Everybody wants it, but nobody wants to work for it…
Everybody wants it, but nobody wants to work for it…
So I don’t normally do this because I like to keep my musical pieces of heaven to myself so take note while you can. I pride myself for getting into artist people haven’t over hyped and in some cases, people don’t know. So let’s get this list going.
I wanna start you all of easy. Stacy is a singer-songwriter from the BK. She’s written for Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland, and Brandy to name a few. 2011 saw Stacy step out in her own genius as she released her first EP “Sincerely Yours, Stacy Barthe”. She has since released three EPs for a total of four so far. I found out about her via music blogs
Favorite Song: Comfy Little Coffin
Honorable Mention: Drink My Pain Away
Christian “JMSN” Berishaj is a singer-songwriter and producer from Eastpointe, Michigan. JMSN made his debut in 2012 with his album “Priscilla”. He has since released an EP. I fouind him via the Vh1 show Single Ladies
Favorite Song: Love and Pain
Honorable Mention: Alone
Sampha Sisay is an electronic singer-songwriter and producer from South London. Most of you will reconize his name from his feature in Drake’s song “Too Much”, which samples Sampha’s song of the same name. Sampha has also worked with Jessie Ware, and Solange knowles. Sampha made his debut in 2010 with his EP “Sundanza”. He has since then released a single and an EP. I found him through Jessie Ware’s song “Valentine”.
Favorite Song: Without
Honorable Mention: Beneath The Tree
Jessica Lois “Jessie” Ware is a singer-songwriter from South London. Jessie has worked with people like SBTRKT, Sampha, and Disclosure. Jessie made her debut in 2012 with her album “Devotion” and has since gone on to release another album as well as collaborative records with other artist. I found Jessie through a Pentatonix cover.
Favorite Song: Devotion
Honorable Mention: Valentine ft. Sampha
Marcell “XXYYXX” Everett is an electronic musician and producer from Orlando, Florida. He is more known within the indie music scene. If you’re into more instrumental music and artist like James Blake and The Weeknd, I think you’ll get into him. XXYYXX made his debut in 2012 with his self-titled album “XXYYXX” and has since released 2 more albums, 2 singles, and 3 EPs. Tumblr brought me to XXYYXX
Favorite Song: Never Leave
Honorable Mention: About You
I don’t know much about Sango nor can I found a lot about him. Sango is a electronic musian and producer from Seattle, Washington. Like XXYYXX, he makes more instrumental music but does feature vocals when needed. I found Sango via Soundcloud.
Favorite Song: Hold You
Honorable Mention: Middle of Things, Beautiful Wife Ft. SPZRKT
Knxwledge A.K.A. Knx. is a hip hop instrumental musician and producer located in Los Angeles. Like the previous artist, he makes instrumental music which features samples of songs you may know. Knx made his debut in 2009 with “3p” and has since gone on to create more great music. Something I found interesting about him is that he releases his music via tapes (however you can still buy it digitally). I found him via Sango radio on Spotify.
Favorite Song: I’m not gonna do a song. Here’s the whole A side of his tape “Anthology”
Honorable Mention: The B side
I can’t find much about ATU be so on we go. ATU is an instrumental musician and producer from Detroit. ATU made his Debut in 2013 with his album “Pictures on Silence”. I found him via Sango radio on Spotify.
Favorite Song: Can do It
Honorable Mention: The Duo FT. Sango
Inc. is made up of brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged. They are electronic/hiphop artist and producers from Los Angeles. The brothers made their debut as Teen Inc. in 2010 with their single “7”. They later dropped the Teen and went on to release an EP and an album. Inc is another artist I found via spotify radio.
Favroite Song: 5 Days
Honorable Mention: The Place
James Blake is an electronic music singer-songwriter and producer from London. He debuted in 2009 with his single “Air & lack thereof” and has since gone on to release 5 EPs and 2 albums. I found James via Spotify radio (Seeing a pattern here?)
Favorite Song: Retrograde
Honorable Mention: Life Round Here
Tahliah “FKA Twigs” Barnett is a trip hop musician and dancer from Gloucestershire. Tahliah earned the name Twigs from her days as a dancer due to the way her joints crack. FKA stands for Formerly Known As since another artist by the name of twigs complained about here. FKA Twigs made her debut in 2012 with her EP “EP1” and has since released another EP, and is about to release her first album. I found FKA Twigs via… you guessed it, Spotify radio.
Favorite Song: (This was a hard choice to make for me) Ultraviolvent
Honorable Mention: Papi Pacify
Other Artist not on this list you should look at:
Kelela- Bank Head
Little Dragon- Twice
Mayor Hawthorne- Crime
Nylo- Fool Me Once
Ari Lennox- Bound (NEW FAVORITE)
Kyree Harris- In My Head (Just saying, it’s my favorite)
I wish I could find a place where I didn’t feel so alone. One day I will escape…
I’m back… kind of haha. Since I’m sort of on a social media break, I’ve decided to use this platform to document certain things I experience while “away”. This post is going to be about my time with Oil pulling.
Some of you are probably wondering what the hell is Oil Pulling? Well according to fashionista, “Oil pulling, also known as ‘kavala’ or ‘gundusha,’ is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes”. Pretty much, you take olive, or most commonly coconut, oil and swish it in your mouth for 15 – 20 minutes a day. Some people do this instead of brushing with toothpaste and some still brush with the oil pulling.
Some benefits of oil pulling are whiter teeth, reduction in plaque and gingivitis, as well as a reduction in harmful bacteria in your mouth.I also read somewhere that a women’s husband, who had been developing small cavities, switched to oil pulling and saw a good decline in pain and the cavity itself.
So that’s your facts; now on to the reason for the post, which is me. I have dental and health insurance however like any college student can vouch for, I can not afford to go to a dentist. I have noticed in the last three weeks that I have some small sharp pain in my back molars on the top set of my top (One on each side). The most pain has been coming from the right side but the left has its share as well. I also wouldn’t mind having whiter teeth (I mean I have always wanted to bleach so why not try a natural way first).My goal is to try this for a week and post how everything goes along the way. NOTE: All 7 days will be in this one post, so be prepared to read more (than you already have).
DAY 1: So it is Saturday, July 19th, 2014. I decided to mix brushing and oil pulling for the week. I il pulled first, by the way I am using coconut oil for the pulling. I was only able to keep the oil in my mouth for about 4 minutes roughly which is 11 minutes minimum that I missed. This could of course mess up the progress in the long run but we will see when we get there. While swishing the oil in my mouth, I tried to focus it mostly on my right side being that that side is the one giving the most problems. I did however put a little focus on the left side since it also likes to fight back. Following the oil pulling, I brushed my teeth. I use Colgate Complete toothpaste. I think brush helps get whatever the oil missed which in my case is a lot since I did not swish the oil for the recommended amount of time today. I can say though for day one, after eating, I did notice a chance in how my teeth felt (to my tongue lol) and I did not feel any pain when I chewed food on my right side (Which is usually when the sharp pains happen).
Day 2: It is Sunday, July 20th, 2014. Since I couldn’t do the full 15 minutes yesterday, I decided to come up with a playlist that lasted at least 15 minutes to help me keep track of time and keep going. My playlist was 15 minutes and 53 seconds long. The playlist consist of I Got A Boy by Girl’s Generation, Female President by Girl’s Day, Whatcha Doin Today by 4minute, Wild by Nine Muses, and She Did That by Tamar Braxton (In that order). 25 seconds into She Did That was 15 minutes exactly. All these songs are up beat and help me keep going the full 15. A problem I experienced today was swallowing. I at times i found myself swallowing a bit of the oil saliva mix in my mouth (I think I swallowed a bit once every song). I tried to fix this by face the ground so that less of the oil was near my throat and it helped some with preventing me from swallowing it but not completely. OF course following the 15 minutes, I brushed my teeth. Between the oil and the tooth paste, my mouth feels as if Mr Clean climbed in himself and cleaned it. Now to live! Catch ya later!
Day 3: It is Monday, July 21st,2014. I used the same playlist to do my oil pulling. Like before, I had problems with swallowing the oil but not as much as yesterday. Brushed my teeth after. My teeth after just three days feels so clean. It makes me wonder if it’s really working or if I’m just doing a better job at up keep of my teeth. haha
Day 4: It is Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014. I am up early for no reason and my stomach wants to kill me so I oil pull before I eat anything. Using the same playlist, today I oil pulled while laying down browsing Instagram. I only swallowed the oil twice today (A little while it was dissolving and a little before I laid down). To help prevent swallowing, I took long deep breathes as a swished the oil around. It actually help. I waited til I showered to brush my teeth but none the less it still happened.
Day 5: It is Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014. I am up early once again but this time I have a reason; work. I had to be at work at 7:30 am and I wanted to maximize all possible sleep time. To do this I go up at 6:30 am and decided to use my oil pulling playlist as a time keeper not only for the oil but also for myself. I oil pulled while showering, getting dress, and that sort of stuff. I swallowed about 2 times but that’s it. Of course I brush my teeth following the oil pull.
Day 6: It is Thursday, July 24th, 2014. Once gain, I am up early for work. This time I got up at 9:00 am for my 10 am shift. Like yesterday, I oil pulled while showering. I finished showering before I was done oil pulling so I just got on instagram until I was done. I feel like the deep breathing and distracting myself while I swish the coconut oil helps me not swallow it as much. Brushed my teeth and made my way on to work.
Day 7: It is Friday, July 25th, 2014. I have been up since 5 am (went to sleep at 3 am). I am packing to move out but that’s besides the point. I oil pulled while showering once more but was out of the shower before my time was up so I just watched TV til I was done (Since stuff was all over my bed from packing). So yup that’s that
So for my first full week of oil pulling I would say that it has done its wonders but like any change to our body, the natural way takes time. I will say that even after only a week, my teeth do feel cleaner and fresher over all. I will continue to oil pull but I am contemplating if I want to try it without brushing my teeth after. Maybe they’ll be another post. Who knows what’ll happen. Thanks for reading :-)
“I try to be sugar and spice… but I’m melancholy and can’t do anything right…”
I’m wondering in a forest
I see the trees around me flourish
But I have not grown
I’ve always known
The truth was a lie
Time always flies by
But I have not grown
I’ve been disowned
I’m wondering in a forest
But all the trees are taken
Disowned like some foreign tourist
My whole world is shaken
All those fantasies
they fed us as children
were not our realities
the truth was hidden
I’m wondering in a forest
I found my tree
I’m wondering in a forest
won’t somebody find me…
A nice, homey place, you’re sitting with your family on the second floor of a restaurant owned by the very talented Queen Latifah. People are all around you enjoying the wonderful. The lights are dim, the walls are wood, the tables are wood, and the woods are dark; the medievil tone is set. The food is wonderful! Big turkeys, mashed potatoes, and collard greens. The screams of table numbers, “AP!” “MW!” “CD!”. It’s a pack night; everyone is there, even the stairway to the exit is packed. You and your family start making your way to the exit. You, a kid, decide to go straight to the exit to wait since you’re not paying. As you look around you notice that your entire family is doing the same as you. EVERYONE IS SKIPPING OUT ON THE MEAL! “WHO IS TABLE CD AND DID THEY PAY YET?!?!?”, yelled Queen Latifah. With no hesitation you and your family reply “Yeah.”, knowing that none of you have paid. In fear, you jump in the crowd hoping to get to the bottom of the stairs and out of the build but the crowd’s not moving so you hop out.
With much need of escape, you find another stair cause and decide it to maybe be a form of escape. “Could this be where the bathrooms are?”, You think to yourself. There you were, in the basement. Cold, wet, damp, and dark concrete stone basement. Every was dimly lit by a few fire lit torches and one big controlled fire by the stairs. Two more guys followed me down, big black guys about 6ft tall, big around the waist and everything else, with a mocha complexion to their skin, bright colored striped polo shirts, jeans, kicks, and a low fade. “Could they be doing the same as I?” There was no time to figure it out so you quickly find the men’s bathroom and enter alone. Different from the main basement, the bathroom seemed to have fluorescent lighting, giving the room a bright feel and the room itself was much more warm compared to the rest of the basement. You look over and see the window. Hoping to escape through it, you run over to the window and open it only to find that what should be the basement is about three stories high off the ground in the back so you close the window. “There has to be another way out!”, you think to yourself. In an attempt to find some other way, you leave the bathroom and explore the rest of the basement. You eventually find yourself in a dim stone room that connects to two different torch lit hallways. In the first you notice the two guys from before walking down that hallway but in the second you notice no one is in it. You start to ask to yourself “I wonder where these hallways lead? Could one of them be a one to the actually bottom floor and back door of this place? If so, which one would I take? Maybe I should just follow them.” Then you notice down the very same hallway the two guys took, a girl and her little sister are poking their head out of what looks like a stone vent. They seem to be crawling in the vents! The girl suddenly notices that you see her and pulls her sister back into the vent to find their escape. “The vents? But how are they using those to escape; wouldn’t they just somehow end up back on the main floor?”, You say to yourself. Maybe you were right but you would never know because it was too late.
ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOSS. Queen Latifah has been using this dungeon to hold prison to the most murderous, evil, ugly monsters know to man; and know they were being set free! They were green, they were blue, they were black, they were caucasian, boys, girls, lizards, lions, full of scales, fully clothed, big noses, no noses, distorted eyes, one eye, fish, and just so much more. They were coming from every where, flooding the room like Katrina flooded New Orleans, looking to kills something for food and some for fun. You, not knowing what to do, decide it to be smart to hide behind the big, heavy, dark wooden door to the room thinking that no of the creates would see you or be smart enough to find you back there. YOU WERE WRONG. He was blue-greenish, had a fish head, two arms, two legs, extremely sharp teeth, cloth around his waist, a harness strap from his shoulder to his waist, and he found you first. Using your mind, you create a weapon. A “Hand” gun. You fold in your ring and pinky finger, point you middle and point finger out and close the together, and you leave your them straight up to put your hand in the shape of a gun. Then dropping your them down to your point finger you shoot the creature only to lift your thumb so you can shoot again if needed. It was very needed for now the other creatures had noticed you. So you repeated the gesture over and over again but there were too many for you to hold off with your hand gun; you need something stronger, something like a force field. So using your mind, you say out loud with your eyes closed “I ask for a force field to protect me.” POOF! A force field appears and you’re protected but that is not enough for you. “There’s too many of them and they might break through this shield. I need to kill them off somehow.” DING DING DING, you got it! “I ask that this force field reflects the attack of the monsters and kills them when they attack it.” you say out loud, eyes closed. You then open you eyes only to see that your wish didn’t come true. The monsters were trying to break the shield with attacked but none were dying. In an attempt to use magic you know you don’t have, you lift your hand up like Piper of Charmed would to freeze someone and you think in your mind about the shield reflecting their attacks back to them and killing them on the spot. Putting your hands down, nothing happens. It all looks the same. Until a zombie monster throws a fire ball at your shield and it hits the shield, then flies back to kill him instead. It worked! Monsters were dying left and right, well all except for one. She was a little girl. caucasian face, blond hair, brown eyes, very small nose, wrinkled and crinkled hands, long nails, a pink sweater, and a long grey, slimy tail. She was a snail monster girl thing and she was beating on the force field trying to figure out why it wouldn’t break. It seemed the force field only reflects attacks of magic or weapon nature, not hand attacks. With no luck of breaking she looks past you to your right and points at the force field with a face of panic. You look over and find Queen Latifah stand right there, next to the field, close enough to be a part of the force field. With out much thought, she smiles, closes her eyes, puts her point and middle finger of both hands to the corresponding temple and kills your shield. IT’S ALL OVER FOR YOU! The monsters are lifting you up and carrying you away with Queen Latifah in the front leading the way. They’re going throw you in the big fire by the stairs. You’re panicking because you’re gonna die and you know it. Then you remember something you decided while in the force field, “If I get caught, I could always tell them who didn’t pay for table CD. That may be me being a rat but it also may save my life.” At that instance you yell to Latifah, “Please let me go! If you let me go I will tell you who didn’t pay for table CD.” “Oh really?”, she replies. “Yes!”, you say with much panic.
Then in a snap everything is going backwards. The monsters are carrying you back down to the room, Queen Latifah puts your force field back up, the monsters the field killed come back, you field disappears and the fish monster comes back, the monsters disappear and the two guys you say earlier in the night are in the first hallway while the girl and her sister’s heads are poked out of the vents. Then you find yourself propelling towards the stairs at home and flipping forward until everything freezes for two seconds and you’re stand on your two feet fine. Then you start falling and flipping backwards, your head hits the ground and you see little white balls with red vines and blue eyes; you’re losing your eyes. You see a hot pink tongue fly out to touch the salmon pink carpeted stairs. Then you flip back in your room and up into your bed…
Then I wake up. It was all a dream. I wonder what I have just gone through, and how I somehow took control of my dream and gave myself powers that I know very well I did not have before. It was all a dream… all a dream.
No matter how much I try, I can never be good enough. I wasn’t good enough in High School and even in college it continues. I’ve always asked myself if it was really meant for me to do this and I honestly think that maybe it wasn’t. How could I just not be good enough? The answer is simple; it’s because I’m not meant to do it. No matter how much I want it; no matter how much blood, sweat, and tears I put into trying to get it; no matter how much my heart hurts… I’m not good enough because it’s not meant for me. I wish I could just cry, maybe then I’d feel better then I do now. I wish I didn’t have exams tomorrow because I wish to see no one at the current moment. I’ve signed out of facebook, out of twitter, my phone is turned off. I kinda just wanna give up on it all. School, my dreams, LIFE IN GENERAL! I just don’t know if I can do this anymore. How many times must one fall until they just don’t get up again?