Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I also have a little bit of a cold :(
So I decided to cheer myself up by looking for a Breanda Fassie song on YouTube... I did!!! And it was one of my all time favourites. The songs actually has me dancing in my PJ's with a cup of Green tea in my hand.
Brenda Fassie - Weekend special
Makes you feel good doesn't it?
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I guess I have a hard time dealing with days where the creativity is not as it should be :( But right now I'm 'SO' in the zone it's not funny- LOVING IT!!!
I'm loving my iPod so much right now. It's the best birthday gift EVER!!! Marcee and Junior deserve a Porsche each LOL!! Tomorrow I'm going to load Talib Kweli's 'Eardrum'.... Yes, I know I'm late, but at least I finally got it. Now I can listen to 'Oh my stars' (debut that track on my old Saturday show-aaaah the good times!) all day long. That should give John Mayer a little rest.
I prefer the other cover, but this one will do :)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Kanye West - Through the wire
College Dropout saw me through some really good and bad times. My girl Stevie knows what I'm talking about.
Okay I wasn't going to add another one, but oh goodness Varisty (no bills, no grocery list etc) seems like such a long time ago. And we used to LOVE 'Slow Jamz'.
Twista, Kanye and Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz
I obviously wasn't paying attention the ONLY time I ever saw this video, because I just saw the FINE-ness that is Common in this video and I also saw Mr John LMAO.
'Jesus walks' gave me goosebumps the first time I heard it. GOTTA LOVE it!!
That's it :)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
- Met up with producer C.B and we now officially have 4 concept tracks and I'm working my ample behind to get it all sounding GREAT! The Teacup song now has lyrics- I like them and so does producer guy.
- Marcee and I had the most AMAZING weekend. On Friday she went and got her 'hur did' and now she look SUPER-fantabulous. Had drinks with a friend at Balduccis at the V&A Waterfront. Marcee had the BESTEST lamb burger there. She couldn't stop raving about it. I had a Salmon and Asparagus salad (I did say I was gonna try new things), it wasn't too bad. We went shopping at *Canal Walk on Saturday and Marcee went CRAZEEE: New sneakers/takkies, new boots (They are KILLER), sunglasses, yoga mat and socks. Got home really late and then I made Lamb stew- yummy!
- The reason for yoga mats, takkies/sneakers (and socks) is because we've started a very fun exercise routine: TaeBo (we've had the DVD for about a year and never really used it), skipping, power walks on the promenade and GOOD HEALTHY food. Wish us luck! We've been doing it for a week now. YAY!!!
- Watched 'In her shoes' and 'Before the devil knows you're dead' and enjoyed them both, surprisingly. I saw Ethan Hawke in a new light.
- Today I listened to Stephen Marley's 'Mind Control'. It still sounds as good as it did when I first bought it 4 months ago. I should put it back in my car :)
- I found a photographer who is willing to do the photos for my sleeve, let's hope I look SMOKIN' LOL!!!
That's all I can think of, but it's been a pretty good week and I'm feeling good.
*I drove to Canal Walk for the first time this weekend and I'm A VERY NERVOUS driver, but I didn't freak out at all. I didn't even know how to get back to CT from there and we left AFTER the sun had gone down. I am so PROUD of myself.
EDITED TO ADD:
How can I forget that I had tea with my buddy Bridget. It was fun to get out during the week. She inspired me to keep my writing my 'labour of love' (first novel). I LOVE having creative people in my life. It makes me feel sane.
Maybe I should ask for tickets as well. Since Marcee and I are planning a trip to New York in December, maybe he can hook us up with tickets to a show then ha ha ha ha. Perez, lucky fish LOL!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Changing my schedule did kind of mess me up a little, but it was well worth it. I mean i woke up this morning at 10 am (after leaving work at 3am) and got straight to the stuff that matter to me the most: MUSIC. I was working on the second song and I'm meeting up with producer-guy C.B.
Marcee (the very capable and beautiful manager) and I had to re-work our timeline and move the release date (AGAIN). mainly because we lost so much time and because of our financial constraints. Releasing this EP independently is a challenge that I took on willingly and it has made me a stronger person for it. I have also learnt a lot about the process, so when I do finally put out a full album, things will go a little quicker. I think it's also taking so long because I insist on being involved in everything that I put out creatively.
It's so weird because when I finally took ownership of my destiny (making music) I felt so helpless, because I didn't know where to start. I had many interesting experiences and I even worked on a demo. The purpose of that demo was to find my voice and once I did things got easier, because I knew what I preferred.
I changed producers and REALLY started writing songs and then I had to come up with the money to put this project together. So far so good. The fact that I'm getting less money now (change of show at work) is not so GREAT because I have had to move the date, so that we can achieve everything we set out to achieve. I'm not complaining though, because with less money came more time. I'm grateful for that because I have ALLOWED myself to live creatively.
I am grateful for this whole journey and most especially I'm thankful for all the people it has attracted into my life.
Geez, this was supposed to be a short update and it turned into an essay. I'm off to have supper now.
HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!!!!
I think I might like my early morning show more than the one I did before- it's so much fun and get to speak about the local music scene with local musicians.
Pic from their MySpace page (by Warren van Rensburg)
She's looking good on that cover too :)
I have no problems with giving props where they are due, especially when it's such authentic and talented people. GO ESTELLE GO ESTELLE!!! Big tings are gwan! MASSIVE (Clearly listening to the reggae show on Radio 2000 is affecting me LOL)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
This whole Anime thing is fascinating because they are both so totally engrossed with this Claymore. Marcee asks Junior to pause everytime she has to go to the kitchen. I actually never thought that SHE would be this engrossed in it. I mean, this the same person who wont let me watch Doodlebops on the weekends.
Okay, okay. Maybe I'm pushing it with Doodlebops LOL!! So, do any of you enjoy Anime/Manga? If so, can you recommend one that has NO 'demons' in it? Or perhaps something a little less dramatic?
I found the image on wikipedia, this is the main character Clare, who from the sounds of the people i live with has undergone some MAJOR transformation. Marcee is in complete disbelief LOL!! This is funny!
PS- Now Marcee and Junior want to learn Japanese... Anime is going to change our lives :)
Today Marcee and I had a very pertinent moment. She was feeling icky about her job and I was sick a dog, so I asked her to come home (during her lunch hour) and I would make her lunch. I've known this chica for a long time and I've seen her go though some pretty tough stuff. Through the 'roughness' she didn't complain or whine, she just kept going and that's what I admire about her. So seeing as how naff her job was making her feel, I made her an offer.
We both made a pact to chase THE JOY/HAPPINESS and everything else (including the millions) would follow. There has been way too much tension and pressure in this little flat of ours, so we are just going to WORK HARD AT CHASING HAPPINESS.
So what does this have to do with 'Young Yeezy'? Uhmm, you know I love visiting his blog and there was a post there that made me go AAAAAAWWWW!!! He spoke about something very similar to what Marcee and I spoke about today. It's always great to know that there is someone else in another part of the world going to something similar.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
So the CTIJF (Cape Town International Jazz festival) was so much fun. I was broadcasting from the Rosies stage and I was simply blown away by all the talented musicians that had come together for this festival. I got to interview the following musicians (very briefly):
Darius Brubeck. The man has the softest hands in the world. He shook my hand after our interview and I was thinking 'what soft hands you have Darius Brubeck'. Now you know what goes on in my mind. Even at the most important times, my mind wanders onto things that have no relevance at all. LOL!!!
Javon Jackson- he played with Jimmy Cobb (Legendary drummer-WOW). He was so sweet and so humble. I really enjoyed talking to him.
Concord Nkabinde. My interview with him was by far the most entertaining and laid back. He is a fellow Sowetan and he put ME at ease right away. Usually the interviewer is supposed to put the inetrviewee at ease SMH. He is so confident as a musician and a very pleasant person as well. he is also one of those musicians who believes in sharing the gift of music with young people- HOW CAN I NOT BE A FAN? Did I mention that he also hails from Soweto?
Ewout Pierreux, who is part of the Tutu Puoane quartet. Tutu truly is amazing, she was performing at the Molelekwa stage and people were LOVING her. I didn't get to see her because I was working from the Rosies stage, but Marcee tells me that she was WONDERFUL!!! Below is a pic of the dynamic sistah Tutu:
I also spoke to the deputy mayor of Cape Town, but I don't think you want to see his face, so i will spare you. He had only good things to say about the city of Cape Town.
Fun was had by all and we wrapped up the festival on Sunday on Eric Alan's show. Aaaah fun times :)
That is my late, short and sweet CTIJF update folks. Can't wait for next year, maybe they would like to consider me as a performer LOL!! Okay, maybe we should give it 2 more years. You know how excited I get sometimes. It truly was inspiring experience.