“Facetime” Ari Lennox Remix with Durand Bernarr (2020)

So glad that Ari and Durand are both getting the recognition they deserve. They’ve been in the scene for a minute and I am glad that they are now getting the limelight. hard work truly pays off when it comes to something you’re so passionate about. Can’t believe it’s been months since my first actual performance to Ari Lennox Whipped Cream. would do it all over again, but much better haha. Durand is also such an amazing vocalist. been following him for years and so upset that he is now getting recognition. He dropped his EP a few days ago which I’ll be sharing soon. But first, FACETIME.

ChainofArts Etsy Shop Active

I’m back in LA from the Deep South! Whoo!
I’m so excited to reopen my shop now that I have returned home and can do the packages as needed.

Please feel free to check out my shop at @ChainofArts on Etsy.
25% sale at check out & free shipping included.
Will definitely be launching new items/ products once everything is ready.

Also will be releasing new vlog content on my site/ channel, stay tuned ya’ll!

much love,
x Lo

Chasing Trane (2016) Netflix Documentary

American jazz saxophonist and composer, John Coltrane, was at the forefront of jazz during the early bebop days. Coltrane grew up in the South during the Jim Crow of the Civil War Era. Growing up in a religious family, Coltrane was inspired by some members who were ministers– very much considering himself spiritual, which shaped his musicality and craft as a musician. Others in the film compared him to the likes of Albert Einstein as Coltrane was a deep thinker also inspired by other deep thinkers. Coltrane began his career performing alongside Miles Davis and his Quartet in his album Kind Of Blue . Coltrane than later produced his own Giant Steps. It was evident that through his performance he enjoyed creating and performing music that brought people together through spiritual consciousness.

Coltrane was gifted in the sense of being “innovative, thinking of what to do next”, grappling with “a sense of struggle and thinking through the next problem”. He performed with no ego, but only to show what was his reason of being there. Coltrane didn’t care what critics had to sway. If they like it, they like it. If they don’t, they don’t. Coltrane’s message was to be brave and no doubt himself in being authentic. He used the saxophone to speak through spiritually even if others didn’t necessarily understand it.

In Bill Clinton’s words in describing Coltrane he states, “any love for music and regard for the craft, you hear 3 or 4 notes, this man owns this horn, this music and at least when he is playing is the master of his soul”. Coltrane as a master of his craft, was never quite satisfied with his own work. Coltrane possessed an intensity in the tone of his sax, a wailing sound, that came from the soul. He was described as quiet, but spiritual in the sense that people would “part from him like the Red Sea”. Coltrane ultimately took jazz forward in experimenting with the music and pushing it to the limit, and it truly showed through his artistry. For all music fanatics and or even aspiring musicians, I would definitely recommend the Netflix film.

“Baby Powder” by Jenevieve (2020)

 ♪You’re making me so high now
You’re everything I’d ever want
You’re keeping me so dry now
You’re everything I’d never want uh
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Another artist to be on the look out for and who I’ve been digging lately — Jenevieve.
The song is taken from Anri Last Summer Whisper, different vibe but Jenevieve’s music video definitely adds a different kind of twist and cool to it.
Love the groovy vibe to this song, perfect for a sultry night/ rendezvous.
Hope ya’ll enjoy this bop!

(Click here to purchase Baby Powder on Amazon)

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017) Netflix Documentary

American record producer, A&R executive, music industry executive, and lawyer, Clive Davis, is one of today’s top driving music business’ mogul. The death of Davis’ parents propelled him to pursuit a career in law before becoming president of Colombia. After working with Colombia from 1967- 1973, he then founded and was head of Arista in 1975-2000. Unlike other A&Rs, Davis showed a great passion and genuine care for his artists. After Davis was kicked out of Arista for making too much money, he was brought back and later worked with J records. As Davis shares in the film, Davis loved the process of working and helping artists achieve “hit songs” and was driven by his love for music. While Davis faced with his issues of legal struggles, it was a certain level of fear that caused Davis to succeed in the business and making long lasting relationships with top music celebrities i.e. the great Whitney Houston. Another mogul, I’d love to meet in my own journey as an artist. 10/10 recommend.

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Photo of Clive Davis (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

David Foster: Off The Record (2019) Netflix Review

Grammy Award-winning composer and producer, David Foster, has had his share of struggle and success as one of today’s most successful musician. Foster first attempted his music career in his home state New York, where he found no real luck, success, or place to call home. Foster eventually left New York and found great potential for his music career in Los Angeles. A place he felt was more home to him than New York. In Los Angeles, he worked with music idols such as Whitney Houston in Bodyguard, Toni Braxton in “Unbreak My Hear” and “All By Myself” with Celine Dion to name a few. In his film, while music is clearly a driving force in Foster’s life, Foster shares that being a good human being was important in being a musician. Off the Record offers insight into Foster’s journey as today’s most popular and grammy awarding composer/ producer that is not often shared in the lime light. David has 16 Grammys from 47 nominations. Definitely one of my music idols I’d love to meet in this lifetime. Film is available on Netflix.

Vlog Diaries: Jones Bridge Park

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Visited an amazing family park not too long ago here in Johns Creek, Georgia.
It was very serene and scenic, with a lake that stretched distances away and families of ducks swimming in the water.
Great place to not only spend time with loved ones but also to take gorgeous pictures and footage.

Vlog Diaries: Vickery Creek Falls, Georgia

Visited an amazing site at Vickery Creek Falls in Roswell, Georgia.
The view was absolutely stunning and the hike was definitely a work out haha.
I only wish the footage did the view justice, but nonetheless thought it was worth filming!
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Sinatra: All or Nothing at All (2015) Netflix Review

(Click here to purchase Nothing But The Best on Amazon)

This one is for any Frank Sinatra lovers out there!
Ashamed to say that I only watched this film recently, but definitely glad I finally did.

The film is about Sinatra’s life journey as a young jewish boy in New Jersey trying to find his way as an aspiring singer in the 30’s during the Great Depression. Though his father was against his dreams of becoming singer, his father later got back on board and became the proudest father when he began singing in his own shows. He was a hard working minority who went from the typical narrative of rags to rich. Determined to become a successful singer, Sinatra sought to be the best performer in order to survive in the 30’s by working hard. Sinatra ultimately shaped professionalism in the 30’s during the Great Depression. Sinatra changed the way people saw Jewish Americans through his diction in song and style.

In the film, they share that Sinatra later used his platform of fame to help the poor jewish community, who identified himself growing up. I also admired that he was a white crooner who was overtly against racism and discrimination in the entertainment industry and stood up for black artists. He worked close with fellow black artist such as Sammy Davis. All in all, was such a great film and showcased Sinatra’s passion as an artist, singer, and human being. All or Nothing. Such a legend. 10/10 recommend.

(Click here to purchase Nothing But The Best on Amazon)

New Jewelry Idea: @ChainofArts Etsy Shop

Hi guys, I apologize for the lack of posting.. I am currently staying with my parents in the East and am trying to spend quality time with my family while I can. Of course, while I can’t help it, I am always thinking of new ideas & content to post on my blog and in the future, my new shop.

Lately, I have been thinking about switching up my jewelry on my shop and would like to start selling gold chain jewelry, mostly necklaces and later earrings. I would say this is for my younger female crowd (while my shop is open to any one) and would like to see your input and feedback on this idea. I am super excited as I find that gold chain jewelry is such a trend at the moment. It would more like very simplistic, minimalistic and elegant. I am thinking herringbone, double chain jewelry charms necklaces. I am totally open to new ideas and would love to hear if this is something ya’ll might be interested in 🙂

Also, I have been creating new content for my music and on my drone so I am also super stoked that share that with ya’ll as well. miss ya’ll!

much love,
xLo

Book Review: “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai


Finally finished the book and promised you a review on “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai! In short, the book is based on a true story about a young Pakistan girl who gets shot by the Taliban for her efforts in achieving higher education for children. The incident was a result of Malala’s resistance against the Taliban’s act of integrating Islamic, views, values and beliefs into the country’s system and publicly condemning anyone choosing to conform to western views instead. As a bright, intelligent, kind-hearted, wise, and talented young individual, I find a lot of Malala’s qualities and characteristics quite admirable. In the book, she speaks about both her fears and dreams that have propelled her to begin and continue on her journey in spite of the perils and danger caused by the Taliban. Her bravery and courage inspires me to remain hopeful and have faith for God’s purpose for my own journey, as I hope it will for those who also pick up the book as well. 10/10 recommend.

Click here to browse “I Am Malala” on Amazon.

TB: #TravelWithMe Norwegian Cruise Line

So the summer weather had me reminiscing and really had me missing my summer trips when COVID was far from sight and, then, nonexistent. I thought I’d throw it back & share with ya’ll my trip to the West Caribbeans 3 years ago, here on Chain of Arts especially since I don’t really do so. I just would like to add a disclaimer that: I do not, by any way shape or form, mean to brag about my trips, but to showcase my pure love and interest for videography. Vlogging, for me, is just more about putting video clips together, but serves as a creative outlet to showcase the diligence and ‘artistry’ you can say, that goes into a single creative project/ work piece.

In spite of contrary belief, Yes. Youtube is a lot of work, but if it’s something you love and feel good at.. then nothing is impossible. Enjoy.

For those interested, be sure to check out and subscribe to my Youtube Channel.
Your support would mean a lot and would go a long way.

much love x Lo

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