A Long Time Coming: Mariah Carey’s Memoir (2020)

Ya’ll know I had been talking (and so has everyone else) about Mariah Carey’s Memoir for a while now.
It’s truly a gift, heaven sent that it’s come out the time I need it the most.
Honest to God it’s almost surreal. Couldn’t have come out a better time.
Found so much comfort and reliability in Carey’s writing (in a time of doubt and uncertainty)
as a growing budding artist myself.
Already half way done, can’t wait to share with ya’ll all the gems I learned about.

Anyhow, must I say, dahling.. so glad to get my hands on this.
cop the drop, neeoow!

(Click here to purchase The Meaning of Mariah Carey on Amazon)

New Piece: Black Lives Matter on Acrylic & Water Paint

Got my creative juices flowing again and creating the art pieces I’ve wanted to create and speaks to me.
Been a minute since I’ve picked up the brush, but it feels good to be back at it.
Made with acrylic paint and water paint.
Only going to get better.
Look below for looks to purchase items.

Click here to check out my art page for more.

Click here to purchase Brush Set on Amazon.
Click here to purchase Palmer Acrylic Paint on Amazon.
Click here to purchase Reeves Water Paint on Amazon.

New Name: ChainofArts

Hi Ya’ll, just wanted to thank everyone for your feedback on my previous post on my changing my site name.

After some consideration, I’ve decided that Chain of Arts is more fitting for my work and business.

My new site url is now shopcoa.blog, where you can check out my art work and blog posts on music, art, and photography. Super stoked on the projects I’m working on. can’t wait to share it with ya’ll.

Thank you again everyone for your support!

much love x Lo

New Art Piece

Worked on a new piece that resonated with me and speaks to the social climate today.
Hope it resonates with you as well.
I also just started her book Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, and I will definitely keep you posted on it.
Please feel free to check out my other art work on art page as well.

As I had mentioned in my earlier posts.. I am considering to pursue freelance as an artist.
And based on your guys’ feedback, it seems like something ya’ll were interested in.
Ask and you shall receive.. I will be posting my artwork for sale very very soon.

Thank you for your support on my site ya’ll!

much love x Lo

“If I Could” by Regina Belle (1993)

If I could
I’d protect you
From the sadness
In your eyes
Give you courage
In a world
Of compromise
Yes, I would

Definitely reminiscent of the great Whitney Houston. Just discovered the great Regina Belle, from New Jersey. Her song “If I Could” was released in 1993 under Peak- Concord Jazz Label. Such a powerful vocalist and song.

“Belle was born in Englewood, New Jersey. It was at Englewood’s Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and then Paterson’s Friendship Baptist Church (presided over by Belle’s uncle, the Reverend Fred Belle), that Belle began attracting attention with her vocal abilities. She sang her first solo in church at the age of eight. She attended Dwight Morrow High School, where she studied trombonetuba and steel drums.[8] After graduation, Belle studied opera at the Manhattan School of Music. She attended Rutgers University and became the first female vocalist with the school’s jazz ensemble. Belle’s musical influences include Phyllis HymanBillie HolidayShirley CaesarPatti LaBelle, and Nancy Wilson.[9] She was introduced to the Manhattans by New York radio DJ Vaughn Harper and began working as their opening act. She recorded the duet “Where Did We Go Wrong” with the group on their Back to Basics album, which helped to attract the attention of Columbia Records. She recorded a second duet, “Maybe Tomorrow (Four Tops song)“, which appeared on the B-side of “Where Did We Go Wrong”. They eventually signed her to a record deal.” – Wikipedia

New Art Piece

New art piece on the site inspired by the social and political climate today.

I will be starting a new series on ‘art activism’ as I feel that is where my heart and purpose lay at the moment.

While in my heart I know I feel a tinge of regret in not participating in the protests here in Los Angeles, I also know that I can channel my support through what I love and that is through, art, reading, and writing.

Because it matters too.

feel free to check out more of my art work here.

much love x Lo

June Monthly Pick Up


Just purchased a few books at my local book store in Koreatown, Los Angeles not too long ago in June of last month.

Found some great finds related to music, photography, and law (for preparation as I have hopes of venturing into the legal field sometime in the far future, but will save that discussion for another time.)

I am currently catching up in my reading and have started a new insightful book The Gift by Lewis Hyde.
So far, it has helped me recognize the importance creativity & how to nurture it so that we can continue to grow ourselves as an artist and a person of society.
Will definitely touch base as I continue to read on & of course write a book review at the end once I am finished.

Anyhow, plenty has happened in the past few days that made only catapulted me to be making the real (long overdue) moves I should’ve been making years ago for my music career.
I have written a few pieces that I can’t wait to share with ya’ll & will be collaborated with other artists very soon in the near future. Can’t wait to keep ya’ll updated. Here’s to new beginnings.

much love x Lo

we did it: we hit 200

wow, what can I say..
it’s honestly been such a long time coming guys.

I literally gave birthed the idea of creating blog back in 2016. my love for the music, arts, vlogging, and writing led me here. that was four years ago! four years ago. (& counting of course) but sheesh! And she’s only growing! & just recently, very quickly!
I know I could have spent much more time only my blog all these years, but know that this blog has always always been on the back of my mind. I found it really difficult to make the time & be in the right creative space to produce for you guys (in the midst of school, working 3 jobs, and others problems, etc). but I am glad I am back on track. I am only finding my niche, sound, & style as an artist and am only continuing to develop over time. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.
I always put in the energy that I can when working on my blog. For those who are new, thank you for joining me on this journey. You are bound to find something on here that will pique your interest.

My blog/ site is like my baby and I’m only here to nature here & watch her grow!
For those who follow, leave a like/ comment, or simply visit.. Thank you! For those who have been with me since day 1, you guys are everything! I really don’t know where my blog would be if wasn’t for you guys!

There’s always much, much more coming on the arisen so, as always, stay tuned!

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new content on instagram

I am trying my very best to create in spite of this inexplainable slumber I am feeling during these times. It’s such an odd time, isn’t it? At least that’s how I feel, but as an artist, I also know this time is a gift for all creatives as this provides us an God given opportunity to spend more time into our artistry and craft. and no doubt I feel blessed & quite rejuvenated! This couldn’t have came along a better time in my life..

Anyhow, I just posted new content on my instagram which I encourage ya’ll to check out which you can find here. I know I’ll be creating much much more!  If ya’ll have any song requests, I would love to hear them! I have a whole list of songs I would like to cover but haven’t found quite the right inspiration and space to do it (which truly makes me sad). As I have already begun my songwriting process and have found so much joy in the creative process of my EP, alongside other musical pieces I have been working on here & there. Anyhow, hope ya’ll enjoy & thank’s for sticking with me!

My Vocal Journey & Progression

So as I promised, I would like to document my vocal progress, more frequently that is, with you guys here. I have gotten questions via my singing instagram account (which you should check out at the.hnl) that I thought I should address them here as well. If you are an aspiring singer yourself or simply would like to better your voice, there are so many ways you can go about doing so properly and safely. In following these tips you can maintain your voice by keeping your voice healthy & in shape. I thought I’d share the quickest ways (since I am always on the go) that I’ve discovered through taking lessons and researching the pool of knowledge we call the Internet. Just a disclaimer, by all means, am I no professional or certified vocal coach. However, I have done my research by other certified vocal teachers who have taught me these tools! And these methods have proved tried & true in my own vocal journey. For those who are interested, keep on reading!

Hydration 
This is a no brainer, but I always ensure that my vocals are hydrated before practicing or even singing for leisure. Singing with dry vocals can further damage your voice and lead to vocal problems in the long run.

Tea
Pretty much any tea could do, but I personally prefer green tea. Green tea and honey are much more soothing for your voice. Warm liquids is always better than having cold liquids.

Humming
I had no idea but humming is actually a way to massage your vocal chords without applying too much pressure. You can do this in public or even if you’re not the only person around without creating too much sound.

Warm Up’s/ Exercises
Trills
Tongue rolls
Siren sounds
Vocal fry
Inhaling through nose, exhaling through mouth in short breathes
-(as tongue is stretched out)

For Warm Up’s/Exercises, you can gain access to videos on Youtube which demonstrate in more details how to execute them.
Be careful, safe, and don’t do you anything you’re unsure as you are prone to vocal injury!

Much love in music,

x Lo

 

Life Update & In Preparation for Christmas Benefit Concert with Band

Thought I’d mention that this is a post long overdue, however, I would still like to post this anyway for the sake of documenting every waking moment, thought, emotion, and memory in the course of my journey… enjoy xo

The holidays are approaching and it still feels to me as if Fall has only begun. It is insane to know that almost 5 months have flown by since I have decided to live in LA by myself. Time truly flies when you choose to keep yourself productive. I have grown so much throughout the time and am only continuing to do so..
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to have experienced that opportunities I have had so far– including the highs and lows. It really has not been easy, but I only remind myself that there is so much ahead of me I have yet to experience. As I have mentioned in my earlier posts, this Christmas of 2019 I will be performing with a band for a great cause. This event is a Christmas Benefit Concert meaning all funds will go towards the bandleader’s nonprofit for kids with anger management issues so that the kids lead much healthier lives. I am currently in the works of preparing as it is only a couple weeks away, and it hasn’t been the easiest road. While I do have my self-doubts in my skills and abilities, I also know that I have God watching over me in great faith. I don’t do any of this for the attention as that was never my concern, but I do things for the greater good. And as long as I believe in the reasons why I make the decisions I make, I also no there could be no wrong. I want to thank everyone so far who has taken the time to visit, view, follow, or even comment on my stuff as it restores faith and hope in my purpose. I appreciate every kind word and thought as it truly means a lot to me. As I have said, this is only the beginning.

Musical Recommendations For You: Gospel Music

Been exploring a number of genres lately to broaden my musical palette, including Gospel– which I think may be essential for any aspiring vocalist.. Anyhow, thought I share some gems with you that I discovered on the great wonder called Youtube. True music for me reaches the soul and you can most definitely feel that with this music. Some gospel artists I’ve recently discovered and have been inspired by are Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Clark Sisters, Donnie McClurkin, etc. Been reevaluating and rekindling my relationship with God as of lately, and have found him through the greatness of gospel music. Videos below for inspiration.

Exciting News: December Vocal Performance

Excited to announce that I have a secured a spot to perform with a well established band in Los Angeles. I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have this opportunity. I will be joining a band in their Christmas concert performance, who is known to play classical soul, funk, R&B music. The concert will be taking place for a good cause, and I only feel honored to be a part of it.

The leader of the band and I have been in correspondence for a while as we have been meaning to collaborate on music for quite some time. The amazing part of having this opportunity is the fact that it is a Christmas benefit concert. All funds will go towards children with anger management issues to ensure they get the help they need to live happier lifestyles. As someone who aspires to build her own non profit herself, this is a great chance for me to learn from others who are doing the same thing. I am so lucky and blessed, it feels as though things are falling together for me to help me accomplish my long-term goals. There will also be A/B/C listers at the concert who are regular guests for the bands’ appearances. Aretha Franklin’s manager will be there along with many others alike, retired football players and others flying in from other states like Georgia to name a few. It’s going to be a huge event, and I can not be any more excited. This is a chance for to gain some exposure as an artist while also experience performing live in front of a huge audience of about 200-300 people. We will be performing Christmas and holiday songs that will appeal to everybody and who will find a liking to.

As a sneak peak, I thought I’d  include a snippet of me performing for rehearsals and recorded by the band leader himself. Quite honestly, there is no other place that feels like home than to be on a stage, holding a microphone, and pouring my soul out in the form of notes and melodies. While I can appreciate my performance (and I hope you do too) I am a perfectionist and so, it makes me so uncomfortable to hear my mistakes in the video. However, as an aspiring vocalist, I am learning every day to become a better artist. As I’ve always lived by, mastery takes humility and this is only the beginning. Anyhow, hope you enjoy.

I suggest you put your volume up since it is a bit low in the video!

 

New Netflix Series: Rhythm & Flow

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Netflix just released a new series called Rhythm & Flow, and it’s fire. The show entails stars Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, and T.I. on the hunt for the next rap star. They visit the four biggest cities which resides the hub of music: Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The winner gets $250,000 cash prize alongside a feature with big name rappers. It’s an all or nothing deal. Let me tell ya’ll somethin’, there was some damn talented rappers out there. You can tell simply by their presentation and delivery, who was serious about winning, and who wasn’t. By their cadence, style, flow, lyricism, and their overall energy who was the real deal. Also who has been in the game the longest! My top favorites are definitely: D Smoke, London B, Flawless, and Rae Kahlil (who I personally think was robbed in this show which you’ll have to watch to find out!). You can tell that they have put some much time, effort, and love in their craft that its so admirable. I think the rap battles is where their artistry and confidence as an artist truly shows. Despite of doubt and tribulation, they did that. It only encourages me to work at my game and to be patient with myself. Because I think all it takes is a little skill, perseverance, faith, and hard work ethic. Those who are natural stars will simply shine brighter period. But it’s up to the people to see it and decide for themselves.

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Overall, all that aside, I am a bit skeptical about the judges and the way they have approached the show in terms of their judgments. In my opinion, I think there is possibly a better match team of judges who I think can offer more valuable insight into the art of rapping (though the judges did drop some words of wisdom). Idols, in my opinions, with much higher credibility. In my opinion, there should be legends and more main star appearances of OG rappers like Snoop Dog or even ice cube. I think this will give more overall value to the show. To me, the current judges are simply the face of modern rap music (while Cardi B and Chance the Rapper have somewhat generated a household name for themselves, they haven’t left a legacy that give them the credibility to critique other artists’ work). So it only leaves me under the impression that the show is more a matter of entertainment than the true art of rap (much like how singing competitions like American Idol and The Voice turned out). But any who, who wants to hear about semantics, right?

If ya’ll want to keep up with the culture, I definitely recommend the watch. Certainly not a waste of time if you a fan of the arts yourself. Can also read more about the show here.