Michele: the spiritually gifted singer
9. Sarah Jessica Parker: the cute humanitarian actress
10. Sabi: Cali’s own beautiful songstress
11. Erykah Badu: the eccentric soul goddess
12.

Ironically, number 12 recently had a birthday this month (as in April, not May–depending on when I can get this published. Edit: it was published in May). It would’ve been nice if I would have had this entry written up by then, but of course . . . my timing is always lacking in perfection.

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Who gets the honor of being named my ultimate girl crush? She is by far the first woman I was ever inspired by when it comes to fashion even before she was globally recognized as a fashion icon and way before she made her mark as a fashion designer. She’s funny, attractive, fashionable, and British! She’s Victoria Caroline Adams Beckham Posh Spice, and yes, I want to be best friends For.Eh.Ver with her.

I’ve been staning this woman since 1997 when the Spice Girls first hit the international scene. The other girls were brash and in-your-face while the quiet one with the pout, dressed in “the little black Gucci dress,” was the one who really commanded your attention. I attribute my interest in fashion completely to her. Victoria somehow manages to make everything she wears look good, not the opposite. (I wish I could say the same for me. I’m just now learning how to really wear clothes.)

Victoria Beckham: My ultimate girl crush of all time. And here are the photos to prove it . . .

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Quote: "You're allowed to take the piss out of being thin. You're not allowed to say anything about people being fat.

You’re allowed to take the piss out of being thin. You’re not allowed to say anything about people being fat. -Victoria Beckham

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Her first official album. Thanks to Amazon, I ordered it as an import. One of my top 5 Pop albums on constant rotation to date.

Her first official album. Thanks to Amazon, I ordered it as an import. One of my top 5 Pop albums on constant rotation to date.

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I don't follow fashion and I don't follow trends. I just follow my instincts and think  what do I want to wear? What am I feeling for next season?

I don’t follow fashion and I don’t follow trends. I just follow my instincts and think what do I want to wear? What am I feeling for next season? -Victoria Beckham

Exactly my style! How elegantly chic!

Exactly my style! How elegantly chic!

Fun Fact: It wasn’t their catchy pop debut song Wannabe that pulled me into the fandom of the Spice Girls. 2 Become 1 earned my love for them. Traveling back to 1997, seeing the sassy energetic quintet in a time-lapsed video of New York City (the city I love) is when it all began. I used to watch Vh1 all day just to catch this on “Pop-Up Video.”

About Crush Groovin’:
Understand that this was my way of paying homage to twelve women . . . whom I can’t help but to fangirl over whenever I see them; that’s the best way I can word it. They are laudable women I relate to. They are women I would find attractive if I were a man. But since I’m not a man nor do I want to be, they are women I wish I could call up and maybe attend fashion week in Paris with or something. Or maybe we could trade beauty secrets! There are a few honorable mentions like Jill Scott, Shakira, Naomie Harris, Minzy and CL, Gwen Stefani, Kat Graham, and Iman. But listing twelve was my limit. Thus, this concludes Crush Groovin’. Thanks for reading. For additional eye candy, be sure to check out the others I’ve listed.

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Music Monday: (Love) It’s About Time

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It’s another Music Monday post, and you know what that means: it’s the first Monday of another month. (March came so fast!)

Surprisingly, I’ve yet to include a jazz song as part of my assorted Music Monday compilation. Somewhere in between listening to electronic dance, foreign pop, and contemporary christian music, I often listen to different styles of jazz by jazz singers, old and new. (It’s the genre I prefer next to chillout.)

There isn’t much I want to say about this inspiring love song performed by English jazz-pop singer, Jamie Cullum. I won’t even mention how or when I came across this breezy melody. The disappointing downside to this post? I can’t find the video of the audio anywhere like I was able to once before. All I get in return of the search are uploaded covers by people who are not Jamie Cullum. But I think for this exceptional case, posting the lyrics will do perfectly fine.

It’s About Time by Jamie Cullum

Walking down to the water’s edge
Where I have been before
If I don’t find my love sometime
I’m walking out that door

Some may come and some may go
But no one seems to be
The person I’ve been searching for
The one who’s meant for me

Biding my time, trying to find a heart that’s lonely
Looking for her, my love my one and only
Maybe I’ll dream tonight about the girl who’ll be coming my way
So I’ll take this chance and celebrate the day

When I’m making my way through an open door
I’ve got some love and so much more
And I’m ready to make someone mine
Making my way through an open door
I’ve got some love and so much more
And I’ll find her ’cause it’s about time

You try too hard and it feels just like
You’re running on thin air
Why does luck happen by surprise
If you don’t really care

The past is gone the flames are out
From fires that have burned
New ideals and different thoughts
From lessons I have learned

Biding my time, trying to find a heart that’s lonely
Looking for her, my love my one and only
Maybe I’ll dream, tonight about the girl who’ll be coming my way
So I’ll take this chance and celebrate the day

When I’m making my way through an open door
I’ve got some love and so much more
And I’m ready to make someone mine
Making my way through an open door
I’ve got some love and so much more
And I’ll find her ’cause it’s about time

Got the feeling this could take a pretty long while
To find that smile
Put my faith in another piece of good advice
Well I tried that twice
Waiting for a little something more
To inspire, take me higher

And I’m ready to make someone mine
Making my way through an open door
I’ve got some love and so much more
And I’ll find her ’cause it’s about time
It’s about time

(Source: from the album Twentysomething)

photo credits: axs.com

Crush Groovin’: Erykah Badu

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She was born under water with three dollars and six dimes. Not sure what that means? Don’t feel so stupid. Hardly anyone understood it then when they first heard the lyric in On and On.

I don’t think I need to introduce this month’s girl crush. I’ll just let you scroll down the page for pictures of this musical goddess:

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Mmmhmmm. Miss Erykah Badu. Or you can simply call her Badu. Better yet, just call her a music goddess because that is what she is. Baduizm, Mama’s Gun, Worldwide Underground, New Amerykah . . . all of her studio albums are solid masterpieces designed to take you into the gifted mind of their creator. Aside from her music and distinct sound, I suppose it’s her eccentricities that land her a spot on my list. Hard to believe why she was able to capture the hearts of men like Andre 3000, Common, The D.O.C., and Jay Electronica, isn’t it? Not really, no. But what is this pull she has on men? Aish, I wish I knew.

Whatever Badu voodoo she’s releasing into the atmosphere, she needs to keep it up so she can continue churning out good music in a world full of studio created “singers.” I am all the way here for it.

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Take an acid trip . . . without the acid.

Jump Up in the Air (and Stay There) featuring Lil’ Wayne and Bilal:

photo credits:
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Erykah Badu Official Myspace Page
Blow the Scene

Music Monday: Tye Tribbett Reminds Us How God is Still the Same God

I’ve been exercising my spiritual life, building on top of the faith I already have. I’ve always been a spiritual (read, not religious–there’s a difference) person for as long as I can remember, but I’m not to where I want to be in my walk of faith yet. It’s an ongoing fight, especially when situations arise from the adversary that are there to test my faith in God. Sometimes I stand firmly; sometimes I fall, often resulting in me asking God to help me with my unbelief.

Recently, I’ve been “fighting the good fight of faith” regarding a promise I’ve received from God, which is a big move at stake for changing my life. Some days are easy while others are much harder when the promise looks like it’s not going to be fulfilled. Cue Tye Tribbett’s “If He Did It Before . . . Same God.” The aforementioned song has been on heavy rotation every single day in the last couple of months. No, seriously. I play it just about every single day before I go to work or whenever, no exaggeration. Even on the days when I don’t play it, if by any chance I’m listening to the radio, the radio DJ plays it. Even the choir at my church sung it yesterday, that’s just how much I hear the song. It’s one of the many songs I never get tired of. That’s a good thing since there’s such a great message in the lyrics.

When I listen to “. . . Same God” I’m reminded of how God brought me through so much in my and my family’s life. I’ve said many times before that I’ve never had a prayer to go unanswered by Him. Tribbett’s song helps me to remember that, so I make sure I remind myself by listening to the song and remembering God’s promise every day. (Of course the production is fire, too.)

Peep the video below for a live performance of the track to understand why I get amp’d for God at all. (I had the pleasure to see Tye Tribbett and his band perform last year at my church. They really are that energetic on stage the entire time during their set while singing live, minus the lip-syncing.)

Crush Groovin’: Sabi

I’m not too late, am I? Yaaaay, I’m not late!

Wow. I feel like I haven’t posted anything since last year! I’m currently in the process of redesigning Skinny Girl in a Curvy World, complete with photos and new blog entries pertaining to more than just music and girl crushes. Hopefully, I can kick it off really soon! Nevertheless, it’s the last day of January, which means I can’t miss posting about my girl crush of the month.

Now introducing . . .

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If you don’t know who this beauty is, you’re about to now. Her name is Sabi (real name Jenice Dena Portlock), and I think she is hawt! If she wasn’t she wouldn’t be anywhere near my list. Maybe you know her from Cobra Starships’s fun song (one wtdtaof my favorite dance tunes, just to let you know); maybe you don’t. But that’s how I know her, and that one song led me to others she released on her own and more collaborations she has done with other artists like Britney Spears, Tyga, and Diplo, to name a few.

By the way, is it me or does the Inglewood, California-born vixen resemble August’s girl crush? Either way, she’s a beauty in her own right. I wish her all the best in finding her place in the overpopulated world of music. But I’d rather her not become a mainstream puppet. (Nevermind what I want. Those are just my selfish feels talking.)

Hit the play button here and below to see why she’s the pick for January’s crush groovin’. Any chick who can rock this deserves to be on the list, don’t you agree?

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“Champagne” (This is one of those songs that always makes me want to kick it with my girls and dance the night away.)

Music Monday: What Are You Afraid Of?

Christian artist, Kerrie Roberts, suggests for you to face your fears in this cute little contemporary pop song.

This was so not the original song I was going to share for the first Monday of the new year. I’ve practically planned out which songs I wanted to share for each month, but apparently those plans are subject to change along with everything else in my life!

How has my new year been thus far? Somewhat good with a hint of stressful details here and there but still good. The thing is, I’m working on something major that can be life-changing if it materializes, and as a result, I’m having to deal with so many overwhelming concerns of not only my own but my family’s, too. On top of that, I’ve been seeking God in this particular matter for several months now and everytime I believe I’ve made a firm decision, a brand new concern overrides my decision, causing me to re-evaluate that decision. Imagine what that’s like for someone who lives internally and in her thoughts 90 percent of the time. No, I will tell you what it’s like: IT’S DRAINING!

Just as I was asking God for confirmation for the 54th time (because this is a HUGE decision, I want to be sure God is at the helm of this thing), I was reminded of Kerrie Roberts’ What Are You Afraid Of? I’ve heard this song so many times before thanks to the Christian-based boutique I work in. I’ve even listened to it a handful of times at home. This time, though, when I asked God to confirm for me what I needed to do for Him, it reached my crowded soul. And, man! Did He ever confirm it! I listened to the lyrics thoroughly this time and realized how Roberts is really addressing me in her lyrics. She doesn’t know it, but she really wrote that song for me. *laughs*

Yes, I’ve been “compared to the girl who has everything” when it came to a love interest choosing another woman who could do the most for his image. Yes, I’m the one “who is the last to know about everything.” And I’m definitely the girl “who had given her whole world for love for the boy to say no.” Even most recently, I’m facing a breakthrough but I’m paralyzed by others’ fears. My eagerness to change my life for the better and to do something so bizarre is causing everyone’s comfort zone to be shaken; therefore, I’m hurting the ones I love the most.

But God! He is encouraging me through not only His Word but, too, through this simple pop song. He’s answered my concerns, telling me to let it all go and to not be afraid because His grace has me covered for all of eternity. Wow. Just . . . wow.

It’s incredible how I’m the very girl Roberts sings about. I swear the first verse is about the 2013 me and the second verse is the current me in 2014. So while I had another song to share, this particular track fits perfectly in the present circumstance I am in.

If you’ve ever had a big dream that seemed impossible–and because it seemed impossible you never pursued it–I want you to know that it is never too late to take the necessary steps to achieve it. The only one who is in your way is yourself. 

So what are you afraid of?

*k*

Kerrie Roberts: What Are You Afraid Of? lyric video:

Crush Groovin’: Chrisette Michele

This one is fairly new . . .

She so purrty!

She so purrty!

I remember when this tatted-up angel released her first single a couple of years ago. The problem is, I don’t recall the name of the debut song. Shame, I know.

About around the time when she released Epiphany, her second album, I started taking notice of her artistry. Epiphany (I’m Leaving) was the song that managed to grab my attention. But it wasn’t until Better, her current album, when I actually saw her as a force to be reckoned with in the universe of R&B and neo-soul divas.

A friend of mine was generous enough to take me to see Chrisette Michele perform here in Birmingham for my birthday months ago. I was extremely tired and wanted to rest up because it was exactly the day after my sister’s wedding (which I’m just now reverting back to a sense of normalcy from that time); of course, I couldn’t resist the offer. Thankfully my friend made sure I didn’t miss out on seeing the intimate performance or else I wouldn’t have witnessed the beautiful spirit that emits from this paragon of [equally] outer and inner beauty. Her voice is soothing to the soul. Her gentle spirit is conspicuous in her interactions with fans. She’s also found love in one of the baddest, hottest guitarist of today and it shows not only in her expressions but also in her creativity.

I like your style!

I like your style!

Chrisette Michele: my most recent girl crush. Not only is she gorgeous, but she’s spiritually wise, too. Just the kind of woman I admire.

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A Couple of Forevers featuring her beau as the male lead:


photo credits:
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Crush Groovin’: Tami Chynn and Tessanne on Music Monday

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Tammar Chin bka Tami Chynn

Tessanne Chin, or as I call her, The Powerhouse Voice

Tessanne Chin, or as I call her, The Powerhouse Voice

At least Myspace served its purpose.
Kingston, stand up!

First thing’s first. I have been terribly busy for the past month. So busy in fact I no longer know where my beginning ends, where my ending begins, my left from my right, my right from my left. . . . I’m exaggerating but I barely even know today’s date. What I do know is that it is Monday (at least I’ve got that much right).

Second thing is, I know that I haven’t posted anything since the first part of September–like my girl crush for that month. So, to make up for lost time, I’m giving a 2-fer deal for the crush groovin’ category and I am going to post two songs for Music Monday, too. Double-combo!

Initially–before I found myself swamped with wedding plans, maid of honor duties, working, volunteering, birthday celebrations, housewarmings, AND (whew!) moving plans–I was going to post about my girl crush for the month of September . . . because, you know, I have so many I can post for each month up until the one year anniversary of this less than perfect blog. But then blah, blah, blah, [beep] happened and my time escaped while things like my blog suffered because of my poor time-management skills. Whatever. I’m back now, so let’s just fast-forward and get on with it.

Tami-Chynn-1 elitemediagroupja.comI found out about September’s girl crush on Myspace. (Hey, at least I did more than just spend countless hours changing page layouts and creating a bunch of glittery dollz). I thought her music was cool enough for me to learn more about it, so that’s what I did. I found out she was Jamaican . . . Chinese Jamaican to be exact. Before finding her, I was clueless about those of Chinese descent being Jamaican natives because of their ancestors who migrated to the island(s). I was ignorant. I had no idea. Thanks to being introduced to Tami (thank you, Myspace) I now know.

But her sister? Let me say something about Tessanne Chin. No. I can summarize what I think of her in one word alone: POWERHOUSE VOICE. It was only right that I also include her on this post not because she is Tami’s younger sister but because she is currently a contestant on NBC’s The Voice, too. I thought, Why the heck not? Just include both of the lovely women! Granted I haven’t had the chance to see any of her performances yet (this week will be the third week it airs), I already know she has blown the judges away.Tessanne+Chin+TESSANNE

Tami Chynn and Tessanne Chin both share a love for music (sure it’s because their parents instilled it in them considering they were both musicians at some time), are equally as beautiful and have such fun personalities. Their hubbies are blessed and fortunate men to be married to such beauties.

Tami Chynn with her husband, reggae/dancehall singer, Wayne Marshall.

Tami Chynn with her husband, reggae/dancehall singer, Wayne Marshall.

Speaking of hubbies, Tami and her husband, Wayne Marshall, are one of my favorite celebrity couples. I mean, they’re just so friggin’ adorable! They just welcomed their first son together, so I’m sure their baby boy has some musical talent flowing through his veins.

Back on topic, the first song I heard by Tami Chynn was “Frozen” featuring Akon, but that’s not the same song posted below. Just press play and you will see why I’m crushin’ on her. (The beat was a popular one in dancehall music in the year 2006. Another Jamaican artist–who is my male crush–used the same ditty in his song and he makes a cameo appearance in the video.)

The song by Tessanne is the very one that sold me on her talent. Goosebumps. That’s what it left me with: Goose. Bumps.

I’m finally caught up, so the Chin sisters can join the rest of my girl crushes.

Now. Let me go and try to figure out which way is up.

*k*

“Hyperventilating” – Tami Chynn

“Control (Are You Gonna)” – Tessanne

Sources:
http://www.last.fm
http://www.tallawahmagazine.com
http://www.elitemediagroupja.com

Crush Groovin’: Aaliyah

aaliyah-aaliyahAugust 25, 2001: the day the R&B music world lost the young Aaliyah Dana Haughton. Rather than recalling where I was, what I was doing, and how her passing affected me 12 years ago, I’d like to focus on remembering her beauty and music.

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Aaliyah is the third woman I’ve ever had a girl crush on. (Cindy Herron of EnVogue and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins were the first two respectively in case you were wondering. If not, then disregard those names because I’m supposed to be talking about Aaliyah, right?)aaliyah-haughton I specifically remember when I first saw her on television. The station? BET. The song? Back and Forth. And I’ve liked the woman ever since. But it wasn’t until the release of the One in a Million LP album that I was completely sold on being one of her supporters.

aaliyahShe was attractive, could dance (wasn’t she smooth?), and pioneered the shift in what R&B music sounded like in the late 90s thanks to the help of Timbaland and Missy Elliott et. al.

Till this day, I still miss everything about her. I miss seeing the tiny woman on my television. And I don’t care what anyone says: no matter how much the likes of Chris Brown and Drake try to incorporate her voice into their music and revive her with those ridiculous holograms, it will never be the same as having her presence in the world again.

aaliyahhaughtonThe music industry lost a special talent–a talent that was evolving and adhexpanding beyond music. But thankfully her fans and supporters can continue to keep her spirit alive through song, videos, interviews, and even her movies. (Curse Hollywood for not letting her kiss Jet Li, though! That was way off topic, I know.)

Rest in peace, “Baby Girl.” Gone but far, far from forgotten . . . .

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The making of We Need A Resolution :