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.)

*k*

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

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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.

*k*

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

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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*k*

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

Crush Groovin’: Tami Chynn and Tessanne on Music Monday

Tammar Chin bka Tami Chynn

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.
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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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*k*

The making of We Need A Resolution :

Crush Groovin’: Esperanza Spalding

ESPERANZA EXTRAVAGANZA!

simply gorgeous

simply gorgeous

Massive hair. Soothing voice. Upright bass. My girl crush.
I’d heard of her long ago from a musician friend of mine, but I’d never listened to any of her music. Until one night, back in 2011 during one of my late evenings when I was hungry for new music to listen to, I decided to discover her music on YouTube.esperanza-spaulding-at-oscars Instantly I fell in love and have been in love with her art ever since. The bonus? She is a bass player! (I’ve always had a sore spot for vocalists who were also musicians.)

I had the pleasure in seeing her perform live last month at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Esperanza-Spalding-2012-Oscar-Hairstyle-19The performance easily goes down as one of the best concerts I’d ever been to in my life. If only that night could have lasted for more than 2 hours!

Esperanza Spalding: Beautiful soul, phenomenal artist.

Yeah, girl. That's what talent sounds like.

Yeah, girl. That’s what talent sounds like.