Music Monday: New Piece

So this rap piece was inspired by much of the struggles I’ve experienced as a growing and aspiring artist.
And as always, talk my talk the way I usually do in my ‘rap’ pieces haha
but in this piece, I brush the surface of my early life and how I’ve become who I am today.
Only gonna get better. Hope it resonates with you in some way or the other.

Instrumental:
♪ Tu Pac All Eyes On Me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-dr8Sx86fs

♪ haters wanna hate, like they blind can’t see
take em out the dark, can’t they do it like me
ain’t about the games gotta through em with the heat
ridin’ top down 710 North in Cali
mama was a hustla sacrificed for the family
when I was 8, she’d flew us to maui
lucky seen the world, but something’ didn’t allow me
to be happy, had plans no one knew
no matter where I gone, no matter where I flew
pops was a G, high hopes for his daughter
dropped a bag, uh four children’s alma mater
as the days passed things got harder
it’s the hustle in my blood they wanna take away
hear the snakes hissin’ from miles away
checked my clique been done with them fakes
pray for their health, hear the pain in their hate
cheap advice from someone you don’t wanna be
they say I changed but they never knew me
your vision is yours no one’s and it’s unique
won’t stop grinding, doin it for my dreams ♪

Mariah Carey “America the Beautiful” (1990)

After watching Michael Jordan’s Docuseries “The Last Dance” on Netflix, I knew I had to come back to watch Mariah Carey’s performance of “America the Beautiful” at the NBA Detroit Pistons in 1990. Who knew she’d be close to the next Michael Jordan in music history. Amazing to see her progression from her earlier years as one of today’s greatest vocalist of all time. The reaction of the crowd and her look only inspires me to push harder and fight for my dreams as a singer. Hope it brings you joy as much as it did me.

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.

Lisa Fischer: “How Can I Ease The Pain” (1991 R&B)

Known about Ms. Fischer for a while, but after watching the documentary 20 ft From Freedom, I knew I had to dig into her music. Her sound and voice is angel that it really takes you into a spiritual realm. I respect that in spite of her tremendous talent, she still chose to live a humble life. Mad respect.

Fischer was an icon in 80’s/ early 90’s. During her peak she was performing alongside greats like Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, and performed with the Rolling Stones. And later parted ways to discover her own sound. Amazing vocalist I must say.

How can I ease the pain
When I know your coming back again
How can I ease the pain in my heart
How can I ease the pain

Click here to purchase How Can I Ease The Pain on Amazon.

Signed Up with BMI & New Lyrics: Quarantine

So glad to announced that I finally got approved with BMI.
For those who aren’t familiar BMI, Broadcast Music Inc., is one of the United States
performing rights organization along with ASCAP, SESAC, and GMR.
And as you may know, as an aspiring artist I am so excited to start my songwriting journey.
If you have been following ChainofArts (original highsnlows) for a while,
you’d know that writing and music is part of my identify.
Combine that and you have the beautiful gift of songwriting.

Anyhow, I wrote a little piece a while back in beginning of quarantine
that I thought to share with ya’ll.
Follow my Voisey account @lorrainebau for short original pieces
and my music instagram @_lo.anne for covers.
Much love x Lo

got emotions pent up in me
how do I feel
don’t know what to believe
I’ve been living a lie
how’d I survive
without knowing that this life was mine

always misunderstood
as if I never could
only time will tell whose done real good
believe me when I say I would ♪

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) ♪

Oprah Super Soul Conversation with Joel Osteen: Dream Big

Lately, I’ve been entertaining myself with podcasts on Spotify, specifically to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. I love her podcasts particularly because Oprah fuses spirituality into her conversations of real life problems that provoke deep thought in oneself and ultimately, inspiration to invoke action and change– on both an individual and collective level. One of the many that caught my attention was Oprah’s conversation with Joel Osteen on “Dream Big”. I think it is one that many people of all ages can relate to. In short, Oprah and Osteen discuss the importance of keeping steadfast to a vision that one may have in spite of adversity and challenges in their lifetime. Chances are, over a period of that, if that simple or ‘silly’ idea won’t leave your mind and stills heavily lingers, it might just be a calling. and one that you cannot turn down.


In the podcast, Dr. Osteen drops some great gems of inspirations that I would like to share with you guys.

“God won’t take you where he won’t protect you.”
“If you don’t talk to yourself, yourself will talk to you.”
“You’re closest to victory when you face the greatest opposition.”
“Privilege of a lifetime is to be who you are.”

I chose these quotes because it is an affirmation of a message that I struggled with myself throughout my lifetime. And that is: You are meant to live your true self. The harsh truth is you have full control of your life whether or not you may or may not feel that you do. A powerful message that I, sadly, only come to realize in its truest essence recently. But! as I also believe, it is never too late to do what makes your soul happy. regardless of where you are in life and how old you are. But that might mean making real sacrifices or taking scary risks to fight for your dream so you can be fulfilled and happy. No one said it’s gonna be an easy fight. I know for me, it hasn’t been easy but I do know one thing: music and art is everything to me. While both have been on my mind since my late teens/ early 20’s, I am now investing the money, time, and energy I know is needed to make my dreams a reality. If you really want it, build the courage, are willing to hustle and put in the work, then your dreams are yours for the taking.

These quotes stood out to me because it is a self-reminder to remain persistent and persevere. Along the way, God is guiding me through tribulation as a an ultimate test to achieve your goals and your vision (as I feel that he has does and am grateful for). As my mantra has been and will always be, nothing worth having is going to be easy. So this post is for any of you are beginning a new journey or feel are struggling in their journey, best believe there is a higher power watching and protecting you in the process. There is no real growth without a challenge. Rejection is only God’s way of redirecting you an/ or simply challenging your own belief in your vision. I’ve always trusted in my vision and in God’s blessing. With that being said, I’d like to thank those who have stuck with me and read til the end of this post. I’d like to leave you with an another touching quote to think about, and that is don’t forget to: Believe big, pray bold.





New Photos: Dockweiler Beach, Los Angeles

After being quarantined for 3 weeks straight, I thought I get some air and take a stroll at the beach.

My original plan was to hit up Playa Del Rey, where I could take some photos with my new drone. Given that it was a Sunday, it was difficult to find parking. As I continued to cruise through Vista Del Mar (with the most gorgeous view, even more beautiful during sunset hours), I found myself at the Dockweiler Beach. Parking was $13 right in front of the beach. It was pretty packed at the beach but plenty beach for everyone to enjoy haha. Though I couldn’t take pictures with my drone, I enjoyed the view just as much. Above are few of the pictures I took. It felt so good to take a break, feeling the wind brush across my skin, feet dug in the stand, and the sound of the waves crashing into each other. Needless to say, it was a mini getaway from this new of quarantine and isolation.

Please feel free to check out my photo gallery to join me on both my past and future my adventures.

First Sale on Etsy


so glad to have made my first sale on Etsy!

As you know, I put a lot of time, energy, and love into all my craft and art work.
To me, it’s all about spending the positive, love, and inspiration, whether thats through jewelry, art, photography, and music. Which was the main reason I create my blog 4 years ago.

Today, I am so excited to open up my own shop on Etsy @ChainofArts! In my shop, I create handmade jewelry such as beaded necklaces, chokers, and friendship bracelets.

I’m currently offering discounts on my site so please please free to take a browse here on my shop page if ya’ll are thinking about gifting yourself or someone else you know something special!

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

“Georgia On My Mind” Ray Charles

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.

Click here to purchase “Georgia on My Mind” on Amazon.

Daily Ritual: 300 Writing Prompts

I’ve been journaling a lot lately, and every time I do I feel a renewed sense of hope and motivation.

It’s almost like I’ve cleared my head space and am ready to start anew in my day/ venture. I suppose it’s a feeling I can’t really explain unless you’ve experienced it yourself. If you’re feeling uninspired and down, I really recommend that you give journaling a try. It gives you an opportunity to give clarity to your thoughts and thoughtfulness to your ideas and inner voice that can often be dampened by other distractions in your love (i.e. work, people’s opinions of you, societal pressures, etc.) It’s really worth the try.

The journal I have been us the “300 Writing Prompts”. I love this journal because it has questions already written for you in every page to get your thoughts and creative juice flowing. While they are simple questions, they are also thought-provoking. A few of my favorite are: “You are the wind’s interpreter. What is it saying?”, “What did you get into trouble for the most when you were a kid?”. Another is “What color do you feel today?”.

As you can see, there are asked in the simple way but also forces you to go deep into your thoughts, and sometimes without even realizing it, at least it had done so for me.

If you are interested, check out the prompt journal down below to purchase on Amazon. I also kindly ask that if there are any purchases in mind you would like to make on Amazon, please purchase through my affiliate link down below (at no extra cost). It would mean the world to me, and would continue to help keep my blog growing!

thank you again for sticking with me. more soon.

x Lo

Click here to purchase 300 Writing Prompts on Amazon

Life Update: Pinterest & Etsy Shop

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!

Click here to purchase Stone Gem Necklace on Etsy



Click here to purchase Friendship Chevron Bracelet on Etsy

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.

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