New Music: Original Lyrics

So as you may be following me on my musical journey, I like to experiment with my songwriting abilities.
I’ve been listening to some rap lately like Wu Tang, Tu Pac, Kanye, Nipsey, and today’s female rappers like Meg The Stallion and Saweetie who are climbing the rap game. And it’s inspired me to get back to the pen again. Though I do not consider myself a rapper, I enjoy the word play, lyricism, flow, metaphors, idioms, etc. As someone who liked poetry as a kid I guess it never really left me. And I encourage ya’ll to stick to whatever it is that brings you joy whether it is playing guitar, singing, crocheting, cooking, etc. because while not everyone will appreciate your work there is someone out there in the world who will. And chances are, if the love is real, you’re only going to get better.

Anyhow, I like to experiment and explore with my music in voice, sound, and writing. When it comes to rap lyrics, I notice that when I write I channel my anger and frustration.. it’s something I can’t really help and that comes natural to me.. So for the older crowd, excuse the raunchiness & Vulgarity haha, just felt it was appropriate for this particular beat. For the young’s (or whoever age) rock with it, follow me on my music account @_lo.anne where I post new covers and soon, originals!

much love x Lo

Instrumental:
Savage by Meg The Stallion ♪
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hK8vTDe6eM

♪ I grind for my shit, can’t none of y’all say that
them PH levels healthy, got my baby hairs laid back
baby daddy money run you but I’m grinding’ make my own stack
think ya’ll m*therfckin’ grown, you for reals can’t be that whack.

try so hard you a Gucci louie mismatch
copy my steeze like you wanna be me so bad
Michael Jackson swag got me moonwalking on the way back
from the bank with a band in my hand. fuck a cash app


I’m choosy, proody, b*tchy, moody
your boo? yea, he look like he really wanna do me
on the counter, on the bed after sushi
with a movie; cause you looney, don’t be goofy (yuh)

cruisin’ down 8th top down with the Camaro
keep with me in the moment/ doja cat/ why don’t you say so
Some ya’ll sleeping’ bout to miss on the rodeo
rappin’ like a poet didn’t even know it, had to say so

scholar & writer graduated socio
learned from the best her name Maya Angelou
why you hatin trick? still be talking all that shit tho
Mr. grinch; pardon me as i show you to the front door

I’m choosy, proody, b*tchy, moody
your boo? yea, he look like he really wanna do me
on the counter, on the bed after sushi
with a movie; cause you looney, don’t be goofy (yuh) ♪

Reached 1.3k Monthly Views on Pinterest

thank you so much for everyone who has visited my Pinterest account! Couldn’t be doing what I do without you guys.

Means so much that my stuff interests you all as I continue to share my passion and love for the music.

For those who are new, my Pinterest consists of pictures of legendaries artists who ruled: Pop, Country, Soul, Gospel, Funk, etc. and within those genres, I have divided them into eras. I chose pictures that would take the viewer back in time where the music brought people together, like a time capsule. I am pretty selective with my pictures as I hope they bring you back a real sense of nostalgia (even if you didn’t grow up in the era like myself lol). You can check out my Pinterest page here.

Again, much love & got new content on its way.

x Lo

Netflix Documentary: Homecoming (2019) Review

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so ya’ll might not be surprised about this one.. I mean, how can I run a music blog but not talk about Beyonce right?

As you can tell from the title, along with my other Netflix binges, I watched Homecoming not too long ago. For those of you not familiar, and I quote, “the film finds the artist getting candid about her journey to her historic Coachella set. Beyoncé’s headlining set at Coachella in 2018 was a master class in pop performance: an instantly iconic celebration of blackness, HBCUs and her own historic 22-year career” (Rollingstone.com). Now, I don’t think anyone can truly get tired of Beyonce. I mean she might not be a-so-called-“legend”, but she has paved a way for many artists in this generation and has done so in an iconic fashion. She is talented & very hard working.. and how can you give criticism to someone like that?

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But that is not to say (and im sorry to say & beehives don’t come for me– or do) that I exactly identify as a Beyonce Stan. Because quite frankly, at one point, I considered her quite overrated. I just didn’t exactly understand the hype of Beyonce throughout my high school years when her career was in her prime circa 2012-2014. While she is a great vocalist, I think the over-sexualization of her image kinda offsets me, which is sad to say because I do admire her as a vocalist. And to me, for the amount of fame and glory she got.. something was lacking and wasn’t hitting right in her music for me. I guess she didn’t exactly possess quite the same charisma & poise (& perhaps technicality?) that the late great Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey had/ have, which might be why they had to up sell her image? might sound odd, not entirely sure. Or maybe it was because I simply didn’t want to identify with the homogenous opinion & wanted to go against the grain? Is that what truly great artists force people to do? Idk what to think honestly. All I feel I can say is, coming from a musical stand point, Beyonce does not compare or even come close to these legends (regardless of how much fame & public praise she attains). This might upset a lot of Bees out there, but it’s only my personal opinion, though an unpopular one, that I’ve only had the courage to share.

But all tangents aside, the documentary was entertaining while informative, as it dips into the empowerment of the black culture– which I am entirely in for (I graduated with a b.a in sociology. so go figure.) while using Beyonce as the “face” or representation of black culture. But I do have to point out my observation, and call me a critic, in that while she does identify as African American, I don’t think she is entirely accurate representation or exactly the most epitomic figure of the movement only because (and wait for it) she is considered the lighter of African Americans. As we may all infer and I think it is fair & safe to say, much the same way colored people do than white, African American women of darker color do experience much more discrimination and injustice. While she may speak for African American, she cannot necessarily represent the very true population/ culture/ story of the black community; she would be, in a lack of better words, the privileged of the minority. I mean do we have to talk Destiny’s Child? Can we even relate her strive to stardom with the historical struggle of an entire oppressed generation of people? But I guess this is a discussion we might have to save that for another topic as I don’t want to delve into that here.

All in all, the film was not entirely a disappointment. I noticed how the film did refer to the Great Miss Nina Simone and her profound message of BLACK power– which you can read here. If you have been following my blog for quite some time now, you’d know that the very first post I made was dedicated to the High Priestess of Soul. I admire her for her intellect, genius, grit, & her musical gift. They also quoted W.E.B DuBois, a sociologist who coined the notion of “double consciousness” (I can go more into this on another post as well if interested). The film showcases what hard work (and a little bit of luck) can bring you all the while celebrating the beauty of black culture in all its glory. And who wouldn’t want to experience that?

Be sure to add Homecoming on watchlist, and let me know your thoughts below!

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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Aretha Franklin “What you See Is What you Sweat”

Ya’ll if this song doesn’t get you up & moving, stirring your soul.. oof! child!
I don’t know what will! So, so, so grateful to have grown up with such legendary artists to bless my soul & ears

He’s sweatin’, he’s got to conquer, he’s sweatin’ by the hour
He’s sweatin’, he’s got the taste, still sweatin’ on the flower
He’s sweatin’, he can’t stand it
He’s makin’ moves that’s how he planned it
He’s not satisfied with the best, he’ got to check out all the rest

Netflix Documentary: Amy (2015)

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Just finished another documentary, Amy (2015), and hadn’t realize how much of a true talent Amy Winehouse is. To provide some context, Winehouse is an English singer- songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues and jazz. Before watching the film, I had absolutely no idea that Winehouse was mostly influenced by jazz singers such as Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and Tony Bennett. It makes so much sense now. Her songwriting ability and vocal gift only has inspired my own creativity an artistry. (For those new to my site, I currently work at KJazz 88.1FM & am always excited when hearing about new jazz music). Anyhow, when I first heard Valerie by Amy Winehouse I fell instantly in love with her sound.

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To see how her life ended with such tragedy through the highs & lows of her career, battling alcohol & drug addition, was absolutely heartbreaking to me. The film showed the dangers of fame combined with pressures from the media and world watching you. It is not for the faint of heart. It does sadden me that her addictions weren’t taken as seriously as they should’ve and were overlooked by those who managed her career; and that those who did reach out to her couldn’t get to her. It also really shows how powerful music can be in transcending individuals from a dark place, giving light to those listening. However, I feel that Winehouse has blessed the globe with her talent and music, leaving her mark to inspire following generations.

I hate to give out all the details, and totally recommend ya’ll give the film a shot on Netflix.

5/11 Mariah Carey Performs Live At Rise Up New York

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Sorry I’m a bit late on this guys, but nonetheless thought this post was worthy to post and inform ya’ll about~

Such an amazing way to celebrate Mother’s Day, and of course, to provide relief for those needed in the midst of this pandemic.
What better gift than for me Mariah Carey to serenade us into a deep musical slumber or sending us on a magic carpet ride to the moon?

(And not to mention, she sang one of my favorite songs, and of course most commonly talked about here on my blog.. “Make It Happen”. Not only is it the musical composition, but the lyrics and message of the song. It just hits home in the right way for me.)

Anyway all jokes aside, 2020 Mariah has not lost her mojo in spite of what the media and public mock her of! She did some things in there that people can only wish they can honestly! Not only her voice, but her motive behind participating in this event brings me great joy. The Robin Hood Relief Benefit is a fund created due to the pandemic of COVID 19 to provide nonprofit organizations. 100% of donations will provide emergency support through food, housing, job security, and more. These times can be extremely rough for some, but these events that many musicians participate in give me massive hope for the future! What better gift than to share your love of music behind a purpose to serve the community and vulnerable?

Feel free to watch it below to find out for yourselves!

Oh, & happy belated Mother’s Day ya’ll & sending my prayers to those needed due to COVID-19.

EP Dropping Soon August/September 2020

Hi guys,

been working on some super important stuff lately, as I have been doing a little bit of soul-searching and reflecting.. and channeling that into my creative work, and my very first EP dropping this year. If you have followed me for a while, you probably have an idea of how serious I get when it comes to my art work.. it’s kind of a big deal, to me at least. And I don’t mean to say that in snobby way, but because I’m pretty sensitive about my art. My art is a reflection of who I am, how I feel.. what lives in my mind every waking day. Either it’s complete trash, or I truly truly believe in it. there’s no in between and I know any one who hears it can tell. Anyhow, I’m afraid of the outcome/ reaction my EP will have, but all I know is this work is what I am meant to do. And as someone who takes art seriously, Ima do it the right way this time.

Thanks for sticking around.

Much Love,

x Lo

My Vocal Journey

*Disclaimer: article way long over due, written weeks ago, but will post as promise to continue my update on my vocal journey with you.

Just took my third vocal lesson, feeling much more energized and confident in my vocal development. Learned several terms such as passaggio, lyrical soprano, the mask, etc. and only wished I had learned and accessed this plethora of knowledge much sooner. My vocal teacher is not only knowledgeable in his expertise but also just as encouraging throughout my vocal development, which for a sensitive soul like me, is just as crucial. Needless to say, while dreaming is important, so is constant application and practice. My past performances and moments such as these only fuel me to take a leap(s) of faith, believe in myself, and follow my calling of music and the arts..
Much, much more in store for you guys and I can’t wait to show you what my sleepless nights, daily struggles coupled with ambition and hunger has lead me to. If the moment isn’t now, it’s never..

Thanks for sticking with me,

x Lo

Update: My Music Site

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Hey ya’ll,

just droppin’ in to tell ya’ll to peep my new site. Been working really hard on it. Will be making some revisions on it lately as I book more gigs, make new music, covers, and participate in music events here in LA. Can’t wait to fill it with more videos and photos as I grow and pursuit my love for music & singing & the arts.. Got plans get more involved with the great music scene here in Los Angeles as I continue to grow as an artist. As you can see, I’m a super simple kind of gal, so what you see is what you get. Check out my artist site here at lorrainebautista.com! You will find more live performances in the near future, and more content as I find the right time and people to work with. Thank you so much for sticking with me. Can’t wait to see what is in store next for me, and for ya’ll to join me in this super exciting journey.

Much Love,

x Lo

2.20.19 Upcoming Bar & Lounge Performance

Just secured a spot for another bar performance. This time, I’m feeling a lot more physically, vocally, and mentally prepared. While perfection is something that all performers do strive for, as I admittedly do myself, I also am learning that it is about the connection an artist has with the audience. Performance is only another form of communication and for me, as an artist, I cherish that exchange since it is precisely what music entails. Nervous, but also — ready.

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2019 Christmas Benefit Concert Photos

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The 2019 Christmas Benefit Concert was quite a way to end the last year of the decade. While it happened two months ago, it feels as though it was only yesterday when I was invited by the concert host, Rory Seldon, to participate. To say the least, the concert was festive with the help of amazing musicians/ singers/ talents to spread the holidays cheers, lights to put us in the holiday spirit, and lastly, delicious food to bring us together at the dinner table.

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As I have mentioned before, I feel so incredibly blessed to have participated in such an important event with people who share the love of the holidays and of course, music. The concert included performances of both the band Rory Seldon with InnerSession and Aretha Franklin’s manager of 25 years, H.B. Barnum’s LIFE Choir. I feel blessed to be in the presence of such phenomenal talent, it amazes me how great music can bring together a room full of strangers. While I only consider myself a rookie next to such professional acts, I only feel inspired to improve and grow as a vocalist myself. For me the concert, was the catalyst I needed to believe in myself, have faith, and go for my dreams— a leap of faith, I should say.

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At the end of the concert, I had the chance of meeting Motown Singer Brenda Holloway, who also participated at the event and sounded so lovely. I had such an amazing time that the concert will remain an unforgettable memory of mine that I am so incredibly proud of and blessed for in the pursuits of my passion for music. I thought I’d share with you all pictures of the 2019 Christmas Benefit Concert that I will cherish for a long time, thank you again for sticking with me.

2.9.20 Local Bar Performance

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Had the opportunity to sing my heart out a bar in Los Angeles. I performed “Whipped Cream” by Ari Lennox, one of my favorites at the moment. The club was filled with good vibes and so many talented artists that night. Though I waited nearly three hours to finally perform with a little alcohol in my system and almost no water.. I did the best I can vocally in spite of all the nervous. I know this is only the beginning for me and can’t wait for what else God has in store for me. So cliche, but if you truly put your mind to something you’re passionate about.. God will make miracles for you. Feel free to check out a clip of my performance here and my singing instagram here.

Much Love,

x Lo

 

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8.29.19 My First Singing Audition In Los Angeles

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It was a Thursday night when I received an email at work regarding an application I submitted for a singer’s position for a well-established band. When I read his response in asking what times I was available to audition, I was filled with both excitement and anticipation, but also knowing that my decision of staying in LA was not entirely futile.. The band plays a variety of genres that perfectly suites my taste which is Soul, Funk, and R&B. Though, I did not exactly get the position I am so grateful to have mustered the courage to attend. The audition took place in a church located in North Long Beach.

He left me with sound advice, that only encouraged and uplifted my spirits. I am well aware of both my strengths and weaknesses as a vocalist that I am willing to take constructive criticism to create solid results. The band owner left me with advice that I know are fixable which all of that stems from my nervousnesses & lack of self-confidence.  He mentioned that he liked the tone of my voice and that it was unique and different from what he’s heard from with those who have auditioned. When we met, one of the first things he said was that he saw my instagram singing page and said I had a beautiful voice. At first I felt unsure of his genuinity, but as I felt the sincerity in his advice it only reaffirms how I feel about music and what I can bring through creating my own music.

He even went as far as maybe inviting me to a benefit concert he annually participates in where people of A/B listers like Aretha Franklin’s manger attends. He asked if that was something I was interested in participating in and if I would  like to maybe one day do a collaboration with him. I responded with so much excitement and told him I would love to as that is one of the reasons I decided to stay in LA while my family moved to Georgia. He proceeded to advise to me to keep on working and that he will have me come back for another audition. At that moment, I realized that God has been watching over me and I had angels guiding me throughout this journey. Living by yourself with nothing but a dream and passion, sometimes can be debilitating when you feel you have no direction. But this experience was only a reminder that there is much more in store for me, but also much more in me I know I have yet to show.

This is only the beginning.

Feel free to check out my singing IG page he referred to which you can find in my bio.