For those who don’t know (and those who are new) welcome to highsnlows.
As you know, I am an aspiring singer/ songwriter and artist whose goal is share her love for music and to continue celebrating the greats here on highsnlows. And so, every time I come across a good song or a song that brings back memories or simply one that I think my viewers/ audience will like, I am always inclined to share it with you guys as I’m always thinking of ya’ll!
Today’s pick is the great Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind”. It’s so soulful and a reminder of what a simple tune, simple lyrics, and an amazing voice can make one feel. Not to mention, my second home is Georgia where my family resides haha. Anyhow, hope this song hits home for you as it has for me.
As you may be aware, I have been working steadily on my Pinterest account which is pretty much an extension of my blog highsnlows. For those who have visited from here, I just wanted to thank ya’ll for the growing views! On a personal note, it feels to good to have my work appreciated and seen, even if it’s just a view or click. On my Pinterest, I share my love for music through vintage pictures of all kinds artists including the legend & the greats, of whom might be your favorite as well. Please check out my account here at @lorrainebau. Hope it brings you some level of joy in your day.
Secondly, as I had announced yearly (this will be my second announcement excuse the excitement haha), I have officially launched my new Etsy shop @ChainofArts, where I will be sharing my love for jewelry making and visual arts. I spend a lot of time creating stuff that are special to me and hope to share further in the community in the future. If you have a chance, please head over to my shop and see if there might be anything you would like to gift for yourself or your loved ones. You will also see the link to my Etsy shop on my Pinterest account as well! More pieces and art work will be coming soon.
@ChainofArts was first created in 2017, however, it was recently that I became active on it. I haven’t made any sales online as of now, but I hope to change that soon as I continue to dedicate more time and add more stuff to the site!
As I always like to say, I really do enjoying putting in the time, effort, and love into all the content I make for you guys. Super glad for the day ones and for all new follows! Wouldn’t know where this blog would be without ya’ll.
Host and comedian Amanda Seales quits The Real Talk Show after she decides that she no longer wants to take part of a public broadcast that does not allow to speak on important issues of racial injustice and inequalities. Rumors are that Seales got fired, but in reality, Seales felt that she was denied the right to speak about matters that were important to her as an African American female. She also struggled facing some level of oppression in her own experience as a black women in Hollywood business. In other words, she felt that her integrity and moral conscious outweighed the benefits of her staring in a talk show that did not feel was just and fair. And quite honestly, I commend her for this decision. For me, Seale’s decision to leave the show reinforces the messages that if you are not happy where you are at, chances are you are not meant to be there, and there are bigger and brighter opportunities ahead of you. Do not ever diminish your own self-value and truth. The truth always prevails.
Lately I have been on a binge with Miss Universe 2018.. She is so admirable in many ways. In the video she share her experience as a young adolescent, who like myself & many others, was lost in her early years of adulthood. So she turned to volunteer work to seek inspiration. She volunteered in a poverish area in the Philippines working alongside an organization called Young Focus Philippines. where she found children with potential who didn’t have opportunity or any guidance. She shares that “there are 7/10 filipino children don’t have dream & the number one reason is that no one believed in them.. poverty is fourth, it’s actually lack of support system”. As someone who grew up in a family with no support or guidance myself, I found this quite relatable and astonishing. I only hope to emulate in her footsteps and make an impact in whichever way or size that may be.. Anyhow, I admire that she is using the platform of pageantry to address these concerns and be an inspiration to those reading for their dreams. So down to earth. True Miss Universe in my book.
One of the most popular songs of all time in the world of Jazz.
Feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to watch him and his son, Chris Brubeck, perform live at my alma mater CSULB back in November– big thank you to KJazz.
Hope ya’ll enjoy as much as I do.
Be on the look out for more jazz related content soon!
So I’ve decided that because I love sharing my knowledge of music that comes from my passion of music, I thought I would start somewhat of a new ‘series’ where I will be sharing with you guys a new Jazz artist I’ve learned about every week. I have a whole list that I’ve made to hear new music & styles from these Jazz artists posted on my To-Do lists, just starting at me, waiting to be shared & passed on.
Today is going to be about Dinah Washington. Washington’s birth name was Ruth Lee Jones and she was born August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963. She was an American singer and pianist, who has been cited as “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s”. Some of her popular music include “What A Diff’rence A Day Made” (1959) & “Mad About The Boy” (1952) which I will share audio down below. Not sure about you, but it’s refreshing to hear new music especially when it comes from the older days. Great way to appreciate good music nowadays.
I thought this would be a worthwhile post even though we are essentially in the middle of pandemic, and all non essential businesses are shut down. For what it is though this list might be something you can refer back to anytime in the future. If you are a born LA native, you might or might not already be familiar with these stores. For those who are new to the area or simply would like new places to explore, you might find a few on the list that you can add to your next visit. These stores range from selling musical instruments to vinyl & CD’s. While these are only a few from the mix, they might be something to consider for your next visit if interested. For all music lovers out there, I’ve made a list of shops where you can browse or shop:
* Due to the current circumstances created by COVID-19, all businesses deemed non essential including music retail, are subject to change locations or hopefully not, close down entirely. Please be sure to check out stores’ website for further updates before visit.
So I know we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and we are all without a doubt quarantined in our homes under the shelter-in-place policy, so you’re probably wondering how on earth this article might be of use for you at this time?
truthfully, it’s not. However, I’ve realized what harm will it do to keep this list when you’ve had your share of Netflix binges & awful sleep schedules from not seeing the light of day for months (or year as predicted), to coming to the other side of this with our minds & bodies ready to explore & relive life as we once remembered.
Well, I figured this pandemic is going to subside eventually and this makes use for a good time once the chaos and this anxiety-ridden catastrophe is over– for good. That is if we remember how to have fun, that is.. And I know that my audience ranges from age teens to older adults, but no body said jazz is only for one page group? I mean how awesome would it be for more people my age (early/ mid 20’s) to be exposed to the gift of jazz? I wish that’s where the direction of our generation’s music would head, but I won’t hold my breathe.
Anyhow, I was watching a the documentary Quincy, which you can read about here on my article review if you’re interested, and the talk about jazz festivals. And it dawned upon me… why don’t I share this with you guys here? I mean who wouldn’t like to indulge in great company and great music?
Given that these events are subject to change due to COVID-19, below are some of the biggest (local) festivals that you may have you in mind when the time comes:
Rochester International Jazz Festival October 2-10, 2020 Established in 2002 and presented by M&T Banks, Rochester International Jazz Festival takes place in June every year in Rochester, New York. They do host free shows / events which you can find more about here.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 22- May 2, 2021 New Orleans is known for its rich and lively culture. And of course, for it’s strong culture in jazz since New Orleans is the birth and home of jazz. New Orleans “Jazz Fest” was given its name due to the local unaffiliated night clubs in the area during the festival weekends. I’d absolutely love to one day attend this festival, and would definitely make this the top of my list. You can keep updated on their website here.
Montreux Jazz Festival 2020 cancelled; TBA The Montreux Jazz Festival is held annually in July and takes place in the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. At my work at KJazz, we host seasonal sweepstakes where listeners can win a trip to amazing locations to witness & enjoy all that we call Jazz. I’ve been told these festivals are magical, you can learn more about them here (might want to translate to English) and if interested tune to KJazz 88.1FM to sign up for sweepstakes when they are available.
Chicago Jazz Festival August 28- September 26, 2020 The Chicago Jazz Festival is a four-day celebration of jazz located in Millennium Park in the loop area of Chicago. The Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC). Best part, admission is FREE.
Newport Jazz Festival 2020 Cancelled, TBA The Newport Jazz Festival is a music festival held every summer in Newport, Rhode Island. You can search their site here for updates on the next Newport Jazz Festival.
Black Sea Festival And lastly, I know this might be a reach, but I thought it would be worthwhile to share anyway. The Black Sea Jazz Festival is an international jazz festival held annually, traditionally in July, in Batumi and nearby locations on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, which, along with Tbilisi Jazz Festival, is one of the country’s main jazz events. These festival is one of the biggest in the world mostly because of it’s location which is on the Black Sea. great music & a view? life’s gotta be good.
As you know sole objective behind my site is spread my love and knowledge for arts & the music– which is what in part led me to create a Pinterest account!
I know for me, and as many others do too, I used to think Pinterest was a way to solely find aesthetic/ cute pictures to browse (which it’s fantastic for) but it didn’t occur to me that I could also use it as a platform to attract more audience to my site, and in effect, inspire may art/ music fanatics out there (woo hoo). It’s crazy how much opportunity there are out there with a simple touch on your mouse pad. I feel more than ready to really put myself out there & create a brand that I have always dreamt of creating. (And again, I thank you each of you for your support & encouragement to allow me to do so)
Anyhow, on my account, I created boards which are organized into an array of genres including: pop, country, soul, jazz, rock, etc. And within those genres, I have divided them into era’s which I think will make it that much easier for viewer to consume & also provide all visitors with a timeline behind the music & artists– as history is important in learning, conceptualizing, and understanding the evolution of music world today.
I am so excited by what I have come up with so far & only hoped it has inspired you. Whether that means searching up a music video on Youtube just to relisten to it, researching a song out of curiosity, or maybe bringing you back in a time or place in your life that evokes some feeling. My Pinterest account will act as extension of to my site, and am stoked for you guys to check it out!
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!
sorry to bombard ya’ll feeds tonight, but I just got this ‘zoomie’ of energy, creativity, and inspiration couldn’t help it!
Anyhow, did a total reconstruction on my blog site. I worked really hard on it (almost all night) & would love for ya’ll to check it out! You know I love to keep you guys updated & in the loop in terms of new content that I post– whether it be on my blog, my instagram(s), yt channel, etc.. I always make sure I feel that the content I post is of some quality and/or value for ya’ll or for me as an artist/ individual or I wouldn’t be posting it!
Well that’s enough of me talking, go check out my new site! go go go!
Who else loves stumbling across great music? I know I do!
In the midst of editing my first youtube video (which you guys should check out! & pls cut me some slack I was kinda nervous if you couldn’t tell LOL), I came across just the right song I needed for an reference in my video. If ya’ll been following me for a while, you would know how much I love old-school classic soul music, which is what I found. I couldn’t wait to present it in my Saturday Shazam Series (where I collect all the greatest songs I’ve found & share em all with you here) so I thought I’d make a separate one here.
Okay, enough of my rambling it is Thee Dramatics “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get”. Never heard it in my life but so glad I came across them! Feel free to groove to it and check it out here.
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.
There is a new app on the rise! And this app, known as Voisey, is specifically designed for upcoming music artists and songwriters alike. So of course, ya girl had to hop on it! I just made an account, so there is still much more content to make and is currently in the works 🙂 As you may know about me, I love poetry and I’ve posted most of my pieces here on thehighsandlows.com if ya’ll wanna check it out. You also know how much I love music, so why not combine both? If you have a chance, please follow me on it! They’re all original lyrics besides the beat. Follow me on my account @lorrainebau, have a lot of ideas stirrin’ & I can’t wait to share them with ya’ll!
Thank you so much ya’ll thus for all you’re support!