Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ethnic music: The Playmaker




Ezege!


You will know the joy of listening to music you don't understand. The Playmaker by Phyno, is one piece of art that reeks of hard work. Twenty tracks in all, the melodies project a diverse culture and the beauty of Ibo language, as it creatively imbibes a hiphop flow, with raw talent spread atop tastefully mastered instrumentals and upbeat vibes. The collaboration with artists like P-Square, TuBaba, Burna Boy makes for good variety. In a remake of her hit song Ochie Dike, Onyeka Onwenu also lends her golden voice to The Playmaker. 

If one gets to skip three out of twenty tracks, then by many standards, that's way above average. It might be too early to label this album a classic, but I sure hope Phyno is around for a long time.
The Playmaker is currently getting heavy rotation and a lot of attention from me. It has me jamming and grooving like a villager every time. 042 kwenu!

In a State of Gragra

My sedan survived a super sticky Storm Stella situation
Seasons change, and snowstorms tone your back muscles, arms and rotator cuffs ... when you shovel your sedan out from underneath a heap of snow, two feet high. Maybe no one told you this, but you unwittingly sign up for meteorology when you live in a city that has seasonal changes. Your trunk is half full of tools - essential snow equipment that you once thought only farmers owned. This week, we the North have ushered in the first days of Spring.

I'm preparing to run a 5K this Spring. It's also what you enjoy and do as a Northeasterner.

I realized some gragra in my life that must be let go of. Resisting, spinning the wheels as lessons wait to be complete(d). Only you can hold you back.

It's the year of Love and Work, and I ask, "In what order?"

Monday, March 20, 2017

Quotes: Pema Chodron

“Nothing you are currently experiencing will ever fully disappear until you learn the lesson it was sent to teach you” – Pema Chodron

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Love Love (like New York New York?)

Be, in love. Stay in love. Do love. Live days, moments in love. Spend self in love. Become love. Be love. Love love. Add love to intentions. Have love.

What it is:

  • Patient
  • Kind

What it does:

  • Keeps no record of wrongs
  • Rejoices with the truth
  • Always protects
  • Always trusts
  • Always hopes
  • Always perseveres

What it doesn't do:

  • Envy
  • Boast
  • Dishonor others
  • Delight in evil

What it is not:

  • Proud
  • Self-seeking
  • Easily angered

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."
1 Cor 13:1-13

Love is my muse this morning. Must be love on the brain.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Between the Hype and the Bucket List

Q: Wait, did I say before that ads were overrated?
A: Yes, then comes the but.

This week has been a most awesome week of my life! I have to say that because it is true.
I realized one of the reasons I was born to this woman that is my mother, and why I live in NY at this time. TIME. My name is Time.
I swear I didn’t choose NY, I only said yes when it asked me. I'll leave out some details for my journal. But overall, I am grateful for Providence that allowed me to fulfill a major milestone for my mum this week.



During this period, I got to spend some time with my older siblings, and the quality was unprecedented. Had conversations, some first time, about childhood memories, careers, goals, philanthropy, politics, life, college life, music, Dad. Together, we went sightseeing, grocery shopping, hospital visiting, flower and card picking. Road tripping to Harlem and taking walks back and forth the boulevards named after MLK, Frederick Douglass, and St. Nicholas back together, making Instagram videos, eating from food trucks , and taking airport selfies. Or "groupies." It was a healthy practice, and I was happy to have them all in my home, even though it meant giving up some comforts, sleeping on the couch, pushing my schedule around to accommodate theirs.



And then the media buzz! My road to Hollywood had to explode this week as well, and I ain't mad! What a heady rush. I’m watching ABC with mum on a cool Thursday evening and I pick the remote to flip the channel, but just before I succeed, who comes up on the screen? ME! It was one of the TV ads I filmed about six weeks ago for the New State government. Heady stuff, I know. There are quite a few of them, and in this one I caught on air, I was at a bar, clapping my hands and heart off in an ovation for the band Failed Startup, who’s jazzing away entertaining the crowd. w00t! There’s no taking the wind out of my sails this week, men. What happened next was: glowing pride, prayers and love from mum, calls from old toasters (imagine), emails from peers and senior colleagues, IMs, newsletters, texts from mentors, Whatsapps, people swinging in my office asking for autographs. "Congratulations!" "You were on CNN this morning!" "I saw you last night on FOX News" "I was watching CNBC and saw your ad ..." "Did I just see you on TV" "Babe, you're famous in Canada!" ... Lol! What a trip. 

This wasn't even on my bucket list. Lol! Since being on national TV was not a goal for me, I can't claim any accomplishment. But it happened, and it was a mind blowing experience that I'm thrilled and thankful for. Bookmarking the Youtube clips (which are different from the versions adapted for TV) with this post.

Bottoms up, to youth while we have it!
Alowo ma jaiye

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Not a leap year

Closing out this eventful 28-day month of February on a pleasant note.
Who wouldn't? Wasn't it this February that I negotiated the two parking tickets on my windshield, from 50 to 13 bucks? lol!